Schuylerville High School senior Sidney Gregorek has successfully completed the National Student Council Student Leaders Program, earning national recognition as a National Student Council Distinguished Student Leader. She is one of approximately 800 students in the nation to achieve this recognition, and the first-ever student in New York state to receive this status.
“It’s incredible just to receive an honor like this, but to be the first student from my state to do so is an awesome feeling,” Gregorek said.
In order to complete the program and become a certified student leader, Gregorek spent four months working on the rigorous 13-part application process, which included performing a series of required tasks and activities related to leadership, goal setting, team building and more. Gregorek’s final portfolio was 200 pages long.
“The application process would have scared most students away,” said Pam DeLucia, advisor to student council. “Sidney was not intimidated. She took the application one step at a time and was dedicated and motivated to complete the program.”
Gregorek says her favorite task for the application was the service portion. She was required to plan, perform and evaluate a service project. She and her fellow student council officers wrote letters of appreciation to veterans, deployed service members and first responders.
“It was very rewarding to not only participate in a service project, but to actually be the one taking responsibility for it from start to finish,” Gregorek said.
“Sidney is an effective leader because she makes all members of the student council feel valuable,” DeLucia said. “She is extremely considerate of how her words and actions will impact others and always puts what’s best for the student body first.”
Gregorek says she is grateful to her fellow student council officers and members for their help and support throughout the entire application process.
“I started working toward this honor as a challenge for myself, but once I got started it was important to me to see it through to the end, especially after I received so much help from many of my peers,” Gregorek said. “This whole process showed me that hard work really does pay off.”