One of the final few awards given during our Academic Awards Evening is the Susan Bergtraum Leadership in Action award.
Susan Bergtraum has been the model of an active and engaged community member. A long-time resident of our district, she was an active parent in our schools, and she served as a Board Trustee for 15 years, including five years as Board President. Presently, she is serving schools districts from across the state as President of the State School Boards Association. Last year, in honor and recognition of her past, present and future service to our school and community, we established the Susan Bergtraum Leadership in Action Award for the senior who best epitomizes the action leadership exhibited by Susan Bergtraum.
Presented by Mrs. Diane Cumming, Wheatley PTO co-president, here is what was said about this year’s recipient:
This year’s recipient is an outgoing, intelligent, compassionate, and remarkable student. Kind-hearted and generous in actions and spirit, this student radiates a special warmth and supportive nature that is very inviting to others. Rarely seeking the spotlight, this student speaks with confidence and poise. With an extra-curricular résumé that is quite impressive, this student’s legacy at Wheatley is secure.
A love of learning, a willingness to lend a helping hand, and a desire to help those who are underprivileged have been this student’s guideposts at Wheatley and in the community. She has been significant leader with the “Hand in Hand” program at Temple Sinai. As a volunteer, she has coordinated social and educational activities for children currently living in homeless shelters in New York City. She is a generous with her time and is focused on making a difference in the lives of others.
It is our distinct honor to present the 2017 Susan Bergtraum Leadership in Action Award to Rachel Koty.