Scholar Leadership Council

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The Scholar Leadership Council serves to provide scholar feedback on school policies and procedures at Compass Charter Schools to ensure that they are consistent with its Mission, Vision, and Values.

Members act as a committed group of advisors to the staff and administration, regarding issues that affect their peer scholars at CCS. They provide feedback and insight from the scholar’s perspective on school process, policies and initiatives to ensure that the needs of scholars are included as decisions are made. They also serve as an advisory, not a decision-making body, that makes recommendations, encourages brainstorming and provides opportunities for scholar involvement on committees.

Meet Our Council

Brayden Bereki | Member

I have been an online learner since first grade and have been attending Compass Charters Schools since I was in elementary school. While at CCS I have been on the honor roll numerous years, this is my first year on the Student Leadership Council. Compass Charter school has improved me in many ways, and I would like to return the favor and help improve my school. My goal in life is to go to medical school and become a doctor.

KristiLynn Effie | Chairperson

I have been with Compass Charter Schools since 2014 and this is my fourth year on the Student Leadership Council. I have a 4.0 GPA and am in the National Honors Society. As being part of the SLC, I want to be a voice for other scholars in representing CCS by giving ideas and feedback. I enjoy working on my schoolwork online, specifically English and Science, which fascinates me. I strive to exceed and to be the best version of myself possible. Outside of my studies, I have a passion for the creative arts and also committed to volunteering within my community.

Alexis Gordon | Member

I have been an online learner going on eight years, the past five years with CCS. This is also my second year with the Student Leadership Council. I strongly believe that we, the scholars, should advise and contribute to our learning environment to help shape CCS into the best school it can possibly be.

Lyric Hearne-Hooker | Member

I have been a proud Compass student since 5th grade.  In two years, I hope to be a graduate of Compass as well.  Diversity and acceptance are very important to me, and by volunteering in my West Hollywood community, I hope to demonstrate those principles.  Here at Compass, I have served as President of the Virtual Field Trips Club, been on the Scholar Leadership Council since 9th grade, and currently serve as Co-VP of the NHS.  Through Compass, I have also had the opportunity to earn a scholarship from the Carson Scholars Fund.  In my spare time, I am busy running my Etsy shop which specializes in recycled materials and green retail.  My dream career would be one that allows me to thrive in a creative environment and travel the world.

Alex Iihara | Member

I have been with CCS since fourth grade and this has been my home for two years. I love baseball, snowboarding, swimming, and reading books. This school has allowed a flexible curriculum to pursue my favorite subject, math, although I have busy weekends playing on one of the top travel baseball teams. Thinking of the best academic path for each scholar sometimes means extra work for teachers, counselors, and other school staff. I am grateful for all of them. I am honored to join this Scholar Leadership Council and excited to work with other great members. This leadership council is very important especially for this type of school, as most scholars are physically located away from each other. I want to listen to other scholars’ opinions and work hard to make this school better for everyone. Go CCS!

Aure Ruediger | Member

Compass has been my school since kindergarten, and it is wonderful being a Firebird (that’s our school mascot).  There are many exciting things I get to do at Compass, like join our school’s clubs and explore many of my scholarly interests now through the Options program.  For instance, in the past, I have been in the Arts+Crafts Club, Chess Club, Cooking Club, Creative Writing Club, Lego Club, Minecraft Club, Photo Club, Sewing Club, and Virtual Field Trips Club.  Outside of school, I used to be an avid grower of guppies, bettas, and lots of fish while also practicing some horseback riding.  I still love to ice skate.  More recently, I have turned to gardening, cooking + baking, art, reading, music, canine training, and movie reviewing.  When I’m a grown-up, I would like to have a science degree like my Mom or an engineering degree like my Dad.

Cricht Ruediger | Member

I have been here at Compass since kindergarten.  I like that I have sweet and helpful teachers here at my school.  It’s epic how we attend class remotely, with all my teachers and schoolmates living all over California!  I used to be a very keen fishkeeping hobbyist, but now my hobbies have changed.  I am still into my hobbies of baking, creating art, gardening, and playing video games.  I also read more and listen to music more now, and I like watching movies full of action and comedy.  Because both of my Grandfathers owned businesses of their own, I hope to be in good business, too.

Taia Saurer | Vice Chairperson

Hi, my name is Taia, I’m a 7th grade student in the Compass Options Program which I love because I have plenty of flexibility and time to follow my passions.

A few of the things that I enjoy doing are reading, writing, dreaming, traveling, all things space related, soccer, sailing, singing, playing the piano and guitar. While I love all of these things, my newest passion is indoor skydiving!

I’m excited to be on the Scholar Leadership council to advocate for my fellow Firebirds. I’m looking forward to an amazing year and I hope to meet many of you at upcoming events, (I’ll be the one wearing the NASA t-shirt).

Avery Stansbury | Member

Avery is a 4th grade scholar at Compass Charter Schools.  He has been part of the CCS family for three years.  When he is not in learning labs and completing school work, he enjoys playing the piano, reading, and is determined to be a youtuber.  Avery is part of the SLC because he wants to represent his peers at Compass, help make the school a better place, and learn new leadership skills.

Madison Wilkes | Member

Hi! I’m Madison Wilkes. I’m in 7th grade and 11 years old, I joined the council because I love to make improvements. I always have lots of good ideas and hope to make a difference at Compass. My hobbies include drawing, writing, and doing crafts.

Trent Yee | Member

Hi, My name is Trent, I am 11 years old, and in 5th grade. This is my first year in Compass. I enjoyed my first semester and I’m looking forward to the next. I have been a scholar of the month and am president of The Virtual Field Trip and We Dine together clubs. Compass is a great school which boosts my reading and writing skills in a fun way. The curriculum allows me to take breaks, interact with other scholars and most importantly, have fun!

I am very excited and happy to be on the Scholar Leadership Council because I am VERY social and love to collaborate with other scholars. I look forward to listening to ideas and concerns of teachers and scholars to help improve the Compass environment. I will make helpful suggestions to improve the scholar experience.

My hobbies include: playing with my two dogs, rollerblading, ice skating, playing outside, watching tv, playing video games, and traveling.

Airis Yeung | Member

Hello, my name is Airis and I am in 11th grade.  I have been with CCS since first grade and have enjoyed all the surprises that the school has to offer!  Being at CCS has allowed me to have a unique educational experience and try new things that I would normally not encounter.  From the very beginning, CCS has opened many doors for me to improve myself and light a path to my future and career.  I am grateful to be a part of the Leadership Council because I love being a leader by adding input, insight, and most importantly, listening to other people’s ideas.  When everyone cooperates, it brings me happiness and teaches me how to work with others.  It is an honor to be a part of the Leadership Council, and I look forward to another awesome year at CCS!

If you are interested in serving on the Scholar Leadership Council, please contact J.J. Lewis, Superintendent & CEO, to learn how to get involved.