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 for numerous years, this is my second 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.

Alexis Gordon | Member

I have been an online learner for 10+ years. 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.

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 | Chairperson

Hi, my name is Taia, and I’m a Compass Options scholar which I love because I have plenty of flexibility to follow my passions. I’m excited to be on the Scholar Leadership Council again this year 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.

Avery Stansbury | Member

Avery is a 9th grade scholar at Compass Charter Schools. He has been a proud member of the CCS family for the past 8 years and a member of SLC for the past 5 years. Avery aspires to be a musician and enjoys playing the piano. In his spare time he enjoys playing video games, reading and listening to music. Avery joined the SLC in order to represent his peers at Compass. He cherishes Compass and wishes to make the school even greater than it is, for the future scholars of Compass. He has consistently made the honor roll and was Firebird of the Year for the 2020/21 school year. He is very involved in other school activities, serving as President and Vice President of several clubs, and reporting for the Firebird Report. His involvement in multiple promotional materials for Compass such as testimonials and commercials has had a major impact on not only himself but the school itself. He is very thankful for Compass and the opportunities that this school has given him, and he is looking forward to another awesome and prosperous year. Go Firebirds!!!

Zahra Grihma | Vice-Chairperson

Hi, my name is Zahra. I began my journey with CCS in first grade and have greatly enjoyed the experience. I’m looking forward to contributing to my fellow Firebirds through the SLC. In my spare time, I enjoy horseback riding, archery, soccer, and learning about different herbs. My favorite subjects in school are math and history. See you around.

Caitlin Kim | Member

This year will be my second year attending Compass Charter. My high school experiences at Compass Charter have been amazing, giving me the flexibility to attend high school and also take courses at my local community college. This has enabled me to explore the field I’m interested in. I plan to graduate from high school in my junior year. By then, I will have completed my A-G high school requirements, along with approximately 25 UC transferable units. I aim to study Business Economics at UCLA in Fall 2024.

Joseph Vreeman | Member

Hello, my name is Joseph and I have been part of Compass for four years. I love tennis, Minecraft, Lego, and reading books. My favorite subjects are math, science, and history. I look forward to being part of the Scholar Leadership Council again this year. I hope to help every scholar enjoy school as much as I do! Go Firebirds!

Matt Alvarez | Member

My name is Mathias but I like being called Matt. I have been at Compass Charter Schools since 2022. I enjoy home schooling because there are less distractions and gives me flexibility. I am currently learning Spanish and playing drums. I also enjoy swimming and love to tell jokes. Outside of school I am a Star Scout in Boy Scout Troop 655 in Alta Loma. I believe being part of the Scholar leadership Council is very important to help our school be enjoyable for everyone.

Mariana Oliva | Member

My name is Mariana Oliva and I am in my last year of high school. I have been on compass charter since September 2023 and it has been amazing. I plan to pursue a university degree in the field of my interest, international relations. Hobbies I enjoy include exercising in the gym as well as reading. I am creative and I enjoy history, which continuously blossoms my passion to learn new things. I consider myself to be an independent person but I love spending time with friends and family. I like to learn about new cultures and people and I strive regularly to contribute positivity to the people I surround myself with. I like to help others, create change, shape new direction and provide optimistic value. From growing up in a Hispanic family I can strongly contend that Mexican food is the best and my absolute favorite.

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