|Katie, center; Principal Carolyn Witte, right|
It was my pleasure introduce Katie Birecki for her 2015 Optimist Leadership Award in Farmington, MI. Each of the four local high schools had one 11th grade recipient. Katie is a charter member of the Mercy iWizards, a group which was formed when Mercy adopted the iPad for all freshmen in 2012. Consequently I had the benefit of observing Katie in authentic leadership roles her entire time at Mercy High School. Here is a shortened version of what I said about her:
During her ninth grade she helped plan and execute a three hour iPad orientation for our new students. She was vitally involved in this project and took and even higher profile last year when, again, we planned the new student orientation. Last year, after we were named an Apple Distinguished School, we were visited by many school leaders and members of the media. Invariably I asked Katie to participate in these sessions as an iWizard representative. . . . She was a team leader for our iCreate workshop for Middle School students.
Recently she and I were among five co-editors who published a collection to iTunes called iPad Tips and Tricks by MHS iWizards. If you visit http://tinyurl.com/mcmcard you will see her picture gracing the cover. Furthermore, she was one of three iWizards who accompanied me to Cobo Center to deliver a break-out session about iWizards at MACUL, the state’s largest educational technology conference.