DENTON — North Caroline High School student Syncere Turner served as a member of the Maryland Business Roundtable for Education (MBRT) Student Ambassador Program over the 2018-19 school year.

As a student ambassador, Turner was a featured student speaker at MRBT’s Annual Meeting, held in June at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab. In a moving speech, she shared that students are eager to learn and lead, and just need to be given the opportunity to do so.

“We are so pleased to have Syncere as a member of our 2018–19 inaugural class,” said Nona Carroll, chief strategy officer for MBRT. “She is already a leader within her community and an effective communicator who has demonstrated the willingness to learn and take on new challenges.”

Turner holds a 3.75 GPA and is a member of the North Caroline High School basketball team. She also participates in MBRT’s Next Generation Scholars program, which provides personal attention, guidance and education about opportunities that can help shape the future for students.

After high school, Turner wants to attend college and is considering a career in the athletic industry, such as sports management or physical therapy.

Turner has also built leadership experience as a 2018 Maryland Leadership Workshop delegate, and was honored to take on the new challenge representing Caroline County.

At the same event in June, Dr. Patricia Saelens, Caroline County superintendent of schools, participated in a panel of Maryland education and business leaders, discussing the need for students, parents, educators, businesses, nonprofits and policymakers to work together and share the responsibility of preparing students to compete in an ever-evolving global marketplace.

“In working collaboratively with and listening to businesses, we heard that students need to learn soft skills so they can work in a team, problem solve together, think critically, persevere, understand that making mistakes is a part of learning,” Saelens said in response to a question about how educators and businesses can work together to address workforce needs. “That has been a challenge but we are all on the same page now and headed in the right direction.”

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