Olivia Ploucha graduates from Junior Leadership Macomb Program
Olivia Ploucha recently graduated from the Junior Leadership Macomb Program which is a civic leadership program for high school students. Only 40 students are chosen throughout Macomb County and are selected based on personal goals, assessment, personal/life achievements (including work experiences, community service, leadership capabilities, faith-based service, etc.), academic achievements, and personal references. Over the past school year, she participated in the program that is designed to create opportunities for students by helping them discover their leadership potential and providing direct access to a network of professionals.
Olivia first became involved with Junior Leadership Macomb by the help of graduated senior, Colleen Benoit ’19, who had done it the year before. Olivia was required to attend summer sessions, participate in one of the two community service projects, and attend sessions during the school year. Some of the classes and interactive exercises that she focused on were Personal Growth and Team Building, Health and Human Services, Criminal Justice and Emergency Management, Energy and Environment, Community Service, Leadership Insights, Business Etiquette, Manufacturing Fundamentals, Preparing for College, Cultures and Diversity, and she was even present at a County Commission Meeting.
One of her most memorable experiences was when they went to Beaumont Hospital in Troy. “I learned so much about the medical field that I hadn’t known before. I was able to learn different medical techniques and use a hospital stimulator.”
One of the best benefits of the program was the fact that Olivia was able to job shadow a CPA, the field she wants to study, at Plante Moran. Following her shadowing experience at Plante Moran, an employee whom Olivia worked with called Guidance Counselor Amy Dulgerian to applaud Olivia for her work ethic. She stated that Olivia was exceptionally positive and professional and that it was a pleasure to have her shadow.
When asked about her Junior Leadership experience, Olivia answered, “It has improved my leadership skills because I was able to meet others leaders that are in all different fields of study. I now know that there are specific leadership and management skills for each individual job.”
Olivia attended St. Germaine Catholic School prior to Regina. She continues to attend Mass at Our Lady of Hope on the weekends with her family. In addition to being an Honor Roll student, Olivia is an active member of Student Council, The Modern Language Club and is the Treasurer of her Junior Class. In her senior year, she will serve as Secretary on the National Honor Society. She also plays on the varsity field hockey and varsity tennis teams. Student Council Moderator, Mrs. Perrino, says, “I’ve had the pleasure of working with Olivia for the past 3 years on Student Council, and will continue to do so next year in her senior year. She is an active and contributing member of our council, always willing to take on a challenge or task, even if it’s a bit out of her comfort zone. She completes projects carefully and thoughtfully, and I know that if something is asked of Olivia, she will get it done without question. Olivia excels not only in a club like Student Council, showcasing her leadership, she also excels in the classroom!”
Olivia has already been awarded a scholarship to Northwood University as a 2019 Junior Business Student of the Year which is renewable for four years with a Fall 2020 start date.
Current Sophomore Grace Szalma has been accepted and will participate in the Junior Leadership Macomb Program for the 2019-2020 school year.
The application for Junior Leadership Macomb Program has been extended until June 3rd. If you or your daughter will be a junior at Regina in the fall and is interested in the program, please see the link: https://leadershipmacomb.org/junior-program/ and/or contact Amy Dulgerian.