During the past week, Mundelein High School senior, Trey Baker, was awarded the National Educational Fest 2021 “Honoring Our Own: Educational Innovation & Leadership Award” sponsored by the National Association of Latino Administrators & Superintendents and the National Alliance for Black School Educators.
“Whenever we accomplish something together, I always want to reach out and thank you for continuing to empower my journey and committing to our creative spaces that aim to inspire the next generation,” Baker said.
“This milestone is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our community standing up to be the change we wish to see. It’s a testament to the students, families, teachers, front-line workers, etc. who have shared their incredible stories with me in times of adversity but continuing to remain hopeful for the future because even in times of hardship, we’ve come together with a shared sense of purpose.”
“For our work to be recognized on a national platform proves that we don’t have to accept the world for what it is. We can make it into the world as it should be and could be by creating a new normal,” Baker explained. (A new normal) that is fairer, gives everybody opportunity, treats everyone equally, and builds bridges people instead of dividing them. But, similar to previous key moments in history, it’s going to depend on us continuing to empower young people to go out there and rewrite what is possible.”
Video of the Awards presentation: