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Williams Field student takes seat on national educational initiative board

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After being selected as one of the inaugural Better Make Room Student Advisory Board’s 17 members from across the United States, Williams Field High School senior Trey Leveque is hoping to bring a refreshed college-bound culture to students in the Gilbert community.

Better Make Room is a Civic Nation program, established as a part of former First Lady Michelle Obama’s Reach Higher initiative. As a part of its board, Leveque flew to the White House in early January to meet influencers like actress Lana Parrilla, TV personality Ted Allen and Michelle Obama herself to speak about college-going culture.

In his “life-changing” visit, Leveque said he learned the importance of promoting college readiness tools and inspiring Arizona high school students to pursue Ivy League education early on.
Trey Leveque's portrait   “I am extremely honored to have been given this opportunity to be selected to support the Better Make Room's mission in creating a college-going, college-persisting and college-graduating culture. I was so inspired by Michelle Obama's speech at the 2017 School Counselor of the Year Ceremony as she thanked the school counselors from across the nation for inspiring students to pursue the best education possible while ending with a message to young people, urging them to continue to have hope,” Leveque said.
To bring the campaign back to Williams Field, Leveque said he will empower students with a voice and encourage students to participate in college-related events. In the case of College Signing Day – when high school students across the nation celebrate their futures, as well as share their college acceptance letters - Leveque said he plans to work to promote the event and the students' accomplishments.
“I’m not sure there is an area where his presence is not felt,” Buscema said, noting Leveque’s involvement in eight community and school organizations, including Student Council, Key Club and Feed My Starving Children. “Being selected for the inaugural Better Make Room Student Advisory Board has opened up avenues of opportunities and the right tools for him to reach out to other high school students and encourage them to seek higher education and pursue their dreams.”

In the fall, Leveque will attend Arizona State University, majoring in business management or international business. He strives to gain his MBA from an Ivy League college. With his passion for education, Leveque seeks to help other students enter the colleges of their dreams too.

For students who seek to follow a successful, college-minded path like his, Leveque has one piece of advice: never give up.

“It’s really important to strive for what you believe in,” Leveque said. “Don’t let anyone else and their ideas push you down. You really need to reach your goals and look toward them because if you don’t take the opportunity now, it might be lost forever.”