Award-winning Niagara Falls student created a prom for the board’s special education students
Published April 19, 2023 at 2:31 pm
When Regional Chair Jim Bradley announced the six winners of the 2023 Niagara Impact Awards, one stood out not just because of her young age but also the size of her heart.
Mackenzie Agretto of Niagara Falls, a student at Saint Paul Catholic High School, collected the 2023 Regional Chair’s Niagara Impact Youth Award “for her role as an advocate for inclusivity through her volunteer work with Autism Ontario and efforts to promote awareness and raise funds for many organizations.”
However, also mentioned by Bradley, was that Agretto “spearheaded the creation of a formal ‘prom’ for special education students from all Niagara Catholic District School Board secondary schools to help ensure that everyone has the same opportunity to experience this special celebration.”
The regional award was not Agretto’s first accolade and seems unlikely to be her last.
Twice before in 2021 and 2022, she has won a Niagara Fall Rotary Club Award “for service above self” and in March 2022, was selected as her school’s Senior Student of the Month.
Congratulations to two wonderful recipients of the 2021 NF Rotary Award – an award that values “service above self”. On the left, our 2021-22 Student Council President Milana Abbruscato; on the right, Mackenzie Agretto. #patriotproud❤️💙 pic.twitter.com/2XfAmvAhTZ
— Saint Paul Catholic (@SPHIGH) May 15, 2021