Award-winning Niagara Falls student created a prom for the board’s special education students

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Published April 19, 2023 at 2:31 pm

Mackenzie Agretto of Niagara Falls is shown here at last week's Niagara Impact Awards. Among her accomplishments was the creation of a unique prom for all the special education students in her school board. (Photo: Niagara Region)

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.

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