Savannah Benskin acting as Head of School for a Day

Scholar, Savannah Benskin, acting as Head of School for a Day at BVP’s Middle School 1

As she did last year, Governor Raimondo invited young women in 5th through 8th grade throughout the state to enter an essay contest for the chance to be Governor for a Day. The contest, held in honor of Women’s History Month, asked young ladies to answer the question “What would you do if you were Rhode Island’s Governor for a Day?” Many of our scholars submitted essays. While we wait to hear who has been selected to act as Governor for a Day, we held a contest of our own. Mrs. Souza, Middle School 1’s Head of School, and the middle school’s deans reviewed the essays and selected a scholar to be Head of School for a Day.

Today, with a little support from Mrs. Souza, Savannah Benskin, a College Class of 2027 scholar, took the reins and acted as Head of School. Savannah spent her day experiencing what it was like being a leader at BVP. She met with staff, provided feedback to teachers, supported lunch duty and dismissal, and even greeted scholars with morning handshakes. Ms. Souza had this to share about Savannah and her day

“I think what amazes me the most about Savannah is the level of leadership she shows among her peers. Today gave her the opportunity to take her leadership skills and apply them by participating in leadership meetings and even providing some of her teachers with feedback. Savannah is an amazing scholar destined for greatness. We’re all so proud of her and couldn’t think of anyone better for the job.”

Savannah Benskin with Joy Souza

Scholar, Savannah Benskin, with Middle School 1 Head of School, Joy Souza

Savannah’s essay spoke to a need to set up programming throughout the state to provide middle and high school scholars with the opportunity to experience or shadow professionals in order to become more educated about potential career paths to consider. When asked for her thoughts on the need for a program like this she said, “Young people need more chances to interact with different jobs and careers out there that they might not see in their day to day lives. I think if they had the chance to see what they could be it would be good for them.

We couldn’t agree more.

Congratulations to our Head of School for a Day! We’re so proud of you!