SLED 2019 Student of the Year

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Our SLED students never cease to amaze us with their ingenuity, passion, and progress each year. Every SLED chapter is composed of exceptional students taking ownership of their education and fulfilling our mission of creating a culture of student problem solvers.

However, there are some students who truly go above and beyond the already highly set bar, and for the first time in our annual competition, based on submissions from each SLED chapter’s team advisor, we awarded a national SLED Student of the Year.

For our inaugural recipient, we couldn’t be happier to award Cole Gummerson for his outstanding achievements with the Bennett’s Mill SLED chapter.


We asked Cole to provide some perspective on his experience with SLED through the following Q&A:

Q: What is your favorite part of being on the SLED team? 

A: My favorite part of the SLED team is how we get to help students and teachers with technology. This is my favorite part because I get to build relationships with students and teachers and I also find ways to troubleshoot things for in the future. 

Q: What is your favorite SLED project?

 A: My favorite SLED project is the website. It has allowed me to express my creativity and help others as well. This also set me up with skills to build my own online store since I was familiar with the tools and management of a website. 

Q: How have you grown by being a part of SLED? 

A: SLED has helped me grow in many fields such as customer service and time management. When I started SLED I was lacking in both of these areas. However, when you start working in a field where you need these skills it starts pushing you to get better and better at them as SLED did for me.

Q: What are you most excited about for next year with SLED?

A: I am excited about next year and SLED because we are able to invite more students into the SLED initiative. I also am very excited to hand over the website to a sixth-grader so that they can take charge and leave their own legacy in the SLED team. I will also try to make some connections with the high school so I can prepare myself for the tech team at FCHS. 

Q: What do you want to be when you grow up?

A: As an adult, I will be going into the education field in elementary school preferably fourth grade in math. I have a feeling this is where I am called to be considering that I can make technology resources easily, I enjoy making lesson plans, and I work well with students -especially younger elementary children. 


To learn more about SLED and how to bring it to your school

Joey Ruse