Tyrese Leverty, a 2017 graduate of Burnsville High School, is an excellent example of “Future Ready. Community Strong.”
As a member of BurnsvilleStrong, he headed up communications about Vision One91, the redesign of the Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191 to better meet the needs of today’s learners.
Tyrese gathered details from the architect, principal and superintendent about the scope of the BHS project and how students would benefit, then spread the word. At Burnsville High School, Vision One91 included major changes to the building, expanded technology, creation of college and career Pathways, and implementation of other new academic programming.
He received a 2016 Community Builder Award from the City of Burnsville for “being a leader in preparing his classmates for the historic changes and increased opportunities happening at Burnsville High School as a result of Vision One91.”
“Tyrese was always such a joy to work with because of his genuine love and commitment to his community,” said Jen Waller, a teacher and BurnsvilleStrong advisor. “He didn't just come up with great ideas for BHS, he implemented them and had others who, because of their trust in him, jumped on board to make visions happen.”
Katie Burke, another teacher and BurnsvilleStrong advisor, has great admiration and respect for Tyrese. “While Tyrese faced many personal and family challenges during his senior year, his resilience and strength impressed us all. He continued his commitments to his academics and activities with the same fervor,” she said. “In this sense, he demonstrated true leadership by continuing to focus on his passions while never giving up on his commitments to his family.”
Most recently, Tyrese was selected to be a featured speaker at the District 191 all-staff annual meeting in August. In his comments, Tyrese said, “A large part of this school district is built around the model of a community – one that stands tall when faced with winds and only bonds tighter after being pulled apart. This is something that I hope remains in Burnsville-Eagan-Savage forever because its benefits are beyond our scope and vision. A strong community has the potential to reach any level of success because of the strength in diversity and numbers.”
He’s now in his second year at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities where he is majoring in Journalism - Strategic Communication at the Hubbard School of Journalism and Mass Communication.
“I have discovered that I love working with people and data and my current three jobs help me to realize the potential that lies with those interests,” he shared at the all-staff meeting. “I’m committed to making the world a better place whether that is environmentally, socially, artistically, or something entirely different; I can’t wait to continue planning my future and focusing on never reaching a plateau.”
Tyrese looks forward to three more years at the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities, but says, “I’ll never forget that I’m comfortable with where I am because I appreciate where I came from.”