Dominika, 17, threw herself fully into the life of her new school, making new friends through the numerous activities she joined and those she went onto to create. Dominika felt that there was a great deal of optimism and untapped potential in the student body for acting on major social issues that affect young people today, such as care for our common home and the refugee crisis. She hoped that by encouraging students to take action on social issues it would unite her peers in a common voice, and so bring a sense of empowerment and excitement that would improve our school community too. One of her biggest achievements this year has been writing and creating a school performance depicting the plight of a refugee when forced to leave their own country and flee to the UK through readings and visual aids.
Pope Francis has been a particular inspiration to Dominika in her efforts to encourage young people to engage in social action. Spurred on by the Pope’s message to young people to get off the couch and make their mark on the world, Dominika has been a force for great change and has encouraged all those around her to join in!
Dominika Lasota, 17
Stonyhurst College, Hurst (Diocese of Salford)