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MONTREAL, FEBRUARY 21, 2017 – Olivia Fusco, a Grade 11 student at Laurier Macdonald High School in St. Leonard, never thought that she would become a viral sensation, let alone for her International Baccalaureate Personal Project. Yet, only days after posting her empowerment video on Facebook, she’s received over 60,000 views.

The full video can be viewed here:

The International Bacculaureate personal project is a long-term, student-centred project that is designed to focus on the students’ approaches to learning skills for self-management, research, communication, critical and creative thinking and collaboration. The personal project encourages students connect classroom learning engagements with personal experience, and to develop their own interests for lifelong learning.   

For her project, Olivia received guidance from her mentor, teacher Hugues Laplante.  Since the beginning of the school year, they met on a monthly basis to craft a final message of inspiration and one that men and women of all ages can relate to and should pass along to younger generations.

Michael J. Cohen
Communications and Marketing Specialist
English Montreal School Board
Tel: (514) 483-7200 ext. 7243
Fax: (514) 483-7213