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Cassie Nelson, junior at Widefield School District
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Widefield S2S Member Visits West Point

Colorado Springs, CO - Fresh off her New York trip, Cassie Nelson, junior at Widefield High School (WHS), is ready to soar as a Student 2 Student (S2S) leader.

“It helped me build my character and find out what kind of leader I am. I was hoping to meet a lot of new people and better myself for the S2S program, and I did,” said Nelson.

Nelson is a member of Widefield’s S2S leadership program through the Military Child Education Coalition (MCEC) that helps new military and non-military students transition at school.

“It’s important because there is a lot of transition in our community,” said Nelson.

Nelson was one of ten S2S students in the nation selected to attend the Frances Hesselbein Leadership Training at West Point. The week-long training helps students build skills through personal and small group settings to bring back to their student groups.

“It helped me build my character and confidence, and find out what kind of leader I am so I can help others in my program,” said Nelson.

Cassie participated in a number of team-building activities including a shooting simulation, video game webinar, blindfolded bowling, and laser tag. In each activity, students had to work together to complete tasks.

“Our mission was to learn how to communicate with one another to navigate challenges,” said Nelson.

She said the best part about the training was a workshop on social loafing which, by definition, is the idea of a person exerting less effort to achieve a goal when they work in a group than when working alone. The different perspectives on how people work effectively are a takeaway she is bringing back to her team.

“When we do stuff as a team, we try to do it as a big group. Now that I know that doesn’t work for everyone, I think splitting each other up in little groups will help,” said Nelson.

Cassie is the third student from WHS to be chosen to attend the MCEC leadership training. The first two students chosen in fall of 2020 and spring of 2021 attended training virtually. Cassie is the first to go in-person.

Greg Morris, Widefield High School counselor and S2S sponsor, has been building the S2S program for the past three years and is looking forward to going above and beyond to have one of the best programs in the country.

“The root of what we do is support new students by helping them get to their classes and familiarize them with our building, but we extend that to incorporate school community events and opportunities to connect,” said Morris.

He said one of the measurements of success is having new students ask to be a part of S2S.

“That’s how you know you’re doing a good job,” said Morris.


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