- Widefield of Dreams
Meet Jessica and Sami
A pair of high school students are helping our youngest learners expand their imagination through song and story time. Jessica Leach and Sami Price, seniors at Widefield High School, record weekly songs and stories that are played for preschool classes at Webster Elementary.
“I absolutely adore the fact that I can provide them with a fun activity that promotes learning and love that I have the ability to make them smile,” said Sami.
The students work with their school librarian, Amy Hawkins-Keeler, to pick books and songs that go with the preschool’s theme of the week. Jessica and Sami practice reading the books and singing the songs before they record each week.
“I like getting to be creative with how I read the books,” said Jessica. “One time I might use voices for characters, another time, I might have the students make symbols with their hands. A couple of times, I've had them turn and talk to their partner. So, simply, I enjoy changing up the reading style between each book.”
Jessica is the vice president of the National Honor Society, a member of the chamber orchestra and pop orchestra, and also involved in peer mediators, LINK crew, and book club. After high school, Leach plans to go to college for biology with an emphasis on secondary education. She’s been accepted to both Adams State University and UCCS. Leach’s dream is to teach Project Lead the Way (PLTW) Biomedical classes in Widefield.
Sami plays varsity volleyball and is on the varsity swim team. She is also a member of the student council, National Honor Society, Renaissance, Science Club, Rex’s Rowdies (spirit club), Power Club and LINK crew. Sami will be attending the University of North Dakota to major in cellular and molecular biology with a pre-med emphasis, and a minor in sports business. Sami’s dream is to finish her undergraduate studies in three years, attend medical school, and become a team physician employed by the National Hockey League.