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Posted: June 9, 2021

HARKER HEIGHTS, Texas — The Military Child Education Coalition®, in partnership with PAE, today announced the winners of the nonprofit’s first Student 2 Student® project competition.

The inaugural competition was a year-long process for schools who qualified to compete following their participation in the Frances Hesselbein Student Leadership Program at the United States Military Academy – West Point, last fall.

PAE invited S2S™ programs who had representatives attend the week-long leadership retreat at West Point to create and implement a project that directly supported their school’s S2S mission and enhanced the quality of life for the school and or the program’s local military community.

“Congratulations to these amazing MCEC S2S programs, sponsors, and schools for their success during a difficult school year,” said MCEC President and CEO Dr. Becky Porter. “Their initiative, creativity, and commitment reflect the very essence of why S2S exists and the impact it can have on schools and local communities.”

The top three MCEC S2S programs received grants in the amounts of $1,000 (first place); $750 (second place); $500 (third place) are:

First Place: Ramstein High School, Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA), Germany  

The Ramstein S2S program embraced the importance of digital learning and interaction by developing and launching the school’s first S2S webpage that included key information for current and incoming students about the S2S program, DoDEA, the local military instillation, and highlights that positively reflected the positive climate and local community.

Second Place: North Augusta High School, Aiken County Public Schools, North Augusta, S.C.

The North Augusta S2S program pivoted from their initial proposal after COVID restrictions prohibited them from interaction and successfully engineered a membership drive, along with conducting virtual newcomer’s orientations that assisted incoming military-connected students to the school during remote learning.

Third Place: Ridge View High School, Richland School District 2, Columbia, S.C.

The Ridge View team took advantage of opportunities to work within their local community and throughout the school district by promoting early literacy through reading stories to their elementary students and partnering with MCEC for a Tell Me A Story® event.  

“The Frances Hesselbein Student Leadership program and this competition would not be possible without the amazing support from PAE,” added Porter. “We are grateful for their ongoing support of military-connected students and the impact these young men and women can have within their schools and local communities.”

MCEC trains sponsors and students for S2S programs at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. There are currently 545 programs around the world that impact more than 115-thousand students annually. The goal of S2S is to provide a welcoming, positive environment where all students can come together to support military-connected students, ease transitions, and ensure academic success.

The Frances Hesselbein Student Leadership Program helps to grow and sustain the S2S™ programs at the local level. Now in its 15th year, Frances Hesselbein provides S2S members with opportunities enrich their leadership and team building skills through week-long experiences at West Point in the fall and the U.S. Military Academy at Colorado Springs, Colo. in the spring.




About the Military Child Education Coalition:
MCEC® is a 501(c)(3) global nonprofit leadership, service delivery, and advocacy organization. MCEC supports all military-connected children by educating, advocating, and collaborating to resolve education challenges associated with the military lifestyle. Learn more about the national advocacy efforts of MCEC at and on social media at Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.


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