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Posted: October 21, 2021

HARKER HEIGHTS, Texas —  The Military Child Education Coalition® today, along with the support of former Chief of Staff of the Army Retired Gen. Dennis Reimer, announced the recipient of the nonprofit’s inaugural Suzy Carlton Student Leadership and Civic Responsibility Award during the organization’s Frances Hesselbein Student Leadership Program at the United States Military Academy (USMA).

The honoree, Kaylie L., is the daughter of a U.S. sailor and a junior at North Augusta High School, Aiken County Public Schools, in South Carolina.

“MCEC is honored to work alongside Gen. Reimer and Suzy’s family to recognize outstanding military-connected kids like Kaylie who embody the spirit of selfless service and civic responsibility that Suzy showed throughout her life,” said MCEC President and CEO Dr. Becky Porter. “The impact Kaylie has made, along with her vision to work with others to do more in her community, exemplifies the intent of this worthy recognition and reflects the very best of all military-connected students.”

The award is named after Suzanne “Suzy” Carlton who was a military-connected wife and mother. Suzy honorably and selflessly worked to support others as a Department of the Army Civilian and special assistant to two Army Chiefs of Staff – including Gen. Reimer.

Following Suzy’s passing, in December of 2020, Gen. Reimer, on behalf of Suzy’s family chose to spearhead efforts to honor her legacy of service and civic responsibility.

In addition to her part time job at Starbucks and activities at school, Kaylie is also a member of the reigning MCEC Student 2 Student® High School Team of the Year at North Augusta High School.

S2S™ is a student-led program that brings military and civilian students together to welcome new students, create a positive environment, support academic excellence, and ease transitions. Founded in 2004, MCEC grounds the S2S programs for schools – at all levels – under the following values: Leadership, Academics, Service, Finding the Way, and 100% acceptance.

“100 percent acceptance is something we need in order for people to feel included,” said Kaylie in her Frances Hesselbein Student Leadership Program application. “I have always appreciated people who accepted me for who I was growing up – especially because I moved so often as a military child. I believe that people should show the same courtesy.”

Over the past year, Kaylie has been part of several projects with her program including overseeing the reorganization of a book room at her school. She was also selected to participate in the MCEC virtual meeting and discussion with First Lady of the United States Dr. Jill Biden, in the spring, and stated she looks forward to applying lessons learned from her time at West Point to working with her team as they mentor and train the members of the district’s junior high S2S team.

Kaylie is one of ten S2S sophomores and juniors attending the Frances Hesselbein Student Leadership Program – a bi-annual leadership opportunity for sophomore and junior students, sponsored by PAE.  Students selected to attend represent seven states across the country and have military-connected affiliations to the U.S. Army, U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Navy, and U.S. Air Force.

Learn more about S2S, including options for training and certification for your school and district, and how to apply for the spring class of the Frances Hesselbein Student Leadership Program at the United States Air Force Academy here.









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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