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Posted: March 15, 2021

HARKER HEIGHTS, Texas — The Military Child Education Coalition® today announced ten students from across the U.S. and Europe have been selected to attend the Frances Hesselbein Student Leadership Program at the United States Air Force Academy, in Colorado Springs, Colo.

The students, who are sophomores and juniors, were selected from across nearly 200 MCEC® Student 2 Student® programs at the high school level for the week-long program March 16-24.


“The selection of each student is a reflection of the strength of military families, the schools and school districts, and the local communities where these outstanding military-connected children live,” said MCEC President and CEO Dr. Becky Porter. “We’re so proud to welcome you into the latest class of the Frances Hesselbein Student Leadership program, and we look forward to seeing the amazing things you’ll do together to lead your S2S programs and help other students in your schools.”


The students represent the following schools and districts:

  • James I O'Neill High School, Highland-Falls-Fort Montgomery Central School District (N.Y.)
  • Belton High School, Belton Independent School District (Texas)
  • Oak Harbor High School, Oak Harbor School District #201 (Wash.)
  • Croatan High School, Carteret County Public Schools (N.C.)
  • Ridge Spring-Monetta High School, Aiken County Public Schools (S.C.)
  • Widefield High School, Widefield School District 3 (Colo.)
  • Stuttgart High School, DoDEA Europe (Germany)

The Frances Hesselbein Student Leadership Program experience builds skills through personal and small group settings in a curriculum designed and led by the Air Force Academy cadets. Students discuss their individual programs’ successes, challenges, and explore collaborative ways their shared experiences can make an impact for S2S™ programs at the local level. 

MCEC’s Frances Hesselbein Student Leadership Program is sponsored by PAE and was established in 2006. Programs are offered at the U.S. Air Force Academy in the spring and the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., in the fall.  


The program is named after Frances Hesselbein, a pioneer, advocate, and educator of leadership. She is the founder of the Hesselbein Global Academy for Student Leadership and Civic Engagement at the University of Pittsburgh and has dedicated her life to serving others. She was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1998 for her leadership with Girl Scouts USA.


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About the Military Child Education Coalition
MCEC is a 501(c)(3) global nonprofit leadership 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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