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BHS Sophomore Selected for National Leadership Program at West Point

A sophomore from Belton High School is one of 10 students nationwide selected to participate in a prestigious student leadership program at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

Maverick Karanasos will attend the Frances Hesselbein Student Leadership Program from Oct. 18-21. The program is a bi-annual opportunity for sophomores and juniors who are members of the Military Child Education Coalition’s Student 2 Student program at their school. Students in this organization help welcome new classmates to the school, create a positive environment, support academic excellence and ease transitions.

“I’m excited to gain new knowledge and meet new people,” Karanasos said. “This really is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and hopefully it will be an amazing experience. I’m going to be able to bring new knowledge to my community and school, so we can better understand how we can help students.”

The students were selected based on their commitment to their S2S program, their extracurricular activities, community involvement and leadership potential.

Yvonne Cox, the BHS co-sponsor of S2S, is thrilled for Karanasos.

“I have nothing but excellent things to say about him,” she said. “Maverick really stood out as a leader last year. I’ve challenged him while he’s at the leadership program to work on ways to encourage and motivate other S2S students at BHS to take on more leadership roles in S2S and beyond. It’s a great opportunity, and I’m thrilled for him and our program.”

Oct. 14, 2021