Fort Dodge Community School District

New Freshmen Leadership Cadre at FDSH

November 21, 2017

November 21, 2017, Fort Dodge, IA- Fort Dodge Senior High has formed a new Freshmen Leadership Cadre to help develop leadership skills in ninth grade students.  The Leadership Cadre is a small group of freshmen students who will be trained in leadership, service, character and volunteerism. Dr. Kenneth Hayes, FDSH principal, came up with the idea for the Cadre.

“Schools spend a lot of energy and resources providing leadership opportunities to the juniors and seniors,” Hayes said. “By the time we pour into them, they graduate and are not given a lot of opportunities to actually lead or use their leadership in meaningful ways. So I thought let’s create a Leadership Cadre of freshmen and begin to pour into them earlier on.”

Teacher recommendations along with attendance and behavior data were used to identify students to invite to be a part of the group.  For their first training, Cadre members attended Josten’s Renaissance with Mike Smith in Ankeny last week.

Cadre members Sawyer Springer and Ellie Baedke both enjoyed the training.  They said the message of the training was to be a “do-er” and to make a difference in the lives of those around you. The speaker encouraged the students to think about how they want to be remembered after they graduate.

Springer said, “What I took away is that helping others makes you feel better about yourself. You help them and you feel better about yourself, then they help someone else and they feel better and the chain reaction continues.”

Members of the Cadre made a four-year commitment to making a difference in themselves and FDSH as a whole. They will partner with other clubs and organizations at the high school to not only learn about leadership, but to put leadership into action that will bring real change to their experiences at FDSH.

“We want to build up leadership in both training and in action that will impact the students themselves, their school and their community,” Hayes stated.  “Our hope is that being a member of the Cadre adds to connecting these students to school and to each other.”

“I am honored to be a part of the Cadre. It makes me want to be a better person and to make a difference in my school and the lives of others throughout my four years at Fort Dodge Senior High,” Baedke said. “I want to be remembered as someone who had a positive impact on my peers, school and community.”

“This is a great group of student leaders,” Hayes said. “I’m excited to see where it goes and what they accomplish in their time at Senior High.”

Members of the Leadership Cadre include: Matthew Anderson, Ellie Baedke, Shelbi Beckman, Isabel Beekman, Olivia Bell, Cayci Bidleman, Reagan Black, Lauren Butler, Jaydon Charlson, Kody Cook, Paige Copenhaver, Andrew Creger, Sydney Crimmins, Keiona Crooks, Thomas Daniel, Jacy Daniel, Madalyn Daniel, Milo Hamilton, Cole Hamlow, Brooke Hansen, Grace Hartley, Jason Hobmeier, Joseph Kelley, Blaze Lo, Kadyn Lundberg, Maddy Major, Piera McBride, Josh Meier, Gracie Miller, Victoria Pavik, Macey Peterson, Alexis Read, Nate Rethwisch, Dallas Richardson, Sawyer Springer, Micah Stolp, Kiana Touney, Katherine Tyre and Dylan Zimmerman.

The mission of the Fort Dodge Community School District is to provide quality learning experiences and build relationships that develop productive citizens ready for their futures. For more information about the Fort Dodge Community Schools visit or call 515.576.1161.  Our Schools. Our Community. Our Pride.


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