Raine’n Leadership On Harvard


When it comes to education, Mansfield, Arkansas eighth-grader, Raine Hecox, holds herself to a high standard. Her entire schooling career, she has worked hard to maintain the Honor Roll while also encouraging classmates to try and do the same. This year, Hecox was voted president of the Future Business Leaders of American and voted president of the student council. One teacher, Mr. Lex Mickle, took notice of Raine’s leadership qualities and nominated her to attend the 2020 Ambassador Leadership Summit at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Raine passing out doughnuts and juice to bus drivers for FBLA

“In the four years that I have known Raine, she has continued to display respect for her peers and teachers whom she also has positive relationships with,” Mr. Mickle expressed. “Raine always seems to have an optimistic attitude regardless of the situation. She was recently voted by her peers as the class representative of the student council. That alone shows her desire to lead and that others recognize her desire and ability to do so as well.”

For seven days in June, Raine would get the opportunity to develop new global perspectives alongside other student leaders from as many as 140 other countries all over the world. She will also be able to gain college life experience from a top university gaining her a competitive edge for college and a career which Raine is planning on making as a Civil Engineer. Also during the summit, she will get to explore such historic sites as the Freedom Trail, the Paul Revere House, the Old North Church and visit the JFK Presidential Library and Museum along with MIT.

Raine and Mrs. Kandis Howard testing out her STEM project

In order to make all of this possible, Raine will need the support of her family, friends, and community to help her raise summit tuition so that she can experience this once in a lifetime opportunity. Raine has set up a GoFundMe page for which you can find the link below. With everybody’s support, we can help pave the educational path for this small-town girl.


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Jason Baggett

Jason Baggett

Personal favorite quote - "It's the simplest things in life that make the biggest difference."

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