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Hidden Lake Student Honored for Leadership, Compassion

Colorado Mammoth Lacrosse Captain, Dan Coates selected Stephanie Gonzales to be his first Coates Corner contest winner. Stephanie is a junior at Hidden Lake High School and was nominated by her teacher, Mark Belnay.

In Belnay’s nomination letter he wrote, “Stephanie is someone who represents each and every student in our school, and as an alternative school, that says she stands for all those kids who have never been given the chance to be heard because they are seen as ‘less’ than other students who have had the support and opportunities they have not.”

“Stephanie is a young lady that has a heart the size of a small planet and refuses to think anything is special about her hard work or empathy. This award would put a smile on her face because it was something she did not expect, and this would act as an example for the other students in our school of what is possible when someone thinks more for others than they do for themselves.”

Along with winning this award, Stephanie also got an invite to a Colorado Mammoth game where she and a guest got to sit in "Coates Corner" seats at the Pepsi Center on Feb. 16 against the Georgia Swarm.

Dan Coates selects students who are leaders in their classrooms, clubs or teams and embody kindness in action, including and empowering their classmates in an effort to make their school a positive, friendly place to be.

That’s exactly what Stephanie does at HLHS. Watch the What’s Up WPS exclusive above to hear from Stephanie and HLHS counselor, Cristy Snyder.