Central Montana Youth Mentoring Program senior spotlight:

Cassidy Bawden

Photo courtesy of Seven Diamond Kate Loose Photography

Cassidy became a mentor in her senior year, and while she was not a mentee in elementary school, she says she wishes she had been in the program then. Spending time with her mentee sledding this winter was something they both really enjoyed. She says she “feels like mentoring to a younger person is just as impactful to the mentor as it is to the mentee.” She also says if she could do it all over again, she would become a mentor for all four years.

Cassidy had this to say about how mentoring might help later:

“I think that connecting with the youth and being a role model for them is something you can use the rest of your life to make an impact on the lives of others.”

Cassidy has had many role models in her life, too. She says that teachers, coaches and her youth pastors have all helped shape her into the person she has wanted to become.

While in high school, she has been very busy. Besides mentoring, she has been involved in Fergus High volleyball, basketball, FFA, FCCLA, BPA, student council, outdoors club, astronomy club, National Honors Society and Key Club. One of her special academic interests is agriculture. She enjoyed the classroom work and really enjoyed her entrepreneurship of raising and selling pigs. 

Cassidy says that she believes the special highlights of her high school career are not necessarily the big moments, but more of the small, meaningful moments that have happened in and out of the classroom. 

While Cassidy has not settled on a major, she does plan on attending college after graduation.

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