From Captain to Coach: An Interview with Coach Hassel Abrahante



By Akosua Asante

There is a difference between being a good student and being a great student. Every student gets projects, tests, essays, and other assignments. The difference between a good student and a great student is that a great student sets the bar higher for themselves and isn’t afraid to  take up a challenge. G.K Nelson once said, “Successful people are not gifted; they just work hard, succeed on purpose.” Former M.E.T.S. student Hassel Abrahante is one of those successful people. She graduated with the Class of 2019 and was recently approved by M.E.T.S. Charter School's Board of Trustees as the new coach for Cheer and Step and will be co-coaching with Ms.Casella. She was a cheerleader here for three years and a captain during her junior and senior years. She also won the 2019 Athlete of the Year Award. When the opportunity for a coaching position came up, Ms.Casella reached out to Coach Abrahante because she was a great student, cheerleader, and captain. She created a positive impact at  M.E.T.S. Charter School, which is why she was asked to come back for the coaching position. Coach Abrahante should serve as a role model for our students and her experience should encourage more students to work hard and also develop that type of positivity at M.E.T.S Charter School. 


Coach Abrahante’s Interview 

1.What was your experience like as a cheerleader and captain during your time at M.E.T.S.?

My experience as a cheerleader and captain during my time at M.E.T.S was to always be prepared to have eyes on you. As a captain, you set an example for your fellow cheerleaders, as well as a role model to other students. You are known at M.E.T.S, given it is a small school.


2. How did you hear about the coaching position?

My former coach and teacher, Ms. Casella, introduced the idea to me one afternoon suggesting I fill the spot. At first, I was hesitant because of the time management, college work, and also my involvement in the Saint Peter’s University Dance team. However, I knew if I was working with Casella it would be a great time and learning experience. Therefore, I said yes to the offer.

3. What do you think you will bring to your new job?

Being a former flyer and cheerleader/captain, I believe I gained knowledge of the do’s and don'ts of cheerleading. Having fresh knowledge from the sport, I could aid flyers, dance routines, steps, and cheers since I am always on the search for new and improved choreography.

4. What advice would you have for students who look up to you?

Never settle for less. Always push yourself above satisfactory. If I would’ve stopped at “Okay, this is good enough” I wouldn’t have gained this opportunity. Just because no one is watching doesn’t mean you need to slack. You will only be hurting yourself in the process of not doing your best.

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