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Dowling Mentor Year-End Celebration Concludes 23rd Year of Program

April 23, 2009

Alliance High School seniors Bethany Ault, Bran’Nisha Merrell, Jacob McCurdy and Joshua Ludwig were honored for six years of participation in the Dowling Mentor ProgramThe 23rd annual Mount Union College Dowling Mentor Program year-end celebration honored students from both the College and Alliance City Schools.

Lorie Miller, director of community educational outreach at Mount Union, presented Alliance High School seniors Bethany Ault, Bran’Nisha Merrell, Jacob McCurdy and Joshua Ludwig with plaques honoring their six years of participation in the program.

Graduating mentors who have served in the program were also recognized. Honored for four years of service was senior Hattie Newman, a business administration major from Alliance.   Honored for three years of service were Lindsey Coyle, a business administration major from Parma; Callie Livengood, a media studies major from Alliance; Luke Messner, a political science major from Dalton; Matt Parnell, a sport business major from Uniontown and Rod Strata, a business administration major from Cortland.

Honored for two years of service was Amanda Cunningham, a psychology major from Alliance.  Cunningham also served as a student in this program while in high school.  She is now the seventh student in this program to graduate from Mount Union.  Other graduates honored for two years of service were Stephanie Morris, a biology major from Aurora; Maura Picciano, an early childhood education major from Poland; and Emily Williams, a business administration major from Canton.  Honored for one year of service were Matt Jankowski, a sport business major from Parma; Erik Ports, a business administration major from Tallmadge; and Matt Smith, a sport business major from Piqua. 

The Dowling Mentor Program began when project founders Jack and Madge Peters decided to initiate a program to help area youth. They were inspired by Mr. Bob Dowling, a retired Alliance City Schools teacher, whose commitment to serving students was truly admirable. He worked continually to help students succeed, especially those who had potential for academic success. For 23 years, members of the program have aspired to make his dream become a reality.

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