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Kathy Hiatt presents Carl Anderson with a Teammate medal.
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Mentor Jacie Moorhead with Alanna Weir.
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Erica Schufeldt enjoys breakfast with her mentor Ellen Chamley.

The Hershey Teammates mentoring program honored 13 seniors Wednesday at a breakfast at the high school.

Each year, Teammate Coordinator Cathy Hiatt presents the graduates with a medal, but this is the first year for the breakfast.

“We want to make sure we recognize them,” Hiatt said. “It is a great accomplishment. Not only are they graduating but some of them have been with their mentors since the fourth grade.”

Hiatt said the ceremony is a mixture of joy and sadness.

“Some of the seniors came up to me sorrowful when they realize their time in Teammates and high school is coming to an end,” she said.

Carl Anderson, who has been in Teammates for nine years, said he learned a lot from his mentor, who “got to talk a lot and share with him. I want to become a mentor someday.”

Jackie Moorhead enjoyed mentoring Alanna Weir for seven years.

“It has been great and I think I probably get more out of it than Alanna. I have granddaughters who live far away so I spend time with her,” she said.

Weir said interaction with Moorhead helped her through school.

“We sat and talked about anything and everything,” she said. “She really helped me think more about college. I am pretty sure I will become a mentor someday.”

Moorhead believes every kid needs another adult in their life that they can talk to.

Hiatt encourages people to consider becoming a mentor.

“We have a waiting list of students that ask for one,” she said. “If anyone is interested, they can contact me here at the school, or call or email me.”

After a background check, a mentor is matched with a student and weekly visits at the school are scheduled.

“It only takes about a half-hour a week of their time and is a very rewarding experience,” Hiatt said.

The Teammates program was founded by Dr. Tom and Nancy Osborne.


Hershey Teammate graduates

Carl Anderson

Britni Brannan

Jason Davis

Tessa DeCent

Alisa Hassett

Nicholas Heiser

Tanner Howell

Tacie Lucas

Anastasia Miller

Kendal Naranjo

Bailee Sanford

Erica Schufeldt

Alanna Weir

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The North Platte Bulletin - Published 5/3/2017
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