2016-09-15

Meet the 2016-2017 City Year New Hampshire corps and learn what motivated them to serve a year with City Year:

The Bakersville Elementary School Team

Team Sponsor: Dartmouth-Hitchcock

Alysa Hemcher, 22, Gilford, NH “I serve because I truly believe that it takes a village to raise a child.”

Kevin Bruin, 22, Randolph, MA “I serve because I understand that nothing in this world will change without someone taking action. I want to be a facilitator for positive change in the lives of these students.”

Blair Chandler, 21, Shawnee, KS “I serve because I believe all kids just need a little TLC. A little push in the right direction and they will forever strive for greatness!”

Shealyn Lonergan, 22, Norwell, MA “I serve because I want to be a positive light in the Manchester community and to ensure that every child knows how bright they can shine too.”

Elizabeth Prior, 23, Exeter, NH “I serve because all children deserve access to an equal and excellent education.”

Brian Word-Sims, 18, Asheville, NC “I serve to see the students eyes light up with passion and excitement everyday.”

The Beech Street Elementary School Team

Team Sponsor: Dartmouth-Hitchcock

Adam McAfee, 23, Nashua, NH “I serve because 28 third graders changed my life last year and this cause was too important to walk away from.”

Brittany Neuman, 23, Goffstown, NH “I serve because the students of Manchester stole my heart.”

Andrew Bickert, 19, Reynoldsburg, OH “I serve because every student deserves a personalized education.”

Kathryn Dillon, 22, Amherst, NH “I serve because I truly believe that most of the world's problems could be solved with better education. I want to help give my students that education to make the world a better place.”

Courtney Milette, 18, Jaffrey, NH “I serve because I want to make a difference.”

Uthman Olowa, 22, Roosevelt, NY “I serve because I want to give back and help inspire children the same way I was inspired by teachers and near peers during my childhood.”

Elizabeth Valencia, 21, Norwalk, CA “I serve because every child deserves a hero, and deserves to be a hero.”

Frankie Walker, 23, Starkville, MS “I serve because there is no greater joy than helping others. It's my passion.”

Sarah Wheeler, 18, Orajestad, Netherland Antilles “I serve to continue the ripple.”

The Gossler Park Elementary School Team

Team Sponsor: Dartmouth-Hitchcock

Program Sponsor: Lincoln Financial Foundation

Nina Santiago, 23, Lawrence, MA “I serve because I wish to be the role model that I never had.”

Tonya Andrews, 22, Chicopee, MA “I serve to inspire young people, like my nieces and nephews, because I believe education is power.”

Ella Howland, 18, Bradford, NH “I serve because I believe that each and every student deserves the chance to succeed in graduating. I want to be that person that pushes them to do so.”

Nicholas Lucchesi, 22, Longmeadow, MA “I serve because I want to create a safe space for children take risks, make mistakes, celebrate success, and grow in the process.”

Tatiyana Murray, 22, Reading, PA “I serve because I want to be who I needed when I was younger.”

Ben Resek, 18, Camden, ME “I serve because I cannot imagine a better way to have a genuinely positive impact.”

Allison Schrader, 23, Lake Oswego, OR “I serve because I believe that every child deserves someone in their corner to cheer them on.”

Jackie Trexler, 21, Dunbarton, NH “I serve because I want to create a more caring, kind, and thoughtful future.”

The Hallsville Elementary School Team

Megan Klok, 23, West Warwick, RI “I serve because I whole-heartedly believe that young people can change the world.”

James Butrico, 23, South Plainfield, NJ “I serve to give children the tools they need to reach their full potential and stay on the path to a bright and fulfilling future.”

Jamie Gallup, 22, Lansing, MI “I serve because I believe that education is power. All children deserve the right to this power regardless of where they come from.”

Rachael Gottlieb, 22, Readington, NJ “I serve because every child deserves to know their full potential and worth. Every child can grow up to achieve their dreams.”

Kimi Kehr, 19, Walton, NY “I serve because I care about the future.”

Arthur Lyon, 24, Philadelphia, PA “I serve because I want to make an imprint on every child so they can be ready to tackle anything in the future.”

Lysette Valencia, 21, Boston, MA “I serve because I want to empower young people and provide them with all the tools and resources they need to be successful.”

The Henry Wilson Elementary School Team

Program Sponsor: Wire Belt

Madeja Stewart, 23, New York, NY “I serve for the next Barack and Michelle, the next Angela, Malcolm, and Michael. I serve for the next Maya and Langston, the next Frida, the next Jordan, even the next Beyonce. I serve so my brothers and sisters know their lives and dreams matter and so that one day I may create the opportunities, equity, and unity that this country so desperately needs.”

Maddy Allen, 18, Lexington, MA “I serve because every student deserves their ‘aha’ moment.” 

Larry Chen, 17, Okemos, MI “I serve because I want to make a difference in the lives of kids.”

Lakeiya Grimes, 24, Rochester, NY “I serve because I believe in the power of early intervention.”

Molly Hennessey, 23, Milton, MA “I serve to put a smile on every child’s face, and to help children understand that they can and will succeed.”

Tyler Jones, 22, North Brunswick, NJ “I serve because I believe that everyone deserves a quality education.”

Olivia Lucier, 22, Wayland, MA “I serve to pass on what my community gave me and to provide others with the same opportunities and attention I was fortunate enough to receive.”

Jordan Morrell, 22, Atlanta, GA “I serve because I believe that the only thing standing between a child's dream and his or her reality is opportunity. I want to do everything possible to partner with these children to give them the opportunities they deserve.”

The McDonough Elementary School Team

Mary McManus, 23, Cincinnati, OH “I serve because I believe in the power of young people.”

Jackie Baron, 26, Millburn, NJ “I serve because we all deserve the opportunity to learn in ways that work for us so that we can reach our full potential.”

Sinead Gooney, 22, Bronx, NY “I serve to witness the blissful expression on student’s faces when they achieve their goals.”

Jess Hylek, 23, Lexington, MA “I serve because everyone deserves to receive a quality education regardless of where they come from and where they are born.”

Sravani Kumar, 22, Nashua, NH “I serve because I strongly believe that education is the gateway to bridge the socioeconomic disparities that exist in this country and the world.”

Allen Magnusson, 22, Boulder, CO “I serve because, throughout high school and university, I have been the recipient of amazing educational opportunities that have been wholly due to my communities' and teachers' altruism and their belief in the transformative potential of integrated and accessible education. In Manchester, I hope to impart even a fraction of the experiences that I have been so fortunate to receive.”

Cadence Pentheny, 20, Litchfield, NH “I serve because young people in every corner of this earth deserve to know their own fundamental power.”

Devon Poleon, 19, Clinton, MA “I serve as a way to give back. Growing up I was given a lot and had a lot of opportunities set up for me so I believe that serving is a way for me to help give these kids an opportunity to excel this year and years to come.”

The Northwest Elementary School Team

Team Sponsor: Comcast NBCUniversal

Ian Kernohan, 23, Milton, MA “I serve because there's some good in this world, and it's worth fighting for.”

Lindsey Sullivan, 23, Jacksonville, FL “I serve to build connections and communities.”

Taylor Antrum, 23, Naugatuck, CT “I serve because I don't want to just talk about the change I wish to see in this world, I want to be a part of the change it needs.”

Jared Burris, 24, Indianapolis, IN “I serve because I believe that ignorance has an inverse relationship with peace.”

Emily Kuczka, 21, Boulder, CO “I serve because every student deserves to know that they are good enough. I serve to help students reach success, even when all of the odds are against them.”

Julie Lavoie, 23, Merrimack, NH “I serve to help ensure our whole country will have a bright future.”

Sheshank Mageshawar, 22, Beavorton, OR “I serve to empower students to have a voice and understand there are people who want to succeed and to catch them when they fall. I will be the Alfred to their Batman.”

Marisa Milone, 22, Sandown, NH “I serve because I wish to provide students the opportunity to reach their full potential.”

Joanna Perron, 22, Lowell, MA “I serve because I want to better myself and communities.”

Jessica Stern, 22, Cherry Hill, NJ “I serve because this generation deserves for the American Dream to become a reality.”

Gunnar Von Haden, 17, Kittery, ME “I serve to create a world of productive and talented people who can forge a better future for all of us.”

The Parker-Varney Elementary School Team

Team Sponsor: RiverStone

Lisa Carey, 23, Quincy, MA “I serve because I believe that every child should have someone in their court.”

Claudia Duran, 25, San Diego, CA “I serve because in my heart, I believe that every child deserves to know that they are loved, valued, and important.”

Naomi Becker, 22, Washington D.C. “I serve because I believe that everyone should have the same educational opportunities.”

Jennifer Byrne, 21, Fairfax, VA “I serve because every child deserves someone to believe in his or her potential.”

Jonathan Masci, 22, Manhasset, NY “I serve because every child deserves a champion, and I want to use my privilege to empower others.”

Bianca Nelson, 18, Reading, PA “I serve because I want to give children the educational opportunities I didn’t get.”

Philip Nguyen, 22, Orange County, CA “I serve because real change happens from the ground-up.”

Bindi Parikh, 22, Totoway, NJ “I serve to bring out the potential each child has. I believe every little voice can create a strong impact.”

Theresa Schneider, 22, Cincinnati, OH “I serve because I want to share what joy I can and work towards a community where everyone feels loved and valued.”

The AmeriCorps VISTA Team

Sara Rosen, 26, Paramus, NJ “I serve to make the world better and brighter than it was before.”

Dereion LaSean Stalling, 21, San Angelo, TX “I serve because I wanted to be the shoulders on which this year's giants could stand on.”

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