Meet the 2016 Team

BIG READ STUDENT LEADERS

Albion's Big Read Student Leaders are rising 8th, 9th, and 10th graders who call Albion home. These students independently led and facilitated community-wide book discussions throughout October 2016 and are role models for their peers, neighbors, and the greater Albion community. We celebrate the open hearts and minds of the following 2016 Big Read Student Leaders:
* denotes students who return as Albion Big Read Leaders for the second year

Carl Bates
Emmylou Roberts Christensen
Denisha Harris
Kei'Asianique Hill*
Larenz Hill*
Ian Lee*
Cedriana March*
Deonta March
Cassie Porter*

Autumn Sisler
Sylvia Sisler
Fred Steward
Ta'Jyanna Steward
Terek Straham*
A'Veion Washington*
Danielle Washington*
Jason Whetstone
Da'Sani White

Albion's 2016 Big Read Leaders and college volunteers pose for a photo during one of the first meetings in the Big Read Summer Leadership Program. Not pictured: Deonta March, Emmylou Roberts Christensen, and Terek Straham. 

Albion's 2016 Big Read Leaders and college volunteers pose for a photo during one of the first meetings in the Big Read Summer Leadership Program. Not pictured: Deonta March, Emmylou Roberts Christensen, and Terek Straham. 

Our 2016 Sponsors

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College Volunteers

Our summer training program would not be possible without the outstanding mentorship and commitment from volunteer student mentors from Albion College. Students apply and interview for their role in Albion's Big Read, and we value their hard work and dedication. We celebrate the leadership and commitment of the following college volunteers:

These dedicated college students apply and interview for their roles in the Big Read and volunteer throughout the entire summer and fall. 

These dedicated college students apply and interview for their roles in the Big Read and volunteer throughout the entire summer and fall. 

Alice Garvin, Albion College, class of 2017
Marley Guy, Albion College, class of 2018
Virginia Kivel, Albion College, class of 2018
Casey McCormick, Albion College, class of 2019
Abigail Radwick, Albion College, class of 2017
Ashlin Tabiadon, Albion College, class of 2017

ALBION'S BIG READ COMMITTEE

In addition to local youth and college students, Albion's Big Read is made possible through the generous efforts of a committee made up of college and community leaders. Albion's Big Read Committee chose the Big Read novel, Fahrenheit 451, designed events and programming, collaborated with countless local organizations, and continues meeting monthly to further the progress of Albion's next Big Read. We would like to thank the following members of Albion's Big Read Committee for their irreplaceable support of our program this year:

Albion's Big Read Committee meets year-round to plan October events.

Albion's Big Read Committee meets year-round to plan October events.

Kimberly Arndts, Assistant Director of Donor Relations and Stewardship, Albion College, and Vice President, Albion District Library Board of Trustees
Jamie Bernard, Head of Youth Services, Albion District Library
Harry Bonner, Executive Director, Kids at Hope and Substance Abuse Prevention Services
Laura Brownell, English teacher, Marshall High School
Nels Christensen, Associate Professor of English, Albion College
Madeline Drury, Assistant Director of Albion's Big Read
Mandy Dubiel, Director of Admissions, Albion College
Mae Ola Dunklin, Albion NAACP, Board of Trustees, Albion College, and retired Albion educator
Joni Parks,  Principal and Assistant Superintendent, Albion Community School
Jess Roberts, Director of Albion's Big Read and Professor of English, Albion College
Mary Slater, Owner, Albion Heritage Bed & Breakfast, member, Albion Sister City Committee, and secretary, Friends of the Bohm Theatre Board of Directors
Cindy Stanczak, Director of Albion District Library
Rhiki Swinton, Admissions Counselor, Albion College and Albion College Graduate, class of 2016
Keena Williams, Director of Intercultural Affairs and President's Special Adviser for Global Diversity, Albion College