Pictured is the group photo of all Miller Mentoring Seniors and program manager, from left (front row) Abby Thiele, Payton Borchardt, Lydia Halbakken, (second row) Jake Jonsgaard, Kalvin Nogosek, Shaniyah Williams, (third row) Kailee Frank, Hunter Scha
The Winona Senior High School was host to the annual Miller Mentoring family dinner. The dinner is organized each year to honor the Miller Mentoring graduating seniors. In addition, three scholarships were given out to Miller Mentoring graduating seniors who plan to attend continuing education. The Miller Mentoring program was started in 2000 with money funded by Ben Miller. The Miller Mentoring program promotes and nurtures the relationship between mentor and student and the Miller family continues to support the program today.
Along with the funding, the program could not be a success without the wonderful compassionate and caring staff it has, including Program Manager, Cindy Amberg. She has been with Miller Mentoring for 19 years and sadly will be retiring at the end of this school year. She and her staff have worked with hundreds of students. As Amberg added her closing remarks at the dinner, you could clearly tell that these students have been a proud part of her life for many years and this has not only been a job, but a passion. Amberg will surely be missed at Miller Mentoring.
When asked to describe what Miller Mentoring has meant to them, students raved with these responses, “my safe place, life-changing, a support group, the highlight of my week, empowering, a place of friendship, a great place to learn, and the family they have always wanted.”
The Foundation for Winona Area Public Schools is proud to hold funds and support programs like Miller Mentoring.Congratulations to the 2019 Miller Mentoring graduating seniors!
It Takes Two $500 scholarship winner is Andy Grathen.
It Takes Two $1,000 scholarship winner is Lydia Halbakken.
The Sharon K. Suchla Memorial $500 scholarship was awarded to Abigail Thiele.