Week 4 at Dingess Energy Express

By Courtney Harrison - [email protected]

DINGESS – The Dingess Energy Express site reports that the fourth week of the summer reading program was a success.

Jordan Browning, Dingess Energy Express Site Coordinator discussed the guest readers for week four of Energy Express. “Dingess Energy Express is exhilarated to announce our fourth week was outstanding. We had several celebrity readers that delighted the students,” Browning stated.

Week four readers included a fire warden, a nursing student, a Native American princess, an Energy Express Alumni mentor, and other special guests including Smokey the Bear.

Browning explained the various qualities each reader brought to participants. “The first reader was Fire Warden, Jason Nelson from the Division of Forestry. He has been a volunteer fireman in Logan for 15 years. He is a combat wounded veteran that was the recipient of the Purple Heart. He was a sergeant and completed two tours of duty. He is currently protecting the environment through fire prevention, wild life and land rehab, fresh water protection and overseeing logging operations. He brought a special guest with him, Smokey Bear, portrayed by Melissa Nelson. Both were a huge success,” Browning said.

Browning continued stating, “Caleb Blankenship was our second reader of the week. He is currently working at Dingess Service Center and is in his second year of Nursing School at SWVCTC in Logan, W.Va. He is a former AmeriCorps Member with Energy Express who completed two years of service as a mentor.”

Kaitlyn Canterbury was the third reader of the week. “She is also an Energy Express mentor alumni. She graduated from Marshall University in 2015 in the field of Exercise Physiology and is currently a student at Mary Mount University in DC/Virginia. She plans on becoming a Doctor of Physiology,” Browning explained.

The fourth reader to visit Energy Express was Princess Aracoma. “Hayley Haynes (Princess Aracoma) also came to Dingess Energy Express. The students loved her costume and her story of Aracoma. Hayley is a recent graduate of TVHS. She loves to sing and act and plans to attend college in the fall in the area of forensic science. Hayley is a member of Fellowship of Christian Athletes and is a direct descendant of Pocahontas,” Browning said.

Browning thanked the fourth week’s readers stating, “Dingess Energy Express is very appreciative of those that gave their time to the students of our program for the fourth week of operation.”


By Courtney Harrison

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(Courtney Harrison is a news reporter for the Williamson Daily News. She can be contacted at [email protected], or at 304-235-4242 ext. 2279.)

(Courtney Harrison is a news reporter for the Williamson Daily News. She can be contacted at [email protected], or at 304-235-4242 ext. 2279.)

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