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Janis C. Messenheimer-Courtney

Janice Carol Messenheimer-Courtney, 58, of Navarre, Stark County, was born and raised in Alliance before serving in the U.S. Army during the Cold War. Following her military career, Janice became a teacher through the Troops to Teachers program and has taught thousands of students at Fairless High School over the past 19 years. Each day, she influences her students by encouraging them to get MAD, an acronym used to remind them to Make A Difference in everything they do. Janice also serves as the advisor for yearbook, newspaper, National Honor Society and the senior class, as well as senior citizens coordinator—a volunteer position where she helps students and staff to organize a monthly program and luncheon for Fairless-area senior citizens. Past positions Janice has held include assistant athletic director, OEA chapter president and representative, Falcon Playhouse costume and publicity chair, student council advisor and Key Club advisor, where she wrote a grant for and then implemented a community-wide electronic recycling program. This program allows community members to drop off unwanted electronics to be recycled, the money raised offsets the costs of other projects or is donated to local families in need. As yearbook advisor, she also heads a major fundraiser each autumn, a Cinderella Ball dance for elementary school girls and their fathers, which draws 500 people annually.