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Wednesday, May 28, 2014 - 2:15pm


Dobbs Ferry, N.Y. – May 28, 2014– Stressing the importance of a college education and pursuing one’s dreams, Mercy College juniors Megan Johnson and Yolie Nyero spoke to young girls from Louis M. Klein Middle School in Harrison, N.Y. on Sunday about their backgrounds and paths to college.

Johnson, a Mercy College softball player, and Nyero, a Mercy field hockey player, discussed how their family situations did not necessarily include plans for attending college, but through perseverance both made their dreams a reality. The women encouraged the girls to love themselves and the bodies they were given, and to help each other as they strive to achieve their goals.

Kay Cioffi, a member of Mercy College's board of trustees, and mother of Samantha Cioffi, a seventh grader at Louis M. Klein, said: "It's important for young girls to connect with college athletes who are as diverse as they are and confidently pursuing their dreams in highly competitive fields. We are very appreciative of Mercy College for providing our middle school girls the chance to interact with such outstanding role models.”

Nyero said: “It was inspiring to know that these young girls already have insight into the college experience. They also have confidence that they can become collegiate student-athletes, and hopefully we affirmed that.”

The breakfast was held at Doral Arrowwood in Rye Brook, New York and was hosted by the Louis M. Klein Middle School Parent Teacher Association.  

Cioffi added: “Thank you to the Louis M. Klein Middle School Parent Teacher Association for hosting Johnson and Nyero. Women helping and inspiring young girls to pursue their dreams is priceless.” 

About Mercy College
Founded in 1950, Mercy College is a private, not-for-profit higher education institution that offers more than 90 undergraduate and graduate degree and certificate programs within five prestigious schools: Business, Education, Health and Natural Sciences, Liberal Arts and Social and Behavioral Sciences. Mercy College offers an engaging and personalized learning experience that includes the College’s revolutionary Personalized Achievement Contract (PACT) program. The Mercy College PACT is the first program of its kind and now serves as a nationally recognized model for mentoring. 877-MERCY-GO.