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Young Alumnus of the Month


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Emily Owens '14 and Marcy Yoder '12

Congratulations to our Young Alumni of the month, Emily Owens and Marcy Yoder!  Emily Owens graduated from Harding in May 2014 with a degree in Early Childhood Education and her sister, Marcy Yoder, graduated in July 2012 with a bachelor’s degree in Art. After graduation, Emily immediately started grad school at Harding in June to earn her Masters of Education and become certified as a Reading Specialist and is the graduate assistant for Dr. Cheri Smith. Upon graduation, Marcy married her husband, Christian Yoder, and continued doing freelance art work while working at Capstone Treatment Center. She is currently a barista at Midnight Oil Coffeehouse, doing freelance art work and illustrations and working towards her Masters of Arts in Teaching at Harding.

During school, Emily was a member of Pi Theta Phi, a Knights Queen and a member of Pied Pipers. She recently completed her third published children’s book, all illustrated by Marcy. Upon completion of the illustrations and added text, they send the pages to a self-publishing site to be printed.

“Each year, the Pied Pipers draw names and make a special gift to give at Christmas,” Emily said. “Each of these books was written for specific individuals that have challenged and inspired me throughout several years of meaningful friendship.”

Both Emily and Marcy considered their Harding experiences to be meaningful and full of growth in the relationships they built as well as spiritually.

“My first few semesters at Harding were a whirlwind of growth and change,” Marcy said. “My last couple of years marked a shift in which I learned so much about friendship and pursuing my love for art. I will always be grateful to Harding for providing me with fertile soil to grow into and bringing me into a more full understanding of the God we serve.”

Emily’s and Marcy’s three books; Kaitlyn Rabbit, Blake and Jazzy Frog John are available for purchase on Amazon.


Past Honorees

AugustScott Huddleston '07
JulyZach '13 and Jordan '12 Roddenberry
JuneSarah-Jane Bedwell  '05
MayLyndsey Ruble Nuckols '05
AprilSeth Fish  '08
MarchMaura Brumley  '12
FebruaryMatt Owen  '03
JanuaryEmily Gemma  '10
DecemberJohn Rogers  '04
NovemberLiz Yielding '12 and Lauren Schlabach '11
OctoberLaura Walker '09 and Cristie Merritt '11
SeptemberJustin Spring '03


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