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Emily Peck and Autumn Botz were paired through the District 206 Student Match program. Emily, a Jefferson High School student, mentored the Lincoln Elementary student during three years in high school. Even though she is now in college, the two still spend time together whenever they can. they are pictured here during a Student Match bowling event. (Contributed photo)

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Neither Emily Peck nor Autumn Botz thought they were getting a lifelong friend when they joined the District 206 Student Match program, but that might be what has happened.


Emily joined Student Match when she was a sophomore at Jefferson High School (JHS) in Alexandria. She was matched with Autumn, a 2nd grader at Lincoln Elementary School in Alexandria.

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Tara Bitzan
Tara Bitzan is editor of the Echo Press. She joined the company in 1991 as a news reporter. A lifelong resident of Douglas County, Tara graduated from Brandon High School and earned a bachelor of arts degree in mass communications and English with a minor in Scandinavian Studies from Moorhead State University. She and her husband, Dennis, and their children live near Alexandria.
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