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Dana Hilliard,

alumnus of Upward Bound at the University of New Hampshire and Student Support Services at Keene State College


2004 - Dana graduated from Somersworth H.S. in 1991. He had spent three years in the UNH Upward Bound Program. He went on to Keene State College where he earned his BA in Political Science in 1995. He was elected to the NH Legislature from ’92-’96; he was the youngest member of his legislative class.

After Dana left the NH Legislature, he worked for the state in other capacities. He served on the State Liquor Commission from ’96-’99. He was also a NH State Marine Patrol officer for a year. He then moved to Massachusetts where he assisted the Massachusetts House Ways and Means Committee for several years.

After that experience he realized he wanted to spend some time educating young people on the nature of and the opportunities in government. He participated in the Franklin Pierce Teacher Certification Program and received an alternative teaching certificate. He then worked for two years at the Somersworth Middle School as a paraprofessional in Special Education. He is currently teaching Social Studies at Somersworth High School. In addition, from 2002-2004, he was the Somersworth City Councilor for Ward 4 and even ran for mayor.