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April 12, 2014

Levar Ware’s Story, Part 2: After getting his life back on track, senior ready to tackle college next

NEW CASTLE — Even when Levar Ware was at his lowest, people recognized the quality of his character.

Some, like Andy Tommelleo, former director of the Lawrence County Career and Technical Center, went the extra mile because of it.

“From the beginning, the staff (at Cray Youth and Family Services) could see that Levar had a genuineness and a kind spirit,” Tommelleo said. “He has a charisma that draws people to him.”

Tommelleo worked at Cray when he met Levar and supervised him the following year at the vo-tech.

“We just wanted to help him stay in school and stay successful,” Tommelleo said. “He did that.”

New Castle assistant principal and baketball coach Ralph Blundo said Levar needed to make up for years of not moving forward.

“He just needed structure.”

Levar’s behavior and grades improved, and the opportunity to play sports was back in the picture.

“He took some challenging courses, grinded it out and worked for it,” Blundo said.

Joe Cowart, who coached Levar in football and had him in class in junior high, noted that “Levar has come light years from where he used to be.

“He went from being very immature to being a quality person in our locker room.”

When letters from colleges began arriving at the Ware home, it was often too much for his mother, Dalynne, to handle. “She cried all the time,” Levar said.

His mother, a former basketball and track star at New Castle High, was so proud that the faith she had in God and her son was being rewarded.

Levar soon will become the first male in his family to graduate from high school and attend college.

Dalynne was a student athlete at Long Beach State University when she became pregnant with Levar. She had to drop out. They moved back to New Castle when Levar was 2.

Now 18, Levar has two younger siblings at home. Damar is 15 and Dayuna is 13.

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