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LCHS drama entries place fourth in sectional

[MARCH 20, 2001]  IHSA sectional competition in group interpretation and contest drama was at Olympia High School on Saturday, March 17. Lincoln High School students performed in both events and placed fourth in each. 

In contest drama, Kyle Pepperell and Ann Elliott were named to the sectional all-contest cast.

Lincoln’s entry was "The Adding Machine," by Elmer Rice. Cast members were Kyle Pepperell, Kirsten Knutilla, Ann Elliott, Kelly Dowling, Allison Leonard, Carly McLean, Beau Hanger, Betsy Buttell, James Phelan, Alex King, Tristan Lemme, Stanton Schumacher, Amanda Perry, J. R. Glenn, Julie Wood, Doug Rohrer, Reid Conklen, Eric Agostino, Abby Sasse and Rebecca Gramley.

Crew members were Miranda Stone, Jason Yarcho and Molly Johnson.

The entry was directed by Tom Quinn.

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In group interpretation, Kyle Pepperell and Allison Leonard were named to the sectional all-contest cast.

Lincoln's entry was "The Little Prince," by Antoine de Saint Exupéry.

Cast members were Eric Agostino, Betsy Buttell, Kerry Dobihal, Colleen Fitzsimmons, J.R. Glenn, Beau Hanger, Tristan Lemme, Allison Leonard, Kyle Pepperell, Kristin Petty, Doug Rohrer and Jason Yarcho

Carolyn Schreiber was the director.

[LCHS news release]


Kids learn the strength of cooperation

[MARCH 16, 2001]  A short lesson in cooperation.

You’re in third grade and one day you are given:

  • 1 piece of colored paper
  • 1 sheet foil
  • colored pencils
  • stick glue
  • 5 sticks
  • and a partner.

It’s the partner thing that’s the biggie. It can work for you or against you, as you’re about to find out.

Day 1

Now Officer Montcalm is standing in front of your class and explaining that today is a planning day. You have a few minutes to work out what you will be doing with these materials. Tomorrow you must create something, and you want to make it good.

You’re given some guidelines:

  1. One person can go for help. You must decide together who it will be.
  2. You must work out together what you will be making.
  3. Then the tough part — which one of you will be responsible for storing and retrieving the materials. Only one of you is allowed to do it.

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Day 2

The next day Officer Montcalm returns, and the responsible partner must go get your stuff so you can get going on making your sure-to-be stunning creation. You have only 15 minutes, so time is at a premium. Time goes quickly.

Now the real lesson

Everyone must show what they made and talk about why they got it done or why not.

West Lincoln-Broadwell third-grade teacher Mrs. Boyer points out that the projects that came together the best were done by the partners that cooperated the best. She could see the children learned a lot in the process about cooperation — that more gets done better when you work together with someone rather than against each other or even alone.

Officer Rich Montcalm visits schools in the Lincoln area teaching kids about getting along and avoiding substance abuse through the Violence Prevention and DARE programs.

[Jan Youngquist]

Job Fair 2001

High school students meet real world

[MARCH 15, 2001]  Job Fair 2001 kicked off Wednesday morning at Lincoln College and lasted all day. This was the second annual Job Fair in Lincoln, designed to give juniors and seniors experience in landing and keeping jobs. Twenty local companies, clubs, and organizations pitched in to help today’s youth.

Last year’s fair began with 12 students; this year about 30 attended. All of the local high schools were invited, but only one student each from Illini Central, Hartsburg-Emden and Mount Pulaski joined Lincoln Community High School’s students. Coordinator Wanda Rohlfs hopes to see the program grow to 50 student participants each year.


[Brenda Silano explains dining etiquette for business lunches.]

The participants were welcomed to the fair by Jim Xamis. After the opening, the students attended four different sessions. The first session, "Planning, Labor Information, and Jobs of the Future," helped students reflect on meaningful and lucrative careers. "Getting a Job" coached the participants on living with reality, budgeting and comparing income to expenses. The next session, "Applying," guided students through application blanks, resumes and letters of application. The final instruction session gave students pointers on "Keeping the Job": punctuality, teamwork, interpersonal skills, positive attitudes, and getting along with co-workers and employees.


Beginning with lunch, the afternoon activities allowed the students to practice the things they learned. During the luncheon, the students were taught proper dining etiquette for a lunch meeting with a boss or prospective boss. A style show followed the luncheon. Before the fair, the models in the style show shopped at local secondhand clothing stores for appropriate interview attire. Participants observed that people are able to dress well for interviews without breaking the budget.


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[Becky Sank asks for volunteers to go first for practice interviews.  Local companies had representatives on hand so that students could go through practice interviews.  Each student got to do three interviews. ]

[As a final activity, students practice interviewing.  Representatives with interviewing experience were on hand from the Chamber of Commerce, Cutler-Hammer/Eaton, ALMH, IGA, APAC, Logan County Health Department, Big R of Lincoln, Garland Gehrke Trucking, State Farm and Army National Guard.]

After the fashion show, students completed mock interviews with people from local companies who regularly hire applicants. Each student was slated to complete two 20-minute interviews. The interviews were assigned based on the applications each student submitted to register for Job Fair 2001. The day was concluded by an awards ceremony, directed by Todd Lowman, in which students received acknowledgement for their participation.

The following companies, clubs and organizations supported the fair by sending presenters, contributing financially and donating experienced interviewers: Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital, AmeriCorps, APAC, Army National Guard, Big R of Lincoln, Cutler Hammer/Eaton Corporation, Garland Gehrke Trucking, Healthy Family Task Force, Heartland Regional Partnership for Educating to Careers, Illinois Department of Human Services, Illinois Employment and Training Center, Kiwanis Club of Lincoln, Lincoln Area YMCA, Lincoln Community High School, Lincoln IGA, Lincoln/Logan Chamber of Commerce, Lincolnland Technical Education Center, Logan County Health Department, State Farm Insurance, Willamette Industries and Zonta.

Wanda Rohlfs, the Job Fair 2001 coordinator, acknowledged that the success and continuation of this program rests on the participation, interest, contributions, and grants from local businesses and organizations.

[Jean Ann Carnley]



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Speech and drama teams
entertain at their benefit dinner

[MARCH 15, 2001]  On Monday evening, Lincoln Community High School’s speech and drama teams hosted a benefit dinner at the Knights for Columbus Hall. The team members served guests a hearty dinner, and pianist Jason Yarcho provided dinner music. Following dinner, the team members provided humorous and dramatic entertainment for the audience.

Allison Leonard began the program with a prose reading of Jane Martin’s "Clear Glass Marbles." Kerry Dobihal presented "Remedial Hygiene 101"—an example of special occasion speaking. Tristan Lemme performed a dramatic interpretation of "The Perfect Ganesh," by Terence McNally. Doug Rohrer and Erica Brickey entertained the audience with "Open to Interpretation," a humorous duet act written by Ray Bradbury. Allison Leonard and Kyle Pepperell presented "Echoes," a dramatic duet act written by Richard Nash. Twelve students cooperated to read "The Little Prince," by Antoine de Saint-Exupery: Eric Agostino, Betsy Buttell, Kerry Dobihal, Colleen Fitzsimmons, J.R. Glenn, Beau Hanger, Tristan Lemme, Allison Leonrad, Kyle Pepperell, Kristin Petty, Doug Rohrer and Jason Yarcho.

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The high school hosts made a special effort to honor three couples who were instrumental in beginning and expanding the speech and drama teams: Mel and Joyce Kinzie, Deane and Ann Doolen, and Marylou and the late Alan Tidaback.


[Twelve speech and drama students cooperated to read "The Little Prince," by Antoine de Saint-Exupery.]

The evening’s proceeds supplement the school budget funds allotted to the speech and drama programs. The funds support five or more judges, pay for travel expenses, and purchase up-to-date and competitive materials.


Black history, geography
and technology merge

[MARCH 10, 2001]  On Tuesday morning, eight junior-high students displayed five historical projects for the African PowerPoint Contest. Each seventh-grade student in Lincoln Junior High created a PowerPoint presentation from the things they learned and researched during Black History Month. The best presentation from each geography class was selected, and the class winners competed to be the school winner.

Todd Dugan, a seventh-grade social studies teacher at Lincoln Junior High, created the competition for two reasons. First, the competition was a way for students to increase their interest in black history; and second, the means of presenting their newly acquired knowledge integrating technology and education.

In honor of Black History Month, Dugan’s social studies classes studied the five regions of Africa throughout February. Dugan chose one country from each of the five regions for the students to study: Democratic Republic of Congo (central), Egypt (northern), Kenya (eastern), Nigeria (western) and South Africa (southern). During one class period, Dugan and Carol Gleason, who is the technology teacher and county coordinator, taught the social studies students how to build PowerPoint presentations. For the remainder of that week, the students worked on their presentations in class and after school.

After learning about Africa and PowerPoint, the students inserted the information they researched into their own unique presentation. The projects included population and physical statistics, bits of historical information, language and religious percentages, and real photographs.

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All of the projects were judged, and the best project from each class was entered into Tuesday’s competition. The winners in each class received a Coke and candy bar as a prize: Tyana Maxey, Seth Goodman, Kristina Allen and Karlie Pleasant, Brittany Uhlry and Elise Valdés, and Patty Carmitchel and Shanae Goodman.

After the winners from each class presented their PowerPoint projects to their peers, parents and teachers, the winning project was selected. Patty Carmitchel and Shanae Goodman’s PowerPoint project, "A Mini Version of Africa," won, and they received gift certificates to Family Video.


[The judges decided that Patty Carmitchel and Shanae Goodman’s PowerPoint project, "A Mini Version of Africa," was best.]

[A slide from Patty Carmitchel and Shanae Goodman’s PowerPoint project, "A Mini Version of Africa." 

This is only the first year for the African PowerPoint Contest, and Todd Dugan plans to do it again, next February. He was "excited that it went so well," and believes that the students "learned a lot about Africa, and at the same time had fun." When asked if he will change the assignment in any way next year, Dugan commented that he hopes to address current events more. Carol Gleason complimented the project as a great way to integrate technology and curriculum.

[Jean Ann Carnley]

Honors & Awards

Dobson named one of nation's best college sophomores

[MARCH 23, 2001]  Brittney Dobson, a sophomore at Lincoln College, has been named a 2001 President’s Scholar of Distinction by the national Independent College Council in Washington, D.C.

Ms. Dobson was nominated by Lincoln College for the council's annual All-American recognition program. Those judged to be among the top 8 percent nationwide are given the special recognition of "National Independent College Council's President's Scholar of Distinction." Recipients are selected based on grade-point average, commitment to campus and community involvement, and good citizenship.

Ms. Dobson is a 1999 graduate of Lincoln Community High School and is studying vocal music at Lincoln College. She is active in the show choir, jazz band, Lincoln Express, and is a member of academic honor society Phi Theta Kappa. She plans to continue her education at the University of Missouri- Kansas City. She is the daughter of Kay Dobson and the late Carl Dobson of Lincoln.

[Lincoln College news release]

Area LC students named Academic All-Americans

[MARCH 21, 2001]  Four Lincoln College students have been named Academic All-Americans by the national Independent College Council in Washington, D.C. Recipients for this national recognition were selected based on grade-point average, commitment to campus and community involvement, and good citizenship.

Area students named Academic All-Americans are:

• Felicia A. Haak of McLean, who holds a grade-point average of 4.0 and is the daughter of Nancy and Mike Haak.

• Adrienne E. Harmon of Atlanta, who holds a grade-point average of 3.92 and is the daughter of Deb and Rod Harmon.

• Dawn L. Hillman of Delavan, who holds a grade-point average of 4.0 and is the daughter of Dennis Shultz of Pekin and Betty Barker of Liberty, Ky.

• Luke E. Hughes of Lincoln, who holds a grade-point average of 4.0 and is the son of Linda Hughes and Mark Stout.

The students named will be recognized at the Lincoln College Honors Ceremony at 11 a.m. on May 12 in Johnston Center for Performing Arts.

[Lincoln College news release]

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[Felicia A. Haak]

[Adrienne E. Harmon]

[Dawn L. Hillman]

[Luke E. Hughes]



Conservation summer camp opportunity available

[MARCH 15, 2001]  Junior high school and high school students have an opportunity to attend summer camp offered by the Touch of Nature Environmental Center at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale. These camps combine adventure skills such as canoeing, caving, camping and hiking with a challenge to both physically and mentally develop an awareness and respect for our environment.

 Through a series of activities, campfire discussions and presentations, students are involved in current environmental issues, which will help them become problem-solvers of the future. This appears to be an excellent opportunity for any student interested in the field of conservation.

This year's programs include Ozark canoeing expeditions for high school students and the Ozark Riverways Canoe Trip for sixth- to eighth-grade students. Program information has been sent to all high school and junior high schools in Logan County.

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The Logan County Soil and Water Conservation District will be sponsoring one full scholarship or two partial scholarships, depending on the number of applications received. Students interested in information concerning scholarship applications and funding should contact the district office, 1650 Fifth St. Road in Lincoln, (217) 732-2010, Ext. 3.

Students will need to submit a short description of their interests and why they would like to attend one of the workshops. The deadline for applications is May 11.

[Logan County SWCD news release]

Scholarships available from CIEDC

[MARCH 13, 2001]  Central Illinois Economic Development Corporation (Community Action) will provide scholarships to income-eligible people of high academic merit or potential. Funds for the scholarships are made available by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Community Affairs. Applicants must meet the income guidelines, below 125 percent of federal poverty level.

To apply for these scholarships, applicants must meet and fulfill the following requirements:

1. Reside in one of the six counties CIEDC serves: Logan, DeWitt, Mason, Menard, Fulton and Piatt. If you are a full-time college student outside the county, you may still apply as long as your permanent address when you are not in school is within the county.

2. Fill out a survey, which includes family income for the previous year, in the county where you live, and have Social Security cards for everyone in the household.

3. Submit a high school diploma, transcript of grades, GED certificate and SAT/ACT scores.

4. Submit a letter of reference from the last school you attended.

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5. Submit a letter of acceptance from the Illinois school or training institute you plan to attend.

6. Write an autobiographical sketch including a brief personal history, hobbies, interests, career goals, educational objectives and how this scholarship will be used.

7. Submit one personal reference.


Applicants must have all information delivered to CIEDC's local office no later than 3:30 p.m. Thursday, April 19. For further information, call your local office at (217) 732-2159 or come to 1800 Fifth St., Lincoln.

[CIEDC news release]

Health career scholarship applications available

[FEB. 15, 2001]  Applications for the Dwight F. Zimmerman Scholarship, sponsored by the Abraham Lincoln Healthcare Foundation, are currently available.

Applicants must be a graduating senior from Lincoln Community High School, Mount Pulaski High School, Olympia High School, Hartsburg-Emden High School or Illini Central High School, or a student currently attending Lincoln College.

All applicants who are chosen as finalists to interview with the scholarship selection committee will receive an award to be applied directly toward tuition, fees and books. The two top applicants will receive scholarships of $1,500. Other finalists will be awarded $500 scholarships.

Applications are available in the guidance offices of the above-listed schools. Applications are to be submitted to the Abraham Lincoln Healthcare Foundation, 315 Eighth St., Lincoln, IL 62656. The deadline to submit an application for the Zimmerman scholarship is April 6. For more information, call the foundation office at (217) 732-2161, Ext. 405.

People who wish to contribute to the scholarship fund may send their contributions to the Abraham Lincoln Healthcare Foundation, 315 Eighth St., Lincoln, IL 62656.

Kindergarten registration starts in Mount Pulaski, Elkhart

[FEB. 8, 2001]  Parents in the Mount Pulaski-Elkhart area who have a child who will be 5 before Sept. 1, 2001, should call the Mount Pulaski Grade School, (217) 792-7220, or Elkhart Grade School, (217) 947-2451, to register their child for kindergarten. This year the registration will be a phone-in process. After pertinent information has been submitted by telephone, parents will receive a packet of information and registration materials in the mail. Registration began Feb. 7 and continues through March 16. If you have any further questions, call the school where your child will attend.

School menus

Lincoln Elementary Schools

Attention, moms!  Would you like to make some money for the little extras your family needs? You could work as a substitute cook in the school cafeterias. If interested, call 735-4251 and ask for Mrs. Bunner.

Breakfast menus

(Milk is served with all meals)

Friday, March 23 — Cereal, cinnamon toast, juice

Monday, March 26 — Cereal, toast with jelly, juice

Tuesday, March 27 — Oatmeal, toast, fruit

Wednesday, March 28 — Cereal, bread and jelly sandwich, juice

Thursday, March 29 — Fruit pie, toast

Friday, March 30 — Cereal, peanut butter and jelly sandwich, juice

Monday, April 2 — Cereal, cinnamon toast, juice

Tuesday, April 3 — Sausage and gravy bagel, fruit

Wednesday, April 4 — Cereal, toast with jelly, juice

Thursday, April 5 — Iced pastry, fruit

Friday, April 6 — Cereal, toast with apple butter, juice




Lunch menus

(Milk is served with all meals)

Friday, March 23 — Fish sandwich with tartar sauce, green beans, hash brown, apple crisp

Monday, March 26 — Hot dog on bun, baked beans, pretzels, pears

Tuesday, March 27 — Chicken fried steak, mashed potatoes, bread and butter, green beans

Wednesday, March 28 — Chicken and biscuit, lettuce salad, carrot stick, peaches

Thursday, March 29 — Sloppy Joes, cole slaw, goldfish crackers, french fries

Friday, March 30 — Pancakes with syrup, hash brown, sausage, strawberry applesauce

Monday, April 2 — Hamburger on bun with dill slices

Tuesday, April 3 — Spaghetti with meat sauce, lettuce salad, garlic toast, peaches

Wednesday, April 4 — Sausage pizza, corn, pudding, fruit cocktail

Thursday, April 5 — Chicken and noodles, peas, bread and butter, applesauce

Friday, April 6 — Tomato soup with goldfish crackers, lunchmeat sandwich, celery sticks, Trix yogurt

West Lincoln-Broadwell

Monday, Mar. 19 — Chicken noodle soup, combo meat sandwiches, raw veggies, fruit pie

Tuesday, Mar. 20 — Corn dog, nacho chips with cheese, corn, mandarin oranges

Wednesday, Mar. 21 — grilled Cajun chicken on bun, french fries, mixed veggies, applesauce

Thursday, Mar. 22 — Turkey tenders, cheesy potatoes, peas, Jell-O

Friday, Mar. 23 — Parmesan french bread with Italian cheese sauce, lettuce salad, mixed fruit

Monday, Mar. 26 — Cheeseburger on bun, french fries, baked beans, sugar cookie

Tuesday, Mar. 27 — Cream chicken on biscuit, whipped potatoes, peas, pears

Wednesday, Mar. 28 — "Cat dog" (two-cheese hot dog) on bun , potato coins, corn, pudding cup

Thursday, Mar. 29 — Tenderloin on bun, french fries, slaw, fruit

Friday, Mar. 30 — Cheese pizza, green beans, tossed salad, fruit turnover

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