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Teachers retiring in Lincoln area

[JUNE 8, 2002]  Ten teachers and administrators are retiring this year from Lincoln-area public schools, including the principals of both Central and Northwest Elementary schools in District 27.

Eldon Broster, who has been principal of Northwest and Jefferson schools for the past six years, is retiring, as is Lenny Janet, who has been principal of Central and Adams schools for 21 years.

Before becoming principal, Broster taught math and some science and biology classes at Lincoln Junior High School. Janet began his career in District 27 as a teacher in Washington-Monroe School. Both came to the district in the same year, 1969.

Broster’s position will be filled by Mrs. Carol Becker, who is new to District 27. She comes from Prairie Central School District, which includes the towns of Fairbury and Forrest. She has also been a teacher at Chester-East Lincoln, Mount Pulaski and Olympia.

The new principal at Central School will be Christa Healy, who has been a special education teacher in the district for the past eight years.

Six teachers and two other employees are also retiring from District 27 this year. Special education teacher Jan Davis is leaving Jefferson School; she came to the district in 1968. Joe Hackett, fifth-grade teacher at Central, and Janet Haning, sixth-grade teacher at Central, are also retiring. Hackett came to the district in 1968 and Haning in 1979. Kindergarten teacher Leslie Wilmert, who came in 1984, is also leaving Central.


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Bev Lolling, secretary at Lincoln Junior High School, an employee since 1979, is retiring, as is Harriet Hopp, head cook at Washington-Monroe, who has been with the district since 1984.

At Lincoln Community High School, three teachers will be leaving this year, including Clarence "Bill" Bree, who began in 1974 as an ag teacher and in recent years taught co-op.

Dick Bicknell, science teacher and science department chair, who began teaching at LCHS in 1972, is retiring. Bicknell was at one time student government sponsor.

Beverly Becker, special education department liaison, special education teacher and co-op vocational teacher, is also retiring. She came to LCHS in 1977 after working for a time at Lincoln Developmental Center.

Myrna Leith, third-grade teacher at Chester-East Lincoln Elementary School, is retiring after 30 years. West Lincoln-Broadwell Elementary School has no teachers retiring this year.

No teachers are retiring this year from these Lincoln-area private schools: Carroll Catholic, Zion Lutheran or New Wine Christian.

[Joan Crabb]

LCCS celebrates 57th commencement

[JUNE 8, 2002]  The 57th annual commencement of Lincoln Christian College and Seminary was on May 11 in the Earl C Hargrove Chapel Auditorium. Kenneth Idleman, president of Ozark Christian College and alum of Lincoln Christian Seminary, was the commencement speaker. 

Ninety-eight students graduated from the college and 40 students graduated from the seminary. In addition, the following students were selected by LCC and LCS faculty to represent their respective fields as honored students: Scott Shaw, master of divinity; Trevor Cochell, master of arts in Old Testament; Kari MacKenzie, master of arts in counseling ministry; Joshua Peigh, Christian ministries; Ruth Martens, teacher education; Trent Seggelke, Bible and theology; and Juliet Grundhofer, general education.

During the ceremony, state Reps. Bill Mitchell and Jonathan Wright made a brief presentation of a House resolution, which was passed by both the House and General Assembly, congratulating Lincoln Christian Seminary on the celebration of its 50th anniversary. To read the resolution, see http://www.legis.state.il.us/legisnet/legisnet92/


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In addition, Warren Smith received the President’s Distinguished Service Award for his many years of faithful service to LCCS. He has been the director of estate planning since 1983. In that role, he has served LCCS by conducting estate planning seminars, providing personal consultation, teaching stewardship and preaching. His "Estate Planning Guide" is now revised and in its seventh printing. He has also written articles on estate planning and taxes that have appeared in national publications. In the last 10 years, Warren has completed 1,675 estate plans. Numerous Christian ministries have benefited financially from his work, especially Lincoln Christian College and Seminary.

[LCCS news release]

Sixth-graders, get out your poles

[JUNE 6, 2002]  Sixth-grade graduates are invited out to Hickory Lane Campground, rural Atlanta, on Saturday morning. DARE will be hosting one of their famous fishing derbies. Hot dogs and soda will be provided at the end of fishing.

Time: 9 a.m.-noon

Place: 2100 2137th Ave.

Campground phone: (217) 648-2778

Kids will need to bring their own fishing poles (no more than two per child) and catch the fish on their own. Bait will be provided, but participants may bring their own special bait.

Bicycles will be awarded as prizes for the biggest fish caught by one boy and one girl.

If you have any questions, please contact Chief of Police Rich Montcalm at (217) 732-2151.

Hook a fish to stay off drugs.

[News release]

LCHS graduation

[JUNE 4, 2002]  Lincoln Community High School graduation ceremonies were at 7 p.m. Saturday, June 1.

Heather Otto delivered the welcoming address.  Principal Joyce Hubbard introduced the valedictorian, Noor Obaisi, and the salutatorian, Rachael Liesman.  Members of the LCHS Board of Education presented the diplomas.  Jared Brown delivered the closing remarks.

The following students received special awards:

English — Callie Davison, Wesley Schaub

Speech — Eric Agostino

Drama Awards — Kerry Dobihal, Beau Hanger

Coop Student of the Year — James Babbs

Science — Noor Obaisi

Art — Matthew Estes

LTEC Culinary Arts — Beau Hanger

French — Katherine Gillen, Noor Obaisi

Spanish — Callie Davison

Health Occupations — Jeffrey Barringer

Woods — Clint Awe, Sean Hamblen, Colt Wright

Lincolnite — Caroline McLean

Building Trades Student of Year — Clint Awe

Student Government Presidential Recognition — Jennifer Buffington

Perfect attendance for four years — Tracy Allen, Christina Crowe, Callie Davison, Timothy Kerns

Mathematics — Noor Obaisi, Rachael Liesman, Callie Davison

James E. Heinzel Memorial Scholarship — Jennifer Buffington

Aid Association for Lutherans/Lutheran Brotherhood — Laura Baker

Arthur and Luella Gimbel Memorial Scholarship — Ryan Williams

Future Teachers of America Scholarship — Katie Courtwright, Lisa Johnson

Drake University Presidential Scholarship — Sarah Bates

Scholarship for Life Trinity Episcopal Church — Sarah Bates, John Metz

Prudential Spirit of Community Certificate of Excellence — Laura Baker

Tara Engle Memorial Scholarship — Amber Wright

Lincoln Community Theater Scholarship — Kelly Dowling

Outstanding Senior Music Student — Kelly Dowling

Director’s Music Award — Sara Farkas

John and Helen Ryman Scholarship — Kelly Dowling

Ed Madigan Social Studies — Sarah Bates

History — Noor Obaisi

John Ryman Social Studies — Daniel Schick

Social Studies — Jonathan Meyer

DAR History — Ruth Underhill

Community Service — Heather Otto, Andrew Frost

Student Government — Jared Brown

LTEC Kiwanis Students of the Month — Clint Awe, September; Beau Hanger, October; Steven Sitton, November; Jessica Bree, December; Jeffrey Barringer, January; James Babbs, April


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Female Athlete of the Year — Emily Wilkinson

Male Athlete of the Year — Adam Schonauer

American Legion Award — Daniel Schick

Metal Trades Student of the Year — Scott Maestas

LTEC Advanced Computer Technology — Jennifer Florey

Business Student of the Year — Derrick McCray

John Phillip Sousa Concert Band — Adam Butts

Mike Rivera Senior Award — Laura Baker

National Honor Society — Mary Burlington, Rachael Liesman

Louie Armstrong Jazz — Adam Butts

Martha Wyneken Art — Joshua McMullen

Three-sport athletes — William Barmes, Jeffrey Barringer, Andrew Frost, Timothy Kerns, Michael Martin, Chase Neitzel, Adam Schonauer

Lady Railer Athletic Booster Club Scholarship — Darcy White, Emily Wilkinson

LEAF Club Scholarship — Laura Baker

LCHS Golden Fund Scholarship — Rachel Buchholz

DAR Citizenship Award — Kerry Dobihal

SAR Citizenship Award — Daniel Schick

Rotary Vocational Student of the Year — Jeffrey Barringer

U.S. Army National Scholar/Athlete Award — Sarah Bates, Daniel Schick

Vulcan Materials Scholarship — Rachel Buchholz

Lucille Flick Larson Scholarship — Katie Courtwright, Andrew Frost, Ashley Marten

Kiwanis Scholarship, Lincoln College — Victoria Cooper

Kiwanis Scholarship, Lincoln Christian College — Mary Burlington

Lincoln Junior Woman’s Club Music Award — Kelly Dowling

LCHS Pep Club Scholarship — Darcy White, Brandy White, Victoria Cooper, Jennifer Buffington, Mary Burlington

Illinois Sheriff’s Association Scholarship — Laura Phillips

Lincoln Christian College Dean’s Scholarship — Lisa Johnson, Mary Burlington

Lincoln Junior Woman’s Club Leadership Award — Callie Davison

Chester-East Lincoln Education Association Scholarship — Wesley Schaub

Lincoln Junior Woman’s Club Speech Award — Eric Agostino

Lincoln Junior Woman’s Club Art Award — Joshua McMullen, Matthew Estes

Community Bankers Association of Illinois Foundation/Community Banking — Laura Baker

Knights of Columbus Scholarship — Michael Aper, Daniel Schick


Lincoln Community High School Graduates

James Gregory Abbott

Maurice M. Agaid

Eric Daniel Agostino

Jessica Jean Alexander

Tracy Ann Allen

Wesley Ryan Allen

Lewis Thomas Allison

Michael Lynn Aper

Cara Suzanne Aussieker

Clint Michael Awe

Colleen Ruth Ayars

James Arthur Babbs

Veronica Sue Babbs

Laura Whitney Baker

William R. Barmes

Alicia Michelle Barr

Jeffrey M. Barringer

Ryan Michael Bast

Elisha Nicole Bateman

Sarah Elizabeth Bates

Candace Marie Battin

Heather Marie Bean

Lisa Ann Behle

Emilee Lynn Bender

Linda Anne Birnbaum

Jo Beth Borowiak

Jessica Lynn Bowen

Brian Dane Boyer

Matthew Eugene Boyer

Stephanie Marae Brady

Jessica Nicole Bree

Jared Jackson Brown

Jessica Lynn Bryant

Rachel Lee Buchholz

Tera Kay Buchholz

Jennifer R. Buffington

Tia Lynn Bunch

Derek John R. Bunner

Mary Joan Burlington

Adam Clayton Butts

James S. K. Cabit Jr.

Alan Thomas Cade

Sarah Marie Carrillo

Micole Ann Caskey

Adam B. Chrismore

Pier Luigi Ciuffarin

Melissa Renee Cody

Samuel W. Comstock

Mary Lynn Connell

Kristina Yvonne Cook

Victoria Ann Cooper

Katie Jo Courtwright

Christopher John Cox

Christina Marie Crowe

Angioletta M. Curcuru

Sali Dalipi

Ashley A. Dammerman

Callie Hanna Davison

Brett Michael Dellow

Alicia Aurelie deMenis

Kerry E. Dobihal

Kelly Anna Dowling

Lauren N. Eckhardt

Matthew Albert Estes

Sara Marie Farkas

Adam Michael Fisher

Katie Jo Fitzpatrick

Jennifer June Florey

Megan Sue Franz

Catherine N. Frazier

Robert John Friel

Lindsay E. Froschauer

Andrew Eugene Frost

Angelenea C. Galbreath

Justin Paul Gannon

Michael C. Gasparini

Luke Anthony Gerardot

Katherine Mary Gillen

Jeremy Michael Gillum

Kellie LeAnn Gleason

Dianna Gooden-Buckhold

April Louise Goodwin

Jerry A. Gossett

Ross Andrew Green

Brandi M. Guzouskis

Beau Nathan Hanger

Rachael Marie Harmon

Rebecca Ann Harmon

Mary Elizabeth Healy
Nicholas A. Henrichsmeyer
Jonathon Wilbur Hinkle
Ryan John Hoyt
Heather Ann Hudelson
Adam Lee Humbert
Mark Allen Huskins
Shannon Ellene Jacobs
Lisa Marie Johnson
Christina Len Kennett
Timothy Chad Kerns

Keary Melissa Ketcham

Amanda N. Kilhoffer

Michelle L. Kilhoffer

Rachel Renee Knight

Andrew Paul Knopp

Kimberly Aline Koester

Ashley Suzette Kurtz

Meghan Ione Lawson

Brian Daniel Lee

Tony E. Liechty

Rachael M. Liesman

Amanda Lee Lucas

Scott William Mack

Holly E. Maestas

Scott Anthony Maestas

Jacob William Mahler

Joseph Robert Marcum

Ashley Marie Marten

Michael A. Martin

Royce Allen McCoy

Derrick D. McCray

Melissa Gail McGlinsey

Caroline Leigh McLean

Joshua Dale McMullen

John William Metz

Britne E.A. Meyer

Jonathan A. Meyer

Krystal Joleen Miller

Samuel Letez Moore

Janelle B. Morrow

Robert James Morrow

Danielle Leigh Mosier

Lydiah Wanjiru Muhia

Shirley Jean Nalley

Chase Andrew Neitzel

Noor Aminah Obaisi

Jeremiah Lee Ohmart

Heather Lane Otto

Bret Carl Paulus

Laura Nicole Phillips

Chelsee Danielle Polen

Laura Marie Pollett

Jordan Paul Puckett

Aubrey Leigh Ramlow

Amanda Lavon Reagan

Lori Nicole Reinwald

Jeremy Calvin Riggs

Martin Patrick Ryan

Abbey Elizabeth Sabo

Wesley Dawn Schaub

Daniel Michael Schick

Adam David Schonauer

Blake E. Schoonover

Bradford D. Scott

Jacob Levi Shanle

Brittany Lynn Shaw

Brooke Nicole Siltman

Steven Kyle Sitton

Lesley Nicole Skelton

Rachael L. Slayton

Nicole Marie Slimick

Mary Virginia Smith

Nathan Scott Snyder

Daniel Donald Sparks

Christy Lynn Stiles

Melissa Sue Story

Ryan Matthew Sullivan

Andrea Marie Swinford

Anne C. Thorsen

Jodee Leigh Tibbs

Ruth E. Underhill

Matthew Jordon Viner

Brandon Lee Welch

Brandy Jean White

Darcy Ahrens White

Emily Nicole Wilkinson

Ryan Taylor Williams

Stacey Contrel Willis

Amber Nicole Wright

Colt Aaron Wright

Ashley Jean Wurth

Lincoln Junior High School graduation

[JUNE 3, 2002]  Lincoln Junior High School held their graduation exercises Wednesday, May 29, at 3 p.m.

Patty Carmitchel, student council president, delivered the welcome address.  Diplomas were presented by Shelly Allen, Bruce Carmitchel and Joe Brewer.  Superintendent Robert E. Kidd and Principal Curt Nettles gave remarks.

The following students received special awards:

The Board Scholar Awards, presented by Bruce Carmtichel, went to Kristina Allen and Rachel Kasa.


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The President's Education Awards, presented by Curt Nettles, went to Jordan Ackman, Kristina Allen, Patty Carmitchel, John Dallas, Victoria Jones, Rachel Kasa, Whitney Kinsheloe, Isaac McGee, Brittany Uhlry, Elise Valdez, and A.J. Wunderlin.


Lincoln Junior High Graduates

Jordan Ackman

Richard Acuff

Kristina Allen

Melissa Allen

Aaron Altman

Justyn Awe

Peter Barmes

Kendra Barnes

Tiffany Barnes

Cassandra Beck

Justin Beck

Elyse Berger

Filippo Biundo

Mitchell Brewer

Melissa Brown

James Bruce II

Charles Bryant

Timothy Calhoun

Jason Carlson

Patricia Carmitchel

Rebecca Carpentier

Jedadiah Cook

Shaun Cook

Mason Coons

Natalie Coppinger

Corey Cotten

Robert Covert

John Cronin

John Dallas

Derek Dexter

Sarah Edwards

William Edwards

Gabrielle Ernst

Judy Falcon

Justin Forrester

Rachel Franklin

Shone Freese

Alex French

Emily Gahr

Derek Gleason

Shanae Goodman

Chris Gossett

Meghan Greer

Jacob Greitman

Kayla Groves

Lara Haas

Jeremy Hamblin

Luke Hanger

Jeremiah Hanson

Timothy Hersey

Joshua Hatfield

Joshua Heffren

Adam Helton

Emily Henrichsmeyer

Moses Hernandez

Kira Hester

Arthur Hopwood II

Shaun Houghtalin

Jessica Hughes

Dallas Hunt

Dalton Hunt

Victoria Jones

Rachel Kasa

Ryan Kelley

Whitney Kincheloe

Kara King

Chad Koke

Peter Lamb

Seth Laurence

Jay Lee

Dustin Lindsley

Adam Logan

John Lucio

Jamaica Lyons

Jason Matthews

David Mauhar

Tiana Maxey

Samuell Mayer

Walter McCain

Jessie McCaine

Isaac McGee

Kathryn McIntosh

Hannah Michalsen

Erica Nelson

Carson Nichols

Bethany Nodine

Jonathan Pesha

Cody Peterson

Alvin Prince

Cassandra Puckett

Derrick Quisenberry

Justin Quisenberry

Erich Rentmeister

Mark Rich

Rebecca Rogers

Autumn Roos

John Ross

Sarah Rowland

Michael Roy

Derrick Rufus

Jami Sams

Daniel Schaub

Somer Schulte

Chase Shanle

Nathan Shreve

Kasey Sisk

Joshua Staton

James Stone

Alysha Strader

Kimberly Tungate

Brittany Uhlry

Elise Valdes

Chance Vincent

Kayla Washam

Tara Watkins

Tori Week

Heather Welker

April West

Merickia Wheelock

Bradley Whiteman

Desirae Winter

Aaron Wunderlin

West Lincoln-Broadwell graduation

[JUNE 3, 2002]  West Lincoln-Broadwell Elementary School held their graduation exercises Friday, May 31, at 7 p.m.

Dorothy Romberg delivered the opening remarks. Diplomas were presented by Doug Muck and Don Papirnik.

Several awards were also presented:

The American Legion Award was presented by Wayne Schrader of the American Legion Post 263.

The Daughters of the American Revolution Award was presented by Gordon Lanning.

The WL-B PTO scholarship was presented by Sarah Benner.

The Citizenship Award was presented by Doug Muck.

The President's Awards were presented by Phillis Read.


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West Lincoln-Broadwell Graduates

Allison Adolphson

Jacob Carey

Rachel Clark

Kylie Courtwright

Mark Elliott

Seth Goodman

Maxwell Goodrich

Jacob Hedenberg

Landon Hinkle

Deana Hunter

Christopher McGlasson

Ryan Miller

Daniel Palmer

Christine Presswood

Emily Reiners

Anthony Whitacre

Brian Willmert

Park Meadows Baptist and
Lincoln Christian Academy graduation

[JUNE 1, 2002]  Park Meadows Baptist and Lincoln Christian Academy held their graduation exercises Sunday, May 26, at 6 p.m.

State Rep. Jonathan Wright gave the invocation.  Aaron Johnson delivered the welcoming address.  Dr. S.M. Davis, the pastor of Park Meadows Baptist Church, introduced the main speaker, Robert J. Presswood, the pastor of Xenia Baptist Church in Xenia, Kan. Diplomas were presented by Pastor S.M. Davis, Principal Thomas E. Bryant, Ph.D., and various parents.


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Park Meadows Baptist Graduates

Jacqueline Nicole Gill

Aaron William Johnson

James Michael Peters II

Carroll Catholic graduation

[JUNE 1, 2002]  Carroll Catholic School held their graduation mass Monday, May 27, at 11:30 a.m.

Celebrants were Monsignor Edward Higgins and Father Thomas Taylor.  Lectors were Chrissy Schick and Andrew Ryan.

The graduation was preceded by an awards breakfast, which was presided over by Michael Cook.

The following students received awards:

Shanan McLaughlin, Cara Barrick and Michael Cook received American Legion Awards.

The Ada K. Tierney Reading Awards were given to Chrissy Schick for highest score on a standardized reading test and to Frank Hoblit for improved reading skills.

Michael Cook and Sam McShane recieved DAR History Awards.

Kelly Lohrenz received the Musical Arts Club of Lincoln General Music Award.

President's Academic Achievement Awards went to Cara Barrick, Ashley Burger, Michael Cook, Kelly Lohrenz, Emily Ludolph, Sam McShane and Chrissy Schick.

Frank Hoblit received the Presidential Effort Award.


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Carroll Catholic Graduates

Cara Barrick

Rosamaria Benitez

Ashley Burger

Michael Cook

James Curry

Frank Hoblit

Kelly Lohrenz

Kelsey Lowman

Emily Ludolph

Shanan McLaughlin

Samuel McShane

Dusty Montgomery

Nicole Moore

Jeffrey Oller

Christopher Reed

Andrew Ryan

Christine Schick

Danielle Schilling

Derrick Schnauer

Samantha Smith

Lincoln woman’s granddaughter
attending Interlochen Arts Camp

[JUNE 1, 2002]  Alison Trigg Conner, granddaughter of Helen Trigg of Lincoln, will attend Interlochen Arts Camp in Michigan, the first and foremost summer arts program for youth in the United States. She will study piano and flute at the camp, which in 2002 celebrates its 75th summer of pioneering arts education.

Alison, of Evaro, Mont., is the daughter of Tom Trigg and Diane Conner.

Interlochen Arts Camp offers intensive training in creative writing, dance, music, theatre arts and visual arts. Students age 8 to 18, hailing from all 50 states and more than 30 countries, spend four to eight weeks exploring and honing their art in an extraordinary camp setting. Among the distinguished camp alumni are opera and concert soprano Jessye Norman, "Roseanne" star Sara Gilbert, actor Tom Hulce, "Cathy" creator Cathy Guisewite, vocalist Peter Yarrow of Peter, Paul and Mary, and CBS news correspondent Mike Wallace.

Throughout the summer, more than 500 events are presented by students, faculty, staff and distinguished guest artists who appear as part of the Interlochen Arts Festival This summer’s guest artists include Anne Murray, Trinity Irish Dance, Mannheim Steamroller, Bernadette Peters and Vince Gill.


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The camp and festival are part of Interlochen Center for the Arts, which also is home to Interlochen Arts Academy, the nation’s premier fine arts boarding high school; Interlochen Public Radio, a national leader in listener support among public radio stations; and Interlochen Pathfinder School, an independent day school for preschool through eighth-grade students.

Interlochen Center for the Arts is located on a scenic 1,200-acre campus 16 miles southwest of Traverse City, Mich. For admissions information, call (231) 276-7472 or visit Interlochen online at www.interlochen.org.

[News release from
Interlochen Center for the Arts]

Chester-East Lincoln graduation

[MAY 31, 2002]  Chester-East Lincoln School held their graduation exercises Friday, May 24, at 7:30 p.m.

Ruth Ohmart delivered the welcome address.  Diplomas were presented by various members of the Chester-East Lincoln board of education.  Erin Frick delivered the farewell address.

The following students received special awards:

The Presidential Education Awards were presented to Katelyn Beavers, Curt Courtwright, Melissa Cunningham, Michelle Fitzpatrick, Erin Frick, Andrew Fulton, Kara Gehlbach, Kevin Huelskoetter, Alison Kessinger, Aaron Meyrick, Ashley Moore, Jeremy Moore, Ruth Ohmart, Craig Rohlfs and Troy Tolan.

The Mathematics Award, presented by Doug Rader, went to Troy Tolan and Alison Kessinger.

The Science Award, presented by Cindy Erlandson, went to Andrew Fulton.

The Literature Award, presented by Beth Steffens, went to Melissa Cunningham, Alison Kessinger and Troy Tolan.

The Ron Groth Memorial English Award, also presented by Beth Steffens, went to Ashley Moore.

The American Legion Awards, presented by Wayne Schrader, went to Kara Gehlbach and Kevin Huelskoetter.

The DAR Award, presented by Claudia McEvers, went to Katelyn Beavers.


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Chester-East Graduates

Donald Ackerman

Samantha Allen

Kristan Aue

Valerie Barr

Katelyn Beavers

John Brooks

Jody Burge

Heather Cast

Jared Coleman

Curt Courtwright

Melissa Cunningham

Jonathan Duitscher

Colby Elkins

Kara Fellers

Michelle Fitzpatrick

Christopher Fletcher

Brennan Frakes

Erin Frick

Samuel Frioli

Andrew Fulton

Kara Gehlback

Austin Hartwig

Kyle Hower

Kevin Huelskoetter

Matthew Kennett

Alison Kessinger

Ashley Kidd

Aaron Knecht

Chelsea Leesman

James McQuellon

Aaron Meyrick

Tyler Molt

Alia Moon

Ashley Moore

Jeremy Moore

Ruth Ohmart

Daniel Paige

Craig Rohlfs

Dustin Schaub

Eric Simpson

Danielle Snyder

Tawnya Taylor

Troy Tolan


Zion Lutheran graduation

[May 31, 2002]  Zion Lutheran School held their graduation exercises Friday, May 24, at 7 p.m.  Pastor Mark Peters gave the graduation address.


Zion Lutheran Graduates

Amanda Jane Baker, valedictorian

Lindsey Nicole Boerma, salutatorian

Caitlin Dyan Cooper

Heather Rose Fisher

Eli Josiah Fulk

Lewis Chas Johnson

Dana Leslie Landess

Nathaniel Bradley Neal

Danna Michele O’Brien

Paige Megan Podbelsek

Jerrod Michael Reynolds

Amy Louise Schumacher

Aaron Robert Steffens

Kraig Eugene Sullivan Jr.

Chester-East Lincoln grad in
national championship spelling bee

[MAY 30, 2002]  Alison Kessinger advanced to the 75th annual Scripps-Howard National Spelling Bee held in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday and Thursday. She made it to the national competition as winner of the 16th Pantagraph Grand Final that took place in March.

Competition began on Wednesday with 250 other contestants from across the nation. The day started with a standard elimination round that left 175 contestants including Kessinger. These contestants then took a 25-word written test that allowed for up to nine misses. Kessinger had only eight wrong.

She continued her quest for the national best speller title with the best of the best Thursday morning. The competition resumed using standard oral bee format. It was broadcast live over ESPN starting at 9 a.m. Kessinger was eliminated in the third round.

[Jan Youngquist]

Honors & Awards

Washington-Monroe honor roll

Fourth nine weeks

[JUNE 6, 2002] 

High honors

Third grade — Candice Cabit, Dana Denny, Cheyenne Duncan, Zachary Miller, Ty Unger, Tiffany Boch, Morgan Barrick, Mariah Kodatt, Catrice Parke-Stacy

Fourth grade — Caiti Wunderlin, Jeff Owen, Tanner Parrott

Fifth grade — Cody Follis, Samara Shane, Andrew Brinkman, Nate Kunkel, Jessica Tieman

Sixth grade — Kaleb Gordon. Garret Romer, Kelsey Dallas, Andrew Gonzales, Alex Huerd, Rebecca Kasa, Jessica Owen, Ashley Shawgo, Arielle Alley


Third grade — Meghan Cooper, Andrew Thomas, Kaley Brown, Zach Everson, Tyler Richardson, Courtney Sutton

Fourth grade — Michelle Brawdy, Dalton DePoy, Nick Everson, Katie Gosda, Betsy Lawrence, Nathan Swearingen, Randi Vieregge, Jordan Baker, Chris Bernhardt, Ali Buck, Brooklyn Ferguson, Amy Jordan, Mason Musick, Kelsie Plummer, Chris Shawgo


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Fifth grade — Sam Chon, Nichole Etcheson, Kayla Giles, Colt Hickey, Kristina Baird, Dena Boyd, Kayla Hyde, Allysa Kemp, Kaily Mote, Joseph Papesch, Jessa Raymond

Sixth grade — Nick Cummings, Eric Gonzales, Kelly Gosda, Nickie Kodatt, Chelsie Shawgo, Tim Chezem, Sabrina Matson, Kami Thompson, Sydney Welker

Honorable mention

Third grade — Brendan Fitzsimmons, Dilan Hardwick, Ethen Vallejo, Benjamin Hake, Austin Hopp, Jori Maxey, Corey Whitten

Fourth grade — Caleb Boulb, Hope Renfro, Krista Cathers

Fifth grade — Brock Satterwhite, Glowy Hoyt, Jacob Shawgo

Sixth grade — David Hurt, Marissa Musick

B.U.G. (Bringing Up Grades)

Jonathan Jacks, Sarah Rehder, Bradly Nelson, Lucas Davis, Mick Brown, Tommy Stanley, Devon Sutton, Marcus Etcheson, Patrick Rehder, Michael Chapman, Chystal Olbrias


Dwight F. Zimmerman Healthcare Scholarships awarded

[MAY 25, 2002]  Recipients of the 2002 Dwight F. Zimmerman Healthcare Career Scholarships were honored at a reception on May 9, at Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital. Scholarships are awarded annually through the Abraham Lincoln Healthcare Foundation to local graduates who are pursuing careers in a field of health care.

Each year five outstanding academic students receive scholarship awards. Two of the five finalists receive scholarships of $1,500, and three $500 scholarships are awarded to students who are interviewed by the scholarship selection committee.


[Photos provided by ALMH]
[Elizabeth Eigenbrod]

Elizabeth Marie Eigenbrod, daughter of Michael and Ellen Eigenbrod, received a $1,500 scholarship. Eigenbrod, a graduating senior at Illini Central High School, plans to attend the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and study speech and hearing science. Her goal is to become a speech pathologist.


[Kari Borowiak]

Kari Ellyn Borowiak, daughter of Robert and Carolyn Borowiak, was also awarded a $1,500 scholarship. Borowiak, a sophomore at Lincoln College, plans to attend Murray State University in Kentucky and become a nurse anesthetist.

Three additional scholarships of $500 each were awarded to Ashley Lynn McCormick, Rachel Wrage and Noor Aminah Obaisi.


[Ashley McCormick]

Ashley McCormick, daughter of Donald and Jill Letterle, is a graduating senior at Mount Pulaski High School. She will be attending Illinois Wesleyan University this fall, majoring in chemistry. She will pursue a career as a physician, possibly as a cardiovascular surgeon.


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[Rachel Wrage]

Rachel Wrage, daughter of Brian and Nancy Wrage, will be graduating from Hartsburg-Emden High School and also plans on attending Illinois Wesleyan University. She will study pre-medicine with a goal of becoming a surgeon.


[Noor Obaisi]

Noor Obaisi, daughter of Saleh and Ghaliah Obaisi, is a senior at Lincoln Community High School and will be attending the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign this fall. Obaisi’s major will be pre-medicine, and she aspires to become an ophthalmologist.

For more information about the Dwight F. Zimmerman Healthcare Career Scholarships or to make a donation to this program, please call (217) 732-2161, Ext. 316.

[ALMH news release]



New John R. Gehlbach/State Bank of
Lincoln Scholarship at Lincoln College

[JUNE 6, 2002]  Starting in the fall of 2002, Lincoln College will offer a new scholarship called The John R. Gehlbach/State Bank of Lincoln Scholarship, which will assist the college with funding the commuter scholarship.

The $1,000 scholarship will be awarded annually to a local student who has graduated from a local high school.

The scholarship is named after one of the bank’s directors, John R. Gehlbach. He is also a member of the board of trustees at Lincoln College.

[Lincoln College news release]

Students entering 7th, 8th or 9th grades
are eligible for Summer Sleuths program

Three problem-based learning sessions offered through IMSA

[MAY 24, 2002]  AURORA — The Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy is now accepting registrations from students for its Summer Sleuths program. Students entering seventh, eighth or ninth grades in the fall of 2002 are eligible to apply. The application deadline is June 15.

In this day camp, students use science, social science and Internet tools to solve a real-world problem. Students will present their solutions to a panel of experts.

Problem-based learning, or PBL, is an educational approach that organizes curriculum and instruction around carefully crafted problematic situations adapted from real-world issues (i.e.: groundwater contamination, air pollution, flood control). Learners gather and apply knowledge from multiple disciplines in their quest for solutions.

The program is available on three separate times: June 24-27 and July 15-18 at Illinois Benedictine University in Lisle and July 22-25 at the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy in Aurora.


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Information about these workshops can be found at www.imsa.edu/center/pbl/intro.html or contact Deb Gerdes at (630) 907-5957 or dgerdes@imsa.edu.

Located in Aurora, IMSA is a learning enterprise that builds the capacity of students, teachers and policymakers to improve and transform mathematics and science teaching and learning. IMSA’s residential educational program serves Illinois students grades 10 through 12 who are talented in mathematics and science; its professional development center serves schools, educational systems, teachers and students in Illinois and beyond.

[IMSA news release]

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