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Kids get exciting peek
at careers in aviation

[JUNE 18, 2002]  Eighteen central Illinois students, who had just finished their school year, went back to school at Heritage in Flight Museum during Aviation Careers Week, June 3-7.

Brennan Boss, James Cosby, John and Kelsey Dallas, Brittany Dickson, Andrew Dugan, John Martina, Ryan Miller and Christopher Sandborn attended from Lincoln. Bianca and Logan Ramos and Alex Sellers made the daily commute from Mason City, while Kyle Farmer came in from Middletown. Sangamon County was represented by Aaron Bender of Springfield and Aaron McGee of Chatham, and Neal Reed and Keith Underkoffler came from Bloomington.

After welcoming the students to Heritage in Flight Museum, Milt Underkoffler pointed out that there are careers in aircraft manufacturing, aircraft maintenance, aircraft operations, aircraft safety enforcement, and the design and operation of aviation facilities. He stressed that while some of these require only a high school education, many of them require a college degree.


Curtis Fox then discussed the categories of flight and the rules and privileges of the various Federal Aviation Administration certificates. The three-hour session included a discussion of airframe and power plant mechanics certification and the training and function of flight controllers. The requirements for positions at airports, airlines and aircraft manufactures were also discussed. The first afternoon concluded with a discussion and a listing of the pay for the various aviation careers.

Tuesday was military day, and the arrival of an Army Black Hawk helicopter started an afternoon of discussion of full-time military aviation careers, part-time military careers and how the military experience can advance civilian aviation careers. The Black Hawk departure brought cheers as the pilots demonstrated their capabilities. After the Black Hawk departed, pilot Curtis Fox was able to give most of the cadets an orientation flight in a fixed-wing aircraft.


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Wednesday, United Airlines Captain Scott Blickenstaff, who had just returned from a six-day trip to Hong Kong as a pilot on a Boeing 747, answered questions in three one-hour sessions. Scott told the cadets how he advanced from a charter pilot for the fixed base operator at the Bloomington Airport to a captain for United Airlines. Scott also told them about changes that had taken place at United Airlines since Sept. 11.

On Thursday airport designer and manager Neil Ralston told the cadets how he had prepared to be an airline pilot and then decided to redirect his career toward airport management, design and construction. The three-hour session ended when parents arrived to take home their recently trained computer-generated airport plan designers.

On Friday Jim Cunningham, a certified ground school instructor, brought his Cub Arrow from Bloomington to serve as the centerpiece for a mini ground school course. He talked about and then showed the systems of his airplane.


Ryan Wells acted as HIF sergeant-at-arms throughout the week. He gave rides in the jeep, led students through the Huey and Corsair II, and provided general assistance and direction for the cadets and instructors.

The 18 cadets who started and finished the Aviation Careers Week included students with ambitions to become a pilot of Air Force One, an astronaut, an engineer and one intending to become an airline owner.

"We will preserve the picture board of the class of 2002 pictures at the Heritage in Flight Museum so we can follow their careers," stated Underkoffler.

[Milt Underkoffler, educational coordinator,
Heritage in Flight Museum]

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]

Honors & Awards

New Holland-Middletown honor roll

[JUNE 11, 2002] 

Fourth nine weeks

High honors

Fifth grade — Michelle Boyer, Kayla Jenkins, Kelsey Jurgens, Katie Mason

Sixth grade — Jacob Harnacke

Seventh grade — Katie Conklen, Jennifer Dammerman, Kimber Davision, Jason Dean, Justin Harnacke, Brandee Heidbreder, Jenna Hutchison, Jeremiah Kirby, Justin Mason, Lincoln Moore, Staci Otto, Jill Patrick, Molly Tobias

Eighth grade — Michael Bates, Laura Moehring, Serena Tripplett


Fifth grade — Zach Gasparini, Danielle Horn, Jessica Mehan, Josh Mehan, Diane Monday

Sixth grade — John Fink, Brandon Merriman

Seventh grade — Nick Apke, Michelle Tripplett

Eighth grade — Sheena Goodwin, Justin Jones, Cody Peddicord, Dennis Robinson


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Second semester

High honors

Fifth grade — Michelle Boyer, Kayla Jenkins, Kelsey Jurgens, Katie Mason, Josh Mehan

Sixth grade — Jacob Harnacke

Seventh grade — Katie Conklen, Jennifer Dammerman, Kimber Davision, Jason Dean, Justin Harnacke, Brandee Heidbreder, Jenna Hutchison, Jeremiah Kirby, Justin Mason, Lincoln Moore, Staci Otto, Jill Patrick, Molly Tobias

Eighth grade — Michael Bates, Laura Moehring


Fifth grade — Zach Gasparini, Danielle Horn, Jessica Mehan, Diane Monday

Sixth grade — John Fink, Brandon Merriman

Seventh grade — Nick Apke, Jewel King

Eighth grade — Justin Jones, Serena Tripplett

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



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]

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