A night to remember -- District 27

honors its distinguished graduates

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[April 23, 2012]     Send a link to a friend

After a delicious meal with dessert, the evening turned to recognizing those who were being honored.  The distinguished alumni were first called upon one by one and presented with certificates from District 27.

Immediately following that, the most distinguished alumni were recognized with plaques. Those in attendance were given the opportunity to speak to the audience.

A special display showing this year's honorees will be set up at Lincoln Junior High School.

In addition, all who were nominated as distinguished alumni will be eligible for consideration next year for the Most Distinguished Graduate Award.

After the presentations, the audience was treated to live entertainment in the form of a magic show.

Pictures by Nila Smith

District 27 educator Susan Rohrer read the biographies of Langston Hughes and Armin Meyer, then called on attorney Bill Bates to speak about Robert Woods.

Bates spoke about his late business partner and dear friend Robert Woods. He said Woods would be proud and honored to have been selected for this recognition.



Bill Gossett remembered the "three R's" but said there were also "P's" in his successful career: his parents; his partner Jean; and pride, prayer and patriotism.

John Guzzardo praised God for giving him the life he has had and the success he has enjoyed. He also remembered fondly his first encounter with former District 27 Superintendent Les Plotner and the lifelong friendship they have enjoyed.


Lynn Carpenter spoke about the journey she has taken and the lives that have been affected by what she learned from her father and her teachers, which she now shares with her students.

Guests enjoy coffee and dessert during the presentations.






In 1968, Lincoln Junior High School won the state basketball championships. Dan Fulcher (left) was a member of that winning team and brought his junior high letterman jacket Saturday night to prove it.


Fulscher, who was recognized as a distinguished alumni from the Class of 

1969, said his mother had the jacket dry-cleaned and stored away, saying some day Dan would want it.


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