1 Meet our 2010 Hall of Fame Inductees Like every year for the last nineteen, the Alumni Association Hall of Fame selection committee has the undaunting task of selecting up to four winners from a hugely talented pool of nominees. This year proved no different. Since the inception of the Hall of Fame, eighty eight outstanding alumni have been selected, based on their professional achievements and personal contributions which have improved the lives of others in their communities and, in some cases, around the world. On Tuesday, May 25, four more incredible alumni were introduced at the Alumni Association s annual Hall of Fame prior to the NCHS Baccalaureate Program. Meet this year s recipients: Allison Ranelle Brown is a member of the class of 1994 who graduated with honors. She continued her studies at Howard University where she graduated summa cum laude. Her post-graduate studies took her to Harvard University School of Law where she was Articles Editor for the Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review. While in law school, Allison served as the first intern for the Legal Resources Center (LRC) in Accra, Ghana, and she assisted in the revision and execution of the LRC s Democracy and Human Rights Educational Campaign. After graduating from Harvard Law School, she returned to Indianapolis where she clerked for Indiana Supreme Court Justice, Theodore Boehm and later for Federal District Court Judge, David Hamilton. Since 2006, Allison has worked as a civil rights attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice in the Civil Rights Division s Educational Opportunities Section where she monitors compliance issues and actions related to school districts around the country. In 2007, Allison co-founded the Race and Ethnicity Equity Working Group at the Latin American Montessori Bilingual Public Charter School. In 2008, she also founded the Judicial Clerk Review to support law students and legal professionals through the judicial clerkship application process. Peter R. Egbert, M.D. is a member of the class of After NCHS, his studies took him to DePauw University and then to Yale University Medical School, where he studied ophthal - mology. When he was chief 2010 Hall of Fame Inductees: From left to right. Robert Laikin, Allison Brown, Peter Egbert. Not pictured: Donald Thompson resident in ophthalmology, he worked for four months at the Albert Schweitzer Hospital in rural Haiti. That experienced opened his mind and heart to service with the Christian Eye Ministry (CEM). Over 500,000 patients have been seen by the CEM supported eye centers and Dr. Egbert has been involved in 18,000 eye operations. He receives no compensation for his work on the Board of Directors of CEM; International Aid and Special Consultant for eye services for International Aid. Dr. Egbert s work has allowed him to see the world in a special way and he has helped other people see the world in Haiti, Honduras, Afghanistan, Jamaica, Botswana, Mali, Saudi Arabia, Costa Rica, China, Nepal, and Turkey, just to name a few of the countries where Dr. Egbert has donated his time and talent. In 2004, Dr. Egbert received the Outstanding Humanitarian Service Award from the American Academy of Ophthalmology. Robert J. Laikin is a member of the class of He continued his studies at Indiana University where he received a degree in Business Administration. He put his business educa - tion to good use, by launching Brightpoint, Inc. in Since that time Brightpoint has become a household name in central Indiana and is now a $5 Billion global leader in the wireless handset distribution and customized logistics business. It has operations in 28 countries and more than 3,000 employees worldwide. Mr. Laikin currently serves on the Indiana University Kelley School of Business Dean s Advisory Council and Kelly School of Business Executive Board of the Johnson Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation. He was the recipient of the William L. Haeberle Entrepreneurial Legacy Award in 2008; and inducted into the Central Indiana Business Hall of Fame in 2008; and was named Indiana Entrepreneur of the Year in Donald Thompson is a member of the Class of Mr. Thompson re - ceived his Bachelors Degree in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University and has since accepted the Purdue University Out - standing Electrical and Computer Engineering Award along with being named a Purdue University Old Master Fellow in Don Thompson is currently President of McDonald s U.S.A. with responsibility for strategic direction and overall business results of nearly 14,000 restaurants in the U.S. He is one of the highest ranking African Americans in the restaurant industry. He was named Executive Vice President and Chief Operations Officer of the McDonald s USA in He is the first African American to hold the post of Chief Operations Officer for McDonald s USA. Mr. Thompson is passionate about providing educational opportunities for young people. He is on the board of Johnneta B. Cole Foundation and served as Chair of the 2007 Chicago Youth Centers Gala. He also served on the Salvation Army Steering Committee and is a former board member of the San Diego Ronald McDonald House Charities. Due to a business trip to Ireland, Mr. Thompson was unable to personally accept his award and sent his lifelong fellow North Central Alum Gary Nicholson to do so in his behalf. After the Hall of Fame reception, Alumni Association board member Judge David Shaheed officially inducted all four of our new Hall of Fame members during the Baccalaureate Program, where each was able to accept their plaque and impart their words of wisdom to the 2010 graduating seniors. 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2 A note from Washington Township School District Superintendent, Dr. James Mervilde Sustaining the Commitment to Excellence On Election Day, Washington Township voters overwhelmingly approved the 2010 General Fund Referendum. I know how many hours of work went into these victories by parents, teachers, staff members, and neighbors who all understand the basic truth: that everyone in the community benefits from great Washington Township Schools. As members of the best Alumni association in the state after all NC boasts more than 40,000 alumni you can testify as to how our children will benefit from that continued excellence. The Class of 2010 sustained our tradition of excellence. The Valedictorian, Boning Han, was selected as Indiana s Mr. Science and will attend Harvard this fall. Our Salutatorian, Lauren Stephens, was recognized as one of 40 Indianapolis Star Indiana Academic All-Stars and will attend MIT. Roughly 90% of the Class of 2010 achieved the Indiana Core 40 Diploma, and more than 44% achieved the Indiana Academic Honors Diploma. North Central was also one of 12 Indiana high schools recognized by Dr. Bennett and Governor Daniels for its high level of participation and success for students in the Advanced Placement program. Our fine and performing arts continue to be second to none, and our State Championship in Boys Basketball marked the 100th year of the IHSAA tournament. We are more than a year into the process of accrediting our elementary and middle schools as International Baccalaureate schools. Washington Township will be one of 6 public school districts in the country to accomplish that status. For this and many other reasons, we have seen a tremendous increase in students who live outside our district who apply to attend our schools. In the land of competition among schools, people from inside and outside our community are attracted by the excellence. In many ways, these are the good old days. This is also a great opportunity for NC Alumni to get involved through the Alumni Association, The Washington Township Schools Foundation, as a mentor or tutor in Washington Township Schools, or at the ballot box. In order to continue that excellence, it will take the help of many, but especially those who have benefitted directly. If you would like to view Dr. Mervilde s Superintendent s Notebook, please visit What the Alumni Association Has Been Up To. This year has been a very productive year for the Alumni Association. Last summer, the Board of Directors attended a retreat where we were able to discuss what the Alumni Association s current core responsi - bilities should be enabling us to fine-tune our mission to focus on the following four areas: 1Keeping Alumni connected to each other and back to North Central. Obviously keeping our 40,000+ Alumni and their contact information updated is a huge undertaking. The majority of this work falls upon our secretary Susie Hale who is constantly updating the database. This summer and fall, we hope to expand our software to record activities that our Alumni were part of while at North Central, ie Sports, Performing Arts, ROTC, etc. This will help us keep our groups connected back to each other and to the school. This year was a banner year in communications because we finally launched our e-letter, The Cyber Panther. We currently have about 15,000 addresses. Next year we hope to publish the e-letter when we have updates we want you to know about, so please make sure we have your updated address. We also have decided that this would finally be the year to be financially and environmentally responsible by going green with our annual newsletter. Now we can spend that money on giving back to North Central and its students. And, if you are reading this newsletter, then most likely you went to our new and improved website to download it. Our website now matches the entire township websites, allows us to go in and make updates ourselves and will allow for more interaction with our Alumni. 2Assisting Reunion Groups. Providing the databases for reunion planners is just part of this service. We also help publicize the events, set up school tours, assist with gatherings at the Homecoming Tailgate Party and assist with fundraising ideas. We are currently working on a Reunion Guide which will provide guidelines, ideas, vendors, etc. for the planners. If you or your company has a product or service who can offer incentives to our reunions, please let us know. We d love to include your information in this Reunion Guide. 3Giving back to North Central. This year we awarded our $3000 Merit Scholarship, our $3000 Stephen Drybread Memorial Scholarship and started the Roberta Quandt Memorial Scholarship with a $1000 award for We also produced our annual Leadership Conference for select Juniors and Seniors and re-vamped and reinvigorated the Homecoming Tailgate Party to help build school spirit. 4Providing social and fund - raising events. Last year, we hosted our first Poker for Panthers Texas Hold Em event, relaunched our Brick Sales with a rededication of the Brick Plaza and hosted a reception where we introduced the 2010 Hall of Fame members. Watch for details for another Poker for Panthers event and a new Putt for Panthers golf outing. If you would like to help with these events, please let us know. When you received the newsletter notification, you were asked to help us raise money so we can continue moving forward to improve the Alumni Association and our efforts. We hope that you will help us meet our $200,000 goal. With that money, we plan to: Increase the amount of the Merit Scholarship to $7500 Add additional Merit Scholar - ships, some based on need Create an Alumni Mentoring and/or Tutoring Program Create an Alumni Athletic Hall of Fame All of these efforts demand both time and money. The Alumni Association hopes you will give as much as you can and/or donate your time. Our new website has a section where you can volunteer to serve on the board, help with administrative tasks, work our events and donate goods or services. Eventually we will need mentors to help the North Central students of today become the successful alumni of tomorrow. Your Board of Directors thank you for making our Alumni Association even stronger. 2
3 Kevin Wanzer Gives Heads Up to Class of 2010 Funny Man and Motivational Speaker, Kevin Wanzer (Class of 1985 and 1996 Hall of Fame recipient) imparted wisdom with his frenetic humor at the NCHS Baccalaureate Program on May 25. Kevin coaches people on how to look at life in a different way and urged the Class of 2010 to celebrate how far they have already come in their young lives. Kevin, who used to work for the David Letterman Show, put together (with the help of his Facebook friends) his Top Ten list: 10. If possible, put off the real world as long as you can. Take this time to travel, to volunteer, to discover your passion. 9. Pursue joyfulness in your life, not just happiness. Happiness is fleeting, but true joy is everyday passion to do what you love to do. 8. Embrace your uniqueness and the uniqueness of others. 7. Be aware of how accepting you are of others who are different. 6. Continue to learn and realize that we may graduate, but we never leave the classroom of life. 5. Take up a foreign language, a musical instrument of some sort and a casual non-contact sport. 4. Leave a legacy of kindness. You won t remember if someone played a sport or was popular, etc. You will remember how they made you feel. 3. When we allow others to succeed we succeed. 2. Do what you know is right. Period. 1. Enjoy the time spent with your true loved ones. Kevin demonstrated the effects of his OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder) with a story about how, as a child, he always was looking for a lucky penny on the streets. Of course, in his mind, the penny was only good luck if the head was facing up. So, if the penny was tails-up, he would turn it over so that the next person would find it heads-up for good luck. And sometimes at night, he would throw a handful of pennies up in to the air to land on his bedroom floor, so the next morning he would happen upon some good luck (heads-up) pennies. Before Baccalaureate began, Kevin placed heads up pennies in front of each graduate s seat so they could create their own good luck, but also asked them to take that penny and leave it for someone (underclassman, teacher, counselor, etc.) who had made a difference in their lives. Kevin reminded the Class of 2010 that this is a beginning of the beginning for them and hoped they came away from his talk as wow, he really made cents Leadership Conference On September 15, 2009, the North Central Alumni Association welcomed approximately 130 North Central students to the Tenth Annual Leadership Conference at the Washington Township Community Education Center. In keeping with tradition, four distinguished alumni were invited to share their personal reflections on their North Central experience and how it shaped and informed their professional and personal success. In addition, each speaker described the importance of one of the Washington Township character values -- scholarship, honesty, respect and service to school and community -- in his life. This year, the four distinguished alums included David Carter (1982), mountain climber and businessman, Jerry Coraz (1971), Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of Indiana, Dr. Worthe Holt (1975), physician, healthcare administrator and fighter pilot, and Dr. John McGoff (1977), emergency room physician, colonel in the Air Force National Guard and two-time Congressional candidate. In addition to the traditional speakers, the students heard from Kevin Wanzer, an entertaining and engaging motivational speaker and a member of the class of Introducing the speakers was Patti Freeman Dorson (1974), attorney, North Central parent and Alumni Association board member. Dorson explained to the participants that the Alumni Association was established to keep graduates of North Central in touch with their school and introduced other North Central alumni participating in the Leadership Conference, including Sonja Kantor (1977), president of the Alumni Association, and Miles Roger (2002), member of the Alumni Association board. Each speaker rotated among four small groups of students. The students energetically engaged with the speakers, participating in discussion, asking questions and sharing their perspectives. At the end of the group breakouts, the speakers came together as a panel and fielded more questions from the participants. David Carter described his extraordinary journey to the top of Mt. Everest and shared his life lessons about being honest with yourself and seeking out others to help you excel. Jerry Coraz told students to be aware of what is happening around them and in the world and that study and scholarship ensures freedom. John McGoff said North Central High School prepared him well for studying medicine at Indiana University and told students, If you persist, you can be successful. Worthe Holt remarked that at North Central, he learned his work ethic, about the importance of camaraderie and that service to others is a labor of love, all of which have guided him throughout his life. Finally, Kevin Wanzer wrapped up the conference with a funny, engaging, high energy presentation imparting his message that students are not only role models for each other, but they must be a role model for themselves. The Leadership Conference provides the student participants a strong foundation for ways to live the Washington Township values as they venture out into the world and become responsible citizens. Homecoming Tailgate Party to be a Blast from the Past Plan to join Alumni, Washington Township and North Central families and friends at the Annual Homecoming Tailgate Party, sponsored by the Alumni Association. This year, North Central s very own principal, C E Quandt has agreed for his band The Foster Children (who are still together after almost 50 years) to provide entertainment for this year s event. It should be a Blast from the Past and fun for students and alumni alike! The Indianapolis Colts are making our Homecoming one of their first stops on their Friday Night Football Tour and there will be fun and games, including face painting and a bounce house for the kids. As always, admission is free. Alumni volunteers will be grilling up burgers and dogs and a full meal with drink will be just $5. The classes of 1975, 1990 and 2000 will be hosting their pre-reunion event at the Tailgate Party. See you Friday, August 27, from 5-7 pm at the Practice Football Field just north of the Football Stadium. And stay for the Homecoming Football Game when North Central takes on rival Lawrence Central. 3
4 Drybread Scholarship Winner Stephen Drybread Memorial Scholarship winner Otto Sipe with Alumni Association Scholarship Chairman, Scott Horrall With a class ranking of 18 of 712, our 2010 Stephen Drybread Memorial Scholarship winner, Benjamin Otto Sipe was also a contender for the coveted Merit Scholarship award. In addition to being an avid photographer and freelance graphic designer, Otto likes to wind down by throwing (clay) on the wheel. It is no surprise that Otto enjoys this quiet time. In addition to his academic accomplishments, he was involved with the National Honor Society, acting Chairman for Rockin for Riley (Junior and Senior years), Young Democrats Vice President (also in his Junior and Senior years), Varsity Rowing (Senior year) and working as a waiter at his parent s restaurant (Tulip Noir) on weekends. For fun, Otto helps non-profit organizations develop their web sites, for free! The list is longer, but you should get the impression that Otto is kinda busy Otto plans to study biomedical engineering at the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor). At the Hall of Fame reception, Otto graciously thanked the Alumni Association for the honor and monetary award telling us that the money would be put to good use, probably buying clay for his artistic endeavors. Wherever he lands after college, we are confident Otto will be successful in accomplishing his goals. Good luck Otto! Stephen Drybread was a North Central student (class of 1965) who played in a popular 60 s band, at the time named The Boys Next Door. The band was arguably the most successful local band of the era opening for big-name bands like The Beachboys and The Hollies. Stephen died in an experimental plane crash several years ago. The Stephen Drybread Scholarship is a result of a collaborative effort of many of Stephen s counterparts and fans. A local business man, Kent Baker, conceived the idea of a scholarship that would recognize Stephen Drybread s artistic legacy. The purpose of the $3000 award is to recognize a North Central student who wants to pursue a career in performing or visual arts, and demonstrates a financial need. Roberta Bowsher Quandt Memorial Scholarship Last February, North Central and the Alumni Association lost a coura - geous friend. Roberta Quandt, former NC teacher and board member of the Alumni Association lost her battle with Mesothelioma. She had retired in 2003 after 30 years of teaching English at North Central High School, to ride horses, travel, garden, and golf with her husband, North Central High School Principal C E Quandt. Roberta Bowsher The Alumni Association voted unani - Quandt mously to create a memorial scholarship to honor her service to North Central and the Alumni Association. Her colleagues in the NC English Department quickly put together the criteria for the Roberta Bowsher Quandt Memorial Scholarship which included demonstrating the character values of the MSD Washington Township, while taking challenging courses and staying in the top 25% of their graduating class. The student must also have demonstrated financial need and how s/he overcame a significant personal challenge. The committee had no problem selecting this year s recipient from the pool of applicants. Aya B. Smith is one outstanding student, who learned that the obstacles in her life like her mother moving to Japan, being evicted from their home and living in motels and through her father s illness, actually helped her become stronger. She realized her strength allowed her to overcome her adversity and was able to make something of herself. Aya was presented the Roberta Bowsher Quandt Memorial Scholarship by Roberta s daughter, Kristin Chapman Hogan during 2010 Recognition Night at North Central. Aya s story is inspiring to all and embodies Roberta Quandt s legacy and passion for imparting knowledge and serving her community. Roberta Bowsher Quandt Scholarship Winner, Aya Smith (center) with Roberta Quandt's daughter, Kristin and Roberta's husband and NCHS principal, C E Quandt. Oops! We are not sure how it happened, but last year we printed the incorrect picture for one of our 2009 Hall of Fame Inductees. So sorry, Kathleen (Kacy) Andrews. Your senior picture from the Class of 1987 gets to be re-printed in this year s newsletter. Sorry for the mistake! 4
5 2010 Alumni Association Merit Scholarship Each year, the Scholarship Selection Committee of your Alumni Association must make the difficult decision of selecting just one recipient out of many exemplary students. All applicants must have taken advantage of opportunities for advancement at North Central while demonstrating a caring contribution back to his or her school and community. This senior must exemplify excellence in scholarship, school involvement, community activity, and personal commitment to his or her future success. The caliber of students applying for the merit scholarship has always been world class. This year was no exception. The outstanding finalists were Sara Louise Andler, Rhaiana Monique Campbell, Sarah Olivia Elser, Eritrea Tesfamichael Ghebrehiwet, Emily Alexis Kleinman, Alex Catherine Raby, Benjamin Otto Sipe, William Lane Staal, Amy Marie Stautz, and Lauren Hannah Stephens. The winner of the 2010 Alumni Association Scholarship was awarded to Lauren Hannah Stephens. Lauren s grade point average, at the time of the application process was 5.15 / 4.00, with perfect SAT scores. In addition to being recognized as a National Merit Scholar Semifinalist she was involved at North Central: National Honor Society, Cross Country, and Track and Field; Lauren also volunteered as a tutor for the Learning Center. Outside of academics, Lauren s organizational and community service ranged from establishing a free one-week camp for middle school students, ap pro priately named MathMania, to being involved with her church where she acts as the Youth Representative on the Epworth United Methodist Church Creative Worship Committee. One of Lauren s most memo rable experiences was attending a six-week summer camp at MIT spending eight to ten hours a day on research, ultimately earning an award for Top Five Presentations while she was there. Lauren sent us a beautiful thank you note. Please read what she had to say. Ë Special thanks to the Class of 1979 who raised money at their reunion to underwrite the 2010 Merit Scholarship! Dear Sir or Madam, I am Lauren Stephens, a high school senior at North Central High School. Recently, I was honored to receive the North Central Alumni Merit Scholarship. As I will be attending Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the fall, both my family and I are extremely grateful for the money. Without much financial aid and as MIT offers no merit scholarship, the cost of college is a source of much concern for my parents and me. I am extremely grateful to you for helping to alleviate this concern. In addition, I want to thank not only the alumni association who organized the scholarship, but also each individual donor who helped contribute to the funding of this scholarship and in particular, the Class of I appreciate not only the scholarship, but also the invitation to attend the Hall of Fame ceremony on May 25. It was excellent and I enjoyed hearing about all of the amazing accomplishments of North Central s alumni. I also enjoyed the opportunity to meet new people and to see one more time the staff that made my time at North Central a great one. One of North Central s strengths is its network of friends and volunteers in the community. A retired Lily scientist whose daughter went to North Central teaches a class voluntarily; parents become involved in extra-curricular activities like sports, the bookstore, and the guidance office; and alumni not only give back to the school, but also host events like the tailgate party. The Alumni Association and this network are extremely important and it was a pleasure to meet the people who had not only funded my scholarship, but also funded my years in high school. It takes a village to raise a child and you have been part of that village not only for me, but for over 40,000 other people as well. Merit Scholarship winner Lauren Stevens with Alumni Association Scholarship Chairman, Scott Horrall The scholarship is an immense privilege and I am honored to accept it. Yet I also know that with privilege comes responsibility. First, I have the responsibility to use the scholarship wisely and I assure you that all of the money will be used toward tuition fees for the university. In addition, I understand that you have made an investment in my future and I will work as hard as I can to ensure that the investment was a wise one. My responsibility to those who are helping fund my education is to take advantage of every opportunity I can. I also realize the importance of giving back to my community. Opportunities like this scholarship come from having a community of people who are willing to give back. I intend to continue my service throughout my college career and throughout my life. I also hope to one day be able to repay you for this scholarship and to provide the same opportunities for others. Thank you for a wonderful four years of high school and for the years of college that this scholarship will help to finance. Sincerely, Laura Stephens 5
6 Alumni in the News 1960 Daniel R. Culbertson served in the Army Reserve for 29 years and as a pastor for 26 years. He earned a BA in business from Indiana University, an MBA from Ball State and then spent 12 years as a sales representative selling copiers, wholesale furniture, and women s wear. Dan then entered the seminary. He retired as a pastor in He has recently completed a Chaplain Residency Program at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne. Dan enjoys playing tennis and golf, reading, and traveling Thomas L. Davis, of Frost Brown Todd, LLC was recently awarded the Honorable Paul H. Buchanan, Jr. Award of Excellence. The Buchanan Award is given to an Indianapolis Bar Association member whose attainments as a lawyer have been notable, whose contributions to the Association have been unique, and whose honorable service to the profession has extended over a significant period of time. This is the highest award bestowed by the IBA. Tom concentrates his practice in personal injury defense and business litigation Richard L. Hodge served in the U.S. Navy He served in Vietnam in 1971 with the helicopter squadron, the HA (L) -3 Seawolves, as a doorgunner. Henry R. Schull retired in October 2008 after 35 plus years working for Indiana Insurance Company as Sr. Premium Auditor. His passions for fly-fishing, tying flies and some golfing are still his main areas of interest. After retiring, he took up running again. He has run the Mini Marathon and has lost 27 pounds since retiring Patricia J. Smith is pursuing a long dreamt career as a realtor. She is working out of the Allisonville Road Office of the F.C.Tucker Company and is helping people buy and sell their homes in the Greater Indianapolis Metropolitan Area. Contact Patty at 1973 Carson C. Smith has joined Laird Plastics, Distributor and Fabricator of Plastic Sheet, Rod and Tube. He is calling on Industrial Accounts throughout the state of Indiana, and he is completing his year as Master of Century Lodge No. 764 and Commander of Raper Commandery No. 1. Contact Carson at 1976 Vincent Steven Alig announces the publication of his book: All the Paths of the Lord. This novel is about the life of a missionary church planter in Australia and is loosely based on the international experiences of the Alig family, who lived and worked as church planters in Australia for nearly six years in the 1990 s. Signed copies are available from his website: or you can Vincent at Kenneth Edmonds headlined the annual Circle City Classic concert last October at the Indiana Convention Center. Edmonds has won 10 Grammy Awards for his recordings, songwriting and production work. He last performed in Indianapolis in 2007 at the Madame Walker Theatre Center. Anthony Najem majored in building construction management at Purdue University. After graduating from college, he worked seven years at a power plant construction company in Houston. He moved back to Indiana in 1987 and started Meyer Najem with co-founder Karl Meyer. Anthony is CEO of Meyer Najem. He and his wife, Liza, have four grown children James Milborn was a diver for North Central from After diving at Purdue, he started coaching high school and is now in his 25th year of coaching. He is currently the diving coach at Hamilton Southeastern High School. His two daughters also swim for the high school. James has been with Allstate Insurance Company for 25 years Lisa Ann Schwitzer, is President of LB&A Sign Management and has moved their center of operations to the II Fishers Office Suites (14074 Trade Center Drive in Fishers) Stephen A. Kidd has over 15 years of experience as a professional chef and has now released his first cookbook. It is The Couch Jockey s Cookbook and is available in print and ebook formats though k. With a tongue & check approach Steve has made the process of a complete romantic meal as simple and painless as possible. The recipes have been paired into full menus and the menus include lists for all of the cooking tools, tableware and groceries that you will need. Steve can be reached at 1989 Mark S. Frankovitz will marry Emily Insalaco on June 12, Mark received his undergraduate degree in psychology at Indiana University. He has his own business Accounting Search, Inc in Denver, Colorado. Emily is employed at the Denver Zoo as a curator of Behavior Husbandry. The couple resides in Denver, CO Carissa Potenza is living in New York City and recently co-produced Owning the Weather, a documentary film which examines weather modification, geo-engineering, and man s contributions to climate change. The film features interviews with some of the most significant persons in modern science, environmental activism, philosophy, and meteorology. Owning The Weather was shown as part of the 2009 UN Climate Conference in Copenhagen, Denmark, and has been recently reviewed by multiple media/news outlets. The film is available for download on amazon.com, itunes.com, and can also be seen on Video-On-Demand channels. More info about Owning the Weather can be found at: You can contact Carissa at 1996 Conrad J. Miller married Andrea Ming-Wai Wong, a graduate of Swarthmore College, on May 31, Conrad works for Vosges Haut-Chocolat of New York City. The couple lives in Brooklyn, New York Heather M. Swindler (Class of 1997) and Ryan D. Cook (Class of 1999) were married on March 29, Heather obtained her law degree from Thomas M. Cooley Law School, passed the Indiana Bar Exam in 2006 and practiced law in the Indianapolis area before returning to Butler University to obtain a Pharmacy Degree. Ryan has started his own successful body shop within the Indianapolis area called Panel Craft. 6 Andrew D. (Andy) Schleppi married Lauren MacNaughton in May, Both Lauren and Andy are graduates of Indiana University. Lauren is an elementary school art teacher and Andy is employed as an environmental engineer. The couple resides in Denver, Colorado John F. Luerssen married Emily Merchant on July 11, 2009 in Hood River, Oregon. John earned a BA in Political Science from Indiana University. He was a Special Forces Medic in the U.S. Army serving twice in Iraq. He fulfilled his Army obligation and is now pursuing a law degree. Emily completed her Doctor of Medicine degree from IU and is a captain in the U.S. Army. The couple resides in Tacoma, WA with their three dogs Niles Emerick recently accepted a management position with Apple, Inc. in Denver, CO. He was reelected to his second term as Treasurer of the Volunteer Connection Board of Directors (a Boulder County based non-profit). Shaun F. Swindler graduated from Rosalind Franklin Medical School in He is completing his first year internship at St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis followed by a three year residency at Indiana University Hospital in Indianapolis specializing in Ophthamology Andrew P. King married Melissa McNair on January 2, 2010 in Atlanta, Georgia. Andy received a BA from Purdue University and a Master of Divinity from CTS, Decatur, GA. Melissa received a Master of Divinity from Columbia Theological Seminary, Decatur, GA. The couple resides in Atlanta, GA. Derick Pierce performed last fall as a member of a joint honor guard for a NFL game in Wembley Stadium in London, England. He was on the field with Welsh opera singer Katherine Jenkins and Grammy winner Toni Braxton during the national anthems for both the US and the UK Emily Munson was crowned Ms. Wheelchair Indiana 2009, a title awarded to the most articulate and passionate advocate for those with physical disabilities Darryl Wayne Finkton, Jr. is the only Hoosier to be named a Rhodes Scholar for He will study for a master s in global science and MBA at Oxford University after graduating from Harvard. His future plans include medical school. Darryl s accomplishments at Harvard include co-founding and directing a sustainable water-delivery system for a community in Ghana and neuro-imagery research in infant cognition in a French medical laboratory. Darryl also played basketball for Harvard for two years before a knee injury ended his career. Retired Teacher Tom Seward, Jr. celebrated his 50th anniversary with his wife Thelma. He retired from North Central High School. Mrs. Seward is also retired. The Sewards have two children and six grandchildren. If you have news about yourself or a classmate you d like to share, visit nchsalumni.com and fill out the submit news form. Or you may your news to
7 In Memoriam Retired NCHS Faculty/Staff Michael W. Cupp, Learning Unlimited Patricia Glassmeyer, Librarian Kathleen M. Serge, Office Personnel George E. Sharp, Mathematics Class of 1958 Stephen L. Blair Class of 1959 Connie Zimet Class of 1960 Lynn Umphrey Canfield Elizabeth O. Flanders Richard G. Miller James A. Spencer Dottie K. Reed Underwood Class of 1961 David L. Lutz Roberta M. Bowsher Quandt Class of 1962 John W. Hammel Sandra S. Streib Lee Larry P. Meister Class of 1963 Deanna J. Daupert Class of 1964 Judith Ann Masters Kramer Class of 1965 Alan L. Deerwester Christopher Scott Linn Class of 1966 Ruth M. Vollrath Roberts Class of 1967 Elizabeth Cooper Gurgus Karen S. Leander Class of 1969 Leslie Dentel Combs Sandra Kay Morrow Gaines Katherine Brett Zickler Rettinger Class of 1970 Joyce A. Dean Schreiner Class of 1971 David Brannan Robert J. Wise Class of 1972 Jeffrey Lakin Gregory B. Millis Class of 1973 James W. Burge Class of 1974 Harry Donovan III Class of 1975 Nedra B. Nickson Class of 1976 Gregory Jay Segal Class of 1978 William R. Fredrickson Class of 1979 Charles A. Kirk Class of 1980 Jill A. Himelstein Dumes Kevin R. Killion James Fredrickson Bev Leopold Merenbloom Class of 1982 James E. Sanders Class of 1984 Curtis Brooks, Jr. Thomas D. Hilligoss Kathleen A. Lekovich Jones Class of 1986 Wendy S. Mossler Levandoski Anne Lorraine Winter Class of 1987 David L. Marcus Class of 1988 Jennifer K. Chambers Meyer Class of 1992 Susan A. Smith Dallas Eldon D. Groves Nicholas J. Schroeder Class of 1993 Robert L. Burrows Class of 1997 Ryan Hartman Class of 2003 Scott Michael Morin Donors NCHS Spirit Club $25 - $50 Dick E. Aikman Judith A. Wiggam Aikman Michael E. Andrews Steven I. Ball Timothy H. Bellish Mary Jaquelin Bennett James D. Blythe II Roberta Mathers Borlik Alan E. Bower Kristina Leslie Brannan Susie Bohard Bremen William D. Bugher - Retired Teacher John David Butler Pam Shough Cagle Stephen Cagle John B. Caldwell Ann Eberhart Canary Patricia A. Henry Cutsinger Ann Butz Dean Carl W. Dean Patti Freeman Dorson Valerie K. Davis Dye Linda Morgan Elliott Mark E. English Robert G. Fishman Joshua J. Garrett Matthew Henry Gonso Stephen W. Hadley Margaret Ann Coates Hill L. Scott Horrall Liane Groth Hulka Marianne Plzak Inman Nancy Vinton Jarrell Lisa Sue Nisenbaum Kagan Sonja Kantor Terry Dobbs Kemp Carol Brown Kornas Nancy Belcher Callier Kritser Michael D. Kuebler Elizabeth Root Lammers Ruth Carey Adams Linsmith Andrea R. Lurie Steve T. Madawick David A. Martin Megan Martz Kathleen Rose McCormick John P. McGoff Diana Mercer Susan Davidson Merrell Richard J. Moak Dallas E. Mulvaney Peggy Patterson Naile Janice B. Hall Nelson David M. Newland Ted Charles O Donnell Jacob S. Pactor Sharon D. Hart Prete John Thomas Risk, Jr Mary Susan Risk Anthony Ritchey Miles Roger Barbara L. Dougherty Rollins Becky Wolf Royer George Salge John R. Sansbury Barbara M. Skinner Schmidt Oliver J. N. Seidler David Weeks Shaheed Benice Schuchman Silver Joanne Julian Solomon Edwin Bullock Sterner Phebe Taylor Carol A. Lynn Terzo Roy Richard True Susan Chipper VanFleit Terry C. Waldman Steven L. Weinstein Adra A. Heider Wheeler Judy Schlegel White Matilda J. Wilhoite Jan Wingenroth Charles L. Winings Principal s Club $51 - $100 Class of 1978 Pete Bill Stephen G. Birr Ann Wilhoite Brilley Lawrence Dlott Carol Reid Hall Darryn L. Duchon Tamara Kennedy Hardy William Hardy Mark E. Hershman Cheryl Ball Jacklin Scott G. Jacklin Judy B. Laikin - Patron Sidney J. Laikin - Patron Dennis H. Leibowitz Kurt W. Lewis Sara Clark Lootens Shannon M. Lyst Daniel C. Marr Thomas R. Mote David J. Porter Deborah L. Franz Porter Jason T. Porter Robin M. Porter Scott R. Sochar Claudia J. Somes Jeffrey H. Smulyan Mark Berkowitz Summers Elizabeth Lees Taggart Thomas L. Trankle Georgie Miner Woessner Red, White & Black Society $101 - $250 Dale C. Arfman John K. Barry Natalie R. Morgan Best Sondra Hodgson Copanas Jay B. Erne Chris Floyd Edward T. Haynes Ronald A. Klain David M. Mandelbaum Ralph J. Power Roberta M. Bowsher Quandt Ralph E. Roper, Jr Henry R. Schull Paul Troup III Panther Society $251 - $500 Class of 1979 Mary Ann Mitchell Holand Timothy S. Mitchell Lonnie G. Nefouse George Donald Steel Chris Wolfla Superintendent s Circle $501 - $1,000 Class of
8 The Alumni Association Board of Directors From left to right, Front Row: Susie Hale, Patti Dorson Freeman, Sonja Kantor, Adra Heider Wheeler, Beth Root Lammers. Middle Row: Lonnie Nefouse, Miles Roger, James Blythe II, Susie Bohard Bremen, Liane Groth Hulka, John Caldwell, L. Scott Horrall. Back row: Matt Gonso, David Weeks Shaheed, Tony Ritchey. Not pictured: Katherine Hawkins, Rob Albright. Help Wanted Join the board! The Alumni Association is looking for several more board members. If you live in the Indianapolis area and would like to join our dynamic group, please call Susie Hale at NCHS for an information packet and application. Prospective board mem - bers need to apply by Sept. 25 with the slate being voted on at the Oct. 12 annual meeting. Reunion Guide planned The Alumni Association is in the process of creating a Reunion Guide which will include vendors who will offer special pricing or offers to reunion groups. If you would like more information, please contact Susie Hale at NCHS. Volunteers needed for: Tailgate Party Data Entry