Student/Faculty Awards

Student Awards - July 2007 to Present

Spring 2012
2012 IL PAS Competition

Team awards:
Dairy Specialist - 1st and 2nd place teams (8th consecutive year as State Champions)
Landscape Horticulture Specialist - 1st place
Agriculture Computers Specialist - 1st place (3rd consecutive year as State Champions)
Soils Specialist - 3rd place

Individual Awards:
Brian Schumacher - 1st place in Dairy Specialist and Ag Computers
Michelle Haller - 2nd place in Soils Specialist
Lindsey Gladden - 1st place in Landscape
Jeremy Kleiboeker - 1st place in Horticulture Career Planning, 2nd in Landscape
Miranda Kollmann - 1st place in Animal Systems Career Progress
Brittany Becker - 1st place in Crop Systems Career Progress
Jordyn Fenske - 1st place in Agribusiness Management Career Progress
Caitlin Schnitker - 1st place in Horticulture Career Progress
Ashton Burroughs - 3rd place in Prepared Speaking
Katie Cayo - Elected 2012-2013 IL PAS President

Fall 2009
Speech Team
KC Speech Team received a 3rd place win this weekend at Illinois Central College in Peoria in the category of Dramatic Duo Interpretation.

Kimberly Hardy and Matthew Horst placed 3rd out of 14 with their piece entitled "Sales Girl". Matthew Horst and Nathan Slininger placed 7th in Duo as well with their piece "Ho, Ho, Ho".

Last year, the team won 4th and 6th in Dramatic Duo so we placed higher this year which is extremely exciting. Please wish the team luck as they compete in December at the College of Lake County in Grayslake, IL.

Speech Team members include Kim Hardy, Matt Horst, Mollie McGraw, Greg Williams, Katherine Bolin, Amber Edler, Robert Slater and Nathan Slininger.

September 2009
Collegiate FFA
The KC Dairy Judging team had an awesome day at the All-American Dairy Show in Harrisburg, PA. Our team finished 3rd in the contest overall against some very strong teams from across the country. We finished 2nd in two breed categories, and 3rd in three others. Congratulations to Seth Sickmeyer who finished 4th in Brown Swiss, and 2nd in Holsteins (missed winning the breed by 1 point), and 7th overall; Nick Harre finished 2nd in Guernseys and 1st in Jerseys on his way to a 4th place overall individual finish. It was an extremely competitive contest and prepared us well for our next challenge. The KC team will return to competition on Monday at the World Dairy Expo in Madison, WI.

December 2008
David Foutch Received the Academic Achievement in Psychology Award.

November 2008
Kaskaskia College Dairy Judging Team Finishes 8th at World Dairy Expo

The KC Team consisted of Kurt Thole (Carlyle), Debbie Mondt (Aviston), Elisabeth Siddell (Carlyle), and Chris Kollmann (New Baden).

Kaskaskia College Soccer Players Receive Honors
Kaskaskia College is proud to announce that two soccer players, Ansley Murphy of Mt. Vernon and Sara Lambird of Trenton were recently honored by being named to the Region 24 Honorable Mention Team. Ansley Murphy, a freshman mid-fielder, was team co-captain this year and scored 3 goals with 2 assists. Sara Lambird, another freshman mid-fielder was also named team Co-Captain, and scored 2 goals with 2 assists.

Speech Team
Four members of the Speech Team made it to the final round in the Duo acting competition at Illinois Central College in East Peoria:
Matthew Horst and Carlie Pietsch, 4th place honors
Greg Williams and Mollie McGraw, 6th place honors

October 2008
2008 Athletic Hall of Fame Inductees
Mary Ann Bohbrink, former KC coach of the first women's basketball, softball, and volleyball teams;
the 1963-1964 KC Blue Devil basketball team;
Dr. Shelvy Haywood Keglar, former Blue Devil basketball player;
Craig Freels, former Blue Devil tennis player;
Bill Niepoetter, retired sports reporter.

August 2008
Women's Golf Team, "Academic All-American Team" by the National Junior College Athletic Association. The team finished second in the nation in grade point average with a 3.65.
The 2007-2008 team coached by Jay Garrett, was made up of the following players:
Tiffany Blumhorst of Addieville;
Kayla Barkau of Okawville;
Allie May of Nashville; and
Chelsey Swartzlander of Centralia.

Outstanding Sonography Student Allison Maass, Hillsboro, August 2008.

July 2008
Academic All-American Teams for 2008-2009
Women's Golf and Volleyball Team and Baseball Team
All-American for having a GPA of 3.8 or higher. These Players Include:
  • Women's Volleyball Player Tara Weber (Newton);
  • Softball Players Whitney Voss (Breese), Jamie Corbier (O'Fallon), and Bethany Jones (O'Fallon);
  • Women's Golf Player Tiffany Blumhorst (Addieville);
  • Baseball players Nathan Forer (Canada), Jason Sullivan (Shelbyville) and Jared Fisher (Okawville).

Five students were named Academic All Americans for having a GPA of 3.6. These students include:
  • Men's golfer Deric Blaha (Freeburg);
  • Softball players Kelsey Stolte (St. Elmo), and Nikki Aldrich (Robinson);
  • Basketball player John Fischer (Salem);
  • Baseball player Tyler Graham (Canada).
June 2008

Kaskaskia College Phi Theta Kappa, Iota Omicron Chapter

At the Illinois Regional Convention, June 2008

Awards and Honors earned by members and advisors included:
  • Regional Hall of Honor for Outstanding Member, Karen Dye
  • Regional Hall of Honor for Outstanding President, Braxton Denton
  • Regional Outstanding Chapter Officer, Kyle Pruden
  • Regional Outstanding Advisor, Susie Wurth
  • Regional Coordinator’s Horizon Award, Susie Wurth
Awards and Honors earned by the chapter, Iota Omicron, included:
  • Regional Leadership Hallmark Award
  • Regional Most Improved Chapter Award
  • 2nd Place for Chapter Yearbook
  • the Dr. Mary Anne Player Appreciation Award for co-hosting the June 2007 Regional Convention.
Member Trent Gherardini was appointed Southern Vice President for the Illinois Region

Advisor, Susie Wurth, has been appointed to the Phi Theta Kappa Illinois Advisory Council

May 2008

Kaskaskia College GED Student Bernice Husher, named Outstanding Literacy Student by Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White and David Bennett, Executive Directory of the Illinois Press Association. Husher has received the Spotlight on Achievement Award. May, 2008.

April 2008
Student Blake Welge of Carlyle was recognized as the 2007-2008 Outstanding Agriculture Student in Agriculture Business Production and Dairy Science.

Student Jill Ripperda was recognized as the 2007-2008 Outstanding Agriculture Student in Agriculture Science.

Kaskaskia College Agriculture Students Participate in National Postsecondary Agricultural Conference

National Postsecondary Agricultural Student Competition held in Dallas, Texas, April 2008:
Jason Mewes and Nick Pruitt placed 4th in Landscape Horticulture Specialist
Jason Mewes finishing 5th individually
Nicole Thomas and Cory Vosholler placed 3rd in Soils Specialist
Nicole Thomas placing 4th individually
Mandy Middleton placed 6th in Feeds & Animal Health Employment Interview
Drew Lohman finished 7th in Agriculture Equipment Employment Interview

Kaskaskia College Cheerleaders competed in their first ever competition at the Joliet Junior College Cheerleading Invitational and took first place honors in the co-ed division, April 2008.
Coach: Stephanie Burgher

Kaskaskia College Phi Theta Kappa Chapter Named 5 Star Chapter for 2nd Straight Year, April 2008.

Sedra Pearson of Mt. Vernon and Jared Fisher of Okawville have been named to the All Illinois Academic Team, April 2008.

Kaskaskia College Students Compete in Skills USA Competition, April 2008
  • Students competing in Cosmetology were:
  • Jane Boice (Steeleville), 5th Place;
  • Joshua Beneze (Vandalia), 6th Place.
Students competing in Culinary Arts were:
  • Randall Springfield (Cisne), 1st place;
  • Jacquelyn Stack (Centralia), 2nd place;
  • Nicole Weiss (Greenville), 3rd place;
  • Megan Bowe (Sandoval), 4th place.
Students competing in Criminal Justice were:
  • Matthew Lammers (Sandoval), 2nd Place;
  • Vicki Dees (Hoffman), 3rd Place.
Students Competing in Computer Maintenance were:
  • Ben Cates (Centralia), 2nd Place;
  • Susan LaGrarge (Belleville), 3rd Place;
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  • Clint Holligshead (Carlyle), 7th Place;
  • Michael Merrick (Iuka), 8th Place.
Students competing in Welding were:
  • Ben Edwards (Richview), 3rd Place;
  • Andy Calvert (Trenton), 6th Place.
Giles Mann (Salem) competed in Collision Repair Technology and took 7th Place.

International Phi Theta Kappa Awards for Iota Omicron, Kaskaskia College, Centralia, IL, awarded April 2008

The Leadership Hallmark Award, Iota Omicron Chapter, Kaskaskia College
Distinguished Chapter Officer Award- Kyle Pruden, Salem, IL Vice President of Service
The Paragon Awards for New Advisors- Susie Wurth, Co-Advisor for Iota Omicron
The Shirley B. Gordon Award of Distinction- Dr, James C. Underwood, President, Kaskaskia College

February 2008
KC Agriculture Students Elected to State Board
Casey Braddock of Patoka and Michael Thomas of Centralia were recently elected to the offices of President and Vice President at the Illinois Postsecondary Agriculture Students (IL PAS) Annual Conference.

Charles Debernardi Awarded Master Automobile Technician Certificate, February 2008

Terri Sautman, Carlyle, received Community Impact Award from Kaskaskia College Adult Education and Literacy Department, February 2008

Kaskaskia College Dairy Judging Team Competes at Southwestern Intercollegiate Dairy Judging Contest, March 2008.
The KC Team placed 7th overall
Chris Kollmann, New Baden finishing overall 8th individual.

Adult Education Student Bethany Inman of Centralia received Paul Simon Adult Learner of the Year by the IACEA (Illinois Adult and Continuing Educators Association), March 2008.

January 2008
KC Speech Team Competes
Matthew Horst, Walnut Hill, and Reece Rutland, Iuka, 6th place overall in the Dramatic Duo Acting Event.

November 2007
Kaskaskia College Agriculture Students Participate In Illinois Postsecondary Agriculture Fall Conference, at Spoon River College in Canton, IL
The KC Team received a 2nd place in Floriculture, 3rd Overall in Livestock, and 10th in Crop Specialist.
Student Jason Mewes placed 2nd as an Individual in Floriculture.
Kyle Hempen placing 3rd in Swine Specialist.

KC Dairy Judging Team
North American International Livestock Expo, Louisville, Kentucky, NAILE Dairy Judging Contest. The KC Team judged 10 classes and gave 4 sets of reasons.
Individual results include:
  • Erin Salger Red Bud, 6th Place in Jerseys and 10th place in Holsteins
  • Mandy Middleton, New Douglas, 1st place in Brown Swiss and Holsteins
  • Jessy Shomaker, Trenton, 7th place in Brown Swis, 9th place in Holsteins
Overall individual competition:
  • Showmaker placed 8th
  • Middleton placed 10th
  • Salger placed 17th
  • Middleton placed 12th
Teams resulted were KC 5th in Guernseys:
  • 4th in Jerseys
  • 3rd in Brown Swiss
  • 1st in Holsteins
The team finished:
  • 5th in Reasons
  • 5th as an Overall Team
In Employment Interview:
Drew Lohman placed 1st in Ag Equipment
Mandy Middleton placed 1st in Feeds & Animal Health
Beth Raymond placed 2nd in Forestry & Natural Resources
Mike Thomas placed 2nd in Fruits & Viticulture

October 2007
Kaskaskia College Dairy Judging Team Competes at World Dairy Expo
Mandy Middleton - 6th in Holsteins, 9th in Milking Shorthorns, and 10th in Jerseys.
Jessy Schomaker - 4th in Jerseys, 7th in Red & White Holsteins, 12th Individual Overall.
The KC Team finished 5th in Jerseys, 10th High Team Overall, 10th in Reasons Overall.

July 2007
Skills USA National Competition
Bill Sanguernetti, Greenville, Computer Maintenance Technologies, Silver Medal (2nd place) Ammari Hayes, Carlyle, Culinary Arts, 15th Place.

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Staff/Faculty Awards - July 2007 to Present

May 2008
Malia Boozer, named Kaskaskia College 2008 Full-Time Staff Member of the Year.
Eric Essen of Carlyle, 2008 Illinois Community College Trustees Association Paul Simon Student Essay Award Winner.
Laura Finley, Kaskaskia College 2008 Part-Time Staff Member of the Year.
Bill Garlich of Nashville, Kaskaskia College Adjunct Faculty Member of the Year.
Clarke Griffin, Kaskaskia College Faculty Horizon Award.
Tyler Hartlipp, Humanitarian Award.
Angeniene Huffstutler, Kaskaskia College Faculty Assessment Award.
Lisa Krenz of Hoffman, Kaskaskia College Adjunct Faculty Member of the Year.
Samantha Malcolm, most improved radiology student.
Kelli Malone, Kaskaskia College Community Education Award.
Professor Jeff Sulcer, 2008 Kaskaskia College Outstanding Faculty Award.
Mimi Polczynski, Director of Radiology Program, President of the Illinois State Society of Radiologic Technologists and has also been chosen to give the Memorial Lecture at the 2009 conference.
Kaskaskia College Radiologic Technology Scholar Bowl Team Places 2nd in State Competition.
Brittany Webb, Outstanding KC Radiology student May, 2008.

Mary Essen, GED Instructor, Community Impact Award from Kaskaskia College Adult Education and Literacy Department, August 2008.

April 2008
Travis Henson of Salem was recognized by the KC Agriculture Program for his contributions to the Ag Club for the past year. Henson is the Director of Marketing for Kaskaskia College.

Kaskaskia College PTK, August 2007
KC PTK received a 5 Star Designation at PTK Regional Convention, the highest honor for chapter participation.

Susie Wurth was presented the Horizon Award at PTK Regional Convention for outstanding services rendered at local and state level.

Ashley Nichols of Centralia received Honorable Mention for Outstanding Member. Marcos Carpezo of Nashville received Honorable Mention too for Outstanding Officer.

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