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More than 400 years spent in the halls of Worthington District 518 schools. That’s what the combined experience adds up to for the staff members who are calling it quits at the end of this school year. The school district has a large number retiring this year, due to an early retirement incentive. Here’s a short overview of what they have contributed to local education and a few highlights of their careers.
WORTHINGTON — In less than a week, Megan Cavanaugh will join her classmates, clad in caps and gowns, as they march across the stage and receive their diplomas.
That ritualistic exodus from Worthington High School is a moment Megan anticipates with great excitement — although she admits to a bit of trepidation, too. There are some aspects of high school that she will miss.
“I like the part where I can see my friends every day,” she said. “But I am getting tired of my classes.
WINDOM — What if …?
Those two simple words figure prominently into Anna Johannsen’s life, whether it be in her job as a teacher or her creative endeavors as an artist. They are the words she lives by — along with a few others.
“My mantra is ‘what if?’” explained Anna. “What if I made that into a quilt? That’s how I get my inspiration. My other thing is: How do I know if it will work unless I try it? That’s what I always say to my students. Another one is: Too much is not enough. That’s the Victorian theory — if your house is gaudy, it’s not gaudy enough.”
WESTBROOK — Carolyn Van Loh has never found mother-in-law jokes funny — she just doesn’t get the joke. She cherishes the close relationship she had with her mother-in-law, Betty Van Loh, who died in January 2009.
“She was a mother-in-love,” corrected Carolyn, who married Betty’s son, Dave, after meeting at Pillsbury Bible College in Owatonna, and later moved to his family farm near Westbrook.
WORTHINGTON — Caleb Dirksen has distinguished himself in a lot of areas during his high school career, but despite his many accomplishments, he is resigned to being known as “the guy who wore the dress” in the Worthington High School musical.
ROCK RAPIDS, Iowa — At age 11, Sam Wessels has already hobnobbed with a lot of important political figures — all the presidential candidates in the last two elections — but he’s quick to quash any speculation about a future in politics.
“I don’t think I’m going to be a politician when I grow up,” he offered without even being asked the question. “I’m into politics, but it’s too tough for me.”
Sam’s campaign trail stumping has all been on behalf of people with autism — people like himself. His message will reach a broader audience with the release of a documentary, “The United States of Autism,” next week. Sam and his parents are one of 20 families featured in the film.
WORTHINGTON — Brandi Williams is a relative newcomer to the halls of Worthington High School and its Class of 2013.
Growing up in rural Brewster, Brandi — the oldest of Ken and Marcy Williams’ three daughters — first attended the Brewster school system before she made the choice to pursue an alternative method of schooling.
WORTHINGTON — Mike Balk never strayed too far from the neighborhood where he grew up.
Sure, he spent three years serving in the U.S. Army overseas, but then it was back to Worthington, and eventually the business his dad started just across the street from the family homestead.
Now, after 48½ years, Balk has turned the key on the family business for a last time and is officially retired.
HERON LAKE — Long before she faced a devastating medical diagnosis (and long before there was a movie by the name starring Morgan Freeman and Jack Nicholson), Darlene Jibben had a bucket list — things she wanted to do before she “kicked the bucket.”
WORTHINGTON — Like most high school seniors, Cristian Artiga is anxious to grab his diploma, leave Worthington High School behind and move on to the next phase of his life.
But someday, Cristian plans to walk the halls of a high school again — as a teacher. His aspiration is to teach biology at the high school level.
WORTHINGTON — Last week, some of the members of The Eldas played their last volleyball league match at the Worthington Area YMCA. It was a playoff match, and they didn't advance, but the women left the court with a feeling of accomplishment.
WORTHINGTON — Like any good saleswoman, Ashley Hoefker is well-versed in her product line. She can rattle off all the varieties of Girl Scout cookies and give a succinct description of each one.
“When you’re younger, you have the cuteness factor going for you,” said Ashley, the daughter of Kenneth and Ellen Hoefker of Worthington, explaining that as she got older it was more important to be knowledgeable of her product and incorporate other sales tactics.
WORTHINGTON — Parting from one’s comfortable, familiar life and family for the better part of a year isn’t something every teenager is willing to do.
But Flora Csete, Dario Bartelmess and Emilie Nordbo made that bold choice, opting to let their adventurous sides take over while they temporarily left their native countries of Hungary, Germany and Norway, respectively, to experience a taste of the United States.
ORANGE COUNTY, Calif. — It’s been 45 years since Art De Groot served in the U.S. Army in Vietnam. Despite the passage of time, the memories of what he experienced and witnessed there are still vivid.
After many years of debating the wisdom of doing so, Art wrote down those memories and recently published a book, “Bu Ku Kilo: One Vietnam Vet’s Reflections.”
SIBLEY, Iowa — After more than 23 years behind bars, Gayl Tutje has finally gotten paroled.
In this case, the parole is the result of retirement. Gayl has fully served out her sentence as a dispatcher-jailer for Osceola County and officially begins her retirement today.
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