Andy Grotelueschen—CHS Hall of Honor

A  Clinton High School student or 2020 graduate has researched and written the following article about one of the 2020 Hall of Honor inductees.  The induction ceremony will occur on Friday, April 16, at Clinton High School.

Andy Grotelueschen

The Arts

By Hillary Burken

Andy Groteluschen, of the Clinton High Graduating Class of 1998, is someone well known to every member of the CHS drama department. Andy joined his first drama production of The Wizard of Oz, in the 7th grade at Lyons Middle School, with encouragement from a good friend. Since then he fell in love wiAndy Groteluschen, of the Clinton High graduating class of 1998, is someone well known to every member of the CHS drama department. Andy joined his first drama production, “The Wizard of Oz,” in the 7th grade at Lyons Middle School, due to the encouragement from a good friend. Since then he has fallen in love with the theatre. He continued this love by partaking in drama through high school.

After graduation, Mr. Groteluschen went to Marquette and got his BA in theatre. From there he went on to get his MFA of Fine Arts from Brown, in 2005. He then joined a small group of his fellow actors, putting on shows. Together they performed in California, New York, and London. After working in many off-Broadway productions, he landed the role of Jeff in the revival of “Tootsie!” Throughout his career as an actor, he told himself, “All right, I can do this.”

Mr. Groteluschen continued to work on Broadway and in 2019, he was nominated for Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical in the 73rd annual Tony awards. When asked about this event, Mr. Groteluschen thought of the “love, family spirit, and comradery,” that he had experienced both at Clinton High and on the big stage of Broadway. When asked about the future, Mr. Groteluschen expressed his growing excitement about the reopening of Broadway’s main stages, and he is hopeful that he will be able to continue this love of the fine arts for many years.

Due to the pandemic, the Clinton High School Hall of Honor induction was postponed last year. The district is now planning to honor this strong class of inductees on Friday, April 16 at Clinton High School. The public will be invited for the luncheon and induction speech portion of the day. Social distancing, face coverings, and sanitation routines will be required.

The Clinton High School culinary students will cater the luncheon. Inductees will be guests of the Hall of Honor Committee. The luncheon will cost $10 per other attendees. Main entrees are Lasagne Al Forno (Italian Beef Lasagna) or Chicken Parmigiana (Chicken Parmesan). If you are interested in attending, please contact Deb Deters at ddeters@clintonia.org.

Charles Toney—CHS Hall of Honor

A  Clinton High School student or 2020 graduate has researched and written the following article about one of the 2020 Hall of Honor inductees.  The induction ceremony will occur on Friday, April 16, at Clinton High School.

Charles Toney

Humanitarian Endeavors

By Jack Marlowe

            “I prefer to think of the pleasant recollections I have of Clinton…” said Charles Toney in a 1976 letter.  Toney was a 1930 Clinton High School graduate who went on to become a national leader in equal opportunity efforts, programs, and results.  He was known in the Midwest as “Dean of Affirmative Action.”  Born in 1913 in La Crosse, Wisconsin, Toney lived in Clinton from age two until the end of first grade, and again in his teens.  While Toney fondly recalled his participation in wrestling, track, football and swimming at Clinton High (especially being instructed by renowned swim coach Howard Judd), he notes in the same letter that being denied access to Clinton’s new city pool because of the color of his skin was the beginning of his life’s work in civil rights.  “It is an oddity that the ultra-conservative community of Clinton contributed to my involvement in the Civil Rights movement.”

Toney at age 14 asked the Clinton City Attorney why he was not allowed to swim at Riverview Pool with the other children.  The answer he received was he couldn’t be in the same pool as white girls.

After graduation he attended St. Ambrose University and began working for John Deere in 1936.

In 1943, he and his soon-to-be wife Ann Palmer were denied service at Colonial Fountain, an ice cream shop in Davenport, which led to a case that ended as the first civil rights suit ever won in Iowa.

In 1965, Toney was the president of the Davenport Catholic Interracial Council and awarded Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s Pacem in Terris Peace and Freedom award which Dr. King accepted in person.

Toney and his wife owned one of the first black businesses, a barber/beauty shop, in central Davenport. The couple had the only in-ground swimming pool in the inner-city where they taught swim lessons to inner city youth as admission to public pools was still not permitted to people of color. They also published a magazine, Sepia Record, (now Ebony), which focused on racial injustices.

When Toney was hired by John Deere in 1936, the company sent him to welding school because of his good work ethic and ambition, subsequently making him the first welder of color in Iowa or Illinois. He worked as a welder for almost 20 years. He left in 1945, to work on organizing labor groups, but returned to Deere in 1947.  In 1964, he became a personnel representative and in 1968, was promoted to manager of minority relations and became the first African American at an executive level.   In 1972, he was again promoted to Director of Affirmative Action. While serving at the executive level, Toney began the first voluntary affirmative action plan in the nation, which later became federal law. Toney also initiated corporate wide recruiting for John Deere at historically black colleges.

Toney reflected leadership and pride in everything he did and served in many community roles such as the president of NAACP, Davenport chapter, Catholic Interracial Council, commissioner, and Iowa Civil Rights, commissioner, just to name a few.  He died in 2009 at age 96.  His wife Ann died three years later.

Due to the pandemic, the Clinton High School Hall of Honor induction was postponed last year. The district is now planning to honor this strong class of inductees on Friday, April 16 at Clinton High School. The public will be invited for the luncheon and induction speech portion of the day. Social distancing, face coverings, and sanitation routines will be required.

The Clinton High School culinary students will cater the luncheon. Inductees will be guests of the Hall of Honor Committee. The luncheon will cost $10 per other attendees. Main entrees are Lasagne Al Forno (Italian Beef Lasagna) or Chicken Parmigiana (Chicken Parmesan). If you are interested in attending, please contact Deb Deters at ddeters@clintonia.org.

COVID-19 CASES FROM APRIL 5-11

COVID

Given the increase in cases, balancing the public health need to know with protecting an individual’s privacy, I will begin publishing weekly updates in the district. To better protect privacy, I am combining the four elementary schools data together and will use “<6” to protect an individual’s privacy if the positivity cases are very low in a certain part of the district.

Here is our data from the week of April 5-11:
LevelPositive StudentsPositive StaffQuarantined StudentsQuarantined Staff
High School<6<611<6
Middle School<6<611<6
Elementary<6<615<6

Quarantines are due to both in school exposures and out of school exposures. Elementary data is combined to protect our small school cases from being identified.

Quarantined staff includes administrators, teachers, para-educators, custodians, secretaries, and food service. Quarantined staff also includes those that are waiting for COVID-19 testing results.

If your child is determined to be a close contact, the school district in consultation with Clinton County Public Health will contact you directly.

Joan Beck—CHS Hall of Honor

A current Clinton High School student or 2020 graduate has researched and written the following article about one of the 2020 Hall of Honor inductees.  The induction ceremony will occur on Friday, April 16, at Clinton High School.

Joan Beck

Professional Career Accomplishments

By Kyle Gassman

Joan Beck, (maiden name Joan Wagner), graduated from Clinton High School in 1941. She attended college at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL, earning her bachelor’s and master’s degree in journalism. In college she met and later married a classmate, Ernest Beck. They both graduated in 1945, but Beck worked on her master’s degree until 1947. One of her accomplishments in college was being the first woman editor for a student Newspaper, the Daily Northwestern. For a brief period Beck worked as a script writer for the “Voice of America” and a copywriter for “Marshall Field & Co.”

A few years later, after World War II, Beck started working at the Chicago Tribune. At the time, she was one of the very few women that worked outside the home. She went on to do several more things no woman had ever done. She became the first woman to edit a major section at the Tribune in 1972. In 1975, she was the first woman to join the Tribune’s editorial board. She then became the first woman to write a regular op-ed column in the Tribune titled, “You and Your Child,” which ran twice a week. That column was distributed to hundreds of other newspapers, making Joan Beck known nationally for her smart and humorous commentary on politics, women’s rights, and medical and social issues. She continued the column for almost 20 years, until she passed away in 1998.

At her home in Lake Forest, IL, Beck raised two children. Her daughter Melinda Beck followed her mom into journalism.  She worked as a writer and editor at Newsweek, and is now working at The Wall Street Journal where she wrote a column on medical issues.

One of Beck’s other accomplishments was writing several books over early childhood issues, including How to Raise a Brighter Child which was published in 1967 and sold worldwide, being translated in eight different languages. The book helped many adults to better understand parenting in an easier and more relaxed way. Throughout Beck’s life she has received numerous awards, including an outstanding alumnus award from Northwestern University and the prestigious American Society of Journalism’s award for best commentary in 1994. That same year she was inducted into the Chicago Journalism’s Hall of Fame.

Due to the pandemic, the Clinton High School Hall of Honor induction was postponed last year. The district is now planning to honor this strong class of inductees on Friday, April 16 at Clinton High School. The public will be invited for the luncheon and induction speech portion of the day. Social distancing, face coverings, and sanitation routines will be required.

The Clinton High School culinary students will cater the luncheon. Inductees will be guests of the Hall of Honor Committee. The luncheon will cost $10 per other attendees. Main entrees are Lasagne Al Forno (Italian Beef Lasagna) or Chicken Parmigiana (Chicken Parmesan). If you are interested in attending, please contact Deb Deters at ddeters@clintonia.org.

CHS Hall of Honor—Jeanette Petersen

A current Clinton High School student or 2020 graduate has researched and written the following article about one of the 2020-21 Hall of Honor inductees.  The induction ceremony will occur on Friday, April 16, at Clinton High School.

Jeanette Petersen

Community Service

By Molly Shannon

Clinton High Hall of Honor is pleased to welcome Jeanette Petersen. Jeanette was born in Clinton, Iowa on November 19th, 1935 and has lived here ever since. She married Roger Petersen in January of 1957 and they later started their business, Clinton Printing, in February of 1957. What started as a part-time business became a full-time business in 1960. They haven’t looked back since. Despite Covid-19 creating some barriers for every business, Jeanette found a way to keep working online for Clinton Printing. Her determination is second to none and she would like to thank Clinton Schools for making her the person she is today. 

At Clinton High, Jeanette participated in various clubs and activities including Latin Club, Spanish Club, and her favorite, Bookkeeping Class. She said that she would be able to help her mother at work if she learned how to be a bookkeeper. Jeanette did just that. She worked hard throughout high school, saving money, and after high school found herself writing for the Clinton Herald. Jeanette was able to get this job because she worked on the school paper, the “Clintonian.” 

 Jeanette has always been one to help others in every way possible. She serves as the House Manager and Financial Secretary for the Clinton Women’s Club. You may find Jeanette giving tours of the historic George M. Curtis Mansion, enriching people with its rich history. She has loved everything in life and has kept high standards for herself. Her love for helping people is clearly shown in her children and grandchildren. Jeanette has four daughters and seven grandchildren. Laura Peterson helps people sell their homes as a realtor in Orlando, Florida, while Jean Buikema, Linda Lakin and Julie Ramirez help their mother at Clinton Printing. Three of Jeanette’s grandchildren are teachers and she even has a granddaughter helping people in Des Moines at the Ronald McDonald House. 

It is clear that Jeanette has made a difference in our community and has inspired others to do the same. Jeanette is an inspiration to all and her work has not gone unnoticed. The Hall of Honors Committee is pleased to welcome Jeanette Petersen into the Hall of Honors. Thank you for your dedication, Jeanette!

Due to the pandemic, the Clinton High School Hall of Honor induction was postponed last year. The district is now planning to honor this strong class of inductees on Friday, April 16 at Clinton High School. The public will be invited for the luncheon and induction speech portion of the day. Social distancing, face coverings, and sanitation routines will be required.

The Clinton High School culinary students will cater the luncheon. Inductees will be guests of the Hall of Honor Committee. The luncheon will cost $10 per other attendees. Main entrees are Lasagne Al Forno (Italian Beef Lasagna) or Chicken Parmigiana (Chicken Parmesan). If you are interested in attending, please contact Deb Deters at ddeters@clintonia.org.

COVID CASES FROM MARCH 29-APRIL 4

Given the increase in cases, balancing the public health need to know with protecting an individual’s privacy, I will begin publishing weekly updates in the district. To better protect privacy, I am combining the four elementary schools data together and will use “<6” to protect an individual’s privacy if the positivity cases are very low in a certain part of the district.

Here is our data from the week of March 29-April 4:
LevelPositive StudentsPositive StaffQuarantined StudentsQuarantined Staff
High School<6<616<6
Middle School<6<610<6
Elementary<6<621<6

Quarantines are due to both in school exposures and out of school exposures. Elementary data is combined to protect our small school cases from being identified.

Quarantined staff includes administrators, teachers, para-educators, custodians, secretaries, and food service. Quarantined staff also includes those that are waiting for COVID-19 testing results.

If your child is determined to be a close contact, the school district in consultation with Clinton County Public Health will contact you directly.

Wesley Golden—Hall of Honor

A current Clinton High School student or 2020 graduate has researched and written the following article about one of the 2020-21 Hall of Honor inductees.  The induction ceremony will occur on Friday, April 16, at Clinton High School.

Wesley Golden

Distinguished Military Service

By Prushia Golden

    Colonel Wesley Golden (CHS Class of 1990) has earned a bachelor’s degree in Physics from the University of Northern Iowa, a master’s degree in Geosciences from Mississippi State University, and a Doctorate of Education in Teacher Leadership from Northcentral University. Colonel Golden returned to Clinton High School in 1997, and taught for 20 years in the science department. He also began serving in the Iowa Army National Guard in 1997. In 2003, as a Company Commander, Colonel Golden served in Baghdad, Iraq, and was deployed for over 15 months in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.  His unit was awarded the Joint Meritorious Unit Award. In 2010, Colonel Golden was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel and was selected as a Battalion Commander. His battalion deployed for one year in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in 2012, to Mazar i Sharif, Afghanistan and was awarded the Meritorious Unit Citation. His responsibilities included managing logistics for 18 separate NATO and non-NATO nations. In 2016, Golden was promoted to Colonel and was assigned as a brigade commander. He is also a 2017 graduate of the U.S. Army War College with a master’s degree in Strategic Studies. He has received two Bronze Star Medals and the Legion of Merit. Colonel Golden currently serves the school district as the Director of Learning and Collaboration.

With a military career spanning over 25 years, Colonel Golden admits he knows a lot about failure. When asked about his greatest failure, he reflected, “There are so many. I wasn’t the fastest kid on my cross country team, I wasn’t the first chair trombone, I wasn’t even the first [academically] in my class.” He implores students to look at their failure as an opportunity to grow. “My greatest fear was to look stupid,” he said, “but you should never be afraid to ask questions.” Colonel Golden described the importance of failure to him: “How I responded to failure was what has defined me in my own successes. Never be afraid to try something and give it your best shot,” he explained, “and at the end of the day it’s okay that it might not work out the way you’d hoped it would.” That balance has led to his success. “In high school I learned that I could do more than I ever thought I could.” Reflecting on his time at CHS, he added, “It’s not about me. My name is on that plaque, but there needs to be literally hundreds of other names alongside my name that have supported me. It is a result of a lot of other people’s efforts, people that believed in me, pushed me, inspired me, and held me accountable.” Colonel Golden stated the most influential people in his life are ”my wife and children, of course.” He also included, “Wayne Guntzel, Marv Gregor, David Gaulrapp, Mike Schmitz, and my cross country coach, Greg Dennis. Receiving a place in the Hall of Honor is a tribute to them. I am humbled.”

Due to the pandemic, the Clinton High School Hall of Honor induction was postponed last year. The district is now planning to honor this strong class of inductees on Friday, April 16 at Clinton High School. The public will be invited for the luncheon and induction speech portion of the day. Social distancing, face coverings, and sanitation routines will be required.

The Clinton High School culinary students will cater the luncheon. Inductees will be guests of the Hall of Honor Committee. The luncheon will cost $10 per other attendees. Main entrees are Lasagne Al Forno (Italian Beef Lasagna) or Chicken Parmigiana (Chicken Parmesan). If you are interested in attending, please contact Deb Deters at ddeters@clintonia.org.

Roberta Fenlon—CHS Hall of Honor

A current Clinton High School student or 2020 graduate has researched and written the following article about one of the 2020-21 Hall of Honor inductees.  The induction ceremony will occur on Friday, April 16, at Clinton High School.

 

Roberta Fenlon

Professional Career Accomplishments

By Nevaeh Wagoner

Roberta Fenlon was born on June 13th, 1911, in Camanche, Iowa. She graduated from the Clinton High School in 1929, with an exceptional amount of success achieved throughout her life as a remarkable local San Francisco physician. Ms. Fenlon was active in multiple state and national medical associations and organizations. After graduating from Clinton High School, Ms. Fenlon earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Iowa State University as well as her Master of Science in bacteriology from the University of Iowa Medical School. After obtaining these degrees, Fenlon moved west for an internship at the San Francisco General Hospital and earned her residency at the University of California.  Dr. Fenlon began private practice in internal medicine in 1945. She also was a professor of clinical medicine until the early 1980’s at the University of California. She continued her practice with offices in San Francisco for 42 years, until her death.

Roberta Fenlon led the way in female medical achievement within her time. In 1964, she was the first and only woman elected to the California Medical Council (CMA), later becoming president in 1971. Fenlon assisted the CMA’s response to state and federal legislation regarding the expansion of public services for health care and compensation for medical services in California. She also was the first woman to serve on the board of directors of Pacific Telephone and Telegraph company and was long-time director of the Public Health League and director of Blue Shield of California. In 1980, Fenlon received the University of California in San Francisco Charlotte Baer award for outstanding contributions to teaching. She received many such like honors for her teaching from the American Society of Internal Medicine, the Heart Association, and the San Francisco Examiner. She was the president of the Florence Crittenton Home Board the San Francisco Heart Association, San Francisco Cancer Society, and the Health Health Council of California. She also served on the alma mater board of directors at the University of Iowa, as well as the alumni board and foundation. She was honored by the University of Iowa on three different occasions as a distinguished graduate, internist, and alumnus.

Although I could not speak with Ms. Fenlon personally, her success has not gone unnoticed at Clinton High School. She was nominated by Marty Ray, because Ms. Fenlon’s success after graduating from Clinton High was extraordinary. By leading the way in female medical achievements while being a local and remarkable physician in San Francisco, Roberta Fenlon is a great example of being successful after graduation from CHS.

Due to the pandemic, the Clinton High School Hall of Honor induction was postponed last year. The district is now planning to honor this strong class of inductees on Friday, April 16 at Clinton High School. The public will be invited for the luncheon and induction speech portion of the day. Social distancing, face coverings, and sanitation routines will be required.

The Clinton High School culinary students will cater the luncheon. Inductees will be guests of the Hall of Honor Committee. The luncheon will cost $10 per other attendees. Main entrees are Lasagne Al Forno (Italian Beef Lasagna) or Chicken Parmigiana (Chicken Parmesan). If you are interested in attending, please contact Deb Deters at ddeters@clintonia.org.

COVID-19 CASES FROM MARCH 22-28

Given the increase in cases, balancing the public health need to know with protecting an individual’s privacy, I will begin publishing weekly updates in the district. To better protect privacy, I am combining the four elementary schools data together and will use “<6” to protect an individual’s privacy if the positivity cases are very low in a certain part of the district.

Here is our data from the week of March 22-28:
LevelPositive StudentsPositive StaffQuarantined StudentsQuarantined Staff
High School<6<68<6
Middle School<6<621<6
Elementary<6<622<6

Quarantines are due to both in school exposures and out of school exposures. Elementary data is combined to protect our small school cases from being identified.

Quarantined staff includes administrators, teachers, para-educators, custodians, secretaries, and food service. Quarantined staff also includes those that are waiting for COVID-19 testing results.

If your child is determined to be a close contact, the school district in consultation with Clinton County Public Health will contact you directly.

Denise Dudley—CHS Hall of Honor

A current Clinton High School student or 2020 graduate has researched and written the following article about one of the 2020-21 Hall of Honor inductees.  The induction ceremony will occur on Friday, April 16, at Clinton High School.

Denise Dudley

Professional Career Accomplishments

By Kaylee Camp

Denise Dudley was nominated for the Clinton High School Hall of Honor in the area of professional career accomplishments. Her list of accomplishments include being a published author, business consultant, professional trainer and keynote speaker, and frequently being a featured speaker at many United States universities. She also founded and was previously a CEO of SkillPath Seminars. This public training company has trained over twelve million people in many countries, making it one of the largest in the world. Her company, SkillPath, trains Microsoft for delivering updates and launching  new products as well. In addition to that, Denise is a successful author. Her latest book, Work it! Get in, Get noticed, Get promoted, is a best seller on Amazon, and she is the author of Making Relationships Last, Simon and Schuster’s best-selling audio book series.

After high school, Denise attended California State University, Sacramento. Her education didn’t stop there as she now possesses a Ph.D. in behavioral psychology, a hospital administrator’s license, a license for field therapy for those with agoraphobia, a type of anxiety disorder, and a license to train medical professionals in both Canada and the United States. Additionally, she is a certified AIDS educator and a preceptor for administrators-in-training license.

Clinton High School helped to shape Denise as a person and had an influence on her later accomplishments. Denise believes that CHS opened her mind to writing, which ultimately helped lead to her successful career. While in high school, she was pulled from her regular English class and placed in an advanced writing program. She attributes much of her success to this creative writing program and the teacher, Mrs. Josie McDermott.

While Denise Dudley has accomplished an incredible amount, what she feels most proud of is the work she has done for mental health patients who have ended up in jail. She prides herself in being a strong advocate for people with mental health challenges. She feels passionate about helping this group of individuals, that many others would rather neglect.

Denise has been extremely successful in multiple areas of her career and has effectively helped countless people throughout the world. Her life motto is “the highest calling is to serve.” She has truly lived up to this aspiration by aiding others in many areas such as management skills, leadership, career readiness, communication, and personal relationships. For these reasons, CHS is proud to nominate Denise Dudley for the Clinton High School Hall of Honor.

Due to the pandemic, the Clinton High School Hall of Honor induction was postponed last year. The district is now planning to honor this strong class of inductees on Friday, April 16 at Clinton High School. The public will be invited for the luncheon and induction speech portion of the day. Social distancing, face coverings, and sanitation routines will be required.

The Clinton High School culinary students will cater the luncheon. Inductees will be guests of the Hall of Honor Committee. The luncheon will cost $10 per other attendees. Main entrees are Lasagne Al Forno (Italian Beef Lasagna) or Chicken Parmigiana (Chicken Parmesan). If you are interested in attending, please contact Deb Deters at ddeters@clintonia.org.