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.

Lulu Johnson—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 CHS Hall of Honor Induction will be held on Friday, April 16.

Lulu Johnson

Accomplishments in Academic Fields

By Viviana Ramirez

Graduate of 1925 from Clinton High School Lulu Johnson was the first African-American woman to earn a PhD in the state of Iowa and the second ever in the history of the United States. She earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Iowa before receiving her master’s degree in history there. From then on Johnson taught history and politics at Talladega College from 1930-1931 and later at Tougaloo College from 1931 to 1940.Years later Johnson went on to teach history at historically black colleges as Florida A&M University, West Virginia State College, and Cheyney University in Pennsylvania. At Cheyney, Johnson served as a history professor and a dean of women students.

Johnson is no stranger to struggle as she was forced to take a swim class as a requirement for her doctorate, even though she was enrolled in the history PhD program. To make matters worse, Johnson was not allowed to use the university pool at the same time as the white students. One of her most significant struggles was when she had to defend her doctorate dissertation, “The Problem of Slavery in the Old Northwest.” After constant discrimination obstacles, Johnson decided to leave her beloved home state of Iowa to find better opportunities for her underlying passion for teaching. To leave her whole life behind and travel into the unknown takes an immense amount of courage, which Johnson had a lot of. Her persona was one of a courageous, sophisticated leader.

In Johnson’s early years, her drive for getting an education was evident as she would have her sister pick out words from the dictionary and Johnson would give the definition. She continued to work hard for her success and believed that there was no such thing as “the easy way out.” Later she held her students to those same values, rarely giving out A’s unless it was obvious that hard work was put in.  Johnson’s expectations for her students were high, as she restricted them from talking in slang and insisted they speak properly. Johnson was clearly tough on her students, but she was also a motivator who expected excellent work on all assignments.

Her impact on CHS will affect generations to come as she was looked as a strong-willed leader, who motivated her peers if they had given up. Despite her strong personality she had a soft side, one that was lovable and compassionate towards others. She valued her family, only wanting the best for them and being the shoulder that anyone could cry on. Overall, Lulu Johnson is a prime example of what every student should strive to be, a strong leader fueled by passion.

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.

2020-2021 CHS HALL OF HONOR INDUCTION

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.

Here is the press release of the CHS Hall of Honor of 2020-2021:

The Clinton Community School District and the Clinton High School Hall of Honor Committee are proud to announce the 2020-2021 Hall of Honor Class.  The inductees are Joan Beck, Denise Dudley, Roberta Fenlon, Wes Golden, Andy Grotelueschen, LuLu Johnson, Jeanette Gehrmann Petersen, and Charles Toney.

Chairperson of the Hall of Honor Committee, Dennis Duerling, stated “the second class of the Clinton High School Hall of Honor is a strong follow-up to the inaugural class.  This class, in particular, demonstrates the effect of Clinton High School graduates on breaking barriers in terms of race and sex.  The committee also pleased to recognize alumni that excelled in community and military service, along with a nominated Tony actor.”

Joan Beck (CHS Class of 1941) was a staff writer and columnist for the Chicago Tribune.  She served as a pioneer for women in the journalism field from the 1950s through the 1980s.  Beck was the first woman to sit on the editorial board of the Tribune.  She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Northwestern University and joined the Tribune in 1950.  Beck was credited for moving coverage from fashion, cooking, and beauty tips to social issues such as adoption, foster care, education, working women, and medical research.  In 1961, she took over the popular “You and Your Child” column which ran twice weekly in the Tribune and was nationally syndicated.  The response to her work was overwhelming, averaging more than 1000 letters per week.  Beck also wrote several books, including “How to Raise a Brighter Child” which was published in 1967, translated in eight different languages, and now is in its 18th printing.  She passed away in 1998.

Denise M. Dudley is a professional trainer and keynote speaker, author, business consultant, and founder and former CEO of SkillPath Seminars, the largest public training company in the world, which provides 18,000 seminars per year, and has trained over 12 million people in the US, Canada, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand and the UK. Denise holds a Ph.D. in behavioral psychology, a hospital administrator’s license, a preceptor for administrators-in-training license, and is licensed to provide training to medical professionals in the United States and Canada. She’s also a certified AIDS educator, a licensed field therapist for individuals with agoraphobia, and a regularly featured speaker on the campuses of many universities across the US, and the author of Simon and Schuster’s best-selling audio series, “Making Relationships Last.”  Denise speaks all over the world on a variety of topics, including management and supervision skills, leadership, assertiveness, communication, personal relationships, interviewing skills, and career readiness.  Denise’s latest book, “Work it! Get in, Get noticed, Get promoted,” is currently available on Amazon.com, and is receiving all 5-star customer reviews.

Roberta Fenlon (CHS Class of 1929) earned her Bachelor of Science from the Iowa State University and Master of Science in bacteriology from the University of Iowa Medical School.  Fenlon moved west to do her internship at San Francisco General Hospital and her residency at the University of California, San Francisco.  Dr. Fenlon entered private practice in internal medicine in 1945 and maintained offices in San Francisco for 42 years until her death.  She was the first and only woman president of both the San Francisco Medical Society and the California Medical Association.  In 1964, Fenlon became the first woman elected to the California Medical Council and became president in 1971.  She was the first woman to serve on the board of directors of Pacific Telephone and Telegraph Company, long-time director of the Public Health League, and a 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 similar honors from the American Society of Internal Medicine, Heart Association, and San Francisco Examiner.  Fenlon died in 1987.

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.  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. As a Company Commander in 2003, Golden served in Baghdad, Iraq, and was deployed for over 15 months in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.  He received the Bronze Star Medal and his unit was awarded the Joint Meritorious Unit Citation.  In 2010, 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. His responsibilities included managing logistics for 18 separate NATO and non-NATO nations. He received a second Bronze Star Medal and his Battalion was awarded the Meritorious Unit Citation. In 2016, Golden was promoted to Colonel and was assigned as a Brigade Commander. He is a graduate of the U.S. Army War College and earned a master’s degree in Strategic Studies in 2017. He currently serves the school district as the Director of Learning and Collaboration.

Andy Grotelueschen (CHS Class of 1998) attended Marquette University majoring in theatre in 2002.  After achieving his master’s degree in theatre from Brown University, Grotelueschen and his fellow theatre classmates launched a new theatre company in New York City called the Fiasco Theatre.  Fiasco Theatre offers actor-driven productions and after a decade of success, Fiasco Theatre is a company-in-residence at Broadway Roundabout Theatre.  Grotelueschen has had small parts in television shows (Elementary, The Good Wife), commercials (Mastercard, Papa Johns, and Lenovo Computers), movies (Coin Heist), as well as two roles in Broadway plays (Cyrano De Bergerac and Tootsie the Musical).  In May 2019, Grotelueschen earned a Tony nomination for “Best Featured Actor in a Musical”.

Lulu Johnson (CHS Class of 1925) was the first African-American woman to earn a PhD in the state of Iowa and the second ever in the history of the United States.  She earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Iowa before receiving her master’s degree in history for a thesis entitled “The Negro in Canada, Slave, and Free.”  Johnson taught history and politics at Talladega College (1930-31) and at Tougaloo College (1931-40).  She worked intermittently at the University of Iowa throughout the 1930s on a PhD in history.  In 1941, Johnson successfully defended her doctoral dissertation, (The Problem of Slavery in the Old Northwest, 1787-1858.”  Johnson faced discrimination during her time at the University of Iowa, including being forced to take a swim class as a requirement of her doctorate, even though she was enrolled in the history PhD program, and was not allowed to use the university swimming pool at the same time as whites.  Johnson went on to teach history at historically black colleges such as Florida A&M University, West Virginia State College, and Cheyney University in Pennsylvania.  At Cheyney, Johnson served as a professor of history and a dean of women students.  She passed away in 1995.

Jeanette Gehrmann Petersen (CHS Class of 1953) has a vast history of volunteering for many Clinton area organizations over her lifetime.  Petersen has been on the Sarah Harding board for over 25 years.  She also was active on the following committees or organizations: Felix Adler, Balloons in June, the Clinton Area Showboat Theatre, Police and Fire Retirement Board, Municipal Transit Administration, Civil Service Commission, Wa-tan-ye, the Jane Lamb Agatha Circle, the River Bluff Community Foundation of Clinton, and the League of Women Voters in Clinton.  Petersen served as the precinct chair of the Clinton County Democrats of the second ward from 1960-1980.  She was on the Clinton County Historical Society and was the chairperson of “Living History Day” for seven years.  In 1980, Petersen received the YWCA Woman of Achievement award.

Charles Toney (CHS Class of 1930) was a national leader in equal opportunity efforts, programs, and results.  He initiated one of the first voluntary affirmative action plans in the nation with goals and timetables used at John Deere prior to those which later became mandatory under federal laws.  Toney established and instituted local secondary programs such as Quad City Scholars, Home Grown Engineers, and Quad City Merit Employment Council.  At John Deere, he was the first welder of color in Iowa or Illinois.  In 1972, Toney was promoted to Manager of Minority Relations and then became the first African American at an executive level when he was appointed Director of Affirmative Action.  Toney became known throughout the Midwest as the Dean of Affirmative Action and was respected locally, regionally, and nationally for his leadership in this area.  He passed away in 2009.

The mission of the Clinton High School Alumni Hall of Honor has been established to recognize those who attended Clinton High School and have distinguished themselves in their careers, communities and personal lives. These individuals are held up to Clinton students as examples of citizenship and success.