Calling for Nominations for the Clinton High School Hall of Honor Class of 2023

The CHS Hall of Honor Committee is opening the window for the 2023 CHS Hall of Honor class nominations. The nomination window is now through November 1, 2022.

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.

Here are the members of the first three induction classes and the area they qualified in:

Joan Beck, Professional Career Achievements

Herbert Burkert, Distinguished Military Service

William Conner, Distinguished Military Service

Larry Davis, The Arts

Denise Dudley, Professional Career Achievements

Roberta Fenlon, Professional Career Achievements

Sandra Fullerton Joireman, Humanitarian Service

Wes Golden, Distinguished Military Service

Andy Grotelueschen, The Arts

Lulu Johnson, Accomplishments in Academic Fields

Krista Voda Kelley, Professional Career Achievements

Kyle Ketelsen, The Arts

Fred Luthans, Accomplishments in Academic Fields

Jeanette Petersen, Community Service

Duke Slater, Professional Career Accomplishments

Addison Killean Stark, Accomplishments in Academic Fields

Charles Toney, Humanitarian Service

Nominations from the last two years are still active and will be considered. However, the committee would like new nominations as well to consider. Nomination forms can be found on the district website at https://www.clinton.k12.ia.us/district

NEW SCHOOL SAFETY INITIATIVES

Welcome back to the new school year. We are off to a great start!

There are two new school safety initiatives that I want to make you aware of that will be ongoing this school year.

The first is the state $100 million school safety grant.  This grant program requires a school safety assessment of every school building and up to $50,000 per building to meet those recommendations.  Among the six approved categories of eligible minor capital improvements are entry control, electronic security and communication systems, barriers, perimeter security, illumination and building envelope. Examples include and are not limited to:  Locks, ID actuated systems, duress alarms, intrusion detection systems, radios, mass notification systems, cameras, video servers, fixed or moveable barriers, fencing, security lighting, blast/safety film, reinforced doors, doorframes and windows, call buttons, door prop sensors, etc.  It does not cover human resources (SROs, campus security, etc.)

Our district has begun the process of requesting an assessment of every building and is waiting for a state response.

The second school safety initiative that is occurring this year is in conjunction with Clinton County Emergency Management, the Clinton police, and the Clinton Fire Department.  It is called the School Safety and Violent Incident Management. 

This training involves table top exercises going through various scenarios.  The goal is to improve incident management and response integration of school personnel and emergency responders to violent events in schools.  The framework strives to improve time to neutralize the threat, medical intervention, survivability of victims, and reunification of students with parents and guardians.

I went through an abbreviated training in July.  The structuring of roles and defined communication lines is the best that I have experienced.  The training will not get down to the teacher/staff level, but involve central administration and building principals.

It is unfortunate that we as a society are at this point, but it is important to follow best practice and make our educational environments as safe as possible.

Eagle Heights Receives National Recognition

The Clinton Community School District is proud to announce that Eagle Heights Elementary School has been recognized as a Capturing Kids Hearts National Showcase School earlier this month. Eagle Heights is one of 376 United States campuses across the country that received this designation.

The following points below are part of a national press release from the Capturing Kids Hearts Organization:

  • Through the National Showcase Schools™ awards, Capturing Kids’ Hearts® recognizes and celebrates schools that go the extra mile each day, creating the social-emotional safety on school campuses that is conducive to learning.
  • In 1990 a small group of educators experienced the first Capturing Kids’ Hearts® training at the Flippen’s home in College Station, Texas. Flip’s vision has since grown and today our team introduces Capturing Kids’ Hearts® processes to 37,000+ educators each year nationwide.
  • Capturing Kids’ Hearts is the premier source of professional development for educators nationwide. Through experiential training, expert coaching, and personalized support, Capturing Kids’ Hearts equips professionals in K-12 education to implement transformational processes focused on social-emotional wellbeing, relationship-driven culture, and student connectedness.
  • Capturing Kids’ Hearts processes provide educators the skills they need to change the trajectory of students’ lives.
  • Campuses implementing Capturing Kids’ Hearts processes consistently report improvements in academic, behavioral, and cultural outcomes.
  • Because of the rigor of our evaluation process, the Capturing Kids’ Hearts National Showcase School award is both a high aspiration and an exemplary recognition of excellence.
  • Capturing Kids’ Hearts is proud to recognize the outstanding educators who have dedicated themselves to making a difference in the lives of our children. Please join in and celebrate the remarkable work they have accomplished.

The Clinton Community School District has implemented the Capturing Kids Hearts program in all of its school campuses. The social-emotional structure provides students and staff supports to maintain a safe and respectful environment.

Larry Davis—2022 Hall of Honor Inductee

A  Clinton High School student has researched and written the following article about one of the 2022 Hall of Honor inductees.  The induction ceremony will occur on Friday, April 8, at Clinton High School.

Larry Davis

The Arts

By Aleckai Gray

“Someone once told me there are three types of people. The type that only talks about themselves, we’ve all met someone like that. The type that only talks about others, the gossips. And the third, smaller group of people who talk about theories and concepts. I think everyone should strive to be part of that third group.” 

This is the quote that stuck out to me the most after talking to Mr. Larry Davis. 

In this year’s Hall of Honor Banquet Clinton High School has decided to honor Larry Davis for his accomplishments. I was fortunate enough to get to interview Mr. Davis and ask him about his memories of Clinton High. He was very involved during his high school career, being a part of student council all four years, as well as Honors Society. He also had a part in A’capella choir “though not a good part” according to him. He wasn’t in many after school activities, but he says “passing Algebra may as well have been an extracurricular”. Being involved in student council led to Mr. Davis being elected his junior class president, and student body president his senior year. “Different presentations and dances like homecoming and prom will always stick out as fond memories,” he says. Mr. Davis gave me a different perspective when it comes to the visual arts, though I’m not much of an artsy person myself. When I asked him what classes helped him on his path to the arts, he said geometry. He elaborated, “There’s something in geometry called linear function. It helped me with drawing perspectives. In geometry you learn all about shapes and measurements. This helped me with more realistic arts.” Although, this seemed to be the only math class he felt this way for. “I haven’t used the quadratic formula in my 50 years since leaving Clinton High.” When asked what he’d like to say to the current student body of Clinton High, he answered, “I would love to encourage people to find something they love, and get really good at it, whether that be something like math or just tying ropes—get really good at that skill and then I want you to promise yourself that you’ll become a teacher.” Mr. Davis cares a great deal about education, and clearly is a great teacher. I am honored to speak for him at this Hall of Honor Banquet.

The public will be invited for the luncheon and induction speech portion of the day scheduled between 11:30 and 2:30 on Friday April 8. The Clinton High School culinary students will cater the luncheon. Inductees will be guests of the Hall of Honor Committee. The luncheon will cost $14 per other attendees. Main entrees are Seafood Lasagna or Caesar Chicken. Please call Deb Deters at 563-243-7540, extension 1180 or email at deb.deters@csdkq.org.

Dr. Herbert Burkert—-2022 Hall of Honor Inductee

A  Clinton High School student has researched and written the following article about one of the 2022 Hall of Honor inductees.  The induction ceremony will occur on Friday, April 8, at Clinton High School.

Dr. Herbert Burkert

Distinguished Military Service

By Zoe Hazen

I am proud to introduce Dr. Herbert Burkert into the Hall of Honor at CHS. During Dr. Burkert’s time here at Clinton High, he was involved in the Bachelor’s Club, Little Theatre, “C” Club, Student Government, Football, Wrestling, Activeship, and the Technical Club. Being active in school transferred to becoming active in our military. Dr. Burkert, like many, was officially drafted at the height of World War II on January 14th, 1944. He was fresh out of high school, only graduating a year prior to his deployment, and he completed his training at Fort McClellan, Alabama. 

After basic training, he was stationed in France where Dr. Burkert fought for the liberation of Europe. He was eventually captured and taken hostage by the Germans on November 30th of 1944; he was held at Stalag 7a. Stalag is a German term used for prisoner of war camps. After 5 months in captivity, Dr. Burkert and others were able to dig a tunnel and escape only one day prior to his scheduled execution. Dr. Burkert’s efforts in the escape included carrying a wounded comrade to safety, and they have remained lifelong friends and kept in contact the rest of their lives. Dr. Burkert’s service didn’t go unrecognized; he was awarded the Bronze Star, the Good Conduct Medal, the Combat Infantry Badge, and the Rifle Badge.

Upon returning to the US he attended Palmer College of Chiropractic, graduating in 1948 with his doctoral degree. He then opened a practice in Clinton Iowa, where he became heavily involved in the Clinton Jaycees serving as the president, long-time leader and mentor in its development. He exemplified what it meant to be a community member of Clinton. Sadly Dr. Burkert passed away in 1965 at an early age, but his legacy wasn’t only his heroism when called upon by his country, but also for his work and efforts to make Clinton a better city for all. He is a respected soul and looked up to by many. His family is in attendance today to speak on his behalf of the things he has done and the legacy he leaves behind.

The public will be invited for the luncheon and induction speech portion of the day scheduled between 11:30 and 2:30 on Friday April 8. The Clinton High School culinary students will cater the luncheon. Inductees will be guests of the Hall of Honor Committee. The luncheon will cost $14 per other attendees. Main entrees are Seafood Lasagna or Caesar Chicken. Please call Deb Deters at 563-243-7540, extension 1180 or email at deb.deters@csdkq.org.

Duke Slater—2022 Hall of Honor

A  Clinton High School student has researched and written the following article about one of the 2022 Hall of Honor inductees.  The induction ceremony will occur on Friday, April 8, at Clinton High School.

Duke Slater

Professional Accomplishments

By Ali House

It is a great honor and pleasure to announce Judge Fred W. “Duke” Slater as one of the inductees into Clinton High School’s Hall of Honors.

As many of us know, Judge Slater had a successful athletic career here at CHS. He ran track but is more famously known for his outstanding football career. Slater was an all-stater in high school. He then attended the University of Iowa to play football where he became a three time All-American and became the first African-American in school history to receive the honor. Slater went on to play in the NFL for 10 seasons. At the time, he was the league’s only African-American lineman and many times, the only African-American on the field. He was later inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame and the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The field at Kinnick Stadium is now named after him as well. Slater understood the importance of education and knew that if he didn’t keep his grades up, he wouldn’t be able to continue playing football.

Slater studied law at the University of Iowa. After he graduated and after his football career was over, became a Judge in Chicago. He later moved up to the Chicago Superior Court and then into the Cook County Circuit Court. Since his passing, he has received many other awards, along with two local ones, those being the Clinton County Walk of Fame and the Clinton High School Athletics Hall of Fame.

Duke Slater loved Clinton and he loved Clinton High School. His niece, Sandra Wilkins, recalls how much he credited Clinton High for setting him up for a successful life. When he was sworn in as judge in Chicago, Mrs. Wilkins remembers the tears forming in his eyes as he recognized his coach from Clinton High School, Clinton Osborne. It is for all these reasons that Judge Fred W. Duke Slater is an outstanding inductee in our Hall of Honor.

The public will be invited for the luncheon and induction speech portion of the day scheduled between 11:30 and 2:30 on Friday April 8. The Clinton High School culinary students will cater the luncheon. Inductees will be guests of the Hall of Honor Committee. The luncheon will cost $14 per other attendees. Main entrees are Seafood Lasagna or Caesar Chicken. Please call Deb Deters at 563-243-7540, extension 1180 or email at deb.deters@csdkq.org.

Addison Stark—2022 CHS HALL OF HONOR

A  Clinton High School student has researched and written the following article about one of the 2022 Hall of Honor inductees.  The induction ceremony will occur on Friday, April 8, at Clinton High School.

Addison Stark

Accomplishments in Academic Fields

By Hillary Burken

Addison Stark, Hall of Honor inductee for 2022, was born and raised just outside of Clinton Iowa. He attended Clinton High School for the college and AP classes offered. While at Clinton he also found passions for the fine arts programs including orchestra, jazz band, and theatre. From there Mr. Stark went to the University of Iowa majoring in mathematics and chemistry, with a minor in German. While there he was exposed to many new opportunities that allowed him to advocate at both the State and Federal government level. After graduating from the University of Iowa Mr. Stark moved to Boston, Massachusetts to attend the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) where he received two masters degrees in Technology & Public Policy and Mechanical Engineering, graduating with his PhD in Mechanical Engineering in 2015. Following graduation, he moved to Washington, DC where he has been working to develop new technologies needed to address climate change.  When asked about his time at Clinton High, Mr. Stark says the self confidence and the ability to walk into a room where he knew no one and talk to everyone were some of the biggest skills he gained from CHS. Stark reflected fondly on his time at Clinton by stating “No matter where you go when you graduate from CHS you’ll always know where home is.“

The public will be invited for the luncheon and induction speech portion of the day scheduled between 11:30 and 2:30 on Friday April 8. The Clinton High School culinary students will cater the luncheon. Inductees will be guests of the Hall of Honor Committee. The luncheon will cost $14 per other attendees. Main entrees are Seafood Lasagna or Caesar Chicken. Please call Deb Deters at 563-243-7540, extension 1180 or email at deb.deters@csdkq.org.

Splat Gun Gel Blaster Tik Tok Challenge

Dear CCSD Caregiver,

Our school district has been informed of another Tik Tok challenge that we need your help. There are new toy gun products called splat guns or gel blasters that are being used to shoot a product at a victim. Some are black or the owner paints them black to make the toy gun look very realistic. To complicate this situation, Tik Tok has developed a challenge of “drive by shootings” using splat guns or gel blasters.

The following link is a news story on this national trend: https://www.actionnewsjax.com/news/local/new-challenge-encourages-drive-by-toy-gun-shootings/01936c98-bfb7-47d6-8c04-77d54fbf262e/

Please have a conversation with your son or daughter about the inappropriateness of these products. Our school policy treats these products as “look a like weapons” and possession or use on school grounds falls under our school discipline policy.

The Clinton Community School District is committed to a safe learning environment for all. Your support is greatly appreciated.

Gary DeLacy, Superintendent

P3—STUDENT SAFETY APP

As part of the Clinton Community School District’s commitment to students’ safety and mental health, beginning in the last week of March, we are launching an anonymous reporting program, which will allow students and parents to make a report about concerns of safety or student wellness. Our program is student-focused, as opposed to crime-focused, meaning it is a tool for alerting caring adults about students who need help—not snitching. This is part of our continuous effort to increase campus and student safety, and provide students with a safe, completely anonymous outlet to share concerns.

Students who attend CMS or CHS can use our new P3 Campus app to report: bullying, suicide concerns, depression, sexting, stealing, threats, self-harm, abuse, dating and domestic violence, fights, drugs, alcohol, weapons or other types of dangerous situations that threaten their safety or the safety of others. Their reports will be addressed by a trained team of school officials and law enforcement, when necessary.

When you or your student have a concern, you can go to P3Campus.com on your computer, tablet, or laptop– or you can download the free P3 Campus mobile app– and make a 100% anonymous report in less than five minutes. The use of anonymous reporting apps in state programs like Safe2Tell Colorado have proven to be successful in providing the tools and information needed for school officials and to proactively address concerning behaviors, potential incidents of violence, and other harmful situations on campus before they develop. We look forward to working with you and your student to continue making CMS and CHS safe schools.

CHS and CMS will be offering more information in the coming days.

CHS HALL OF HONOR INDUCTION

The Clinton Community School District and the Clinton High School Hall of Honor Committee are proud to announce the 2022 Hall of Honor Class.  The inductees are Dr. Herbert Burkert, Larry Davis, Duke Slater, and Dr. Addison Killean Stark.

The induction will be on Friday, April 8. The public is welcome to the luncheon and induction speeches starting at 11:30. The meal will be prepared and served by CHS culinary students. The link for the meal is https://docs.google.com/document/d/1bCamcAzrNw8e5EKPZE-J6Fi5Gi8u0DYYWTYxnSkS5xA/edit?usp=sharing. Reservations can be made by contacting Deb Deters at 243-7540, extension 1180.. Inductees and spouses are guests of the Committee. The meal cost for other attendees is $14 per person.

Chairperson of the Hall of Honor Committee, Dennis Duerling, stated that “the third Hall of Honor class continues to show the depth of quality in nominees.  They also cover four of the different areas of recognition of the CHS Hall of Honor: a distinguished military veteran that went above and beyond for his country during wartime, a graduate that broke race barriers while serving in the Chicago judicial system, a nationally recognized artist, and a CHS graduate that has become a national leader in energy innovation.” 

Dr. Herbert Burkert (CHS Class of 1943) was nominated for Distinguished Military Service.  Burkert was drafted into the army on January 18, 1944.  After receiving his training at Fort McClellan, Alabama, he entered World War II in France on August 23, 1944.  Burkert was involved in heavy wartime activity and unfortunately was captured by the Germans on November 30, 1944.  He was taken to Stalag 7A, the largest prisoner of war camp in Germany.  Over a five-month period, Burkert and other prisoners were able to dig a tunnel and he escaped one day before he was scheduled to be executed.  For his military service, Burkert was recognized by the US government by receiving the Bronze star, Good Conduct medal, Combat Infantry Badge, and Rifle Badge.  After returning to the states, Burkert attended Palmer College of Chiropractic and graduated in 1948 with a doctoral degree.  He opened a very successful practice in Clinton.  Burkert was heavily involved with the Clinton Jaycees, including serving as president in 1955.  He passed away in 1965. 

Larry Davis (CHS Class of 1963), was nominated in the category of The Arts. He attended the University of Iowa, majoring in Art, with a minor in Education.  Davis was then drafted into the military where he served for four years.  He returned in 1972 and began his career as a professional artist while teaching part-time at Clinton High School.  In the 1980s, Davis began to create a series of annual silkscreen prints depicting the four seasons at Eagle Point Park.  The profits from their sale supported the Clinton Community College Foundation.  This began a lifelong friendship with CCC President Dr. Charles Spence which led Davis to become a teacher at CCC.  During his time at CCC, the Foundation sponsored an exhibit including Iowa artists and those in Iowa’s sister city, Kofu, Japan.  A pivotal time in Davis’ career was when Dr. Spence accepted the position as president of the Florida State College in Jacksonville.  Davis followed Spence and enjoyed a 23 year career in resource development, as a tenured faculty member and as Visual Arts Coordinator.  Davis has since moved back to the Midwest and operates a studio with a regular exhibition schedule.

Duke Slater (CHS Class of 1916) was nominated in the area of Professional Career Accomplishments for breaking barriers as a lawyer and judge in Chicago.  During his career in the National Football League, Slater returned to the University of Iowa in the off-seasons and earned his law degree in 1928.  After retiring from football, he began his legal career in Chicago.  In 1948, Slater became the second African-American to be elected as judge in the city of Chicago.  Later in 1960, he became the first black judge selected to Chicago’s Superior Court, at the time, the highest court in the city.  Slater transitioned to the Circuit Court of Cook County when that court was created in 1964.  Slater’s service as a Chicago judge refuted the ugly stereotypes that existed at the time that dominant black athletes lacked intelligence.  Slater passed away in 1966.

Addison Killean Stark (CHS Class of 2002) was nominated in the area of Accomplishments in Academic Fields.  After graduating from CHS, Stark attended the University of Iowa and earned degrees in Mathematics and Chemistry.  He served on an organization focused on advanced thermochemical conversion to fuels and chemicals, energy innovation in agricultural systems, and intensification of energy conversion reactor systems.  Later, Stark earned his Ph.D. from MIT.  Stark is currently the Director of Energy+Environment at Clark Street Associates, a strategic consulting firm based in Silicon Valley and Washington, DC. Previously he served as Associate Director for Energy Innovation at the Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC). Prior to joining BPC, Dr. Stark served as a Fellow at the US Department of Energy, Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E) focusing on early-stage energy technology development and R&D across sectors including renewable fuels, green industrial chemistry, dry-cooling technologies for water conservation in power generation, advanced sensor systems for agriculture and leveraging advanced manufacturing for the fabrication of energy devices. While at ARPA-E, he also served as Acting Program Director for ARPA-E’s $33 million Energy-Water Nexus portfolio, the Advanced Research In Dry-cooling (ARID) program. Stark is the author of multiple peer reviewed journal articles and popular press pieces on diverse topics in energy technology innovation including the following: advanced biofuels, hybrid PV/thermal solar energy, energy-water nexus, leveraging additive manufacturing for chemical reactor design, and innovation in energy technology and finance.  Stark is currently an adjunct professor at Georgetown University.

The mission of the Clinton High School Alumni Hall of Honor is 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.