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Mrs. Kathy (Opsomer) Schlack is a third grade teacher at St. Patrick’s as well as a 1971 graduate. In Houston this April, Ka
thy will be receiving a Distinguished Teacher Award by the National Catholic Educational Association. She is one of twelve to receive this
honor! Her daughter, Adrienne Schlack (2001), is also a teacher at St. Pat’s, teaching kindergarten.
Congratulations to Mr. Morrie Franz! He was awarded the Pere Marquette Award, a diocesan medal for heroic service in parishesand apostolates. Mr. Franz, father of Maria (1978), Dan (1979), Dave (1983), Tim (1984), and Ann (1986), chaired the stewardshipcommittee at St. Patrick Parish for 30 years and has also led the finance commission and the discipleship commission. During 12years as a member of St. Monica Parish in East Peoria, he was a trustee and served on the parish council, founded and led the me
club and co-
founded “Fish of Peoria” to help the area’s poor. He was a member of the Diocese of Peoria’s development and stew-
ardship committee for 6 years and has been active in Teens Encounter Christ (TEC), the Christian Family Movement and the Chris-tian Experience Weekend at St. Patrick Parish.Recently, an article was published in the Washington Courier
in the “Veteran’s Corner.” It was an interview of Col. Christine L.(Eschelbach) Vuskalns, a 1976 graduate of St. Pat’s. She shared her military service history since becoming a member of the
USArmy ROTC in 1980 at Western Illinois University. Her first duty station was in Germany where she served in the regular Army asan officer for 4 1/2 years. She continued her service in California and Indiana, as well as serving two tours in Iraq. Speaking of her
military career Christine said, “I view my dedication to military service both as a way to serve our nation at large and as a
pay back my family, friends and neighbors for their support.” She plans to retire from the US Army Reserves in June 2014.
The members of the Student Advisory Group at St. Patrick School packed 82 shoeboxes for the Operation Christmas Child
Pack aShoebox Program this year. The response to the program from the entire school was overwhelming. The group filled every shoe- box they were given for needy children throughout the world. The items left over
including toothpaste, soap, toys, books, schoolsupplies and candy
were donated to Samaritan’s Purse, the parent organization of Operation Christmas Child.
The Mud to Parks program, which won a 2006 National Innovation Award from the Council of State Governments, is the brainchildof John Marlin (1963). The program is hailed for its imaginative approach to solving the problem of topsoil erosion and sediment buildup in river-fed reservoirs and backwaters. Dr. John Marlin is a senior scientist with the Illinois Department of Natural Re-
sources’ Waste Management and Research Center. John’s ingenuity has helped create parks and recreation areas not only in Peo
ria but all over the state including Chicago, the Fox River Valley, Rice Lake, Decatur, Litchfield and Banner Marsh.
St. Patrick’s has recently been awarded the
Blue Medal Ribbon by theU.S. Department of EducationAndWe are going to celebrate!An open house is being planned in the schoolFriday, February 1, 20133:30 pm
The Blue Ribbon Celebration Dinner will follow at Washington’s Countryside Banquet Facility,
659 School St., 5:30
7:30 p.m. for school, parish and alumni. The dinner is $16/adult and $14/
student. If you are interested in attending the dinner, please contact John Wikoff, St. Patrick’s Di-
YOU ARE INVITED!