Christopher Dock Mennonite High School
Fall 2013 The Walking Roots Band, featuring three Dock alumni, headlined a spectacular Homecoming lineup.
Homecoming 2013 In This Issue... 2012-13 Annual Report
ã 2013 Alumni of the Year ã Dock goes Crazy for You ã Practicing Pure Religion ã Dock’s Iron Woman ã Seeking 2020 Vision
A publication of Christopher Dock Mennonite High School
Seniors Brooks Inciardi and Clara Bush played the leads in Dock’s fall musical, Crazy For You, bringing the Tony Award-winning Gershwin musical to life on the Dock stage. See more photos, page 8.
Fall 2013 3 Homecoming 2013
Homecoming Weekend 2013 truly was a great time to reconnect, rediscover, and remember.
6 Alumni of the Year
Christopher Dock honered its 2013 Alumni of the Year.
7 National Merit Semifinalists
Only 16,000 students out of 1.5 million in 22,000 high schools achieve this level of academic performance—and three of them are Dock students.
8 Dock goes Crazy For You!
Amazing music by George and Ira Gershwin, spectacular choreography and a great story line—Dock’s fall musical had it all!
10 District Champions
Dock Athletics celebrates memorable seasons for its teams, including three district champions.
11 Dock’s 2012-13 Annual Report 27 Campus Happenings
Welcoming new board and faculty members ● Dock models distance learning ● Oral history project helps preserve Dock’s legacy
30 Pure Religion
These Dock students and alumni are modeling the kind of religion the Bible calls “pure and faultless.”
32 Alumni Notes
The Class of 1978 looks back at 35 years— the Class of 1963 at 50 ● Alum ministers abroad through the lens of creativity ● Dock’s Iron Woman ● News of your classmates
On the cover: The Walking Roots Band was the perfect way to close out Homecoming Weekend 2013. The band features three Dock alumni — Greg and Kristina (Landis) Yoder (’05), and Lauren (Derstine) Yoder (’06) —and plays an eclectic and witty style of music that includes everything from “reclaimed” hymns to blues and bluegrass to something they like to call “folk rap.” Whatever you want to call it, we can’t wait to have them back!
Dr. Conrad J. Swartzentruber Principal Martin D. Wiens Assistant Principal Jeffrey A. Ambrose Director of Business Affairs Susan D. Gingerich Director of Development Bronwyn L. Histand Director of Curriculum
Christopher Dock Mennonite High, School, in partnership Igniting Passion for Learning Faith, and Life. with the family and the church, seeks to develop the God-given abilities of students in preparation for responsible stewardship of life as members of God’s people in a global society. Dock serves youth and families of Franconia Mennonite Conference, Eastern District Conference and those who share Anabaptist values.
Darwin R. Zehr Director of Technology www.dockhs.org
Board of Directors Warren L. Tyson, President Sharon L. Fransen, Vice President Ruth H. Yoder, Secretary P. Scott Heckler, Treasurer Henry B. Bergey, Beny Krisbianto, David G. Landis (’59), James M. Lapp, Katie Longacre, Rina Rampogu Lamplighter is published by Christopher Dock Mennonite High School, 1000 Forty Foot Road, Lansdale, PA 19446. It is entered as third-class matter at the Lansdale Post Office. Jay Gordon, Editor Leinbach Design, Graphic Design
Honoring the Founders C
(Photo l to r) Henry Longacre, Dr. Lee M. Yoder, Merrill Moyer, S. Duane Kauffman, Pearl Schrack, and Sanford Alderfer.
hristopher Dock’s inaugural Founder’s Program was held on the 60th anniversary of the school’s founding to celebrate the visionary leaders who laid the foundations of the school. After an excellent brunch, a panel of founding faculty and trustees recounted stories of Dock’s earliest days. Each of the Founders Program panelists, along with founding administrative assistant Eleanor Ruth, was honored with a fraktur specially created by Dock alum Emily Smucker-Beidler ’83.
Dr. Lee M. Yoder, (right) Dock principal from 1966 to 1975, led the planning team for the Founders Program and emceed the event. Founders Program panelists (above right) included (l to r) Merrill Moyer (trustee 1966-72); Hiram Hershey (founding music teacher); Daniel Reinford (founding math and German teacher); Pearl Schrack (founding English teacher); S. Duane Kauffman (social studies teacher and panel facilitator); Janet Martin (founding business education teacher); and Dr. Lee Yoder (principal, 1966-75). Eleanor Ruth (left) was honored as the founding administrative assistant at Christopher Dock, serving from 1957-1998. Truth be told, Eleanor is still serving, now as an office assistant.
Homecoming 2013 Alumni of the Year recipients imparting wisdom to current students in chapel.
Concert performances by student musicians and singers.
Seeing alumni honored for their achievements and service.
Listening as founders recount Dock’s earliest years.
Watching future generations of Dock students learning and having fun all over campus.
Founding faculty member Hiram Hershey (below left) tells a story while Founders panelists (l to r) S. Duane Kauffman, Janet Martin and others listen.
Roland Yoder (below right) and other attendees found plenty to smile about in the stories of Dock founders.
The electricity of a full-house performance by a band featuring Dock alumni.
Additional photos are available on the Dock web site. Videos can be viewed on the Christopher Dock channel on YouTube.
Classes reuniting to talk, laugh, and perhaps even cry together.
This was Homecoming Weekend, and it truly was a great time to
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The Walking Roots Band is made up of eight people, three of whom are graduates of Christopher Dock. Band members include: Seth Crissman, Jackson Maust, Adam Schmid, Greg and Kristina (Landis) Yoder ’05, Mitchell and Lauren (Derstine) Yoder ’06, and Michael Yoder. All of the band members have benefited from education at a Christian school—whether in high school, college, or both.
TWRB closed out Homecoming Weekend 2013 with a packedhouse concert that was a little bit blues, a little bit bluegrass, a little bit folk, and even a little bit folk rap. Whatever you call them, this Harrisonburg, VA group hit all the right notes!
3, 4, & 5. Members of the Class of 1973 (l to r) Wendell Weaver, Mary (Nyce) Roth, Gretchen (Miller) McTavish and Steve Benner, and Esther (Cassel) Mast, Darrell Mast, and Ron Landes share stories during their reunion.
6, 7, & 8. Naomi Davidar (left) and Clara Bush sing with the Concert Choir. Dock’s new instrumental teacher, Belmary Lorcas, leads the orchestra during Friday evening’s fall concert, while Kayla Alderfer assists Peter Kim at the piano. 9.
The Class of 1993 got creative for their reunion. For a class photo, see page 16.
10. Lydia Ehst watches an art technique demonstrated during the Docker’s Camp art workshop. 11. Lily Hunsberger shows off her finished artwork. 12. Emma Seachrist (left) and Kaci Alderfer are proud of the cupcakes they made during the culinary arts workshop that was part of Docker’s Camp this year. 13. Founding faculty member Daniel Reinford peruses the Alumni Memory Book, which includes entries for every Dock alumnus that has passed away.
14. Kristina (Landis) Yoder ’05 fiddles an interlude during a performance by The Walking Roots Band.
Outstanding Achievement Awards James L. Rosenberger ’64
Jim is an internationally recognized statistician and Professor of Statistics at Penn State University where he was head of the Statistics Department from 1991 to 2006. He teaches undergrad and graduate courses in statistics, research in experiment design and genomics, and provides overall oversight of the Penn State Statistics Department online programs. He also served on the Mennonite Education Agency board for 12 years.
Linda Alderfer Martin ’67
Linda has worked in early childhood education for over 35 years, including 19 years as Executive Director of Salford Mennonite Childcare Centers. She transformed a small child care center, started in the church basement, into one of the first child care centers in Montgomery County to be accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children. Linda also designed and created an intergenerational program called The Children’s Center at Dock Woods Community. Linda is a member of the Mennonite Early Childhood Network and is helping to plan an education summit in conjunction with Mennonite World Conference 2015 Assembly.
Distinguished Service Awards Glenn Bauman ’63
Glenn began working at Swartley Brothers Engineering, the summer after he graduated from Dock. He started out as a bookkeeper, but eventually became part-owner of the business. He was well-known for his employee relations skills and for making the workplace employee-oriented and family-friendly. He retired after 45 years of employment. Glenn and his wife, Christine, have a passion for serving the elderly. Since retiring he visits residents at Rockhill Mennonite Community, where he has served on the board for 20 years. Glenn was involved in starting the Harvey Bauman Endowment Fund and the Class of 1963 Endowment Fund for Dock, and has traveled on missions trips to Haiti, Honduras, and Alaska.
Sue Clemmer Steiner ’65
Sue has 25 years of experience as a pastor and interim pastor in Mennonite Church Eastern Canada (MCEC) and also as youth minister for the Mennonite Conference of Ontario. She is the author of Joining the Army That Sheds No Blood and God Has No Favorites, and has been published in various Mennonite periodicals. In retirement, Sue offers spiritual direction to church leaders and volunteers. She has self-published a small book of childhood memories called A Goodly Heritage: Memories and Dreams of a Souderton Girl, and a life and ministry memoir, Flowing with the River: Soundings from My Life and Ministry.
Young Alum of the Year Awards Jesse Gey ‘04
Jesse helped elevate U.S. field hockey to the world stage by contributing to a 2008 team that won an Olympic bid for the first time since 1988. She made her debut on the National Team in the 2008 Beijing games and was a gold medalist in the 2011 Pan American Games. She competed on five U.S. national teams since graduating from the University of North Carolina in 2008. In December 2012, Jesse was honored by Dock’s Athletic Department and Booster Club with an Outstanding Athletic Achievement Award—the first Dock grad to receive the award as an Olympic athlete.
Sheldon C. Good ’05
Sheldon is committed to building peace and seeking justice as a journalist, communication consultant, and university instructor. He formerly worked as associate for communication and leadership cultivation for Franconia Mennonite Conference, a media assistant for Sojourners, and an associate editor and web editor for Mennonite World Review. He is currently associate director of Eastern Mennonite University’s Washington (D.C.) Community Scholars’ Center and a freelance writer for Mennonite World Review, Sojourners, The Huffington Post, and other publications. He is a representative on Mennonite World Conference’s National Advisory Council for the 2015 assembly.
Three Dock students honored as National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists
hree Dock students have been recognized for their academic ability by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC). Aaron Guttenplan (left) and Abigail Anderson (right) have been named National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists, while Evan Scott (center) was named a National Merit Commended Student.
National Merit recognition places these seniors in an elite group of academically talented students. Of the 1.5 million juniors in 22,000 high schools who take the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®), only 16,000 students are named Semifinalists. Aaron and Abigail have an opportunity to continue in the competition for one of the 8,000 National Merit Scholarships, worth an estimated total of $35 million.
Swintosky MASTERS science competition
To become a Finalist, the Semifinalist and their school must submit a detailed scholarship application in which they provide information about their academic record, participation in school and community activities, demonstrated leadership abilities, employment, and honors and awards received. In addition, ongratulations to Dock 9th grader Megan Swintosky, who Semifinalists must be recommended by a high school is one of 30 finalists in the Broadcom MASTERS (Math, administrator, write an essay, and earn SAT scores that Applied Science, Technology and Engineering for Rising Stars) science confirm the student’s earlier performance on the PSAT. competition. Megan’s project, Novel Mutations in the FLCN Gene in Cases of Familial Spontaneous Pneumothoraces, was selected by a panel of NMSC is a not-for-profit organization that operates distinguished scientists and engineers from among nearly 1,700 entries. Her without government assistance. Scholarships are project found a possible genetic link between people who suffered collapsed underwritten by NMSC with its own funds and by lungs. Sponsored by the Broadcom Foundation and Society for Science & the approximately 440 business partners and higher Public, the MASTERS competition inspires middle school students to pursue education institutions that share NMSC’s goals math and science throughout high school, opening doors to exciting university of honoring the nation’s scholastic champions and career choices. Megan began her award-winning project when she was a and encouraging the pursuit of academic student at Penn View Christian School. Part of Megan’s awards ceremony included excellence. meeting President Obama. Congratulations, Megan!
Hannah Derstine (’14) Sam Kulp (’60)
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Crazy for You
razy for You has been on my radar for many years. This archetypal “boy-meets-girls/my dad has a barn/let’s put on a show” storyline, with its tongue-in-cheek homage to the old Hollywood musical, has delighted me since I first saw it in the mid-1990s. The upbeat, heart-lifting attitude portrayed through music from George and Ira Gershwin’s amazing song library is just what we might need when the world around us seems a bit dark. I am forever grateful to all those who toiled tirelessly to bring this show to the Dock stage, and for the parents, businesses, and other members of the Dock community who donated their time and talent to create this space for students to grow their gifts. — Karen R. Johnston, Director The Cast New York, New York BOBBY CHILD ��������������������������������������������������������Brooks Inciardi BELA ZANGLER ����������������������������������������������������������������Seth Kolb IRENE ROTH ������������������������������������������������������������ Kayla Alderfer MRS. LOTTIE CHILD Emmanuela Lorisme FOLLIES GIRLS TESS �������������������������������������������������������������������������������Abby Aldrich PATSY ������������������������������������������������������������������������������� Elena Trout MITZY ���������������������������������������������������������� Natalie Schweizerhof ELAINE ������������������������������������������������������������������ Angelina Aldrich LOUISE ��������������������������������������������������������������������������� Emma Lewis SUSIE ������������������������������������������������������������������������������Susie Moore BETSY ���������������������������������������������������������������������������������Ella Barlick MARGIE ���������������������������������������������������������������������Vanessa Miller SHEILA �����������������������������������������������������������������Abigail Anderson VERA ������������������������������������������������������������������� Grace Levengood Deadrock, Nevada POLLY BAKER ������������������������������������������������������������������Clara Bush LANK HAWKINS ���������������������������������������������������������Eric Morton EVERETT BAKER ��������������������������������������������� Aaron Guttenplan EUGENE FODOR ������������������������������������������������������� Bryce Hagan PATRICIA FODOR ���������������������������������������������������������Kylie Shore COWBOYS MOOSE (Trio) ����������������������������������������������������������� Travis Hoover MINGO (Trio) ����������������������������������������������������Lauren Anderson SAM (Trio) ��������������������������������������������������������������������� Simon Nam BILLY �������������������������������������������������������������������������� Seth Detweiler WYATT �������������������������������������������������������������������������André Martin JUNIOR ��������������������������������������������������������������������� Kenny Graham CUSTUS ����������������������������������������������������������������������� Jesse Ludwig PETE �������������������������������������������������������������������������Brennan Addley JIMMY ���������������������������������������������������������������������������� Tarrell Willis HARRY ������������������������������������������������������������������������������Ethan Neal CHORUS Jessica Bergey, Megan Bishop, Jessica Chung, Sarah Kratz (also CHAUFFEUR), Morgan Leavy , Emily Rittenhouse, Brianna Shin (also PERKINS)
Production Staff Director �������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������Karen Johnston Musical Director ������������������������������������������������������������������������Rodney Derstine Choreographer ������������������������������������������������������������������������������� Lynne Inciardi Producers...........................................................Rose Lambright, Kathy Moyer Costume Designers ��������������������������������������Rose Lambright, Kathy Moyer Set & Artistic Designer ��������������������������������������������������������������������� Tim Swartz Set Designer & Master Carpenter ����������������������������������������Jim Henderson The Car............................................................................... Rita and Kevin Hoover Lighting Effects ����������������������������������������������������������������������������������� Ron Bergey Sound & Lighting Coordinator ����������������������������������������������������Darwin Zehr Student Production Staff Morgan Benjamin – Stage Manager Maddie Hunsberger – lighting design Katie Anderson – spotlight Edrian Arango – tech/lights Andrew Beiler – crew Hannah Derstine – photographer Bell Dong – crew J. J. Franke – crew Phoebe Gutt – painting Cici He – costumes Emma Hinnershitz – painting/costumes Michael Levengood – sound Ellie Li – costumes/crew club Ivy Li – costumes/crew club Ariana Lopez – costumes/crew club Veronica Martinez – crew Rebecca Mathew – costumes Liam McCoy – spotlight Allison Overholtzer – tech/lights Meghan Pulice – costumes/crew club Randilyne Santiago – crew club Aubrey Shelly – painting Anika Thomas – costumes/crew club Shamir Vernon – costumes/crew club Joyce Zhang – costumes/crew club
Special Thanks A huge THANK YOU to the following individuals and companies for their donations of services, materials and labor. We couldn’t have done it without you! • Domus Construction • Gouldey Welding • Hoover Steel • Bergey’s Electric • Elite Painting • Richter Drafting & Office Supply • Harleysville Bridal • Page Six • Taylor Mirarchi • Pattie Guttenplan • Renee Munshi • Carrie Gehman
Soccer, Volleyball win district titles
ongratulations to the Dock girls soccer and volleyball teams for winning District 1 titles this season. Both teams made it to the quarterfinal round of the state tournament. Dock also placed three runners and three golfers in the competition for a PIAA championship.
Runners included senior Megan Bishop and sophomores Maddison Landis (see photo below left) and Michael Gunden, while Olyvia Longacre, Connor Tipping, and Drew Hautzinger represented Dock in the state golf championship. Congratulations to all our student-athletes on a great fall season! Dock girls volleyball team members include (front, l to r) Sarah Ryder, Anna Martin, Kayla Dean, Rebecca Timmerman. Back, l to r: Varsity Coach Trish Hoover, Lanae Hunsberger, Daphne Hunsinger, Aaron Brunner, Melissa Class, Ashley McGarrity, Jackie Teed, and Junior Varsity Coach Lindsey Prall.
District 1-A cross country champ Maddison Landis
The Intelligencer Kim Weimer
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Dock girls soccer team members include (front, l to r) Maddison Landis, Julianna Kabakjian, Olivia Seavy, Eden Nafziger, Emily Custer, Raychel Bair, Bailey Kratz, Niki Clements. Back, l to r: Sierra Shore, Tiara Demetrius, Sharon Curtis, Megan Swintosky, Maura Shisler, Marissa Campo, Tabitha Miller, Juliana Rotelle, Emily Gordon, and Mattasyn Shisler.
ock has launched a new school store with a much wider assortment of fully customizable items for almost every sport or co-curricular activity. Visit the new school store today by following the link at www.dockhs.org Faculty members Dr. J. Eric Bishop (left) and Darwin Zehr model two of the hundreds of customizable items available at the new Dock store.
Igniting Passion for Learning, Faith, and Life.
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Dear Friends of Christopher Dock
Igniting Passion for Learning, Faith, and Life.
1000 Forty Foot Road Lansdale, PA 19446 215.362.2675 www.dockhs.org
he 2012-2013 Annual Report is a celebration of what God is doing at Christopher Dock through your faithful partnership. I am grateful for your role in preparing students for “responsible stewardship of life as members of God’s people in a global society.” You are a valued encouragement to our current generation of students and teachers. During our 59th year, Christopher Dock Mennonite High School was blessed to partner with parents and church congregations in shaping the lives of young people. The Board of Trustees helped us remain true to our mission. The faculty and staff at Dock nurtured students academically, spiritually, and socially. A major initiative this year was the implementation of stage one for the 1:1 iPad program. This was a year of preparation for our faculty, as each student, would receive an iPad for the 2013-14 school year. This initiative was designed to provide equitable access to technology, opportunities for engaged learning, practice in digital citizenship, preparation for college and career, and concentration on national standards for technology. As the year concluded, we began a planning process to update strategic priorities for Dock as we project to 2015 and beyond. Rick Stiffney, president of Mennonite Health Services Alliance, has been retained to guide the planning process. We want to sustain important initiatives already underway and be creative in anticipating new opportunities in the future.
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Christopher Dock Mission Statement
Christopher Dock Mennonite High School, in partnership with the family and the church, seeks to develop the God-given abilities of students in preparation for responsible stewardship of life as members of God’s people in a global society. Dock serves youth and families of Franconia Mennonite Conference, Eastern District Conference and those who share Anabaptist values.
Gerald Benner, former English teacher and director of development, continues to raise funds to close the Rosenberger Academic Center campaign, expecting to reach this goal in this 60th year of Dock’s ministry. We extend a special thanks to those of you who are providing these resources to shape the next generation of leaders for our church and communities. We celebrate the generosity of those named in this report for their role in providing a faith-infused education for our students. We continue to look for additional people to step up as Dock Pillars, giving $1,000 or more to this life-changing ministry. We are committed to being good stewards of your investment. Thank you for your prayers and financial support for the students at Christopher Dock Mennonite High School. In Christ,
Dr. Conrad Swartzentruber Principal
Alumni Support Alma Mater Gifts from the following alumni supported the Dock Fund, endowment funds, Rosenberger Academic Center campaign, and other special projects in fiscal year 2012-13. Class participation is listed (%) for each class, with asterisks indicating gifts of $1,000 or more. Class of 1956 - 42% David Brunner Marie Gehman Clemens Donald Detweiler Walter Histand Grace Alderfer Kratz Daniel Lapp David Meyers Ivan Moyer* Mary RittenhouseSchwartzentruber Edna Derstine Rush Esther Ruth Shisler* Class of 1957 - 38% Louise Derstine Alderfer Marvin and Grace Meyers Anders* Elmer Brunk Donald Clemens Carrie Noble Duckett Kenneth Erb Glenn Frederick Clayton Gotwals Eleanor Detweiler Guenin Curtis Kratz Wilbur Kriebel R. Beryl Martin Audrey Metz Seitz
Class of 1960 - 38% Arlen Alderfer Arlene Alderfer Earl Anders Dolores Godshall Bauman Donald Brunner Elaine Moyer Gibbel Earl Godshall Katherine Horst Kerr Elvin Kolb Mary Kratz Samuel Kulp Merrill Landes* N. Glen Landis Anna Lois Longacre Lind Henry Longacre* Ruth Ann Landis Moyer Freida Myers Mae Reinford Mervin and Lois Alderfer Zook
Class of 1958 - 55th Class Reunion L-R: Dennis Hackman, Merrill Histand, Ralph Alderfer, Naomi Kolb DuBlanica, Mary Rosenberger Newcomer, Dorothy Kolb Harnish, Evelyn Bechtel Moyer, Elizabeth Landis Musselman, Doris Kolb.(Not on this photo: Marlene Landis Alderfer, Althea Moyer Derstine, Bill Bergey, Mary Ellen Ruth Lehman)
Class of 1961 - 33% Wilbur Bauman Donald and Anita Freed Beidler Carolyn Benner M. Louise Myers Beyer Eileen Landis Brothers Virginia Kriebel Deeds Ivan Derstine James Derstine Dorothy Wismer Detweiler Joann Zeiset Freed Stanley Godshall John and Janet Swartley Goshow* M. Kathleen Gahman Groff Mary Ellen Halteman Hartman A. Jane Detweiler Huegel Lorraine Kratz Kulp Barbara Eby Landis Jason Martin Lois Bechtel Shank Gerber Arthur Smoker Arlene Swartley Wambold Class of 1962 - 52% Lorraine Alderfer Miriam Bauman Allison Robert Chittick Sylvia Moyer Derstine Ronald Detwiler
Lucille Clemmer Gahman* Charlotte Kolb Glick Marilyn Detweiler Godshall James Halteman Rhoda Alderfer Kauffman Harry King Gladys Derstine Kolb Noah and Sara Lapp Kolb Nancy Mininger Landes* Esther Frederick Landis James Landis James Leatherman J. Phillip Moyer* Herbert Myers Victor Myers Emilie Derstine Walson Mary Lou Weaver Houser Paul Yothers Class of 1963 - 20% Glenn and Christine Godshall Bauman Rhoda Benner Byler Larry Godshall E. Daniel Leatherman Ralph Leatherman Roy and Anna Louise Meyers Musselman David Myers Harold Rosenberger Janet Leatherman Yoder Marilyn Gehman Zook
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Class of 1958 - 34% Darlene Beidler Alderfer Marlene Landis Alderfer Elaine Moyer Clemmer Naomi Kolb DuBlanica* Lareta Halteman Finger Dorothy Kolb Harnish Doris Kolb Mary Ellen Ruth Lehman Evelyn Bechtel Moyer* Elizabeth Landis Musselman Mary Rosenberger Newcomer
Class of 1959 - 42% Gerald and Rhoda Alderfer Benner* Nancy Musselman Clemens Nancy Lapp Falconer Elizabeth Derstine Frederick Harold Gahman* K. Louise Moyer Gehman P. David Harley Arlene Hunsberger Abram Kratz David Landis* Mary Landis Leatherman Carol Swartley Longacre* William Meyers Abram Rittenhouse James Rush Geraldine Derstine Sell Edna Mack Yoder Lorraine Clemmer Zook
Marlin Ruth Lois Rittenhouse Smucker
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Class of 1963 - 50th Class Reunion L-R: Row 1: Jim Bishop, Roland Yoder, Abram Moyer, Glenn Bauman, Christine Godshall Bauman, Janet Burkholder Knechel. Row 2: Pearl Schrack, Margaret Shisler Zook, Ruth Moyer Moyer, Gloria Detweiler, Marilyn Gehman Zook, Mary Lynn Landis Ferry, Roy Dale Musselman, Mary Lou Hunsberger Oswald, David Myers, Ralph Leatherman. Row 3: Janet Leatherman Yoder, Annie Meyers Musselman, Marilyn Rice Landis. Row 4: Harley Kooker, Henry Rosenberger, Richard Meyers, Ralph King, Ed Clemens, Paul Landis, Larry Godshall, Arlin Landis, Rhoda Benner Byler, Mark Mininger, Abram Derstine, Dan Leatherman.
Class of 1964 - 32% J. Lowell Bergey Dennis and Fern Stoltzfus Clemmer Ruth Rittenhouse Cozzoli R. Lee and Ruth Hersh Delp* Keith Derstine Kay Eby Moore John and Jane Gross Frankenfield Ruth Lapp Guengerich Jane Bishop Halteman John Harley Sandra Howe Hersh David Kindy Henry and Jane Clemens Landes* Patricia Ann Alderfer Leatherman Richard Leatherman Mary Ruth Mingledorff Leon Moyer James Rosenberger Mary Lou Alderfer Rosenberger John Rush Dolores Frederick Waugh Janice Hackman Zook Class of 1965 - 30% Kenneth Benner Thomas Bishop Joyce Hackman Corcoran G. Elaine Derstine Mark Derstine A. Irene Bolton Dorville Ray and Mary Jane Kulp Godshall
Martha Kolb-Wyckoff John Kulp Joseph Landis Nancy Alderfer Leatherman Rachel Frederick Leatherman Judith Rush Mill James Moyer Joyce Clemmer Munro Joseph and Charlotte Rice Myers Dennis and Darlene Histand Swartley Ruth Frederick White Class of 1966 - 14% E. Rodney and Dolores Martin Alderfer Wilmer Alderfer Larry Benner Carol Myers Brown Cheryl Moyer Conn Henry Derstine Jack Styer
Linda Alderfer Martin* Sharon Metzler-Ruth Barbara Nock Mowery K. Leon Moyer* Pamela Gross Moyer Louise Gehman Oâ€™Connell Paul Rush Judith Clemmer Stoltzfus Jean Swartley Ruth Rice Swartley Linda Reinford Watson Class of 1968 - 21% Lois Detweiler Alderfer Margaret Derstine Conrad Kenton Derstine David Gehman Martene Musselman Histand Ronald Hostetter Janelle Landis Kheshgi Robert and Ruthann Alderfer Nice Merle and Ruth Ann Bauman Reinford Jean Kuhns Rissler
Class of 1969 - 19% Timothy Benner Timothy and Evangeline Moyer Clemens* Brenda Derstine Stephen Hackman Sally Rosenberger Harshbarger Joanne Landes Hostetter Gem Gross Miller Betsy Alderfer Moyer* H. David Moyer Philip Nyce Glenn Reinford June Yoder Shenk Daniel Walter Fern Bergey Yothers Class of 1970 - 11% Sanford L. Alderfer David Bishop Eunice Rittenhouse Landis Jessica Schultz Miller Dawn Ruth Nelson Phyllis Meyers Nyce Ida Reinford Proco E. Wayne Rosenberger Marcus Rush Feryl and Connie Alderfer Souder Class of 1971 - 13% Larry Alderfer Timothy Ehst* Elaine Gehman Gordon Groff David King Beverly Overholt Schloneger Geraldine Leatherman Schmidt Dale Weaver Class of 1972 - 18% Lourene Derstine Bergey* S. Yvonne Meyers Bishop Susan Brenneman Pam Swartzendruber Clouse Donna Halteman Derstine
Class of 1967 - 34% Mildred Alderfer James Allebach Willard and Glenda Moyer Bergey* Carolyn Clemens Bontrager Carolyn Mininger Derstine Karen Kindy Fennell David and Shirley Weaver Frankenfield Shirley Freed Geiser Carroll and M. Jane Class of 1968 - 45th Class Reunion Kratz Haines L-R: Lawrence Rush, Dale Frankenfield, Deanie Anders Frankenfield, Rich Landes, JoAnn Burkholder Lois King Huston, Gail Kolb Alderfer, Lois Styer Halsel, Lois Rittenhouse Smucker, Martin Ruth Ann Bauman Reinford, Dean Clemmer, Merle Reinford, Tim Mininger
Keith Mast Luann Clemmer Miller* Joel Reinford Yolanda J. Yoder
Class of 1973 - 40th Class Reunion L-R: Row 1: Nancy Freed Beachy, Julie Detweiler Gotwals, Barb Rice Hackman, Carol Kolb Landis. Row 2: Robert Landis, Anita Yoder Rusk, Mary Nyce Roth, Esther Cassel Mast, Gretchen Miller McTavish, Ruth Alderfer Bower, Jeanette Moyer Hunsberger. Row 3: Wendell Weaver, Daryl Hackman, Steve Benner, Lucy Weaver Martin, Dave Greiser, Ron Landes, Linda Leatherman Kulp.
R. Brent Gotwals Betty Derstine Kerr Debra Kratz* Geoffrey Landis Geraldine Kratz Moore Steven Nyce Sharon Alderfer Rutter Barbara Rush Schieck Donald Zook Class of 1973 - 23% Lynne Foesig Allbaugh Nancy Freed Beachy Dennis Benner Steven Benner Janet Clemens Curtis Eileen Rosenberger Dalzell Julia Detweiler Gotwals David Greiser Daryl and Barbara Rice Hackman* Ronald Landes Gretchen Miller McTavish* Mary Nyce Roth M. Jeffrey Rosenberger Paul Showalter Wendell Weaver
Class of 1975 - 26% Cheryl Wenger Dean Vicki Shelly Farmwald E. Dean and Marlene Moyer Frankenfield
Class of 1976 - 22% Dwight and Beverly Althouse Alderfer D. Philip Anders Dottie Freed Baumgarten Mary Mininger Benner Michael Bergey Carolyn Rice Egli Dale Frederick Steven Hershey Benjamin Kolb Elizabeth Cassel Kolb Donna Musselman Kratzer John Kulp Douglas Landis Peter Miller* Joel Rosenberger Kirk Shisler Jolene Alderfer Weaver Class of 1977 - 17% Philip and Evon Swartzentruber Bergey Michael Bishop Glenda Landes Gehman Gerald Godshall
Nancy Graybill Landis Kathy Freed Martin Jeffrey Meyers Jay Moyer Ruth Ann Hunsberger Moyer J. Mark Rush Ronald Ruth Joanne Brenneman Speigle* Eileen Moyer Waidelich Class of 1978 - 23% John Baldwin L. Theodore Clemmer Debra Rittenhouse Cribbs Jay M. Delp John and Sheryl Freed Derstine Cecilia J. Good Gary Halteman M. Louise Keller Halteman Sandra Hershey Kauffman Roland Kolb Michael Landes James Leatherman John Longacre
Class of 1980 - 14% Ronald and Rebecca Gehman Bergey Rebecca Kulp Clemens* Lorene Hoover Groff Joanne Godshall Halteman Susan Alderfer Hochstetler Rita Good Hoover* C. Leon Kratz Dianne Zook Landes Cynthia Leber Moyer Brenda Landis Nice Lisa Meyer Price Julia Clemmer Wimmer
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Class of 1974 - 14% Marjorie Rush Hovde Rosemary Kindy Landis Dennis Lamar Nice Jane Frederick Rosenberger Jolene Hunsberger Schlosser Cynthia Watson Duane Weaver Barbara Derstine Weirich Christine Bowen Winters Eva Gahman Yoder
Ronald Freed Dennis Gehman E. Brent Godshalk E. Durrell Godshall Bryan Hunsberger* Sharlene Freed Immel Paul Kolb Sharon Swartley Landes Bradley Landis Dean Leatherman Don Martin Mary Lou Stoudt Metzler Pattie Reinford Mishler Lois Ruth Shank Jennifer Rosenberger Sigmans Julia Alderfer Stauffer Lisa Groff Weaver
Class of 1979 - 26% Gayle Landes Bencsik Andrea Histand Bergey Michael Clemmer Michael Derstine Peggy Gehman-Ebersole Cynthia Anders Godshall Philip and Deborah Gehman Good Rodney and Luanne Reinford Grasse Roger Hoover Charlene Martin Johnston Karen Miller Kolb Lucy Landis Richard Longacre* J. Dean Mack Beverly Benner Miller* Thomas Moyer Rose Kratz Nafziger Timothy Nice James Rittenhouse* Jennifer Halteman Schrock John Smucker Joan Gotwals Yoder
Class of 1978 - 35th Class Reunion L-R: John Derstine, Deb Rittenhouse Cribbs, John Alderfer, Ceci Good, Keith Mast, Louise Keller Halteman, Steve Derstine, Julie Swartzendruber Delp, Jane Landis Eppley, Karen Bergey, Lisa Graham, Chuck Eppley
Class of 1991 - 6% Brenda Kratz Bechler Jennifer Hartman Clemens Ron Clemmer Lisa Moyer Ruth Karah Miller Ziff Class of 1992 - 4% Carla Hunsberger Clemmer David Lapp Rebecca Leatherman Schwartz Bethany Swope
Class of 1993 - 20th Class Reunion L-R: Row 1 (Adults): Melinda Benner Behrens, Lucinda Martin Moyer, Shannon Kratz Frederick, Jennifer Goshow Lacher, Sigrid Mena Righter, Jen Godshall Hunsberger. Row 2: Jerilynn Gangwer, Sara Lyons Myer, Krista Moyer Snader, Rod Myer, Chad Lacher. Row 3: Stephen Behrens, Jim Frederick, Paul Bergey, Jill Gehman, Brian Snader.
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Class of 1981 - 15% David Cassel Michael Cassel Sandra Derstine Detweiler Steven and Julie Detweiler Frankenfield* Patricia Rittenhouse Freed Steven and Bronwyn Mininger Histand* Dorothy Moyer Leissa H. William Longacre* William Martin Alfred Richter* Amy Rosenberger M. Thomas Rosenberger* R. Craig Ruth E. Robert Schwoyer Bradley Swope
Class of 1982 - 17% David and Lori Gross Bergey Lynelle Kulp Bush William Curtis Arnold Derstine Rosita Benner Derstine James Hershey Benjamin Hunsberger Mary Beth Lichty Dean Moyer Joseph Musselman Kim Hershey Richter* D. Kraig Ruth Mark Schlosser Cynthia Landes Schwoyer Wendy Derstine Snyder Jan Lenise Alderfer Swartley Evelyn Leatherman zum Felde Class of 1983 - 17% J. Todd Alderfer Chad Benner Cynthia Alderfer Derstine
K. Marlene Gehman Derstine Tim and Rosita Benner Derstine* Steven Frederick Glenn Hatfield Brian Kolb Berdine Mininger Leinbach Sharon Detweiler Martin Bryce Mininger Michael Moyer Devin Souder Rhonda Souder Ruth Anna Vannoy Strickland Tara Fretz Yoder Class of 1984 - 8% Devon Anders Peter Harnish Joy Danelle Hunsberger Neil Reinford Anne Richter Fredrick Schlabach Linda Geissinger Seidel Lon Swartzentruber Class of 1985 - 11% Kevin and Teresa Miller Bergey D. Andrew Brunner Rhonda Alderfer Cassel Jennifer Clemmer Hiltebeitel Christopher Landes John Lichty Brian Moyer* JoAnn Grasse Moyer Class of 1986 - 12% Denise Cassel Alderfer E. Dwane Balmer J. Brian Bergstresser Tamara Hunsberger Denlinger Anna Boorse Doubeni Douglas and Marice Gehman Kratz
James B. Longacre Douglas Moyer Jeffrey Moyer Susan Munzinger Moyer Class of 1987 - 13% Mark Alderfer Jennifer Lapp Balmer Darin Benner Karen Frankenfield Burkholder John Gower Michelle Yoder Horning L. Brent Kolb Rodney Kratz* Jeffrey K. Landis* Todd Moyer David and Kelli Leister Rice Rachelle Leatherman Trauger Class of 1988 - 12% P. Troy Alderfer Maribeth Longacre Benner Michele Hackman Bergey F. Marc Derstein John Detweiler Matthew Frederick Paula Gillespie Fry Robert Good Julie Lichty Cory Longacre D. Brian Swartley Michelle Jones Teague Karen Myers Zehr Class of 1989 - 5% Pamela Landis Brunner Karen Kratz Gyimesi Rory Gahman Kolb Richard Reinford Class of 1990 - 6% Timothy Hedrick Franklyn King Christopher Landes Jennifer Meighan Latt Chadwin Yoder
Class of 1993 - 2% Eric Gehman Stephanie Hull German Class of 1994 - 5% Nate Clemmer Joann Hunsberger Katrina Landes Class of 1995 - 2% Laura Moyer Cantwell Michelle Nemec Detweiler Class of 1996 - 4% Joanna Hunsberger Kemp Chad and Kari Moyer Landis Class of 1997 - 6% Jonathan and Kimberly Landes Bergey David Guengerich* Cynthia Nicole Moyer Ryan Moyer Class of 1998 - 3% S. Scott Hackman Shana Weinzierl Class of 1999 - 1% Matthew Carminito Class of 2000 - 2% Darren Bisbort Rachel Landis Class of 2001 - 13% Nicholas and Trinda Derstine Bernardo Elisabeth Clemmer Deborah McAvinney Crosley Erik Frankenfield Emily Livrone Hershey M. Austin and Julie Histand Landes Jason Moyer Peter Moyer Erin Price Lisa Ehst Shank Benjamin Weaver Class of 2002 - 1% Kate Miller McTavish Class of 2003 - 9% Jordan and Regina Cuce Burkholder Amanda Smith Culen
Ryan Detweiler Douglas Hackman Amanda Daschbach Mowry Marissa Weaver Wilson Kyle and Suzana Kline Yoder Class of 2004 - 1% Abigail Mininger McMullen* Class of 2005 - 4% Cody Felton Katharine Derstine Grieser Keturah Parmer Shearer Trevor Weaver Class of 2007 - 2% Benjamin Bergey Nathan Weaver
Class of 2003 - 10th Class Reunion L-R: Row 1: Regina Cuce Burkholder, Mary Clemmer Wilkinson, Dan Landis, Andrew Miller, Brian Keeley, Liza Heavener, Heidi Kolb Mininger. Row 2: Jordan Burkholder, Rob Wilkinson, Natasha Miller, Suzie Kline Yoder, Amanda Smith Culen, Michele Tosh Childs, Melissa Brelsford, Dan Mininger. Row 3: Nate Jenkins, Chris Godshall, Brittany Rutt, Jared Nice, Liz Derstine Anjos, Rachel Derstine, Eric Trinka, Austin Baer, Christina Grimm Beebe, Kaela Gehman Yoder, Kate Baker Baer, Melissa Driver King, Tim Brown
Class of 2008 - 1% Daniel Sigmans
Class of 2009 - 1% Brittany Helaine Hansell
Class of 2011 - 1% Allegra Marie Inciardi
Class of 2010 - 1% Kaitlyn Rose Hoover
Class of 2012 – 0%
Class of 2006 – 0%
Class of 2013 - 1% Hunseok Kang
Friends Support Dock Thank you to the following friends and businesses for their support of the Dock Fund through direct gifts, gifts of service, and sponsorship. Sponsorship included the senior breakfast, golf outing, calendar, and/or web site. The asterisk identifies donors who gave $1,000 or more to the Dock Fund. David and Joan Addley Ahold Financial Services R. Brent and Deirdre Alderfer Harold and Ferne Alderfer Lester Alderfer A. James and Ruth Alderfer* Russell and Gladys Alderfer
Robert and Mary Jane Bergey Bergstresser Real Estate, Inc. George and Brenda Bisbort Robert and Sharon Bishop J. Russell and Rhoda Bishop* Bravo Foundation Bricker, Landis & Hunsberger, LLP Barbara I. Brown* Kathleen C. Brown Edward and Lucy Brubaker* Beulah Brunk Roy and Helen Burkholder Christopher and Alice Campbell Robert and Anita Capps Care & Share Shoppes
Class of 2013 Clemens Family Corporation Clemens Food Group Donella and R. Wayne Clemens* Clair and Arlayne Clemens* James Mather Clements Tina Lynn Clements Lake S. Clemmer Merrill and Arlene Clemmer Reginald and Nancy Constanzer R L Daschbach & Assoc Family Dentistry David and Sarah Davidar Stanley and Nedra Denlinger
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Sanford A. Alderfer* Warren Alderfer Arlene Alderfer Alderfer and Travis Cardiology Marie Allebach Altek Business Systems, Inc. Jeffrey and Sharon Ambrose American Infrastructure, Inc. Donald and Catherine Anders Gail and Paul Anderson Richard and Marilyn Anderson Anonymous* Asset Planning Services, Ltd. C. D. Baker Insurance Baum, Smith & Clemens John and Jackie Beljan Neil and Kathleen Benjamin Bergey’s, Inc.* Bergey’s Electric, Inc.* A. W. Bergey & Sons Henry B. Bergey* Elaine L. Bergey*
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Jeremiah Denlinger and Kristine Widders Derstine’s, Inc. Clair and Rosalie Derstine James Derstine Vernon and Miriam Derstine* Maxine Derstine* Mary M. Derstine Walton and Verna Mae Detweiler Gary and Doreen Detweiler Christine and Todd Detweiler Detweiler Hershey & Associates John and Sandra DrescherLehman Richard and Sheryl Duerksen Thomas and Beth Duffy Earl Bowl Lanes Elm Terrace Gardens Everence Exposure Marketing & Promotion Inc.* Felton Family Limited Partnership Jonathan L. Felton Joseph and Elizabeth Fino Valerie and Michael Ford Franconia Heritage Restaurant Franconia Insurance & Financial Services Ronald and Debra Frank Herbert and Janet Frederick Howard D. Freed
E. Shawn and Wendy Freed S. Jeane Fretz Harley and Anna Gehman J. Russell and Mary Gehman Dana and Karen Gehman Susan and Firman Gingerich* Godshall’s Poultry, LLC Robert W. Godshall Linneaus and Elsie Godshall Good Plumbing Heating & AC, Inc. Jay and Kathleen Gordon William S. Gotwals* Gouldey Welding & Fabrication, Inc. Willard and Gladys Grasse Eva Greaser* Joan and Bruce Grega Opal Gunden James and Suzanne Gunden Guntz’s Auto Service, Inc. Jeffrey and Rose Hackman Betty M. Hackman Harold and Marilyn Halteman* Michael Alan Halvorsen Thelma Harley Harleysville Car Wash Harleysville Savings Bank James and Barbara Hart Hatfield Quality Meats, Inc. Hatfield Women’s Civic Club Inc. Heacock Lumber Lester and Sara Heacock
P. Scott and Lynne Heckler* John and Louise Heckler Henning’s Market Thomas and Maureen Hickey Kathleen and Robert Holden Willis and Mary Hoover Hunsberger Builders Kathryn and John Hunsberger Sharon and Gladys Hunsberger* Bryan Hunsicker Eugene and Christine Hunt Brooks and Lynne Inciardi Jen-Tech Systems Robert and Barbara Johnson Cyril and Felicia Johnston Rhea Jones S. Duane and Naomi Kauffman Robert and Lois Kerns Wendy Kilson Mark and Jean Kolb* Roy and Alice Kolb Kratz Enterprises, Inc. John and Dorothy Kratz* Frank and Ruth Kuna Jack and Diana Kustra Kustra Nationwide Insurance Agency Lacher Family Limited Partnership Gregory and Ellen Lacher* Warren and Janice Lambright Rosemary and Michael Lambright I. T. Landes & Son, Inc. J. Clyde and Jane Landes
Curtis H. Landes Landis Supermarket, Inc. Clayton H. Landis* E. Jean Landis Ralph H. Landis Grace H. Landis Clyde and Anna Landis Kevin and Patti Landis* Roy and Joan Landis Vincent and Elizabeth Landis Lansdale Library Assoc. James M. Lapp and Miriam F. Book Arlin and Janet Lapp Thomas and Nancy Lawrence Paul and Mary Lederach Wilbur and Karen Leidig Leinbach Design J. Brooke and Holly Lewis J. Brooke Lewis, DMD Lifetouch National School Studios, Inc. Living Branches Community Philip R. Lock Longacre Family Charitable Fund Cora Longacre* James and Ellen Longacre Kenneth and Cynthia Longacre William and Tara Lorah John and Judith Madaus I. June Malinowski William and Mary Manning Robert Martin Janet A. Martin Jeanne and Fred McClincy Richard and Elizabeth McGoldrick Media Camping Center Mennonite Historians of Eastern PA
Merck Partnership for Giving Harvey and Anna Meyers Evelyn Meyers Floyd and Eunice Miller* H. Ray and Nancy Mininger* The Mitre Box Richard and Dawn Moore Vincent and Susan Morris Dorcas Morrow Moyer’s Realty Elaine and David Moyer* Elizabeth A. Moyer* Verna A. Moyer* Doris B. Moyer Barbara Moyer Edwin and Palma Moyer Mark and Betty Moyer Merrill and Nancy Moyer* Stanley and Gloria Moyer Ray and Linda Moyer Henry and Lois Musselman Pauline M. Nice Bruce and Elsa O’Brien One Village Coffee OSS/iGive Check Processing Penn Valley Gas The Philadelphia Foundation Matthew and Robyn Potter Printworks & Company, Inc. & Nash Printing, LLC Thomas and Rebekah Putera PV Transport Charlene and Terry Rauch Virginia Reese Daniel and Cleta Reinford John and Elizabeth Rhoads
Richter Drafting & Office Supply Co. Norman and Alice Rittenhouse* Royden R. Rittenhouse Charles and Kathleen Roberts Rockford Realty Donald and Doretta Roessler Joan Rose Marcus and Evelyn Rosenberger* Wayne and Debbie Rotelle Paul and Sheila Roth Richard and Ethel Rush Albert and Jessie Russo Vernon and Janet Ruth Eleanor C. Ruth D. Fern Ruth Sanford Alderfer Companies* Timothy and Kathleen Sangiuliano John and Charlene Sarge Andrew and Aggie Schmidt Cathleen and George Schmidt Pearl P. Schrack Lorraine and Robert Schwoyer James and Brenda Sears Seitz, Leatherman & Kolb, LLC Christina and D. Scott Seiz Harold and Barbara Shisler Skippack Investment Advisors Melinda J. Smith Michael Smyser Ronald and Shirley Souder Richard and Eileen Souder Gerald Souder Charles and Geraldine Sprunger
Strohecker-Beckett Orthodontics Joy D. Sutter* Thelma Swartzendruber Conrad and Sharon Swartzentruber* SynaTek Target Les Teale Ten Thousand Villages Lois A. Thomas Bruce and Joy Thomas Robert and Diane Tipping Mary Troe Kenneth Truscott Warren and Linda Tyson Univest Corporation of PA
Paul and Jolene Vezzetti Vinny’s Pizzarama Bernard and Nancy Wallerich* Edwin and Maureen Walters The Weimer Group Robert and Mary Wetzel Martin D. Wiens* Wanda Wilcke Wildlife Specialists H. Jeffrey and Donna Wilkins Jerold and Beth Yoder Ruth H. Yoder* Roland and Dottie Yoder *Pillar
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Rosenberger Academic Center Campaign Donors
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The following individuals and organizations contributed over $348,000 to the Rosenberger Academic Center campaign this fiscal year. This includes over $276,000 in new gifts and $72,000 from previous intentions. See the Rosenberger Academic Center campaign chart on page 23 for a campaign status update.
William and Karen Aichele Marlene and Jacob Alderfer Marvin and Grace Anders Richard and Jeanette Baum Glenn and Christine Bauman Gerald and Rhoda Benner Bergeyâ€™s, Inc. Terry A. Bergey Eileen and Ronald Brothers Clemens Family Corporation Timothy and Evangeline Clemens Rebecca and Douglas Clemens Margaret and Glenn Conrad Janet and W. Scott Curtis Zachariah and Kara Derstine Earl and Irene Frankenfield Ronald and Merle Lee Geib Susan and Firman Gingerich Larry and Linda Godshall Daryl and Barbara Hackman Susan and Kenneth Hochstetler Harry and Irma Hull Steven and Charlotte Hunsberger Galen and Connie Hunsberger Joy Danelle Hunsberger David and Sandra Jackson Richard and Suzanne Kratz Rodney and Carissa Kratz Debra and Floyd Kratz Bradley C. Landis David and Carolyn Landis Paul and Mary Landis Jeffrey K. Landis and Sharon Fransen Clyde and Anna Landis Donald and Kathleen Landis Samuel and Helen Lapp
Steve and Berdine Leinbach Longacre Family Charitable Fund Henry and Carol Longacre Merck Partnership for Giving Luann and Peter Miller Merrill and Nancy Moyer Stanley and Gloria Moyer Brian and Megan Moyer Victor and Nancy Myers Ruthann and Jerald Nyce Joyce and Ronald Price James and Kendra Rittenhouse Rosenberger Family Sanford Alderfer Companies E. Robert and Cynthia R. Schwoyer Conrad and Sharon Swartzentruber Rachelle and Gary Trauger David Vincent Craig and Judith Ann Weaver Barbara and Gordon Weirich Daniel and Betty Yoder Chadwin and Jen Yoder Ruth H. Yoder
Partnerships for Tuition Assistance We are grateful for the ways churches and businesses partner with Dock to provide tuition assistance for Dock students. Twenty-two churches provide tuition support through congregational education and scholarship plans, while businesses redirect tax dollars through the PA tax credit programs for financial aid. Nearly $508,000 was awarded in financial aid in the 2012-13 school year. Churches provided tuition support for 45% of our students while businesses assisted 24% of the students receiving assistance from Dock. Churches, marked with an asterisk, provided some tuition support. Some also provided additional support for the Dock Fund. Ambler Mennonite Church* Bally Mennonite Church* Blooming Glen Mennonite Church* Boyertown Mennonite Church Covenant Community Fellowship* Deep Run East Mennonite Church* Franconia Mennonite Church* Grace Mennonite Church*
Hopewell Christian Fellowship Immanuel Church of the Nazarene* Line Lexington Mennonite Church* Methacton Mennonite Church* New Eden Fellowship* Perkasie Mennonite Church* Plains Mennonite Church* Rockhill Mennonite Church*
Rocky Ridge Mennonite Church* Salem Mennonite Church* Salford Mennonite Church* Souderton Mennonite Church* Swamp Mennonite Church* Towamencin Mennonite Church* Vincent Mennonite Church* Zion Mennonite Church*
The following businesses redirected their tax dollars to Dock’s scholarship program through the PA Educational Improvement Tax Credit Program (EITC) and the Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credit Program (OSTC). A total of $162,000 was given by the following businesses for tuition assistance. Aetna Bergey’s Chevrolet, Inc. Bergey’s GMC, Inc. Bergey’s, Inc. Brook Ledge, Inc. C.D. Baker Insurance, Inc. Cornerstone Masonry Contractors, LLC Derstine’s, Inc.
Franconia Insurance & Financial Services G. C. Weimer Associates George Hutt, Inc. Goodville Mutual Casualty Co. Heacock Lumber/Winfield Hunsberger, Inc. Hutt Leasing, Inc.
John D. Sauder Auto Co. Kratz Enterprises/Good Plumbing, Heating & AC, Inc. Lacher & Associates National Penn Bank Richard B. Souder Masonry Universal Health Services, Inc. of PA Univest Bank & Trust Co. Vision Video
Gifts received through these estates were placed in the Endowment for Educational Programs. Estate of Curtis and Esther Bergey Estate of Monroe Gahman Estate of Paul A. Godshall
Lives Keep on Giving
Estate of Richard H. Gulick Estate of Curtis F. Moyer Estate of George and Naomi Moyer
Estate of Evelyn Nice Estate of Owen and Mary Rice
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Much Ado About Many Things
uring 2012-13 year we had much to celebrate and lots for which to be grateful. The many donors listed in this report were responsible for helping make much ado about many projects and activities. This was a year that many projects, both planned and unexpected, were begun and/or completed. Donations to these projects were above budget and in addition to the Dock Fund and Rosenberger Academic Center efforts. • A new sound system for Clemens Center auditorium • A timing system for the track • A riding lawnmower • Designing and initiating a memorial garden • iPad technology fund • Sponsorship Assistance Fund to foster international Mennonite relationships • Robotics Club funding for students to attend the world VEX tournament • Colby Swartley Memorial Fund to provide financial aid for students from Philadelphia County • Completion of funding for resurfacing the track and the new tennis practice wall In addition, two major capital projects were completed with funding which was planned for and paid for by facility rental fees that were invested over the past 11 years. These included replacing the turf and resurfacing the Clemens parking lot and driveway. We’re grateful for the interest that alumni, friends, parents, and grandparents continue to exhibit for Dock students, faculty, and staff. With both the planned goals and unexpected surprises of support, Dock continues to fulfill its mission to prepare students for their life’s mission in the world.
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We heard Alumni of the Year recipients tell their stories of the ways that faculty prepared and challenged them to “fan into flame” their dreams and passions. Their experiences confirm how Dock impacts the lives of students and how God continues to bless the students’ lives.
During 2012-13 we had the opportunity to impact 344 students. We welcomed 46 international students and opened the Dock House for 11 of those students. Our Mennonite composition was stable at 49%. The class of 2013 had 84 members with 92% attending college, 5% choosing service or mission assignments, and 3% entering the job market. Two students qualified as National Merit semi-finalists. Thank you for sharing your gifts to ignite passion for learning, faith, and life that will make a difference in the lives of Dock students. Gratefully,
Susan Gingerich Director of Development
Tuition Church Partnerships Generated Revenue Contributions & Gifts Food Services Advancement Activities Fitness Center Organized Activities
$3,065,484 $1,317,574 $602,115 $340,325 $230,990 $205,139 $51,895 $40,379
Salaries & Benefits Financial Aid Campus Oper & Maintenance Administration Instructional Support Food Services Inter-school Athletics Dock House Educational Technology Curriculum Organized Activities Other
$3,886,205 $546,567 $444,022 $200,544 $192,031 $147,592 $144,168 $118,963 $103,158 $82,718 $45,695 $17,692
Educational Technology Dock House
Curriculum Organized Activities
Food Services Instructional Support
Salaries & BeneďŹ ts
Administration Campus Oper & Maintenance
Total Campaign - $12,000,000
Amount Needed $609,104
Cash and Pledges Received $11,390,896
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The remaining balance to complete the campaign is $609,104.
Contributions & Gifts
Rosenberger Academic Center Campaign
Administration and Staff
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Dr. Conrad Swartzentruber Principal
Martin Wiens Assistant Principal
Jeffrey Ambrose Director of Business Affairs
Susan Gingerich Director of Development
Bronwyn Histand ‘8) Director of Curriculum
Darwin Zehr Director of Technology
Doug Hackman ‘03 Admissions Director
Karen Burkholder ‘87 Guidance Assistant
Ryan Detweiler ‘03 Fitness Center Manager
Elaine Gehman ‘71 Administrative Assistant
Jay Gordon Advancement Associate
Kevin Kleinert Athletic Director Assistant
Luann Miller ‘78 Business Assistant
Cody Powis ‘08 Advancement Assistant
Eleanor Ruth Office Assistant
Cathy Schmidt Assistant to the Principal
Megan Zimmerman Athletic Trainer
Faculty Gail Anderson
Dr. J. Eric Bishop ‘74
Zach Bower ‘02
Rod Derstine ‘70
Tim Ehst ‘71
Gretchen McTavish ‘73
Matt Moyer ‘90
Tim Swartz ‘73
Food Service Staff
William Lorah Director of Food Services
Sandra Detweiler ‘81
Jane Seaman ‘76
Fran Weber ‘85
Maintenance/Custodial, Grounds Staff & Volunteers
Board of Trustees
Dale Weaver ‘71
Volunteers: Lester Alderfer Sanford Alderfer Jim Derstine Howard Freed Larry Godshall ‘63 Les Teale
Warren Tyson, President
(Forest Hills Mennonite Church)
Sharon Fransen, Vice-President
(Blooming Glen Mennonite Church)
Ruth H. Yoder, Secretary (Blooming Glen Mennonite Church) P. Scott Heckler, Treasurer (Zion Mennonite Church)
Henry B. Bergey (Franconia Mennonite Church) Beny Krisbianto (Nations Worship Center) David G. Landis (Blooming Glen Mennonite Church)
James Lapp (Salford Mennonite Church) Katie Longacre (Swamp Mennonite Church) Rina Rampogu (Plains Mennonite Church)
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Maintenance Staff: Tadesse Abay Paul Miller Eric Peterson Robert Reagan Joah Rittenhouse ‘10
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Class of 2013
Igniting Passion for Learning, Faith, and Life.
CAMPUS HAPPENINGS New faculty and board members for 2013-14
hristopher Dock is pleased to welcome two new members to its Board of Trustees for 2013-14. James Lapp is former pastor at Salford Mennonite Church and a former Dock faculty member, teaching Bible from 1963 to 1970. Katie Longacre is owner of Perkiomen Tours along with her husband Bill ’81. She is also a board member for Penn View Christian School. Christopher Dock has hired Mrs. Darla (Balmer) Bergey as part-time Physical Education and Health teacher. Mrs. Bergey is a 1988 graduate of Dock. She holds certification in both PE and Health from Temple University and Ursinus College. Mrs. Bergey has over eight years of teaching experience in the Souderton District. She is a member of Franconia Mennonite Church where she and her husband, Mark (also a 1988 Dock grad), have served as youth leaders. See page 34 to read about an amazing recent accomplishment of Darla’s! Mrs. Belmary Lorcas is Dock’s new part-time Music teacher. Mrs. Lorcas is a gifted musician and has been teaching and directing in a variety of settings. She was born in Venezuela and began her musical training in Caracas with the National System of Children and Youth Orchestras of Venezuela. She is a graduate of Conservatory Simon Bolivar and Carnegie Mellon University. After coming to the U.S. in 2001, Mrs. Lorcas has been an active member of the Suzuki Association of the Americas and American String Teachers Association. Since moving to the Philadelphia area in 2004, Mrs. Lorcas has been the Vivace Academy Coordinator of the Community Music School in Collegeville and has worked as String Ensemble Instructor at the Hill School, Bishop Shanahan High School, and at Ursinus College. She resides in West Chester, PA, with her daughter and husband.
Alum of the Year teaches stats to Dock students
hen 2013 Alumni of the Year James Rosenberger ’64 returned to campus Homecoming weekend to accept his Outstanding Achievement Award (see page 6), he took some extra time with Dock students. In addition to speaking in chapel that Friday, he also took a turn guest teaching in Mrs. Anderson’s Statistics class. Rosenberger is a professor of statistics at Penn State University; he was chair of the Statistics Department there for 15 years.
Dock models distance learning Dock launches Oral History Project
hristopher Dock Director of Curriculum Bronwyn Histand was part of a pioneer project this fall to bring online learning to students at a Christian school in Albania. Mrs. Histand taught British Literature to a class of 21 students at Lezha Academic Center as part of a program engineered by Mennonite Schools Council to help address a shortage of teachers at the school, which has more than doubled in size in just a few years’ time. Former Dock Principal Elaine Moyer—now senior director of Mennonite Education Agency and also a member of Lezha’s board of directors—also helped coordinate the program. Mrs. Histand taught the class using Moodle, a free e-learning platform, and also visited Albania to teach the class in person for a week in early November. “It has been rewarding to work with these students; they are creative, insightful and love to debate issues,” Mrs. Histand says. “My favorite online activity so far has been the forum where each student posts a reflection and their classmates respond.” See the November 25 issue of Mennonite World Review for an article about the online learning program.
Director of Curriculum Bronwyn Histand (above) with one of her Albanian students, Samanta Ndoka; Mrs. Histand also was able to connect with two Dock alum during her trip, including Justin Rittenhouse (‘08) and Cindy Moyer (’97, right). Rittenhouse is teaching at Lezha Academic Center, while Moyer is the school’s new guidance counselor.
his semester marks the launch of the Christopher Dock Oral History Project. The purpose of this ongoing project will be to document recorded interviews, via audio or video, with Christopher Dock faculty and staff (including retirees), and alumni, as a way to preserve the history of Christopher Dock Mennonite High School. The project will be an optional assignment (in place of a research paper) for students in the required Global Eras social studies course for seniors, and will continue into each future semester. Students will be trained on how to appropriately plan for and execute interviews and will be assisted by current faculty member Zach Bower and retired faculty member S. Duane Kauffman. The questions will focus on the interviewee’s life story, including their time at Christopher Dock. The importance of this project is in preserving the history of the school and showing how people have been shaped by the school. Christopher Dock’s 60th anniversary, to be celebrated in 2014, also gives a sense of importance and urgency to this ongoing project. “The work completed will uniquely connect current students to persons from past generations, around the common thread of Dock,” said Mr. Bower. “What might emerge could be something pretty significant. We hope to answer the question, What does the ‘Dock Difference’ mean?”
Dock students make sure it’s a warm winter in Romania
he Dock community raised a total of $2,795 in just one week during a November Penny Power fundraiser. The money was used to purchase a new furnace for an orphanage in Romania operated by Sanctuary International.
The four classes at Dock competed against one another to see who could raise the most money. Students collected money in jars, with pennies counting as one point for your class, but all other coins and bills counting as points against your class (the juniors finished in first!). Another $210 was raised from the sale of handmade skirts, and that money will be sent to the orphanage to buy school uniforms for the children. Math teacher Gail Anderson was faculty advisor for the Penny Power Project; she was recently named to the board of Sanctuary International, and her family spent part of their summer vacation last year visiting the orphanage.
The first Dock students to work on interviews for the Oral History Project will be (front, l to r) John Ruth and John Bergstresser; (back, l to r) Austin Kratz, Abby Bergey, Alyssa Burkholder, and Simon Nam. Faculty advisor to the project, Zach Bower (right) announces the project to Founders Program attendees during Homecoming weekend.
Fall Athletic Awards Golf (right)
(L to r): Co-MVP â€“ Connor Tipping, Co-MVP, 2nd Team BAL All-League; Bobby McFadden, Co-MVP, 2nd Team BAL All-League; Drew Hautzinger, Most Courageous, Honorable Mention BAL All-League; Chandler Bergey, Coaches Award, Honorable Mention BAL All-League; Olyvia Longacre, Most Improved Player, Honorable Mention BAL All-League.
(L to r): Anna Martin, Defensive Award, Honorable Mention BAL All-League; Jackie Teed, Heart and Soul Award, Honorable Mention BAL All-League; Lanae Hunsberger, Offensive Award, 1st Team BAL All-League; Kayla Dean, Team MVP, 1st Team BAL All-League, BAL MVP. Not pictured: Ashley McGarrity, Honorable Mention BAL All-League.
Boys Soccer (right)
(L to r): Logan Hunsberger, MVP, Offensive Award, 1st Team BAL All-League; Ryan Moyer, Coaches Award, 2nd Team BAL All-League; Jesse Kolb, Defensive Award; Sergey Curtis, Most Improved.
Girls Soccer (left)
(L to r): Raychel Bair, Hustle Award, 1st Team BAL All-League; Bailey Kratz, MVP, 1st Team BAL All-League; Sharon Curtis, Most Consistent, 2nd Team BAL All-League; Julianna Kabakjian, Coaches Award; Jules Rotelle, Most Improved. Not pictured: Eden Nafziger, 1st Team BAL All-League; Niki Clements, 2nd Team BAL All-League; Olivia Seavy, 2nd Team BAL All-League.
Cross Country (right)
(L to r): Julia Bergey, Terry Fox Award; Joseph Thompson, Most Improved ; Johnathan Capps, Terry Fox Award; Donald Roessler, Coaches Award, 2nd Team BAL All League; Megan Bishop, Coaches Award, 2nd Team BAL All League; Maddison Landis, Most Valuable Runner, 1st Team BAL All League. Not pictured: Michael Gunden, Most Valuable Runner, 1st Team BAL All League; Travis Hoover, 2nd Team BAL All League; Lillian Nicholas, Most Improved.
(L to r): Morgan Swartley, Coaches Award, Honorable Mention BAL All-League; Alyssa Burkholder, Teammate Award; Taylor Martin, Leadership Award, 2nd Team BAL Singles All-League, 2nd Team BAL Doubles All-League; Marissa Campo, MVP Singles, 1st Team BAL Singles All-League, 2nd Team BAL Doubles All-League; Courtney Bergey, Leadership Award, Honorable Mention BAL All-League.
Field Hockey (right)
(L to r): Mariah Denlinger, Teammate Award; Karalyn Schmidt, MVP, Loeb Award, 1st Team BAL All-League, All State Nomination; Jeni Swartley, Coaches Award, 1st Team BAL All-League, All State Nomination; Jill Bolton, Most Consistent, 1st Team BAL All-League, MVP of BAL; Eliza Wilkins, All My Might Award, Honorable Mention BAL All-League. Nor pictured: Brielle Alderfer, Most Improved; Mattasyn Shisler, 1st Team BAL All-League; Ali Balmer, JV MVP, Loeb Award, 1st Team BAL All-League.
“Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.”
Current students and alumni are being faithful to the calling of James 1:27
Pouring out God’s love Sarah Hart ’13
t the end of July 2013, a group of 13 youth and adults from New Eden Fellowship took a trip to Guatemala and stayed at an orphanage called Fundaninos for seven days. Life at the orphanage was not at all what we expected. The biggest difference was there was not a strict schedule. We did not know the exact time we would be eating meals, or even what we would be doing in the next hour. This gave us the ability to focus on the present and to serve where we were needed and where our gifts and abilities best fit. The children of the orphanage were such a blessing. The first day we arrived I tried to make friends with a two-year-old named Carlos. He began to throw rocks at me, but as the week progressed he began to trust me and we were best buddies by the end of the week. What was wonderful about this trip was that our group always wanted to make sure there were smiles on each and every single child’s face. We spent as much time as we could with them because we wanted them to know they were loved. When we went to leave, a boy named Diego gave me the strongest hug. He had become a great friend and that hug confirmed I had done exactly what God planned. I made Diego feel loved. The last three days of our trip some of our group got to paint a mural in the cafeteria of the orphanage. The mural turned out to be one of a kind. The theme of the mural was Philippians 2:17: “But even if I am being poured out like a drink offering on the sacrifice and service coming from your faith, I am glad and rejoice with all of you.” The center of the mural is a pitcher pouring water into cupped hands, with the reflection of the founder of the orphanage in the water. The background is a beautiful scene of the orphanage that looks out on a mountain. It represents how the founder poured her life into the children’s lives. This verse was also our groups theme verse for the week because we wanted God to work through us and we wanted to give what we had to offer to the children. We did not simply take a trip to Guatemala, but we traveled to a place where we could love God’s children. It was an experience that has forever changed our lives.
Hannah Derstine ’14
ast summer, I had the amazing opportunity to travel to Haiti for a week with a group from my church. Our group traveled to an orphanage and spent most of each day playing with the kids. We organized a Bible school for about an hour each day. It was amazing to see the huge amount of love these kids had for us and for each other, even after all they have been through. Right when we stepped into the gate, the kids came out and greeted us and I immediately had one or two kids clinging onto each of my hands. A simple smile or touch meant the world to these kids. Our group learned about a couple of the kids stories through the translators. Many of the kids were abandoned, neglected, or abused; some had parents who died in the earthquake. One of the kids shared that he has brothers and sisters but he was the only one that was sent to the orphanage because there wasn’t enough money to care for him. A 13-year-old shared that she is at the orphanage because she was being abused by her aunt at home. A 10-year-old girl was abandoned by her parents in a nearby town. Learning the family histories of the kids at the orphanage was a life-changing experience. Right now there are 800,000 orphans in Haiti, and 100 children starve to death each day. These heart-breaking statistics only became more real for me after meeting these incredible kids. Throughout our trip, we were able to teach these 62 kids about Jesus and show them that they can have hope in his unconditional love for each of them. This trip gave me a new outlook on life and opened my eyes to the things that I need to do in my life to help those who are in need.
Love and hope conquer heartache
The power of one little word Marissa Souder ’13
new girl came to the home. I instantly bonded with her and could not put her down. She is diagnosed with HIV, but went without medicine for over a year because the other home she was at did not know she had HIV. Her liver is enlarged, which could mean the HIV is strong and hurting her badly, or it could mean she has hepatitis, tuberculosis, or another disease. Please, please, please keep little Camila in your prayers!! Every worker loves all the kids, but there are certain children who grab your heart in a special way. Little Camila did that for me. She had me at the first tiny wave. I was instantly captured. I don’t like having my heart in such small, fragile fingers, but I can’t help it. Camila is sick though, and rather small for her age, so please pray that her transition here goes smoothly and that she gets better soon. On Tuesday night, I put Camila to bed, sang to her for a while, and then gave her some more hugs and kisses, and just before I walked out the door, she called out a simple word that instantly brought tears to my eyes and a flutter to my heart. I don’t think there are many words that do that, but Camila found one. She simply said, “Mamá.”
“When Jesus commanded us to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, and care for the widows and orphans, He said we would be doing it to Him.” — Marissa Souder ‘13
I obviously don’t have children, but to know the admiration a child has to have to say Mamá means more than I can say. Camila saw me as someone who cared for her, someone who helped her—someone who simply loved her. She is a little blessing, and is most definitely Jesus in disguise. When Jesus commanded us to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, and care for the widows and orphans, He said we would be doing it to Him. He most definitely repays that in the most glorious of ways. He repays it by showing the Father’s love in a simple word: Mamá. He showed me that the love Camila saw in me is the same love we see in Him; it’s what makes us call out “Father” when we are thankful. Camila, and children like her, are the reasons I live. I live to hear “Mamá” come out of the mouth of a little girl who finally found love. It is simple to love the little smile of Camila, just as easy as it is to love Dios, mi Papá primero. Marissa Souder is spending a “gap year” serving at an orphanage in Bolivia. Read her blog at marissasouder.wordpress.com
Class of ’63: Celebrating 50 Years… and Counting
To paraphrase a Bob Seger song, “Fifty years, where’d they go . . .? Fifty years, I don’t know...”
hat could have been the theme song for the Christopher Dock Mennonite High School Class of 1963 as they gathered October 19 for their 50-year reunion. Twentynine of the original 53 members assembled at Henry and Charlotte Rosenberger’s Tussock Sedge Barn on the outskirts of Blooming Glen to reflect on the past, celebrate the present and contemplate the future. Following a social hour, class members and spouses enjoyed a catered meal, followed by a program emceed by class vice president Glenn Bauman (see photo, above right, and a class photo on page 14). Class sponsors Pearl Schrack and Roland Yoder were present and interacted enthusiastically with the group. “You are the class that I was trained for,” said Yoder. “I came to Christopher Dock at age 26 to teach biology.” (The class, in turn, thought Yoder was rather old – back then). “CD provided a foundation for students to build their lives on, along with home and church,” he added. “Now, you’re experiencing God in a different setting at this retirement stage of life.” Abe Derstine led the group in singing a capella “Take Thou My Hand O Father,” which was sung at the baccalaureate service on June 2, 1963, at Plains Mennonite Church. The group recognized Bauman as this year’s recipient of Dock’s Alumni of the Year Award for Distinguished Service and gave him a standing ovation. Bauman and Harley Kooker gave a status report on the David Souder Endowment Fund established in 2000 in memory of classmate David Souder, who died in a hunting accident in 1974. The project reached its initial goal of $50,000 in 2005 with a current balance of $81,898. Interest from the fund is being used to aid environmental science projects on campus and the local community. Classmates were urged to include a gift to the Souder fund as part of their annual giving.
The class paid tribute to six deceased class members—Dave Souder (1974), Ed Randolph (2000), Harold Rosenberger (2005), Clifford Mast (2009), Harley Lapp (2010), and John Vannoy (date of death unknown).
Jim Bishop, still reveling in the music that he grew up with, led a trivia contest related to major events of 1963, as well as the achievements and memorable incidents of class members. The first person with the correct answer to each question received “The Class of ’63,” a collection of 30 songs that Bishop compiled representing a cross-section of artists and genres that topped the charts that year. Ralph King cracked open a musical chestnut he performed at CD more than 50 years ago—his imitation of Ethel Waters’ rendering of “His Eye is On the Sparrow.” (see photo below left) Class president Dick Meyers read an excerpt from Thorton Wilder’s enduring play, Our Town, which the class presented their junior year, citing the need to “realize life fully every minute.” Ed Clemens, in his inimitable style, read a poem he wrote in honor of English teacher Pearl Schrack. One verse reads, “So we settled into learning twenty vocabulary words per week Spelling, definitions, using the words in a sentence, The task monumentally bleak. But, when my kids encountered the best Their system had to offer, I wished I could have her back! Because you see, there are so few like her Pearl, I mean Ms. Schrack” The program closed with a prayer of blessing by Miss Schrack, which included, in part: “We thank you, our God, for the gifts of friendship and memories…As we look back over the past 50 years, we give you thanks for enabling us to weave life’s experiences—good and bad, deep joys and sometimes even deeper griefs—into a pattern that becomes perfect in your sight. Continue to keep us mindful of the important things you have been teaching us all along—that love and compassion are the greatest gifts, and are stronger than hate, that what we do for others is still a strong measure of our love for you. Grant us your blessing and your peace as we live out our lives in our various settings.” Another song, by the late Jim Reeves, the last track on the giveaway music CD, could be added to the benediction: “May the good Lord bless and keep you ‘til we meet again.” Amen, and amen.
— Jim Bishop
Lauren Pupillo ’00
Ministry through the lens of creativity
or the past nine years, I have been pursuing photography as a profession, growing in talent, passion, experience—and equipment. I feel fulfilled in my calling, and in the mentoring work I do with teenagers in both photography and spiritual formation. But recently, God chose to open a door that I never knew existed—one that filled a hole I didn’t realize was so deep. From July 16 to October 16, I had the opportunity to go to Ukraine with International Partnerships, a church-planting ministry with a focus on reaching professionals in the former Soviet Union through creative means. My ministry there involved teaching photography in many contexts: backpacking trips in the Carpathian Mountains and Peru, master classes (seminars), and even at a show-biz camp for teenagers. In each place, we are able to talk about our Christian values. At the end of classes, we would take a concept from
photography and relate it to spiritual matters. For example, a class I taught on macro photography led to a discussion about how God is concerned with the details in our lives. And in the midst of the grandeur of creation, it’s natural to adore your Creator. One thing I learned from this trip is how much being a follower of Christ is experienced in the unplanned, spontaneous moments rather than the organized times of ministry and service. Walking through a garden with a non-believing teenager and two cameras can lead to conversations about love and masks. Hiking the Inca Trail with a wealthy Ukrainian can lead to a chat about life’s priorities. I’ve seen that the gospel is best lived and shared in our daily context, rather than blitzing strangers with hope. I ask myself if this journey was worth possibly burying my photography business, leaving friends and family, and journeying to a land I love (I have been there five times in five years now). I am continually convinced that God gives us more than we can ask or imagine. In Ukraine, I discovered a place where I “fit” and became fully alive. I would love to go back for a longer time of ministry. Read more about Lauren’s trip and upcoming adventures on her blog: www.ukrainianadventures.wordpress.com
Dock’s Iron Woman Darla (Balmer) Bergey ‘88
ext to Darla (Balmer) Bergey’s 1988 yearbook photo are the descriptions “fitness woman” and “cross country star.” Based on her recent performance in her first full IronMan Triathlon, both those statements would have to be considered dramatic understatements. Bergey, who is in her first year teaching phys ed and health at Dock, finished the endurance test in 12:27:01— good for 37th place among more than 200 women who competed in the full triathlon, and third place in her age group. Her time would have placed her 188th among 500 men’s finishers. “The full IronMan is 2.4 miles of swimming, 112 miles of biking and a full marathon, 26.2 miles. I can hardly say that without turning my stomach in knots,” Bergey says. “But I can honestly say it wasn’t that bad. It was a really good experience.”
her “bucket list” ever since she turned 40. She trained four months for the race in Wilmington, NC, and received great support from her husband Mark and her friend Joanna (Bergey) Shisler ’92—who surprised her by flying down to North Carolina to cheer her on.
While she dreaded the swimming leg of the race most, she found the swimming and running legs to be the most enjoyable, in spite of 38-degree temperatures at the start. Ironically, the leg she excels at, biking, turned into the most challenging for her. “I love to bike, and I ride all the time,” she says. “But the course was flat, and you had to pedal all the way; there was no coasting. I train in Sellersville, where there are lots of hills, but lots of downhills too. Maybe I should have trained in New Jersey.” (The chapstick may have had something to do with it, too; be sure to ask her about that.)
“I owe a lot to Joanna and my other friends who train with me at all kinds of odd times and places,” Bergey says. “I could never have done this without their support and encouragement.”
Bergey has been competing in triathlons for five years, but usually shorter versions. A full IronMan has been on
Dock alum ride for MCC
ock alumni rode in the MCC Finger Lakes Bike Ride last August, helping to raise over $60,000 for a tree planting project in Haiti that yields fruit for food and helps prevent soil erosion. Pictured at Watkins Glen, NY, are (l to r) Don Zook ’72, Steve Histand ’81, Dennis Rittenhouse ’72, Daryl Derstine ’72, and Len Walter ’61.
Finishing strong in her first IronMan triathlon was a satisfying experience for Darla (Balmer) Bergey ’88 (left), cheered on by her friend Joanna (Bergey) Shisler ’92.
Based on her positive experience and results, Bergey says she’ll do another IronMan. “I’m competitive, and I like a challenge,” she says. “When I say I’m going to do something, I do it. But I surprised even myself.”
Class of ‘78 holds 35-year reunion
he class of 1978 held their 35-year reunion on campus, October 19, 2013. Thanks to Chuck and Jayne Eppley, a great buffet meal was served. John Derstine and Keith Mast supplied trivia questions from our days on the CD campus. For example: “Which teacher was thrown into the pond our senior year?” Answer: Mr. Zook. The best part of the night was catching up with classmates. Each person shared about his or her life “now.” Some reported thankfulness after coming through a difficult health issue. Others talked about their children. And one person even brought his granddaughter to show off his grandparenting skills. See a class reunion photo on page 15. Everyone wished that more classmates could have joined us. “Where’s Craig, Joel, Dave, Merrie, Ken, and Jennifer?” Hopefully, more of the ‘78 graduates will make the next reunion in 2018. It’s already in the works—look for a postcard coming your way soon! A special thanks to Jay Delp who worked behind the scenes to get our class together and make sure all of the details were handled. Jay was a great leader then and he still is now. — Keith Mast
1961 James Kulp passed away on August 5 in Middletown, Va. Jim was a non-graduate but stayed connected with his classmates by attending class reunions. He was a juvenile probation officer for the state of Virginia. 1963 Henry Rosenberger, Tussock Sedge Farm, Blooming Glen, received the Adventures in Excellence Award on October 22 at the annual Penn Foundation Autumn Event. 1964 Ruth Kolb Harris, Middlesex, England, passed away on October 23. 1971 Tom Meyers married Julie Beachy in Goshen, IN, on June 17. 1975 Phil Ruth married Julia Spicher Kasdorf on New Year’s Day 2013 at Methacton Mennonite Meetinghouse, Norristown, where Phil’s sister Dawn Ruth Nelson (’70) is pastor. 1976 Donna Mininger Benner, Telford, died November 14. She was married to Arlin Benner ’74 and mother of Nathan ’04 and Alyssa ’09. 1991 Matt and Kelly Zook, Gulfport, FL, welcomed Will Matthew on August 19. 1994 Bradley Bergey and Tonya Swartzendruber, Philadelphia, welcomed Sadelle Simone on August 3. Trina Landes married Joe Walsh in Harleysville on November 2. 1996 Matt Rittenhouse, CFP, Employee Benefits Adviser for Lacher & Associates in Souderton, was named a 2013 Five-Star Wealth Manager in Philadelphia Magazine. Less than three percent of the wealth managers in the Philadelphia area were chosen for this award. 1997 Cindy Moyer is teaching at the Lezha Academic Center in Albania. To stay in touch with her, visit her blog at moyerchick22. blogspot.com. 1999 Chad and Monica Gehman, Harleysville, welcomed Carter Caleb on August 23. Aubrey and Brinley are big sisters. 2000 Ryan and Natalie (Stannard ’02) Derstine, Harleysville, welcomed twins Grant Oliver and Liam James on August 4. Riley Nice married Tracy Ryan on September 28 in Telford. 2001 Jason and Stephanie Moyer, Canton, OH, welcomed Wesley Jay Marcus Moyer on September 17. Ben and Denae Weaver, Green Lane, welcomed Claire Rachel on June 27. 2002 Bryce Hertzler married Jililan Brosius on October 18 in Doylestown. Josh and Chelsea (Landis) Seaman, Pottstown, welcomed Lilian Mae on August 4.
2005 Emily Derstine married Christopher Friesen at Plains Mennonite Church on June 15.
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Jeffrey and Elyse Hackman, Schwenksville, welcomed Ethan Jeffrey on July 17. Bethany Hertzler, Souderton, married Jason Rhoades on September 21 in Perkasie. Keturah Parmer married Cary Shearer at Conshohocken United Methodist Church on February 9. 2006 Alyssa Derstine married Bryan Landis at Salford Mennonite Church on October 11. Travis Weaver and his wife Twyla welcomed their first child, Sierra Vanessa, on May 17, 2012. 2007 Dietrich Alderfer is spending more than a year in Ghana working with Project Peanut Butter, a program designed to help severely malnourished children. Monica (Detweiler) Araya is in her third year of teaching at Salford Mennonite Childcare Centers at the Dock Campus in the older toddler room. Glenna Mead married Shawn Bashline on May 18 at Rockhill Mennonite Church. 2008 Jesse Weaver married Sarah Fields on August 25, 2012 in Mt. Solon, Virginia. Justin Rittenhouse is spending a second year teaching at Lezha Academic Center in Albania. His blog is justinrittenhouse.tumblr.com/ Anna Ruth is spending another year in South Korea working with Connexus Learning Institute. Anna’s blog is annatrellaruth.tumblr.com/. Correction: We apologize for misspelling Michelle (Shelly) Grasse’s ’08 new last name in the Summer 2013 Lamplighter. Her married name is Shelly Von Rohr. 2009 A.J. Longacre and Hailee Growden were married on August 24 at Quakertown. Anna Hershey is participating in Mennonite Voluntary Service with the Chicago MVS unit at Erie Neighborhood House. Forrest Musselman married Courtney Wambolt on August 3 in Princeton, Mass. 2010 Brianna (Derstine) and Peter Alderfer, Souderton, welcomed Nova Leigh on August 27. 2013 Marissa Souder is spending seven months in Santa Cruz, Bolivia through Vineyard Church USA. She is serving at a home for children who have severe physical and mental disabilities. See page 31. Faculty Anne Bazanowski, faculty 1996-99, is teaching biology at Eastern Christian High School outside New York City in northern NJ Dana, faculty 1999-present, and Karen Gehman, welcomed Jakob Ray on October 17.
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Vision dreaming about Dock’s future
e dream of stronger connections with our local congregations and other Mennonite schools. We envision a school with students from 15 different countries, more cross-cultural experiences and increased intercultural interactions. We wonder how we can encourage greater passion within our students for their spiritual walk, service, and academic pursuits. We love Arts Day, our wonderful faculty and this peaceful campus setting. We want to strengthen our educational experience for all students, regardless of their background or learning style. Yes, students, faculty and staff are dreaming about Dock’s future. Strategic planning differs from school management. It’s not the same as reacting to situations that arise or deciding to make a change to the school schedule. While these management decisions are critical to the viability of
the school, periodically we must take a wider view of our direction. Strategic planning is an intentional process of listening to stakeholders of the school, stepping back and taking a broader view of the opportunities ahead for us, and aligning our vision and direction with the mission of our school. This requires a clear understanding of our foundation and mission. It involves asking questions regarding Dock’s strengths and vulnerabilities. What are the opportunities ahead that we shouldn’t miss? What is the community’s perception of Dock? How is our constituency changing and how can we best meet the educational needs of our current families? Christopher Dock is embarking on a strategic planning process under the guidance of Rick Stiffney, president of Mennonite Health Alliance. While this process will primarily focus on our own school and direction, a portion will also involve Penn View Christian School and Quakertown Christian School as
we consider how we might continue to collaborate in ways that benefit our three area schools collectively. Management of the school is focused on our current students and must not be neglected. Strategic planning projects our thinking for new groups of students still in elementary and middle school who will benefit from the Dock experience. The process is worth our investment of time and resources because we believe this place should continue to impact the lives of our grandchildren. We currently are enjoying the results of visionary thinking provided by Dock leaders and boards for the past 60 years. We want to do our part to ensure that opportunities for lifechanging experiences continue for many years to come. During this strategic planning process, Rick Stiffney will meet with our Board of Trustees. We will solicit thoughts and ideas internally and in our community regarding Dock’s vision and direction. Several meetings will facilitate the gathering of input and processing of ideas from various groups. We welcome your input. Simply give me a call or send an email with a thought or idea. Dock’s mission is still valid today and will carry us into new decades. What do you envision at Dock in 2020? — Dr. Conrad J. Swartzentruber, Principal
Published on Dec 9, 2013
Published on Dec 9, 2013
The Fall 2013 issue features coverage of Homecoming 2013, including the inaugural Founders Program and 2013 Alumni of the Year, plus Dock's...