Point of Light Award Recipients
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The Point of Light Award is the highest award given by Thomas More Prep-Marian. Individuals that have honored TMP-Marian with a combination of their time, talents, treasure and brought honor to the school through expression of their Catholic values are eligible for nomination. Nominations can be sent to the school: Attn. Principal Chad Meitner, Points of Light. A selection from the new nominations is made in late May for the following Homecoming celebrated in September.
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Sister Remigia Neder
foundress of Marian High School

Sister told a Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, newspaper, "I was strict; maybe you've heard about me. But the youngsters said I was fair and just." Former students often spoke of Sister Remigia as a teacher and principal they admired for those very qualities. A member of the congregation of Saint Agnes, sister dedicated herself for sixty-five years to education at all levels and was a pioneer in education in Kansas and Wisconsin. Laying the groundwork for Girls' Catholic High School in Hays in 1918, she remained as its principal until 1953. Sister set the stage for Beloit Catholic High in Beloit, Wisconsin, and served as its principal for another six years. Then at Marian College in Fond du Lac, she established the secondary education program, headed the education division, and served as dean of students. She died August 18, 1984, aged eighty-eight.


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Father Cletus Blockinger
disciplinarian, cheerleader, father, friend

Capuchin Father Cletus came to Hays Catholic College in 1930 and remained till 1944. After seven years in Ohio and Maryland, he taught for a year at St. Francis Seminary in Victoria and then returned to St. Joseph's Military Academy. Father taught English, religion and Latin, was chief disciplinarian for sixteen years, chief cheerleader for twenty, and for three years helped run the Center for Research. He wrote the words of both the alma mater and the victory song. Over the years he also taught religion at Marian High School and was the first SJMA instructor to accept girls into his class. Many generations of Thomas More Prep alumni affectionately regarded Fr. Cletus as a friend and father. Before he left for Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in 1975, a visit with "Clete" was the crowning point of every alumnus' visit to the alma mater. Father died October 26, 1989.


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Mr. Charles Budke
teacher of English, Latin, social studies

A native of Beloit, Kansas, and graduate of Benedictine College, Charles Budke taught at St. John's High School in Beloit and at Esbon and Damar – altogether ten years – before joining the faculty of St. Joseph Military Academy in 1963. During twenty-eight years here, he taught English, developmental reading, speech, Latin, world history and government and for fifteen years was assistant coach in basketball. His junior varsity basketball squads compiled a 155-84 win-loss record. Noted for his dedicated professional and personal interest in all of his students and players, Charles retired from teaching in 1991 and was inducted into the Kansas Teachers Hall of Fame that same summer. Charles has been very active with the Knights of Columbus at the council and district levels and with numerous other fraternal, service and social organizations.


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Father Timothy Gottschalk
teacher of music and German

A member of the Capuchin Franciscan Order since 1926, Father taught three generations of students at St. Joseph's College and Military Academy and Thomas More Prep from 1939 till 1989, when he retired at the age of eighty-three. Fr. Tim began the music department at Kennedy Middle School and ran a summer band camp there for many years. He had also taught for three years (1935-1938) in a Pennsylvania seminary and coached basketball for a year at Herndon High School. He was inducted into the Kansas Teachers Hall of Fame in 1984, the first private school teacher in the Hall. During his sixty years as a priest, Father also served as pastor of five Kansas churches in Arma, Mulberry, Bird City, St. Francis, and Severin. He also wrote and published histories of the Gottschalk and Stecklein families. Sister Death found him at Hays on April 28, 1993.



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Leo J. and Albina Dreiling
good stewards of God's blessings
Leo J. Dreiling and Albina Jacobs, wed in 1924, were modest people who enjoyed sharing, and God gave them much to share. They toiled at first as a farm family, but Leo's oil ventures reached more than a hundred leases producing a thousand barrels apiece daily. The Dreilings were the driving force in the organization of St. John's Rest Home in Victoria and its Hays offspring and also donated heavily to the new St. Anthony's Hospital and the Hays campus of the regional vo-tech school. Later, both in life and in death, they contributed substantially through the Dreiling Charitable Trust to Thomas More Prep-Marian. The Trust matched $148,000 of the proceeds of the 1982 and the 1983 ACE Auctions, for a few years provided additional training for many faculty members, and for many years now has helped dozens of families meet tuition payments.



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Coach Al Billinger
social studies teacher and coach

An all-state quarterback and basketball guard during high school, Al Billinger of the St. Joseph Military Academy class of 1941 went on to letter three years in football and four in basketball at Fort Hays State University and was twice named all-conference guard. Al joined the SJMA faculty in 1950 and, through the years, taught history, driving, current events, international relations, government and street law. He coached basketball, football and track and was athletic director. With twenty-eight straight winning seasons in varsity basketball, Al compiled a win-loss record of 478-246. Eleven times his teams went to the state tournament and seven times placed in the top four. Al was affiliated to the Capuchin Province of Mid-America on Feb. 13, 1984, and was named to the FHSU Sports Hall of Fame in 1986 for both his football and basketball achievements.



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Sister Annabel Dreiling
social studies teacher and volunteer

A member of the Congregation of St. Agnes, Sister Annabel devoted an extraordinary sixty-nine years of service to the Catholic schools of America. She began teaching on the grade school level in 1925. After many years of summer school, she earned a master's degree from Fordham University in modern and medieval history and moved to the high school level. Having served in Wisconsin, New York and Indiana, Sister returned to her native Kansas in 1956 to teach social studies and advise the National Honor Society at Marian High School. Upon retiring from the classroom in 1976, she worked as a volunteer receptionist at Marian for seven years, and then as a volunteer librarian for another eleven. Sister loved to be with young people to encourage them; in turn she drew much energy from them. She finally retired in 1994 at the age of eighty-eight.



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Coach Gene Flax
counselor and coach

Coach Gene Flax came to Thomas More Prep-Marian in 1980, with seventeen years experience of teaching and coaching at Dodge City, Kansas City and Andale. At each of these places, he had been highly respected. He said he came here to provide his family with "a home, a community, and an education strong in basic Christian principles." Gene served as guidance counselor, football and track coach and business instructor. His 101-46 win-loss record as a head football coach, his 1985 state championship in girls' track, his promotion of scholarships to the point where 73% of the 1987 seniors graduated with scholarship offers, and many other accomplishments made him a champions' Champion. On August 17, 1987, while preparing for another football season, he suffered a massive, fatal heart attack in the fieldhouse. He was only forty-six.


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Sister Amadea Wirtz
teacher of English & journalism

Though a demanding teacher and a self-proclaimed critic who suffered many years from headaches and rheumatoid arthritis, Agnesian Sister Amadea Wirtz (1905-1986) had a kind, generous heart and was much loved and appreciated by her students. Over the years, large numbers of former students maintained contact with her by telephone, by mail, and in person. A native of Indiana who died in Wisconsin, Sister both began and ended her 60 years as a teacher in Kansas. She taught in grade schools in Ellis and Catherine from 1921 till 1932, then joined the faculty of Girl's Catholic High School in Hays. From 1939 till 1967 she served Catholic high schools in Illinois, New York, Wisconsin, and Indiana, then taught English and journalism at Marian High School in Hays till her retirement in 1981. She also wrote several scholarly works on the history of her religious community.



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Father Claude Vogel
founder of St. Francis Seminary

When the Salina Diocese faced foreclosure on several diocesan institutions in 1942 – due to the initial debt on St. Joseph College and Military Academy – the Capuchin Provincial, Father Claude Vogel (1894-1967), a noted church historian who had served as the first president of Capuchin College in Washington, D.C., agreed to have the Capuchins assume and cover the final portion of the debt, and the school was deeded to them. After the Capuchins moved their school of philosophy from Victoria in 1948, Father sent three friars there to begin St. Francis Seminary (which in 1970 merged with the military academy to form Thomas More Prep). At the end of his third term as provincial in 1950, Father served six years as rector of St. Francis Seminary, then was reelected provincial. The last five years of his life, he again taught at St. Francis Seminary.



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Coach Lewman "Lew" Lane
teacher & athletic coach

After outstanding football and basketball careers at St. Mary's College and Creighton University, Lewman Lane (1899-1980) played semiprofessional basketball, then earned a dental degree. He never practiced dentistry, but instead came to Hays Catholic College from 1926 to 1929 to teach and coach football and basketball. After two years as assistant coach at St. Mary's College, he returned here for another eleven years of coaching and teaching history and American government. Affectionately referred to as the "Knute Rockne of St. Joseph's Military Academy," he never knew the meaning of "a losing team." Whether in the athletic arena or classroom, he instilled pride, discipline, and respect for authority in all of his students. His "Hays Cadets" were respected throughout the state for playing clean, alert and smashing ball, and rarely missed going to state.



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Father Anselm Martin
president for twenty-two years

The stabilizing influence and ready common sense of Capuchin Father Anselm Martin graced St. Joseph's Military Academy and Thomas More Prep for 26 years. Father began teaching at the Academy in 1948 and served as president from 1952 till 1974. During that time, "Prez," as he became fondly styled, began the Parent, Teachers, and Friends Association and the Pep Club, started the annual development drive, and hired the first development director. He also implemented the Capuchins' decision to combine St. Joseph's Military Academy and St. Francis Seminary into a new college prep school named Thomas More Prep and established the school's Center for Research. Father served on the Capuchins' provincial council from 1965 to 1974 and was the first nonpublic school representative on the state committee of the North Central Association.



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Mr. Jack Schramm
development & endowment director

After helping establish the school's very successful boosters' club in Albuquerque, Jack Schramm returned to his alma mater in 1967 as the school's first director of development. He also served as the school's recruiter, organized its endowment, and served for several years as alumni secretary. Jack was affiliated to the Capuchin Order in 1984. By the time of his retirement in 1992, the Endowment Foundation had $1.5 million in assets and had given the school another $1 million for its operations. Schramm accepted a position with the Catholic Diocese of Dodge City as director of its stewardship program in 1993. During his student days, Schramm began the school's first yearbook, won numerous public speaking awards, and served as head cheerleader and battalion commander. He won the school's highest student award, the ROTC medal, in 1941.



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Doctor Jeffrey W. Colyer
Christian humanitarian & loyal alum

For several months in 1994, Dr. Jeff Colyer of the Thomas More Prep class of 1978 was the only surgeon in the south end of carnage-stricken Rwanda. Earlier the American Medical Association had given him its highest award for community service for numerous relief operations in Afghanistan, Cambodia, the Gulf War, Somalia, Jamaica, Armenia and elsewhere – both as a volunteer with the International Medical Corps and as a White House Fellow and senior State Department policymaker. Presently working to provide affordable housing for senior citizens, disabled people, and young families, Colyer has frequently given TMP public credit for inspiring his dedication to public service. Though a graduate of Georgetown, Cambridge and the University of Kansas, he has unwaveringly pointed to his TMP years as the most important formative experience of his life.


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Mr. Don Bickle
supporter and friend
For nearly two decades, Donald G. Bickle, Sr., has regularly helped assure the success of Thomas More Prep-Marian's annual Auction for Christian Education by his spirited and generous involvement as the auction's top bidder. Don is a co-founder of the Ellis County Historical Society, chairman of the board and past president of both Warehouse, Inc., and S. & W. Supply Co. of Hays, and a past elder and deacon of the First Presbyterian Church. He is the 1995 recipient of the Fort Hays State University Alumni Association's Distinguished Service Award and is the only individual ever chosen twice as Realtor of the Year by the Hays Board of Realtors. Over the years, Don has also been a member of numerous other state and local civic and business boards and committees. Don's wife, Cecilia Toepfer Bickle, is a member of Girl's Catholic High School's class of 1949.



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Mr. Wendelin J. Sander
alumni secretary-treasurer

Known for contagious dedication to his alma mater, Wendelin Sander served as volunteer alumni secretary-treasurer from 1958 till his death on Easter of 1971. He took a personal interest in each alumnus and could recite from memory the class year, location, and occupation of most of them. Paid membership increased from 250 to over 600 in his time. Wendelin graduated from St. Joseph's College and Military Academy in 1933 and from then till 1968 taught in the rural schools of Ellis County. He served as choir director and church organist at Hyacinth for 31 years. Moving to Schoenchen in 1964, he became city clerk, teacher, church organist, and organizer of "The Schoencheneers." He was a right-hand man of each of his pastors and the constant companion of the president, Fr. Anselm Martin, at school events. The Capuchins affiliated him in 1969.



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Father Blaine Burkey
teacher, author, archivist, historian

In July of 1997, Father Blaine Burkey, O.F.M. Cap., after 32 years of serving the people of Ellis County, was transferred to St. Crispin's Friary in St. Louis. Fr. Blaine, a well-known teacher, author, archivist, and historian, came to St. Francis Seminary in Victoria in 1965. In 1970 he moved to Thomas More Prep where he worked for the next 27 years. As Director of the Center for Research, he introduced many young people to the workings of the Center. During his years at TMP-Marian he also served as faculty advisor for both the school newspaper and yearbook. He also headed countless committees and studies. A prolific writer, he has composed well over 400 books, articles, and papers. In a true missionary spirit he introduced Bishop Joseph Werth of Novosibirsk, Siberia, to his relatives in Ellis County and has since been very active spreading information about Bishop Werth's diocese and raising funds to support his work. Fr. Blaine is the past president and board member of both the Ellis County Historical Society and the Volga-German Society. He was the chairman of the Points of Light committee, and having pointed out the light of others, it is only appropriate that he be recognized as a point of light.



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Mr. Jerry Seib
journalist and alumnus

In the Summer of 1997, Jerry Seib, columnist, political writer and news editor of The Wall Street Journal was named Deputy Chief of the paper's Washington, D.C. bureau. This promotion was the culmination of a journalism career that began at Thomas More Prep where he edited the school newspaper. Later in college he edited the school papers at Fort Hays State University and the University of Kansas. While at TMP, Jerry was an honor student and leader. He was senior class president and winner of the school's Medal of Excellence in 1974. As a reporter for The Wall Street Journal, he has covered the Pentagon, the State Department, the Middle East, the White House, and the national political scene. His journalistic endeavors have brought him numerous prestigious awards. In February, 1987, while covering the Iran/Iraq war, he was arrested by the Iranian government. Accused of being a spy for Israel, he was detained for five days. He credited his ability to cope with his captivity to the Christian values learned at TMP. He reiterated the importance of these values in his commencement address in 1992.


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Mr. Irvin J. Karlin
devoted supporter and loyal alumnus

Since early childhood, Irv Karlin has known the meaning and value of Catholic education. His parents, Mr. and Mrs. Edmund Karlin, instilled these qualities in him. Both parents graduated from Catholic schools in Hays. His father was one of the founders of St. Joseph's Military Academy. A 1942 graduate of the Academy, Irv has been a loyal and dedicated alumnus and a well-respected community leader. His wife, Marie, and his five children attended Thomas More Prep-Marian or its predecessor schools. Throughout his life, Irv has given tirelessly of his time and talents to the school and alumni association. He was president of the alumni association. He assisted in organizing the Auction for Christian Education. He served on the president's advisory board and was past president of the Board of Trustees. Irv continued to help raise funds for the school through the development fund and Excellence 2000. He has also served on numerous other committees and boards that were essential for the nurturing of school success. Irv Karlin has been a model of selfless devotion, service, loyalty, and love for Thomas More Prep-Marian.



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Angeline K. Cepelka
friend, confidant, administrator

Angeline K. Cepelka, PH.D., was a familiar figure in the TMP-Marian halls between 1981-1988. Always there for students and staff alike, her presence and strength of character had an effect upon all. During this span she served ably as principal and academic dean from 1981 to 1985 and as President-principal from 1985 to 1988, the first female to do so in this position. Besides doing an exceptional job in those endeavors, she was also a friend and confidant to many, not only within the TMP-Marian family but in the community as well. Dr. Cepelka was willing to lend an ear and give tirelessly of her talents to others. In addition to her administrative duties, she served as director of dramatics and directed thirteen major productions at TMP-Marian. Also during her presidency, the school moved all of its operations into the main campus and revised the schools' administrative and academic structures. After leaving TMP-Marian, she continued her education at Marquette University, receiving her PH.D. in Educational Administration. Orginally a native of Milwaukee, currently she is Assistant Professor of Education, Chair of the Teacher Education Revision Task Force, and Chair of the Graduate Committee at Marquette University School of Education.


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Mr. Daniel G. Rupp
public servant and alumnus

When Dan Rupp died on December 29, 1997, he left behind a powerful legacy as a public servant, teacher, friend, father and husband. He took great pride in what he did and leaves many people who were touched by his life. Dan was a 1954 graduate of St. Joseph Military Academy. He earned a bachelor's degree in economics from St. Benedict's College, a masters from Fort Hays State University and a doctorate from Kansas State University. After several teaching positions, he joined the faculty at Fort Hays State University in 1968 and taught there for 30 years. Dan's dedication to the community of Hays was unparalleled. He was a member of the City Commission for 24 years, serving as mayor six terms. He was actively involved in the Ellis County Historical Society and the Volga German Association. Dan never lost devotion for his alma mater. He served on the Marian High School Board, the Board of Trustees and the Advisory Board of TMP-Marian. He was also active in his church. Dan favorably influenced many in his role as councilman, Mayor of Hays and as a professor at FHSU.



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Ms. Joyce M. Dinges
dedicated friend and committed alumna

In May of 1998, Joyce Dinges received the Norman Jeter Humanitarian Award from Hays Medical Center. The award is indicative of her caring dedication to her patients, fellow employees, and her profession. It also signifies her compassion towards others and her professionalism. As a 1970 alumna of Marian High School, these traits were part of her education. Joyce has gladly accepted the challenges set forth by the school as an alumna. She served as the first woman president of the Alumni Association. She served as a member on committees that established Excellence 2000 and the Long-Range Planning Task Force. She has been a creative force for the Auction for Christian Education for many years. Joyce has been a leader in her church by serving on parish committees and as a lay minister. Her untiring devotion and energy to family, friends, church, work, and school should serve as a Point of Light to all.



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Sister Lois Karlin
devoted teacher, faithful assistant

Exemplifying devotion to the Lord and dedication to education, Sr. Lois Karlin's life has been that of service to others. As the sixth of fifteen children of Frank and Anna Schmidt Karlin, Sr. Lois, along with four sisters and one bother, chose the religious life. Her ties with Catholic education began with elementary education at St. Catherine School and secondary education at Girls' Catholic High School. After joining the Agnesian Order in 1931, she continued her education at De Paul University, Loyola University, and Marian College, among others, certifying her to teach a wide variety of business classes. After spending 57 years in Catholic education as an instructor, Sr. Lois continued in service to others. She has been at Thomas More Prep-Marian since 1981, working in a variety of capacities: teacher, Director of Admissions, Admissions secretary, and assistant in the Center for Research. Currently Sr. Lois divides her time between the Admissions Office and the Center for Research. Her cheerfulness, her quiet, unassuming manner, and her dedication to TMP-Marian are evident in all that she does.



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Father Paulinus Karlin
friar, priest and pastor

An article in the Northwestern Kansas Register referred to Fr. Paulinus Karlin as a "remarkable priest." The 82 year old Capuchin friar is indeed remarkable. As a priest for over 56 years, he has served the Church and its people with remarkable love and dedication. A 1935 graduate of St. Joseph's College and Military Academy, Fr. Paulinus has spent his life in the service of others as a professor and prefect, army chaplain, vocation director and pastor. He has never turned away from hard work or a difficult assignment. He was the first Capuchin pastor of Annunciation parish in Denver. Attached one night by a would-be burglar, he still bears the scars of that confrontation. He is the consummate friar, loyal to his brothers and ever faithful to community living. He has always maintained a deep love for his alma mater and is a constant supporter of its goals and mission. He is a true "point of Light" for all of us.



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Mr. Al F. Rupp
devoted supporter and loyal alumnus

Al F. Rupp, a 1934 graduate of St. Joseph's College and Military Academy, was one of the best all-around supporters of the school he so dearly loved. Al was a Christian leader. He gave a lifetime of himself to his church, to the community of Hays, and to his school. Al's church ministry focused on fund-raising activities and membership in the third and fourth degree of the Knights of Columbus. Al's commitment to community service included leadership in several business, fraternal, and civic organizations. For three decades, Al's leadership within the school included fund-raising, where he served as chairman of the development fund drive and as alumni president where he enthusiastically volunteered his time and talents for the school. Al's presence at his alma mater's athletic events held a special significance for him and became a long-standing tradition. Al's lifetime commitment to his faith, family, alma mater, and community exemplifies the qualities of a true point of light.





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Mr. Sy Palmer
teacher, coach, motivator

Sy Palmer, an All-Conference fullback at Fort Hays State University, came to St. Joseph's Military Academy, forerunner to Thomas More Prep-Marian, in 1943 to teach and coach football and track. Among his achievements during his 16 year tenure, his 1948 undefeated football team was recognized as "mythical" state champions and ranked number one in the state in all classes. Under Sy's tutelage, the football teams had a record of 81 wins, 39 losses, and 4 ties for a winning percentage of 67.5%. Many of the Palmer-coached players went on to play on the university level. In 1947 he coached the only boys' state track and field championship team in the history of the school. Yet, not all of Mr. Palmer's distinction was gained in athletics as he was, uppermost, a teacher. He cared for his students and in his own quiet, characteristic way, was able to motivate many of them to excel. Through his dedication, commitment, inspiration, and hard work, he continued the winning tradition that had been established both on the playing field and in the classroom.


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Father Michael Scully
leader and friend of youth

It was a fortunate day in 1967 when Fr. Mike Scully came to Thomas More Prep-Marian and began many years of work and service to the school and community. Fr. Mike was on the faculty from 1967 until 1983, he served as Vice President and Dean of Men. As director of the residency program, he helped form the hearts and souls of many young men. He is well known for his work with young people: directing the folk choir, addressing many youth rallies and gatherings, writing books and articles on the message of rock and film, and through his weekly radio programs on religion and rock and western music. For many years he has been a regular participant in summer workshops of the Kansas State High School Activities Association. Fr. Mike was named pastor of St. Joseph Parish in Hays in 1995. That same summer the president-principal of TMP-Marian suddenly resigned and Fr. Mike took on the added role of acting president. During his five years as president, he began the Excellence 2000 fund-raising program that many say is responsible for keeping the doors of the school open. His love and active support for the school have been a very special blessing and all are grateful for his leadership and light.


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Mr. Norbert T. Kuhn
loyal and dedicated alumnus

Norbert T. Kuhn is being honored as a Point of Light for his years of dedicated service to Thomas More Prep-Marian. A graduate of St. Joseph's Military Academy in 1965, Mr. Kuhn has been an active leader in the Alumni Association, serving two terms as president, followed by membership on the Alumni board for twelve years. Norb's commitment to TMP's tradition of excellence was demonstrated by his position on the board of directors of the Endowment Foundation of Thomas More Prep-Marian. He also played an integral part on the Long Range Planning Committee established to ensure the continuation of the school's programs and facilities, allowing it to meet the goals of its mission statement. He and his wife Rita, have opened their home to numerous international students attending TMP by serving as a host family. He has volunteered for innumerable school, alumni, and community projects. In 1999, Norb received the Distinguished Alumni award, acknowledging his service and commitment. He has also shown faith in action by his very visible participation in his parish serving as a lay representative and by his involvement with the activities of the Knights of Columbus.


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Fr. Christian Fey
builder of hearts and minds

Fr. Christian Fey served the young people of St. Francis Seminary in Victoria from 1950 until 1962. He was a teacher and spiritual director and was Rector from 1956 to 1962. Many of the seminarians were touched by his warmth, simplicity, and love for the Church. His example and inspiration led many young men to choose the priesthood and religious life. Fr. Christian was part of our Thomas More Prep-Marian family from 1982 until 1989. During that time he was guardian of the local Capuchin fraternity and was assistant director of the Center for Research. He is remembered for his care for the friars and students. The consummate friar and priest, Fr. Christian has always been faithful to the community and fraternity and has served the Church in many parts of the United States and New Guinea. Much of his religious life has been spent in the formation of others, and he is always willing to do what he is asked to do and does so with relish and conviction. He has worked in Victoria, Hays, Pittsburgh, St. Louis, Kansas City, and spent 15 years as a missionary in New Guinea. Wherever he has been, he brought simple joy, peace, and light.


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Mrs. Wanda Weigel Billinger
loyal supporter, alumna extraordinaire

Known for her unflagging service to TMP-Marian, Wanda Billinger '66 is recognized by all for her commitment and dedication. Married to Bob Billinger '62 and mother of Scott '91 and Dawn '97, Wanda's devotion to the school encompasses many areas. Via her active involvement in the Alumni Association, for which she received the Distinguished Alumni Award in 1995, she supports TMP in all its endeavors; she serves as Alumni Director and has been the Alumni President. Also, she has been actively involved with the Sports Booster Club, the Alumni phon-a-thon, the Auction for Christian Education, Excellence 2000, Long Range Planning, and the Fine Arts Booster Club. In addition to inaugurating the Sports Scene, the sports memorabilia shop, she also has been involved with public relations work for TMP, keeping individuals, organizations, and the media informed of activities at TMP. Wand's heart and soul are in TMP-Marian, and the school has benefitted because of her.


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Father Earl Befort
devoted priest, teacher, alumnus

Since 1970, Fr. Earl Befort, '61, has dedicated his life to serving the TMP-Marian Family, which re refers to as "the love of my ministerial life." After graduating from St. Francis Seminary and St. Fidelis College, he earned a graduate degree from Fort Hays State University. Examples of his love, dedication, and loyalty to the students of TMP-Marian are evident in all areas of his life. In his tenure at TMP-Marian, not only has Fr. Earl been a social studies, business, and religion teacher, as well as mentoring the boys' golf program and assisting in basketball, but he has also administered in the business office, athletic department, and residency program and served as chaplain and campus minister to the TMP students. Serving as alumni president has enabled him to maintain contact with numerous graduates, and his ability to chronicle the school's sports history establishes yet another bond between Fr. Earl and both former and present students. Also, Fr. Earl is an inspirational homilist who has tirelessly served to the spiritual needs of the Hyas and surrounding areas as pastor or associate pastor. TMP has benefitted from Fr. Earl's deep unabiding love for his God, his community, and his church.


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Mr. Gerald J. Roth
faithful and dedicated alumnus

A 1943 graduate of St. Joseph College and Military Academy, Jerry Roth has spent much of his life ministering to the needs of others. In addition to his continual devotion to his wife and three children, Jerry has served the Diocese of Denver, the Mid-America Province of Capuchins, and Thomas More Prep-Marian. He was instrumental in bringing the Capuchins to the Denver area in 1970; his loyalty to the Capuchins has increased his love for his alma mater and the Capuchins who have served there for over 90 years. Jerry served his country during World War II as a member of the 3rd Army Air Corp from 1943 until 1946. Also, he has been a member of the Knights of Columbus for 50 years and has aided the Capuchins in Denver as a member of the Mid-America Province Advisory Board. Because of his business acumen, the school has solicited his advice in many areas, but his understanding of the automobile business has been especially beneficial. As the school began to build its fleet of vehicles, Jerry was there to help with both his expertise and his generosity. Thanks to his assistance, the school has a modern fleet of vans to safely transport its students. We are grateful for his love and support as we honor him with this award.


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Wayne & Marie Gabel
loyal and faithful alumni

Wayne and Marie Gabel are being honored as Points of Light for their years of dedicated and faithful service to Thomas More Prep-Marian. Wayne is a 1953 graduate of St. Joseph's Military Academy, and Marie Pfannenstiel is a 1953 graduate of Girls Catholic High. Not blessed with excessive treasures, they have been most generous with their time and talent. They have been involved with the boys' residency program, helping to improve it and serving as a host family. Wayne and Marie have donated many hours volunteering in the alumni, endowment, development, admissions and school offices. They annually support school service organizations and fund-raising activities. They have a deep commitment to their alma mater, especially supporting the various projects directed and sponsored by the Alumni Association. They are involved with Holy Family Elementary School, St. Joseph Parish, and the Hays Community. They have maintained a deep devotion to and a sense of gratitude for the Capuchin friars and Agnesian sisters; therefore, Wayne and Marie are being honored as faithful and loyal alumni and thanked for their service, love and inspiration.


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Dick & Kay Werth
dedicated friends and loyal alumnus

Dick and Kay Werth are being honored as Points of Light for their deep commitment to Thomas More Prep-Marian. Dick, a 1976 graduate of Thomas More Prep and his wife Kay have two sons, Preston Werth '10 and Austin Werth '12. Never wanting to be in the spotlight, Dick and Kay have worked diligently behind the scenes to ensure the success of so many school organizations and projects, besides supporting Faith Funds Our Future, the Alumni Association, Sports Booster Club, Fine Arts Club and PTF. For many years they have donated a vehicle to the Auction for Christian Education, a gift which has assured the success of the auction. In 2001, Dick and Kay Werth served as Grand Marshals for our Homecoming parade. They are both active in St. Nicholas Parish and the Hays community. Dick is a member and has served as President of the Hays Chamber of Commerce. Kay is an accompanist for Holy Family Elementary and TMP-Marian weekday masses as well as a regular Sunday accompanist and musician for St. Nicholas of Myra Parish and various religious services in all of the area churches. She is a past president of the Fine Arts Club. They are both active in the Sports Booster Club, helping with team meals in football, wrestling and track, among other volunteer activities. Kay also serves on the Board of Festival of Faith, Steering Committee for the Kansas Alliance for Arts Education, Board for the Hays Chapter of Rotary International, and organizes and directs the High Plains Double Reed Consort. Dick and Kay Werth are deservedly recognized for their love, concern and deep commitment to Thomas More Prep-Marian High School, the Hays community and the Catholic Church.


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Marlene Brull
loyal and faithful alumna

Marlene Brull is being honored as a Point of Light for her years of dedicated and faithful service to Thomas More Prep-Marian and the Endowment Foundation of Thomas More Prep-Marian. Marlene (Gabel) Brull is a 1954 graduate of Girls Catholic High. She is the wife of Charles Brull '54 and the mother of Michael Brull '76, Judy (Brull) Hicks '78, and James Brull '79. Before retirement, Marlene was involved serving our community as an ambassador and past chairman of the Ambassador Club with the Hays Chamber of Commerce and member/past president of the Soroptimist Club, a community service organization. She has served as a member of the Thomas More Prep-Marian Board of Trustees, and as a member/past president of the Endowment Foundation of Thomas More Prep-Marian Board of Trustees. After retirement, Marlene began serving on the board of directors for the Hays Symphony Guild and volunteering at Holy Family Elementary, TMP-Marian, St. Joseph's Church, and the ARC Thrift Shop. She volunteers her talent and time in the Endowment Office as office manager and secretary. Marlene annually supports school service organizations and fund-raising activities. We honor this faithful and loyal alumna for her service, love, and commitment.


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Jim & Susan Werth
dedicated and faithful friends

Jim and Susan Werth are being honored as Points of Light for their deep commitment to Thomas More Prep-Marian. They have three daughters; Erica graduated in 2001, Amy graduated in 2003, and Kelsey will graduate in 2007. Jim is co-owner of Hays Car and Truck Alignment, and Susan is a physical therapist with the Hays West Central Kansas Special Education Cooperative. They are active members of Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish, and Susan serves on the board of the Mary Elizabeth Maternity Home in Hays. They support the Fine Arts Booster Club, Parents, Teachers and Friends (PTF), Sports Booster Club, and Alumni Association of Thomas More Prep-Marian. Jim and Susan have served as chairs and/or co-chairs for the Fine Arts Booster Club and PTF. They have also served as advisors on the Parent Advisory Committee and have dedicated themselves to other committees at TMP-Marian and Holy Family Elementary. In addition, as part of the decorating committee for the past 10 years, they have been actively involved with the Auction for Christian Education. Jim and Susan Werth are recognized as generous individuals who share an unlimited amount of their time, talents, and treasure for the prosperity of Thomas More Prep-Marian High School and their community.


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Eugene “Dusty” Glassman ‘34
dedicated and loyal alumnus

Eugene “Dusty” Glassman is being honored as a Point of Light for his deep commitment to Thomas More Prep-Marian and the Hays community. Dusty graduated from the newly-built St. Joseph’s College & Military Academy in 1934. A devout Catholic, he has not only supported Catholic education within his own family, but he has also devoted his time, talents, and treasure to improving the lives of the local youth. Gene and his wife, Marguerite (Lesher) Glassman, have four children: Steve ‘64, Mary Mylene ‘66, Philip ‘69, and Martha Lang ‘71. Beginning in the early 1950s and until 1985, he worked in the maintenance department at Girl’s Catholic High School and Marian High School. For 30 years Dusty volunteered as an official timekeeper for the football and basketball programs at Thomas More Prep. Starting out as a young player himself in 1934, he went on to coach and/or manage the Hays Larks until 1955. He directed Hays Little League baseball before the Hays Recreation Commission was created and then continued coaching and directing baseball until 1981. With over 700 boys involved in the baseball program each summer, Dusty Glassman easily touched the lives of over 20,000 young men through his love of baseball. Eugene “Dusty” Glassman is deservedly recognized for his love, concern, and commitment to his school and the youth of Hays.




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Tom & Sharon Drees
loyal and faithful alumni

Tom and Sharon (Miller) Drees are being honored as Points of Light for their years of dedicated and faithful service to Thomas More Prep-Marian. Tom is a 1965 graduate of St. Joseph's Military Academy, a 1969 graduate of Kansas State University with a BS degree and earned his MS degree in history from FHSU in 1979. Sharon is a 1970 graduate of Marian High School. They are the parents of Jaime (Drees) Kreutzer '94 and Christopher Drees '98. Tom served in the U.S. Army from 1970-1972. He was a teacher/coach for 29 years, including 23 years at TMP-Marian (1985-2006) where he chaired the Social Studies Department, was a member of the Academic Council, faculty representative to the TMP-M School Board and chairman and member of the TMP North Central Association and Outcomes Accreditation Steering Committees. They served on the Alumni Board and each held the office of President of the Alumni Association of Thomas More Prep-Marian Board. Tom and Sharon received the Distinguished Alumni Award in 2003. They have attended every ACE Auction, were ACE Co-chairs in 1992, and have been actively involved on the ACE decorating committee. Both have assisted with Project Graduation, Homecoming, Excellence 2000, and served on several committees including the Long Range Planning Committee. Their talents have also been utilized at St. John's Auxiliary and St. Joseph's Parish, where Sharon served on the Parish Council and as council president, Finance Council. We honor these faithful and loyal alums for their service, love, and commitment to Thomas More Prep-Marian.




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Bob & Karla Dinges
dedicated and loyal alumni

Bob and Karla (Fleming) Dinges are being honored as Points of Light for their deep commitment and concern for Thomas More Prep-Marian. Bob is a 1965 graduate of St. Joseph Military Academy and Karla attended Marian High School from 1964 through 1966. Both have been active supporters of the school, church and community. Bob and Karla began their own business owning and operating convenience stores known as “Stop 'N Shop” first in Hays and eventually spreading over much of the state. With hard work and much time and sacrifice, they became very successful. Over the years they shared that success with their alma mater. They have given of their time, talent and treasure not just to Thomas More Prep-Marian but to the church and community as well. After moving away from Hays, they continue to support the school with their donations and prayer. Bob and Karla have a deep love for the school and an equally deep desire to see it succeed. They have donated generously to the Auction for Christian Education (ACE), Faith Funds Our Future and to the Dreamcatchers. Because of their dedication and love for the school and for Catholic education, we proudly honor them as Points of Light.


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Irvin & Terry Leiker
loyal alumnus and faithful friends

Irvin & Terry Leiker are being honored as Points of Light for their dedicated and faithful service to Thomas More Prep-Marian. Irvin is a 1968 graduate of St. Joseph Military Academy. They are the parents of Greg Leiker '95, Theresa Leiker '98 and Rebecca Leiker '01. They have been most generous with their time, talent and treasures. Irvin & Terry are active members of St. Joseph Parish, where they are involved as Eucharistic Ministers including the Homebound, members of the Knights of Columbus (Irvin) and Christian Mothers (Terry), Heartland Stewardship Commission members and St. Joseph's Parish Stewardship Commission member and chair (Terry). Terry was employed as the school secretary at St. Joseph Elementary School from 1985 to 1996. Irvin served on the Long Range Planning Committee at TMP-Marian and continues to serve as the ACE Auction Production Chair. They have helped decorate and set-up the ACE Auction and have been heavily involved with the annual TMP soup supper throughout the past 10+ years. Irvin and Terry are being honored for their strong belief in Catholic education and their service, love and inspiration to Thomas More Prep-Marian High School.


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Jerry & Marilyn Luetters
loyal and faithful friends

Jerry & Marilyn Luetters are being honored as Points of Light for their years of dedicated and faithful service to Thomas More Prep-Marian. They are the parents of Crystal Luetters '96 and Angela Luetters '00. Jerry and Marilyn have owned their own accounting and tax business in Hays since 1988 and have been most generous with their time, talent and treasures. Jerry served as President and a member-at-large on the TMP Sports Booster Club Board and as Chaplain on the Alumni Association of Thomas More Prep-Marian Board. The Luetters have served as ACE co-chairs and helped facilitate and set up many of the auctions over the past ten years. Their volunteer activities included working concessions, taking tickets at sporting events, judging debate tournaments, project graduations, and helping sponsor many of the fund-raising events at TMP-Marian. They have spearheaded painting projects in the Al Billinger Fieldhouse and main school building in preparation for graduations and new school terms. Jerry has served the Hays community by coaching youth softball and basketball and as a board member and Secretary/Treasurer of the Smoky Hill Foundation. Marilyn was active in the Hays community as a leader for the Daisy Girl Scout and 4-H leader. They are active members of St. Joseph's Parish and enjoy greeting and volunteering their time to different church projects. Jerry and Marilyn are being honored as faithful and loyal friends and thanked for their service, care and inspiration.


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Fr. John Lager
visionary and devoted alumnus

Fr. John Lager, O.F.M. Capuchin is being honored as a Point of Light for his deep commitment to Thomas More Prep-Marian High School. He graduated in 1969 from St. Francis Seminary in Victoria, Kansas. Fr. John was ordained into the priesthood on May 18, 1979 at St. Joseph's Church in Hays, Kansas. From 1981-1984, he served as Campus Minister, taught Religion and was the Director for the Priesthood/Brotherhood program at Thomas More Prep-Marian. Although Fr. Lager has been serving the Capuchin Province of Mid-America in the Denver area since 1984, he has been very active and influential in advising the current administration in long-range planning. The Dream Team was his original concept and brought in $180,000.00 to help the school achieve financial stability. When planning began on the Centennial Celebration, he was called upon for guidance and assistance and never hesitated to meet this new challenge. Fr. John Lager is deservedly recognized for his love, concern, and commitment to his alma mater.


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Ken & Cheri Haas
loyal and faithful friends

Ken and Cheri Haas are being honored as Points of Light for their years of dedicated and faithful service to Thomas More Prep-Marian and the Hays community. Cheri (Wasinger) Haas is a 1965 graduate of Marian High School. They are the parents of Jennifer (Haas) Mellick '91, Tara (Haas) Lusche '94 and Anne Haas '97. Ken served as Principal of TMP-Marian from 1999-2006 and is still active serving as an administrator in charge of some home and away athletic events, substitute teaches, drives suburbans to out-of-town events and works on the softball and baseball diamonds. He was instrumental in starting the Teacher Retirement Fund. Cheri served as the President of the Parents, Teachers & Friends organization, has sewn many costumes for the plays/musicals and helped with several Project Graduations. Ken and Cheri totally renovated the teacher's lounge, painted classrooms, put new tile on the floor of the photography darkroom and have worked many soup suppers and All-You-Can-Eat-Breakfasts. They are active members of St. Joseph's Parish as lectors, commentators and Eucharistic ministers. Both are active in the community working in the food pantry, teaching golf lessons to adolescents and adults and Ken coached the Hays American Legion Baseball team for two years. They are sincere advocates of middle and high school students, helping them grow into young adults. Ken and Cheri are being honored as faithful and loyal friends and we are grateful for their dedication, service and leadership.




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Robert E. & Patricia A. Schmidt
Christian humanitarians and friends

Robert E. and Patricia A. Schmidt are being honored as Points of Light for their deep commitment and loyalty to Thomas More Prep-Marian High School. Bob Schmidt and Patricia Everton were married in 1949 and have three children, Tony, Ann and Sue along with four grandchildren. Bob served in the Navy in the Philippines in WWII. While in college, he began a career in radio as a sportscaster and was appointed General Manager of KAYS Radio in 1950. Upon graduating at Fort Hays State University with a BS degree in Business Administration, he was elected Vice President and Director in 1952. In 1989, Bob purchased control of the corporation, was elected President and while CEO built or purchased 24 radio and television stations and 12 cable systems in KS, NE, MO and TX. He retired as President/CEO of Eagle Communications in 1998. Currently, Bob is a member of the Board of Directors for Eagle Communications, Inc. and Bank of Hays. He assisted past President Jean Ross in an active leadership role promoting the 1.5 million dollar fund-raising project known as the 2nd Century Restoration Fund in conjunction with the school's Centennial. Pat's interest in the fine arts culminated in the Beach/Schmidt Performing Arts Center along with their business partner. She served two terms as President of the Hays Arts Council, as President of local school PTAs, on the Hays Beautification Committee and as Chairman of the Crafters Group of volunteer workers at Hays Medical Center. Bob and Pat Schmidt have been instrumental in the overall development of the community and share a special interest in the youth and schools of Hays. We honor them for their dedication to God, country, community and Thomas More Prep-Marian.




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Leroy P. Gnad
dedicated teacher, coach and mentor

Leroy P. Gnad is being honored as a Point of Light for his deep commitment to Thomas More Prep-Marian High School. Leroy graduated in 1959 from Ellis High School, earned his Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and Physics in 1963 and a Master of Science in Mathematics degree in 1969 at Fort Hays State University. Leroy has also devoted his time, talents and treasure to improving the lives of the many students that have graced the halls of St. Joseph Military Academy, Thomas More Prep and Thomas More Prep-Marian High School from 1964 to 2007. Leroy and his wife, Mary (Knoll) Gnad have two children: Troy A. Gnad '86 and Dionne M. (Gnad) Werth '90 and six grandchildren. He served as an assistant football coach for 37 years and as an assistant baseball coach for over 20 years during his 43-year tenure at the school. Leroy Gnad was inducted into the Kansas Teachers Hall of Fame and received the TMP-Marian Alumni Service Award in 2007. He is a 2006 recipient of the Jack Schramm Spirit Award. Leroy Gnad is being honored as a faithful and loyal advocate and we are truly grateful for his service, dedication and leadership.


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Charles Staab, Jr.
dedicated and loyal friend

Charles Staab Jr. is being honored as a Point of Light for his deep commitment to Thomas More Prep-Marian High School and the Hays community. A devout Catholic, he has not only supported Catholic education within his own family, but he has also devoted his time, talents and treasure to improving the community he lives in. Charlie and his late wife, Marcella have four sons: Charles E. Staab '70, Ronald Staab '72, Douglas Staab '74 and Conrad Staab Sp'80. Charlie is an active 50-year member of the American Legion and a veteran of WWII. He is a member of the third and fourth degree Knights of Columbus. In his garage workshop, Charlie utilizes his special talents in building and donating numerous gifts for the annual Auction for Christian Education (ACE). His custom-built furniture adds beauty and storage to many of the different rooms throughout the school including classrooms, offices, bathrooms, the front entry and chapel. Charles Staab Jr. is deservedly recognized for his love, concern and commitment to Thomas More Prep-Marian High School.




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Bishop George K. Fitzsimons
visionary and devoted friend

Bishop George K. Fitzsimons is being honored as a Point of Light for his deep commitment to Thomas More Prep-Marian High School and Catholic education. He is the son of the late George K. and Margaret Mary (Donovan) Fitzsimons. Bishop Fitzsimons has three sisters: Margaret (Fitzsimons) Muckenthaler, Jane (Fitzsimons) Molgaard (deceased) and Helen (Fitzsimons) Jaeger. He attended St. Francis Xavier Grade School in Kansas City, Rockhurst High School and College, Kansas City, and Conception Seminary, Conception, MO, preparatory to Ordination to the Priesthood on March 18, 1961. He served as an Associate Pastor at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception; St. James Parish, Liberty, MO and Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish, Kansas City. From 1970 through 1975, his appointments included Chancellor of the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph, Vicar General of the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph and Auxiliary Bishop of the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph and Titular Bishop of Pertusa. His Episcopal Ordination took place at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in July, 1975. Bishop George Fitzsimons was installed Bishop of Salina, Kansas on May 29, 1984 at the Sacred Heart Cathedral, Salina, where he served until his retirement in December, 2004 at the age of 76. During his tenure as the Bishop of Salina, Bishop Fitzsimons dedicated his whole-hearted support to the Catholic education of today's youth and Thomas More Prep-Marian. His involvement included moral, spiritual and financial support throughout the past 20 years. We thank him for his generosity of spirit, commitment to excellence and continued support.



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Lilly Kingsley
dedicated and faithful alum

Lilly (Walters) Kingsley is being honored as a Point of Light for her years of dedicated and faithful service to Thomas More Prep-Marian High School. Her parents, William J. (Bill) and Fidelia (Daley Gottschalk) '36 Walters instilled a sense of duty, service and commitment in all of their children from an early age. Lil and her siblings all attended and graduated from S.J.M.A., S.F.S. or M.H.S.: Terry Walters '60, William Walters Jr. '61, Kathleen (Walters) Brenner '64, David "Bud" Walters '65, Peter Walters '68, John Walters '69, Cynthia (Walters) Kleczka '70, Lilly (Walters) Kingsley '73 and Sue (Walters) Prediger '75. After graduating from Fort Hays State University in 1977 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree she earned a Masters in Art degree in 1985. She married Timothy Kingsley in 1977 and they have three children, Joshua Kingsley '99, Rachel (Kingsley) Loving 2001 and Erica Kingsley 2004. Lil served on the TMP-Marian school board for eight years, as well as volunteering with her husband Tim in many different areas within the school, such as Debate Judge, Forensics Judge, Project Graduation, ACE Auction, PTF Soup Supper, Fine Arts Booster Club, Strategic Planning Committee and the Auditorium fund raising project. They are active at Immaculate Heart of Mary as a lector, Eucharistic Minister, soup suppers, Pastoral Council and the Finance Council. Lilly's most unique contribution to the school has been the creation of Centennial artwork, brochures and her beautiful calligraphy featured on each of the senior class panels since 1983. We honor this dedicated and loyal alum for her service, love, and commitment to Thomas More Prep-Marian.


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Jean Ross
loyal and faithful friend

Jean Ross is being honored as a Point of Light for her years of dedicated and faithful service to Thomas More Prep-Marian High School. Jean is the daughter of Walter C. and Philomene (Fisher) Ross. At the age of 15, she joined the Sisters of St. Agnes and remained for 23 years. Jean earned a BS degree in Elementary Education at Marian College in Fond Du Lac, WI, an MA degree in Speech Arts at Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI and an ED Specialist in Ed. Administration at Fort Hays State University in Hays, KS. In 1955, she began her professional teaching career in Catholic elementary and high schools in Wisconsin, Indiana and Kansas. In 1980, Jean returned to Hays as a public school principal and later joined the central administrative staff of USD 489 as Assistant Superintendent of Finance and Auxiliary Services. In 2000, God's Providence led her to accept the challenge of President at TMP-Marian as a ministry to do God's work, taking on the job without pay. Jean Ross was named the Outstanding Western Kansas Educator by Educational Sororities Phi Sigma Phi and Phi Delta Kappa, Chamber of Commerce Community Businesswoman of the Year and was inducted into KAIRS (The Kansas Association of Independent and Religious Schools) Hall of Fame in 2006. "The greatest honor and privilege of my Life was to be president for ten years at TMP-Marian at a time critical to its survival. My whole professional life seemed to be a preparation for this challenge. I thank God for this privilege," quoted Ms. Ross. We say thank you and honor this faithful and loyal friend for her service, love, and commitment to Thomas More Prep-Marian.




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Debbie Dinges
dedicated and faithful alumna

Debbie Dinges is being honored as a Point of Light for her years of dedicated and faithful service to Thomas More Prep-Marian High School. She is the daughter of Leonard '38 and Bernardine Dinges. Debbie is a 1972 graduate of Marian High School and is a regular volunteer of Thomas More Prep-Marian High School, the Alumni Association of TMP-Marian and the Endowment Foundation of TMP-Marian. Some of her volunteer duties have included accounting/secretarial in the Endowment Office, decorating at the annual ACE Auction, assisting with soup suppers, breakfasts, bake sales, the auditorium renovation project, Excellence 2000/Faith Funds the Future, the Centennial Celebration and many others. Debbie is an active member of St. Joseph's Parish and volunteers her time as a money counter and has helped with the annual Thanksgiving bazaar. She also helps with many of the fund-raising events for the Mary Elizabeth Maternity Home. We honor this faithful and loyal alumna for her service, love, and commitment to Thomas More Prep-Marian.


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Chris & Krista Gottschalk
loyal friends and faithful alumni

Chris and Krista (Leiker) Gottschalk are being honored as Points of Light for their years of dedicated and faithful service to Thomas More Prep-Marian High School. Chris is a 1977 graduate of Thomas More Prep, Krista is a 1978 graduate of Marian High School and they are the parents of Tyler 'T.J.' Gottschalk '00, Luke Gottschalk '02 and Katelyn Gottschalk '07. Chris has served as President and board member of the Sports Booster Club and Vice President and board member of the Alumni Association of Thomas More Prep-Marian. Krista has served as Secretary/Treasurer of the Fine Arts Booster Club. Their volunteer activities included working concessions and taking tickets at sporting events, project graduations, helping with Home Tours, the annual ACE Auction, Golf Classic, and Homecoming events and sponsoring many of the fund-raising events held at TMP-Marian. They have served on many committees including the Long-Range Planning Committee and Centennial Committee as well as helping in the planning stages of many of the capital improvement projects such as the renovation of the Al Billinger Fieldhouse, the Victory Gate restoration project and creation of a new baseball/softball complex. Their generosity of time, talent and treasure is boundless. Chris and Krista are being honored as faithful and loyal friends and thanked for their service, care and inspiration.


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Tom & Debbie Bohm
dedicated and faithful friends

Tom and Debbie Bohm are being honored as Points of Light for their deep commitment to Thomas More Prep-Marian. They have three children, Matthew Bohm '98, Sarah Bohm '00 and Claire Bohm '11. Tom graduated from Sacred Heart High School in Salina and is a retired businessman having owned and operated a number of different businesses in Hays. Debbie is a 1975 graduate of Marian High School, received her BSN from Fort Hays State University and is employed as a surgical nurse at Hays Medical Center on the Heart Team. Tom was a past member of the Board of Trustees of Thomas More Prep and is a current member of the Board of Advisors where Debbie was a past member. Tom volunteers his time mowing the baseball/softball fields and for the past eight years, both have been actively involved with the meal organization and preparation for the annual Auction for Christian Education (ACE). Although this may seem a monumental task, Debbie gained experience from being one of the head cooks for the St. Joseph Parish Thanksgiving Dinners. They have served a combined 18 years on the St. Joseph Parish Council with Tom being president for one year. Tom was on the Board of Directors of the Hays Arts Council, serving as president for two years and on the Board of Directors of the Mary Elizabeth Home from 1999 until 2005, while Debbie has been on this board from 2007 to the present. They are recognized as generous individuals who share an unlimited amount of their time, talents, and treasure for the prosperity of Thomas More Prep-Marian High School and their community.



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Tony & Cyndy Dreiling
dedicated alumni and faithful friends

Tony and Cyndy Dreiling are being honored as Points of Light for their deep commitment to Thomas More Prep-Marian. Tony is a 1975 graduate of Thomas More Prep and a 1979 graduate of Fort Hays State University. Cyndy is a 1977 graduate of Marian High School. They have one daughter Susan who graduated from TMP-Marian in 2000. Tony retired from the Hays Post Office and is currently employed as Business Administrator for St. Joseph's Parish and Cyndy retired as a Vice-President of Emprise Bank and is employed as the Business Manager for the Hess Clinic and does part-time bookkeeping in the St. Joseph Parish office. Tony volunteers as a cantor in his parish, has been an ACE volunteer since its inception in 1975 and he and Cyndy have partnered with Tom and Deb Bohm in producing the ACE Auction dinner for the past eight years. Tony has served on the following TMP-Marian committees and activities: Endowment Board, search committee for the principal, Principal's Advisory Council, President and Vice-President of the Sports Booster Club, emcee for Fine Arts activities and built sets for and acted in numerous musicals with the students. Cyndy has served as President for both the Marian High and TMP-Marian Alumni Associations and as a board advisor at the Mary Elisabeth Maternity Home, besides being an active member of Soroptimist International for many years. Tony and Cyndy Dreiling are recognized as generous individuals who share an unlimited amount of their time, talents, and treasure for the prosperity of Thomas More Prep-Marian High School and their community.


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Ron & Rhonda Flax
dedicated alumni and faithful friends

Ron & Rhonda Flax are being honored as Points of Light for their extraordinary commitment to Thomas More Prep-Marian. Ron is a 1975 graduate of Thomas More Prep and Rhonda is a 1977 graduate of Marian High School. They have three children that graduated from TMP-Marian; Lucas Flax '01, Nathan Flax '04 and Kelsey (Flax) Burgess '08. Ron was instrumental in the creation and refurbishment of the TMP-Marian baseball/softball complex, spear-heading projects such as installing an automatic sprinkler system, new sod in the infield, building a new concession stand/press box and the installation of pole lighting. This complex is considered one of the finest in the state of Kansas. Landscaping projects that Ron completed can be viewed in front of the Al Billinger Fieldhouse, the Alumni storage facility, the Victory Gate entrance and around the statue of St. Joseph in front of the school. Ron and Rhonda served as ACE Co-Chairs for two years. Rhonda served as PTF President, was instrumental in the Grotto beautification project and currently serves as a member of the Alumni Association Board. They belong to St. Nicholas of Myra Parish where Ron served on the Parish Council and has been on the Building and Grounds Committee since its inception and Rhonda has served on the parish Decorating Committee and as Eucharistic Minister. Ron is a member of the St. Joseph Knights of Columbus and served two terms as Grand Knight. They are recognized as generous individuals who share an abundance of their time, talents, and treasure for the prosperity of Thomas More Prep-Marian High School.




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Don & Jolene Moore
dedicated and faithful friends

Don & Jolene Moore are being honored as Points of Light for their deep commitment to Thomas More Prep-Marian High School. Originally from Clyde, KS, they have two daughters, Leslie (Moore) Olmstead '92 and Aimee (Moore) Brisco '93. Don graduated from Fort Hays State University with a Bachelor of Arts – Psychology and Master of Science – Counseling and has retired from a career as a Rehabilitation Counselor and Manager with the KS Department of Rehabilitation Services. Jolene graduated from FHSU with a Bachelor of Science – Accounting and Certified Public Accountant and is currently retired after working as the Chief Financial Officer at St. John's Rest Home Corp. They have served on the ACE Decorating Committee for over 25 years, helped with project graduations and the annual bake sales. Jolene has shared her accounting skills as a volunteer for the Endowment Foundation of TMP-Marian since 2005. Don & Jolene have also served Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish as Eucharistic Ministers, Faith Formation teachers, CYO sponsors and Jolene has been on the Liturgical Committee, Finance Council and Parish Council. The Mary Elizabeth Maternity Home is another of their volunteer projects, Jolene is treasurer and a member of the Board of Directors while Don does volunteer maintenance work and both are very involved in the "Taste of Hays" fundraiser. They are recognized as generous individuals who share their time and talents for the continued prosperity of TMP-Marian and their community.




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Greg & Pam Schmidt
dedicated and faithful friends

Greg and Pam Schmidt are being honored as Points of Light for their deep commitment to Thomas More Prep-Marian. Greg is the General Plant Manager and Pam is the Administrative Assistant at Cross Mfg., Inc. Their three sons, Eric Schmidt '00, Ryan Schmidt '03 and Kyle Schmidt '09 graduated from TMP-Marian. They are active members of St. Catherine Parish in Catharine, Kansas where Greg is a member of the parish council and serves as Financial Secretary for the St. Catherine Knights of Columbus and Pam is editor of St. Catherine's Bulletin. Greg and Pam have volunteered as ACE Co-chairs, serve on the ACE Procurement Committee besides helping decorate for the annual auction. Other projects at TMP-Marian that they volunteer for include the Pop Singer Dinner Theater set building, the designing and printing of programs and assisting in the meal preparation for the Pop Singer Dinner and helping cook the meal for the Sports Booster Club tailgate and raffle night. They served on the Centennial Planning Committee, helping with the Centennial Celebration and Auditorium Renovation Project. Greg is a past TMP-Marian School Board member, he currently serves as an Advisory Board member and also runs the scoreboard for TMP-M football and basketball games. They enjoy supporting the students by attending many of the sports and fine arts events. Greg and Pam Schmidt are recognized as generous individuals who share abundantly of their time, talents, and treasure for the prosperity of Thomas More Prep-Marian High School and their community.



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Frank & Rosie Werth
dedicated alumni and faithful friends

Frank & Rosie (Pfannenstiel) Werth are being honored as Points of Light for their deep commitment to Thomas More Prep-Marian. Frank is a 1960 graduate of St. Joseph Military Academy and Rosie is a 1961 graduate of Girl's Catholic High School. They have six children who attended TMP-Marian, twins Brenda '79 (Werth) Benoit & Glenda '79 (Werth) Leiker, Stan '81 Werth, Keith Sp'82 Werth, and Christine '85 Werth. Frank and Rosie have been very involved in their children's and grandchildren's school activities. They instigated and spearheaded a fund-raising project to update and replace all of the hand railings around the school in 2007. Rosie volunteers many hours doing mailings, helping with the annual ACE Auction and other projects in the Alumni Association of TMP-Marian. She also volunteers in the parish office and on various committees for the Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish and Daughters of Isabella. Other volunteer commitments have included Holy Family Elementary School, Hays Medical Center and the American Red Cross. Rosie is a past member of the St. Joseph School Board. Frank served as an usher for masses at Immaculate Heart of Mary and is a 4th Degree Knight of the Knights of Columbus. He started and operated Werth Plumbing & Heating from 1962-1985 and has interests in real estate development, cattle and farming. We thank Frank and Rosie Werth for their love, concern and deep commitment to their alma mater and the Hays Catholic community.


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Galen & Cathy Pfeifer
dedicated and faithful friends

Galen and Cathy Pfeifer are being honored as Points of Light for their faithful stewardship to Thomas More Prep-Marian and the Hays Catholic community. They have four sons who have attended TMP-Marian: Ryan Pfeifer '05, Aaron Pfeifer '06, Taylor Pfeifer '12 and Justin Pfeifer '16. Galen is a graduate of Fort Hays State University with a BS and MBA in Business and is a partner at Adams, Brown, Beran & Ball CPA working as a Personal Financial Specialist, Accredited in Business Valuations and Certified in Financial Forensics. Cathy has a BS in Finance and graduated from Fort Hays State University. She is the owner of Messenger, Catholic Gifts & Books since 2004. Galen and Cathy have volunteered at many TMP-M functions including ACE Auction as Co-Chairs, Sports Booster Club Board Members, as well as serving on various task forces and committees for both Holy Family Elementary and TMP-Marian. They are charter members of the Jean Ross Society and St. Thomas More Society and Galen currently serves on the TMP Building & Grounds Committee. As members of St. Nicholas of Myra Parish, they volunteer as Eucharistic Ministers, Cathy volunteers her services as Meals on Wheels Coordinator, Diocese Disciples in Mission Committee, RCIA Sponsor and Eucharist Adoration Hour while Galen serves or has served on the Parish Council & Stewardship Commission, Knights of Columbus, Men of Myra and Marked Men for Christ. We thank Galen and Cathy Pfeifer for their love, concern and deep commitment to Holy Family Elementary, Thomas More Prep-Marian.



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Eugene & Mary Ellen Zimmer
dedicated faculty and faithful alumni

Eugene 'Gene' and Mary Ellen Zimmer are being honored as Points of Light for their commitment to Thomas More Prep-Marian. Gene graduated from Schoenchen High School in 1961, Fort Hays State University in 1966 with a BS in Mathematics before earning his MS in Mathematics at Seton Hall University. Mary Ellen Zimmer is a 1966 graduate of Marian High School. They have four children, Karen '86 (Zimmer) Crosby, Kevin Zimmer, Kurt '96 Zimmer and Kayleen '00 (Zimmer) Martin. Gene taught from 1966 until 2012 for a total of 46 years. He began his teaching career at Tescott for 2 years, moving on to LaCrosse High School for 9 years and then accepted a teaching position at Kennedy Middle School where he spent 23 years teaching 8th grade math and algebra. During the spring of 2000, Gene accepted a position to teach Algebra II and College Algebra at Thomas More Prep-Marian where he went on to teach for 12 years. He is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Mathematics (NATM) and the Kansas Association of Teachers of Mathematics (KATM). During his time at TMP-Marian, Gene lead TMP-M at the Fort Hays Math Relays with more first place finishes than second and third combined throughout the course of his leadership. They have volunteered at many functions during their time at TMP-Marian including ACE Auction, the Benefactor's Dinner and Homecoming Breakfasts. As members of St. Nicholas of Myra Parish, they volunteer as gift bearers and assist with funeral dinners. We thank Gene and Mary Ellen Zimmer for their love and deep commitment to our students and the Hays Catholic community.


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Fr. Harvey Dinkel
teacher and devoted alumnus

Fr. Harvey Dinkel, O.F.M. Capuchin is being honored as a Point of Light for his deep commitment to Thomas More Prep-Marian. He graduated in 1953 from St. Francis Seminary in Victoria, Kansas. Fr. Harvey was ordained into the priesthood on May 20, 1961 by Bishop Frederick Freking at St. Fidelis Catholic Church in Victoria. After completing his training, Fr. Harvey joined the staff of St. Francis Seminary in Victoria teaching math, Latin, music, religion and acting as prefect of discipline. When the seminary became part of Thomas More Prep-Marian in 1970, he became the school's first business manager and registrar and continued to teach math. Fr. Harvey initiated the school's computer programming curriculum. He served at Thomas More Prep from 1970 to 1976 and again from 1978 to 1985. He served in various ministries throughout the Province of St. Conrad including as pastor for St. Catherine's Church, Catharine, KS until 1985. Fr. Harvey was then assigned to the Capuchin's provincial staff serving as provincial executive secretary and treasurer from 1985 to 2004 and as chaplain at Mother Cabrini Shrine in Littleton, CO. Since 2004, Fr. Harvey has been a chaplain for the Via Christi Village and serves in several different Provential capacities. Fr. Harvey Dinkel is deservedly recognized for his love, dedication and commitment to Thomas More Prep-Marian.



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Sister Paul Ann Dinkel
devoted and faithful servant

Sr. Paul Ann Dinkel's life has been that of service to others. She was baptised Agnese Dinkel in Victoria, KS to Frank M. and Rosa (Hertel) Dinkel and graduated from Victoria High School. Her siblings are Julietta (Dinkel) Dechant, Hilarius Dinkel, Clarence Dinkel, Bertha (Dinkel) Prewo, Edward Dinkel, Sr. Frances Rose Dinkel, George Dinkel, Irene (Dinkel) Scruggs, Melinda (Dinkel) Griebel, Regina (Dinkel) Dechant, Mary (Dinkel) Younker, Viola (Dinkel) Richmeier, Fr. Harvey Dinkel O.F.M. Capuchin, and Rita (Dinkel) Rohr. Agnese entered the convent in 1951, professing her religious vows in 1954. She worked in food service in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Indiana for the sisters including Fond du Lac and at the Leo House in New York City before serving at St. John's Assisted Living and Nursing Home in Hays for 15 years. Joining the staff of Thomas More Prep-Marian in 2009, she was involved in campus ministry, clerical assistance, kitchen help and as a willing volunteer for any project needing an extra set of hands. Sister quickly became a favorite with the students and children of faculty and staff, who would lend assistance to her projects while being gently supervised and tutored. It was a sad day when Sr. Paul Ann retired to Fond du Lac in January, 2014 as she was the final Sister of St. Agnes to work at Thomas More Prep-Marian. This marked the end of an era full of the blessings to the school from the Sisters and their presence will be sincerely missed. Sister Paul Ann Dinkel's smile and quiet example of dedication and commitment to the students of Thomas More Prep-Marian will live on in the memories of the lives she touched.


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Sister Francis Rose Dinkel
devoted teacher, faithful assistant

Exemplifying devotion to the Lord and dedication to education, Sr. Francis Rose Dinkel's life has been that of service to others. She was born Isabel Marie Dinkel in Victoria, KS to Frank M. and Rosa (Hertel) Dinkel. Isabel was a 1943 graduate of Victoria High School. She received her lifelong education at Marymount in Salina 1943-1945, Fort Hays State University; Marian College of Fond du Lac, WI where she earned her BS in Education in 1961; Kansas University, Manhattan, KS, University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh, WI and the University of NM Extension, Window Rock, AZ. Joining the St. Agnes Convent in Fond du Lac, WI in 1950, she entered the novitiate of the Sisters of St. Agnes in 1951 receiving the religious name Sister M. Francis Rose, CSA. Sr. Francis Rose made her first profession of vows in 1953 and pronounced perpetual vows in the congregation in 1959. Sister was a primary teacher during most of her active ministry. She served from 1952-1956 at the Holy Family Orphans Home, Marquette, MI as a housemother for the older boys and teaching first and second grades in schools throughout Kansas and Wisconsin. Sister Francis Rose spent 1991-1995 as the local coordinator and cook for a group of retired Sisters of St. Agnes at the St. Mary Convent, Decatur, IN; followed by parish ministry at the St. Michael Parish, Michaels, AZ from 1995-2005. Sister returned to Hays, KS in 2005 as an office aide, prayer warrior and all around volunteer at TMP-Marian until 2009 when she was called back to Fond du Lac, WI to live at the Nazareth Center and later the St. Francis Home until her death in 2013. Sister Francis Rose dedicated her life to the education of young children, setting an incredible example of dedication and commitment to the students of Thomas More Prep-Marian.



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Robert & Susan Wolf
dedicated alumnus and faithful friends

Robert 'Bob' and Susan (Bauer) Wolf are being honored as Points of Light for their deep commitment to Thomas More Prep-Marian. Bob is a 1968 graduate of St. Joseph Military Academy and a 1972 graduate of Fort Hays State University with a degree in Business Administration. In 1976, they opened Robert L. Wolf PA Inc., an accounting firm. All four of their children attended TMP-Marian: Jeff Wolf 1993, Chrissy (Wolf) Bandel 1995, Curtis Wolf 1998 and Shelly (Wolf) Duell 2002. Susan works from home and does the business payroll and accounting. Bob served on the Endowment Foundation of Thomas More Prep-Marian from 1984 to 2009 as a representative of Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish and as President of the Endowment Board from 1998-2009. He has participated on several different search committees for the president and principal positions as well as the Long-Range Strategic Planning Committee. Bob and Susan belong to Sports Booster Club, Fine Arts Booster Club and Parents, Teachers and Friends. Bob is the President of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Memorial Trust, and was President on their Pastoral and Finance Councils and is a 3rd Degree Knight in the Knights of Columbus-Schoenchen Council. Bob and Susan members of the Sunflower Chapter of American Historical Society of Germans from Russia, Hays Arts Council and Society of Friends of Historic Fort Hays. We thank Bob and Susan for their devotion and deep commitment to Thomas More Prep-Marian and the Hays community.


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Lillian Schumacher
good steward and faithful alumna

Lillian (Dreiling) Schumacher is a 1951 graduate of Girl's Catholic High School and no stranger to hard work and giving of her time, talents and treasure. Lillian, daughter of Leo J. and Albina (Jacobs) Dreiling, learned her work ethic and generosity first hand from her parents, who created the Dreiling Trust. She married Leland Schumacher and they lived in Victoria, KS. Leland passed away in August, 2014. Just as her parents before her, Lillian has given substantial donations to many causes in the Ellis County area, including the Catholic Church, Hays Medical Center, Via Christi facilities, Hays Arts Council and Thomas More Prep-Marian. Giving back is something that makes Lillian happy and yet she remains very humble and unpretentious. Her gifts continue the legacy started by her parents, whose charitable trust has contributed millions of dollars over the years to Catholic education and the entire Hays community. We honor this faithful and loyal alumna for her service, love, and commitment to Thomas More Prep-Marian and the various civic organizations that she has blessed with her contributions. We thank God for the gift of His good steward.


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John & Shannon Allen
journalist and alumnus

John L. Allen, Jr. is a 1983 graduate of Thomas More Prep-Marian. He is married to Shannon Levitt. John is an American journalist, who accepted a position in 2014 as associate editor of The Boston Globe, specializing in news about the Vatican and the Catholic Church. For the previous sixteen years, John worked in Rome as a Vatican observer, covering news about the Holy See and the Pope. He was senior correspondent for the National Catholic Reporter and an analyst of Vatican affairs for CNN and NPR. John received a bachelor's degree in philosophy from Fort Hays State University and a master's degree in religious studies from the University of Kansas. He went on to teach journalism and supervise the student newspaper, The Knight, at Notre Dame High School in Sherman Oaks, California. John was awarded an honorary degree of Doctor of Sacred Letters in 2011 at the University of St. Michael's College in Toronto, Ontario. He is the author of several books including Opus Dei: An Objective Look Behind the Myths and Reality of the Most Controversial Force in the Catholic Church and two biographies of Pope Benedict XVI, the first when the Pope was still a cardinal and the second was after his election to the papacy. John's work has appeared in the New York Times, CNN, NPR, The Tablet, Jesus, Second Opinion, Miami Herald, The Nation and the Irish Examiner. Thank you John for sharing your impressive journalistic skills with the Catholic Church and community.


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Archbishop Charles J. Chaput
genuine spiritual leader

The Most Reverend Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Capuchin, Doctor of Divinity (D.D.), and Archbishop of Philadelphia is being honored as a Point of Light for his deep commitment to his Catholic faith. He is a 1962 graduate of St. Francis Seminary in Victoria, KS and joined the Order of Friars Minor Capuchin, St. Augustine Province, in 1965. After earning a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy from St. Fidelis College Seminary in Herman, PA in 1967, Archbishop Chaput completed studies in psychology at Catholic University in Washington, D.C. in 1969. He earned a Master of Arts in Religious Education from Capuchin College in Washington, D.C. in 1970 and was ordained to the priesthood on August 29, 1970. After receiving a Master of Arts in theology from the University of San Francisco, CA in 1971, he then served as an instructor in theology and as spiritual director at St. Fidelis (1971-1974) and executive secretary and director of communications for the Capuchin Province of St. Augustine in Pittsburgh (1974-1977). Moving to Thornton, CO, he became pastor of Holy Cross Parish and vicar provincial for the Capuchin Province of Mid-America. In 1980 he became secretary and treasurer for the Capuchin province and chief executive and provincial minister in 1983. Archbishop Chaput was ordained Bishop of Rapid City, SD in 1988, and Pope John Paul II appointed him Archbishop of Denver in 1997. As a member of the Prairie Band Potawatomi Tribe, Archbishop Chaput was the first Native American archbishop. He was appointed Archbishop of Philadelphia in 2011 by Pope Benedict XVI. Archbishop Chaput's writings are insightful and encourage spiritual growth within the Catholic faith and laity. We honor Archbishop Charles Chaput for his religious leadership and courage.


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Glenn & Becky Diehl
faithful friends and dedicated alumnus

Glenn and Becky Diehl are being honored as Points of Light for their deep commitment to Thomas More Prep-Marian. Glenn is a 1976 graduate of Thomas More Prep and a 1980 graduate of Fort Hays State University with a degree in geology. Becky Diehl is a 1981 graduate of Fairbury High School, Fairbury, NE and a 1985 graduate of FHSU with a degree in accounting. Glenn and Becky have two children, Magen ‘07 (Diehl) Kroetsch and Ryan ‘08 Diehl. They are the owners/operators of Diehl Oil, Inc. Glenn began working as a consultant in the oilfields in 1979 and has been drilling oil wells since 1982. They began Diehl Oil Inc. in 1990. Becky works as the company bookkeeper. Glenn is a member of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, Kansas Geological Society and Aircraft Owners & Pilots Association. Past activities include Deputy Grand Knight for the St. Nicholas Knights of Columbus, along with seats on the St. Nicholas of Myra Parish and Finance Councils. He has also served on the Advisory Council and Strategic Planning Committee at Holy Family Elementary. Glenn was an Ellis County Commissioner and served on the boards of the Ellis County Coalition for Economic Development, Northwest Kansas Community Corrections, Northwest Kansas Juvenile Services Boards and the Kansas Advisory Council on Intergovernmental Relations. Glenn and Becky Diehl have shared their abundant gifts of time, talent and treasure with the Catholic community of Hays, and we honor them for their generosity, kindness and continued support.


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Linda Braun
dedicated alumnae and faithful faculty

Linda Braun is being honored as a Point of Light for her deep commitment to Thomas More Prep-Marian. Linda (Leiker) Braun is a 1963 graduate of Marian High School and graduated from Fort Hays State University in 1967 with a major in English and minors in Latin and journalism. In her 46 years as a teacher at Marian High and Thomas More Prep-Marian, Linda taught English, journalism and Latin. In addition, she sponsored classes, clubs and STUCO. While she was teaching journalism, her students won three consecutive state championships. Students in her Latin classes, ranging from Latin I-IV, garnered many National Latin exam honors. Linda was married to Don Braun in 1966, and they celebrated 41 years of marriage before Don's death in 2007. They have two children, Don '88 Braun Jr., a physician in Burlington, KS and Christina '94 (Braun) Garrison, a therapist at the Robert J. Dole VA Medical Center in Wichita, KS. After her retirement in 2013, Linda moved to Wichita to be closer to her children. In her retirement, she continues to volunteer her time delivering groceries to a cloistered convent, praying weekly at the Adoration Chapel at the Church of the Magdalen and watching her grandsons' various activities. We thank Linda for her devotion and deep commitment to educating the students of Thomas More Prep-Marian.


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Jim Dinkel
faithful faculty and friend

Jim Dinkel is being honored as a Point of Light for his deep commitment to the education of students at Thomas More Prep-Marian. Jim is married to Shirley '67 (Gnad) Dinkel and between them they have 76 years of teaching at TMP-Marian and St. Joseph's-Holy Family Elementary. Jim graduated from Fort Hays State University in 1973 with a Master of Arts in mathematics and has taught algebra, geometry, chemistry, earth science & space science for 43 years at TMP-Marian. He teases, "I tell jokes periodically in chemistry, but usually don't get any reaction." As head baseball coach for 27 years, he took his teams to state championship titles in 1974 (5-4-3A) and 1981 (4-3-2-1A). He was also assistant coach in football, basketball and wrestling. They have four children. James '89 (Sprint manager in Lenexa, KS) and wife Michelle have three children; their daughter Deborah '90 Sisbarro (State Department in Washington D.C.) has two children, their son Michael '97 (environmental specialist for Anadarko Oil in Brighton, CO) and his wife Roxy have two children and their youngest son Christopher '03 graduated with a law degree from Cornell University in Ithaca, NY. Many alumni remember his "don't touch the chrome" lecture at the beginning of each school year. It is with sincere appreciation that we thank Jim for his devotion and deep commitment to the students of Thomas More Prep-Marian.



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Juleen Stecklein
faithful faculty and friend

Juleen Stecklein is being honored as a Point of Light for her sincere dedication to the students of Thomas More Prep-Marian. Juleen received a Master Degree of Arts in English at Fort Hays State University. As a native of Ellis County, Juleen Stecklein has taught 43 years in the county, the last 36 years spent at TMP-M. As she often said, "Teaching at TMP was a labor of love." Her classes ranged from English to German, with the final years being devoted specifically to Senior English and Advanced Placement English. Juleen also taught a college composition class concurrent with Senior English. She is married to George Stecklein, and they have 3 sons, Douglas '86, Steven '93 and Michael '99; all are graduates of TMP-Marian and the University of Kansas. Douglas, a pharmacist, and his wife Stephanie are the owners of U-Save Pharmacy in Hays; they have 3 children, Christopher '17 and Joshua, '19, both of whom attend TMP, and Haley, who attends Holy Family. Steven lives in Prairie Village, KS. He has four children, twins Katie and Sophie, Lilly, and Vivian who attend St. Ann's Catholic School. Michael, also a pharmacist, works at U-Save Pharmacy. He and his wife Carrie '95 (Rohr) have three children: Julianne, Allison & George. Since retirement in 2013, she volunteers at the Hays Public Library and the TMP-M Alumni Office, aids with activities as a member of the St. Nicholas Ladies Guild, and enjoys her grandchildren. The students of Thomas More Prep-Marian were truly blessed to have Juleen as their educator. God bless you for your love, devotion and commitment to Christian education.




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Robert & Carol Feauto
faithful friend and dedicated staff

Robert and Carol Feauto are being honored as Points of Light for their deep commitment to Thomas More Prep-Marian. Bob and Carol have been married for 50 years and have six children, Donald Feauto (HHS ‘85), Cheryl ‘87 (Feauto) Boeve, Karen ‘88 (Feauto) Rohr, Sharon ‘89 (Feauto) Schulte, Bryan ‘90 Feauto and Kelly ‘92 (Feauto) Schibi. Bob and Carol met and married in Arizona where Carol attended beauty school. They belong to Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish where they are active volunteers. Bob and Carol have a special love for the Adoration Chapel and always make sure there are adorers at all times, often finding replacements as needed. After moving to Hays, Bob worked at Midwest Drug for 24 years before retiring. Now he fills his days by volunteering at two retirement homes, helping the residents get to Mass and assisting the priest. They have worked for Birthright, taught CCD and are members of Right to Life. Carol belongs to the Legion of Mary and has worked in the TMP-Marian kitchen for the past 29 years, spending most of that time as Food Service Director. She goes above and beyond her job description, helping all of the different organizations and clubs by ordering supplies for their different events. We thank Bob and Carol for their devotion and deep commitment to Thomas More Prep-Marian and our community.




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Fr. Fred Gatschet
faithful teacher, priest and pastor

Fr. Fred Gatschet was born November 15, 1961 in Denver, Colorado to Francis ‘53 and Amy Gatschet, the second oldest of 10 children. His parents sent him to Catholic Schools through 12th grade. He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Spanish and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Milling Science and Management from Kansas State University as well as a Master’s Degree in Catholic Thought and a Master of Divinity Degree from St. Meinrad Seminary. He was ordained to the priesthood on May 22, 1993 by Bishop George Fitzsimons. He spent the first seven years of his priesthood serving at Sacred Heart Cathedral in Salina where he was active in the Salina Catholic Schools and devoted much time and energy serving the Hispanic immigrant community. He was transferred to the chaplaincy at the Comeau Catholic Campus Center at Fort Hays State University in July 2000. The following year, at the request of President Jean Ross, he began what would be 11 years of teaching Sophomore and Senior Religion at TMP-Marian. During that time he authored a series of religion workbooks and a textbook on the Sacraments that are in use in Catholic schools and parishes around the United States and donated a significant portion of the royalties from these projects to the school. He has facilitated over a dozen vocations to the priesthood for the Salina, Wichita, and Dodge City dioceses (a number of them former students from TMP-Marian) and Conception Abbey as well as a number of young women who have entered into the convent. His love and devotion in educating today’s youth is a special blessing, and we are eternally grateful for his leadership and light.



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Lawrence J. Reichert
dedicated alumnus and faithful friend

Lawrence ‘Larry’ Reichert is being honored as a Point of Light for his dedication and deep commitment to Thomas More Prep-Marian. Larry is a 1973 graduate of Thomas More Prep and was awarded the TMP Medal of Excellence Award. He is the son of Frank and Martina (Haas) Reichert and has seven siblings, Mary Ellen Reichert, Barbara ‘66 (Reichert) Robinson, Paulette ‘67 Reichert, Alvera ‘68 Reichert, Frank ‘70 Reichert, Norma ‘72 (Reichert) Pipkin and Tom ‘74 Reichert. He graduated Summa Cum Laude from Kansas State with a B.S. degree in Poultry Science. In 1978, he took over the family farm. In addition to farming, he worked as a loan officer for FmHA in Norton and then later transferred to Syracuse, KS. In 1996, Larry moved back to Hays and worked for Rural Development until retiring in 2008. Larry is an active lifetime member of the Alumni Association of TMP-Marian, the Sports Booster Club, Parents, Teachers & Friends (PTF), Ellis County Historical Society and the American Historical Society of Germans from Russia. He served on the TMP-M School Board and Grounds Committee from 2008-2014 as well as the committee responsible for adding the Junior High School to TMP-Marian. As a member of the Knights of Columbus Schoenchen Council and Our Lady Help of Christians Parish, Larry has prepared classes for Confirmation in Antonino and Syracuse and attended World Youth Day in Denver, CO as a youth group sponsor. From leading a weekly rosary, taking charge of cemetery/parish maintenance and grounds and lectoring at mass to serving on committees for the Heartland Stewardship and his volunteerism at TMP-Marian, Larry continues to contribute his time, talents and treasure to his beloved school and community.