Elmer Davis, a well-known news reporter, author, and the Director of the United States Office of War Information during World War II, once said, "This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave.” Those are wise words from a man of his time. Davis was not the first to remember the great veterans of our nation; however, the remembrance of those who have served our great country dates back to November 11, 1919, when President Wilson proclaimed the first Armistice Day. Today, Drexel School thanks all of the brave men and women who have served our country. We would like to say a special thank you to the veterans teaching or involved with our school in other ways.
Mr. Bill Johnston, the superintendent for Drexel, joined the Air Force in 1984 when he was 23-years-old. He joined so he could explore possibilities of flying and to continue to play basketball on the Air Force traveling team where he earned an MVP title. He was in charge of the operating base recreation center and oversaw all of the Air Force athletics. Mr. Johnston was in active duty for two years and was in the reserves for two years.
Mr. Heath Barbarick is the husband of third-grade teacher Julia Barbarick. Heath was involved in the Navy from 1998-2004. He was a corpsman and was stationed in North Carolina, Japan, and Iraq.
Mrs. Meerkatz is the fifth-grade teacher at Drexel. She joined the Marine Corps when she was 18-years-old. She was involved in the Marine Corps from August 1990 to May 1994. She was stationed in North Carolina, South Carolina, California, Arizona, and Japan. While in the Marine Corps, she was a supply clerk. One of her accomplishments was making the Marine Corps volleyball team.
Jim Beckman, one of the friendly faces in the concession stand, was drafted into the Army on June 10, 1965; he was 21-years-old. He was stationed in Korea as a platoon sergeant. Jim was in the Army for two years. One of his accomplishments was making rank of sergeant.
Steve Hunziker, the day custodian, was stationed on a Navy aircraft carrier from 1963-1966. He served in crash rescue. He spent one year in Vietnam and was awarded the Vietnam Service Medal
Larry Shumate, husband of teacher’s assistant Carol Shumate, was in the US Marine Corps from 1965 to 1969. During various trainings, including G3 Security, he was stationed in California, Virginia, and North Carolina. He served with the first battalion ninth marines at Da Nang and Khe Sanh in Vietnam from 1967 to 1968. He completed his service with an honorable discharge as sergeant.
Todd Russell, husband of cafeteria worker Janice Russell, served in the Kansas National Guard from 1982 to 1988 as a Spec 4 in field artillery. He was a driver of a self-propelled Howitzer and was assistant gunner.
Again, Drexel thanks all of you who served our country. We greatly appreciate your courage, dedication, and sacrifice. Your bravery is the reason we are still free today. With much gratitude we say, Happy Veteran’s Day.
Battle of the Brains
Physic class at Drexel R-IV School has participated in the Battle of the Brains competition. Please vote for our entry, Brain Surge.
If we win, Burns and McDonnell will build our exhibit and it will be put in Science City at Union Station. You could help our school win $50 000 for the science and math departments! Voting starts November 7th and ends at 5 p.m. on November 14th. You can vote once per day, per email address.
Drexel Board of Education