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Andy Kirk on WWTBAM!!!

Set your DVRs!!! Our very own Andy Kirk is making his appearance on "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire" this next Monday, 26 November 2012. The information I have is from DISH network, which shows the new episodes on KAKE-TV, airing at 12:30 a.m. So I have mine set to catch all new episodes until I find it because I don't know if this will be airing early or late. (Meaning that there is no 12:30 a

.m. episode on Monday, 26 November but there is on Tuesday, 27 November. Clear as mud?) Now for my commentary: Goooooooo, Andy! (Although I know this was taped a couple of months ago.) Andy was on my Scholars' Bowl team for all of the four year that I coached. He was our literature and art wizard, plus being just smart and solid in all topics. What a great bunch of young people I had to coach! Anyway, don't miss this, but if you do, I'll have it recorded.

Kansan is in Education's Rarefied Air

Kansan is in Education's Rarefied Air

Use the link above to read a very nice article on Rane Nolan, PhD candidate at the University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK.  Our thanks to Kevin Hardy for writing the piece, and to the Kansas Cosmosphere for promoting Rane's information to the Hutchinson News.  Rane went through all of the future astronaut's training available to him at the Cosmosphere.  And a special thanks to G.N. for being the most wonderful advocate a young man could have!

"The X Factor" Ty Rowton---Class of 1993

Sports Illustrated calls Arrowhead Stadium the most difficult venue in the NFL in which to play.  See who is on their cover story!           CNN/SI Headlines

You've probably read about what Ty Rowton does for a living!  This graduate is known as "The X Factor" to Kansas City Chiefs fans.  His devotion to the team is so strong that he was chosen as the "ultimate fan" in 2003 and inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio!  He has shared his story with his home town in the past, but now he would like to share more about his other activities---things which his unique career has allowed him participate in.  Ty has started a group called The KC Superfans and they are doing much more than just yelling for the Chiefs.  They are a charity organization that Ty started.  They have combined with other charity groups and have raised over $3 million for different causes.  The superfans developed a kids' calendar to raise funds for Ronald McDonald's Houses and Eddie Kennison's Quick Start, which aids in the fight against Lupus.  The current project is a comic book, with the KC Superfans as the heroes, which will help teach schoolchildren about sportsmanship/fairplay, hygiene, discrimination, drugs/alcohol, reading, and other important life skills.  Ty has also generously reached out to his hometown to help fund-raising for Project Graduation, in addition to helping Lee Richardson Zoo in Garden City.  His desire is for organizations in Scott City to know that he is willing to help with other projects. I think this young man should be applauded for taking his 'game' to another, very caring, level.  You can contact Ty at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  Make sure you check out the KC Superfans website!                                                

Dr. Amanda (Evins) Tauscher, M.D.---Class of 1992

Tauscher Tulum074

Amanda (Evins) Tauscher, 1992 SCHS graduate, attended KSU from 1992-1996.  While at Kansas State, she met her husband Jeff Tauscher, a 1991 graduate from Hays High School. Amanda received a B.S. in Nutritional Science and subsequently attended medical school at the University of Kansas Medical School, graduating in 2002. During medical school Amanda completed a post-sophomore fellowship in pathology and ultimately decided on a career in dermatology.  She will complete her dermatology residency at the University of Colorado in June of 2006 and will then begin work as a private practice dermatologist in the Kansas City metro area.  Her husband, Jeff, practices estate and tax law.  They are expecting their first child this spring.  Amanda is the daughter of Lewis and Audrey Evins.  Her brother is J.L. Evins.

A personal note:  I first met Amanda when Bill and I moved back to Scott City in 1984.  I became the director of the middle school choir at the First Methodist Church and Amanda, Jennifer Gruver, Nicole Gruver, and Shellie Randall were all in the 5th grade.  What a great group to work with.  They are all very special and now accomplished young women, whether as professionals or mothers.

Max Jones, United States Navy---Class of 2002

(I ran into Max while he was home on leave and asked him to share about his life on a nuclear submarine. It is an interesting career, to say the least. Max was the captain of my very first Scholars' Bowl team. He set the standard for all of those who followed. The subsequent captains never forgot how and why he managed the team the way he did.  He is a brilliant and fascinating young man---and a leader in service to this wonderful country. Thanks, Max!)


Max Jones

USS Boise emblem

Well... since high school, I had about 11 days off, then it was off to boot camp on May 28, 2002. Boot camp is a wonderful 8-week summer camp in Great Lakes, Illinois, where everyone spends lots of quality time together doing push-ups, sit-ups, 8-counts, jumping jacks, and running, as well as several hours of classroom training and learning how to fold laundry the Navy way. Drill instruction is fairly limited and is primarily useful during the graduation from boot camp.  After boot camp, the Navy sent me down to Charleston, South Carolina (Goose Creek, actually) for nuclear field machinist mate A-school, where I learned how to use hammers, screw drivers, various measurement devices, stroboscopes (those can be fun), and various other tools and materials to perform maintenance on both the reactor plant and steam plant, as well as all the supporting systems. (13 weeks)

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