Displays Keep High Schools’ Memories Alive

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This article, written by Amanda McFarland, recently appeared in the Ink Free News.

AKRON — Tippecanoe Valley School Corporation covers a number of towns and, at one time, each had its own high school. Thanks to the efforts of several area residents, those schools’ memories are on display for all to see and reminisce.

Tippecanoe Valley High School houses several display cases near its gym, each holding special memorabilia from a different former high school, including Burket, Beaver Dam and Talma. Akron and Mentone also had high schools, however that memorabilia is on display in those towns’ respective elementary school buildings.

Instrumental in gathering the memorabilia are Wayne and Joyce Cumberland, Peg Eaton, Linda Tucker, Judy Haney, Dan Kramer and TVSC Superintendent, Brett Boggs. These and other individuals have worked to create and organize the displays so that the community can see and enjoy that part of its history.

“The Tippecanoe Valley School Corporation is blessed with individuals who care deeply about the ancestry of our schools and have put countless hours into collecting and attractively displaying memorabilia from Beaver Dam, Burket, and Talma High Schools at Tippecanoe Valley High School,” Boggs said. “A stroll through the north entrance leading to the Tippecanoe Valley High School gym takes one back to the days when the young people in our community were served by these schools. Tippecanoe Valley thanks these individuals for helping keep the history of these schools alive in our community. Tippecanoe Valley also thanks the many Beaver Dam, Burket and Talma alumni who have donated memorabilia for others to enjoy.”

The project began in 2010 with a conversation between Boggs and Kramer about how they could save the old scoreboard from Burket High School. This, in turn, led to the idea of finding other memorabilia. Soon, announcements were going out and the public responded. Volunteers stepped forward to manage the collections. Donations came in totaling around $700 and Eli Zimmerman was hired to build identical display cases, each housing memorabilia from a different school.

Today, the scoreboard is now on display above a case full of Burket memorabilia. It still lights up and is turned on for every Tippecanoe Valley High School home game.

Not all of the high schools closed at the same time. Burket’s last graduating class was in 1955 and Beaver Dam’s was in 1962. Talma also closed in the 1960s, though the middle school continued in operation until a tornado damaged much of the town about a decade later.

While items are accepted from each school, Boggs and Kramer are especially interested in items from Talma High School, which is currently the smallest collection on display.

Boggs invites anyone who has items they would like to loan or donate to contact him at the TVSC administration office, (574) 353-7741 or email [email protected].



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Valley Tops Warsaw and Wawasee in Friendly Pace Setter Competition for 2015 United Way Campaign

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Among the Pace Setters for the 2015 United Way Campaign, the three school corporations based in Kosciusko County – Warsaw, Wawasee, and Tippecanoe Valley – decided to have a friendly competition. The winner was determined by the largest percentage of participation overall, with the winning school corporation receiving a traveling trophy. Warsaw came in at 15.0% employee participation, Wawasee was at 16.99%, while Valley saw 22.5% of our employees participate in this year’s United Way Campaign.

Thank you to TVMS Assistant Principal Cory Cooper for heading this year’s TVSC United Way Campaign. And thank you to all the TVSC employees that demonstrated a generous and caring spirit by giving the United Way. That’s Valley Pride in action!

2015 Distinguished Alumni Video

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The Rochester Telephone Company has completed a 51-minute video of interviews conducted on 9/11/15 with this year’s inductees into the TVHS Distinguished Alumni Class of 2015. The video can be accessed in two locations. The first is the RTC website at www.rtc4.com where it is prominently featured on the homepage. The second location is RTC’s YouTube Channel at https://youtu.be/QpWRDMJ4tiw.

ALL the footage used in the video was captured by TVHS students or alumni.

TVHS College Planning Kickoff

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Parents, students, & community members are invited to attend this free event! TVHS is privileged to host an early college awareness presentation from ISM College Planning .

ISM College Planning promotes educated decision making for higher education choices to students & families. Strong choices before college are the best way to limit debt after college. For over 30 years, the goal of ISM has been to provide students and their parents with solutions to help put higher education within reach.

Students and parents of all ages are encouraged to attend this evening presentation to discuss the college planning and financial aid processes. ISM College Planning Team Members will be on hand to present topics including picking the right major and college, searching for scholarships, the FAFSA, and more. Please feel free to join us for this event and bring your college planning and financial aid questions.
WHEN: Tuesday September 22nd, 7:00PM

WHERE: TVHS Lecture Room

Refreshments will be served; we look forward to sharing this presentation with your family!


TVHS Distinguished Alumni: Matthew Tod Johnson

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A 1979 Tippecanoe Valley High School graduate, Matthew Tod Johnson earned a bachelor’s of arts and science degree from Letourneau University that paved the way for his being certified as a fraud examiner, an anti-money laundering specialist and a commissioned national bank examiner.

Recognized as an expert on financial fraud issues, fictitious financial instruments and money laundering, he frequently is called upon to testify against alleged criminals in federal courts around the country. So far he has testified in over 60 federal cases that resulted in a 100 percent conviction rate. He has dedicated 29 years with the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency in various capacities and worked with U.S. government entities that required travel to the Mideast, Africa, Central and South America and Asia while investigating alleged terrorist activity at the same time he was educating representatives of foreign governments on potential terrorist financing vulnerabilities. That work has earned him specific federal government awards for the performance of his duties.

While in college he spent almost seven weeks in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, assisting in building a camp for young people. He continues to work with several charities to help the less fortunate.
In addition to building a reputation and expertise in the area of fraud, anti-money laundering and investigation of terrorist financing, he admits to making a mean cheesecake.

Asked if he had a significant obstacle to overcome, he replied, “Other than trying to ‘stand out’ from the accomplishments of my siblings, rising above the environment of my youth—which my siblings also did—I have charted a better path than the one some felt I was predestined to follow.”

TVHS Distinguished Alumni: Dr. Kevin Day

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By the time Kevin Day graduated from Tippecanoe Valley High School in 2002 he had undergone chiropractic procedures that eliminated his asthma and successfully treated shoulder and knee injuries incurred in football. “I was impressed,” he said. “Before that, I was like a lot of other people, convinced chiropractors were people who cracked backs.”

Diploma in hand, he knew he wanted to be a chiropractor. “I knew that was my goal and that I had a great deal of work ahead of me,” he said. That included earning a bachelor’s degree from Manchester College with a biology/chemistry major and graduating from Sherman College of Chiropractic with a Doctorate of Chiropractic degree.

Recognized by the International Gonstead Seminar of Chiropractic for outstanding dedication to the advancement of chiropractic, he also has been recognized by the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners and the Indiana State Board of Chiropractic.

With a busy practice in Warsaw, he has managed to graduate from the Fulton County Leadership Academy and earn certifications in athletic injury management, geriatric case management and pediatric management. He was elected president of the Lake City Chapter of Business Networking International in 2013.

He doesn’t consider himself a hero but he says he finds fulfillment in helping the area community while assisting others to reach their best health. This includes nutrition, infertility, pediatrics, geriatrics and sports related injuries. His office frequently is headquarters for food donations and Toys for Tots.

Dr. Kevin Day says he considers marrying his incredible wife, Caroline, his greatest achievement.

TVHS Distinguished Alumni: Dr. Barb J. Burdge

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Dr. Barb J. Burdge graduated from Tippecanoe Valley High School in 1990 and earned a bachelor’s of arts degree with highest distinction from Indiana University in 1994 where she was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa. She went on to earn a master’s of social work degree with high distinction from IU in 1998 and a Ph.D. in social work from IU in 2013.

Now an associate professor and social work program director at Manchester University, where she consistently earns high ratings for teaching, she is frequently invited to speak professionally on matters related to civil rights, social justice, cultural diversity and reducing prejudice. Her work has been published in academic journals.

She describes her primary focus as preparing new social work professionals for careers serving the most vulnerable people/groups in society (children, elders, etc.). She works to promote acceptance of cultural diversity through formal educational programs and professional training. An advocate for inclusiveness, she has had a personal battle with internal and external homophobia, her sexual identity, discrimination and mental illness.

She teaches a variety of undergraduate courses at Manchester University and addresses a variety of social issues in talks at Manchester and throughout the region. She and her partner, Marsha Haffner, live in Roann in a historic home they have renovated together.