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September 5, 2009


Trina and Michael Dibbini, Salina, announce the birth of their son, Kadin Michael Dibbini, on May 20, 2009, at Salina Regional Hospital.

Kadin has a sister, Jada Michelle Dibbini, 2 1/2.

His maternal grandparents are Bernie and Della Bierman, Baldwin City; and his paternal grandparents are Jrouh and Laila Dibbini, Palmdale, Calif. His great-grandmother is Jaleela Dibbini, Areleta, Calif.

• Wichita State University announces area students named to the dean’s honor roll for the spring 2009 semester, by earning a grade-point average of at least a 3.5. Area students are: Emily Ballock, Eudora; and Phil Biggerstaff and Jennifer Taylor, Lawrence.

• The Schenck Family will host its 100th reunion Sept. 19-20 at the Leavenworth County Fairgrounds in Tonganoxie.

The descendants of John and Mary Schenck gather the third Sunday in September every year, a tradition since 1909, and begin with a potluck followed by a meeting, where family information and stories are shared.

The weekend’s activities include: an interactive family tree and map, a picture show documenting the history of the Schenck family, a quilt show and demonstration, communal painting, silent auction, a self-guided cemetery and homestead tour, a digital scavenger hunt and a storytelling/talent show.

The events will begin at 8 a.m. Sept. 19 and will conclude after the group picture at 12:30 p.m. Sept. 20. For more information, visit

• Jane and Fred Fergus, Lawrence, announce the birth of their son, Franklin Maxin Eugene Fergus, on Aug. 25, 2009, at Overland Park Regional Medical Center.

Franklin has a sister, Savannah Fergus, 10.

His maternal grandfather is Charles Cox, Eudora; and his paternal grandparents are Milly and Lyle Fergus, Lecompton. His great-grandfather is Don Meyer, Ottawa.

• The Lawrence High School Class of 1989 will host its 20th reunion over LHS Homecoming weekend, Oct. 2-3. The class looks forward to seeing fellow classmates, faculty and administrators. To purchase tickets or contact committee members for questions, visit

• Pete Anderson, Lawrence, was named a recipient of the first-ever Camp Lincoln/Camp Lake Hubert Legacy Awards. The awards recognize former campers and staff who have gone above and beyond to support the camp’s mission and to live camp values throughout their lives. Anderson, a staff member and cabin leader at the Camp during the 1950s and 1960s, was one of 20 alumni nationwide who were nominated by the camp’s leadership team.

Recipients will be recognized at the Camp’s 100th Anniversary Celebration this weekend in Brainerd Lakes, Minn.

• The Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center announces area graduates from its Mars Academy this summer in Hutchinson.

Mars Academy is a three-day residential camp for students entering fifth and sixth grades. As part of the program, campers learn geology, climate and conditions on Mars. The camp culminates in a simulated robotic mission to Mars. Each team creates a mission patch before its simulated journey.

Lawrence June 14 graduates include Ellie Houston, daughter of Peter Houston and Mary Morningstar; and McKenzie Brungardt, daughter of Lori and Glenn Brungardt. Houston and Brungardt are both sixth-graders at Deerfield School.

• The Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center also announces area graduates from level 1, 2 and 3 of its Future Astronaut Training Program this summer in Hutchinson. The weeklong program is for students entering grades 7-10 and emphasizes teamwork, leadership and problem solving.

Level 1 campers train in space simulators, practice spacewalk rescues, launch homemade rockets, direct a robotic mission and learn night sky observation techniques. Graduating from Level 1 was Ellis Springe, a seventh-grader at Southwest Junior High School, and son of Margaret and David Springe, Lawrence.

Level 2 campers receive advanced training courses in space shuttle systems, space physiology and microgravity science. Campers also build and launch rockets, receive a full day of scuba training and underwater exercises, construct robots, and participate in a ropes course with a 30-foot climbing wall.

Graduates from Level 2 were Cale Kobler, son of Kobie and Angelique Kobler, and Alex Houston, son of Peter Houston and Mary Morningstar. Both Kobler and Houston, are eighth-graders at West Junior High School. Also graduating from Level 2 was Kathry Amick, an eighth-grader at Central Junior High School, and daughter of Stephanie and Monty Amick.

Level 3 campers spend two days at the Cosmosphere, then travel to Johnson Space Center in Houston for further training. While there, campers tour former and current Mission Control Centers and Building 9, which houses NASA’s space shuttle trainers and the International Space Station mock-up.

Level 3 graduates included Hunter Adam, ninth-grader at South Junior High School, son of Michelle Adam, Lawrence; Sameah Stevenson, ninth-grader at Central Junior High School, and daughter of Shala Stevenson, Lawrence; and Royce Harrison, son of Tracy Harrison and Victor Peterson, Baldwin City.


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