Monday, April 20, 2009

Where Are They Now?

Morgan Mead graduated in 2000 from Plymouth High School and went to Ball State University. Before graduating, he left to go to a film school at the New York Film Academy in Los Angeles, California. In his short career, he has already produced or directed several documentaries including Say Goodbye to Granddad's Retirement, The Bible Wheel, and The Alpha and the Mega.

Morgan's most recent project is the premiere of his first feature film, My Name is Jerry, on Thursday, May 7th at 8pm at the Horizon Convention Center in Muncie, Indiana. For the premier, Morgan has partnered with M Magazine for the event to coincide with their anniversary issue. We are expecting a huge turn out!

Morgan will be at the premier along with a few other cast/crew, and will use this as an opportunity to get his first feedback from viewers about the film. And, as in all good business plans, Morgan is also trying to use this event as part of his plan to raise money for the marketing of the film (film festivals, etc.) by charging $10 for admission.

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Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Blog Bits

Plymouth High School was represented well in the Northern Indiana District Speech Contest at Chesterton on Saturday. Rotarian Dan Tyree dusted off his speech coaching responsibilities and took three students to compete in the contest. Rebecca Moberly won $400 in the Four-Way Oratory Contest by placing first. Bryt Hiatt won $200 in the Impromptu contest by placing second. Cam Robertson won $100 by placing fourth in the oratory contest. Mr. Tyree was impressed with the preparation of the students and gives much of the praise to the PHS Speech Coaches. "The students are well prepared to speak in any situation. This is the skill that gives them the edge when they leave Plymouth High School." Speech Coach Carol Anders and former team member Greg Anders served as Plymouth Rotary judges for the contest.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Top 5% Banquet

Last night Plymouth High School held its 23rd Annual Academic Excellence Banquet honoring the top 5% of the graduating class and each student's most inspirational teacher. Students and teachers were given plaques and certificates.

The following students and teachers were honored:

Mr. Doug Booth / Miss Judy Newberg
Miss Bailey Capper / Mr. Bryan Ames
Miss Mae Christiansen / Mrs. Allison Hargrove
Mr. Timothy Gordon / Mr. Mike Mercer
Miss Kasey Greer / Mrs. Beth Webster
Miss Krista Krpan / Mrs. Judy Edison
Mr. Andrew Kurtz / Mr. Ryan Rust
Miss Amber Large / Mr. Larry McCollough
Mr. Jeremy Renz / Mr. Jack Edison
Mr. Andrew Sanchez / Mr. David McKenzie
Mr. Thomas Young / Mr. Chad Miley

Monday, April 13, 2009

Where are They Now?

Justin Clevenger graduated from Plymouth High School in 1992. Justin played varsity football, swimming, and soccer all four years. As a stellar athlete, Justin was awarded all-conference nearly every year and qualified for the State Tournament in swimming his junior and senior years.

After high school, Justin attended Butler University on a swimming scholarship and majored in Public Relations and Marketing. Justin graduated from Butler in 1996 and went on to work for The Indianapolis Star, IBM, Hewlett Packard, Powerway, DaimlerChrysler and now works for CDW. Justin has also earned his MBA from Butler University.
Justin is married, and as of last week, they have 4 children Connor, 12, the two-year old twins, Ada and Owen, and the newest arrival, Elliott, born on April 2, 2009. Justin and his family live in Carmel.

Justin has two passions in my life: child philanthropy and flying. In college, Justin's fraternal philanthropy was Riley’s Children’s Hospital and so every year they raised money to donate to this cause. Justin made a commitment to continue helping these kids. In 1998, Justin, along with another pilot friend, formed a NFP flying company with two very old Piper Arrows. Today they have 5 planes and over $1.3M in assets and a zero dollar debt sheet. They are part of Riley Aviation providing free flights to children who require frequent testing or medical attention and who live too far to commute via car. They are also part of Angel Flights and Wings of Mercy who use aviation as a means of travel for those individuals who require medical attention who have an annual income below $40k.

As a First Lieutenant in the United States Air Force Auxiliary Indiana Wing, Justin serves as a mission pilot responsible for a multitude of supporting roles within the DoD, DEA, State Police and Homeland Security. He sees this as a fantastic experience and a way to give back to his community, state, and country.

We can all be proud of Justin and his accomplishments since leaving Plymouth. He may be 100 miles south, but we never know when one of our children might need one of Justin's airplanes.
Good job, Justin. Plymouth is proud of you!

Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Blog Bits

Riverside Intermediate School will hold a meeting for parents of current Plymouth fourth graders on Monday, April 13, 2009 at 7:00 P.M. in the Riverside cafeteria.

At this meeting, the principals will share information about the school program for fifth graders. Parents and students will also have a chance to tour the school that evening. The school will also be hosting a book fair that evening in the school library.

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Mary Beth Hunter Honored

The Marian Archer Award is an award established by the Archer Family in 1979 to honor Marian Archer for her outstanding work in promoting girls’ athletics. Marian Archer was the owner of Sports Togs in Carmel – a sporting goods business that dealt exclusively with uniforms for female athletes, and was one of our earliest exhibitors at our ICGSA Spring Conference. The recipient of this award should have been or is actively and positively involved in the promotion of girls’ athletics, and they may be in any field where he or she may promote girls’ athletics in Indiana. A complete list of past Marian Archer winners can be found on the ICGSA website ( by looking at Conference Awards.

An accomplished tennis player herself, Mary Beth Hunter joined the Plymouth High School coaching staff as the head girls’ tennis coach in 1980 and in 1982 she also began coaching the boy’s tennis team. During her 19 year coaching career of girls’ tennis her teams won 8 Northern Lakes Championships, 16 Sectional Championships in a row, and 3 Regional titles closing out a career record of 275-64. Her 12 year boys’ tennis coaching career saw her teams win 4 NLC Championships, 4 Sectionals, 1 Regional, 1 Semi-state, and a Final Four appearance with a career record of 173-54. She was honored as the Northern Lakes Conference Coach of the Year 9 times and was the District One Coach of the Year 4 times. In 1995, Mary Beth was inducted into the Indiana Tennis Coaches Hall of Fame. As an outstanding tournament director, she has served as the Plymouth City Tennis Director for over 30 years and has conducted the Northern Lakes Conference tennis tournaments for both boys and girls for over 25 years. In 1987, our recipient became the secretary for the Plymouth High School Athletic Department, and in 2000 her title changed to read Assistant Athletic Director/Secretary. Under her guidance the Plymouth High School girl’s athletic programs in all 10 IHSAA sports are first class in performance and sportsmanship in northern Indiana. Mary Beth serves as an excellent role model for other female athletic administrators with her dedication and commitment to the athletic programs at Plymouth High School and in the Northern Lakes Conference.

The Executive Secretary of the NLC, Mary Hurley, who is a past ICGSA president, says this about our winner – “this is such a deserving award for Mary Beth Hunter. I join all the Northern Lakes Conference Athletic Directors in congratulating her – what an honor to work along side Mary Beth. Her love of athletics and the passion she carries for the values of sport in a student’s life transcends in all she does. We are all proud to call her a colleague and a friend.”

The ICGSA Executive Board also recognized her contributions, dedication, and commitment to girls’ athletics in the State of Indiana, and that is why they chose to honor Mary Beth Hunter of Plymouth High School as the 2009 Marian Archer Award recipient.