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Outstanding Alumni

Outstanding Young Alumnus

Outstanding Young Alumnus Form

2011 - Jacqueline Kay LaRue
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2011 - Jacqueline Kay LaRue

Jacqueline Kay LaRue graduated from Fort Scott Community College in 2006 with honors as an Associate of Science degree recipient. While at FSCC, Jacque served as a President’s Ambassador, and as a member of the Aggie Club, the Collegiate Farm Bureau, Phi Theta Kappa Secretary, the FSCC Band, and was on the Meats Judging Team. Jacque was selected as a 2nd Team All-American meats judging student due to her academic and judging resumes. She was selected by her peers for the Rachel Hamilton Memorial Spirit Award because she demonstrated an extremely strong work ethic, a positive outlook, and a competitive, winning attitude.

After FSCC, Jacque transferred to Kansas State University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture Education. While at K-State, she was on the Intercollegiate Meats Judging Team and earned the High Individual Alternate award at the International Meats Judging Contest by the American Meat Science Association. Other K-State activities included membership in Alpha Tau Alpha, Block and Bridle, and the Agricultural Education Club.

During her senior year at K-State, she was chosen as a Fulbright Scholar through the English Teaching Assistantship Grantee program, to teach conversational English in Korea for a year. The prestigious Fulbright Program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, is the U.S. government’s flagship international exchange program and is supported by the people of the United States and partner countries around the world. While in Korea, Jacque worked in the classroom and shared lesson plans with foreign teachers, worked on the farms, and met with the U.S. Ambassador to Korea.

She is currently working for the Marysville School District as an Agriculture Education teacher and is a member of the Kansas and National Association of Agricultural Educators.

Jacque was raised in Moran, Kansas, and is the daughter of Dale and Joan LaRue.

2010 - Nichola Madison Traul
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2010 - Nichola Madison Traul

Nichola Madison Traul was born and raised in Fort Scott, Kansas. She is the daughter of Frank and Debbie Madison and grew up on her parent’s ranch north of Fort Scott with her six brothers and sisters. She is married to John Traul and they have a daughter, Jacinta, who is in the 1st grade at Jayhawk Elementary in Mound City. Nichola’s husband, John, is a vocational teacher at Jayhawk-Linn High School. John, Nichola and Jacinta live in rural Bourbon County where they raise cattle and horses.

Nichola graduated from Fort Scott High School in 1997. While a student at FSHS she was enrolled in concurrent classes at Fort Scott Community College. Upon graduating high school Nichola enrolled at FSCC where she was a cheerleader and a member of the dance team, a President’s ambassador and a work study in the admissions office. Nichola graduated from FSCC in 1999 and transferred to Pittsburg State University.

While at PSU, Nichola was on the Dean’s Honor roll all four semesters she was in attendance. She graduated from PSU in 2001 with her Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. Nichola received her first job teaching in Hume, MO in 2001. In 2003 she became the junior high social science teacher in Uniontown, KS. While working in Uniontown USD 235 she returned to PSU and received her Master’s in Educational Leadership. In 2006, Nichola was hired as the Elementary Principal in USD 246 Northeast in Arma, KS. In 2008 she had the opportunity to take a job closer to home and to her family and she is currently the Elementary Principal in Pleasanton, KS.

During Nichola’s career she has been honored with receiving the Andy Tompkin’s Leadership Award. She has been a nominee for the Clyde U. Phillips Young Educator Award and is currently a member of the Greenbush Leadership Academy Executive Committee.

2009 - Gary Palmer
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2009 - Gary Palmer

Gary Palmer graduated from Fort Scott Community College with an Associate of Arts Degree in 2000 and graduated from Pittsburg State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Marketing in 2003. He is the son of Ron and Shirley Palmer of Fort Scott.

Gary started his own professional photography studio, Captured Images Photography, when he was sixteen years of age. Captured Images is a cutting-edge studio catering to high school seniors, babies and children, families, and commercial print and advertising photography. His business services clients within a 100-mile radius of Fort Scott.

Gary is currently pursuing his Master Craftsman Degree, the highest degree a photographer can attain, in Professional Photographers of America (PPA). He must pass several tests, win at least 35 print merits, and teach other photographers at PPA-sponsored events.

Gary is very involved in the community, having been a member of Rotary Club since 1997 and serving as President this past year. He is also an active member of the Phoenix Committee, the Inside/Out Economic Development Committee, and the Fort Scott Chamber of Commerce. He is on the City Commission Design Review Board, United Way Board, and a member of the Citizens Bank Advisory Board. Gary is the county leader of 4-H photography and is the Director of Missions at the First Baptist Church where he is a member.

Gary has received many awards for his photography including Novice of the Year in 2005 from the Kansas PPA and several print competition awards from the PPA, KPPA, and the Professional Photographers of the Ozarks. He was named a sponsored speaker for PPA conferences and seminars in 2007 by Miller’s Professional Imaging of Pittsburg, KS.

Gary will speak at the 5:00 p.m. graduation on Friday, May 15 in the Danny and Willa Ellis Family Fine Arts Center on the FSCC campus.

2008 - Michael McKinnis
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2008 - Michael McKinnis

Michael McKinnis grew up in Fort Scott and graduated from Fort Scott High School in 1991. He then attended Fort Scott Community College, graduating summa cum laude in 1993. He went on to attend Pittsburg State University, earning his BBA and MBA in accounting.

At FSCC he was involved in band, choir, and forensics and was a member of Phi Theta Kappa honor society. He was band council director in 1992-93 and won awards as Outstanding Musician and Outstanding Soloist in 92-93 also.

At PSU Mike was a member of Delta Mu Delta, National Honor Society in Business Administration, and was a member of the PSU Newman Club.

He is currently an instructor and chair of the Business and Technology department at Allen County Community College in Iola, Kansas. He has taught at Allen County since 1997 and serves on many college committees and task forces. He has made several conference presentations and is published in the Review of Business Research. He was named to the Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers in 2000 and 2005.

He is a member of the FSCC Alumni and Friends Board. He is married to Susan McKinnis, Ph.D., who also teaches at Allen County Community College. Mike will speak at the 2:00 p.m. graduation ceremony on Friday May 16.

2007 - Justin Byron Meeks
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2007 - Justin Byron Meeks

Justin Byron Meeks of Fort Scott has been selected as the 2007 Fort Scott Community College Outstanding Young Alumnus. Meeks attended local schools and graduated from FSCC in 1994. While at FSCC he was a member of the Student Government, Ambassadors, a Chamber of Commerce Volunteer, and was a Greyhound football player for 2 years. He was named FSCC's Student of the Year in 1994.

He went on to pursue his Bachelor's degree at Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Missouri in Secondary Education and Social Sciences (1996) and his Master's degree in Business Administration (1998). He continued his football career at Lindenwood and was captain his senior year. Meeks was president of the student government from 1995-1996.

He received the Lindenwood Student of the Year award for two years, and the Easton Sibley Award. He was a member of the Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society, an Academic All-American, and a National Scholar Athlete. He also served as Director of Student Activities and Intramurals at Lindenwood from 1996-99.

Meeks attended Washburn University of Law for his Jurist Doctorate and graduated in May of 2001. At Washburn he was a Kansas Bar/American Bar Association student member and a member of Phi Alpha Delta. He was also named to Who's Who in American Law Students in 1998-99. In Topeka, he worked as a law clerk at Fairchild, Haney and Buck, P.A. and at Wright, Henson, Somers, Sebelius, Clark, and Baker.

His first job as an attorney came in August of 2001 when he worked for the Kansas Association of School Boards in Topeka. In Jan 2003 he became partner at Snider, Mitchell, Meeks, and Klutman, LLC in Olathe, Kansas. In Olathe he was a member of the Olathe Chamber and the Johnson County Bar Association.

Since October of 2004, Meeks has been a partner at Meeks and Klutman, LLC which has offices in Olathe and Fort Scott. In Fort Scott, Meeks is a member of the Fort Scott Rotary Board, CASA board, Gordon Parks Foundation Board, and is active in Gunn Park activities and the Bourbon County Bar Association.

He is the son of Joe Meeks of Fort Scott and Laura Meeks of Steubenville, Ohio.

2006 - Sachie Shimoji Hainline
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2006 - Sachie Shimoji Hainline

Sachie Shimoji Hainline came to Fort Scott Community College as an international student and graduated with her associate’s degree in 1995. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Southwest Missouri State University in 1998. She graduated with honors, Cum Laude, from both FSCC and SMSU.

At FSCC, Sachie was an active member of the band and Phi Theta Kappa. In 2005, she helped organize the FSCC marching band ten-year reunion. While at SMSU, she was the first foreign student named to the Student Involvement Hall of Fame. She was also listed on Who’s Who Among American College and University Students in 1996-1997. She received several scholarships, including the Phi Theta Kappa/Junior College Honor Society Scholarship and the Springfield Hotel/Motel Association Scholarship. She was the first foreign student to receive the Minority Leadership Scholarship.

She is currently a Marine Animal Education Program Instructor for Walt Disney World in Florida. She works primarily with the dive team, feeding fish and demonstrating diving to guests, and as a safety diver for the guest diving program. In addition, she works as a freelance Japanese/English translator and interpreter.

She volunteers for the Central Florida Special Olympics, United Way Disney Volunteers and Good Will and Beta House Women’s Shelter. She is also a volunteer writer for "Study Abroad Magazine," published in Japan.

Hainline became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 2004. She currently lives in Orlando, Florida, with her husband R. Clay Hainline.

2005 - Karee J. Erie
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2005 - Karee J. Erie

2004 - Jeffrey W. Collins
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2004 - Jeffrey W. Collins

2003 - CDR Ann Louise Gilmore LaGreco
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2003 - CDR Ann Louise Gilmore LaGreco

2002 - LaShawn Fitzhugh Miller
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2002 - LaShawn Fitzhugh Miller

2001 - Robert K. Tersinar
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2001 - Robert K. Tersinar

2000 - Jane L. Klinksick
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2000 - Jane L. Klinksick

1999 - John Luthi
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1999 - John Luthi

1997 - Brett A. Roufs, DDS
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1997 - Brett A. Roufs, DDS

1996 - Robert L. Secrest
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1996 - Robert L. Secrest

1995 - Chad Cross
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1995 - Chad Cross

1994 - D. Rachelle Mengarelli
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1994 - D. Rachelle Mengarelli

1993 - Gilbert E. Gregory
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1993 - Gilbert E. Gregory

1992 - Joy J. Vann
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1992 - Joy J. Vann

1991 - J. Brent McFall
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1991 - J. Brent McFall

1990 - Ronda Wyckoff Bailey
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1990 - Ronda Wyckoff Bailey

1989 - Keith Kettler
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1989 - Keith Kettler

Outstanding Alumnus

Outstanding Alumnus Form

2011 - Albert R. Cummings
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2011 - Albert R. Cummings

Albert R. Cummings graduated from Fort Scott Junior College in 1960 and was valedictorian of his class. He then attended Kansas State College of Pittsburg (Pittsburg State University) where he received his bachelor’s degree in mathematics with a minor in chemistry. While considering many job offers, Albert chose one as a cartographer with the Department of Air Force, a highly-classified government position. During the Vietnam War, he was drafted into the army and served as a computer programmer at Fort Mason, California.

Following his army duties, Albert returned to his job in St. Louis, Missouri and was offered an opportunity to attend Washington University full time. There he completed his Master’s Degree in Applied Math and Computer Science, graduating in 1971

After graduation, Albert was recruited by Ralston Purina in St. Louis as an Operations Research Analyst. While at Purina, he completed his MBA at Southern Illinois University (1974), and also became a part-time Assistant Professor of Management Science at Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville, Illinois.

In the mid-70’s, Albert was recruited by Anheuser-Busch in St. Louis where he spent almost twenty years before retiring. He had positions as Manager of Market Analysis and Manager of Sales Forecasting and later in his tenure became the Brand Manager over a new malt-liquor product that he managed from concept stage to national distribution.

After an early retirement, Albert was recruited by Heileman Brewing Company which later was acquired by Stroh Brewery. After working for Heileman both in Chicago and Detroit he returned to St. Louis.

Albert is the father of three children: Simone, Al, and Valerie. Simone has a Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina in Health Administration and is a professor at Washington University. Albert, Jr., who is now deceased, received degrees in engineering and law from the University of Missouri. The youngest, Valerie, who received a Master’s degree in accounting, is a CPA. Albert is grandfather to four grandchildren.

He has been active in civic organizations such as the Rainbow Chamber of Commerce of Greater Saint Louis as the first Executive Director, the NAACP, a past Board of Directors Member with the Anheuser-Busch Employees Credit Union, and a past appointee of the St. Louis Public Schools Desegregation Committee. Albert currently stays active in education as an adjunct professor and academic advisor at Webster University.

2010 - Barbara Hixon Albright
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2010 - Barbara Hixon Albright

Barbara Hixon Albright is the daughter of Betty Hixon of Fort Scott and the late Richard D. Hixon. She was born and raised in Fort Scott and attended local schools, graduating from Fort Scott High School in 1968 and Fort Scott Community College in 1970. From Pittsburg State University she received her BSED, MA and EdS degrees.

Barbara and her husband of 40 years, Ronald, have one daughter, Tonja Stockton of Raymore, Missouri, and two sons, Chip and wife, Jennifer, of Des Moines, Iowa; and Andrew and wife, Shanna, of Frontenac, Kansas. The Albright’s are the proud grandparents of five grandchildren.

Barbara started her career in education as a First grade teacher at Winfield Scott Elementary School; taught Language arts and social science at Fort Scott Middle School; was Assistant principal of FSMS and became Principal of FSMS from 1995 to present. She is currently completing her thirty-first year at Fort Scott’s USD-234 in education

She is a member of several civic organizations including Kiwanis , Bourbon County Arts Council, HPA, Chamber of Commerce, FSCC Alumni and Friends, Presbyterian Village Advisory Committee, Diamond Community Church Board of Trustees (Chair), Alpha Eta Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma and Friends of Tri-Valley Board of Directors. She is also a member of several professional organizations for middle school administrators.

Barbara has earned many awards such as the KOAM Strong Leadership Award in 1999, the PSU Excellence of Teaching Award (1991), KAMLE Oasis Award (1991), Dale E. Hammons FSMS Teacher of the Year (1990), KAMSA Middle School Principal of the Year (2002-2003), Kansas Music Educators Association Honor Administrator (2008), and the PSU College of Education Clyde U. Phillips Distinguished Service Award - Administrator (2008).

2009 - Marvin L. Ketner
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2009 - Marvin L. Ketner

Marvin L. Ketner received his Associate of Arts Degree from Fort Scott Junior College in May of 1962 and went on to graduate from Kansas State College of Pittsburg in 1965 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. He was born in Fort Scott and raised near Garland, Kan., graduating from Fort Scott High School in 1960.

Marvin started his career with Western Insurance Companies in Fort Scott as an Associate Underwriter. He served in the United States Air Force from 1966-69, receiving the rank of Staff Sergeant. From 1970-1980 he worked for Skelly Oil Company and later Getty Oil Company in Tulsa, OK, in the Purchasing and Materials department.

From 1980-1998 he worked in Denver, Colorado and worked for Getty Trading and Transportation Company which later became Texaco Trading and Transportation, Inc. Marvin managed purchasing and materials, corporate services and corporate safety. In 1991 he was named Vice President of Trucking and Crude Oil Gathering Systems where he was accountable for the daily operations of 350 crude oil transport units in 14 states and 500 miles of crude oil pipeline systems. He also served Texaco as Manager of Special Projects and Corporate Asset Management.

In 1997-2003 he worked on a special project in Houston, Texas involving a joint venture of Texaco, Shell Oil and Saudi Refining Company. In 2003, Marvin retired with thirty-three years of service to in the energy industry.

He is married to Brenda (Lyons) Ketner and they reside in Castle Rock, Colorado. They are parents to Douglas C. Ketner and Erin N. Ketner Scott. Marvin will speak at the 10:00 a.m. graduation on Friday, May 15 in the Danny and Willa Ellis Family Fine Arts Center on the FSCC campus.

2008 - John T. Dickerson
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2008 - John T. Dickerson

John T. Dickerson, a Fort Scott native, graduated from Fort Scott High School in 1979 and attended Fort Scott Community College in 1979-80. He transferred to Kansas State University where he received his B.S. in Animal Sciences, and his M.S. and Ph.D. in Animal Nutrition.

After college he worked at Agri-Concepts in Roanoke, VA, as the business development manager. He then went on to work as a nutritionist for the Iowa Testing Laboratories and the M & M Livestock Products Company.

John’s work has given him the opportunity to travel to 27 countries throughout the world. He lived in the Netherlands for three years and Switzerland for four years from 1998 to 2005. He most recently lived and worked in Geneva, Switzerland, working for Proctor & Gamble Pet Health and Nutrition.

John is involved in many community and civic organizations and is the author of four referenced journal papers and a member of the European Society of Veterinary and Comparative Nutrition.

John and his family returned to the United States in June 2005. His current responsibilities include directing the material development group for global Pet Care Research and Development and leading the technology development for Procter and Gamble’s Snacks organization. He and his wife, Karen, are the parents of Andrew, 15, and Kate, 5. They live in Centerville, Ohio. He is the son of the late T.J. and Mary Ellen Dickerson (‘43). John will speak at the 8:00 p.m. graduation ceremony on Friday May 16.

2007 - Robert Nelson
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2007 - Robert Nelson

Robert Nelson, of Fort Scott, has been selected as the 2007 Fort Scott Community College Outstanding Alumnus. A native of Fort Scott, Nelson graduated from Fort Scott High School in 1952. He attended Fort Scott Junior College in 1952-54, leaving after completing 58 credit hours-two credit hours short of the requirements for a diploma. In 1969, Nelson transferred a two-credit hour course back to Fort Scott Community College and officially received his Associate of Arts degree.

In 1955, Nelson enlisted in the U.S. Army and received training as an army medical corpsman. While serving in Germany, he became interested in x-ray technology. After completing his active duty service, Nelson returned to the states and was accepted into the radiography program sponsored by the Alexian Brothers Hospital in Chicago.

After completing the two year program in radiography, he accepted a position in the radiology department at the University of Michigan hospital in Ann Arbor. In 1966, Nelson was approached to head up the radiography program for a new community college that was being formed in Ann Arbor's Washtenaw County. He accepted the position for this new college that did not even have a campus, teaching his first classes in the basement of a church. The first year, 1200 students enrolled in the college and today the college rests on a 285-acre campus and serves over 28,000 students annually.

At Washtenaw he was president of the Michigan Society of Radiological Technologists and was named Technologist of the Year. While employed at Washtenaw, he earned a second associate's degree to qualify for admission into the Occupational Teacher Education Program at the University of Michigan where he went on to earn his Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Education.

Currently, Nelson serves on the FSCC Board of Trustees and on the board for the Kansas Association of Community College Trustees (KACCT). Since its inception, Nelson has been a member of the FSCC Gordon Parks Celebration Steering Committee. He is also a member of the "Students First-Community Always" capital campaign committee and the FSCC Alumni Association Board.

Nelson remains an active member at the United Missionary Baptist Church where he is a trustee. A committed volunteer to the community, he is a member of the Chamber of Commerce, Kiwanis and many other organizations. Nelson also shares his outstanding singing voice as a member of the Fort Scott Community Chorus.

He and his wife Evelyn have six children: Estella, Robert, Joyce, Gloria, Ronald and William and 10 grandchildren.

2006 - Daniel P. VandeWynkel (D)
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2006 - Daniel P. VandeWynkel (D)

Daniel P. VandeWynkel is a native of Fort Scott, graduating from Fort Scott High School in 1960 and Fort Scott Community College in 1966. He attended the Kansas State College of Pittsburg (now Pittsburg State University) where he earned his bachelor’s degree in 1969, master’s degree in 1976 and specialist in education degree in 1977.

In college, VandeWynkel was a member of Psi Chi National Honor Society in Psychology, where he served as public relations chairman from 1975-1976 and membership chairman in 1976. He was also a member of Phi Delta Kappa Professional Fraternity in Education and was listed in Who’s Who in Kansas in 1975.

VandeWynkel was an integral part of Fort Scott Community College for nearly 30 years, working at FSCC since 1976. Throughout his years at FSCC, he held a variety of positions, working as Director of Financial Aid, Dean of Students, Director of Counseling and Retention, and most recently psychology instructor before retiring. Prior to working at FSCC, VandeWynkel was owner and operator of Fort Scott Home Furnishings and EFD District Truck Line.

While at FSCC, VandeWynkel was deeply involved in the rodeo program. For more than 25 years, he participated in various functions of the program including coaching the girl’s team. He also purchased bucking horses for the rodeo students to use for practice. In 2005, the alumni rodeo was dedicated to VandeWynkel. It is now known as the Dan VandeWynkel Alumni Rodeo. He is a member of the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association.

He and his wife, Brenda, have three children: Daniele, Dane and Ryan.

2005 - Jerry Witt
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2005 - Jerry Witt

2004 - Don Miller
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2004 - Don Miller

2003 - Dr. Kenneth Peak
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2003 - Dr. Kenneth Peak

2002 - Robert Harrington
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2002 - Robert Harrington

2001 - Robert Bailey
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2001 - Robert Bailey

2000 - F. Cedric McCurley
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2000 - F. Cedric McCurley

1999 - Dr. Elbert Colum (D)
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1999 - Dr. Elbert Colum (D)

1998 - Marion "Jack" Farmer (D)
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1998 - Marion "Jack" Farmer (D)

1997 - Richard R. McKinnis
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1997 - Richard R. McKinnis

1996 - Milton Sullivant (D)
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1996 - Milton Sullivant (D)

1995 - Jan Biles
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1995 - Jan Biles

1994 - Dr. Gary J. Myers
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1994 - Dr. Gary J. Myers

1993 - Dr. James S. Cullor
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1993 - Dr. James S. Cullor

1992 - Roy Martin
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1992 - Roy Martin

1991 - Ava Whiteside Webber (D)
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1991 - Ava Whiteside Webber (D)

1990 - Gene Duvall
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1990 - Gene Duvall

1989 - M. Lynne Holt
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1989 - M. Lynne Holt

1988 - Dr. Hazel Denton Swarts
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1988 - Dr. Hazel Denton Swarts

1987 - Shirley Hoggatt Palmer
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1987 - Shirley Hoggatt Palmer

1986 - Justice David Prager(D)
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1986 - Justice David Prager(D)

1985 - Dr. Charles L. White (D)
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1985 - Dr. Charles L. White (D)

1984 - Fred Campbell, Jr.
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1984 - Fred Campbell, Jr.

1983 - Dr. Arthur H. Dugan (D)
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1983 - Dr. Arthur H. Dugan (D)

1982 - Migdonio Seidler (D)
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1982 - Migdonio Seidler (D)

1981 - Emory Arnold
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1981 - Emory Arnold

1980 - John I. Page (D)
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1980 - John I. Page (D)

1979 - Raymond McCrum (D)
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1979 - Raymond McCrum (D)

1978 - William L. Gench (D)
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1978 - William L. Gench (D)

1977 - R.F. Shaffer (D)
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1977 - R.F. Shaffer (D)

1976 - Ethelyn Hamlin
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1976 - Ethelyn Hamlin

1976 - Kathryn Ewell (D)
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1976 - Kathryn Ewell (D)

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