The Goddard Education Foundation has announced the inaugural inductees for its Distinguished Alumni and Staff Hall of Fame.
Two events will celebrate the first nine honorees.
On Friday, Sept. 21, the foundation will host a tailgate event prior to the EHS vs. GHS football game, including parking, a meal, snacks and beverages during the game and the opportunity to visit with inductees.
On Saturday, Sept. 22, the foundation will host an induction ceremony brunch from 10 a.m. to noon at the Rolling Hills Country Club in Wichita. KAKE news anchor Shane Ewing will serve as emcee.
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Following is information on the inductees:
Marc Bennett, Class of 1988 and now Sedgwick County District Attorney is an example of a civic minded elected official who is invested in public service to help others. Bennett is a graduate of Kansas State University and Washburn Law School. Bennett was elected District Attorney in 2013. He has worked diligently against human trafficking, and he filed the first Human Trafficking case under new state law in Kansas. Bennett serves on numerous Boards, including Wichita Area Sexual Assault Center, Sedgwick County Child Advocacy Center, Exploited and Missing Child Unity, and Comcare Community Partners. His selfless, tireless work to support victims is making a difference better our community.
Rick Bowden, former Goddard teacher and coach is being honored posthumously for his service contributions during his lifetime. He wore many hats including Goddard educator and coach, Kansas Legislator, and Kansas State High School Activities Association Assistant Executive Director. During his eight years at the Kansas Statehouse, Representative Bowden became an advocate for education, chairing a Task Force on School Finance where he was instrumental in helping craft a school finance law that would ensure equal opportunity for students across the state. In 1993 Rick joined the Kansas State High School Activities Association for 18 years as the Assistant Executive Director supervising football, wrestling, baseball, softball, and track and field programs. He retired in 2011, but his work can still be seen impacting hundreds of thousands of Kansas public school students every day.
Dr. Leroy Chiao (former NASA Astronaut and International Space Station Commander) attended the Goddard District in 1966 and 1967. He later studied chemical engineering at the University of Berkley in 1983. Continued his education at the University of California at Santa Barbara earning his Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy Degrees in 1985 and 1987. Dr. Chiao joined NASA in 1990 where he had a 15- year career with the agency, including four space missions. He has logged 229 days in space. On missions he worked closely with Russian, Japanese, and European Astronauts and their affiliated agencies. Dr. Chiao currently serves on a NASA Advisory Council Committee. Leroy came back to visit Goddard Elementary School, where his educational journey began, in December 2015 to share the beginning of his latest adventure of becoming the C.E.O of OneOrbit, where he now uses his space exploration to inspire passion, boldness, and curiosity in students.
Rick Kilmer, friend to many, former teacher, coach and administrator with over 40 plus years in his beloved “Goddard America”. Kilmer began his career in the district in 1970 with Goddard Middle School teaching everything from geography, psychology to physical education. He was encouraged into administration, serving in roles as assistant principal, and acting principal of Goddard Middle School. As the district grew so did Kilmer’s role, serving as athletic director for both Goddard and Eisenhower Middle Schools where he was responsible for organizing tournaments and events. By his side at the events, helping and running hospitality was his wife Vickie. Rick and Vickie are a team, admired and respected in the district and community. For their service they have been honored by the community, serving as Grand Marshals of the 2017 Fall Festival Parade. Rick was known most for his ability to inspire self-confidence in the students and staff around him. One quote always displayed on his desk stating “it’s not the size of the dog in the fight, but the size of the fight in the dog.”
Dr. Ken Koenigs, Class of 1974 was a standout player for the USD 265 Goddard High School Boys Basketball Team where he was an outstanding student athlete. He was a key player and helped lead the Goddard team to state. At nearly 7-feet tall, he was recruited by the University of Kansas. Koenigs was recognized as an “All Big Eight Conference Player”, and two-time Academic All American, maintaining a 4.0 GPA in Chemistry. He was drafted by the Cleveland Cavaliers, but turned down the N.B. A. to attend the KU School of Medicine. He completed his residency and fellowship at Yale University. He is a successful Gastroenterologist in Massachusetts, serving countless patients in need of care.
John Markham former Goddard teacher and coach (1984 to 2009) is being honored posthumously. Coach John Markham built the tennis program in Goddard beginning in 1984. During his 25-year tenure as coach of both the boys and girls tennis teams, his student-athletes took home 18 league championships, 10 KSHSAA regional championships. He had 112 KSHSAA state qualifiers and 18 Top Eight KSHSAA state tournament finishes. He was inducted in the Kansas Tennis Coaches Hall of Fame in 2012. “His teaching of patience, respect, and competition will always be part of those he touched” commemorates his memory on the Goddard courts, and continues in the lives of the countless students and athletes he inspired.
Calvin Vogelgesang, former Goddard High School Principal from 1966 to 1977 and Superintendent of Schools for Goddard Public School from 1977 to 1991 is being recognized posthumously for his lifetime of dedicated service to the District. Fondly known as Mr. “V”, Calvin was highly respected administrator, making it his mission to know all employees of the school district, teachers, secretaries, building engineers, cooks, bus drivers, and maintenance crew members, by name. He was a man of integrity and innovation, always demonstrating and demanding that the staff was committed to making the Goddard school district, the best in the nation.
Jennifer White, Class of 1996, is the founder of ICT S.O.S. a volunteer-driven community action group in Wichita created to fight human trafficking and help child victims recover. Since 2011 ICT S.O.S. has partnered with local social service agencies and law enforcement’s Exploited and Missing Children’s Unit in a support role to provide donations, volunteers and education to create community awareness. Jennifer is the Race Director for the annual Race 4 Freedom 5K event that donates 100% of the proceeds to a local direct service agency each year. Jennifer and her husband Chris served as house parents for at-risk young women and they continue to offer mentoring support. Jennifer’s passion to serve others and raise awareness to this critical issue is making a difference in the world.
Marilyn (Scheer) Zoglman, Class of 1977 and a 26-year career Goddard District Administrative Assistant, has a unique connection to the Goddard District. Three generations of her family are Goddard graduates. In 1992, Marilyn returned to the district to work at Goddard High School in finance and athletics. In July 2011 she was part of the leadership team to successfully open Eisenhower High School and help transition the district to two high schools. Marilyn represents the best of all that is valued in the district, including teamwork and a positive attitude. She works on the “front line” of education, serving students, parents, peers and administration with professional excellence. Marilyn doesn’t just know everyone by name, she truly cares about every individual she meets. No one will know all the work Marilyn does behind the scenes, but her leadership and contributions as a volunteer makes USD 265 an outstanding district for all.