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Volume 12, Issue 1May, 2001



Alumni Still Aiming High

Stephanie Mercier's `79 passion for economics, combined with her Midwestern sensibility and connectedness to the land, has given her a prominent role in U.S. agricultural policy-making. She is the minority staff economist on the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry (Ag Committee) - the committee charged with oversight and formulating federal agricultural policy.

Mercier attended Washington University graduating with a bachelor's degree in economics in 1993. She completed a doctorate in agricultural economics at Iowa State University.

Major Thomas W. Hofer, USMC `86 is currently serving as a Marine Corps Congressional Fellow in the Office of Representative J.C. Watts, R-OK. Hofer was accepted into the fellowship program in December of 2000. He then attended fellowship orientation at the USDA Graduate School in Washington D.C. He began working in Watt's office on January 22. The fellowship is a yearlong position, which ends with the 107th session of Congress in December 2001.

Hofer graduated with distinction from the United States Naval Academy in 1990. After receiving his bachelor's degree in mathematics, he was commissioned a second lieutenant in the Marine Corps and then attended flight school in Pensacola. He was designated a Naval Flight Officer in January 1993. In June 1997, he attended U.S. Naval Test Pilot School. He was a distinguished graduate of class 113 in June 1998.

Jayna Jarnagin `90 has been appointed president of Helping Hands in Stamford, Conn., a nanny placement agency serving Connecticut and New York.

Angela Jia Kim `91 recently went to Sawyer Elementary School in Ames to present a program to the third graders in an effort to educate the young about classical music. In her own words; "I was pleasantly surprised to see how receptive the children were to classical music." Kim is an Eastman School of Music graduate and the recipient of the prestigious Eastman Performer's Certificate. She has studied with world renowned pianists and professors. She resides in New York City and maintains an active solo and chamber music career.

Leslie Hall `00 was featured in the December/January 2001 issue of Scholastic Art as the Artist of the Month. She was recognized for her creation of mixed media "assemblages." What that means in the art world is using mixed media and unrelated items to create images that may or may not have a meaning or story. Her winning creation was one that she did her junior year at Ames High School. Hall currently is a student at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, where she is interested in fashion design.


The Ames High School Alumni Association is always accepting names of alumni to be honored as the Favorite Alum of the year. This alumnus should be a role model for AHS graduates. The Favorite Alum award is presented in the Fall at the Athletic Hall of Fame Banquet.

Also, Honorary Alums are dedicated Ames High supporters who did not graduate from Ames High School.

Please send nominations for Favorite Alums and Honorary Alums to the AHSAA.




Rubber Knife Gang Tours Continental Divide

Left to Right: Gary Clem `61, Lowell Kingsbury `69, Lyle Scandrett `69, Pam (Breckenridge) Scandrett `69, Carol (Carmean) Houge `64, Curtis Houge `61, Steve Risdal `65.

Ames' own Rubber Knife Gang (RKG), known for its love of fun and zest for seeing the sights, was at it again last summer. In August 2000, the RKG (pictured here) toured Colorado. Beginning in Deadwood, South Dakota the riders snaked their way through Colorado by way of Fort Collins, Canyon City, Glenwood Springs and Steamboat Springs. The gang sneaked back to the Black Hills by way of Cheyenne, WY a week later.

Fueled by the beauty of the continental United States and a desire to spend their children's inheritance, the RKG constantly searches for somewhere to ride. June 2001 will find the RKG in the beautiful state of Tennessee visiting a Harley rider with Ames High ties. John McDonald, who attended AHS with the class of `65 but moved to Oregon before graduation, will play tour guide. Other members of the RKG have similar stories to John's. Lindsay Ellingson attended AHS with the class of `65 but graduated from Gilbert High. Gilbert High graduate Steve Romsey married Sharon Heggen Romsey `74. Unfortunately, a busy season at the family farm kept the Romseys from joining the fun on the August trip.

Carol (Carmean) Houge `64




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