Kaskaskia College held its annual Pre-engineering Banquet on
Wednesday, May 2 to honor the ten graduating students and to celebrate the
continuing successes of former students and the Pre-engineering program. The graduating students in attendance
Brett Ambuehl, a graduate of Vandalia High school. Brett is
a member of the Kaskaskia Engineering Association and will graduate with an
Associates of Engineering Science degree and an AutoCAD certificate in
Electrical Drafting. Brett plans to
pursue a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Electrical Engineering at SIU
Edwardsville through the “2+2” Articulation agreement between KC and SIUE.
Trisha Bach, a graduate of Breese Central High School who
received a scholarship to run Cross country at KC. Trisha is a member of the Kaskaskia
Engineering Association and the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. Trisha will earn her Associates of
Engineering Science, Associates of science, and Associates of Arts in general
studies at KC this May before transferring to SIUE to study Industrial
Engineering with a minor in Business Administration at SIUE as part of the 2+2
Josh Bergbower graduated from Webber Township High School
and also received a scholarship to run Cross Country at KC. Josh is a member of the Kaskaskia Engineering
Association and will graduate with an Associates in Engineering Science before
transferring to SIU Carbondale to pursue a degree in Geology.
Colton Deering graduated from Nashville High school. He is the Treasurer of the Kaskaskia
Engineering Association and will graduate with an Associates of Engineering
Science degree and a certificate in Electrical Drafting. Colton plans to attend SIUE to earn his
Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering as part of the 2+2
Michael Elliot is a graduate of Centralia High School and a
veteran of the United States Navy. He
serves as the president of the Kaskaskia Engineering Association, and will earn
his Associates in Engineering Science and an Associates in Applied Science in
Drafting. Mike plans to study both
Electrical and Computer Engineering at SIUE while maintaining an internship
with the Army Corps of Engineers.
Jacob Kampwerth is a graduate of Mater Dei High School. Jacob is a member of the Blue Devil’s
Basketball team, and was recently named the Kaskaskia College Male Athlete of
the Year, and is a member of the Kaskaskia Engineering Association. After earning his Associate in Engineering
Science this May, Jacob plans to pursue a degree in Civil Engineering at SIUE
through the 2+2 agreement. Jacob has an
internship with HMG Engineers in Carlyle.
Whitley Wyciskalla is a graduate of Nashville High school
and will graduate in July with her associates of Engineering Science,
Associates of Science, and Associates of Arts degrees. Whitley has been especially active at KC,
serving as a member of the Concert, Community, Jazz, and Madrigal Choirs,
member of FCA, is Vice President of Leadership of Phi Theta Kappa and Vice
President of the Kaskaskia Engineering Association, and is employed as a
student tutor in the Success Center.
Whitley plans to transfer to the University of Indiana to study
Mechanical Engineering and participate in the Army ROTC program.
Among those not able to attend the banquet was Alison
Koerkenmeier, a graduate of Wesclin High School, who will graduate in May with
her Associate of Engineering Science and AutoCAD certificate before
transferring to the University of Hartford in Connecticut to earn her degree in
Architectural Engineering. Alison is a
member of the Kaskaskia College Blue Angels Soccer Team, Phi Theta Kappa, FCA,
and the Kaskaskia Engineering Association.
She also serves as a student tutor in the Success Center.
Vincent Mack, also unable to attend, graduated from
Carbondale High School. Although
eligible to graduate in May, Vincent plans to return to KC and graduate in
December with his Associates in Engineering Science degree before studying
Electrical Engineering at SIUE or Indiana University Purdue University of
Colby Straeter graduated from Mater Dei High school, and
will earn his Associate in Engineering Science from KC this May. Colby plans to
attend SIUE to study Mechanical Engineering through the 2+2 Agreement. He was
also unable to attend the banquet.
The Kaskaskia Engineering Association (KEA) is affiliated
with the Centralia Haunted House again this year. One part of their project was the “Haunted
Outhouse” designed and built by the KEA members and displayed at the
banquet. With a push of a button, the
“Haunted Outhouse” rocks on its base and the door swings wide before a spritz
of cherry-scented water shoots out through the door. KEA president Michael Elliot plans to put it
in the waiting area of the haunted house attraction this fall.
For more information on the Kaskaskia College
Pre-engineering program, contact Professor Eric Hofelich at 618-545-3359 or