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Annual Pre-engineering Banquet Highlights Success of Kaskaskia College Students

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 included:

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 agreement.

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 agreement.

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 Indianapolis (IUPUI).

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 ehofelich@kaskaskia.edu.​



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