Rockwood inducts two into hall of fame
Kasie Pletcher and Brian Whipkey were inducted Monday into the Rockwood Area School District Hall of Fame. He is holding the plaque that was presented to him. Pletcher was unable to attend as she lives in Alaska. (June 4, 2013)
Pletcher is a 2004 graduate of Rockwood Area High School. She received a bachelor's degree in Sociology from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 2008 where she was presented with the best display award for her research on gender and perceptions of leadership effectiveness. She received this award at the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at the Undergraduate Scholars Forum in Washington, D.C.
In 2010 she earned her Master's of Education degree in Secondary School Counseling from The Pennsylvania State University. After graduating from Penn State, Pletcher took a position with the Lake and Peninsula School District located in rural Southwest Alaska – also known as "bush Alaska."
She has lived in remote villages, off the road system for almost three years. She is an itinerant school counselor aiding seven small schools and approximately 100 students. She coordinates the Alaska Native Equity Education grant for the Lake and Peninsula School District allowing her to aid in creating innovative ways to bring e-learning to Bush Alaska to help the student population's educational needs get met through distance tutoring and interventions.
Pletcher, 26, lives in the village of Port Heiden, Alaska where the population is approximately 100. There are 24 students K-12 in Meshik School in Port Heiden.
Brian Whipkey of Somerset is a 1986 graduate of Rockwood Area High School and a December 1989 graduate from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He has a bachelor's degree in Journalism.
In January 1990 he was hired as a general assignment reporter for the Daily American newspaper in Somerset. Over the years he held several positions including city editor and a page designer. In November 2003, he was named editor of the newsroom, a position he holds today. He also supervises the news content for Somerset Magazine and Farm, Field and Garden, the newspaper's two monthly publications.
Whipkey, 44, is a member of the Beulah United Methodist Church, the Somerset Rotary Club, a member of the Foundation Board of Allegany College of Maryland, Somerset Campus, board member of the Somerset County Mobile Food Bank, past president of the Somerset County Chamber of Commerce, and former advisory board member of The Salvation Army Somerset Service Center. He and wife, Barbara, live in Lincoln Township.