Living out our faith Living out our faith

Christopher Dock Mennonite High School
Winter 2013
Living out
our faith
Service Day allows Dock students to be Christ’s hands and feet.
In This Issue...
Homecoming 2012
The Music Man
Also: Dock’s 2012 Annual Report
Dock House
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A publication of
Christopher Dock Mennonite High School
Winter 2013
[email protected]
Dr. Conrad J. Swartzentruber
Martin D. Wiens
Assistant Principal
Jeffrey A. Ambrose
Director of Business Affairs
Susan D. Gingerich
Director of Advancement
Bronwyn L. Histand
Director of Curriculum
Darwin R. Zehr
Director of Technology
Board of Directors
Warren L. Tyson, President
Sharon L. Fransen, Vice President
Ruth H. Yoder, Secretary
Henry W. Longacre, Treasurer (’60)
Henry B. Bergey
P. Scott Heckler
Beny Krisbianto
David G. Landis (’59)
Rina Rampogu
Lamplighter is published by Christopher Dock
Mennonite High School, 1000 Forty Foot Road,
Lansdale, PA 19446. It is entered as third-class matter
at the Lansdale Post Office.
Jay Gordon, Editor
Leinbach Design, Graphic Design
Dock House
The Music Man
Homecoming 2012
Service Day 2012
Thanks to a unique partnership with Living Branches, Inc., Christopher Dock is now
able to offer a “home away from home” for students. Dock House is located on the
campus of Souderton Mennonite Homes.
Dock Theater brings back Meredith Willson’s classic musical for an encore
A combination of old favorites and new activities made Dock the perfect place, and
Homecoming Weekend the perfect time, to reconnect, rediscover, and, especially, to
Service Day offers an opportunity for every Dock student to connect faith with
helping others.
11 Campus Happenings
, Faith
, and
in Life.
partnership with the family and the church,
seeks to develop the God-given abilities
of students in preparation for responsible
stewardship of life as members of God’s people
in a global society. Dock serves youth and
families of Franconia Mennonite Conference,
Eastern District Conference and those who share
Anabaptist values.
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Dock recognizes National Merit Scholars • NHS has a busy fall • Dock sends nine
to District Chorus • Girls soccer makes a nice run • Sandy brings down trees; Class
of 2011 plants one • Dock Robotics flies the flag • Dock House • Spiritual Life
Emphasis Week • Turkey Bowl
13 Annual Report - July 1, 2011 - June 30, 2012
32 Alumni Notes
36 Principal’s Message: Preparing for the Unknown
Dock’s approach to education is informed by the challenge of preparing students for
an unknown future.
On The Cover: Dock students serve their communities in lots of ways throughout the school
year, but on Service Day, every student puts their faith into action.
Above photo: Brooks Inciardi and Miguel Santiago in The Music Man
Welcome to
Dock House
Christopher Dock’s new
“home away from home” for students.
Through a partnership with
Living Branches, Christopher Dock
is now able to offer Dock House
as a housing option
for students.
tudents who come to Christopher
Dock from all corners of the globe
now have a place they can call their
“home away from home.” Dock House is
a new student housing option on Reliance
Road in Telford, adjacent to the campus
of Souderton Mennonite Homes. The
house can comfortably accommodate
16 students; seven students are living
there currently, including students from
Colombia, China, Korea, and Virginia.
A host family—David and Robin Long
and their two children, who attend
Blooming Glen Mennonite Church—live
in an apartment on the home’s second
floor and serve as house parents for the
“Dock House is primarily intended
for, but not limited to, international
students, and Dock is pleased the Longs
are available to enhance the mission of
Christopher Dock by sharing their lives
with these students,” said Dock Principal
Dr. Conrad Swartzentruber.
Dock House represents a partnership
between the school and Living Branches,
the parent company of the Souderton
Mennonite Homes, Dock Woods and
Dock Meadows retirement communities.
“We believe this partnership is an
excellent way to use the house—one
that requires no structural changes to the
building,” said Ed Brubaker, President and
CEO of Living Branches. “We also believe
there will be opportunities for interaction
between these students and the residents
of Living Branches, particularly on our
Souderton Mennonite Homes campus.”
Pictured above (standing l to r) are
David Long, Camilo Hurtado, Max Heo,
Robin Long, Arthur Yin, and Changlin
Dai. Seated (l to r) are Daniel Ramirez,
Emanuela Lorisme, Katherine Long, and
Jason Long. Not pictured: Young Yoo Kim
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Ya got trouble, my friend, right here, I say,
trouble right here in River City. – Harold Hill
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The Music Man
Cast of Characters
ine years ago I directed this show
on this stage. That year a wind storm
took out our power for opening night so all
things considered, missing two rehearsals
due to Superstorm Sandy was no problem.
The Music Man is a Broadway classic.
Written as a Valentine to his hometown in
Iowa, Meredith Willson’s show highlights
the curious nature of small town life,
with its social hierarchies and eccentric
characters. One hundred years after the
action of our play we can learn something
from each of these characters, if we are
willing. The mayor reminds us to watch
our “phraseology.” Winthrop shows how
anticipation can lighten most any load.
Professor Hill reminds us that imagination
costs nothing. But it is through Marian we
learn from Harold a truth he did not intend
to teach: We need people to help us notice
the love and music all around us.
– Karen R. Johnston, Director
Production Staff
Karen Johnston, Director
Rose Lambright, Kathy Moyer,
Pattie Guttenplan, Producers
Tim Swartz (‘73), Set Design and Painting
Jim Henderson, Set Design and Building
Alicia Landis (‘06), Choreographer
Sarah Scorzetti (‘06),
Assistant Choreographer
Rodney Derstine (‘70),
Musical Director/Conductor
HAROLD HILL.............. Brooks Inciardi
MARIAN PAROO���������������Jordan Kolb
MRS. PAROO.......................Elena Trout
MAYOR SHINN�������������������� Zac Potter
OLIN BRITT......................Travis Hoover
JALEY SQUIRES������������������������ Jun Bae
EWART DUNLOP........... Seth Detweiler
OLIVER HIX ....................Andrew Kang
EULALIE SHINN ���������������� Clara Bush
ALMA HIX .........................Susie Moore
ETHEL TOFFELMIER ....... Jessica Bergey
MAUD DUNLOP ��������� Kayla Alderfer
MRS. SQUIRES ................ Emma Lewis
MRS. BRITT ................Lauren Anderson
ZANEETA SHINN ���������������Sarah Hart
TOMMY DJILAS .............. Don Roessler
WINTHROP����������������Miguel Santiago
AMARYLIS ...................... Kacie Watkins
CHARLIE COWELL ����� Jared Hunsinger
CONSTABLE LOCK ��������Bryce Hagan
Angelina Aldrich, Isaac Brunk,
Jessica Chung, Taylor Downes,
Avery Geistdorfer, Alex Holnick,
Young Yoo Kim, Sarah Kratz,
Brooke Leaman, Emmanuela
Lorisme, Sarah Madaus, Veronica
Martinez, Rebecca Mathew, Victoria
Ragusa, Emily Rittenhouse,
Kylie Shore, Talia Santiago,
Anika Thomas, Eliza Wilkins
Abigail Anderson, Ella Barlick,
Deanna Clemens, Emily Derstine,
Aaron Guttenplan, Daniel
Hackman, Vanessa Miller, Alex
Kylie Godshall, Erica Gunden, Tim
Kennel, Lydia King, Hannah Landis,
Kate Landis, Greta Schrag, Peyton
Scialanca, Isaac Wilkins, Josiah Zehr
Dr. J. Eric Bishop, Mr. Darwin Zehr,
Mr. Eric Johnston, Mr. Eldon Miller,
Mr. Jeff Hackman, Mr. Martin Wiens
Painting and Backstage Crew
Rachel Beiler, Stage Manager
Brielle Alderfer, Gina Barboni,
Andrew Beiler, Morgan Benjamin,
Julia Bergey, Hannah Derstine,
J.J. Franke, Avery Geistdorfer, Rachel
Godshall, Phoebe Gutt, Cici He, Jenna
Henderson, Madeline Landes,
Maddison Landis, Anna Martin,
Taylor Mirarchi, Hannah Nixon,
Jesse Qu, Victoria Ragusa,
Talia Santiago, Madison Scialanca,
Euca You, Abby Yuan, Eva Wilkins
Tech Crew
Katie Anderson, Jackson Fu,
B.J. Gacy, Michael Levengood,
Allison Overholtzer, Reid Santiago
Photos by Jennifer Henderson (’13) and Samuel Kulp (‘60)
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Cyneé Godshall (‘06)
Gordon Groff (‘71)
October 19-20, 2012
October 19-20, 2012
Gordon Groff (‘71)
Lauren Pupillo (‘00)
here is something for everyone during Dock’s Homecoming Weekend, and Homecoming 2012 was no exception. From Friday
night’s Fall Concert and Alumni of the Year awards presentation to Saturday’s memorial service for Dock students and grads that have
passed away to Li’l Dockers to class reunions and the All-Alumni Dinner, the campus was buzzing with activities for alumni, family, and
friends of Christopher Dock. If you haven’t been to a Homecoming Weekend in awhile, make it a point not to miss the next one!
Garden of Memories
ne highlight of Homecoming Weekend 2012 was a memorial service dedicated to the memory of those students, alumni, and
persons related to the Christopher Dock community who have passed away. A memorial garden space was also dedicated at the
far end of Groff Pond—a site chosen for its peacefulness and seclusion and yet providing easy access. The garden is being developed
with the help of a class gift from the Class of 2012, and alumni Trevor Weaver (’05) is providing design services. “Trevor was thrilled to
design the garden. Claude Groff was his grandfather, for whom the pond is named,” said Susan Gingerich, Director of Advancement.
“Claude loved tending to Christopher Dock’s beautiful campus.”
1. Saturday was a perfect day for alumni to take a campus tour
and see how the Dock campus has changed—and how it
has remained the same, too.
5. The Schul Andenken from his parents’ graduation year
provides some laughs for Ben Bergey (’07, center) and
his parents, Phil and Evon (’77).
2. Director of Advancement Susan Gingerich (center) helps
organize a team of student volunteers for the Li’l Dockers
6. Young Alum of the Year Erik Kratz (’98) thrilled Phillies
fans last summer with his play for the home team, and
he thrilled the Dock community when he returned to
campus for the Alumni of the Year awards. Here he
prepares to sign a jersey of his hanging in the Clemens
Auditorium display case.
3. Christopher Dock’s 2012 Alumni of the Year Awards were
presented to (l to r) Lawrence Rush, accepting on behalf of
his brother, Linwood (’64), for Outstanding Achievement;
Juanita Yoder (’81) for Outstanding Achievement; Joe Landis
(’65) for Distinguished Service; Esther Ruth, accepting
on behalf of her daughter, Gina (Ruth) Canaviri (’78), for
Distinguished Service; and Liza Heavener (’03) and Erik
Kratz (’98) for Young Alum of the Year.
4. This year’s Li’l Dockers Mini-Camp featured workshops in
culinary arts, guitar, robotics, theater, science, and more.
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7. Jane Bishop Halteman (’64) speaks during the Memorial
Service to honor the memories of Dock students and
graduates who died.
8. A choir made up of alumni and current students sings
during the memorial service.
9. Family and friends light candles for their loved ones
during the garden dedication.
Cyneé Godshall (‘06)
Lauren Pupillo (‘00)
10. After the memorial
service in Clemens
Theater, alumni, parents,
and friends gathered to
dedicate the memorial
garden space at the far end
of Groff Pond. The Class
of 2012 provided “seed
money” for the proposed
garden, which is designed
by Trevor Weaver (’05).
11. Russell and Rhoda Bishop
and son Tom (’65) light a
candle for their son and
brother Greg, who died
just a few months after
graduating from Dock
in 1974.
Lauren Pupillo (‘00)
Lauren Pupillo (‘00)
12. Former teacher (‘54-’96)
Daniel Reinford and his
wife Cleta participated
in the garden dedication
Lauren Pupillo (‘00)
13. A sky lantern was
launched in memory
of those from the Dock
community who have died
over the years.
for more Homecoming
stories and photos.
Lauren Pupillo (‘00)
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Lauren Pupillo (‘00)
hristopher Dock’s Service Day offers an opportunity for every Dock
student to connect faith and service. Dock students served in dozens
of local agencies, from retirement communities to YMCAs to thrift stores
to food banks. These photos show just some of the ways that Dock
students were Christ’s hands and feet on Service Day.
Cyneé Godshall (‘06)
Lauren Pupillo (‘00)
Day 2012
1. Sophomores Mattasyn
Shisler (left) and Olivia
Seavy help organize
the shoe department
at Care & Share Thrift
Shoppes in Souderton.
2. Senior Dohee Kim
uses her gifts as an
artist to brighten the
windows at Easter
3. Freshman Chandler
Bergey tidies up the
sidewalks at Keystone
Opportunity Center.
Lauren Pupillo (‘00)
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Lauren Pupillo (‘00)
Lauren Pupillo (‘00)
4. Morgan Rush (left) and
Karl Wang put their
mechanical ability
to work fixing toys at
Care & Share Thrift
Lauren Pupillo (‘00)
Lauren Pupillo (‘00)
5. Senior Katie McGoldrick (left)
and freshman Brooke Leaman
help some of the children at
Indian Valley YMCA relax for
their naps.
6. Sophomore Jess Jushchyshyn
does some pruning at Keystone
Opportunity Center in
Souderton, then stops for some
“girl time” with Sabrina Forde.
7. Family & Consumer Sciences
teacher Rose Lambright (left)
led the group that served at
Mennonite Central Committee’s
Material Resource Center
in Souderton. Students who
assembled school kits to be
shipped to other countries
included (l to r) Courtney
Bergey, Jordan Derstine, Janae
Kauffman, Johnathan Capps,
Alex Birch, and Hannah Bergey.
8. Juniors Morgan Swartley (left)
and Sarah Ryder dust and clean
the shelves at Care & Share
Thrift Shoppes.
Lauren Pupillo (‘00)
Agencies Say Thank You
ock receives many “thank you” notes from agencies that students assist on
Service Day. Here are a couple of samples:
I want to thank you for including Rockhill Mennonite Community as one of the
volunteer sites for your students on your Service Day. The students were most
helpful in assisting us with landscaping the Personal Care Entrance, raking leaves
and pulling out weeds and old plants/flowers, cutting back some bushes that
needed trimming and putting stones down in several areas. I hope the students
left knowing they were appreciated for all they did. Already, our residents are
telling staff how much they like the landscaping work your students did.
Mary Mims Bleakly
Coordinator of Volunteers
Rockhill Mennonite Community
Thank you for your support of Keystone Opportunity Center. We are grateful to
be chosen a recipient of Christopher Dock’s Service Day efforts. The hard work at
our homes on Main Street and the day care center was greatly appreciated. Please
express our appreciation to all who participated. I hope to work with your group
in the future.
John Matlack
Volunteer Coordinator
Keystone Opportunity Center
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To see more Service Day photos, go to or visit the “Christopher Dock” page on Facebook.
Lauren Pupillo (‘00)
Lauren Pupillo (‘00)
Cyneé Godshall (‘06)
Cyneé Godshall (‘06)
9. Eric Morton (left) and Najee Miller move
some furniture to the sales floor at Care
& Share Thrift Shoppes.
10. Christian Landis (left) and Makora
Nyagwegwe help Souderton Mennonite
Home Recreation Coordinator Courtney
Wise prepare some Halloween
11. Freshman Elias Gehman clears
some brush at Liberty Thrift Store in
12. Freshman Taylor Downes prepares items
for the sales floor at Liberty Thrift Stores.
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13. Freshman Connor Young was part of a
group of 15 students who served at Care
& Share Thrift Shoppes.
Lauren Pupillo (‘00)
Senior Tony Murray and Elaine Gehman
congratulate one another on figuring out
some sticky absentee issues.
A Busy Fall for NHS
Congratulations to
Beth and Jordan!
t has been a busy fall for Christopher
Dock’s chapter of the National
Honor Society. NHS held its annual
celebration and induction of new
members on October 22, for which
the speaker was Jack Althouse (right)
senior partner in the architecture
firm, Althouse, Jaffe & Associates
and author of the book, Second Sight
(2010). NHS members also decorated
and sang carols for the residents of
Dock Woods Community
NHS officers this year
include (above l to r)
Aaron Guttenplan, vice
president; Morgan Swartley,
project coordinator; Abigail
Anderson, recording
secretary; Andrew Kang,
president; Kereece Seuren,
membership secretary; and Abigail Bergey,
corresponding secretary
ock principal Dr. Conrad
Swartzentruber announced that
Elizabeth A. Curtis and Jordan M. Kolb
have been named Commended Students
in the 2013 National Merit Scholarship
Program. The program recognizes these
gifted seniors for their exceptional
academic promise. Commended Students
place among the top five percent of the
more than 1.5 million students who
entered the 2013 competition by taking
the 2011 Preliminary SAT/National Merit
Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT).
Anna Martin, Brielle Alderfer, Jessica Bergey
Vanessa Miller, Jessica Finlayson, Lindsey Laverty
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Dock Sends 9 to District Chorus
Sandy Brings
Down Trees
ine Christopher Dock students
have been named to the
Pennsylvania Music Educators
Association District Chorus for
District 11, which encompasses
Bucks and Montgomery counties.
Congratulations to (first row,
l to r) Damaris Gehman, Sarah Hart,
Diana Choi, Jordan Kolb, (second
row, l to r) Austin Kratz, Simon Nam,
Anna Martin, Jun Bae, and Andrew
Kang. These students will join their
peers from other schools for a choral
festival and concert at Hatboro
Horsham High School February 6-8.
Girls Soccer Goes Deep in States
uperstorm Sandy paid a
visit to the Dock campus
in late October, and while more than 50
trees fell, the storm caused no significant
damage, and Dock’s maintenance crew
facilitated a quick cleanup. “Roland Yoder
and others had the foresight to preserve
and plant many trees over our 58-year
history, providing trees that will continue
to give our campus its beautiful and
unique appearance, even with this loss
from the storm,” said Principal Dr. Conrad
Class of 2011
Plants a Tree
hris Fretz (’11) helped plant the
tree that his class donated to Dock.
The Linden tree is right in the middle of
campus and will be a visible part of the
school for many years.
Thanks to the
Class of 2011
for their
generous gift!
he Dock girls soccer team won
the District 1 Championship
again this year, then went on to
make a strong showing in the state
tournament, losing 2-1 in the PIAA
Class A semifinal to Conwell Egan
High School. Congratulations on a
great season, girls! Pictured with the
district trophy are (front) Raychel Bair
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and Alyssa Leister. Second row
(l to r) Emily Gordon, Morgan
Croissette, Bailey Kratz, Eden
Nafziger, Damaris Gehman, Julianna
Kabakjian, Katie McGoldrick.
Third row (l to r) Tabitha Miller, Niki
Clements, Shea Neal, Olivia Seavy,
Mattasyn Shisler, Maddison Landis,
Melissa Class, and Sharon Curtis.
Annual Report | July 1, 2011 - June 30, 2012
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Dear Friends of Christopher Dock
he 2011-2012 Annual Report is a celebration of what God is doing at Christopher Dock
and your faithful partnership in this life-changing ministry. You are an inspiration to our
current generation of students and teachers. I am grateful for your role in preparing students for
“responsible stewardship of life as members of God’s people in a global society.”
Igniting Passion for Learning, Faith, and Life.
1000 Forty Foot Road
Lansdale, PA 19446
Since 1954, Christopher Dock Mennonite High School has been blessed to partner with parents
and church congregations in shaping the lives of young people. Our Christian foundation
with an Anabaptist perspective remains strong, even as curriculum, programs, and teaching
methodologies change in response to our rapidly changing world.
This has been a year of significant milestones:
– The Dock House opened, providing housing for seven students from four countries,
with expectations of growth.
– Two students from Colombia and one student from Albania are Dock’s first students
from international Mennonite schools.
– After five years of work, the goal teams from GPS: 2012 celebrated the substantial
collaboration and progress made by Dock, Penn View, and Quakertown Christian
schools with participation of both Franconia Mennonite Conference and Eastern
District Conference. A final GPS: 2012 report was given at the FMC/EDC Conference
– Dock hosted the Lansdale International Festival Kick-Off in our Rosenberger
Academic Center facilities.
– Nine new courses were developed and a dual-enrollment class with Eastern
Mennonite University was offered.
Gerald Benner, former English teacher and Director of Development, was hired to raise funds
to finish the Rosenberger Academic Center campaign. Fundraising is challenging in this tight
economic climate, but progress is being made and my goal is to announce the completion of
this campaign project in next year’s annual report letter.
The Board of Trustees continues to provide valuable guidance in remaining true to our
mission. The faculty and staff build relationships with students that will continue to shape them
throughout their lives. Students at Dock are nurtured academically, spiritually, and socially.
We celebrate the generosity of those named in this report for their role in providing a
faith-infused education for our students. We invite others to join this special group as together
we encourage our youth in these formative years. Thank you for your support of Christopher
Dock Mennonite High School in developing another generation of transformational leaders.
In Christ,
Dr. Conrad Swartzentruber
Christopher Dock Mission Statement
Christopher Dock Mennonite High School, in partnership with the family and the church, seeks to develop the God-given abilities
of students in preparation for responsible stewardship of life as members of God’s people in a global society. Dock serves youth and
families of Franconia Mennonite Conference, Eastern District Conference and those who share Anabaptist values.
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Alumni Support Alma Mater
Gifts from the following alumni supported the Dock Fund, endowment funds, and other special projects in fiscal
year 2011-12. Class participation (%) is listed for each class, with asterisks indicating gifts of $1,000 or more.
Class of 1956 - 38%
David Brunner
Marie Gehman Clemens
Donald Detweiler
Walter Histand
Grace Alderfer Kratz
John Landis-Ruth
Daniel Lapp
Ivan Moyer*
Mary RittenhouseSchwartzentruber
Esther Ruth Shisler*
Class of 1957 - 51%
Doris Landis Alderfer*
Louise Derstine Alderfer
Marvin and Grace Meyers
Lourene Godshall Bender
Elmer J. Brunk
Donald Clemens
Sylvia Alderfer Derstine*
Kenneth Erb
Margaret E. Good
Clayton Gotwals
Eleanor Detweiler Guenin
Esther Mack King
Wilbur Kriebel
Samuel Lapp
R. Beryl Martin
Rachel Meyers Smith
Edith Derstine Tully
Eileen Moyer Viau
Class of 1958 - 50%
Marlene Landis Alderfer
Elaine Moyer Clemmer
Naomi Kolb DuBlanica
Lareta Halteman Finger
Ruth Gahman
Dennis Hackman
Dorothy Kolb Harnish
Doris Kolb
Ruth Landis-Ruth
Mary Ellen Ruth Lehman
Evelyn Bechtel Moyer*
Gerald and Julie Landis
Elizabeth Landis
Mary Rosenberger
Lloyd Steelman
Class of 1959 - 47%
Gerald and Rhoda
Alderfer Benner*
Ruth Shisler Bunton
Nancy M. Clemens
Gerald Derstine
Nancy Falconer
Louise Moyer Gehman
P. David Harley
Rebecca Bishop
Arlene Hunsberger
Abram Kratz
David Landis*
Mary Landis Leatherman
Carol Swartley Longacre*
William Meyers
Abram Rittenhouse
James Rush
Geraldine Derstine Sell
Edna Mack Yoder
Daniel Yoder*
Lorraine Clemmer Zook
Class of 1960 - 40%
Arlen Alderfer
Arlene Y. Alderfer
Class of 1956 - 56th Class Reunion
L-R: Dave Brunner, Dave Meyers, Jon Clemens,
Mary Rittenhouse-Schwartzentruber, Don Detweiler, Esther Ruth Shisler,
Ivan Moyer, Kathleen Harley Aeschliman, Arlene Clemens Clemens,
Marie Gehman Clemens, Dan Lapp, Mary Clemens Martin
Jeanette Derstine Baum
Dolores Godshall Bauman
Donald Brunner
Elaine Moyer Gibbel
Earl Godshall
Elvin Kolb
Mary Kratz
Larry Kulp
Samuel Kulp
Merrill Landes
N. Glen Landis
Hannah Mack Lapp
Anna Lois Longacre Lind
Henry Longacre*
Ruth Ann Landis Moyer
Freida Myers
Miriam Kolb Queer
Mervin and Lois Alderfer
L-R: Row 1: Betty Gahman Good, Louise Derstine Alderfer,
Beryl Martin, Eileen Moyer Viau, Esther Mack King, Carrie Nobel Duckett,
Grace Meyers Anders, Elmer Brunk. Row 2 - Pearl Schrack,+ Lourene Godshall
Bender, Doris Landis Alderfer. Row 3 - Glenn Frederick, Warren Grasse, Sam
Lapp, Glenn Freed, Marvin Anders, Wilber Kriebel, Janet Martin+ - +Teachers
Class of 1962 - 34%
Lorraine Y. Alderfer
Donna Bishop Bluemink
Sylvia Moyer Derstine
Judith Schmell Gerber*
Charlotte Kolb Glick
Marilyn Detweiler
Rhoda Alderfer
Harry King
Gladys Derstine Kolb*
Nancy Mininger Landes
James Landis*
Esther Frederick Landis
J. Phillip Moyer*
Emilie Derstine Walson
Paul Yothers
Karene Swartz
Class of 1963 - 29%
Glenn and Christine
Godshall Bauman*
Jim Bishop
Rhoda Benner Byler
Mary Lynn Landis Ferry
Arlen and Marilyn Rice
Ralph Leatherman
E. Daniel Leatherman
John Mark Mininger
Roy and Anna Louise
Myers Musselman
David Myers
Mary Lou Hunsberger
Lorraine Bechtel Sayre
Janet Leatherman Yoder
Class of 1964 - 34%
Dennis and Fern
Stoltzfus Clemmer
Ruth Rittenhouse
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Class of 1957 - 55th Class Reunion
Class of 1961 - 36%
Carolyn Meyers Baer
Wilbur Bauman
Donald and Anita Freed
Carolyn A. Benner
M. Louise Myers Beyer
Peggy Ann Halteman
Eileen Landis Brothers
Virginia Kriebel Deeds
James R. Derstine
Ivan Derstine
Joann Zeiset Freed
Stanley Godshall
John and Janet Swartley
Mary Ellen Halteman
A. Jane Detweiler Huegel
Mary Ann Rice Kulp
Lorraine Kratz Kulp
James Kulp
Barbara Eby Landis
Joseph Lapp
Lois Shank Gerber
Arthur Smoker
Arlene Swartley Wambold
Merle and Ruth Ann
Bauman Reinford
Jean Kuhns Rissler
Lois Rittenhouse Smucker
Rebecca Clemens Thomas
Class of 1967 - 45th Class Reunion
L-R: Glenda Moyer Bergey, Paul Rush, Norell Godshall,
Linda Alderfer Martin, Millie Alderfer, Dave Frankenfield,
Shirley Weaver Frankenfield, Beth Brenneman Styer,
Will Bergey, Barbara Nock Mowery, Phil Horning, Bruce Kooker
R. Lee and Ruth Hersh
Leon Derstine
Keith Derstine
Kay Eby Moore
John and Jane Gross
S. Leon Godshall
Ruth Lapp Guengerich
John Harley
Sandra Howe Hersh
Harold Kolb
Henry and Jane Clemens
Patricia Ann Alderfer
Richard Leatherman
Mary Ruth Mingledorff
Leon Moyer
Joan Bergey Myers
Suzanne C. Phillips
James Rosenberger
John Rush
Dolores Frederick Waugh
Janice Hackman Zook
Class of 1965 - 27%
Kenneth Benner
Mark Derstine
G. Elaine Derstine
A. Irene Dorville
Kenneth Ehst
Ray and Mary Jane Kulp
Martha Kolb-Wyckoff
John Kulp
Joseph Landis
Nancy Alderfer
Rachel Frederick
Joyce Clemmer Munro
Joseph and Charlotte Rice
Susan Clemmer Steiner
Dennis and Darlene
Histand Swartley
Ruth Frederick White
Class of 1966 - 18%
E. Rodney and Dolores
Martin Alderfer
Wilmer Alderfer
Larry Benner
Carol Myers Brown
Cheryl Moyer Conn
Henry Derstine
Gwen Groff
Mary Styer Schrock
Jack Styer
Class of 1967 - 32%
Mildred D. Alderfer
Willard and Glenda Moyer
Carolyn Clemens Bontrager
Mary Jane Schmell Crockett
Carolyn Mininger Derstine
Harley Derstine
Karen Kindy Fennell
David and Shirley Weaver
Shirley Freed Geiser
Carroll and M. Jane Kratz
Richard Landes
JoAnn Burkholder Martin
Barbara Nock Mowery
Gerald Myers
Louise Gehman O’Connell
Paul Rush
Noreen Schettig
Ruth Rice Swartley
Linda Reinford Watson
Pamela Miller Yothers
Class of 1968 - 26%
Gail Kolb Alderfer
Lois Detweiler Alderfer
Margaret Derstine Conrad
Elaine Bergey Derstine
Dale and M. Aldine Anders
David Gehman
Lois Styer Halsel
Ronald Hostetter
Janelle Landis Kheshgi
Robert and Ruthann
Alderfer Nice*
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Class of 1969 - 23%
Timothy Benner
Timothy and Evangeline
Moyer Clemens*
Dolores Long Derstine
Brenda Derstine
Anne Derstine Ehst
Sally Rosenberger
Joanne Landes Hostetter
Gem Gross Miller
Betsy Alderfer Moyer*
H. David Moyer
Paul Nice
Philip Nyce
Glenn Reinford
Martha J. Savanick
June Yoder Shenk
Daniel Walter
Fern Bergey Yothers
Class of 1970 - 17%
Jeryl Frankenfield
Alvera Till Kramer
Eunice Rittenhouse Landis
Laurel S. Landis
Jessica Schultz Miller
Lee Moyer
Dawn Ruth Nelson
Sharon Swartz Nice
Phyllis Meyers Nyce
Ruthann Detweiler Nyce
Ida Reinford Proco
E. Wayne Rosenberger
Marcus Rush
Feryl and Connie Alderfer
Daniel Steinhauer
Class of 1971 - 17%
Larry Alderfer
LeeAnn Bergey*
Timothy Ehst*
Elaine K. Gehman
Gordon L. Groff
Ruth Showalter
David A. King
John Ruth
Beverly Overholt
Linda Wireman
Dale Weaver
Class of 1972 - 20%
Joanne A. Benner
Lourene Derstine
Susan Brenneman
Pam Swartzendruber
Donna Halteman Derstine
D. Daryl Derstine
R. Brent Gotwals
Debra Rush Kratz*
Geraldine Kratz Moore
Mary Clemens Moyer
Steven C. Nyce
David Overholt
Loren Parmer
Sharon Alderfer Rutter
Dennis Stauffer
Donald Zook
Class of 1973 - 14%
Lynne Foesig Allbaugh
Julia Detweiler Gotwals
Daryl and Barbara Rice
Jeanette Moyer
Kenneth L. Jones*
Gretchen Miller
M. Jeffrey Rosenberger
Paul Showalter
Wendell Weaver
Class of 1974 - 9%
Charlene Delp Bergey
J. Eric Bishop
Daniel G. Heacock
Diane Clemens Moyer*
Dennis Lamar Nice
Jane Frederick
Joanne Halteman Stauffer
Barbara Derstine Weirich
Eva Gahman Yoder
Class of 1975 - 16%
Vicki Shelly Farmwald
E. Dean and Marlene
Moyer Frankenfield
Ronald Freed
Bryan Hunsberger*
Paul Kolb
Dean Leatherman
Don Martin
Pattie Reinford Mishler
Thomas Ruth
Lois Ruth Shank
Julia Alderfer Stauffer
Lisa Groff Weaver
Class of 1976 - 22%
Dwight and Beverly
Althouse Alderfer
D. Philip Anders
Dottie Freed Baumgarten
Michael Bergey
Carolyn Rice Egli
Steven Hershey
Elizabeth Cassel Kolb
Benjamin Kolb
Donna Musselman Kratzer
Douglas Landis
Jerri Studer Longacre
LeAnne Derstine Miller
Peter Miller*
Donna Derstine Moyer
Joel Rosenberger
Kirk Shisler
Jolene Alderfer Weaver
Class of 1977 - 10%
Philip and Evon
Swartzentruber Bergey
Michael Bishop
Gerald Godshall
Kathy Freed Martin
Ronald B. Ruth
Joanne Brenneman
Eileen Moyer Waidelich
Class of 1978 - 31%
James V. Althouse
Robin Landis Boyd
Julia Metzler Brucker
Jennifer Slick Carter
L. Theodore Clemmer
Debra Rittenhouse Cribbs
Jay M. Delp
Julia Swartzendruber Delp
Steven Derstine
Cecilia J. Good
Class of 1972 - 40th Class Reunion
L-R: Row 1: Marti Coles Detweiler, Betty Derstine Kerr,
Betsy Swartley Heavener, Yvonne Meyers Bishop,
Barbara Rush Schieck. Row 2: Terry Detweiler,
Dennis Rittenhouse, Keith Heavener, Steve Nyce,
Brent Gotwals, Susan Brenneman,
Don Zook, Daryl Derstine
Class of 1977 - 35th Class Reunion
L-R: Jim Lapp, Joy Meyers Lapp, Evon Swartzentruber
Bergey, Phil Bergey, Ferne Alderfer, Bob Rittenhouse
M. Louise Keller Halteman
Susan Rice Hange
Sandra Hershey Kauffman
Roland Kolb
Michael Landes
James Leatherman
John Longacre
Christine Longenecker
Keith A. Mast
Luann Clemmer Miller*
Timothy Moyer
Joel Reinford
Alex Santiago
Yolanda J. Yoder
Class of 1980 - 11%
Ronald and Rebecca
Gehman Bergey
Rebecca Kulp Clemens*
Susan Alderfer Hochstetler
Rita Good Hoover*
C. Leon Kratz
Diane Zook Landes
Brenda Landis Nice
Class of 1981 - 15%
Steven Alderfer
Shana Peachey Boshart
Phillip and Cheryl Bergey
Sandra Derstine Detweiler
Steven and Julie Detweiler
Steven and Bronwyn
Mininger Histand*
David Jackson
H. William Longacre*
William Martin
Alfred Richter*
Amy Rosenberger
M. Thomas Rosenberger*
Craig and Judith Ann Kratz
Class of 1982 - 20%
David and Lori Gross
Todd and Lori Derstine
Lynelle Kulp Bush
Arnold Derstine
Rosita Benner Derstine*
Benjamin Hunsberger
Denise Alderfer Kiser
Kelvin Mack
Dean Moyer
Joseph Musselman
Kim Hershey Richter*
D. Kraig Ruth
Lori Kriebel Saitta
Mark Schlosser
Wendy Derstine Snyder
Jan Lenise Swartley
Joseph Weidner
Phillip Wolff
Evelyn Leatherman zum
Class of 1983 - 14%
J. Todd Alderfer
Chad Benner
K. Marlene Gehman
Tim Derstine*
Class of 1984 - 11%
Devon Anders
Peter Harnish
Charles Kratz
Jonathan A. Lapp
Donna Seymour Prussack
Neil Reinford
Anne Richter
Fredrick R. Schlabach
Linda Geissinger Seidel
Lon Swartzentruber
Bonita Nyce Yoder
Class of 1985 - 8%
D. Andrew Brunner
Susan Salter Donahue
Lisa Stutzman Fox
Christopher Landes
John Lichty
Brian Moyer
Erik Young
Class of 1986 - 7%
E. Dwane Balmer
J. Brian Bergstresser
Tamara Hunsberger
Anna Boorse Doubeni
James B. Longacre
Susan Munzinger Moyer
Jeffrey T. Moyer
Class of 1987 - 14%
Jennifer Lapp Balmer
S. Ken Beidler
Darin Benner
Julia Brothers Bluestone
Karen Frankenfield
Michelle Yoder Horning
L. Brent Kolb
Jeffrey K. Landis*
Beverly Lapp
Todd Moyer
David and Kelli Leister
Katrina Derstine Stutzman
Rachelle Leatherman
Shannon Musselman
Class of 1988 - 5%
P. Troy Alderfer
Maribeth Longacre Benner
Travis Brunner
Cory Longacre
David Yoder
Class of 1989 - 6%
Pamela Landis Brunner
Joel D. Derstine
Rory Gahman Kolb
Charlton Wolfgang
Tracy Miller Young
Class of 1990 - 4%
Bradley Alderfer
Lori Fox Scott
Class of 1991 - 7%
Brenda Kratz Bechler
Jennifer Hartman Clemens
Ron Clemmer
S. Lavonne Stutzman
Amanda Kooker Reiff
Lisa Moyer Ruth
Class of 1992 - 4%
Carla Hunsberger
Rebecca Leatherman
Joanna Bergey Shisler
Bethany H. Swope
Class of 1993 - 6%
Eric Gehman
Stephanie Hull German
Janelle Godshall
Jacob M. Martin
Alissa Alderfer White
Class of 1994 - 5%
Nate Clemmer
Joann B. Hunsberger
Sarah A. Hunsberger
Class of 1995 - 0%
Class of 1996 - 1%
Victoria Halteman
Class of 1997 - 14%
Jonathan and Kimberly
Landes Bergey
Zachariah and Kara
Souder Derstine
David Guengerich*
Brian Moyer
Cynthia Nicole Moyer
Ryan Moyer
D. Joel Nyce
Wesley and Laura
Bergey Schmidt
Class of 1998 - 4%
S. Scott Hackman
Geoffrey M. Lovelace
Shana Hull Weinzierl
Class of 1987 - 25th Class Reunion
L-R: Row 1: Marta Frederick, Michelle Yoder Horning, Todd Sassaman
Row 2: Karen Frankenfield Burkholder, Beth Hershey, Andy Zonin,
Jen Lapp Balmer, Christy Holland, Dawn Housel Funk, Lori Frederick-Imbrogulio,
Rick Schmid, Keith Bowman, Trina Derstine Stutzman
Row 3: Lisa Derstine Nase, Bob Nase, Glenn McPherson, Steve Hunsberger,
Dave Parker, Jon Souder, John Gower, Jeff Landis, Ken Beidler
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Class of 1979 - 26%
Kevin Alderfer
Gayle Landes Bencsik
Andrea Histand Bergey
Michael Clemmer
Cathy Musselman
Michael Derstine
Peggy Gehman-Ebersole
Cynthia Anders Godshall
Rodney and Luanne
Reinford Grasse
Roger Hoover
Galen Hunsberger*
Karen Miller Kolb
Andrew Lapp
Richard Longacre*
J. Dean Mack
Beverly Benner Miller
Mary Lou Overholt Miller
Thomas Moyer
Timothy Nice
James Rittenhouse
Jennifer Halteman Schrock
John Smucker
Joan Gotwals Yoder
Lorie Hackman Yoder
Lisa Meyer Price
Julia Clemmer Wimmer
Cynthia Alderfer Derstine
Glenn Hatfield
Connie Anders
Sharon Detweiler Martin
Rachel L. MeighanMantha
Rhonda S. Souder Ruth
Devin Souder
Anna Vannoy Strickland
Cynthia Yoder
Tara Fretz Yoder
Class of 1999 - 5%
Sondra Good Alderfer
Rose A. Bernardo
Erin R. McAvinney
Maria J. Metzler
Class of 2000 - 2%
Erin A.G. Crew
D’yani N. Desantis
Class of 2001 - 9%
Nicholas and Trinda Derstine Bernardo
Elisabeth M. Clemmer
M. Austin and Julie Histand Landes
Brian and Kimberly McGlinchey Nash
Lisa Ehst Shank
Benjamin Weaver
Class of 2002 - 3%
Bryce Bergey
Anthony and Renee Gehman Miller
Class of 2003 - 5%
Ryan Detweiler
Andrew Miller
Marissa Weaver Wilson
Kyle and Suzana Kline Yoder
Class of 1992 - 20th Class Reunion
L-R: Kneeling: Carla Hunsberger Clemmer, Becky Leatherman Schwartz,
Myrna Gomez , Tara Lukens McLaughlin, Chris Cummings, Steve Anders
Row 2/3: Nate Derstine, Jill Frankenfield Drummond, Melissa Allebach Mast,
Alethia Gillespie Zaskoda, Lisa Kramer Rockel, Melanie Grasse Anders,
Andrea Wolfgang DeZalaya, Joy Good Reinford, Bethany Swope,
Gwen Boll Roth, Traci Keim Groner, Rebecca Brewer Painter,
Heather Miller Ference, Corey Mearns, Dave Kratz, Rich Delp, Tim Fenchel
Back Row: Suzanne Ehst, Chris Wampole, Dave Lapp, Jonathan Schmidt, Ben Sefing
Class of 2004 - 3%
Abigail Mininger McMullen
Ezra and Regina Spurgeon Nafziger
Class of 2005 - 4%
K. Alicia Boaman
Cody B. Felton
Katharine Derstine Grieser
Kristen C. Herman
Nathan S. Rittenhouse
Class of 2006 - 1%
Jonathan W. Lawlor
Class of 2007 - 2%
Benjamin Bergey
Gregory M. Bishop
Joseph Rose III
Class of 2002 - 10th Class Reunion
L-R: Zach Bower, Ben Kolb, Ernie Knechel, Brandon Moyer, Rob Walsh, Nate Boll,
Adam Halteman, Jacq Bazik Benner, Pat Benner, Jill Nyce Moyer, Mike Green,
Kale Good, Samantha Hemmerle, Jason Derstine, Kelly Eberle, John Herman,
Jessica Goshow Shenk, Jenn Cunningham, Matt MacNeill, Stephen Rostick,
Whitney Clemens, Brieanna Burleigh Wheel, Sarah Bryant
Class of 2008 - 2%
Elizabeth M. Lambright
Rebekah A. Moore
Class of 2009 - 5%
Curtis Duval Denlinger
Brittany Helaine Hansell
Jocelyn T. Hickey
Mallory J. Hunsinger
Philip Louis Rakszawski
Class of 2010 - 2%
Kaitlyn Rose Hoover
Courtney J. McCoach
Class of 2011 - 2%
Allegra Marie Inciardi
Emily R. Lambright
Class of 2012
Derek Kyle Godshall
Kenneth Hansell
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Class of 2011 - 1 Year Class Reunion
L-R: Eddy Nieto, Mason Pakhtigian, Adam Moyer, Sean Solomon, Darren Moyer,
Andrew Gordon, Nick Derstine, Matt Hershey, Dave Brelsford, Kyle Groff,
Kristen Kauffman, Dillon Ross, Rachel Kauffman, Emily Lambright,
Constance Wildonger, Corina Reeser
Not pictured: Kevin Detweiler, Denali Althouse, Maria Schweizerhof,
Breanna Yates, Hannah Loux, Kevin Weiss
Friends Support Dock
Thank you to the following friends and businesses for their support of the Dock Fund through direct gifts, gifts of service,
and sponsorship. Sponsorship included the senior breakfast, golf outing, calendar, and/or web site. The asterisk identifies
donors who gave $1,000 or more to the Dock Fund.
Kathleen A. Adams
A. James and Ruth Alderfer*
A.W. Bergey & Sons
Arlene Alderfer
Harold and Ferne Alderfer
Irene Alderfer
Russell and Gladys
Warren Alderfer
Alderfer & Travis
Cardiology, PC
Alderfer Auction
Alderfer Glass Company
Marie Allebach
Altek Business Systems, Inc.
Ambler Mennonite
Jeffrey and Sharon
American Infrastructure, Inc.
Donald and Catherine
Gail and Paul Anderson
Richard and Marilyn
Asher’s Chocolates
Awklands Produce
Elizabeth Barboni
William and Donna Baum
Robert and Marcia Bell
Neil and Kathleen
Elaine L. Bergey*
Grace S. Bergey
Henry B. Bergey*
Thomas and Michele
Bergey Creative Group
Bergey Group
Bergey’s Electric, Inc.
Bergey’s Inc.
J. Philip and Betty
Bergstresser Real Estate, Inc.
J. Russell and Rhoda
Robert and Sharon Bishop
Blooming Glen
Mennonite Church
Bolton’s Farm Market, Inc.
Boyertown Mennonite
Bravo Foundation
Grace Brenneman
Bricker, Landis,
Hunsberger &
Gingrich LLP
Barbara I. Brown*
Kathleen C. Brown
Edward and Lucy
Russell and Renee Bryant
Bucks County Soapstone
C.D. Baker Insurance Inc.
Robert and Anita Capps
Thomas and Christine
Daniel and Patricia Carr
Christian Light
Publications, Inc.
Clarke’s Landscaping &
Lawn Care
Class of 2012
Donella and R. Wayne
Richard and Donna
Clemens Family Corp
Clemens Family
Corporation, Matching
Gift Program
Clemens Food Group
James Mather Clements
Tina Lynn Clements
Kenneth and Gayle
Lake S. Clemmer
Stanley Cohen
Communication Systems Inc.
Ronald and Debra Frank
Earl and Irene Frankenfield
Freddy’s Family Fun
Herbert and Janet
Howard and Cleta Freed
S. Jeane Fretz
George and Rhoda
George Didden
Greenhouses, Inc.
George’s Tool Rental, Inc
Susan and Firman
Linneaus and Elsie
Godshall’s Poultry, LLC
Good Plumbing, Heating
& AC, Inc.
Goldman Sachs
Philanthropy Fund
Jay and Kathleen Gordon
William S. Gotwals*
Gouldey Welding &
Fabrication, Inc.
Grace Mennonite Church
Eva Greaser*
Joan and Bruce Grega
Merlin and Mary Grieser
Beverly and Galen
Richard H. Gulick*
H. Mininger & Son Inc.
Betty M. Hackman
Jeffrey and Rose Hackman
Eric and Alice Hagan
Harold and Marilyn
Halteman’s Landscaping
James and Susan Hansen
Thelma Harley
Harleysville Ace Hardware
Harleysville Car Wash, Inc.
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Covenant Community
Covenant Presbyterian
Deep Run East Mennonite
Jeremiah Denlinger and
Kristine Widders
Stanley and Nedra
Clair and Rosalie Derstine
Maxine Derstine*
Sylvia and James
Vernon and Miriam
Derstine Insulation
Derstine’s Inc.
Walton and Verna Mae
Detweiler, Hershey &
Associates, P.C.
Robert and Janet Drygas
Richard and Sheryl
Thomas and Beth Duffy
Dunlap & Associates,
Eagle’s Peak Spring Water
Earl Bowl Lanes
Everence Financial
Federal Home Loan Bank
of Pittsburgh
Jonathan and Becky
Financial Services Center
of PA
Joseph and Elizabeth Fino
Timothy and Gina Foley
Franconia Heritage
Franconia Insurance &
Financial Services
Franconia Mennonite
Thomas and Minnie Kong
Mitchell Koslow
John and Dorothy Kratz*
Wayne and Dolores Kratz
Kratz Enterprises, Inc.
Kratz Home Remodeling
Forrest and Elizabeth
Kenneth and Mary Belle
Frank and Ruth Kuna
Jack and Diana Kustra
Kustra Insurance Agency
Gregory and Ellen Lacher*
Lacher & Associates
Insurance Agency
Lacher Family Limited
Rosemary and Michael
Clayton H. Landis*
Clyde and Anna Landis*
E. Jean Landis
Grace H. Landis
Kevin and Patti Landis*
Lisa B. Landis
Ralph H. Landis
Roy and Joan Landis
Landis Supermarket, Inc.
Paul and Carrie LaNoce
Lansdale Women’s Club
Arlin and Janet Lapp*
James M. Lapp and
Miriam F. Book
Thomas and Nancy
Paul and Mary Lederach
Wilbur and Karen Leidig
Harleysville Savings Bank
Hatfield Women’s Civic
Club, Inc.
Lester and Sara Heacock
Heacock Lumber
John and Louise Heckler
P. Scott and Lynne
Henning’s Market
Hershey Enterprises
William and Barbara Hirst
John and Norma
Hopewell Christian
Kathryn and John
Ray and Joyce Hunsberger
Sharon and Gladys
Eugene and Christine
I.T. Landes & Son, Inc.
Brooks and Lynne Inciardi
Indian Valley Camping
J. Brooke Lewis, DDS
JBT Corporation
Jen-Tech Systems
Robert and Barbara Johnson
Kelly P. Johnston
Lois B. Johnston
Just Cruisin’
Kenneth and Joan Kabakjian
S. Duane and Naomi
Robert and Lois Kerns
Mark and Jean Kolb*
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Leinbach Design
Line Lexington Mennonite
Living Branches
Cora Longacre*
James and Ellen Longacre
Longacre Family
Longacre Family
Charitable Fund
William and Tara Lorah
Matthew and Susan
Luke Welker Masonry
Janet A. Martin
David and MaryEllen
Matus Windows
Judson and Jane
Jeanne and Fred McClincy
Media Camping Center
Dennis and Alice Mellish
Mennonite Historians of
Eastern PA
Merck Partnership for
Methacton Mennonite
Evelyn Meyers
Harvey and Anna Meyers
Floyd and Eunice Miller*
Grace Miller
Douglas and Nancy
H. Ray and Nancy
Edward and Judith Molnar
Richard and Dawn Moore
Morgan Stanley
Vincent and Susan Morris
Dorcas Morrow
Ida Mosser
Barbara Moyer
Curtis F. Moyer*
D. Ryan Moyer
Doris B. Moyer
Elaine and David Moyer
Elizabeth A. Moyer*
Margaret Moyer
Mark and Betty Moyer
Ray and Linda Moyer
S. Lester and Carmen
Verna A. Moyer*
Moyer, Merrill & Nancy
Moyer’s Chicks, Inc.
Moyer’s Realty
Henry and Lois
Musselman Masonry
National Penn Investors
Trust Co.
Karen Nofziger
Randy and Juanita Nyce
One Village Coffee
OSS/iGive Check
Michael and Sharon
Paul F. Detweiler & Sons
Pennridge Pediatrics
Perkiomen Tours
Brian M. Pinder
Lois A. Thomas
Robert and Diane
TNC Storage
Towamencin Mennonite
Mary Troe
Kenneth Truscott
Eugene and Lisa Tung
Warren and Linda Tyson
United Offset Printing
Univest Bank and Trust
Univest Corp. of PA
Univest Foundation
Paul and Jolene Vezzetti
Norman and Janet
Vincent Mennonite
Vinny’s Pizzarama
(Fabio, Inc.)
Bernard and Nancy
Kay Fransen Weidner*
Herbert C. Wenger
The Weimer Group
Martin D. Wiens*
H. Jeffrey and Donna
Funeral Home
Allan Xu and Catherine
Jerold and Beth Yoder
Roland and Dottie Yoder
Ruth H. Yoder*
Zion Mennonite Church
Joseph and Karen Pinder
Plains Mennonite Church
Pocono Produce
Matthew and Robyn
Potter Contracting
Premier Signs & Graphics
Joyce and Ronald Price
Providence Mennonite
PV Transport
Kathleen Ranck
Charlene and Terry
John and Elizabeth
Randall and Tina Rhoads
Richard C. Mast
Stephen and Elizabeth
Richter Drafting & Office
Supply Co., Inc.
Michael and Ellen
Rita’s of Harleysville
Norman and Alice
Royden and Rittenhouse
Robert L. Daschbach, DDS
Charles and Kathleen
Sean and Wendy Roberts
Rockford Realty
Rockhill Mennonite
Rocky Ridge Mennonite
Donald and Doretta
Joan Rose
Joseph and Therese Rose
Marcus and Evelyn
Rosenberger’s Dairies, Inc.
Wayne and Debbie
Paul and Sheila Roth
Philip and Jane Roth
Richard and Ethel Rush
Albert and Jessie Russo
D. Fern Ruth
Eleanor C. Ruth
Vernon and Janet Ruth
Salem Mennonite Church
Salford Mennonite Church
Sanford Alderfer
Gloria C. Santiago
John and Charlene Sarge
Andrew and Aggie
Cathleen and George
Pearl P. Schrack
Lorraine and Robert
Seitz,Leatherman & Kolb,
Christina and D. Scott
Scott and Debra Seuren
James and Brenda Shelly
Michael and Theresa
Lisa M. Signore
Rick and Lynne Simon
Harry and Nancy Singer
Skippack Investment
Melinda J. Smith
Robert and Laura Smith
Ronald and Mary Lu
Marian and Gerald Souder
Ronald and Shirley Souder
Susan and Ronald Souder
Souderton Mennonite
Wayne and Joanne
Spring Hill Realty
Joy D. Sutter*
Swamp Mennonite
Thelma Swartzendruber
Conrad and Sharon
Ten Thousand Villages
The Bernardo Group
The H & K Group
The Philadelphia
The Prudential
Rittenhouse Realty
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Rosenberger Academic Center Campaign Donors
The following individuals and organizations contributed over $375,000 to the Rosenberger Academic Center campaign this
fiscal year. This includes over $104,000 in new gifts and $210,700 in intentions. See the RAC campaign chart on page 24 for a
campaign status update.
William and Karen Aichele Harold and Peggy Kolb
Marlene and Jacob
Paul and Elizabeth Kolb
L. Brent and Rory Kolb
Dwight and Beverly
Martha and Ronald
Mark and Denise Alderfer Curtis and Eva Kratz
D. Philip and Beverly
Debra and Floyd Kratz
Clyde and Eunice Kratz
Marvin and Grace Anders Richard and Suzanne
Christine and Daniel
Larry and Edith Landes
Brenda and David Bechler David and Carolyn Landis
Darin and Maribeth
Paul and Mary Landis
Bradley C. Landis
Susan Bergey
D. Scott and Charla Landis
Benjamin and Kate Bergey Jeffrey K. Landis and
LeeAnn Bergey and Glenn
Sharon Fransen
Steven and Rosemary
Henry B. Bergey
Thomas and Trinda Bishop Donald and Kathleen
Zachary A. Bower
Eileen and Ronald
Ruth and John Landis-Ruth
Daniel and Shirley Lapp
Donald and Carolyn
Andrew and Michelle Lapp
Arlin and Janet Lapp
Paul and Kathryn Clemens Stephen Lederach and
F. Marc and Maura
Anita M. Christman
Mary Ellen and Paul
Keith and Pamela Derstine
Donna and Henry
John and Sheryl Derstine
Tim and Rosita Benner
Cynthia and H. Ray
James and Sylvia Derstine
Steven and Julie
Ronald and Merle Lee
Susan and Firman
Earl and Marilyn Godshall
Larry and Linda Godshall
Marie W. Heavener
P. Scott and Lynne Heckler
Susan and Kenneth
Harry and Irma Hull
Steven and Charlotte
Betty and Rodney Kerr
David A. King and Debra
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Steve and Berdine
Mary Beth Lichty and
Roger Wagoner
Bernadette Loeb
G. Robert Longacre
Cora Longacre
Marilyn and Walter Lea
Rachel L.
Meighan-Mantha and
Douglas Mantha
H. Ray and Nancy
Leon and Karen Moyer
Eric and Carla Moyer
Todd and Amy Moyer
Brian and Megan Moyer
Cynthia Nicole Moyer
Elizabeth L. Musselman
Freida Myers
Victor and Nancy Myers
Nancy and Loren Myers
Curtis and Gladys Nice
Steven C. Nyce
D. Joel and Heather Nyce
Rina and Paul Rampogu
David and Kelli Rice
Andrew and Hannah
Matthew and Emily
Henry and Charlotte
James and Gloria
Arlene Rosenberger
Marcus and Evelyn
Philip and Jane Roth
Merle and Nancy Souder
Feryl and Connie Souder
Joanne and Wayne Speigle
Christine and Ron
Warren and Linda Tyson
Carol and Henry Ulrich
Charity and Paul Veltre
Barbara and Gordon
Gareth and Jerri
Chadwin and Jen Yoder
Ruth H. Yoder
Rosenberger Family
Lead Gift Balance
Sanford Alderfer
Univest Corp. of PA
Partnerships for Tuition Assistance
We are grateful for the ways churches and businesses come alongside parents to provide tuition assistance for Dock
students. Twenty churches provide tuition support through congregational education and scholarship plans, while
businesses redirect tax dollars through the PA Educational Improvement Tax Credit Program for financial aid. Nearly
$533,000 was awarded in financial aid in the 2011-12 school year. Churches provided tuition support for 51% of our
students, while businesses assisted 27% of the student body. Churches marked (below) with an asterisk provided some
tuition support. Some congregations also provided additional support for the Dock Fund.
Ambler Mennonite Church*
Bally Mennonite Church*
Blooming Glen Mennonite Church*
Boyertown Mennonite Church
Covenant Community Fellowship*
Covenant Presbyterian Church
Deep Run East Mennonite Church*
Franconia Mennonite Church*
Grace Mennonite Church*
Hopewell Christian Fellowship
Immanuel Church of the Nazarene*
Line Lexington Mennonite Church*
Methacton Mennonite Church*
Plains Mennonite Church*
Providence Mennonite Church
Rockhill Mennonite Church*
Rocky Ridge Mennonite Church*
Salem Mennonite Church*
Salford Mennonite Church*
Souderton Mennonite Church*
Swamp Mennonite Church*
Towamencin Mennonite Church*
Vincent Mennonite Church*
Zion Mennonite Church*
The following businesses redirected their tax dollars to Dock’s scholarship program through the
PA Educational Improvement Tax Credit Program (EITC).
Bergey’s Chevrolet, Inc.
Bergey’s GMC, Inc.
Bergey’s, Inc.
Brook Ledge, Inc.
C.D. Baker Insurance, Inc.
Cornerstone Masonry Contractors, LLC
Derstine’s, Inc.
First Niagara Bank
First Priority Bank
George Hutt, Inc.
Good Plumbing, Heating & AC, Inc.
Goodville Mutual Casualty
Hutt Leasing, Inc.
I.T. Landes & Sons, Inc.
John D. Sauder Auto Co.
KKL Properties LP
National Penn Bank
Richard B. Souder Masonry
Univest Bank & Trust Co.
Vision Video
The Weimer Group
Lives Keep on Giving
Gifts received through estates were placed in endowment funds, Rosenberger Academic Center campaign,
or capital improvements.
Estate of Curtis L. Bergey
Estate of Mary Ella L. Ruth
Estate of Arvilla Souder
Estate of Edna L. Detweiler
Estate of Sarah R. Leatherman
Estate of Evelyn H. Nice
Estate of Bessie L. Rittenhouse
Estate of Wilmer W. Rush
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Advancement Activities
Food Services
Tuition Church Partnerships Generated Revenue Contributions & Gifts Food Services Advancement Activities
Fitness Center Organized Activities $3,133,745
Total Revenue $5,869,530
Fitness Center
Organized Activities
Contributions & Gifts
Food Services
InterSchool Athletics
Salaries & Benefits Financial Aid Campus Oper & Maintenance Educational Technology
Administration Instructional Support InterSchool Athletics Food Services Curriculum Organized Activities Other $3,819,083
Total Expenses $5,799,442
Instructional Support
Organized Activities
Campus Oper
& Maintenance
Financial Aid
Salaries & Benefits
Rosenberger Academic Center Campaign
Total Campaign - $12,000,000
Amount Needed
Cash and
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Donations and intentions are needed to complete the campaign and eliminate the debt.
Looking Back with Anticipation for the Future
his summer, a mother brought in an envelope full of coins from her 10-year-old
daughter, who had emptied her “sharing bucket” to help make it possible for
a student to attend Dock. The total amount in the envelope was $12.84, but what
touched me so deeply was that she had completely emptied her bucket to help a
Dock student. This young girl’s amazing generosity reminds us of the widow who
gave two mites (Luke 21: 1-4), and is a poignant reminder that gifts of all sizes can be
used to make an impact not only on students’ lives, but on the life of the donor who
receives a blessing for the gift as well.
This report contains lots of facts and figures, as annual reports do. But behind the
numbers are stories like this one—stories that demonstrate the many different ways
your financial support is making an impact on our students’ lives.
One of the most significant impacts your contributions make is in the area of
academic achievement. Four Christopher Dock students were Commended National
Merit Scholars in 2011-12. Dock now offers more advanced placement (AP) courses
than ever before, and our students’ test scores on the SAT put them significantly above
the state and national average. For example, here is a comparison of Dock SAT scores
for the Class of 2012 compared to averages for students in Pennsylvania and across
the nation:
SAT Test Scores – 90% of the 2012 class took the SAT test
Class of 2012 Critical Reading = 531
Math = 560 Writing = 531
Pennsylvania Critical Reading = 491 Math = 501 Writing = 480
National Ave. Critical Reading = 496 Math = 514 Writing = 488
The class of 2012 with 112 members was the third-largest class in Dock’s history; 96%
entered college and 4% entered volunteer service.
We heard stories from Alumni of the Year recipients this fall that reinforce the value
of a Dock education. Each one complimented Dock teachers and experiences for
helping shape their life choices and involvements. Last spring a student told me, “As
I enter my senior year here at Dock, I realize that Dock has played a large role in my
growth both socially and academically. The guidance and love I’ve been shown by
Dock’s teachers and staff enabled me to push through my own comfort zone—to try
harder and reach farther.”
Thank you for sharing your gifts to ignite passion for learning, faith, and life.
You are making a difference in the lives of Dock students.
Susan Gingerich
Director of Advancement
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Administration and Staff
Dr. Conrad
Director of
Business Affairs
Director of
Histand (‘81)
Director of
Director of
Hackman (‘03)
Burkholder (‘87)
Detweiler (‘03)
Fitness Center
Gehman (‘71)
Athletic Director
Miller (‘78)
Office Assistant
Cathy Schmidt
Assistant to the
Athletic Trainer
Dr. J. Eric
Bishop (‘74)
Bower (‘02)
Derstine (‘70)
Ehst (‘71)
McTavish (‘73)
Moyer (‘90)
Rittenhouse (‘01)
Swartz (‘73)
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Board of Trustees
(l to r): Beny Krisbianto, David G. Landis (’59), Rina Rampogu, Henry W. Longacre, Treasurer (’60), Ruth H. Yoder, Secretary,
Warren L. Tyson, President, Sharon L. Fransen, Vice President , P. Scott Heckler, Henry B. Bergey
Food Service Staff
Director of
Food Services
Detweiler (‘81)
Seaman (‘76)
Weber (‘85)
Maintenance/Custodial, Grounds Staff & Volunteers
Maintenance/Custodial Staff
Tadesse Abay
Lester Alderfer
Ben Burggraff
Sanford Alderfer
Paul Miller
Jim Derstine
Eric Peterson
Howard Freed
Joah Rittenhouse (‘10)
Les Teale
Godshall (‘63),
Maintenance Staff:
Weaver (‘71)
Grounds Staff
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Class of 2012
Igniting Passion for Learning, Faith, and Life.
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he Dock Robotics Team continues to grow and carry the Dock banner into the community. This year the
team gave a robotics demonstration at Lansdale’s First Friday event in October. Members of the team
include (l to r) Andrew Beiler, Joseph Thompson, Graham Truscott, Meghan Pulice, Austin Kratz, Faculty
Advisor Gail Anderson, Eric Hoover, Karl Wang, Darren Souder, Pengcheng Su, Veronica Martinez, Thomas
Schweiker, Erika Benner, Young Yoo Kim, Zach Potter, Johnny Nieto, Ian Martin, Isaac Zehr, Rebecca
Mathew (hidden), Issac Moyer, Abigail Anderson, Johnathan Capps, Melissa Class, and Zach Wilson.
College Day
Andy Richter (’08) returned to Dock in a new role
this fall, as admissions representative for Eastern
Mennonite University—where he graduated
earlier this year. Andy was joined on Dock’s
campus by his peers from other Mennonite
colleges for Mennonite College Day in October.
Dock House, Rock House
hen life gives you lemons...well, you know the rest.
When Superstorm Sandy knocked out the power
at Dock House in late October, two of Dock’s newest
students, Camilo Hurtado and Daniel Ramirez, had the
good fortune to be hosted for a few nights at the home
of faculty member Dr. J. Eric Bishop and his wife, Linda.
They spent a fine evening in the Bishops’ basement,
trading DOCK House for ROCK House!
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Spiritual Life
hristopher Dock’s Spiritual Life Emphasis Week was held
in September with guest speaker Michelle Hershberger
(above left), professor of Bible and Ministry at Hesston College.
Leading chapel that week were (above l to r) Kirsten Hanson,
Joanna Benner, Ethan Neal, Jun Bae, and Logan Hunsberger.
SLEW also included Dock’s fall Pastors’ Day, in which pastors
and youth leaders connected with their students by attending
classes, chapel and lunch. Here, Youth Pastor Scott Franciscus
of Covenant Community Fellowship (center) shares some laughs
with (l to r) Abigail Anderson, Melissa Class, faculty member
Gail Anderson, Emanuela Lorisme, and Andrew Kang.
Turkey Bowl 2012
ne of Dock’s most hallowed traditions is the annual
Turkey Bowl, with junior boys squaring off against
senior boys, and junior girls against senior girls. A new
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group of juniors gave an inspired showing this year, but in
the end the result was the same as it has almost always been:
victory for the seniors!
Thoreau Houses
s part of their study of the 19th century writer, sophomores in Mrs.
Charlene Rauch’s American Literature class designed and built
houses inspired by Henry David Thoreau. Students read of the two years
Thoreau spent living in a cabin by the shores of Walden Pond, and then
were to design a house with the dimensions of Thoreau’s cabin—but
also reflecting their own personality. “Thoreau Park” (left) was designed
by baseball fanatic Jimmy Kustra, while Mattea Ruth focused on details
inside the cabin (right).
A Chemistry
4-Her of the Year
ongratulations to senior Caroline
Lynch for being named the 2012
Outstanding 4-H Member of the Year.
Here, Caroline receives her award
from Pa. State Rep. Marcy Toepel (left).
Caroline also placed third in the state
Horse Judging competition this summer,
earning her a trip to the regional
exhibition in West Springfield, MA.
Korean Student Outreach
hemistry classes taught by Mrs. Kathy
Adams (far left) once again brightened
the Rosenberger Academic Center atrium
with their Chemistry Christmas tree. Students
create Christmas ornaments themed around
elements of the periodic table, then, after a
short class presentation, use them to decorate
the tree. Pictured with Mrs. Adams are (l to r)
Sonia Choi, Aggie Kamaratos, Brooke Rotelle,
Destiny Lee, Bell Dong, Shannon Fitzgerald,
Emily Derstine, Michaelah Hill, Rebecca
Mathew, Emily Gordon, Cassidy Jagiela, Evan
Roberts, Andrew Beiler, Jordan Alderfer, Carey
Xia, and Tabitha Miller.
hristopher Dock was recently featured on the cover of the Korean
Philadelphia Times, a weekly newspaper that reaches thousands of
Korean families in the region. Photographed for the story were
(l to r) Stephanie Han, Jessica Chung, Sonia Choi, Principal Dr. Conrad
Swartzentruber, David Kim, Peter Kim, Director of Admissions Doug
Hackman, and Dock community advocate Soo Hwang.
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Dock grads are “Haydn” at EMU...
he Eastern Mennonite University Music Department’s annual Gala Concert on November 10 featured
an all-Haydn concert by the school’s choirs and Chamber Orchestra—and a strong contribution from
Christopher Dock grads, including soloists Laura Keppley (’10), Katie Derstine (’01), and Ben Bergey (’07),
and two other alumni, Joel Rittenhouse (’08) and Elena Histand Stuckey (’06), playing bass in the orchestra.
...and making an impact in Albania
ne Mennonite pastor’s burden for the lost in post-Communist Albania grew into a church and school
that is making a powerful impact on young people and their families. And now this ministry also has
a strong Dock connection: three Dock alumni are teachers at the Lezha Academic Center—Jessica Hedrick
(‘07), Caleb Benner (‘07) and Justin Rittenhouse (‘08)—and former Dock Principal Elaine Moyer is on the
school’s board of directors. Principal Klementina Shahini visited Souderton Mennonite Church recently to
provide an update on the ministry’s progress.
Photo below: The Lezha Academic Center staff includes (l to r): Caleb Benner (’07), Fatbardha Papleka,
Abedin Shahini, Jessica Hedrick (’07), Klementina Shahini, Ermal Zylaj, Kaitlyn Bontrager,
and Justin Rittenhouse (’08).
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is Sacred
Alumni Notes
Emilee Laverty (’11)
...offers hope and
humor in a way that
only Ted Swartz
could deliver.
n her review of Laughter is Sacred Space, the new book by
Ted Swartz (’74), Mennonite pastor Amy Yoder McLaughlin says
Swartz has simply transferred his gift for the art of storytelling “from
the stage to the page.” Swartz’s new book weaves stories from his
childhood as a Mennonite middle child, through a failed business, a
young marriage and seminary experience into a new career in acting
and the creation of a theater company, Ted and Lee Comedy, with
friend and partner Lee Eshleman. Ted offers audiences a glimpse into
his 20-year friendship and creative partnership with Eshleman, which
ended when Lee took his own life in 2007.
Swartz explores the paradox of working with a comedic partner
struggling with bipolar disorder, as well as the challenge of writing
and performing God’s stories while experiencing the absence of
God after Lee’s death. Laughter is Sacred Space is honest, funny and
vulnerable, and reveals the unique journey of working in the theater
and in the church under the shadow of a mental illness. The book
offers hope and humor in a way that only Ted Swartz could deliver.
Laughter is Sacred Space is available at, and other retailers.
Gordon Groff Receives
Photographic Society of
America Proficiency Distinction
he Photographic Society of America (PSA)
announces that Gordon Groff (’71), has been
awarded the Proficiency Distinction (PPSA) in
recognition of his photographic achievement
record in PSA-recognized international exhibitions
of photography. To qualify for the Proficiency
Distinction, 288 or more acceptances are required.
The award certificate was presented in September at
the 2012 PSA International Conference in San Francisco. The award
includes an invitation to submit a sample of work to the PPSA Gallery
on the PSA web site at PSA is a worldwide
organization of both amateur and professional photographers.
Emilee with sister Lindsey (’14) at Emilee’s
commencement in June 2011.
Emilee Laverty (‘11) died on November 1 of
cancer (dedifferentiated chordoma) in Baltimore,
MD, following five months of treatment. Born
in Madrid, Spain, to Wendy and Jim Laverty on
November 26, 1992, Emilee from ages 3 to 8
attended Spanish schools in Zaragoza, Spain.
She was joined by a sister, Lindsey (’14), in
late 1995 and six years later moved with her
family to Telford. Emilee was a student at Penn
View Christian School and a 2011 graduate of
Christopher Dock. She had just completed her
first year at Grove City College when she was
diagnosed with cancer. Emilee loved life and
loved her Lord, Jesus Christ. She and her family
are members of Souderton Mennonite Church.
Colby Swartley (’08)
The Colby Swartley Memorial Fund
has been established by Wildlife
Specialists in memory of Colby
Swartley (’08), who died in a car
accident on July 18, 2012. Colby was
employed by Wildlife Specialists at
the time of his death. The purpose of
the Colby Swartley Memorial Fund is
to provide financial aid for students
from Philadelphia County with limited
financial means to attend Christopher
Dock. The fund is open to anyone
wishing to contribute in memory
of Colby. Contributions should be
sent to Christopher Dock Mennonite
High School, 1000 Forty Foot Road,
Lansdale, PA 19446.
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Alumni Notes
Eileen Moyer Viau, Harleysville, died November 13 of
pancreatic cancer. Eileen attended her 55-year reunion on
October 20; her death is the first for her class.
Philip Horning was ordained as lead minister at Gehman
Mennonite Church, Adamstown, PA, on May 13.
Ted Swartz authored Laughter is Sacred Space. His book
was released by MennoMedia on September 14, 2012
(see page 33).
Mark Leatherman’s wife Ruth died on October 20 in
Christina, PA. He survives with three children.
Amy Lyons and Vinay Kini, Philadelphia, welcomed Nora
Lyons on August 31. She joins big sister Riya.
Caleb Franks and Shiru Feng were married July 9 in
Shaanxi, China.
Jenn (Souder) and Jason Souder, Philadelphia, welcomed
Liliana Josephine on March 29.
Martha (Moyer) and Adam Detweiler, Harleysville,
welcomed Colton Adam on April 20.
Christina (Anastasi) and Brad Fleisher, Mechanicsburg, PA,
welcomed their first child, Joshua, born on May 15, 2012
Erik and Sarah Kratz, Harrisonburg, VA, welcomed Avery
Grace on October 4.
Aaron Schreffler married Yuka Sato in Tokyo, Japan, on
October 26.
Rachel Miller and Scott Parkinson were married May 27 in
Lederach. They live in Washington, DC.
Matt and Kelly (Bower) Weaver, Perkiomenville, have two
children. Ella Ruth was born in 2011 and Derek Matthew
was born October 19, 2012.
Jason Moyer is an assistant professor in the communication
arts department at Malone University in Canton, OH.
He serves on the board of The Mennonite. He and wife
Stephanie lived in Iowa City, IA, for the past six years.
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We want to hear from you.
Share your Alumni Notes (births, deaths,
marriages, job changes, achievements, etc.).
Send to: Christopher Dock Mennonite High
School, 1000 Forty Foot Road, Lansdale, PA 19440
or email them to [email protected]
Heather Landes and Malcolm Huggins were married in
Stroudsburg, PA, on August 11. They live in Oswego, NY.
Vanessa (Moyer) and Drew (’00) Myers, Telford, PA,
welcomed Avelynn Isadora, on May 3.
Trevor and Lauren Weaver, Belleville, PA, welcomed
Addelyn Rae on October 7.
Rachel Detweiler married Tim Burkhardt on July 21 in
Dublin, PA. They live in Fountainhill, PA.
Eliza Hochstetler and Seth Gingerich were married July 7
at Blooming Glen. They live in Canby, OR.
Sarah Moore married Andrew Gehman on September 8 in
Souderton. They live in Philadelphia.
Colby Swartley, Perkasie, died in a car accident on
July 18. The Colby Swartley Memorial Fund has been
established in his memory (see page 33).
Emilee Laverty of Telford died on November 1 of cancer
in Baltimore, MD (see page 33).
Save the Date:
October 18-19, 2013
iGive is a great way to make a donation to Dock without
lifting a finger. Once you sign up at and name
Christopher Dock as your cause, a percentage of any
purchase you make online at more than 1,000 retailers
(including most of your favorites) will be donated to
Dock automatically. You’ll earn a $5 donation for Dock
just for signing up! “I love the idea behind iGive,” says
Dock Fitness Center Manager Ryan Detweiler. “I bought a
Christmas gift online, and a donation was made the next
morning to Christopher Dock—just for shopping like I
normally would anyway.”
Class of ‘56 Meets for 56th Reunion
See additional class reunion photos on pages 15-18
The Class of ’56 met for their 56th class reunion in Oregon, including (l to r)
Dave Brunner, Dave Meyers, Jon Clemens, Mary Rittenhouse-Schwartzentruber,
Don Detweiler, Esther Ruth Shisler, Ivan Moyer, Kathleen Harley Aeschliman,
Arlene Clemens Clemens, Marie Gehman Clemens, Dan Lapp, Mary Clemens Martin.
rriving from Arizona, Indiana, Pennsylvania, Washington, Minnesota, and Oregon, 12 classmates and
spouses, as well as class advisor Hiram Hershey, and his wife, Mary Jane, comprised the group of 22 which
met at Menucha Retreat and Conference Center in Corbett, OR, October 14-17 for our 56th Class Reunion.
Classmates Jon Clemens, class president, and Arlene Clemens, of Camas, WA, and Kathleen Harley Aeschliman
of Salem, OR, welcomed the group to the camp, which is located along the beautiful Columbia River Gorge.
It is significant that this event happened in the 56th year since our graduation from Christopher Dock.
Storytelling was interspersed by singing and laughter. Classmate Dave Brunner, pastor of Rochester Mennonite
Fellowship, spun a meditation on growing older around Psalms 78 and 90, as well as Robert Browning’s poem,
Rabbi Ben Ezra which begins “Grow old along with me! The best is yet to be…” Oregon’s three-month drought
was broken upon our arrival by a steady rain. However, it didn’t dampen spirits for hiking around the camp trails,
which exposed the Columbia River Gorge and Crown Point. The auto caravan splashed to Multnomah Falls,
passing picturesque roadside waterfalls enroute.
A lovely day of sunshine and crisp air following the rain spawned a game of croquet, exploration of Menucha’s
grounds, and a Scrabble game. A trip on a sternwheeler on the Columbia River allowed us to follow the 1805
trail of Lewis and Clark, passing many native fishing posts.
The class anticipates another gathering in perhaps two years.
— Mary Rittenhouse-Schwartzentruber
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Alumni Notes
Got iGive?
Non-Profit Org.
U.S. Postage
Permit 170
Igniting Passion for Learning, Faith, and Life.
1000 Forty Foot Road
Lansdale, PA 19446
On the cover (clockwise from center): Marissa
Souder rakes a garden box at Variety Club Camp
on Dock’s Service Day; Faculty member Bernie
Wallerich and Erika Benner clean up at Elm Terrace
Gardens; Tiara Demetrius and Shea Neal paint
curbs at Meadowood Retirement Community;
Jessica Jushchyshyn and Sabrina Forde serve at
Keystone Opportunity Center; Elias Gehman clears
brush at Liberty Thrift Stores; Bobby McFadden
helps out at Mennonite Heritage Center.
“We are preparing students
for a future no one knows…
This is why we place a high value
at Dock on preparing students
to be flexible and life-long learners.”
Preparing for the Unknown
t is always a highlight for me to give a
school tour to an alumni class. During
our recent Homecoming Weekend, I had
the opportunity to give a tour to the class
of 1962. They were impressed with the
Art Building and Rosenberger Academic
Center, all new buildings since they studied
in Grebel Hall and the Carriage House.
They laughed as they reminisced about their
teenage years, but also reflected seriously in
ways that gave evidence of the impact Dock
has had on who they are today.
Soon after the class of ‘62’s campus
tour, Superstorm Sandy also made a “tour”
of the Dock campus. Fifty-one trees fell
on our campus, but we are grateful no
significant damage occurred at the school.
Roland Yoder and others had the foresight
Dock Principal Dr. Conrad Swartzentruber (above)
to preserve and plant many trees over our
leads the Class of ’62 campus tour of the Art
Building, with class president Jim Halteman (left). 58-year history, providing trees that will
Below: This pine behind Detweiler House was one continue to give our campus its beautiful
and unique appearance, even with the
of the dozens of trees lost to Superstorm Sandy.
losses from this storm.
Superstorm Sandy made a significant
impact on many families in our community.
Our faculty members and school families
lost trees, electricity and personal
possessions. Sandy was termed the storm of
a lifetime; even the class of ‘62 had not seen
a storm of this magnitude. Some of the trees
that fell were already strong trees when they
were students at Dock. A storm of a lifetime
means no one has experienced the event.
No one living in our community remembers
this many trees falling during one storm.
How does one prepare for something no one
has seen?
As teenage students preparing for
graduation from Dock, the class of ’62 could
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not have imagined the world in which they
are currently living and working. During
their Dock days they were preparing for
today, a future no one had yet experienced.
This is the constant challenge as we plan
for Dock’s future. We are preparing students
for a future no one knows. Students need to
prepare for a global community they have
not experienced. They will prepare for a
blended culture far different from what their
parents experienced. The understanding of
how to learn becomes as important as the
facts that are memorized. This is why we
place a high value at Dock on preparing
students to be flexible and life-long learners.
As I observe our faculty preparing
students for this future, I am encouraged
by what I see. Our faculty members come
from many backgrounds, bringing life
experiences and expertise that enhance the
Dock experience for our students. Senior
Experience, Social Issues trips, and many
other unique Dock events provide the link
between academic learning and the world in
which students will work someday.
I have a growing hope in the role our
students will play in this future world.
Our perceptive teachers understand the
significance of this challenge and respond
with appropriate wisdom. God’s principles
continue to guide and provide a foundation
for every situation and season of life.
Students are prepared for the once in a
lifetime future that awaits them. They will
respond, as did the class of 1962, by making
a difference, and by helping to shape the
world around them.
­— Dr. Conrad Swartzentruber, Principal
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