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October 2018 Weddings, Babies & Kudos


Trina Goodson, a kindergarten teacher and Kratz’s 2018 Diamond Circle Teacher, celebrated her engagement to Justin Broemmelsick this past summer. Their wedding is planned for May 10, 2019.

Trina Goodson and fiance Justin Broemmelsick

Lindsey Salent, a first-grade teacher and orchestra director at Marvin Elementary, became Mrs. Lindsey Clements on Sept. 23 as she wed Keith Clements in St. Charles. The couple is planning a mini-honeymoon during winter break.

Lindsey and Keith Clements

Tammy Young, financial secretary at RHS, celebrated the marriage of her son, Chris Young (2002 RHS graduate), to Heather Gideon of Rolla. They were married on July 29 in Pensacola Beach, Fl. With this wedding, Tammy’s family added four granddaughters: Audrey(12), Arley and Ellie(6), and Taylor (2). Photo by Veronica Young Photography.

Young Wedding - Photo by Veronica Young Photography


Turon Blevins, a teacher assistant at Hoech, and wife Rebecca Blevins welcomed Carter Zane into their family on Aug. 25, weighing 8 lbs. 9 oz.

Carter Zane

Nicole Eberenz, sixth-grade English language arts teacher at Hoech, and husband Casey ushered in the first day of the school year on Aug. 15 with the birth of their son, Troy Daniel Eberenz, 5 lbs. 4 oz. and 19 inches long.

Troy Daniel Eberenz

Jan DiLorenzo, the 2018 Ritenour School for Early Childhood Education Diamond Circle Teacher, is excited to share twice the good news. Her daughter, Jamie DiLorenzo-Lohman (2005 RHS graduate) graduated from Saint Louis University with a master’s in social work and married Stephen Lohman last spring. On Sept. 23, Jan became a grandma to Edward Stephen Lohman, weighing 5 lb. 10 oz. and was 18 1/2 inches long.

DiLorenzo Wedding      Eddie DiLorenzo-Lohman

Laamar Cunningham, nurse at Marvin Elementary, and wife Melissa Tyson welcomed Ivy Alise Cunningham on Oct. 2 weighing in 6 lb. 14 oz. and was 19 inches long. Ivy’s proud big sister is Zoie Cunningham, 5, who attends kindergarten at Marvin.

Ivy Alise Cunningham


We are proud of the following Ritenour staff who have volunteered to coordinate Kids Voting for students in their buildings for the upcoming election. This year’s building coordinators are: Lisa Hampton, RHS; Dr. Marquita Bowers-Brown, HMS; Matt Struble, RMS; Chrissy Phillips, Buder; Adam Barnstead and Dr. Jeremy Spoor, Iveland; Jaimie Flaherty, Kratz; Nancy Pearl, Marion; Liz Harms, Marvin, Jill Bluhm, Wyland; Dorlita Adams, Husky Academy.

Dorlita Adams, director of Husky Academy, was featured at The Pink Carpet Community Gala on Aug. 24 at the Missouri Athletic Club: The gala was a fundraiser celebrating life, cancer survivorship and perseverance. At the event, Dorlita received the Hatz4Heart Strong Heart Award.

Dorlita Pink Carpet Community Gala

Jane Bannester, broadcast teacher at RHS, has been busy this fall both inside and outside the classroom. She will be learning and presenting with national journalism educators at two different national conferences. She will be presenting “Basics of Drone in Journalism” at the College Broadcasters Inc. Conference Oct. 25-27 in Seattle, WA. In early November, she will be presenting three sessions on podcasting and video broadcasting at the National High School Journalism Convention in Chicago.

Congratulations to RHS teacher and head football coach Hoyt Gregory, who was inducted into Lindenwood University’s Athletics Department Hall of Fame on Sept. 29. Hoyt, an offensive lineman from 1990-94, was the first Lion to become a two-time All-American.

Mary Mahn, office professional at the Administrative Center, is proud to share that her son, Ryan Mahn (RHS 2006 graduate) received the Mike Neden STEM Champion Award at the International STEM Education Association’s conference on Oct. 9 in Branson. Ryan, an instructional technology facilitator at John Thomas School of Discovery in Nixa, Mo., received the award for his enthusiasm in promoting K-12 STEM education in Nixa. Photo courtesy of Nixa Public Schools.

Ryan Mahn - Photo courtesy of Nixa Public Schools.

Ritenour’s Communications Department has been recognized with six awards for its outstanding communications during the 2017-2018 school year by the Missouri School Public Relations Association (MoSPRA).Ritenour received the three Awards of Merit for: Ritenour News, comprehensive communications celebrating Ritenour’s 150th anniversary and a video highlighting Ritenour School for Early Childhood Education. The district also received three Awards of Commendation for the district’s Facebook page, a video highlighting Ritenour’s first day for its bus service and the district’s digital newsletter, Inside Ritenour. MoSPRA Communications Awards Program receives entries from school districts throughout Missouri. Entries are judged by public relations professionals from both inside and outside the public education arenas.