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    Kewanee Schools

          Foundation

For over twenty years, the mission of the Foundation has been to strengthen the education and extra-curricular opportunities of district students by generating financial support and leadership through our alumni and community.

Since 1990, the Foundation has supported its mission by providing financial resources for:

  • new facilities,
  • educational materials,
  •   teacher training,
  • college scholarships,
  • community cultural events,
  •  landscaping and other projects that enhance the beauty and learning atmosphere of the district’s schools.

Please click HERE to access the "How You Can Help" section to find out the wide variety of ways in which you can be part of this very important mission!

ANNOUNCEMENTS

KHS GARDENS HELP PROVIDE FOOD FOR OTHERS

     Kewanee High School agriculture classes spent the final days of the school year helping the Kewanee Schools Foundation by planting 80 perennials in the Marjabelle Stewart Butterfly Garden east of the high school (top photo). The flowers will help feed and rejuvenate the Monarch butterfly and bee populations for pollination of agricultural crops. Plants included Salvia, Bee Balm, Cone Flowers, Daylily, Sedum and 14 other perennial plants. Shown planting the garden are Bryce Nolan and Jordan Hunt. Agriculture classes at KHS also planted the Farm-to-School Garden (above), part of the FFA chapter’s school farm. The members will work throughout the summer months to maintaining the garden, then pick and distribute the food to the Kewanee Food Pantry and, in the fall, to the school cafeteria. Shown planting are, from the left, Jessica German, Joe Westgerdes and Cristian Langlois.

 

ROAD TO SUCCESS LEADS FROM KHS TO NUCLEAR SUB FOR LANCE THOMPSON

Desire and dedication led Lance Thompson from the halls of Kewanee High School to the helm of a nuclear submarine and, recently, to recognition of his service at Wrigley Field.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel signed a resolution passed by the Chicago City Council declaring Friday, May 27, Commander Lance Thompson Day, which included an introduction before a Cubs game and a handshake from Cubs manager Joe Maddon.

Thompson was promoted last month to captain after serving three years as the commander of the submarine USS Chicago, based at Guam. He was elevated to senior deputy commander of Submarine Squadron 15 which consists of four fast attack Los Angeles-class submarines, including the Chicago, all part of the Pacific Fleet.

It all began at Kewanee High School where teachers remember Lance “always wanted to be in the Navy.”

His senior year, 1987-88, he was president of the senior class and homecoming king.

That same year he was nominated by Cong. Lane Evans to the Naval Academy at Annapolis. Md., but was not accepted. He then applied to the Air Force Academy at Colorado Springs and was accepted, but there were no openings.

Undeterred, Thompson, with the support of his parents, Janice and Alvin, joined the Navy the August after graduation and worked his way up.

According to the Chicago City Council resolution presented by Alderman Thomas Tunney and passed May 18, then Commander Thompson attended Auburn University, where he majored in electrical engineering and graduated magna cum laude. He then was commissioned after attending Officer Candidate School in Pensacola, Fla., then received his masters in engineering management from Southern Methodist University.

His shore assignments included serving as a staff instructor for the S3G Nuclear Reactor Prototype Training Center in West Milton, N.Y. Thompson was selected for the Nuclear Enlisted Commissioning Program. He also served as an analyst at the Office of the Secretary of Defense in cost assessment and program evaluation at the Pentagon.

His previous sea tours included assignments aboard three nuclear-powered subs — the USS Maine, where he served as damage control assistant and assistant weapons officer; the USS Rhode Island, where he was an engineer; and the USS Jefferson City, where he was executive officer.

He assumed command of the USS Chicago in September of 2013.

With a crew of approximately 170 sailors, the Chicago conducts a multitude of missions, according to the U.S. Navy website. Chicago is the first fast-attack submarine to be built with a vertical missile launch system, enabling strike mission capability. This allows the

Commander Lance Thompson and his wife, the former Missy Hadsall, are   shown with the fast-attack nuclear submarine U.S.S. Chicago, at Guam, where Thompson is stationed. He was commander of the sub for three years before being promoted this spring to captain and senior deputy commander of the submarine squadron at the naval base at Guam. Thompson is a 1988 graduate of Kewanee High School.

Navy to maintain a constant forward presence capable of strategic attacks.

Measuring more than 360 feet long and weighing more than 7,000 tons when submerged, Chicago is one of the most advanced submarines in the world. It is capable of supporting a multitude of missions including intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance, antisubmarine warfare, anti-surface ship warfare and strike and successfully completed its first mission vital to national security in 2015. Tours can last nearly a year.

In February, one of Indonesia’s top naval officers embarked on a day-long visit on the Chiccago “to build upon an already strong partnership between two nations.”

Rear Adm. S.H. Darwanto, Indonesian Eastern Fleet Commander, and two other Indonesian naval officers were hosted by Thompson and his superior officer, U.S. Navy Capt. Jeff Grimes, commander, Submarine Squadron 15, and their staffs.

Lance is married to Melissa Hadsall, daughter of Mike and Jean Hadsall of Kewanee. They have two grown children, Ryan and Allison.

During the pregame ceremony at Wrigley Field, Capt. Thompson presented Joe Maddon with a commemorative coin.  On one side was the Chicago’s insignia. On the other was Thompson’s name, rank and gold star.

Lance’s parents said in their brief exchange on the field, Maddon asked their son what was the longest time his sub had been underwater without coming to the surface. Ninety-eight days was Thompson’s response.

According to the city council resolution, Thompson has served on teams that have been awarded the Meritorious Unit Citation four times, and the Battle Efficiency “E” Award six times.

Thompson’s 1988 yearbook entry also reveals he was inducted into the National Honor Society his junior year and was named an Illinois State Scholar his senior year. His majors were English, math, science and French. His minor was social studies.

He was a young man on the way and had an idea of where he wanted to go.

Following that vision and sticking with it has taken a small town boy farther than even he may have dreamed.

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