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Three NCMC Alumni Honored at NCMC Foundation’s Pirates Ball

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March 29, 2022

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Left to Right: Nick Sottler, Janet Lake, John Hunolt

The North Central Missouri College Foundation held its annual Pirates Ball Saturday to honor three Distinguished Alumni and celebrate all NCMC investors, alumni, and friends. The event was held in the Ketcham Community Center on North Central Missouri College campus.

NCMC Athletic Director Nate Gamet was the emcee for the evening and thanked the Foundation for their help with purchasing a new stage system for events at the Ketcham Community Center. During the meal, catered by Great Western Dining, a slide show honoring all Distinguished Alumni Honorees and Foundation events was shown. Guests were then entertained by magician and comedian Todd Lamanske.

Mr. Gamet introduced the Class of 2021 Distinguished Alumni and shared comments from their nominations.  For John Hunolt’s nomination, NCMC Men’s Basketball Coach Jeremy Esry wrote, “I have recently had the pleasure of getting to know John through basketball and our North Central teams traveling to Ottumwa to play Indian Hills. When we travel up there, I know that it is a guarantee we will have at least one guy in the stands cheering for the Pirates, and that is John Hunolt. John is proud of his past and his time in Trenton and TJC, and we should be proud of all the accomplishments that he has had after leaving Trenton.”

In Phyllis Jackson’s nomination of Janet (Boyd) Lake, she wrote; “Janet Lake embodies all that NCMC has come to represent in this community, and her story IS THE STORY of NCMC– accessible, affordable, practical, supportive, flexible to meet the needs of the individual, always searching for ways to help the students acquire their personal and educational goals close to home to have the support of many levels of family members while attaining the degree. All of this must piggyback on the drive, tenacity, determination, dreams, and passion that Janet found within herself when she started her journey of education through NCMC!”

Gary and Meredith Black shared why they nominated Nick Sottler, “Nick Sottler joins many fine people who began their college careers by attending Trenton Junior College, now North Central Missouri College. In Nick’s case, he used NCMC as a beginning step toward a transfer to Kansas State University to complete his Bachelor’s degree and propel him into an outstanding career in the United States Marine Corp and affiliated fields. As an outstanding NCMC alum, Nick has never forgotten his educational opportunities, starting here at North Central Missouri College. He has been very open to sharing his experiences and expertise with others in teaching, personal life coaching, and distinguished service and loyalty to his country. Nick Sottler is such a natural fit to take his place as a member of Distinguished Alumni at NCMC.”

The Foundation accepts nominations for NCMC Distinguished Alumni at any time, and all nominations are considered. The Class of 2022 will be recognized in March of 2023. The former student must have successfully completed at least one semester at TJC/NCMC and agree to be nominated to be eligible for nomination. The NCMC Foundation is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization that works with North Central Missouri College to transform lives and empower people. For more information about the NCMC Foundation and Alumni Association, contact Alicia Endicott, NCMC Director of Development, at 660-357-6403, [email protected], or www.ncmissouri.edu/alumni.