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For Immediate Release 


Contact: Tim Mitchell, Superintendent for additional Information

712-484-2212 or tmitchell@riverside.k12.ia.us

Riverside Community School District Hall of Fame-Class of 2023 Induction

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Held in Conjunction with the Riverside All School Reunion Monday September 11, 2023 - Saturday September 16, 2023

The purpose of the Riverside Community School District Hall of Fame is to honor graduates, employees, teams, individuals and friends of the Riverside Community School District for their accomplishments at and/or to the service of the Riverside Community School District, and also to inspire our students to become the best that they can be.

It is not just for Riverside Community School District but any accomplishments during the days of Macedonia, Carson and Oakland are considered for the Riverside Community School District Hall of Fame. Applications are received each year and the selection is made by the Riverside Board of Education.

Induction Ceremony: It will be held on Thursday September 14 , 2023 at 2:30 PM in the Gym at the Middle/High School at 18997 Hwy 59, Oakland, IA

Parade: Will be held on Friday September 15, 2023  at 2:00 PM-Inductees can choose to ride in a vehicle in the line-up.  This year the Parade is in Carson, IA

Football Game: Will be held on Friday September 15, 2023  at 7:00 PM-Inductees will be introduced in front of the grandstands at 6:30 PM.  All inductees Family and Friends are admitted free to the game.

Riverside Hall of Fame Class of 2023

Richard Merkle - Employee - Richard Merkle taught Junior and Senior High Science from 1957-1965. In the summers of 1962-1964 he completed a M. A. Degree in secondary administration and in 1965 he became the Junior and Senior High School Principal until his retirement in 1988 (31 year teaching and administrative career).

Louise Merkle -  Employee - Louise Merkle taught 4th Grade, 5th Grade, and eventually stayed with 6th Grade at Oakland Elementary School and Riverside Middle School in Carson. She taught from 1974-1998 (24 year    teaching career). 

Merlin Haukoos-Employee - Merlin Haukoos taught Vocal Music, Choir and Show Choir at Oakland High School from 1964-1976

Gayle Strickland - Employee - Gayle Strickland spent 28 years of her 40 year career at Oakland-Riverside. In 1968 she started working for Oakland Head Start and then in the Fall of 1968 she taught Kindergarten. She taught in Fairbanks, AK and Tillicum WA while her husband was in the military. She returned to Oakland in 1971 where she served in many different roles before retiring in 2008 from the Harlan Community School District.  

1993 Carson-Macedonia Softball Team-Team-Donell Hotze (Kvaal), Angie Krueger (Shanno), Rachel Duede (Richardson), Jenny Evans, Octavia Jarmin (Louis), Samantha Hodges (Hainey) Christi Danker (Gibler), Monica Parks (Parks-Makinde), Jana Bentley (Hensley), Becky Adickes (Caceres), Carrie Henderson (Laumann), Jodi Reed, Tara Turner (Achenbach), Jolene Herbert (Jackson), Lisa Pilling (Allen) Stats, Coach Gary Wax, and, Asst Coach Beth Loring (James)