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Phil Schefke reports that his oldest daughter, Claudia, recently graduated from Elmhurst College. She spent time immediately after graduation being an intern at Marineland Dolphin Adventure in St. Augustine, FL, where she is pursuing her dream of being a dolphin trainer. Phil has started his second year as a full-time assistant professor on the clinic floor at Midwestern University College of Dental Medicine in Downers Grove.
Bill Slavin joined other Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine alumni for a 40th anniversary trip to London and Zurich, followed by a boat trip up the Rhine River. Bill’s whirlwind tour led him to Florence to meet up with his children, their spouses and grandchildren. The family enjoyed their week-long stay in a villa, taking a 12-mile bike ride one day and riding Vespa scooters another day. The next stops were Rome, Paris and then back to London. Bill returned home for one day for a Leo High School golf outing before flying off to Palm Desert, CA, for a week to rest. He’s having lots of fun doing it while he can!
Brent Stanford and his wife Sharon recently visited with their son Sean in Montana and enjoyed a trip to Yellowstone National Park. Sharon had an amazing experience at the beginning of October. She traveled to the Tohoku region of Japan to visit their daughter Maddi, who was on tour with The Young Americans through the end of November. During the drive from Tokyo to the region, Sharon encountered a country trying to rebuild from the tsunami and the Fukushima nuclear disaster in 2011. The Tohoku region has many villages that were evacuated due to the high levels of radiation. The inhabitants are just now starting to be allowed to return as each village is slowly being cleaned up. Lining the road on the drive north (which was newly opened above the previously existing roads) there were rows upon rows of black bags containing the contaminated top layers of dirt. Workers dressed in white hazmat suits were diligently removing the dirt from the fields with bulldozers. There were also periodic electronic signs on the road – not noting your speed limit, but the radiation levels. The Young Americans visited schools and conducted workshops to help the children and families affected by the disaster. The participants are taught to sing, dance and act. At the end of the day, they take part in a show that is performed to family and friends. Each day the group goes to a new school and does it all over again. Sharon had the experience to travel with this incredible group of young people for a couple days on this life-changing trip.
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