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Fighter Pilot Awards Go To Ty Groh

Ty Groh, son of Tom and Diane Groh, Spokane, received several awards during graduation ceremonies from F-16 Fighter Pilot Training:

For placing third in academics with a 99.7 grade-point average, first in Air-to-Ground Turkey Shoot Top Gun, second in overall Air-to-Ground, and first in overall Air-to-Air.

He also received the Distinguished Graduate Award, given to the fighter pilot who demonstrated superior airmanship, judgment, mission preparation, attitude, and academic and flying skills.

Groh is a 1988 graduate of Freeman High School, now stationed at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea.

Marlin Clark, director of the Career Center at Gonzaga University, was selected by the Western Association of Colleges and Employers as director of internal communications. He will serve as publisher and editor of Connection, the group’s Western regional publication.

Maria Bertagnoli and David Cleary, Gonzaga University science faculty members, won Cottrell College Science Awards from the Research Corp. to fund original research involving students in the process.

Bertagnolli, assistant professor of chemistry and biology, received $17,222 for her project to identify and characterize proteins that regulate blood clotting, focusing on how platelet cells adhere to each other.

Cleary, associate professor of chemistry, received $29,500 to investigate new nonlinear-optical materials. His project is to grow crystals that transform red laser light to blue to increase the data capacity of compact discs.

Washington State University recently honored benefactors from Spokane who have contributed $100,000 or more cumulatively to WSU:

Robert and Joan Jarvis, Alvin and Jane Wolff and the late Edith Krueger Ruply.

Sivamohan Valluvan, son of Sumathy Sivamohan; Molly Svingen, daughter of Bonnie and Orland Svingen; and Abde Elshafei, son of Patty Elshafei were chosen as Students of the Month for September at Lincoln Middle School in Pullman.

Gretchen Laete, a junior at Wisconsin Lutheran College in Milwaukee, has been chosen as a campus ambassador to conduct tours and answer prospective students’ questions. She is the daughter of Jake and Janelle Laete, Spokane.

Adria Merrill, Kettle Falls, Wash., is serving as a junior advisor at Bates College, Lewiston, Maine. She will serve as a peer counselor, mediator and resource person for first-year students living in a college residence. Merrill, a psychology major, is the daughter of Catherine Merrill and a graduate of Shadle Park High School.

Air Force Master Sgt. David Morton, a 1979 graduate of Central Valley High School, has been appointed first sergeant of the 48th Communications Squadron where he is stationed at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England. He was also decorated with the Meritorious Service Medal for outstanding non-combat service. He is the son of Phyllis Stone, Spokane, and Gerald Morton Sr., Lincoln City, Ore.

Chris Crutcher, Spokane, received the Governor’s Writers Awards for his book, “Ironman,” published in 1995. Crutcher was the single Eastern Washington author to receive one of 11 awards.

The Gonzaga University debate team of seniors Ian McLoughlin and Will Brewer placed second in the Lewis and Clark College Tournament in Portland. GU also advanced all six of its teams to the tournament’s elimination rounds.

McLoughlin and Brewer lost in the finals to Northwestern State University. Individually, McLoughlin finished second, and Brewer, fourth; sophomore John Voight finished seventh.

, DataTimes