Thank you!!!

It truly does take a village to put on the Every 15 Minutes Program, so we have a lot of people who we would like to thank. This program would not have been the success that it was without the following people and organizations help and support. We would like to extend our heartfelt thanks and gratitude to:

Karlie Busch for having a great idea

The Klemps and Teigs for taking on roles no parents should ever have to take on

Kris Flaugh for making the idea come to life

Cory Lampe-Humboldt County Sheriff’s Department

Michelle Hankins-Humboldt County Public Health Administrator

POET- Every 15 Minutes Sponsor-HUGE supporters of the South Hamilton HAWKS

Ken Howard- South Hamilton Superintendent of Schools-thanks for always supporting our dreams

Scott Dryer- South Hamilton MS/HS Principal-thanks for supporting all of our crazy ideas

Todd Coy-Transportation-thanks for getting the kids EVERYWHERE that they needed to go

Paul Hemphill-South Hamilton Elementary Principal-thanks for being the best Grim Reaper ever

Lindsay Gelder-South Hamilton MS/HS Counselor-Retreat developer and countless other tasks

Steve Gelder, Andrew Lucchesi and Bre Wessels-ER Scene

Julie Lutjen-thanks for planning the funeral and your constant support & assistance from day #1

Doug Timmons-Hamilton County Sheriff-Supportive start to finish

Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office and Jail for the booking process

Hamilton County Dispatch for our 911 call

Steve Butler for the most difficult readings we could imagine

Lori Ratzke-Electronic Communication to students, staff, and parents both days

Lisa Pulis for making our EVERY 15 MINUTES announcements

Pastor Dave Nerdig-Bethesda Lutheran Church Jewell-Funeral Team/Pastor on-site

Marc Soderstrum-Adams & Soderstrum Family of  Funerals Homes–Accident & Funeral

Alexa Gibbs – pianist for funeral

West Ames Hy-Vee – casket spray for funeral

Story City Floral & Garden – flowers for funeral

Coach Hill and Coach Lutjen for being ushers at the funeral

Faith Kennedy-Videographer

Duane Hendrickson & Team-Jewell Fire & Rescue/EMT- Crash Scene and much much more

Eric Young-IA Dept.of Public Safety Special Agent-Guest Speaker & man in charge of all things law/court related

Gina Myers-Okerberg & Associates- Retreat Coordinator

Courtney Fox-Okerberg & Associates-Retreat Coordinator

Patty Willadsen-IF-A Schools-thanks for being our right hands on this crazy ride

Joely Swenson-South Hamilton School Board President-thanks for not only your support but your assistance both days

Jon Rolefsen-Pastor Trinity Lutheran Church Ellsworth-Retreat Chaperone-Pastor on-site

Joseph Becker -YMT Trinity Lutheran Church Ellsworth-Retreat Chaperone

Trinity Lutheran Church Ellsworth-Retreat Location

Sheryl Darling (Palo Alto County EMS)-Program Coordinator-thanks for letting us work under your umbrella of training

Karlie Barrett and Katelyn Winkler -Makeup Artists

Kristi Busch & Betsy Hill-Retreat Food & Drink-thanks for your friendship & for sharing your kids with us for this event

Webster City Americinn-thanks for donating a room to our videographer

Brian Dotts-Life Flight

Scott Ervin-South Hamilton Record News-Media Team Leader & Event Coverage

Angela Hewitt-Photographer

Megan Mondt from Amanda the Panda

Buffy Peters, Director, Hamilton Funeral Home Grief and Loss Academy

Lisa Smith, Joyce Ostebee, and local clergy for counseling and supporting students

Robyn Wiesbrich- Guest Speaker #2

Carney’s Auto Recycling of Ames-Cars for crash scene

Seamless Pros & Trackside Welding-Towing for crash scene

Pat Chamber-Hamilton County Attorney-Prosecutor in Court Scene

Doug Cook-Hamilton County Attorney-Judge in Court Scene

Jon Beaty-Humboldt County Attorney-Defense Attorney in Court Scene

Shirley Nelson and Tara Northrop for all their work on both days

Loyal Winborn for all of his light and sound expertise

Matt Schutt for organizing a great MS field trip

Terri Cook and staff for our altered lunches and snacks

Curt Stoecker and staff for all of our maintenance needs

Janet Greufe and Marsha Ganzow for helping with the phones on both days

South Hamilton Student Body for being compassionate listeners and understanding learners for two days

South Hamilton Parents for understanding it is not always easy or comfortable to educate our kids

South Hamilton Staff for making these days work on short notice, and behind the scenes

South Hamilton Student Participants for your leadership, time, and for sharing your thoughts

…and a group of communities that love their kids!


South Hamilton High School has been so blessed by the support of our community during this planning process. Because of this never-ending support, we were able to give our students the gift of this EVERY 15 MINUTES program, an event that we hope stays in their memories forever and serves as a guide to making good choices and living with no regrets. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for supporting such a wonderful cause.


Kris Flaugh & Scott Dryer