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Honors granted to McCullough, Repass

Induction ceremony 10 a.m. Saturday
Oct 06, 2017
Sandy Konrad McCullough

The Ledger continues with its series featuring the 10 inductees to the Parsons College Wall of Honor.

The ceremony is at 10 a.m. Saturday in the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center. Today we feature Sandy Konrad McCullough and O. Frank Repass.

 

Sandy Konrad McCullough, Class of 1972

CARLISLE – McCullough walked away from Parsons with more than a degree in language arts and secondary education. She credits coaches Bob Spencer and Ethan Towne for laying the foundation for her success in life.

“They inspired me to be successful by persevering through the tough times, working hard, never giving up, but most of all, facing the many challenges life presents, and enjoying life to the fullest,” she said. “Parsons had a very strong influence on my life. The educational environment of innovative curriculum, creativity, flexibility and individualized instruction mirrored the philosophy that I later found myself utilizing in working as a counselor, administrator, advocate and presenter in alternative education.”

Her distinguished high school care as teacher, coach, advisor, counselor and principal spanned 40-plus years. One half of those years were spent teaching and working in alternative education helping at-risk students.

Recognition is not new to McCullough. In 1968, at Southeast Warren High School, she was an all-state basketball and softball honoree. At John F. Kennedy College, prior to Parsons, she won All-America honors in basketball and was named to the Nebraska Women’s All-State Softball First Team.

McCullough was invited to the Pan American tryouts and was selected as team alternate. She has been elected to three terms on the Iowa Association of Alternative Education Executive Board and is recognized as a leader and authority in alternative education in Iowa. She is frequently asked to be a presenter at state and national conventions on the subject.

Sandy is the recipient of the 2001 Iowa Association’s Educator/Administrator Award in

 

alternative education. Currently retired and living with husband Greg in Carlisle, they have two sons and five grandchildren. Sandy will be presented by Coach Bob Spencer.

 

O. Frank Repass, Class of 1971

MAX MEADOWS, VIRGINIA – Frank is a nationally and internationally recognized court-certified firearms expert. He has the distinction of having trained over 6,000 students in the field of law enforcement officers.

Repass served as the range master for the Orlando Police Department, and was a member of the Special Weapons and Tactic Team (SWAT) for 21 years.

During his time on the SWAT team, he was involved in more than 500 operations. Repass was selected as the 1999 Fraternal Order of Police Officer of the Year in Orlando. He was instrumental in starting the Annual SWAT International Conference in Orlando that now attracts SWAT teams in competition from all over the world.

As a member of the International Association of Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors since 1984, he’s served as vice president and carries 29 certifications. Frank received the IALEFI’s Charlie Smith Award, the highest honor for contributions to the international firearms training industry.

He is also chairman of the Annual Training Conference Memorial Match, which has given over 500 scholarships to deserving training officers and has had over 2,500 participants.

Frank retired from active duty after 25 years of distinguished service, but not for long. He continues to teach local, state and federal law enforcement in the area of firearms operation, tactical firearms, and SWAT. In addition, he began a new career as range master at the Kennedy Space Center and has served 11 years.

At KSC, he not only trained officers from local agencies and branches of the military, but also worked with many brave astronauts. At his 2015 retirement, Captain Frank was presented the American flag that was flown in his honor over the KSC administration building, by the director of NASA Security.

Repass graduated from Parsons with a degree in history. He lettered in football four years, was a member of Phi Sigma Epsilon fraternity and the WTBA social club. In recounting his college days, Frank said, “Parsons changed my life in so many ways, but the best thing I came away with was the long lasting and wonderful life-long friendships. I was fortunate to participate in sports, and that concept of camaraderie and team-building carried me throughout my professional career.”

Repass said Parsons taught him that education is knowledge of values and not simply facts.

“During my time at Parsons, I learned that devotion to community service and placing that service above all else was essential,” Frank said.

His community involvement includes volunteer work at the Kennedy Space Center, the Brevard Heritage Council and the Edith Bowling Wilson Museum in Wytheville, Virginia. He has two children, and splits the year between Cocoa, Florida, and Max Meadows, Virginia, where he is restoring his grandfather’s farmhouse. Frank’s presenter will be David Thompson.

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