Railer Memories

Nick Hoheisel – NHS Class of 1997

Photo courtesy of Kansas State
University Athletic Department

     Following graduation from NHS, Nick attended Kansas State University, where he graduated with a degree in Marketing. Nick is now employed by the Wichita Stealth front office. Nick enjoyed the excellent relationships he developed with close friends and staff members as his most fond memory of NHS, where he excelled in football, basketball, and academics.

Muadinvita Kazadi - NHS Class of 1992
     A 1992 graduate of NHS, Muadinvita Kazadi went on to earn a degree in Sociology and Psychology from the University of Tulsa. He retired after playing 3 seasons in the National Football League, most notably with the St. Louis Rams. A certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, "Kaz" has earned numerous honors and awards, including: All-American Fitness Award, University of Tulsa Athlete of the Year, St. Louis Rams ‘Iron man’ Award, All-American Selection, All-WAC First Team Selection, Dick Butkus Award Nominee, and a 1997 NFL Draft Selection.

Bill Lienhard – NHS Class of 1948 and Olympian

     Bill is one of Newton’s all time basketball stars. He earned All-Ark Valley and All-State honors in 1948, was the state’s leading scorer on Newton’s 25-1 team. Bill played basketball at the University of Kansas where he started for three years under Phog Allen. He was a second team NCAA All American on KU’s 1952 National Champions. Bill won an Olympic gold medal with the 1952 USA Olympic team in Helsinki, Finland.

Albert Martinez – NHS Class of 1962
     Albert is Newton's only three-time State wrestling champion. He lettered three years in wrestling as well as single letters in football and track. His wrestling career has no parallel in the history of the state. He won seventy-eight of 81 matches during his career, placing first in 13 of 15 tournaments. The worst finish in these meets was second. Albert was undefeated on the mat for two and one-half years, including a 28-0 record as a senior. He attended Kansas State University on a wrestling scholarship. Albert is widely known for his humility and incredible artistic talent. He is currently a free lance set designer. Albert is also an active participant in the Newton community as well as central Kansas.

Lori Adrian McGruder – NHS Class of 1990

     (2nd from right above) Following graduation from NHS in 1990, Lori earned her Bachelor’s degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Southern California. She then graduated from Princeton University with a Masters in Engineering. In 1997 Lori moved to Austin, Texas and became a doctoral candidate at the University of Texas at Austin in the Aerospace Engineering department. Her research was associated with the NASA ICESat satellite mission. In late 2001 she completed the UT program and was awarded a Ph.D.

     Lori was an active participant in a wide range of activities at NHS. She stresses being involved in activities when working with young people today. Her fondest memories of NHS primarily involve being part of the softball, basketball and tennis teams. Lori stated that she thoroughly enjoyed her teammates and coaches, road trips, pep rallies, and tournaments. She was proud to represent NHS with "such wonderful people."

     Currently Lori is a Post-doctoral Fellow at the Center for Space Research at the University of Texas at Austin. She continues to work on NASA’s Ice, Cloud and Land Elevation satellite (ICESat), which launched in early 2003. ICESat is a laser altimeter that monitors changes in the Earth’s Polar Regions. Lori also teaches such courses as Spacecraft Dynamics, Orbital Mechanics, and Satellite Geodesy in the Aerospace Department.

Cynthia Doyle Perkins - NHS Class of 1974
     Cindy was one of Newton High School's first multi-sport female athletes. She lettered three years in track and volleyball, and two in basketball. In 1973, her junior year, she helped Newton win the Ark Valley track title by placing in four events. She went on to win a gold medal in the 880-yard run while competing in the girls' first ever state track meet. She won MVP honors in volleyball and track and was selected outstanding athlete for the Railroader girls in 1973.

     Cindy attended Bethel College and excelled in volleyball, basketball, and track. In track she set an AIAW National record in the 300-meter run that has endured for more than twenty years. She was an AIAW All-American in volleyball and track while at Bethel.

     Cindy is currently Assistant Director for the National Federation of State High School Associations in Indianapolis, IN.

Roman Vega - NHS Class of 1988
     A 1988 graduate of NHS, Roman started every basketball game his sophomore through senior years and competed for NHS in the 1987 Class 5A state basketball tournament at Emporia. He earned Ark Valley and All State honors in basketball. In addition to being an excellent student, Roman also competed in Cross Country and set the freshmen record in the 2- mile (10:24) and the sophomore record in the 5K (17:00).

     Roman feels that his NHS teachers, counselors and administrators always had the best intentions for the students and offered a great deal of support. He reported being well prepared for college. Roman remembered some wonderful advice for college from History teacher Phil Scott, "he said we should study early in the morning because that's when the dorms would be the quietest and it would allow you to concentrate, I heeded his advice and it worked for me."

     After graduating from NHS, Roman received a basketball scholarship to Cowley County Community College where he earned an Associate of Arts in Business, he then played one year at Emporia State University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Business majoring in Marketing. He went on to receive a Master of Business Administration from Wichita State University. Today Roman is a Senior Advertising Manager for the Jordan Brand at Nike.