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By Carissa Sitki
The Brussels High School (BHS) shop class built a memorial bench for a Sydenstricker Nobbe employee who passed away this year.
Chad Brodbeck, BHS Industrial Tech. teacher, recently received a call from Nick Kinder, a Brussels High School graduate, who now works for Sydenstricker Nobbe in Jerseyville. Kinder asked Brodbeck if it would be possible for the shop class to create a memorial bench for Ralph Lott, a long-time employee who recently passed away.
Kinder and other employees provided the funds needed and the BHS Industrial Tech program provided the labor to build the memorial bench. Lott’s name and date of birth were engraved on the bench, along with the John Deere logo.
Seven students went along with Brodbeck to dedicate the bench, which is now on display in Sydenstricker Nobbe’s lobby. There is a sign above the bench recognizing the contribution of the BHS Industrial Tech program for its construction. Gratitude was extended to the BHS program on behalf of Sydenstricker Nobbe. Students involved in the project were Jarred Herter, Nick Kiel, Joe Struse, Logan Tepen, Chad Brodeck, Dresden Schulte, Mary Baalman, and Hope Odelehr.