Fourteen members of the Class of 1W6 were inducted into the prestigious I.V. Club on April 5 in a ceremony in the Clara Schrenk Memorial Chapel.
The inductees are: Sean Connolly, power plant technology; Nicholas DiGati, machine tool technology; Michael Edwards, power plant technology; Daniel Egan, construction technology-carpentry; Jared Fersch, construction technology-carpentry; Emerson Fetterolf, power plant technology; Patrick Murphy, power plant technology; Dominic Ortiz, construction technology-masonry; Jared Pendleton, construction technology-masonry; Nicholas Rose, power plant technology; Keron Tull, paint and coatings technology; Philip Vecchiolli, construction technology-carpentry; Michel Vega, construction technology-masonry; and Alexander Wilwert, construction technology-carpentry.
Many I.V. Club members were on hand to participate in the induction ceremony and to watch the numbers of their prestigious club grow, along with families of the inductees, trustees, faculty and staff, and alumni.
After the processional and invocation by Chaplain Mark Specht 7W7, the crowd was welcomed by Samuel Wrightson, vice president of education, who said there are currently 228 members of the I.V. Club. Speaking to the inductees, he said “You are being inducted into extremely good company. A group of men who demonstrate the quality of leadership and Williamson’s core values.”
He added, “Just as a Marine is always a Marine, you will be the newest members of the I.V. Club and you will always be I.V. Club members.”
Next, club member Kevin Hatch 0W8, read “The Man in the Glass,” a poem about personal integrity; Brett Wolski 9W6 spoke on “The Past”; Brandon Gain 1W4 then spoke on “The Present”; and President Michael Rounds spoke on “The Charge for the Future.”
Rounds said, “You are charged with protecting this institution and the Deed of Trust. Your charge is to lead the way.”
Then Matthew Toy 1W5 lead the induction ceremony. While holding a copy of Isaiah Williamson’s Deed of Trust, each inductee had a club pin fastened to his jacket by a club member.
The ceremony closed with the singing of the alma mater and Rev. Specht giving the benediction and then everyone went to the dining room to enjoy a buffet dinner prepared by Tim Burbage, director of food services, and his staff, and served by students.