Wooden bench honoring Mark Rhyan
Wooden bench honoring Mike Slagle

PHS artifact: Mark Rhyan, Mike Slagle benches

Posted November 14, 2016

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The 2015-16 Plymouth High School Panther Technology Education and Engineering Club built four wooden benches for the gym lobby honoring Mark Rhyan and Mike Slagle.

“Part of our mission with the club is to provide students with community service opportunities,” said Beau Biller, a PHS tech ed teacher who advises the club with colleagues Greg Gritt and Jake Sherman. “We decided that the benches would be a nice memorial to Mark Rhyan and Mike Slagle.”

Mr. Rhyan, president of the Board of Education from 2008 until his death in December 2013, was a strong advocate for the district and instrumental in the creation of the LTC-Plymouth Science & Technology Center and the Food Science & Agriculture Center.

Coach Slagle, the 2014 Wisconsin State District 4 Athletic Director of the Year, had worked for the district since he was hired as a science teacher and swim coach in 1979. He retired from the classroom in 2013 but continued as athletic director and girls swim coach until his death in July 2015.

The technology club researched and evaluated various bench designs, choosing one that members thought would be study enough to last a long time in a high school setting. They then worked in groups on Monday nights during their weekly meetings to construct two benches honoring each man.

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