On March 8th, 2014 the Monticello Area Education Foundation will host the 12th Annual Legacy of Learning Gala at Monticello Middle School. With the theme “Sage Ingenuity”, Monticello High School Graduates in the Science and Technology field will be honored. Proceeds from this event help teachers fund creative projects to benefit students throughout the Monticello school district.
Meet our Honorees:
Mark Schneider graduated from MHS in 1972, from Parkland College in 1975 with an Associate of Arts Degree, and graduated from the University of Illinois in 1977 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Aeronautics and Astronautics.
He went to work for Boeing in Seattle, Washington in 1978 and continues there to this day. At Boeing, he has worked on and led a number of projects over the years, serving as a Structural Mechanical Design Engineer and a Mechanical Design Engineer, Deputy Lead Design Engineer and Acting Manager. He has worked on many programs, including but not limited to, NASA rockets, communication satellites, launch facilities and launch control centers, the Mars Rover, missiles, and most recently Sea Launch in which part of his job is to be the responsible engineer for the payload unit which interfaces with the Russians and the Inergia Rocket .
C. Scott Wilkin is currently the Associate Director of Business Development for the National Center for Supercomputing Applications at the University of Illinois Champaign campus. Scott is a 1983 graduate of MHS, and culminated his education with a Master of Science from the University of Oklahoma where his studies specialized in Low-Temperature Solid State Physics. Scott and Diana met in Carbondale Illinois while attending Southern and were married in 1992. Scott started his professional career as a Product Line Manager for Texas Instruments, after 2 years transitioned to National Semiconductor where Scott, at the end of his tenure, managed over 150 people. In 1999, Scott decided to join Alcatel as a Program Manager and shortly thereafter Scott and Diana had their twins Nick and Natalie in 2000 with Jacob following close behind in 2001. Scott and Diana decided it was time for a change of scenery (and weather) and moved to sunny Monticello Illinois in 2007, so we could raise our children in this wonderful community. Scott concluded his work with Alcatel-Lucent in March of 2014 as the Vice-President of Business development for the optics division supporting Verizon and AT&T. Scott is involved in the Rotary Club of Monticello and has been instrumental in bringing current technology uses to the club.