In conjunction with homecoming activities at Thomas More Prep-Marian High School this week, the school is handing out annual honors to distinguished alumni.

They list includes:

Archbishop

Charles J. Chaput

The Most Rev. Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Capuchin, doctor of divinity (D.D.), and Archbishop of Philadelphia is being honored as a Point of Light for his deep commitment to his Catholic faith.

Glenn is a 1976 graduate of TMP and a 1980 graduate of Fort Hays State University with a degree in geology.

Becky is a 1981 graduate of Fairbury (Neb.) High School and a 1985 graduate of FHSU with a degree in accounting. They have two children, Magen Kroetsch and Ryan Diehl.

They are owners of Diehl Oil Inc.

Glenn began working as an oilfield consultant in 1979 and has been drilling oil wells since 1982. They started Diehl Oil Inc. in 1990. Becky works as the company bookkeeper.

Glenn is a member of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, Kansas Geological Society and Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association.

Activities include St. Nicholas Knights of Columbus deputy grand knight and a member of St. Nicholas of Myra Parish and finance councils. He has also served on the advisory council and strategic planning committee at Holy Family Elementary School.

Glenn was an Ellis County commissioner and on the boards of the Ellis County Coalition for Economic Development, Northwest Kansas Community Corrections, Northwest Kansas Juvenile Services Boards and the Kansas Advisory Council on Intergovernmental Relations.

Linda Braun

Linda Braun is being honored as a Point of Light for her deep commitment to TMP.

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Linda (Leiker) Braun is a 1963 graduate of Marian High School and graduated from FHSU in 1967 with a degree in English and minors in Latin and journalism. In 46 years as a teacher at Marian High School and TMP, Linda taught English, journalism and Latin, and sponsored classes, clubs and student council.

Her journalism students won three consecutive state championships. Her Latin classes garnered many national Latin exam honors.

She was married to Don Braun in 1966. They were married 41 years before his death in 2007. They have two children, Don Braun Jr., a Burlington physician, and Christina Garrison, a therapist at the Robert J. Dole VA Medical Center in Wichita.

After her retirement in 2013, she moved to Wichita to be closer to her children.

She continues to volunteer, delivering groceries to a cloistered convent, praying weekly at the Adoration Chapel at the Church of the Magdalen and watching her grandsons’ activities.


Jim Dinkel

Jim Dinkel is being honored as a Point of Light for his deep commitment to the education of students at the school.

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He is married to Shirley (Gnad) Dinkel, and between them they have 76 years of teaching experience at TMP and St. Joseph’s-Holy Family.

He graduated from FHSU in 1973 with a master of arts in mathematics and has taught algebra, geometry, chemistry, Earth science and space science for 43 years at TMP.

“I tell jokes periodically in chemistry, but usually don’t get any reaction,” Dinkel said.

As head baseball coach for 27 years, his teams earned state championships in 1974 (Class 5-4-3A) and 1981 (Class 4-3-2-1A). He also was a football, basketball and wrestling assistant coach.

Jim and Shirley have four children — James, Lenexa; Deborah Sisbarro; Michael, Brighton, Colo.; and Christopher. They also have seven grandchildren.

Many alumni remember his “don’t touch the chrome” lecture at the beginning of each school year.


Juleen Stecklein

Juleen Stecklein is being honored as a Point of Light for her sincere dedication to the students of TMP. She received a master’s degree of arts in English at FHSU.

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A native of Ellis County, Stecklein taught in the county for 43 years, the last 36 years at TMP.

“Teaching at TMP was a labor of love,” she said.

Her classes ranged from English to German, with the final years devoted specifically to senior English, advanced placement English and a college composition class concurrent with senior English.

She is married to George Stecklein, and they have three sons, Douglas, Steven and Michael, all graduates of the University of Kansas. They have 10 grandchildren.

Since her retirement in 2013, she volunteers at Hays Public Library and the TMP Alumni Office, is a member of the St. Nicholas Ladies Guild and enjoys her grandchildren.