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MHS student restores World War Two memorial plaque

Margaret Hurlberthttps://discovermuscatine.com
Margaret Hurlbert works as the Editor of Discover Muscatine Newspaper.

Muscatine Living

MUSCATINE, Iowa—Last year, when sent to retrieve something from a school closet, Muscatine High School Graduate Logan Rinnert got quite a surprise. He discovered an old plaque
honoring Muscatine High School students who died fighting in the armed forces during World War Two. He brought the plaque to Principal Terry Hogenson, who then gave it to agriculture and industrial technology teacher Dave Tometich to see if it could be repaired.

This fall, when visiting Tometich’s classroom, current senior Landin McCreary saw the plaque and asked about it. Tometich asked if he would like to try to restore it, and he accepted the challenge. McCreary then carefully removed each name plate, sanded the old finish off, re-stained it, and reassembled it, also placing a new metal heading over some wooden lettering that had grown too worn to easily read.

On Veterans Day, Hogenson rededicated the plaque and had it hung near the high school’s social studies wing. Faculty and staff members who served in the armed forces took a photo with the plaque as well.

McCreary felt pleased that the plaque he worked on could take on a new life. “It feels good, especially with it being military veterans,” he remarked. “Seeing it go back up makes me happy.”

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