Friday, March 23, 2018
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Jefferson High School - Cedar Rapids, Iowa

J-Hawks to induct 4 into Hall of Fame

Jim Cox, Connie Aldridge, Sue Hennick and Mike Humphrey will be inducted into the Jefferson High School Booster Club Hall of Fame Friday night.

Cox retired from teaching at Jefferson after the 2003-2004 school year. He taught for 32 years at Jefferson in the Industrial Arts Department and then in the Technology Department.

Cox was a successful head volleyball coach and assistant wrestling coach. He also was instrumental in fundraising for the booster club.

Aldridge has been the wrestling concession stand manager for the past 11 years. She graduated from Jefferson in 1971 and her three children are J-Hawk graduates. Aldridge also has given hundreds of volunteer hours in the football and track concession stands.

Hennick has been involved with booster club activities since her son Jay was a student at Jefferson. Over the years, it has become a family gathering with her children helping at the Kingston concession stands.

Humphrey will be honored at a football game this fall. He has been instrumental in helping with the concession stands at Kingston Stadium.



Bruckman signs to play soccer at Iowa State

Maggie Bruckman played in a soccer tournament in Ames this past weekend with her club team. It was a taste of things to come for the Jefferson High School senior.

Bruckman signed a national letter-of-intent with the Iowa State women's soccer team last week and will spend a considerable amount of time in Ames the next few years as a full-time student and athlete.

"I'm really excited," Bruckman said about joining the Cyclones. "I worked really hard to get this. It paid off."

Bruckman played for Eastern Iowa United in the Toyota Indoor Cup in Ames this last weekend. The team reached the semifinals and finished 3-1.

Bruckman considered Clark, St. Ambrose, Cornell College and Nebraska-Omaha before she got the offer from Iowa State Coach Wendy Dillinger about a month ago.

"I was very excited, because I like everything about the university," she said. "I was surprised, but I was happy."

Bruckman, a defender, has played soccer since she was 5 years old. "I've always liked it," she said.

Her older brother, Hunter, also played soccer at Jefferson.

Iowa State finished 8-10-2 overall last season and 3-7 in the Big 12. The Cyclones have signed 11 recruits from Iowa, Kansas, Ohio, Texas, Mississippi, Nebraska, Michigan and Illinois.

Bruckman said she plans to study kinesiology and exercise science.



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