Penn Alumna, World Class Wrestler Sarah Hildebrandt
wows Luncheon crowd with her passion and humor  


More than 300 community leaders, business partners and P-H-M parents attended the 8th annual Superintendent's Luncheon on Oct. 15. 


Penn High School Alumna and 2018 World Silver Female Wrestler Sarah Hildebrandt was the featured speaker. Sarah’s lists of accomplishments includes Indiana’s first female wrestler to qualify for IHSAA Wrestling Semi-state her junior year under Penn Wrestling Coach Brad Harper. She won her 4th gold medal at the Pan American Games this summer. 


Sarah got a very enthusiastic “Welcome Home” from the Luncheon crowd, thanks to Coach Harper who was thrilled to introduce her to the crowd. And Sarah did not disappoint with her heartfelt “Thank You” to all her teachers and coaches throughout her years as a P-H-M student. Sarah’s Discovery Middle School teachers and coaches were also present.

Dr. Jerry Thacker shared his State of the Corporation address highlighting the district's achievements which include:

  • Out of Indiana public school corporations (292 school districts), P-H-M ranks 12th in the state for combined ELA & Math scores in grades 3-8.

  • P-H-M has four elementary schools that rank among the state’s Top 15 schools in combined ELA & Math Proficiency: #1 Northpoint,  #4 Prairie Vista, #8 Mary Frank, and #11 Horizon

  • Mary Frank’s 3rd grade English/Language Arts ILEARN scores are also the highest in the entire state!

  • Among the state’s public middle schools grades 6-8 (219 schools), Discovery Middle School is ranked #5 in Indiana.

  • Penn High School is 12th among public schools for combined ELA & Math scores in grade 10.

The Luncheon audience included current members of Penn’s Female Wrestling Team. The students had a chance to practice with Sarah on Monday evening. And after the Luncheon, they got to enjoy some “one-on-one” time with Sarah where she answered questions about juggling wrestling, academics in high school and college, as well as how hard it is to compete in a male dominated sport. 

Sarah was joined at the luncheon by her parents, Chris and Nancy Hildebrandt, brothers Drew and Cory, sister Amy, and her grandmother. Their attendance made it very special for Sarah when PHMEF Executive Director Mari Linn Wise made the surprise announcement that Sarah’s parents, Chris and Nancy Hildebrandt, had donated $15,000 to name the wrestling room at Penn High School “The Hildebrandt Family Wrestling Room.” 

Proceeds benefit educational opportunities for students in P-H-M schools.

2019 Presenting Luncheon Sponsor
2019 Luncheon Sponsors

Table Sponsors

Ansari Family, Bryan Caenepeel, Crowe, Gates Automotive, Hildebrandt Family, Ivy Tech Community College, Kruggel Lawton, Lake City Bank, Lionshead, May Oberfell Lorber, Moore Family Foundation, Penn High School, P-H-M Administration, Penn Athletic Department, P-H-M Teachers Association, Sen. Ryan Mishler, Sodexo, Tuesley Hall Konopa, University of Notre Dame, Weigand Construction

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Jason Lippert featured speaker at 2018 Luncheon

Dr. Jerry Thacker greets guests
Dr. Jerry Thacker greets guests

P-H-M School Board of Trustees.
P-H-M School Board of Trustees.

Teacher of the Year
Teacher of the Year

Penn's Danielle Black addresses the crowd.

Dr. Jerry Thacker greets guests
Dr. Jerry Thacker greets guests

Presenting Luncheon

Thank you to

Low Associates

Centier Bank

for its event sponsorships.

More than 300 people gathered for the annual PHMEF Superintendent’s Luncheon on Oct. 16, 2018, at The St. Joseph Conference Center, with featured speaker Jason Lippert, P-H-M parent and CEO of Lippert Components. 

Dr. Thacker shared the district’s accomplishments from the 2017-18 academic year.  Highlights include:

  • For grade 10, P-H-M ranks in the Top 5% (out of 291 Indiana public school corporations that have a high school) for Spring 2018 ISTEP+ scores.

  • In grades 3-8, P-H-M is in the Top 6% of public school districts (out of 294 Indiana public school corporations that have grades 3-8) for Spring 2018 ISTEP+ scores.

  • Out of 410 IHSAA members, Penn High School was the only school in the state to win Sectional Titles in all Fall 2017 & Spring 2018 sports!

  • In Fall 2017, the Penn Girls Soccer Team brought home the Class 3-A State Championship and was also named National Champions! Varsity Football was State Runners-Up.

Teacher of the Year Penn High School Early Academy Leader Danielle Black was presented with an engraved brick that will be placed at Door D at Penn High School. In May when she was announced the winner, PHMEF awarded Danielle with a $1,000 classroom grant.

Jessie Kinney, P-H-M Title 1 technology curriculum director and PHMEF 2017 Fall grant recipient, shared a video on students using her grant Dot & Dash. The program introduces innovation and STEM curriculum in the elementary classroom.

This unique setting brings together community members and is a fundraiser for the P-H-M Education Foundation to support innovative grants. Morning WSBT-TV 22 anchor Bob Montgomery served as emcee. 

Jason Lippert is the third generation leader of Lippert Components, Inc. (LCI®) and LCI Industries, a publicly traded company. Throughout his 24 years with the company, he has served in many capacities. Since 2003, Jason has been the CEO of LCI and has had an intense focus on building strong teams, bettering our communities and growing the company significantly with new product innovations. 

Thank you to TCU for its presenting sponsorship of the annual fall event.