A gift for education

News | January 4, 2017

Chris Gibney had an idea – to set up a college scholarship at Pleasant Valley High School in honor of his father- and mother-in-law. He mentioned it out loud to one other person. “The next morning my phone rang and I was off to the races.”

“Pleasant Valley has an awesome program in place, where they try to give as many graduating students as they can, a $1,000 scholarship,” Chris said. “It is viewed as an investment into that student’s future.”

The school district’s foundation gives approximately 80 scholarships a year. The goal is to one day provide a scholarship for every deserving graduating senior. The Ted and Carole Minnick Scholarship is now one of those awards.

Ted Minnick was the athletic director at PV for 19 years, Chris said. “He spent his entire career in education and was instrumental in many changes, policies, and new facilities that benefited a lot of people.” One of those efforts included the formation and growth of the Pleasant Valley Foundation.

“For 20 years I have heard, “your Ted Minnick’s son-in-law?” Chris said, “and the conversation goes from there…always nice. He is one-of-a-kind, someone I feel fortunate to know and have grown up around in my 25 years of marriage to Martee.”

Two of Chris and Martee’s three children received a scholarship from the foundation in the past. One night, Chris mentioned to retired PV Superintendent Dale Barber how appreciative he was for that. Dale was Ted’s boss.

“I mentioned, we need to set one of these up for Ted,” Chris said. The next morning, the quest to raise $10,000 to fund the scholarship began (with the help of Dale Barber and current Superintendent Jim Spelhaug). “It took us six months, but we pulled it off, and I kept it a secret from my wife and in-laws. We named it The Ted and Carole Minnick Scholarship because my mother-in-law is just as important as my father-in-law, as she was very instrumental in helping him at PV and raising a family. His hours were long, and she did a heck of a job.”

Carole Minnick served as the high school cheerleading coach for several years and reorganized the high school athletic concessions operation.  Carole also provided private piano lessons for many years to students throughout our community.

The purpose of the scholarship is to provide financial support for a graduating PV senior who plans to pursue a career in athletic administration, sports wellness, physical therapy, sports medicine, or athletic training. “The scholarship is set up to award a student $1,000 a year in the Minnicks’ name for a long time,” Chris said.

The new scholarship was announced at a foundation event in December, with the Gibneys and the Minnicks there.






2 Comments on “A gift for education”

  • Craig Witte

    January 7, 2017 at 3:28 pm

    This is a tremendous program at P.V. High School. I’ve seen the number of scholarships awarded grow from the upper 20’s when I first established the Jana Witte Memorial Scholarships to now over 80 in just 8 years! There’s never a shortage of deserving and appreciative students for these scholarships, and I encourage anyone interested in making a difference to contact the administrations of the school system of their choice. To me, it’s just as rewarding to be able to provide these scholarships as it is for the students who receive them. Way to go Chris!

  • Karen Bernick

    January 5, 2017 at 2:13 pm

    This is awesome. My husband Dan and I grew up as parents with Chris and Martee. Their three kids and our Hope were all in Sunday school about same time. We’ve always admired this family. Dan sent this my way to be sure I saw it. So cool to read about an honor like this and Chris is to be congratulated. I think Dan had Mr. Minnick in school back when he once taught at West.

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Isaiah 53:4-12

4Surely our griefs He Himself bore,

And our sorrows He carried;

Yet we ourselves esteemed Him stricken,

Smitten of God, and afflicted.

5But He was pierced through for our transgressions,

He was crushed for our iniquities;

The chastening for our well-being fell upon Him,

And by His scourging we are healed.

6All of us like sheep have gone astray,

Each of us has turned to his own way;

But the LORD has caused the iniquity of us all

To fall on Him.

7He was oppressed and He was afflicted,

Yet He did not open His mouth;

Like a lamb that is led to slaughter,

And like a sheep that is silent before its shearers,

So He did not open His mouth.

8By oppression and judgment He was taken away;

And as for His generation, who considered

That He was cut off out of the land of the living

For the transgression of my people, to whom the stroke was due?

9His grave was assigned with wicked men,

Yet He was with a rich man in His death,

Because He had done no violence,

Nor was there any deceit in His mouth.

10But the LORD was pleased

To crush Him, putting Him to grief;

If He would render Himself as a guilt offering,

He will see His offspring,

He will prolong His days,

And the good pleasure of the LORD will prosper in His hand.

11As a result of the anguish of His soul,

He will see it and be satisfied;

By His knowledge the Righteous One,

My Servant, will justify the many,

As He will bear their iniquities.

12Therefore, I will allot Him a portion with the great,

And He will divide the booty with the strong;

Because He poured out Himself to death,

And was numbered with the transgressors;

Yet He Himself bore the sin of many,

And interceded for the transgressors.

Psalm 91:9-16

9For you have made the LORD, my refuge,

Even the Most High, your dwelling place.

10No evil will befall you,

Nor will any plague come near your tent.

11For He will give His angels charge concerning you,

To guard you in all your ways.

12They will bear you up in their hands,

That you do not strike your foot against a stone.

13You will tread upon the lion and cobra,

The young lion and the serpent you will trample down.

14“Because he has loved Me, therefore I will deliver him;

I will set him securely on high, because he has known My name.

15“He will call upon Me, and I will answer him;

I will be with him in trouble;

I will rescue him and honor him.

16“With a long life I will satisfy him

And let him see My salvation.”

Hebrews 5:1-10

The Perfect High Priest

1For every high priest taken from among men is appointed on behalf of men in things pertaining to God, in order to offer both gifts and sacrifices for sins;2he can deal gently with the ignorant and misguided, since he himself also is beset with weakness;3and because of it he is obligated to offer sacrifices for sins, as for the people, so also for himself.4And no one takes the honor to himself, but receives it when he is called by God, even as Aaron was.

5So also Christ did not glorify Himself so as to become a high priest, but He who said to Him,



6just as He says also in another passage,



7In the days of His flesh, He offered up both prayers and supplications with loud crying and tears to the One able to save Him from death, and He was heard because of His piety.8Although He was a Son, He learned obedience from the things which He suffered.9And having been made perfect, He became to all those who obey Him the source of eternal salvation,10being designated by God as a high priest according to the order of Melchizedek.

Mark 10:35-45

35James and John, the two sons of Zebedee, *came up to Jesus, saying, “Teacher, we want You to do for us whatever we ask of You.”36And He said to them, “What do you want Me to do for you?”37They said to Him, “Grant that we may sit, one on Your right and one on Your left, in Your glory.”38But Jesus said to them, “You do not know what you are asking. Are you able to drink the cup that I drink, or to be baptized with the baptism with which I am baptized?”39They said to Him, “We are able.” And Jesus said to them, “The cup that I drink you shall drink; and you shall be baptized with the baptism with which I am baptized.40“But to sit on My right or on My left, this is not Mine to give; but it is for those for whom it has been prepared.”

41Hearing this, the ten began to feel indignant with James and John.42Calling them to Himself, Jesus *said to them, “You know that those who are recognized as rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them; and their great men exercise authority over them.43“But it is not this way among you, but whoever wishes to become great among you shall be your servant;44and whoever wishes to be first among you shall be slave of all.45“For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.”

Bartimaeus Receives His Sight