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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Daniel 12:1-3

The Time of the End

1“Now at that time Michael, the great prince who stands guard over the sons of your people, will arise. And there will be a time of distress such as never occurred since there was a nation until that time; and at that time your people, everyone who is found written in the book, will be rescued.2“Many of those who sleep in the dust of the ground will awake, these to everlasting life, but the others to disgrace and everlasting contempt.3“Those who have insight will shine brightly like the brightness of the expanse of heaven, and those who lead the many to righteousness, like the stars forever and ever.

Psalm 16

1Preserve me, O God, for I take refuge in You.

2I said to the LORD, “You are my Lord;

I have no good besides You.”

3As for the saints who are in the earth,

They are the majestic ones in whom is all my delight.

4The sorrows of those who have bartered for another god will be multiplied;

I shall not pour out their drink offerings of blood,

Nor will I take their names upon my lips.

5The LORD is the portion of my inheritance and my cup;

You support my lot.

6The lines have fallen to me in pleasant places;

Indeed, my heritage is beautiful to me.

7I will bless the LORD who has counseled me;

Indeed, my mind instructs me in the night.

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Because He is at my right hand, I will not be shaken.

9Therefore my heart is glad and my glory rejoices;

My flesh also will dwell securely.

10For You will not abandon my soul to Sheol;

Nor will You allow Your Holy One to undergo decay.

11You will make known to me the path of life;

In Your presence is fullness of joy;

In Your right hand there are pleasures forever.

Hebrews 10:11-25

11Every priest stands daily ministering and offering time after time the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins;12but He, having offered one sacrifice for sins for all time, SAT DOWN AT THE RIGHT HAND OF GOD,13waiting from that time onward UNTIL HISENEMIES BE MADE A FOOTSTOOL FOR HIS FEET.14For by one offering He has perfected for all time those who are sanctified.15And the Holy Spirit also testifies to us; for after saying,





He then says,



18Now where there is forgiveness of these things, there is no longer any offering for sin.

A New and Living Way

19Therefore, brethren, since we have confidence to enter the holy place by the blood of Jesus,20by a new and living way which He inaugurated for us through the veil, that is, His flesh,21and since we have a great priest over the house of God,22let us draw near with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.23Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful;24and let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds,25not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near.

Christ or Judgment

Mark 13:1-8

Things to Come

1As He was going out of the temple, one of His disciples *said to Him, “Teacher, behold what wonderful stones and what wonderful buildings!”2And Jesus said to him, “Do you see these great buildings? Not one stone will be left upon another which will not be torn down.”

3As He was sitting on the Mount of Olives opposite the temple, Peter and James and John and Andrew were questioning Him privately,4“Tell us, when will these things be, and what will be the sign when all these things are going to be fulfilled?”5And Jesus began to say to them, “See to it that no one misleads you.6“Many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am He!’ and will mislead many.7“When you hear of wars and rumors of wars, do not be frightened; those things must take place; but that is not yet the end.8“For nation will rise up against nation, and kingdom against kingdom; there will be earthquakes in various places; there will also be famines. These things are merely the beginning of birth pangs.

Daniel 7:9-14

9“I kept looking

Until thrones were set up,

And the Ancient of Days took His seat;

His vesture was like white snow

And the hair of His head like pure wool.

His throne was ablaze with flames,

Its wheels were a burning fire.

10“A river of fire was flowing

And coming out from before Him;

Thousands upon thousands were attending Him,

And myriads upon myriads were standing before Him;

The court sat,

And the books were opened.

11“Then I kept looking because of the sound of the boastful words which the horn was speaking; I kept looking until the beast was slain, and its body was destroyed and given to the burning fire.12“As for the rest of the beasts, their dominion was taken away, but an extension of life was granted to them for an appointed period of time.

The Son of Man Presented

13“I kept looking in the night visions,

And behold, with the clouds of heaven

One like a Son of Man was coming,

And He came up to the Ancient of Days

And was presented before Him.

14“And to Him was given dominion,

Glory and a kingdom,

That all the peoples, nations and men of every language

Might serve Him.

His dominion is an everlasting dominion

Which will not pass away;

And His kingdom is one

Which will not be destroyed.

The Vision Interpreted

Psalm 93

1The LORD reigns, He is clothed with majesty;

The LORD has clothed and girded Himself with strength;

Indeed, the world is firmly established, it will not be moved.

2Your throne is established from of old;

You are from everlasting.

3The floods have lifted up, O LORD,

The floods have lifted up their voice,

The floods lift up their pounding waves.

4More than the sounds of many waters,

Than the mighty breakers of the sea,

The LORD on high is mighty.

5Your testimonies are fully confirmed;

Holiness befits Your house,

O LORD, forevermore.

Revelation 1:-4-8

John 18:33-37

33Therefore Pilate entered again into the Praetorium, and summoned Jesus and said to Him, “Are You the King of the Jews?”34Jesus answered, “Are you saying this on your own initiative, or did others tell you about Me?”35Pilate answered, “I am not a Jew, am I? Your own nation and the chief priests delivered You to me; what have You done?”36Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not of this world. If My kingdom were of this world, then My servants would be fighting so that I would not be handed over to the Jews; but as it is, My kingdom is not of this realm.”37Therefore Pilate said to Him, “So You are a king?” Jesus answered, “You say correctly that I am a king. For this I have been born, and for this I have come into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice.”