Three to be enshrined onto Craig Honor Wall
JANESVILLE Craig High School will add three graduates to its honor wall in a ceremony Friday.
The honorees are nurse and humanitarian Jill Henderson, educator and artist Connie Glowacki and Army Brig. Gen. Andrew Poppas.
Following are descriptions of the honorees’ accomplishments, based on information submitted by Craig and from Gazette files.
n Henderson, Craig Class of 1989, got her nursing degree in 1996 from Blackhawk Technical College and has worked at St. Elizabeth’s Nursing Home in Janesville.
Henderson wanted to help after the devastating earthquake struck Haiti in 2010. She traveled to Cité Soleil, Haiti, with the Samaritan’s Purse organization and helped victims who have malaria, typhoid and HIV, among other illnesses.
Henderson also educated Haitians about practices to control cholera.
Henderson traveled to Haiti with the help of donations and brought with her needed medications, clothing, laptops, books and more to give to children at three orphanages.
In the United States, Henderson has facilitated Alzheimer’s support groups and participated in supply drives for Hurricane Katrina victims, clothing drives for Hurricane Sandy victims, and an annual Christmas delivery for the Madison AIDS Support Network.
Henderson is a member of Rep. Paul Ryan’s Health Care Advisory Board and now works for St. Jude Hospice.
Henderson also attended Janesville’s Adams Elementary School and Marshall Middle School.
n Glowacki, Janesville High School Class of 1960, earned a teaching degree and was hired as a kindergarten teacher, working at Janesville’s Roosevelt and Wilson Elementary Schools for seven years.
In 1980, Connie and a friend decided to take a watercolor class. Within a year, Glowacki’s paintings were juried into a local art show, the Tallman Festival and her second career was born.
Glowacki’s paintings have been shown in Georgia, Texas, Arizona, Colorado and New York. Her work is included in corporate and private collections throughout the nation.
In 2008, Connie and her husband, Mike, opened an art gallery in Door County.
Glowacki teaches classes on watercolor painting and welcomes students of all levels. She also is a member of the Janesville Art League, Peninsula Art Association, Wisconsin Painters and Sculptors/Artists and All Media, National Watercolor Society and American Watercolor Society.
n Poppas, Craig Class of 1984, graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1988 and was commissioned an infantry officer. His career took him to war zones and stateside assignments.
Poppas’ assignments have included command of an airborne infantry company in the 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division; the 82nd Advance Airborne School; 3rd Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment; and the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division.
Poppas has earned numerous military awards including the Legion of Merit, Purple Heart, Bronze Star with Valor, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, NATO Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal with Valor, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Presidential Unit Citation, Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Meritorious Unit Citation, Afghan Campaign Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Joint Chiefs of Staff Identification Badge, Combat Infantryman Badge, Expert Infantryman Badge, Master Parachutist Badge, Air Assault Badge and the Ranger Tab.