Alumni Awards > 2006 Alumni
State College Alumni Association has announced its award
winners for 2006, including Lewiston High School teacher
Ohrtman, who also serves on the Lewiston City Council,
received the Aletha Pabst Award, which recognizes someone
who is not an alumnus but has made an outstanding
contribution to LCSC.
Paul Sinclair, a 1975 LCSC graduate, received the
of the Year Award. He is a physical education teacher at
Sunset View Elementary School in Kennewick, Wash. Larry Heimgartner, who graduated from LCSC in 1971, earned the
Alumni of the Year Award. Heimgartner is the theater and
television program director for Los Angeles Harbor College.
The winners were selected by the LCSC Alumni Association
Board of Directors after an open nomination period.
Ohrtman helped start and organize the LCSC Alumni
Association. He taught at LCSC from 1969-81 before taking a
job at Lewiston High School, where he now teaches Spanish
Ohrtman was born in Iowa and graduated from Augustana
College. He earned his master’s at the University of South
Dakota and a Ph.D. from the University of Idaho. He moved to
Lewiston in 1969. He remains active in the Lewiston Orchards
Sinclair demonstrates his commitment to teaching by showing
his students why health and physical fitness are life
skills. His philosophy is to teach to the cognitive level of
the grade, make sure the kids have fun and keep them all
moving and participating. No children wait for their turn to
His active life philosophy is evident in non-class
activities as well. During the spring, Sinclair put together
a series of fun runs where all the elementary schools in the
district are invited to send children. PTO volunteers help
manage the event and all participants get ribbons. He has
developed a Mileage Club where any children who want to come
out at lunch to run or walk earn mileage tokens. At the end
of the year, the class with the most miles (tokens) wins a
pizza party paid for by the PTO. He also encourages parents
to get involved and join their children at lunch to run/walk
with the Mileage Club.
Sinclair serves as a member of the school district’s
instruction council, the district benefits committee and was
a member of the committee that proposed to the district to
remove pop machines from the schools. He also serves on the
Washington Alliance for Health, PE, Recreation and Dance.
Heimgartner is one of the most accomplished citizens of the
Los Angeles southland area as evidenced by his award from
Rotary International as Citizen of the Year in 2003. This
honor was bestowed upon him for his work as the author and
director of “Responsibility,” a moving musical play about
the lives of children who live in a dump in Tijuana, Mexico.
The play created a drive for one of the largest fundraisers
by Rotary International. This is only one of several plays
he has written with equal social significance and impact.
Heimgartner is also the force that drives the success of
HCTV, a fully operational television studio that broadcasts
to more than 50,000 homes in the college’s service area via
cable TV. His success with children’s plays and musicals is
being transformed into animation productions that have
captured the imagination of thousands of local children with
entertainment that educates along the lines of ethical
behavior and social responsibility.
In the late 1960s, Heimgartner was named the LCSC
Outstanding Student of the Year and was elected LCSC’s
Student Body President.
For more information on the awards or the LCSC Alumni
Association, contact Renee Olsen, Director of Alumni &
Community Relations, at 792-2151 or at