Welcome to the Hall of Fame Page!
Our organization began in 2004 and we hold a celebration banquett in April where we honor the accomplishments of either staff or grads of Battle Creek Central, or Springfield High School. We're known as the "plaque group: as there are 158 of them on the wall in the main hallway of Battle Creek Central HS. Since 2007, our organization has been awarding scholarships to BCCHS graduating seniors; and in those 10 years, we have awarded over $22,000. The Board is looking to add new members to our non-profit organization. Meetings are held the 2nd Wednesday of the month at 6:15 p.m. at BCCHS. Please come check us out and should you have any questions, please contact one of us. You will find our contact information on the left of this page.
The mission of the Battle Creek Central High School (BCCHS) Hall of Fame is to recognize and honor through academics, arts, athletics, and/or extracurricular activities graduates, current or retired employees of BCCHS or the former Springfield High School for their outstanding achievements and contributions to the community and nation.
We are looking for individuals who have distinguished themselves with a high degree of performance in academics, arts, athletics or extracurricular activities, as well as success in their field of endeavor, and/or service to their community and/or country. These individuals must have displayed a consistently high level of honor, personal character and dedication throughout their lives, and have distinguished themselves by their performance.
BCCHS HALL OF FAME ANNOUNCES NEW INDUCTEES FOR 2017-18
At the Oct. meeting, the 12-member Board of Directors, by ballot vote, elected the 2017-18 inductees. This is our 14th year of being and we have now honored 172 individuals. The fourteen-member group this year is: Percy Bean, 1977 grad, community supporter, owner of Popeye’s franchises; Dr. Jeffery Boggan, 1985 grad, educator for Kazoo Public Schools, pastor; Clare Briggs (deceased), 1888 grad, first woman City Commissioner in Battle Creek, active in BC women’s community for voting rights/employment/health care; John Cerva, 1956 grad, retired educator, historian/impersonator of W. K. Kellogg at various community activities; Dr. Michael Glass, 1995 grad, community supporter, 2017 “George Award” winner, local business owner; Irvin R. (Randy) Hawkins, 1992 grad, retired military, recipient of many military awards and the Dept. of Homeland Security; James Holds, 1955 grad, retired military, many military awards including fundraising for the USS Indianapolis memorial national site; Gene Hughes (deceased), 1968 grad, community supporter, employed at Kellogg’s as Assoc. Dir. of Logistics where he led numerous projects to launch new products; Wyhomme Sellers Matthews, 1966 grad, retired educator, 1999 “George Award” winner, community supporter; John Rasmussen, staff, retired educator, recipient of ten W.K. Kellogg Foundation’s “Excellence in Education” awards; Donald Schils, 1979 grad, retired educator, coach, community supporter in Hastings; Abbigail (Schultz) Tumpey, 1994 grad, micro-biologist/educator for CDC in Atlanta, keynote speaker/presenter at state/national conferences on health/disease; Allen Slamer, staff, retired educator, coach, recipient of many coaching awards, Michael St. John, staff, retired BCPD officer/instructor, community supporter with numerous city and state proclamations.
The induction banquet will be taking place on Sat. April 28, 2018 at the high school - contact information: Fred Jones, 269-968-8601 or Karolynn Ferguson, 269-968-4029
BCCHS HALL OF FAME 2016-17 INDUCTEES
Back Row (L to R): Dr. Mead Killian, Kevin Christ, Robert Bokhart, Roy Kramer, Dr. Mark Curtis, William Williams, Stuart Williams
Front Row (L to R): Charles Walker (representing Dr. Manuel Walker), Josita Todd-Lundy, Dr. Sherrill Cotton, Dr. Vivien Laws-Ritter (representing Dr. Velma Laws-Clay), Dr. Elishae Johnson, Jody Owens (representing A. Lorena Hickock, Troy Huggett
2017 BCCHS HALL OF FAME BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Back Row (L to R): Fred Jones, Joe Blythe, Pierre Jackson, Danny Moss, Cas Dzwik
Front Row (L to R): Karolynn Ferguson, Kim Berger, Joanna Stelloh Phelps, Eleanor Lindsey
Missing: Grindl Williams and Gloria Dearring
BRIEF BIO INFO ON 2016-17 BCCHS HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES
Bokhart, Robert — 1947 grad from Colon HS; military' duty during WWII; degrees from Mich. Tech and WMU; BCCHS teacher, counselor, district administrator from 1954 to retirement in 1988; Cert. of Appreciation from Dept. of VA for receiving the Robt. Carey Quality Award and being a member of the Fridays Honor Guard Squad where he donated over 3656 hours at Ft. Custer National Cemetery; dedicated member to BC Lions Club from 1968 to present and has rec'd their highest form of recognition by being presented with the Melvin Jones Fellows Award by Lions International
Christ, Kevin - 1978 grad from BCCHS where he participated in many activities; degrees from Alma and Univ. of Mich.; management consultant with focus on technology which garnered him the achievement of Consulting Magazine Top 25 Consultants for Excellence in Tech; accomplished speaker on IT leadership in the Fort Worth/Dallas/Austin, Texas areas; active in numerous church activities; served in many capacities of the Boy Scouts organization, especially as a Merit Badge counselor where he assisted with over 70 scouts reaching their rank of Eagle; and honored on 6 different occasions with Eagle Mentor Award
Cotton, Dr. Sherrill — 1979 grad of BCCHS where she participated in women's basketball and in turn awarded her a full-ride scholarship to Alabama A & M University where she graduated in 1985; mortuary science degree awarded in 1993 from Worsham College in Illinois; 2001 rec'd Doctor of Christian Education from Lighthouse Christian College in Arkansas; employed as a mortician and also at Ralston Foods (CONAGRA); volunteerism has been with Access Vision Network, Sojourner Truth Institute & Historical Society of BC; Nat’l Assoc. of Negro Business/Professional Women's Club, Inc.; and Annual Black History Production where she portrayed Sojourner Truth; rec'd her Foster Care License in 1999 and fostered young people from the Calhoun County Family Independence Agency
Curtis, Dr. Mark — 1969 grad of BCCHS where he participated in athletics; degrees from KCC, WMU, and Harvard majoring in drafting/design/management development; in the world of education he has been an adjunct instructor, interim dean, assist. provost; vice-pres. of student affairs and instruction; to currently being president of Great Basin College in Elko, Nevada; currently authoring 7üi textbook on manufacturing/drafting/design; volunteerism has him wearing many hats: Desert Sunrise Rotary; United Way; speaker for Speakers Bureau; supporter of ALS and conservation supporter with Northeastern Nevada Stewardship Group
Hickock, A. Lorena — 1912 grad of BCCHS where she participated in many fine arts activities and apprenticed at the BC Evening News & Journal while in high school; attended Lawrence College in Wisconsin and Univ. of Minnesota; following a career as reporter/newspaper, she worked for the Milwaukee Sentinel, Minneapolis Tribune, New York Daily Mirror and won an award from and eventually employed by the Assoc. Press; covered the presidential campaign for FDR and became the chief investigator for Federal Relief Emergency. Admin for Harry Hopkins, Franklin & Eleanor Roosevelt covering 3 years (by car by herself) and 32 states (the foundation of his NEW DEAL); Children's Promo Dir. New York World's Fair Corp; Executive Sec. of the Women's Div. of the Democratic Party National Committee; authored numerous books and worked/traveled extensively with and for Eleanor Roosevelt; died in 1968 from complications of diabetes
Huggett, Troy — 1986 grad of BCCHS where he participated in numerous activities; degrees from KCC, Northern Mich. Univ. and Emporia State Univ. in Kansas; rec'd certification as personal trainer and clinical exercise specialist from ACE; 30 yr. owner of his business; adjunct instructor at KCC, instructor for Harper Creek and Lakeview Community Enrichment programs; selected as I of only 9 Subj. Matter Experts in US to work with the American Council on Exercise Cut Score sessions for Adv. Health & Fitness Specialist Certif. At conference in Calif.; authored books and articles published locally and by the Chicago Tribune; recognized. by BC Enquirer as one of "30 under 30" Dream Makers; volunteers with Big Brothers/Big Sisters; JA; Burnham Brook Senior Center, rec'd the Golden Trowel Award from the Rotary Club; supports Kingman Museum, Oaklawn Hospital Auction; KCC Foundation Scholarship fund raiser, and Safe Place
Johnson, Dr. Elishae — 1999 grad of BCCHS; degrees from Univ. of Mich. and Spring Arbor; community educator, chemical dependency/mental health therapist, psychotherapist and serves the areas of: substance abuse, mental health, marital/family health, legal, financial/vocational issues of employees of contracted companies/their family members; also owner of Eudomonia, PLLC of BC providing counselor services and manager of business operations for Bronson BC HelpNet EAP of BC; volunteering takes her to BC Urban League; president of Women's Co-op Board of Dir., a 501(c)3 organization in BC; organized Family Fund Day for Calhoun County Abuse/Neglect Prevention Council; and recipient of Sojourner Truth Award at Founder's Day Luncheon; presenter/speaker at numerous city/school/county organizations
Killian, Dr. Mead — 1957 grad of BCCHS and participated in multi groups; degrees from Wabash College, IL Institute of Technology, and Northwestern University; adjunct professor at Northwestern Univ., St. Luke's Med. Center in Chicago, The City Univ. of NY Grad School & Univ. Center PhD Program in Speech/Hearing Sciences; published 87 paper & 20 book chapters in the field of acoustics, psychoacoustics, transducers, hearing aids; lectured by invitation in 19 countries; holds 77 US patents with 17 patents pending; nationally and internationally recognized for his work/knowledge in audiology; volunteerism is a 31-yr. choir director of Elk Grove Presbyterian Church and member of Vandercook College of Music Board of Trustees, consultant to Chicago Symphony Orchestra where he introduced high fidelity hearing protection for musicians
Kramer, Roy- 1949 grad of Maryville HS in Tennessee; degrees from Maryville College and Univ. of Mich.; staff at BCCHS teaching social studies & assistant. football coach; football coach at Hudson HS, East Lansing HS, Central Mich. Univ., athletic director at Vanderbilt Univ. and became commissioner of Southeastern Conference where he oversaw the distribution of more than 600 million dollars to its member institutions; during his tenure as the head of the SEC, the conference won 81 national championships and founder/first chairman of BCS (Bowl Championship Series); NCAA Div. Il coach of the year; elected to the TN Sports Hall of Fame; Vanderbilt Athletics Hall of Fame, rec'd the Duff Dougherty award; supports Eagle Scouts; member of college's alumni assoc.; chairman of NCAA men's basketball selection committee
Laws-Clay, Dr. Velma — 1958 grad of BCCHS; degrees from WMU where she rec'd many honors/awards; retired as Dir. Of Equal Employment Opportunity Office at Federal Center after 43 years; recipient of BC Enquirer "George Award" , Scene Magazine's "Woman of the Year"; rec'd tribute from Mich. House of Rep. and the City of BC recognized her with Dr. Velma Laws-Clay Day; appointed by Gov. Granholm to serve on the Mich. Freedom Trail Commission; Rotary Red Rose Award and Chamber of Commerce ATHENA Award; chairperson of the Sojourner Truth 200th Anniversary Celebration overseeing 150 volunteers, concluding with the unveiling of the Sojourner Truth Monument
Todd-Lundy, Josita — 1969 grad of BCCHS where she participated in sports; degrees from WMU and CMU; technology/management work at Coke Cola, CMU, Kellogg Co., Johnson & Johnson, Abbott Co., Thermo Electron, and CMGI; founder/president of Life Advancement Foundation (promoting health & wellness for women over 60) and VP of RIM of World Education Foundation, volunteerism takes her to being a board member WKK Foundation North Ave. Women's Center, Safe Place; Chairperson of United Way Campaign (3 million-dollar campaign); board member of Bentley Business Advisory Council, Info. Technology Serv. Management Forum, and Exec. Program Aspen Institute
Walker, Dr. Manuel — 1947 grad of BCCHS, participated in athletics and numerous clubs; degrees from Howard Univ. where he was president of his fraternity, school rep to National Student Assoc., member of advisory staff for dorm, president of medical school class and student council president; Navy medical officer during Korean Conflict and retired with permanent rank of Lt. Commander in the Reserves; interned at Philadelphia Gen. Hospital where he was the only African-American out of 108 interns; career has been Assistant Medical Dir. At Stephen Smith Home for the Aged and Medical Dir. of same; member of National Medical assoc. for 41 consecutive years and Philadelphia Academy of Family Physicians for 30 years; recipient of many medical awards including "President's Award" from the NAACP North Philadelphia Action Branch; volunteerism is with multi medical boards and societies along with being a contributing editor and editor of MSE Pulse and Urban Health Magazine
Williams, Stuart — 1964 grad of BCCHS where he participated in many fine arts activities; degree from Univ. of Mich; business owner of Stuart Williams Environmental Art; recipient of grants/commissions from the US Embassy of Berlin; The City of Dresden, Gemmy; Pacific Gas & Electric, San Francisco; Anheuser Busch; invited lecturer to several museums including San Francisco Museum of Modern Alt, the San Francisco Institute, and the Univ. of California at Davis; coordinated the momentous effort of an art installation on 2 continents symbolizing the unity of2 former adversaries, Germany and the US- The installation in Germany was title, "Breath of Life/Dresden" - this was constructed 70 years after the Allied firebombing reduced most of Dresden to rubble during the final days of WWII. The only surviving structure was the city's iconic cathedral. The LED light installation took 5 years to raise nearly $500,000, 400 skilled hands to complete the array of 2000 lamps and the opening night of the cathedral was in February 2015; donation of his work is at Northpoint Woods care facility in BC; volunteered for VISTA in Kansas City and Sierra Club in San Francisco
Williams, William — 1968 grad of BCCHS where in participated in NHS and sports; degrees from Alma College & Boston Univ.; served in Army where he grad. first in his Radiology Technician School; retired from VA Med. Center after 30 years as Assist. Chief of Recreation; professional artist and owner of Williams Sports Alt Inc.; many professional awards in North Carolina, Grand Rapids, Royal Oak, and Saugatuck; his talent is on display at Nat’l. Baseball Hall of Fame, College Football Hall of Fame, New York Yankees Baseball Club, US Military Academy, US Naval Academy, Univ. of Oregon, Florida State Univ., Virginia Tech, etc.; along with Philadelphia Phillies Christmas Card; 100ff Army vs Navy football game program cover & ticket, Time-Life Books "Baseball: A National Pastime in Art & Literature", Oakland Athletics Magazine; volunteerism with donation for fundraising purposed to BC/Lakeview Kiwanis golf fundraiser for over 10 years; American Cancer Society for a Relay For Life black-tie dinner auction; Painted Chair Affair fundraiser to support the Women's Co-op; and the "Traveling Trophy" oil painting awarded to the lowest total scoring team of the AirTouch Cellular ProTeam Golf Challenge charity event between the Red Wings, Pistons, Tigers, and the Lions.
The BCCHS Hall of Fame board is seeking nominations for the 2017-18 year. Nomination forms are due by August 1st of each year. Please click on the following link to get a copy of this nomination form.
2017 HALL OF FAME BANQUET INDUCTION CELEBRATION
Saturday, April 15 was the 13th year Induction Celebration & Banquet for BCCHS Hall of Fame. The event was held at The Commons of the high school facility where 14 individuals were inducted. We wish to express our gratitude to Battle Creek Public Schools and Supt. Kim Carter for allowing us the benefit of using this facility. These honorees, either staff or graduates, met the criteria with required documentation, were vetted by the Selection Committee, and voted on by the entire Board of Directors. 280 ticket holders enjoyed the banquet meal catered by the Food Service Dept. of the school district and led by Director Michelle Morrissey and her cafeteria staff. Servers of the meal were members of the school's National Honor Society and their advisors, Autumn Felder and Tyler Gilland. Each guest received a commemorative 125-page program book designed by Ty Thompson and printed under the support of Bob Older at the Math-Science Center Print Shop. They also received an engraved plaque and a matching plaque is placed in a display unit in the high school main hall. The plaques were created by Shawn Green of D & S Trophies and the display units are created by Leon Watson, Ray Horn, and leadership of Chad Osborn.