Battle Creek Central Hall of Fame inductees: Front Row, L-R: Jean Stelloh Willinger accepting for Truman Stelloh, Glenn Aday, Bobby Holley, Charlene Henry-Lee, Deborah Owens, Kay Calley-Martin accepting for Sid DeBoer and Robert Owen. Back Row, L-R: Jeff Sovern accepting for Theodore Sovern, Joe Blythe, Jonathan West accepting for John Dill, T.R. Shaw, Don Hudson and William Tunnicliff.
Welcome to the Hall of Fame Page!
The mission of the Battle Creek Central High School (BCCHS) Hall of Fame is to recognize and honor graduates and 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 2016-17
The BCCHS Hall of Fame Board is honored to recognize and celebrate the accomplishments of another group of worthy alumni. To date, 158 people have been acknowledged with this honor spanning 13 years. These individuals have made exceptional contributions to society and exhibited outstanding leadership, high degree of moral character, integrity and service to her/his field or community through academics, the arts, or athletics.
The Celebration Banquet will take place at The Commons of Battle Creek Central High School on Saturday, April 15, 2017 with social time at 5 pm and dinner at 6 pm. Tickets are $35 each- there will be no tickets sales at the door. Tickets may be purchased from: Fred Jones – 269-968-8601 or Karolynn Ferguson – 269-968-4029.
Please join us in congratulating these individuals as they are recognized by the BCCHS Hall of Fame for 2016-17:
Robert Bokhart – staff; Kevin Christ – 1978 grad; Dr. Sherrill Cotton – 1979 grad; Dr. Mark Curtis – 1969 grad; A. Lorena Hickock – 1912 grad; Troy Huggett – 1986 grad; Dr. Elishae Johnson – 1999 grad; Dr. Mead Killian – 1957 grad; Roy Kramer – staff; Dr. Velma Laws-Clay – 1958 grad; Josita Todd-Lundy – 1969 grad; Dr. Manuel Walker – 1947 grad; Stuart Williams – 1964 grad; and William Williams – 1968 grad
BRIEF BIO INFO ON 2016-17 BCCHS HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES
Bokhart, Bob — 1947 grad from Colon HS; military' duty during WWII; degrees from Mich. Tech and WMU; 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
2016 Hall of Fame Banquet Induction Celebration
The BCCHS Hall of Fame Induction Banquet for the 2015-16 inductees took place on Saturday, April 16, 2016 in The Commons at Battle Creek Central High School. The organization was proud and pleased to add 18 members to this prestigious group - bringing the total to 144 individuals from the beginning year of 2004-05.