Welcome to the Hall of Fame Page!
Our organization began in 2004 and we hold a celebration banquet 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 172 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 more than $30,000. 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.
2018 BCCHS HALL OF FAME BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Back Row (L to R): Fred Jones, Karolynn Ferguson, Danny Moss, Pierre Jackson, Joe Blythe
Front Row (L to R): Grindl Williams, Eleanor Lindsey, Gloria Dearring, Rhonda Turner
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 2017-18 INDUCTEES
Back Row (L to R): Dr. John Rasmussen, Percy Bean, Don Schils, Allen Slamer, Michael St. John, Dr. Jeffery Boggan, Dr. Michael Glass
Front Row (L to R): Irvin "Randy" Hawkins, Patricia Fosdick - representing Clare Briggs, Dorothy Hughes - representing Gene Hughes, Sr., Wyhomme Sellers Matthews, Abbigail Schultz Tumpey, Paul Cheatham - representing Capt. James Holds USN (Ret.), John Cerva
The BCCHS Hall of Fame board is seeking nominations for the 2018-19 year. Nomination forms are due by August 1st of each year. Please click on the link to get a copy of this nomination form.
2018 HALL OF FAME BANQUET INDUCTION CELEBRATION
Battle Creek Central High School's Hall of Fame Celebrates 14 years.
Saturday, April 28th was the Induction Celebration & Banquet for Battle Creek Central High School’s Hall of Fame organization, held at The Commons of the high school facility, where 14 individuals were inducted. The stage was transformed from a high school cafeteria to one of a fine dining experience. We wish to express our gratitude to Battle Creek Public Schools, Supt. Kim Carter, and our Board of Education for allowing us the benefit of using this facility. The first 10 years, the banquet was held at a restaurant and the past 4 years have been here at the high school. President Danny Moss and Treaurer Fred Jones said, “this is where the memories are, the plaques for 172 past and present inductees are showcased on the walls, and many of our guests had been students at the facility and not been back for a visit since then.”
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. More than 340 ticket holders enjoyed the banquet, catered by the BCPS Food Service Dept., led by Director Michelle Morrissey and her department 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 136-page book designed by Ty Thompson and printed with the support of Bob Older at the Math & Science Center Print Shop. The inductees received an engraved plaque and a matching plaque is placed in a display unit in the high school’s main hall. The plaques were created by Shawn Green of D & S Trophies and display units were created by Leon Watson & Ray Horn under the leadership of Chad Osborn, Director of Facilities & Operations.
The Board is seeking nominations for the 2018-19 year. Nomination forms are available on this webpage under the heading, 2018-19 HALL OF FAME NOMINATION FORM. If you need assistance, please contact Fred Jones, 269-968-8601 or Karolynn Ferguson, 269-968-4029. Nomination forms, with enclosed documentation, are due Aug. 1, 2018. Our organization is not an athletic hall of fame – we recognize those individuals who have exhibited outstanding achievement in academics, the arts, athletics or extra-curricular activities, as well as success in their field of endeavor, or made significant contributions to their community and/or country.
The Board is also looking to add members to their non-profit organization. Meetings are held once a month on the 2nd Wednesday of the month at the high school. If you are interested in joining, please contact: Danny Moss, President, at 269-317-5168.
Our organization has touched many lives in our community. Since 2007, we’ve been awarding scholarships to graduating seniors from Battle Creek Central High School totaling more than $30,000. We do a fundraiser each year to provide the necessary funds for achieving/continuing this. We are a “non-profit” organization with 501© 3 status – which means that we are required to do donations – not just be in receipt of them. The BCCHS Hall of Fame believes in our community and this past year has donated to: BC Area Math & Science Center for their Boston trip, Ft. Custer National Cemetery, the Battle Creek Enquirer’s “Remember-A-Vet” fund, Dr. Michael Glass & BC Pulse’s ”Diaper Drive”, Inasmuch House, BCPS Millage Election Campaign, Bobby Holly’s “Anti-bullying & Gun Violence” t-shirt fund for elementary schools, the Brenda Hunt “Cars & Guitars” benefit through the Battle Creek Community Foundation, and to our own National Honor Society.
Since we’re honoring the past, present, and future, we honestly take to heart a quote from Anne Frank and turned it into our mission and philosophy: “How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.”