Opera Star to Join Hall

Opera Star to Join Hall

Taylor Stayton has the opportunity to play a myriad of roles in his profession; on Friday, April 12, 2019, he assumes the role of the youngest to ever be inducted into the Sidney City Schools Hall of Honor. 

Taylor will be joining the Hall with 2019 inductees Tim Bickel (SHS 1967), Tom Clark, and David Shadoan (SHS 1975) during the induction ceremony on Friday, April 12, 2019, at 7:00 PM, with a gymnasium reception to follow, both open to the public.*

Audio Star to Join Hall

Audio Star to Join Hall

Just a few short months after Sidney High School’s graduation in 1975, David Shadoan loaded into a friend’s old Chevy van and headed for the west coast. He used to read the back of record albums and would take in all the information he could about the musicians. Though uncertain as to what capacity, Dave knew he would pursue music as part of his profession. He likely never imagined that trip would take him on a journey in which he would work with some of the music industry’s biggest names, nor did he know it would ultimately lead to his induction in his alma mater’s Hall of Honor.

Shadoan is set to be inducted Friday, April 12, 2019 with a 7pm ceremony in the Sidney High School auditorium, followed by a gymnasium reception, both of which are open to the public. Joining him in this year’s class are Tim Bickel (SHS 1967), Tom Clark, and Taylor Stayton (SHS 2003).

Influential Coach and Educator to Join Hall

Influential Coach and Educator to Join Hall

Current Sidney High School teacher and head football coach Adam Doenges once said, “There’s a long-standing joke around Sidney High School about what Tom Clark actually does. The truth is, we really won’t know until he quits because we suspect he does everything.”

Tom Clark came to Sidney to teach special education and coach basketball in 1991; as evidenced by the aforementioned quote, Tom has become an essential member of the Sidney community and school system and has done so much more than anyone could ever imagine.

On Friday, April 12, 2019, Tom Clark will be inducted into the Sidney City Schools Hall of Honor, along with Tim Bickel (SHS 1967), David Shadoan (SHS 1975), and Taylor Stayton (SHS 2003). The ceremony will take place in the Sidney High School Auditorium beginning at 7:00 pm and will be followed with a gymnasium reception, both of which are fully open to the public.

Pillar of Sidney City Schools to Join Hall of Honor

Pillar of Sidney City Schools to Join Hall of Honor

The Sidney City Schools Hall of Honor will increase membership to 131 on Friday April 12, 2019. The 26th annual induction ceremony will take place in the Sidney High School Auorium beginning at 7:00pm. The Hall represents alumni, retired employees, and supporters of the school district who have positively impacted the community, excelled in their profession, or contributed to make a lasting impression on the world.

Of those receiving the highest honor bestowed by Sidney City Schools this year is Timothy Bickel, a pillar of education in Sidney City Schools during his years of service and a pillar of the Sidney community for a lifetime.

Fellow Hall of Honor inductee Tom Clark wrote that Tim “exhibited outstanding organizational skills and possessed excellent rapport with staff and students.” These skills helped steer learning in Sidney City Schools for over three decades and validate his induction.

2019 HOH Induction Class Announced

Four new inductees were elected to the Sidney City Schools Hall of Honor this week and will be enshrined on Friday evening April 12, 2019, in the Sidney High School auditorium beginning at 7pm. The public is invited to attend this 26th annual event and the reception that follows in the adjacent gymnasium. The Hall will have 131 members with these additions.

Environmental Scientist to Be Inducted

Environmental Scientist to Be Inducted

Rick Rediske was contemplating a potential summer job before his senior year at Sidney High School when his dad suggested the Sidney Municipal Water Plant. "It fits your interest in both chemistry and water," father told son. Rick applied and was hired. His supervisor had a tie to a University of Michigan professor that would become helpful when he was seeking a graduate school. Little did Rick know it but his launch was underway toward eventual induction into the Sidney City Schools Hall of Honor.

Richard R. Rediske (SHS 1970) is now a member of the Hall's class of 2018 along with Raeburn E. Barnes (SHS 1892), Ardiss Willman Luce (SHS 1967), and Mike Herbert (SHS/JVS 1985) to raise membership to 127 over 25 years. The foursome will be inducted in the SHS auditorium at 7pm on Friday, April 20, followed by a gymnasium reception across the hall with both events open to the public.

Artist Lifts and Inspires

Artist Lifts and Inspires

Many accolades rolled in with the nomination of Ardiss Willman Luce (SHS 1967) to the Sidney City Schools Hall of Honor. One of the strongest came from former Russia principal Doug Barhorst who called her his best hire for that Shelby County school district. "She made art relevant in Russia," he recalled recently.

Business, Baseball and Inspiration

Business, Baseball and Inspiration

Including the ongoing efforts of the Workforce Partnership, the Sidney City Schools are actively engaged in making current students more employable while also considering careers that don't require college. A shining example and success story for current students will enter the district's Hall of Honor on Friday, April 20, 2018, when Mike Herbert (SHS/JVS 1985) is joined by Raeburn E. Barnes (SHS 1892), Ardiss Willman Luce (SHS 1967), and Richard R. Rediske (SHS 1970) to raise Hall membership to 127.

Raeburn Barnes To Be Inducted

Raeburn Barnes To Be Inducted

On Friday, April 20, 2018, Mrs. Raeburn (Epler) Barnes will be joined by a trio of twentieth-century Sidney High graduates to form the 25th induction class of the Sidney City Schools Hall of Honor. Upon her death in 1964, her will established the Raeburn E. Barnes Trust.  The designated process allowed the program to begin loaning funds to Sidney and Shelby County graduates in late 1983. Since then over 2500 students have been assisted with almost 18 million dollars. 

Four to Join Hall in April 2018

Four new inductees were selected to the Sidney City Schools Hall of Honor this week and will be enshrined on Friday evening April 20, 2018, in the Sidney High School auditorium beginning at 7pm. The public is invited to attend this 25th annual event and the reception that follows in the adjacent gymnasium. The Hall will have 127 members with these additions.

Chairman Rudy Keister (SHS 1981) offered an overview of the selections, "The Hall of Honor committee is quite pleased with the 2018 induction class. From education to bio-science to entrepreneurship, these are four very different people who deserve this recognition. We are anxious for the Sidney schools community to learn about the great contributions these individuals have made in their vocations and home communities. These four emerged from a very strong field of candidates, many of whom could be selected in the future."

All four of the selections are Sidney High School graduates, representing two centuries and four decades. Three plan to be in Sidney for the festivities including interactions with current students on the day of the ceremony. One is deceased, one resides in Michigan, and two have remained in Sidney.

Raeburn (Epler) Barnes (SHS 1892) went on to become a teacher before getting married and leaving education which was mandatory for women at that time. She died in 1964 and her will evidenced her devotion to education as it provided for a student loan fund that bears her name and has now served some 2600 individuals in Sidney and Shelby County.

Mike Herbert (SHS/JVS 1985) learned auto trades at the Joint Vocational School and eventually purchased his own service center that he's taken to an award-winning level. He's also consistently assisted the Sidney City Schools especially the baseball program.

Ardiss (Willman) Luce (SHS 1967) inspired many students in Sidney and elsewhere to become artists and/or teach the subject while also spreading the love of art throughout the student body.

Dr. Richard Rediske (SHS 1970) is a major national and international player in the area of water quality as a professor, researcher, and consultant at Michigan's Grand Valley State University following many years in the water quality industry.

Specific individual biographies of each recipient will be released in the spring as the April 20 induction approaches. "When we tell their full stories, we hope to make our community proud and to inspire current students, consistent with the Hall of Honor Mission Statement. This
group's mixture includes a trio with local impact and one who has excelled elsewhere. The Hall of Honor has always recognized both," Chairman Keister concluded.