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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Marlin Shamblin and Ken McCormick were good friends from their days at Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia. Shamblin became a Spanish teacher at Sidney High School and urged his social studies counterpart to join him in a community he and his family had come to enjoy and call "home."
In 1968 the two were reunited until retiring from teaching. Shamblin gets credit not only for bringing a fine educator to Sidney but also a caring person who would become a full participant in school, church, and community.
On Friday, April 21, at 7:30pm in the SHS auditorium, the late Kenneth W. McCormick will receive the highest honor bestowed by the school district when he's inducted into the Sidney City Schools Hall of Honor along with three alumni, Susan L. Russell (SHS 1970), Martin L. "Mick" Given (SHS 1975), and Thomas P. Milligan (SHS 1978). A gymnasium reception will follow with both events open to the public.
Even when initially working away from Sidney following his college days, Thomas P. Milligan always knew that his family's businesses could still hold his future. When his uncle Sam passed away, his father (Patrick H. Milligan, SHS 1946, HoH 1999) told Tom that the time was right if he wanted to return home. "As my dad often liked to say, I came home on 8/8/88 and that's easy to remember," said the 2017 inductee into the Sidney City Schools Hall of Honor.
A former Hall of Honor committee member and chair with degrees from Ohio Wesleyan and Columbia Universities, Milligan (SHS 1978) will be joined by Susan L. Russell (SHS 1970), Martin L. "Mick" Given (SHS 1975), and the late Kenneth W. McCormick (Teacher 1968-93) at the induction in the Sidney High School auditorium on Friday evening April 21 at 7:30pm. A gymnasium reception follows and both events are fully open to the public.
Susan L. Russell (SHS 1970), a National Merit Scholar, Editor of the school newspaper, and the first girl who dared to wear pants to school, will come home to Sidney High School to be inducted into the Sidney City Schools Hall of Honor on Friday, April 21, at 7:30pm.
She will be joined by Martin L. "Mick" Given (SHS 1975), Thomas P. Milligan (SHS 1978), and the late Kenneth W. McCormick (Teacher 1968-93) in raising Hall membership to 123. The public event will be followed by an open gymnasium reception.
Four new inductees will joining Sidney City Schools Hall of Honor. Among those being inducted is Martin L. "Mick" Given (SHS 1975). Given is the President of Ferguson Construction in Sidney. Currently notable in his community resume is his leadership with the highly acclaimed Workforce Partnership program in the Sidney City Schools.
Mick Given (SHS 1975) will be joined by fellow alumni Susan L. Russell (SHS 1970) and Thomas P. Milligan (SHS 1978), along with the late Kenneth W. McCormick (Teacher 1968-93) as the newest inductees to the Sidney City Schools Hall of Honor on Friday, April 21 at 7:30pm in the high school auditorium. A reception will follow in the adjacent gymnasium with both events fully open to the public.