Jaisyn Petersen glues a pink paper puff his cherry blossom tree at the 11th annual Wabash FAME Festival on Saturday, April 22. Photo by Emma Rausch
By Emma Rausch
China returned to Wabash on Saturday, April 22, for the 11th annual Wabash FAME (Foundation of Art and Music in Education) Festival.
Thirty years ago, the FAME Festival was founded in Fort Wayne on the idea of giving students “a chance to perform their music, to display their artwork in a noncompetitive atmosphere away from school,” according to Judy Ward, local festival planning committee head.
In 2006, Ward assisted with bringing the festival to Wabash County.
This year, the local festival focused on China. The event first spotlighted the Chinese culture in 2015 and introduced local youth to its customs, writing and arts. At Saturday’s event, youth continued their exploration of the country’s heritage and had the opportunity to try more of its traditional artworks firsthand.
Coach Chris Rood amassed a record of 411-211-1 as head coach of the Wabash Apaches baseball team. Photo provided
By Kyle Kelshimer
Special to The Paper
From Bob Knight and IU Basketball, to Notre Dame Football and 11 national championships, to the “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing,” the Indy 500, Indiana sports scream tradition. But not any kind of tradition; it is a tradition that reflects the men and women of the state who call themselves Hoosiers.
It is an Indiana tradition.
Gritty, blue-collared, players often fused with unrelenting, outspoken, disciplined coaches who would mold their team, often unmatched and less talented, into believing that through concentration and execution they, as a team, could do anything.
Think Bob Knight.
Think Knute Rockne.
Think Thomas “Chris” Rood.
Chris Rood, to many in the state, has become more than just an old baseball coach. He has become a legend to those who knew him and knew of him.
Tahnee Fuentes and Ben Green
By The Paper staff
NORTH MANCHESTER — Two members of the Manchester High School swim team, Tahnee Fuentes and Ben Green, have been selected for the All America Team through the National Interscholastic Swimming Coaches Association of America, Inc. (NISCA).
To be selected for this honor, athletes must meet the criteria for selection according to the NISCA guidelines. The requirements include, having a minimum GPA of 3.75 on a 4.00 scale, being a graduating senior, and lettering in your high school program during your senior year.
A Liking for Biking is a new monthly riding series. Photo provided
By The Paper staff
The Dam to Dam Ride (D2D) committee and Breakaway Bike and Fitness Shop have collaborated on a new health and wellness initiative that centers itself around the grassroots movement that started the annual Dam to Dam ride.
Beginning the first Saturday in May, the Liking for Biking riding series will kick off as a family friendly fun ride, connecting people who simply enjoy riding their bicycle.
by Emily Armentrout
On Saturday, Aug. 23, Wabash City Schools held the inaugural induction ceremony for the Wabash City Schools Hall of Distinction, inducting 13 former graduates and four non Wabash High School graduates. These members were inducted “in recognition of outstanding accomplishments in life, dedicated service to others, enriching the history of Wabash City Schools and maintaining the highest standard of conduct and character.”
“The committee felt like there have been people who have had incredible influences, like Mark Honeywell, that should be in the Hall of Distinction. We span 145 years of our history. John Olsen graduated from Northwestern University but he didn’t graduate from high school. If you said we were only going to honor those who graduated from the high school then I think we were going to limit some people,” explained Wabash City Schools Superintendent, Jason Callahan.
With the long history of Wabash High School and the recent creation of the Wabash High School Athletic Hall of Fame, WCS felt like they were missing people who had profound influences on the school and the city of Wabash in only honoring athletics.
The ceremony began with a welcome from WCS Superintendent Jason Callahan, with the National Anthem sung and a performance by Symphonic Voices. The ceremony was followed by a reception and tour of Wabash High School.
The members included graduates from 1874 to 1970, with professions like educators, physicians, philanthropists and vocal performers. The 17 members of the Wabash City Schools Hall of Distinction are Adelaide Steele Baylor, Rose Kidd Beere, L. H. Carpenter, John W. Corso, Jerry L. Ferguson, Richard E. Ford, Crystal Gayle, Mark C. Honeywell, Margery Stewart Johnson, Martha Biggerstaff Jones, Ruth and Claude Minnear, Johnny Olsen, James W. Parks, James M. Ridenour, Asa J. Smith, and Jennie Wade.
Adelaide Steele Baylor graduated from Wabash High School in 1878. She was the first woman principal of Wabash High School and superintendent of Wabash City Schools. Baylor was also a renowned state and national educator.
Rose Kidd Beere also graduated from Wabash High School in 1878. She was the first woman physician to serve in the Spanish American War and was the head physician at the Denver, Colo. state hospital.
L. H. Carpenter graduated from Wabash High School in 1914. He was principal at Wabash High School and superintendent of Wabash City Schools.
John W. Corso graduated from Wabash High School in 1948. He is an Emmy winning set designer. He has also been nominated for an Academy award. Corso has designed sets for over 50 television shows and numerous feature films.
Jerry L. Ferguson graduated from Wabash High School in 1959. He is the co-founder of Biomet Inc., and a leader in the medical device industry.
Richard E. Ford graduated from Wabash High School in 1956. He was the sponsor of numerous artistic and cultural opportunities for students, parents and patrons of Wabash City Schools.
Crystal Gayle graduated from Wabash High School in 1970. She is a Grammy winning vocal performer. She has won Female Vocalist of the Year and is a Hollywood Walk of Fame Star recipient.
Mark C. Honeywell was the creator of the Honeywell Center, the Honeywell Foundation and recreation facilities for the benefit of all.
Margery Stewart Johnson graduated from Wabash High School in 1938. She was the official U.S. Army WWII poster girl, a RKO movie star and model.
Martha Biggerstaff Jones graduated from Wabash High School in 1929. She was an English teacher at Wabash High School for 26 years and a member of the Board of Trustees at Wabash Carnegie Public Library.
Ruth and Claude Minnear are sponsors of a scholarship trust, which has enabled hundreds of students to attend Indiana colleges and universities.
Johnny Olsen has been on Broadway and in motion pictures. He is one half of the renowned Vaudville team of Olsen and Johnson.
James W. Parks graduated from Wabash High School in 1947. He was the president and CEO of AAA Hoosier Motor Club and on the Board of Trustees at Ball State University.
James M. Ridenour graduated from Wabash High School in 1960. He has been the Director of the National Park Service and Director of the Indiana Department of Natural Resources.
Asa J. Smith graduated from Wabash High School in 1911. He was the lead attorney responsible for the removal of the Ku Klux Klan from power in Indiana.
Jennie Wade graduated from Wabash High School in 1874. She was the sponsor of a scholarship for Wabash High School students, which continues to the present day.
While most of the inductees have passed on, three of the four remaining inductees were in attendance at Saturday’s ceremony. James Ridenour, John Corso, and Jerry Ferguson were able to join the community for the induction ceremony. Crystal Gayle was unable to join the festivities due to a previously scheduled performance. “Of the four still living, everyone was able to make it, except Crystal, and she had a performance in South Dakota, but she sent along her gratitude and well wishes to us,” added Callahan.
The Hall of Distinction committee made sure to look at the achievements of the inductees success after school as opposed to the Athletic Hall of Fame members who saw the majority of their athletic success in school. “As we voted and debated, we felt like younger people who have already made an impact on society are certainly worthy, but there is probably more story to be told, so you’ll see an older group. We will continue on an annual basis and narrow the field down to four to six inductees in the future,” continued Callahan.
The public is welcome to nominate members of the Wabash community who they believe has had a profound impact on Wabash City Schools and the City of Wabash. If you have nominations for the next class of inductees, contact Jason Callahan at firstname.lastname@example.org.