Welcome to our Hall of Fame induction ceremony. We added 8 individuals to the 132 who have been inducted to date, and we added a baseball team – we are adding the 1965 Tiger baseball team to honor their state runner-up 50 year anniversary.
We had the presentation of colors by our Marine Junior ROTC and were lead in the Pledge of Allegiance led by Rev. Deborah Murrell.
We wish to thank Dr. Donna Hargens for joining us for the entire weekend. She’s a strong supporter of our school and its leadership.
Bob White is the retired Courier Journal sports writer who covered the baseball season and tournament in 1965. He was very impressed by the team’s run through the district, regional and state tournaments and also with the Harvard scholarship that our star pitcher, Bob Dorwart, had earned.
Dr. Nathan Meyer, principal of Fern Creek High School spoke.
Dale Hettinger from the Class of 1958
Dale is a licensed professional engineer and Land Surveyor. He graduated from Indiana Institute of Technology. Early in his career he was involved in the design project for the Shawnee Parkway plus the design of major sewer and high-rise building projects. As Deputy of Engineering and Public Works and Transportation for Jefferson County, he was responsible for coordinating engineering problems with traffic engineering, the Metropolitan Sewer District, the Air Board, and KIPDA. As County engineer for Jefferson County, he was responsible for road and bridge programs. He also served as Director of Public Works and County engineer of Jefferson County. He served on the Louisville and Jefferson County planning and zoning commission. He ended his career working on surveying projects in Oldham County and as a senior engineer working on projects locally and across the country.
Donny Hudson from the Class of 1985
Sports defined Donny’s life. He played baseball and football through college, and then came back to the Orange and Black after college for six more years as a coach. He coached football, baseball and wrestling.
Donny has a BS and a Masters in education from Campbellsville University. He has served as high school counselor and is presently the assistant principal at Buechel Metropolitan High school. He prepares students for their civic responsibilities and creates an interest and concern for their community and nation. He also brings students into closer contact with the rapidly changing world
Robyn Garrett Karrer from the Class of 1979
Robyn has spent her working life in the healthcare industry. She has a BSN from the University of Louisville and a Masters in Business with an emphasis in healthcare from Indiana Wesleyan. She is vice president of risk management and insurance services for Baptist Health. She is a certified professional in healthcare management as designated by the American Society for Healthcare Management. She has a passion for improving the quality of patient care and brings that to her work in patient safety and risk management. She has been involved in many civic and volunteer positions and serves her church with children and youth ministries. She also devotes time to the American Heart Association, Multiple Sclerosis Society, U of L FCA and Youth for Christ.
Barbara Bryant Lechner from the Class of 1960
Barbara’s entire career has been with the Jefferson County school system although it was interrupted when she took a nine year break to focus on rearing her children. Her career is a textbook example of how to achieve maximal effectiveness with one’s skills. Seamlessly moving from classrooms of children to classrooms of adults, Barbara continued teaching with the same verve, intellect and effectiveness, helping improve the professional skills of generations of teachers and, in turn, the educational experience of tens of thousands of children.
Barbara graduated from University of Louisville with a BS and a Masters in Education. She has been involved in so many activities that I cannot list them all, but I want to emphasize her work with Friends of Life cancer support network where she is a member of the board and the chief fundraiser. As a cancer survivor, Barbara donates many hours to this Louisville-based group, one that offers encouragement and mentoring to cancer victims and their families.
Don Peterson from the Class of 1965
Don graduated from Western Kentucky University with a BA in Mass Communications/Radio – TV. He started his radio career in Louisville and then moved on to Houston Texas. After setting sales records there, he was quickly moved into management. He became the VP/GM for a Kansas City top 40 station that was awarded a Billboard top 40 station of the year award. Then Don moved on to Orlando where his boss said “work your sales magic in the Magic Kingdom again for us.” So he did just that.
He moved back to Houston for the balance of his career, again with great sales success. He tried to retire twice and finally succeeded. He has served on many industry and nonprofit boards and works closely with the March of Dimes and MADD. He was elected into the Texas broadcasters Hall of Fame in 2013.
Mike Thomas from the Class of 1989
Mike was Mr. Fern Creek and senior class president. He played baseball and ran cross country. He went to Campbellsville College where he played baseball for four years. He then moved to Nashville, Tennessee to become a police officer. Mike’s responsibilities as a police officer include managing the DARE programs. Even though Mike has a career in Nashville as police officer, he also has a career of umpiring college-level games in the Southeastern conference and umpired in the NAIA College World Series this year.
He has carried his Fern Creek pride with him in Nashville in his work for schools for over 10 of his 21 years as a resource officer. This experience helps kids and young adults shape their future. Teaching in the schools has fulfilled Mike’s desires to both be an educator and serve as a police officer.
Paula Williams Schneider from the Class of 1965
She’s been described by many of her classmates as the glue that holds our class together. But I would say that she also includes any and all alumni regardless of which class they were part of, as she communicates monthly with an email newsletter and has for over 15 years. She and her husband Doug are always comforting our alumni families in the hospital or at the funeral home after the loss of a loved one. She led the reunion committees for the 50th and most grand party of all for the class of 1965 this May. She miraculously located all but three class members. Many don’t know that she was for many years involved in law enforcement as a Detective for the Juvenile Court and an officer for the Jefferson County youth detention center.
Troy Stout from the Class of 1988
Troy comes from a long line of proud Creekers who have supported our school and our Alumni Association. He graduated from the University of Louisville. He has held a number of high-level management positions in the last 20 years. Meanwhile during that time Troy has continued to give back to his alma mater. He has served on the reunion committee for more than 20 years. A classmate once said that Troy is one of the few people who is worthy of both the Athletic and Alumni Hall’s of Fame. He is involved in many facets of his church as well volunteering with the Optimist Club and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
1965 Baseball Team
Today we for the first time induct an entire team. The 1965 baseball team completed its season as the state runner-up 50 years ago. Austin Byers who was a member of our team did extensive research that resulted in the booklet found on each table. He will come forward to talk about that magical season.
Volunteer of the Year – David Stout
This year we will honor the outstanding service of one of our alumni. Whenever there is a volunteer opportunity this individual is always one of the first to step up and help complete the task or project. David Stout receives our Volunteer of the Year award. We all should thank him for his dedicated service.