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June 12, 2014

Westville High honors successful alumni

WESTVILLE — Westville High School will induct three leaders into its Wall of Fame on Saturday. The event will begin with a social hour at 5 p.m. (Illinois time) at the Beef House near Covington, Ind., followed by dinner at 6 p.m.

The inductees are: Carl L. Vacketta, attorney; Capt. Edmund J. Bednar, retired from the U.S. Navy; and the late James M. Sneyd Jr., engineer and educator. Last year was the Wall of Fame’s first, and the inductees were: Class of 1941, Albert Lee Miglin, business/real estate developer/entrepreneur; Class of 1979, Jeffrey D. Cooke, scientist/astrophysicist; and Class of 1938, Dr. Frank L. Lesko, physician/military officer.

Guy Goodlove, principal of Westville High School, said the Westville Wall of Fame committee selected three distinguished individuals from nominations received from alumni, family members and people in the community. All three individuals selected have distinguished themselves as the elite within their respective profession and are recognized as such either locally, statewide, nationally or internationally, he said.

“These remarkable individuals are representative of the qualities that Westville High School aspires for all of our students to strive for — a dedication to excellence in education, a desire to serve their community, and a proven record of success,” Goodlove said. “They are truly deserving of this honor.”

The purpose of the WHS Wall of Fame is to promote pride in Westville, promote pride in the school district and provide role models for students.

The inductees are:

• Bednar graduated from Westville High School in 1956, where he achieved both academic and athletic success. He is remembered by his fellow classmates as being a “superior student” and an “excellent overall athlete.”

Bednar worked a variety of jobs to help support his family. During his senior year, Westville High School Principal Norman Patberg helped him find a job at Lauhoff in Danville in exchange for his participation on the track team. He would work at Lauhoff in the morning and attend classes during the afternoon. He never gave up on his goal of attaining an education and would graduate at the top of his class.

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