WESTVILLE — A businessman and a dentist will be the 2019 inductees into Westville High School’s Wall of Fame this weekend.
The induction ceremony will take place Saturday during the Westville High School alumni banquet at the Beef House Restaurant near Covington, Ind. The social hour will begin at 5 p.m. CDT, followed by dinner at 6 p.m. CDT. Tickets are $30 and are available at the high school and Latoz Hardware.
This year’s inductees are the late Anthony “Burr” Brazas, a Westville businessman, and retired dentist Dr. Paul Stine.
Westville High School Principal Guy Goodlove said a six-member committee, whose members are anonymous, selects two honorees each year from about 15-20 nominations. The committee has chosen as many as three alumni in the past.
This is the seventh year for the Wall of Fame. Goodlove, who hatched the Wall of Fame idea, is chairman of the committee, but has no vote. Social studies teacher Bob Lehmann, who is secretary/treasurer of the committee, researches and verifies the nominations.
“I coach and I go into other high schools and see their Walls of Fame,” Goodlove said. “I kept thinking, ‘Why not us?’ ‘Why can’t we do this?’”
For a nominee who has remained in the area, the person must have distinguished himself or herself with excellence in a particular field, service to humanity or involvement in local community service. For someone who no longer lives in the area, the person should have distinguished himself or herself with excellence on a national or international level, or in a particular field, or exhibits service to humanity. Nominees should have attended Westville High School for at least one year.
The nominations come from alumni, family members and people in the community.
“They can come from anyone,” Goodlove said of the nominations.
The purpose of the Wall of Fame is to promote pride in Westville, promote pride in the school district and provide role models for the students.
“We have alumni who have gone on and done great things,” Goodlove said. “It’s good for our students to see what other alumni have done. They’re role models.”
ANTHONY J. “BURR” BRAZAS
A 1945 Westville High School graduate, Brazas was known throughout Vermilion County and the state as a powerful athlete on the football field and other arenas of athletic competition. He received All-State recognition in both football and basketball. His accomplishments on the baseball field were recognized with offers of tryouts with both the Brooklyn Dodgers and the Chicago Cubs prior to graduation from high school. Accepting a football scholarship to the University of Illinois, he began attending classes in the spring of 1945 but left school to join the Navy. He operated several businesses in Westville and was respected for his business acumen and his philanthropy. Among his many business interests were Nu-Grape Bottling Company and Shields Restaurant.
DR. PAUL H. STINE
Dr. Stine graduated in 1956 from Westville High School where he excelled academically and athletically. He attended Eastern Illinois University, majoring in chemistry. Graduating from the U of I in 1963 with his Doctor of Dentistry, he was commissioned as a Captain in the U.S. Army Dental Corps and began his service at Ft. Chafee, Ark., and later at Ft. Hood, Texas. Honorably discharged in 1965, he settled in Champaign, where he opened his dental office and became involved in several community and service-related organizations. He excelled as a humanitarian as a member of four Christian humanitarian teams and during mission trips to Honduras. He made a mission trip to Israel, working with the handicapped children at Kibbutz Grofit. He retired from dentistry in 2006 after 43 years and has since involved himself in a variety of philanthropic activities.