September 12, 2016

Badin High honors 11 recipients at 3rd annual Hall of Honor ceremony


Eleven people who have made a memorable impact on the school and community will be recognized in Badin High School’s third annual Hall of Honor induction dinner on Thursday, Sept. 15, at the Courtyard by Marriott in downtown Hamilton.

“There are so many people connected to Badin and our predecessor schools who have made a difference in the world around us,” said Kim Graham ‘96, the alumni director at Badin High School. “This is a big group, but they have done big things. This is Badin’s 50th anniversary year, so we wanted to make this Hall of Honor celebration a highlight of the year.”

Hall of Honor inductees for 2016 include:

  • Linda and Jim Wimmers, the Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Mary Lou Cox ’52, the Father Francis J. Miller Award for Distinguished Faculty/Staff
  • Sue Niehaus, the Father Francis J. Miller Award for Distinguished Faculty/Staff
  • Bob Ernst, the Stephen T. Badin Legacy Award
  • Jack Loeffler ‘61, the Stephen T. Badin Legacy Award
  • Rhonda Brown ’84, the Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award
  • Patti Froelke ’59, the Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award
  • Jack Kirsch ’44, the Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award
  • Brandon Saurber ’02, the Distinguished Young Alumni Achievement Award
  • Lisa Schaffer ’76 and Tina Jacoby Welsh, the Heart of Badin award

Linda Wimmers was a longtime math teacher at Badin who has passed away, but her husband Jim Wimmers has picked up her torch and continues to play a generous role in the interests of Badin High School.

Sue Niehaus was also a popular and engaged math teacher at Badin before her retirement, and Mary Lou Cox ’52 was a fixture in the front office.

Bob Ernst and the late Jack Loeffler ’61 chaired the first facilities fund drive at Badin in 1987-88, and had meaningful, substantive involvement with Badin over and above that effort.

Rhonda Brown ’84, Patti Froelke ’59 and Jack Kirsch ’44 were – and continue to be – leading lights in the community around us. Kirsch, the former city manager of Hamilton, has the railroad underpass on High Street in downtown Hamilton named after him.

Brandon Saurber ’02 is the director of strategy and information in the city of Hamilton, having previously served as assistant to the city manager and the city manager’s chief of staff.

Lisa Schaffer ’76 and Tina Jacoby Welsh have put their creative efforts together over the past decade to make the Badin musical theatre program popular and successful, including enhancements to the school’s Little Theatre and developing a Fine Arts Scholarship.

Once again this year, the Hall of Honor event will serve as a kickoff to Homecoming Week festivities. The honorees will be recognized at an afternoon assembly at Badin on Thursday, be inducted at the dinner Thursday night, be part of Friday’s Homecoming parade, and then be introduced at halftime of the Homecoming football game vs. Cincinnati Purcell Marian.

“We’re very pleased to take this opportunity to recognize people who embody the ideals of the Catholic faith, and to instill in others a desire to serve God and serve others,” Graham said. “We’re excited to highlight our anniversary year in this way.”

The Hall of Honor induction dinner is sold out. All proceeds from the Hall of Honor event will benefit the Badin Tuition Assistance Fund.

Contact: Dirk Q. Allen, (513) 863-3993, ext. 120; Dallen@BadinHS.org

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