Category: Hall of Fame

Bedford Alumni Announces 2017 Hall of Fame Inductees

Temperance, MI-

The Bedford Alumni Association is proud to announce the 2017 Bedford High School Hall of Fame selections.   They will be introduced to the community at the football game on Friday, September 15, 2017. The honors banquet will be held in the high school cafeteria on Saturday, September 16, 2017.  Doors will open at 5 pm for socializing and tours.  The dinner will begin at 6 pm.  Tickets are $25 and are on sale beginning August 14th in the high school office.  (8285 Jackman Rd., Temperance, MI. 48182/734-850-6100).  Tickets must be purchased in advance.  Tickets will not be sold at the door.

Our congratulations go out to the following: 

Logan Lynch (’07):  Athlete.  Logan was the outdoor state champion in the Pole Vault in 2006 and 2007, leaping 16’ 1 1/3”, which was a state record.  Additionally, he added 3 indoor state championships.  He went on to compete for Michigan State, where he recorded first place finishes in several invitational meets, clearing 17’ or more on multiple occasions.

Tony Payne (‘75):  Arts/Music; Post-graduation.  Tony was an outstanding performer in both vocal and instrumental music at Bedford, but his accomplishments in the arts post-graduation are tremendous.  He is an Associate Professor of Music, Director of Special Programs and General Manager of the Wheaton College Artist Series, and is also the founder of several global and experiential learning programs at Wheaton College. Dr. Payne has been General Manager of the Wheaton College Artist Series for more than 30 years.  He has taught arranging, orchestration, electronic music and composition during his long tenure at the Conservatory, and has also served the Wheaton College Chapel Program. As a lifelong contributor to Christian worship, he has composed and published over 100 psalms, hymns and spiritual songs.

Deborah Rollman (’82):  Athlete.  Debbie was a 3-sport athlete at Bedford, earning letters in volleyball, basketball, and softball.  She was Monroe Evening News All-Region in volleyball and softball, as well as All-State in softball.  Debbie was one of the first female athletes to earn a scholarship to a major university, Texas A&M, where she played on teams that were NCAA champions (’83) and College World Series runners-up (’84 & ‘86). She also competed on the International Women’s USA softball team in ’87 and served as an assistant softball coach at UNLV.

Ashley Winter Kent (’03):  Athlete.  Ashley was a key player in the introduction of swimming at Bedford.  She was a 3x state qualifier in the 200 FR and 500 FR, and earned a scholarship to Eastern Michigan University where she swam from 2003-2005.  At EMU, Ashley was a MAC finalist multiple years in the 500 FR and 1650 freestyle.  She continued to serve Bedford as an assistant swim coach for Holly Scheffer for 2 years.  Since graduation, Ashley has served the community as a trauma and critical care nurse at St V’s and as a primary care LPN for patients with mental illness.

Kathy Bankowski:  Teacher, Coach and Community Supporter:  Ms. Bankowski taught Physical Education at BJHS for 24 years (1989-2013).  She was district-wide Physical Education chair for nearly 20 years, and student teacher supervisor for 17 years.  She was awarded the Bedford Teacher of the Year in 2006.  Kathy began volleyball at the JV level in 1980, and was the varsity head coach for 6 years beginning in 1983. She compiled a 256-63 record and led the team to the Final Four in 1988.  She was the Monroe Evening News Coach of the Decade in the 1980s.  She stepped aside to raise her family but continued to coach at the junior high level from 1989-2009.  In 2002, she became the first woman on the Bedford Volunteer Fire Department and now serves as an EMT and Lieutenant.  She encouraged the Junior High to become the first school in the district to purchase an AED.  She often does presentations for the schools, works football games and other events, continuing in her service to Bedford schools.

David Deppen:  Teacher (1959-2000).  Mr. Deppen served Bedford Schools for 40.5 years.  He started as a 6th grade teacher and was one of the staff members who opened Douglas Rd Elementary.  He moved to the staff of the English Dept and was on the inaugural staff at the current high school.  Additionally, he was department chair, President and secretary/treasurer of the BEA.  As part of the CORE committee, he helped identify substance abusers and developed strategies to deal with them.  Beyond his work at the high school, Mr. Deppen also taught at the Child Study Institute in Toledo.  He was appointed Program Director for the entire institution, and worked with multiple civic organizations to coordinate funding and special activities.

Mike Murphy:  Teacher.  Mr. Murphy came to BHS after a career in law enforcement and in broadcast media at several television and radio stations in the Toledo area.  He was instrumental in developing the broadcasting program at Bedford, where he instructed his students with technology that he built and engineered himself. The program’s first radio broadcasts took place as “Bedford Cable Radio” and were broadcast over the local access television station. His students broadcast a myriad of local events, from Bedford Township Board meetings to theater productions and varsity athletic events.  The student-run radio station, WMLZ, was one of the first in the area to receive FCC approval in 2001. Mr. Murphy donated countless time, effort, and money to developing the most state-of-the-art high school broadcasting program in this area. He has gone on to serve as a member of the Addison Community Schools Board of Education as President, and most recently as Treasurer and continues to serve Bedford Public Schools in the Buildings & Grounds Department.

Ron Polek:  Teacher/Coach/Administrator.  Mr Polek began his career at Bedford in 1964 as a math teacher at the junior high level.  He became the assistant principal at the “new” junior high from 1971-1986. In this role, he was responsible for many of the freshman activities.  He was the Assistant Superintendent of Program and Personnel Administration from 1986-1993.  Among  his accomplishments are establishing the Bedford Chapter of National Junior Honor Society and beginning  the Thanksgiving Food Drive at BJHS.  He continued strong community service post-retirement.

1982 State Champion Wrestling Team:  Coached by Bill Regnier; assisted by Tom Joseph, Dick Brighton, Edd Bankowski, and Doug Turner.  The 1982 Wrestling team were undefeated in 7 tournaments, and won 22 dual meets.  They were GLL champions, had 10 regional qualifiers and 6 state qualifiers, all of whom scored team points at state.  Three wrestlers were individual state champions.

2005 State Champion Volleyball Team:  Coached by Jodi Manore.  The 2005 Volleyball team excelled on both the volleyball court and in the classroom.  Eight members were Monroe Evening News All-Region; five were MIVCA All-Region; four were All-State; and two were Academic All-State.  Additionally, they were Team Academic All-State.  Several went on to play sports (volleyball, basketball, soccer, and softball) at the collegiate level.

For further information, please contact Phyllis Boehm ( or Edd Bankowski (

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Jonathan Scout Hall of Fame Scholarship

Announcement at the Basketball Game on Jan. 31, 2017, from President, Dustin Cress:

“It is a great day to be a Bedford Kicking Mule and it is awesome to see all of you here tonight supporting such a great cause. On behalf of Bedford Alumni, I want to say how very proud we are and always will be of Jonathan Scout. Just like you, we prayed for him and his family throughout his courageous battle. We watched as he represented himself and his school with dignity and strength. And like you, we were blown away by his generosity using his wish to leave a permanent gift of a new scoreboard. Every time we look up at the scoreboard, we will remember Jonathan’s generosity and we will be filled with pride for him. As a group, we wanted to find a way to properly say thank you to Jonathan and honor him for everything he did for Bedford High School. We want to make sure that our community never forgets him and all of the qualities that made him a truly great Kicking Mule. Tonight, we are here to announce the formation of the Jonathan Scout Hall of Fame Scholarship, which will be given each year to a Kicking Mule who embodies the qualities of courage, strength, dignity, and generosity that Jonathan displayed for all of us. Recipients may be nominated by teachers, coaches, administrators, peers, or community members. More details will be made available in the coming days, but if you would like to partner with us to make this scholarship a lasting tribute to Jonathan, we’d love to talk with you. To learn more, visit our website at or talk with any Alumni Board member. Thank you!”

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