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Hall of Fame Guidelines & Nomination Form:

View and print a Nomination Form and Guidelines for the Bedford High School Alumni Association Hall of Fame.

View and print a sample of the questionnaire form to be completed by nominee after they are nominated.

View a sample of the memo and questionnaire sent to inductee after selection.

View and print a Hall of Fame Sponsor Form or a Congratulations Form.


Hall of Fame Members:


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 (phyllis.boehm78@gmail.com) or Edd Bankowski (grapple48@aol.com).

2015 (Click here for bios)


Bill Regnier: ­ Outstanding Coach/Teacher/Administrator
Mary Lou Zaums: ­ Outstanding Administrator/Teacher/Contributor
Jenifer Sulewski­-LaRoy (2003): ­ Outstanding Athlete
Rick Judson (1987): ­ Outstanding Athlete
Chris Morris (2001): ­ Outstanding Athlete
Kelly Meinhart (1984) ­ Outstanding Athlete/Coach
Jerry Jaffe (1965): ­ Theatre/Post High School
1979 State  Championship Wrestling Team
1982 State Championship Girls Cross Country Team

See photo gallery of the 2015 Hall of Fame Banquet

Video of the Hall of Fame Inductee Banquet

Articles and Announcements Concerning the 2015 Hall of Fame:

Click to view the press release concerning the 2015 BHS Alumni Association Hall of Fame.

View the 2015 Hall of Fame Selection Committee Ballot.

Bedford Now October 30, 2015: Nominations Due Nov. 30 For Bhs Hall Of Fame

Toledo Blade November 2, 2015: Nominations accepted for annual Bedford Hall of Fame

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Click to view the article pages 4 and 5 in the 02-08-2016 Edition of the Bedford Press!

Hall of Fame Ceremony Info:

View and print our Invitation Letter for information on how to purchase your Hall of Fame Ceremony tickets, and Brick Sponsorship Form.  Offer your Congratulations with a Brick!

2015 Hall of Fame Inductees

2013 (Click here for bios)

Edd Bankowski: Athlete – ’66
Tom Estes: Athlete – ‘53
Eugene Holey: Athlete – ’49
Jeff Holly: Athlete – ‘79
Bob Lambert: Athlete – ’90
Bill Salisbury: Athlete –‘77
Kevin Taylor: Athlete – ’70
Bill Zgorzelski: Athlete – ‘71
2001 State Championship Volleyball Team


Current Newspaper Articles Concerning the 2013 Hall of Fame:

Toledo Blade September 30, 2013: Wrestling coach among inductees to Bedford High alumni hall of fame

Bedford Press September 23, 2013: Bedford High School Alumni Association announces 2013 Hall of Fame inductees

2012 (Click here for bios)

Ellen Bacon: Teacher (’72 – ’07)
Stacey Heams: Athlete – ‘88
Lindi Bankowski: Athlete – ‘01
Jess Hurley: Athlete – ‘92
Jim Long: Post High School – ‘75
Doug Winkler: Athlete – ‘73
Jill Treuhaft: Teacher (’69 – ’99)
Bedford High School Wrestling Team of 1977

2011 (Click here for bios)

Clayton Kelley: Outstanding Coach
Jesse Elzinga ’97: Outstanding Athlete
Rebecca (Neorr) Umpstead ’90: Outstanding Athlete
Terry (Riddle) Ormsby ’88: Outstanding Athlete
Louie Tibai ’92: Outstanding Athlete
Paul Stanifer: Outstanding Teacher (Music)
1998 State Champion Volleyball Team

2010 (Click here for bios)

Richard (Dick) Harley: Outstanding Bedford High School Teacher from 1973-2009
Doug Harper: ’85 Outstanding Athlete (Wrestling)
Michael Morris: ’64 Outstanding Post High School Accomplishments
Shayna Munson: ’99 Outstanding Athlete (Volleyball/Basketball)
Arnold Strzelecki: ’51 Outstanding Athlete (Track)
Matt Wiederhold: ’87 Outstanding Theater Arts Student and Post High School Accomplishments
The 1975-76 Bedford High School State Champion Wrestling Team

2009 (Click here for bios)

Matthew Bell ( Music & Post High School) ‘91
Terri Blok (Bosma) (Athlete) ‘77
Steve Danforth (Athlete) ‘69
Tony Gill (Athlete) ‘91
Bill “Marty” Hammerstein (Athlete) ‘59
Phyllis McMacken-Maschke (Teacher)
1966 Bedford High School GLL Championship Football Team (Class of  ’67)

2008 (Click here for bios of 2008 Inductees)

Terry Banks (Athlete) ‘79
Joe Caruso ( Athlete & Post High School) ‘72
Michelle Andrews (King) (Athlete) ‘83
Mary Linzie ( Athlete & Post High School) ‘89
Kellie Nowak ( Athlete & Post High School) ’96
Kevin Vogel ( Athlete & Post High School) ‘87
Jennifer Bringman (West) Athlete & Post High School) ‘92

2007  (Click here for bios of 2007 Inductees)

Lowell Cauffiel ( Post High School)’69
Douglas Dove ( Athlete & Post High School) ‘59
John Hittler (Athlete) ‘70
Brett Holey ( Post High School) ‘78
Todd Lezon (Athlete) ‘82
C. David Parker (Teacher)
Edward Tutelian (Teacher)

2006  (Click here for bios of 2006 Inductees)

Richard Boehme (Athlete) ‘49
Walter Chany (Athlete) ‘65
Eleanor Gordon (Administrator)
Shane Heams ( Athlete & Post High School) ‘94
Leslie Keane (Athlete) ‘96
Carol Emptage-Kwiatkowski (Teacher)
David Long (Athlete) ‘67
Ken Moyer ( Athlete & Post High School) ‘84
Lynn Parachek (Teacher & Coach)
Edward Rudd (Community Supporter)
Kara Walcher (Shavo) (Athlete) ‘83

2005 (Click here for bios)

Robert Boehme (Athlete) ‘51
Dennis Brighton (Athlete) ‘74
Gary Duhaime (Coach)
Lew Horn (Teacher & Coach)
Liz Renius (Smith) (Athlete) ‘95
Gene Stock (Community Supporter) ‘64

2004 (Click here for bios)

James Kindle (Athlete) ‘70
David Simpson (Athlete) ‘85
Buffy Williams (Ruddy) (Athlete) ‘89

2003 (Click here for bios)

Bill Alexander (Athlete) ‘52
Charlie Holmes (Teacher)
Dennis Kinney (Athlete) ‘70
Fred Lowe ( Athlete & Post High School) ‘65
Chuck Rimmer (Community Supporter) ‘59
Paul Whitman ( Community Supporter & Post High School) ‘40

2002 (Click here for bios)

Ron Boehme (Athlete & Coach) ‘55
Tom Gannon (Athlete) ‘52
James McHugh (Administrator)
Paul Swy (Athlete & Community Supporter) ‘49
Oyce Whitesell (Teacher)
Jerry Wing (Administrator)

2001 (Click here for bios)

Etta Mae Chapman (Teacher)
Chris McMacken (Athlete) ‘67
Art Maschke (Administrator & Coach)
Karen Sapp (Crowe) (Athlete) ‘83
Jennifer Shrader (Williams) (Music, Theatre and Post High School) ‘91

2000 (Click here for bios)

Bob Andrews (Community Supporter)
William Early (Coach)
Chester & Lottie Karpanty (Community Supporter)
Gerald Kish (Athlete) ‘51
Dick Oswald (Athlete) ‘52
John Stafford (Teacher)
Reid Stout (Administrator & Inventor)
Dr Warren Tolly ( Athlete & Post High School) ‘49
Richard Trychel (Athlete) ‘53
Jon Whitman (Athlete) ‘73