Rock Bridge to honor Hall of Fame inductees

Thursday, September 23, 2010 | 5:35 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA – Rock Bridge High School will honor five new Rock Bridge Hall of Fame inductees at an all-school assembly Friday morning and at the homecoming football game that night.

The inductees were first revealed in April and are Rock Bridge alumni who were chosen for their exceptional personal, professional or community achievements, according to a school news release.

The 2010 inductees are:

  • John Hadfield, class of 1994, a Jazz faculty member at New York University and freelance percussionist who has played with Yo-Yo Ma, the Saturday Night Live Band and Sierra Leone's Refugee All-Stars, among other performers.
  • Joe Johnston, class of 1986, the lead scientist and senior medical advisor for Eli Lilly and Company's Epidemiology and Health Services Research Center at Global Health Outcomes in Indianapolis.
  • Keith D. Politte, class of 1977, a manager of the Technology Testing Center at MU's Reynolds Journalism Institute.
  • Elizabeth Sewell, class of 1998, a technical sergeant stationed at the headquarters of U.S. Joint Special Operations Command in Bragg, N.C. Technical Sgt. Sewell was named one of the air force's 12 Outstanding Airmen of the Year in 2006 and received the Bronze Star Medal in 2009 for exceptionally meritorious achievement in support of Operations Iraqi and Enduring Freedom.
  • Genny Watkins, class of 1980, who has had extensive experience working with disability-rights organizations in St. Louis, helping adults and children with disabilities learn to live independent and fulfilling lives.

Politte described going back to high school as "a little surreal" and said he is enthusiastic to go back and work with students. Politte said he would like a lot more students to get involved with technology at the institute .

"It's very much an honor," said Politte of his Hall of Fame induction.

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