Mattawan alumni inducted into Hall of Honor

By: 
Paul Garrod - news4garrod@vineyardpress.biz
New inductees to the 2018 Mattawan Consolidated School Hall of Honor include from left: Back row - Noah Herron, Aubrey Patino, Bradley McGrath, Rodney Martin, John Pobutsky and Al Fewless; Front row -  Curtis Bell, Sr., Bob Brisky, Bill Brisky, Sara Baker and Larry McKee. Missing from photo are Spencer Lenfield, Tom Brown and Amber Brooks. Also honored posthumously was Leo Hunt. 	Courier-Leader photo/Paul Garrod

    MATTAWAN - The Mattawan Consolidated School District paid tribute last Saturday night to its 2018 Hall of Honor inductees.
    Among those honored included: Bradley McGrath, Amber Brooks, Leo Hunt, Curtis J. Bell, Sr., Aubrey Patino, Spencer Lenfield, Noah Herron, Bill and Bob Brisky, Rodney Martin, Sara Baker, and “The Chain Gang”  - Tom Brown, Al Fewless, Larry McKee, John Pobutsky.    
    Dr. Robin Buchler told the inductees and those gathered at Mattawan High School, “The  Hall of Honor is different from many Halls of Fame across our state and nation, we honor those who have performed at a high level in high school and beyond and those who have given their time, talent, and treasure to make a mark on our greater world.”
    Col. McGrath, a 1991 MHS  graduate,  completed United States Marine Corps Boot Camp, and is currently assigned to the Pentagon. He was deployed on combat tours in Afghanistan, Iraq and Liberia.
    He  received the  Meritorious  Service Medal with two Gold Stars, the Air Medal with 13 strike awards, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with two Gold Stars and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with one Gold Star.
    Brooks, a 1996 MHS graduate and valedictorian of her class, has dedicated her life to public service, including serving in the Peace Corps in Romania. She is a Foreign Service Officer for the  United States Agency for International Development (USAID), a position she has held since  2005. She is currently posted in Washington, D.C, in the Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance.
    The late Leo Hunt, a 1941 MHS graduate, was involved  with Gobles High School athletic programs for four decades.  He was awarded Assistant Coach of the Year in the State of Michigan in both football and baseball. The World War II Army veteran was inducted in to the Gobles  Athletic Hall of Fame in 1991.
    In 2014, Hunt’s family established the Leo Hunt Memorial Scholarship, intended to recognize and reward  Gobles student athletes who possess Hunt’s same love of sports.
    Bell,  a 1986 graduate of MHS, was appointed by Gov. Jennifer Granholm as Kalamazoo County Probate Judge, and has been Chief Judge of Circuit and Probate Judges  of Kalamazoo since   2013.
    Patino, MHS Class of 2000, serves as executive director of Avalon Housing in Ann Arbor, a non-profit organization that seeks to build healthy, safe, and inclusive housing solutions to end homelessness.
    Lenfield, who could not attend the event, but was able  to  make an appearance by way of computer skyping, graduated   from Mattawan High School in 2008.
    He graduated from Oxford in the summer of 2015, where he had been studying for a second bachelor’s degree in classics and philosophy on a Rhodes Scholarship.
    He also spent one year in South Korea as an English teaching assistant on a Fullbright Scholarship. Lenfield is proficient in French, Latin and Ancient Greek, and speaks intermediate level Korean.
    Herron, a member of MHS Class of 2000, rushed for over 5,500  yards and 92 touchdowns in his varsity football career.
    Herron attended Northwestern University on a full scholarship. He was initially drafted by the National Football League’s Pittsburgh Steelers. He then played for the Green Bay Packers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, New York Jets and Cleveland Browns until 2009.
    Twins Bill and Bob Brisky,  graduated from Mattawan High School in 1950.
    Bill served two years in the Unites States Army as a first lieutenant. He taught and coached at Covert and Bangor high schools. He was head of the Science Department at Portage Central Middle School for 15 years.
    Bob’s achievement’s included spending 45 years in the Order of the Marianists. He taught high school and colleges, including University of Dayton and Hackett Catholic Central, Kalamazoo.
    Martin, a member of the Class of 1965, entered the United States Air Force immediately after high school, and earned the rank of senior master sergeant.
    He retired from the Air Force in 1988, then spent  more than 10 years with the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir.
    Baker, Class of 2002, was an outstanding two sport athlete in both volleyball and track and field.
    She completed in NCAA Championships in 2004 and 2005, placing in the Pentathlon and Heptathlon competitions.
    For 20 years, “The Chain Gang” - Tom Brown, Al Fewless, Larry McKee and John Pobutsky, worked the  football sideline. From August  to November, they braved all types of weather, with dozens of different  officiating crews.

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