BHS Wall of Fame Class of 2019
June 6, 2019
On Thursday, May 30th, the Belleville Wildcat Wall of Fame Committee inducted three new members in a ceremony at Belleville High School. The BHS Wall of Fame Class of 2019 included: C.H. Hageman, Yvonne Remy, and Brad Stiner.
"C.H. Hageman was one of many people at the school that helped shape me. I'm not sure where I'd be without him," Gary Ziegler.
This is a statement that is nearly unanimously agreed upon. Clarence Hageman's influence on those around him was widespread, helping all he encountered in Belleville. Those who remember Mr. Hageman will remember him as talented across the board, being a teacher, football coach, Principal, and community member. C.H. Hageman was a leader in the Village of Belleville. Not only was he Principal for over 25 years, but he initiated the effort to consolidate the country schools to bring kids into the Belleville schools. He continued to be active in the Community Club after retirement. Mr. Hageman was always there for those who needed him, from coaching the football team to later helping students get home after being stranded in Argyle after a football game by driving to get them himself. During his time as Principal, he was known for being a fair and caring individual. Mr. Hageman ran the school exceptionally well and created a positive environment for students and faculty. Everybody that worked with Mr. Hageman came away respect for him, as he really cared about his work. Anyone could see that. Even after graduation, Mr. Hageman would assist students by giving them jobs and opportunities within the district to better themselves, as he did for Bart Morrick. His involvement with the people of our town was continuous throughout his time in Belleville, appearing at all events in which students participated to cheer them on, or working with the Community Club for various events. The school never left the watchful eye of Mr. Hageman. He kept watch over it from his backyard, memorably protecting the roof of the school from the Class of 1970 and their outhouse schemes. His love for the school district was heartfelt, and honoring him with a spot on the Wildcat Wall of Fame is all too appropriate.
From a young age, Yvonne Remy has devoted many years of her life to the Belleville School District and to the community as a whole. As a lifelong Belleville resident, Yvonne graduated as Valedictorian of her class in 1956. Having been involved in cheerleading and forensics, holding a position both as band officer and class officer and being selected to attend Badger Girls State, Yvonne has been involved in her school and community long before her career as a secretary. Being the selfless woman she is, Yvonne chose to remain in Belleville to work to help her family rather than attending college. This selflessness was displayed in other post-high school activities she was involved in, such as the Catholic Women's Club, bookkeeping for her local churches, Kiwanis Club, and holding confirmation classes at her church. Yvonne then continued her career in the Belleville School District, serving 30 years as a secretary and kindergarten aid. Yvonne's contagious mindset of putting others before herself has had a lasting effect on her colleagues, family and friends. Her gentle nature and attitude has shaped a loving mother, grandmother and community member. She may not think herself deserving of her nomination on the Wildcat Wall of Fame, but it is with great pride and happiness that we were able to research, exhibit and induct such an amazing and influential woman into the Wildcat Wall of Fame.
We are here today to not only add a name to the Wildcat Hall of Fame, but to thank Brad Stiner for the devotion and service he's put into the School District of Belleville.
Brad grew up in the Monroe area and was familiar with Belleville from a young age, however, he never would have guessed how important he would end up being to the Village of Belleville. Graduating from Kent State University, where he played collegiate basketball, Brad started his career as a middle school teacher in 1976. Almost immediately after arriving, Brad immersed himself in the Belleville community, becoming an assistant coach to both the volleyball and boys basketball teams as well as creating programs that would later become Park Science and Harby Days. Only a year later in 1977, Brad was named head coach of the girls basketball team. Over the next 15 years he went on to lead the girls to seven State Line League titles. During the spring of 1978, Brad became the Girls and Boys Track Coach, leading them to win multiple conference titles up until 1991. The organizational approaches Brad instilled in the Track and Field program are still used today, allowing our meets to run seamlessly.
We want to mention some of the things Brad's nominators had to say about him: Bart Morrick said, "Brad has always been the type to step up and do the job. I am not certain 'awards or honors' are really important to him - relationships and doing the right thing are. Some of the words that came to mind when thinking of Brad were: dedicated, organized, caring, kind, and a positive influence." Barb Funseth had also said, "Brad just wants what's best for every student, I don't know anyone who would have anything bad to say about him." Although Brad contributed to the school in a plethora of ways, he was also involved in community activities such as when he served as a Boy Scout Troop Scoutmaster. Brad's influence on the community of Belleville is undeniable. He has helped out in many areas of our community time after time, expecting no reward for himself. Bart Morrick mentioned, "His role in the Boy Scouts was one he picked up simply because the Scouts needed a leader, and he stepped forward. While he was teaching in Belleville - the Principal (Rodger Moe) had a minor stroke, and Brad stepped up and acted as the interim Principal during that time." We think it's safe to say that awards are not something Brad expects, but this award is one he truly deserves. We would like to thank Brad for his commitment and dedication to our community and congratulate him on his induction to the Wildcat Hall of Fame.
Since its inception, the School District of Belleville Board of Education and Wall of Fame Committee have placed a priority of student involvement in this process. Three students serve on the committee itself. Students from the Young Politicians' Club performed the research interviews and made a recommendation of finalists. For the first time this year, Art students created the drawings that appear on the new inductees plaques. In addition, Trades students created the commemorative plaques that the inductees received.