On Friday Rock Bridge High School will honor five new Rock Bridge Hall of Fame inductees at an all-school assembly in the morning and at the Homecoming football game the same night.
The inductees for the Hall of Fame are chosen for their exceptional personal, professional, or community achievements, according to a school news release. The inductees were revealed in April.
According to the news release, the inductees include:
John Hadfield, 1994, is a jazz faculty member at New York University and freelance percussionist who has played with YoYo Ma, the Saturday Night Live band, and the Sierra Leone Refugee All-Stars.
Dr. Joe Johnston, 1986, is lead scientist/senior medical adviser at Eli Lilly and Company’s Epidemiology and Health Services Research Center, Global Health Outcomes in Indianapolis.
Keith D. Politte, 1977, is manager of the Technology Testing Center for MU’s Reynolds Journalism Institute.
Elizabeth Sewell, 1998, is a technical sergeant stationed at the headquarters of U.S. Joint Special Operations Command in Bragg, N.C. Technical Sergeant Sewell was names one of the USAF 12 Outstanding Airmen of the Year in 2006 and received the Bronze Star Medal in 2009 for exceptionally meritorious achievement in support operations Iraqi and Enduring Freedom.
Genny Watkins, 1980, has extensive experience working with disability-rights organizations in St. Louis, helping adults and children with disabilities learn to live independent lives.
As for going back to high school, Keith Politte describes it as “a little surreal.” He’s enthusiastic to go back and work with students. Politte said that he would like a lot more students to get involved with technology at RJI.
“It’s very much an honor,” he said.