District 191 is pleased to announce the names of six individuals who will be inducted into the 2008 Burnsville High School Hall of Fame. The induction ceremony will take place on August 22 at the International Chef’s Culinary Center (ICCC) in Burnsville. The 2008 Hall of Fame inductees are:
John Campbell – BHS Class of 1962. John resides in Rochester, Minnesota. John has more than 35 years of experience with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). He began his career in 1980 as a profiler in the Behavioral Science Unit and served in various investigative and administrative areas up until 1995 when he became the Academic Dean at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia. He has co-authored two recently published books, Inside the Criminal Mind and Profilers. John is currently a professor in the Criminal Justice Department at St. Cloud State University.
Howard Hall – BHS retired administrator. Howard resides in Burnsville, Minnesota. He was BHS principal from 1972-1996. Howard also served as District 191 Curriculum Director until his retirement in 2000. Howard provided confident, steadfast leadership particularly in 1978 when the roof over the media center collapsed and again in 1994 when a major fire forced the closure of Burnsville High School for the remainder of the year. He was instrumental in coordinating efforts to get staff and students back in class at Nicollet Junior High School and Sky Oaks Elementary in order to finish out the school year successfully. He has been active in many community organizations and activities.
Carlene(Widmer)McDowell – Class of 1962. Carlene resides in Bloomington, Minnesota. Carlene was exceptionally involved in several extra-curricular and academic activities during her years at Burnsville Senior High School. She was a language arts teacher at BHS until her retirement in 2002. Carlene was District 191 Teacher of the Year in 1981. In 1982, she was among ten finalists in the search for Minnesota Teacher of the Year. She continues to be active in her community as an intake volunteers for VEAP (Volunteers Enlisted to Assist People).
Bob Pates – Bob was a teacher and coach at BHS from 1958-1973. Bob passed away unexpectedly in 1973 and will be inducted into the 2008 Hall of Fame posthumously. Bob’s enthusiasm and commitment to Burnsville High School athletics deemed him the “Spirit of Burnsville Athletics.” He was a role model for students and staff alike. Bob was inducted into the Minnesota Athletic Directors Association the spring of 1998.
Melissa (Peterman) Brady – Class of 1989. Melissa resides in Los Angeles, California. She was very active in the performing arts program at BHS. She was a member of the SHOWTIME cast from? Melissa moved out west to pursue a career in acting. She had a role in the movie Fargo and currently appears as a regular on the Reba McIntyre syndicated television show. Melissa is the opening act for the Reba McIntyre/Kelly Clarkson concert tour slated for this coming fall.
Tom Wise – Class of 1989. Tom resides in Lakeville, Minnesota. He was active in athletics at BHS. Tom is a diplomat for the U. S. State Department. He serves as diplomatic liaison to foreign governments and directs diverse teams of experts in international affairs. He volunteered to serve in northern Iraq as a spokesman for a political and governance team which was formed to help local Iraqi leaders in good governance, reconstruction and economic development.