•  Class of 1950

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    Honored in 2007

    Marvin Dameron

    During his impressive career with Midway ISD, Marvin Dameron taught children in all grades from sixth grade to seniors, served as head coach of six different sports teams and as an elementary, junior high and high school principal. Mr. Dameron served as the curriculum director and textbook custodian before becoming associate superintendent and then superintendent in 1974. Mr. Dameron served Midway ISD for a total of 31 years, 15 of them as superintendent.

    Class of 1956

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    Honored in 2005

    Dr. John Barnes Chapman

    Dr. John Chapman, who served in the United States Navy for 20 years, is devoted to the advancement of mathematics in education.  He has developed courses, participated in studies at the Smithsonian Institute, and has been chair of the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science at Southwestern University for the last 15 years.

    Class of 1957

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    Honored in 2008

    Goldman “Sonny” Parrish

    Goldman “Sonny” Parrish served 36 years in the military and in federal positions as an electronics engineer, helping to develop, test and improve digital radar and telemetry tracking systems. Since his retirement in 1994, Parrish has become involved in assisting his neighbors in Milton, Florida in resolving environmental problems associated with the surrounding waterways.

    Class of 1966

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    Honored in 2006

    Kent A. Keahey

    Kent Keahey is the President and CEO of Providence Healthcare Network in Waco. He is also past chairman of the Greater Waco Chamber of Commerce and a member of the Mayor’s VA Task Force. While serving on the Task Force Keahey fought to keep open Waco’s Veteran’s Administration Hospital.

    Class of 1969

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    Honored in 2008

    Sharon Zachry
    Mrs. Zachry served as principal of Castleman Creek Elementary School before retiring from Midway ISD. Prior to this assignment, Mrs. Zachry served as principal at Hewitt Elementary and Midway High Schools. Sharron was known for her quick wit, strong leadership, and undying passion to contribute to the success of all her students. Sharron was also responsible for molding and encouraging many young teaching professionals. Sharron passed away in 2016.

    Class of 1970

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    Honored in 2005

    Lanell Todd Armstrong

    Mrs. Lanell Armstrong is well known for founding the non-profit agency Crossfire, an outreach organization for the inner-city kids of Dallas.  She has dedicated numerous years of her life to the education and encouragement of kids who face violence and poverty in their daily lives.

     

    Class of 1970

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    Honored in 2006

    Rick Brophy

    Rick Brophy is a successful lawyer and senior partner in the law firm of Beard Kultgen Brophy Bostwick & Dickson, LLP. He currently serves as the past president of the Waco McLennan County Bar Association and Vice Chair of the Greater Waco Chamber of Commerce. Brophy also holds the distinction of managing-coaching eight Midway girls youth fast-pitch softball teams to Little League, Junior League and Senior League World Championship titles.

    Class of 1970

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    Honored in 2008

    Judge Dale Wells

    As ordained minister, Judge Wells began working on a law degree shortly after his move to California to pastor the Redlands Church of Christ. Obtaining his law license in 1994, Wells practiced in several areas before specializing in family law. He was elected as a Superior Court Commissioner in 2003 and as a Superior Court Judge in 2007 for the State of California, Count of Riverside. During this time, Judge Wells has continued to preach in the Riverside area.

    Class of 1975

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    Honored in 2007

    David Cook

    Dr. Cook is a sport psychologist who has worked with many organizations such as the Washington Wizards, the World Champion San Antonio Spurs, PGA Tour and Fortune 500 companies. Dr. Cook is president of Mental Advantage, Inc., a performance enhancement firm. He is past president of the National Sport Psychology Academy. Dr. Cook is considered one of the country’s top motivational speakers and seminar leaders.

    Class of 1978

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    Honored in 2007

    Sharon Grigsby

    Ms. Grisgby is the deputy editorial page editor for the Dallas Morning News. She has held many different positions at the Dallas Morning News, including assistant managing editor/metro, city editor, national and political editor, and features/arts editor. Ms. Grigsby also served as the founding editor of the Dallas Morning News’ religion section. Ms. Grigsby has also worked for The Detroit News.

    Class of 1978

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    Honored in 2006

    Bennie E. Lambert

    Bennie Lambert is the Vice President of North Harris College in Houston and President of the Lambert Group, a consulting company. He is a motivational speaker with a Ph.D. in Educational Human Resource Development from Texas A&M University. Recently he was awarded the “Young African American Achiever of Houston.”

    Class of 1979

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    Honored in 2005

    Dr. Darrell Glenn Hill

    Dr. Darrell Hill graduated summa cum laude with a B.S. in electrical engineering from Rice University and also earned his M.S. and PhD from Stanford University, where he wrote his thesis on gallium-arsenide semiconductor devices.  He has over 30 professional publications, holds 29 patents, and is a Distinguished Member of Technical Staff with Freescale Semiconductor.

     

    Class of 1979

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    Honored in 2005

    Leah Witcher Jackson

    Mrs. Leah Jackson, who earned her J.D. cum laude from Baylor Law School, joined the Baylor Law School faculty in 1989 and was named Associate Dean in 1991.  She has served as a past president of both the Waco McLennan County Bar Association and the Midway ISD Education Foundation, along with serving on numerous organizations’ board of directors.

     

    Class of 1985

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    Honored in 2005

    Major Steven L. Dutschmann

    Major Steven Dutschmann, a graduate of the Air Force Institute of Technology, has led air transportation specialists, was a member of the Source Selection Evaluation Teams for Air Education and Training Command, and has been deployed overseas for numerous operations.  He recently assumed command of the 57th Component Maintenance Squadron at Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada.

     

     

    Distinguished Service Award Honorees

     

    Served 1947 – 1972

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    Honored in 2005

    Paul Ellis

    Mr. Paul Ellis, a former member of the Army Air Corps where he served as a translator between American and French forces, was a charter member of Midway ISD when it opened in 1947.  While at Midway, Ellis served as a teacher and in 1954 became the elementary school principal until his retirement in 1972. Mr. Ellis passed away in 2007.

     

    Served 1970 - 1992

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    Honored in 2007

    Don Filgo

    Mr. Filgo served as the head director of bands for the Midway Independent School District. During his 22 years with MISD, Filgo taught every group of band students from the beginners through middle school and high school. The band program flourished under his leadership, growing from 60 students his first year to over 500 students when he retired. Filgo led the Midway High School band to numerous awards including winning the highest rating, Division I, at UIL competitions eight years in a row.

    Served from 1973-2000

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    Honored in 2008

    Mrs. Sue Reese

    Sue Reese was the first kindergarten teacher hired by Midway ISD when the public school kindergarten program was established in 1973. Serving the children of Woodway Elementary for 37 years, Mrs. Reese still continues to write letters of congratulations to each of her former students upon their graduation. Mrs. Reese passed away in 2013.

    Served 1948-1974

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    Honored in 2006

    M.T. and Sarah Rice

    M.T. and Sarah Rice served Midway High School for more than 25 years. Their dedication to Midway helped it become a prominent school district. M.T. was principal and coach in the 1948-49 school year and began as superintendent the following year. As a coach he won many district titles, including an undefeated football season and two girls’ state basketball championships. He started the Booster Club, Midway’s band, tennis program, choir, girls’ track, girls’ volleyball, FHA, FFA and other athletics. Sarah taught, worked in the office, kept books and ran the school lunch program. The Rices retired in 1974. M.T. passed away in 1982 and Sarah in 1987.