Congratulations to the Fourth Class of the LakeVille Community School’s Hall of Honor
Eddie R. Brown – Athlete and School Supporter
Eddie Brown enrolled in the LakeVille School District when he was in the first grade. As an African-American, it was difficult for him at times with the various name calling, looks, and not being accepted by peers. As he grew older, he became more accepted in the community and he began to participate in sports. He participated in both basketball and track and field, but his love was track.
During his three years of running track in high school, he represented LakeVille as a two-time Class B State Champion, United States Midwest Champion and a member of the 1979 High School All-American Track & Field Team in the 330-yard low hurdles. Although
the 330 low hurdles is no longer a high school track event, Eddie still holds the national record.
Eddie was a track standout at Saginaw Valley State College. While attending SVSC, he was the main force behind SVSC winning two back-to-back NAIA indoor national championships in 1982 and ‘83. He was a 37-time NAIA all-American and an 8-time national champion. In 1982 he became SVSC’s first ever athlete to earn NCAA All American honors. In 1984, he was invited to the Olympic Trials where he finished fourth place.
Eddie has given a lot back to his community. While his kids attended and participated in sports at LakeVille he helped their coaches out with practices and meets. He has donated funds to the track team and has participated in LakeVille Career Day programs. Many parents and grandparents of current students remember Eddie from his running days in high school and college. He is still viewed by the people of this community as a positive role model and a great athlete.
Ricky D. Brown – Athlete and School Supporter
Ricky Brown is a native of Otisville, Michigan. He is married to Rebecca and has two children, Alicia and Ashley. He graduated from LakeVille High School in 1980 where he was an outstanding athlete. A local news article stated, “In the 1980 Metro League Conference Championship Mr. Brown sprinted to victories in the 100-yard dash, the 440 and 880-yard runs and anchored the one-mile relay team that also took first place. He led the Falcons to their first Metro League Boys Track Title.”
During his track career at LakeVille he set two individual records (400 meters and 800 meters) and one team school record (800-meter relay with the team of Ricky Brown, I. Nicholson, B. Shannon and Eddie Brown in 1979). Those records still stand, today.
Ricky graduated from Saginaw Valley State University in 1985 with a Bachelor of
Arts degree in Speech Communications. While attending SVSU he was a member of
the 1982 and ‘83 Indoor National Championship Track Team and received numerous All-American and National Champion honors. Mr. Brown was inducted into SVSU Hall of Fame three times (2011, 2013 and 2015).
After graduating from SVSU, Mr. Brown held administrative positions for the Flint Community Schools and Interlochen Arts Academy. He earned a Master of Arts degree in Higher Education Administration and Community Leadership at Central Michigan University which led him to a position at Kettering University as Director of
Multicultural Student Initiatives. He was selected by his colleagues as Kettering’s first ever “Pillar of Excellence,” the highest honor a staff member can receive. He was also recognized as the top pre-college STEM program director in the country with the 2016 “National Association of Multicultural Engineering Program Advocates Pre-College
Director of the Year Award.”
Mr. Brown has not forgotten LakeVille Community Schools and continues to be an advocate and supporter of our students and this community. In recent years he donated funds to the track and stadium project and for new track uniforms, has been a speaker at our sports banquet and Career Day, hosted an International Day for middle school students, and led a STEM competition at the middle school. Mr. Brown inspired graduates when he spoke at Commencement with the message that LakeVille students can achieve their dreams when they are willing to do
the hard work necessary.
Clifford J. Chimento – Teacher, Coach, and Assistant Principal
Cliff Chimento was born in Hibbing, Minnesota on March 29, 1944. He graduated from Nashwauk High School in Nashwauk, Minnesota in 1962. He attended Bemidji State University and graduated in 1966 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Social Studies. He later took graduate classes at the University of Michigan, Eastern Michigan University, Michigan State University, Oakland University and Marygrove College.
He moved to Michigan in 1966, taught one year
in Flint and began work at LakeVille in 1967. He was a middle school teacher from 1968 (the start of the middle school) until 1996. As a middle school teacher he taught Social Studies, Science, Math, even P.E. and remedial reading. He was the head teacher at the middle school from 1970 through 1980. In addition, he served as middle school A.D. From 1981 to 1985 and introduced the 7th grade football program. In 1996, he began teaching in the high school (Government, Civics, Economics, U.S. History and Geography). He was the head teacher from 2003 to 2009 and department head. He also taught in the summer school program and adult education for over 20 years.
Cliff was a football coach for 20 years, coaching middle school from 1981 to 1988, and JV football from 1989 to 1996. He later coached freshmen or JV teams from 2005 to 2009. During his coaching years he was an active member of the Athletic Boosters participating in many fund raising and booster projects.
In 2009 he became the Assistant Principal at LakeVille High School. He took
the lead in the district’s participation in the ABC 12 Spirit Squad that year. He
initiated the Smart Start to the school program in the fall of 2009. He worked with
teachers and students to create the patio outside the cafeteria.
Cliff worked for the LakeVille District for 44 years, retiring in 2011. During these
years, he supervised several student teachers and was the mentor to beginning
teachers. He believed in LakeVille and its people and took great pride with
student success. He always worked to make LakeVille a better place.
Paul Crace – Teacher, Coach, and Counselor
PAUL CRACE was the LakeVille Falcons Football
Coach at LakeVille beginning in 1969. He continued
in that role until LakeVille dropped its sports program
because of a failed millage in 1980, So, at that time
Paul Crace was left with no team to coach. He continued his job at LakeVille as a counselor and a teacher.
During Paul’s 10 years of coaching football at LakeVille he amassed 64 total wins. We had 8 winning seasons, his teams won 6 conference titles (4 County B and 2 Metro League), and finished with a winning percentage of 67%.
Beside coaching football, Coach Crace also coached basketball and baseball at various levels. He was a person that believed in children and instilled inner confidence within this players.
COACH CRACE’S FOOTBALL RECORD
YEAR RECORD TITLE
1979 7-2 Metro League Champs
1978 8-1 Metro League Champs
1975 7-2 County B League Champs
1973 8-1 County B League Champs
1972 8-1 County B League Champs
1970 7-2 County B League Champs
COACH CRACE’S OVERALL RECORD AT LAKEVILLE WAS 64-30-1
(67% winning record)
William “Bill” Heyworth – Teacher and Advocate of Science
Bill Heyworth graduated from Davison High School in 1965, from the University of Michigan-Flint with a bachelor’s degree in 1971 and Eastern Michigan University with a master’s degree in 1976.
Bill began his teaching career at LakeVille in
September of 1971. He taught 23 years at Otter Lake and 11 years at Columbiaville. After retiring in 2005, he has taught after school and in school science for 14 years. He has been a teacher for 48 years. He’s hoping for 50 or more.
In the early 1970’s Bill began taking students after school to William’s School in Flint to learn the art of lapidary from members of the Flint Rock and Gem Club. After a couple of years the superintendent said he couldn’t take 30 -some field trip the next year. So, Bill, his wife Linda and the Otter Lake Peyy Pioneers purchased all the equipment and put in the back of Bill’s 4th grade room.
Since retiring (2005) he has been busy. Linda thought he might become disappointed in his decision to retire but a couple of months later Sloan-Longway Museum put in a dinosaur exhibit. They asked Bill to fill the display cases at Longway with his fossil collection and teach the docents about dinosaurs (seeing he is one).
About the same time he and Linda began watching grandchildren two to four days
a week. Then the Livingston County Homeschool Association contacted him to teach science. For the next eight years, he taught up to 90 home school students each Friday. He is teaching after school science at Columbiaville doing as many as 18 classes a year.
In 1989-1990 he was awarded the Lapeer County Press Great Teacher award. In 2000 the senior class asked him to speak at graduation.
Deborah Schultz-Pawlosky – Business Owner and Supporter
Deborah (Deb) Schultz-Pawlosky is a local business owner who has connected with practically every family in LakeVille Community Schools. This beautiful person has donated countless hours to our district as well as an insurmountable amount of cash. Our athletic coaches, band’s director and Administrators know that they can call her and she will give discounted prices on “Subway
Lunch Boxes” so our student athletes can go to after-school events with energy to participate. If a student is unable to participate because of funding, she is always willing to donate a “lunch box”.
Deb is such a humble person. She is always a phone call away when a family in the district is in need. Many anonymous donations on her behalf have helped many families around the holiday time. Deb is an entrepreneur who loves every aspect of business and has been self employed most of her adult life. After 20 years in the auto upholstery business she decided there was a need for a Subway in Otisville, which has been open for 10 years.
She has lived in Otisville for 40 years at the same location but grew up in Flint while attending Westwood Heights Schools for 11 of the 13 years. She loves living and having a business in Otisville and the LakeVille School District, believing our children are our future and it takes a village to raise a child.
Dr. Ralph J. Templeton – Chiropractor and Contributor
Ralph Templeton was born on Mother’s Day,
May 8th, 1954, the fourth child of six children belonging to Robert and Ardath Templeton in Otisville, Mich. He attended grammar school and graduated high school from LakeVille Community Schools in 1972. He was a standout athlete in football and unanimously voted All-
County running back on LakeVille’s championship team as a junior.
Immediately following high school he was accepted into Olivet College where he was offered a position on their football team. Believing he was too small to play even small college football at 160 pounds he was able to take a position on the college track team as pole vaulter and earned a varsity letter in his freshman and sophomore years. He took leave of college in 1975 to marry his sweetheart since 8th grade, Christie Lynn Wehrman, and they began raising their family of three children, Jason, Nicole and Rachel, all of whom are now employed is his business of providing family health care in Bremen, Georgia.
At the age of 22 Ralph borrowed $800 from his father to go into business for himself
and started an auto glass and radiator repair business. Fate soon stepped in for Ralph
and after a fall that resulted in debilitating back and leg pain from a herniated lumbar
disc that would not respond to medication, Christine and her younger sister carried him to Dr. Robert LaTrelle, the local Doctor of Chiropractic where he soon realized a cure.
This impressed him so much he sold his glass company and everything else they owned, packed up his family of five and moved to Marietta, Georgia to attend Life Chiropractic College where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in nutrition, a Doctorate in the chiropractic sciences and then a 300-hour post-doctorate degree in Chiropractic (Functional) Neurology.
After graduation from Life University in 1986 he purchased a small-town chiropractic
practice in Tallapoosa, Georgia in June of 1987 and then another chiropractic practice in Haralson County which at that time was a practice in Bremen, Georgia. Since that time he has bought five more Chiropractic businesses, has sold two practices, closed one and now holds onto four practices including a family medical practice adjacent to his busy Bremen practice of Chiropractic.
In 2002 he was inducted into the International Chiropractic Knights of the Round Table, an invitation only elite group of Chiropractic doctors who are known for their
contributions to the chiropractic community on the State and National level as well as
having achieved considerable business success. He was awarded ICKRT’s “Clinical
Excellence Award” in Victoria, British Columbia in June 2016.
Ralph enjoys great health and looks forward to working many more years helping people rediscover their health through natural methods.