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BCISD Distinguished Alumni Program inducts Class of 2018

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Pictured standing from left to right: BCISD Superintendent Dr. Marshall Scott III; Larry Bose; Diana Frankson; Taylor Evans; Arthur Milberger; Simon DeSoto; Dwayne Alexander; Pete Sardelich Jr; Tiffany Saunder;, representing Dr. Bryan Elmo Simons Jr., his surviving children Gary Simons, Laura Simons Hudson, and Lanette Simons Paul; Mike Williamson, and Billy Mann. Seated, Eddie Foster Roberts Sr, and Helen Cates "Boo" Neary. Photo by Tony Doubek.  

BCISD inducts Distinguished Alumni Class of 2018

Bay City ISD welcomed thirteen graduates as the Bay City ISD Distinguished Alumni Class of 2018 during a reception and football game halftime ceremony on October 26th. The Distinguished Alumni program was begun in 2006, and seeks to honor and recognize graduates of Hilliard High and Bay City High for their achievements, strength of character and citizenship that serve as models to inspire and challenge today’s students.

 Dwayne Alexander, BCHS Class of 1979

Mr. Alexander owns and operates the home construction business D. Alexander Homes, which he began in 2010 after he could find no builder to construct a new home for his mother in Bay City’s “South End.” He and his siblings’ desire to provide their single mother a home has led to Alexander now having built 25 affordable homes in Bay City. Alexander also founded, owns and operates Unicorn Services in Houston. Additionally, he works with inner-city youth programs in Houston and holiday feeding programs for the hungry.

Larry J. Bose, BCHS Class of 1965

Mr. Bose is a graduate of Lamar State College of Technology with a degree in Electrical Engineering. His extensive professional career includes stints with Boeing Aerospace (where his work included circuit analysis for NASA’s Skylab), Schlumberger, Stewart & Stevenson Oiltools, Welex & Halliburton Logging Services and others, and his work has included electrical system engineering, subsea control systems, product engineering, project management and more. Bose volunteers regularly with St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Bay City. His expertise with audio-visual and lighting systems is utilized in his volunteerism with churches, Community Actors of South Texas (CAST) where he is a board member, and Bay City ISD. He is the official volunteer photographer for BCISD and has been recognized by the district with the BCISD Board of Trustees Celebration of Excellence honor.

Simon DeSoto, BCHS Class of 1973

Mr. DeSoto’s career spanned over 40 years with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers/Galveston District, where he was recognized with awards for Superior Civilian Service, Top 100 Most Influential Persons in the history of the Gulf Intracoastal Canal Association, Congressional Award for Water Safety Initiatives, and more. DeSoto has served on a wide range of boards of directors in Matagorda County including United Way, Red Cross, Crime Stoppers, and MEHOP. He is a member of the Texas Radio Hall of Fame and has been the Bay City Blackcats Radio Broadcaster for over 25 years.

Taylor Evans, BCHS Class of 1964

 A scholarship basketball player and graduate of the University of Southwestern Louisiana/University of Louisiana Lafayette, Mr. Evans’ career includes CEO/Owner of Evans Equipment and Environmental Company and Evans Construction Company, as well as CEO of CET Real Estate Company. He has served on the boards of Lee Tractor Company, KSJY Radio, Inner Kingdom Ministries, Institute of School and Parish Development, and First Assembly of God. He’s a former president of the Woodvale School PTA, is a former youth baseball and soccer coach, and received the Clark Equipment Corporation Inner Circle Award and Award of Excellence.

Diana Kovar Frankson, BCHS Class of 1972

Mrs. Frankson earned her undergraduate degree from Texas A&M and her Master’s degree from the University of Nebraska. She taught at BCHS for 42 years and was a Wharton County Junior College Adjunct Professor, teaching Dual College Credit Biology and Anatomy & Physiology. Frankson garnered many awards and recognitions through her career, including Texas Regional Secondary Science Teacher of the Year, BCHS Teacher of the Year, Matagorda County Soil & Water Conservation Teacher of the Year, Runner-up for Texas Conservation Teacher of the Year, Radioshack/Tandy Outstanding Teacher of the Year, and College Board’s Special Recognition Award. Frankson has also served on State Advisory Committees for Textbook Adoption, State Science Standards and Advanced Placement Program. She’s chaired the Cystic Fibrosis Tennis Tournament, is an officer and tournament director for the Women’s Golf Association, and serves on the I-Naturalist Citizens Biodiversity Watch Group.

Billy Mann, BCHS Class of 1956

Mr. Mann has farmed and ranched for 38 years and counting. Prior to that he worked for Celanese Chemical, Oil Field Rental Services and Baroid. He has served as President of the Lions Club and Deacon of First Baptist Church. He currently serves on the boards of Farm Bureau, Coastal Plains Groundwater Conservation District, Bay City & Matagorda County Boys and Girls Club, and Matagorda County Soil and Water Conservation District. Mann has been recognized locally with various awards such as Rice Farmer of the Year, Cattleman of the Year, Lions Club Man of the Year, and the Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture’s Man of the Year. He’s also been honored with the Pioneer Award from the Texas Farm Bureau.

Arthur J. Milberger, BCHS Class of 1968

Mr. Milberger holds degrees from UT Austin and St. Mary’s School of Law. He is the current President and Founder of Milberger Landscaping, Inc. His extensive career includes turf farming, cow-calf ranching, tree farming, real estate and mineral development, and more.  He has served on the boards of  the Lower Colorado River Authority, Colorado River Foundation, Holy Cross School Foundation, Turfgrass Producers International, Texas Turfgrass Association, Turf Producers of Texas, and Bay  City ISD Board of Trustees. He has also served as president of many of these organizations, as well as is the former president of the Grower’s Association of the University of Georgia Research Foundation. He is current president of the SEQUOR Foundation, Funded Endowed Chair for Children at Risk and Youth Development Initiative of Texas A&M. In 2017, Milberger received the George Holst Award for Business, Civic & Economic Development Leadership in Matagorda County.

Helen Cates “Boo” Neary, BCHS Class of 1936

Mrs. Neary, 99 years old, attended Christian College in Columbia, Missouri and Houston Business College in Houston in the late 1930’s. As a single mother during a time when few women held jobs outside the home, her career in Bay City included work as a business bookkeeper, including senior bookkeeper for Rugeley Motor Company from 1959-1967. Neary also holds the distinction of  being Matagorda County’s first female Deputy Sheriff from 1947-1949. She has served as president of Matagorda County’s VFW Auxiliary and the American Cancer Society. She taught Sunday School at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church for 25 years, and volunteered at both the local library and museum for over 20 years. Neary also volunteered with all BCISD PTA organizations, and served as a volunteer and ambassador for the district for more than 67 years. She was named the Bay City Chamber of Commerce Woman of the Year in 1999.

Eddie Foster Roberts, Sr.  Hilliard High School Class of 1940

Mr. Roberts attended Prairie View A&M and Howard University in Washington, D.C. He served in the U.S. Army as an ambulance driver, medical assistant and truck driver and was prized because of his ability to speak French. Roberts earned four Overseas Service Bars: Expert Rifleman Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Victory Medal and EAME Campaign. He was both the first African-American newspaper carrier in the county, and the first African-American Postman. Roberts is presumed to be the oldest African-American practicing mortician in Texas, and is owner of the Duncan-Roberts Funeral Home in Bay City. He has received numerous honors including the Housing Authority Award for Dedicated Service, Texas State House of Representatives Award for Outstanding Service to our Country, and the American Legion Post 11 Tae Kwon Do Team Award for 70 years of service.

Pete Sardelich, Jr.  BCHS Class of 1977

Mr. Sardelich earned his Electrical Engineering degree from the University of Houston. His long career with General Electric has brought him much recognition, with awards such as the Space Flight Awareness Award, Space Flight Awareness Team Award, Employee of the Month (twice awarded), International Space Station  High Rate Communication System Recognition for Exceptional Performance, Box Level Test Console Recognition for Exceptional Performance; Space Flight Awareness Honoree Award and Johnson Space Center Innovation Group Achievement Award.

Tiffany G. Saunders, BCHS Class of 1996

Ms. Saunders graduated from West Texas A&M University, where she was a member of the Bowling Team that placed third in the Intercollegiate Bowling National Championship in 1997. She was the first female sports anchor in Amarillo television at KFDA-TV. While a teacher at Bay City High School, Saunders created the BCHS Media Technology Program. She also served as Sports Director for KKHA-FM and worked as live sports announcer as well as color commentary announcer. Saunders is owner and founder of Game Time Video Production. Currently, she is the manager of Austin ISD TV Cable Channel 22. Saunders has accumulated many honors, including Bowling This Month magazine “Future Champion”, Texas Women Bowling Writers Association “Writer of the Year”, Bay City Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture’s Educator of the Year, Alliance for Community Media/National Hometown Media Award for Excellence in Educational Access, and many others. This year, Saunders qualified and finished the Half Ironman World Championship in Nelson Mandela Bay, South Africa.

Bryan Elmo Simons, Jr. MD, BCHS Class of 1955

Dr. Simons earned degrees from UT Austin and Southwestern Medical School in Dallas. He did his medical residency at Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, and worked under top surgeons Dr. Michael E DeBakey and Dr. Denton Cooley. Following that, Simons served his country as a Major in the U.S. Army at the 27th Surgical Hospital in Vietnam, where he was Chief of Surgical Services. He earned a Bronze Star for Service for removing an object from an enemy soldier’s stomach that no one else would touch for fear of it being a bomb. He served as Chief of Surgery and Chief of Staff many times throughout his medical career at Matagorda General Hospital, and received the Dedication to Mankind – Special Deputy Matagorda County award. Simons served as an Elder at 6th Street Church of Christ, conducted Bible studies in his home, was a volunteer pastor in Sargent, helped his son Gary start High Point Church, and served there as assistant pastor. Dr. Simons passed away in 2000.

Mike Williamson, BCHS Class of 1956

Mr. Williamson attended Tulane University and was a scholarship athlete on both the football and baseball teams. He graduated with undergraduate and master’s degrees from Sam Houston State University. He spent his career in education in Spring Branch ISD in Houston, where he was a teacher and eventually Head Football Coach at Memorial High School. He served as the district’s Athletic Director from 1979-2001, when he retired. In 2004, the field house at Spring Branch ISD Tully Stadium was named the Mike Williamson Field House. Williamson has received much recognition, including Texas High School Athletic Director of the Year, THSADA Hall of Honor inductee, State Award of Merit in Texas from the National Athletic Association, Distinguished Service Award from the Greater Houston Football Coaches Association, Boss of the Year in Spring Branch ISD, Athletic Hall of Fame at six Spring Branch high schools, and Blackcat Hall of Fame.

The BCISD Distinguished Alumni 2018 Committee includes Thomas Battle, Amanda Carlin, Bettie Dawson, Barbara Gordon, Emmi Howard, Bob Klepac and Barbara Sliva.

More information about each honoree can be read at www.bcblackcats.net. Information about the program and how to make nominations can be found at the website at the Communications subsite, or call Allison Sliva, 979-401-1083 or email asliva@baycityisd.org. Nominations are accepted on an ongoing basis and may be made at any time.

See the program & read the full bios of each inductee into the BCISD Distinguished Alumni Class of 2018.