All posts by chevyls6

2017 Alumni of the Year

The Alton R-IV Public Schools Foundation is proud to recognize Wendell Williams (class of ’58) as the 2017 AHS Alumni of the Year. This award is presented annually by the Alton R-IV Public School Foundation to Alumni who have made outstanding contributions to the community and the school and continue to support our students through the Alton R-IV School Foundation.

Wendell is a 1958 graduate of Alton High School, along with his wife, Rebecca (Martin) Williams.  Wendell attended Southwest Baptist College and received an Associate of Arts Degree.  He then taught eighth grade for one year near Excelsior Springs on a two-year certificate.  Upon returning to college at Southwest Missouri State, a Bachelor of Science in Education degree was earned.  He spent five years teaching fifth and sixth grades in Springfield while attaining a Master of Science degree in Elementary Administration and Supervision from Missouri University in a cooperative program with Southwest Missouri State.

In 1967, then Williams family came back home to the family farm in the Lula Community.  Wendell taught ninth grade English, Citizenship, and American History for eleven years at Alton High School.  In 1978, he was employed as elementary principal at Alton and spent fourteen years there until his retirement in 1992.  During his 31 year career, thousands of students have either been in his classes or walked the halls at the Alton Elementary School.  He enjoyed associating with the students and it was a blessing to him to be able to have some influence on their lives.  While principal, he served a term as treasurer of the Southwest District Principals Association, was chosen as Sub-District E Principal of the Year in 1988, and was nominated for Distinguished Principal from the Southwest District/Sub-district E in 1992.  Since retirement from the public schools, Wendell has supervised student teachers at SBU-Mtn. View for three years.  He was also nominated and selected by the Board of Trustees, Southwest Baptist University, Bolivar, and was awarded the Life Service Award in 2013.

Wendell and Rebecca are parents of four children-all AHS graduates: Pearl Martin (1980); Dr. Sarah Russback (1982); Martha Williams (1990); and George Williams (1992).  The three daughters are in careers in education and George is general foreman of a building construction company.  Wendell and Rebecca have nine grandchildren (Noah Anderson-deceased).

Involvement in the Alton Community has been a way of life for Wendell for the past fifty years.  He is a deacon at Many Springs Baptist Church and has served in various positions in both the church and Eleven Point River Baptist Association.  He has served on the boards of the BB Road Volunteer Fire Department, Many Springs Cemetery, Oregon County Water District #1, and the Oregon County Genealogical Society.  He was on the first board of the Alton Public School Foundation which started in 2007 and served as president for three years until his term ended in 2015.  Two $500 scholarships have been awarded to R-IV graduating seniors each year since 2010 through the Wendell P. and Rebecca K. Williams Family Endowed Scholarship and the Williams Family Scholarship.  It has been a pleasure to have been associated with all the fine people during my career and God has blessed me immeasurably.

2017 Scholarship Recipients

 Alton Chamber of Commerce Taylor Parsons, $500
Alton Public School Foundation Chloe Axelson, $500
Alton Public School Foundation Tyson Holman, $500
Alton Public School Foundation Lauren Sisco, $500
Alton Public School Foundation, in memory of Glen Jenkins Ethan Granger, $500
Alton Public School Foundation, in memory of Glen Jenkins Karlie Jones, $500
Jim Clary Annabelle Brown, $500
J.Q. Clary Caleb Steele, $500
Nancy Clary Taylor Parsons, $500
Robert Owens Amber Vonallmen, $500
Campbell Family Medical Services Taylor Barton, $500
Campbell Family Medical Services Morgan Vest, $500
Dethrow-Roy Family Taylor Barton, $500
Eddie J. Johnson Memorial Taylor Barton, $500
Paintmaster Taylor Parsons, $500
Simpson/Ag. FFA Taylor Barton, $250
Simpson/Ag. FFA Whitney Goans, $250
Williams Family Non-Renewable Lauren Sisco, $500
Norman Mills Schellby German, $500
Norman Mills Taylor Parsons, $500
Dorothy Cline Memorial Whitney Goans, $500
Justin Crews Memorial Preston Nix, $1000
W.N. & Leona Jenkins Memorial Schellby German, $500
Davene Owens-Jaeger Memorial Amber Vonallmen, $500
Luie & Anna Roberts Taylor Barton, $500
Andrew J. Vincent Memorial Camryn Warren, $500
Larry Wallace Memorial Whitney Goans, $500
Rich & Teresa Wallace Taylor Parsons, $500
Charles E. Whitten, Jr. Memorial Caleb Steele, $1000
WWendell P. and Rebecca Williams Haley Kernodle, $500

2016 Scholarship Recipients

 Alton Chamber of Commerce Kaylee Arasmith, $500
 Alton Chamber of Commerce Ashley Brandon, $500
Alton Public School Foundation Tim Kavanaugh, $500
Alton Public School Foundation Kaley Kepplinger, $500
Andrew J. Vincent Memorial Kaley Kepplinger, $400
Dorothy Cline Memorial Ashley Brandon, $400
Buildings for Babies Kaylee Arasmith, $500
Buildings for Babies Drew Hufstedler, $500
Buildings for Babies Haley Kernodle, $500
Buildings for Babies Michaela King, $500
Buildings for Babies Mary Alice Oesch, $500
Jim Clary Caleb Buffington, $500
J.Q. Clary Tim Kavanaugh, $500
Nancy Clary Emily Roberts, $500
Campbell Family Medical Services Mary Alice Oesch, $500
Dethrow-Roy Family Mary Alice Oesch, $500
Jim and Wylma Heiskell Savannah Simmons, $500
Jim and Wylma Heiskell Bailey Johnston, $500
W.N. and Leona Jenkins Memorial Kaylee Arasmith, $500
Eddie J. Johnson Memorial Michaela King, $500
Paintmaster Kaley Kepplinger, $250
Simpson’s True Value Kaylee Arasmith, $250
Simpson’s True Value Kaley Kepplinger, $250
Norman Mills Memorial Jed Edwards, $500
Norman Mills Memorial Mary Alice Oesch, $500
Justin Crews Memorial Emily Hower, $1000
Larry Wallace Memorial Kaley Kepplinger, $500
Davene Owens-Jaeger Memorial Bailey Johnston, $500
Luie and Anna Roberts Bailey Johnson, $500
Williams Family Mary Alice Oesch, $500
Wendell P. and Rebecca Williams Haley Kernodle, $500