Fort Osage will take time Friday, December 9th to recognize former graduates of the Jackson County school. Activities Director Brandon Hart says alumni will be inducted into the Hall of Honors during holf-time of the varsity basketball game.
The first round of inductees include Duane Johnson from the class of 1956, Bruce VanDyke of 1962, Dennis Vanarsdall(vanars-dell) with the class of 1970, Pat Stock-Seefker with the class of 1986 and Corey Crandall from the class of 1999.
Fort Osage issued the following press release with details on this year’s inductees:
The Fort Osage High School Hall of Honor was organized in 2011 as a way of maintaining the rich heritage and tradition of our successful athletic and activity programs at Fort Osage High School. In addition, it will serve as a means of recognizing, preserving, and honoring individuals who made significant contributions to Fort Osage High School. The Hall of Honor credits the contributions and accomplishments of these individuals who are worthy of recognition as examples for others to emulate. The Hall of Honor will be held on Friday, December 9, 2011. Inductees will be introduced at half-time of the varsity basketball game which begins at 7:00 p.m. at Fort Osage High School.
We are proud to induct the first Hall of Honor members:
Duane Johnson, Class of 1956
Duane Johnson was involved in football, basketball, and track while at Fort Osage High School. Track is where Duane shined. He holds the most boys’ state track medals in school history by an individual at 4 medals.
After graduating from Fort Osage, Duane attended William Jewell and the University of Central Missouri. He and his wife Pamela still reside in Missouri. He retired from Kansas City Power and Light in 1994. His advices for students, “stay in school, study hard, and go to college.”
Bruce VanDyke, Class of 1962
Bruce was an outstanding all around athlete and student at Fort Osage. Bruce was involved in football, track, National Honor Society, and was the sports editor for the Smoke Signal and yearbook.
After graduating from Fort Osage, Bruce attended the University of Missouri where he was a two-way starter for the tigers. He went on to play 11 seasons in the NFL for Philadelphia Eagles, Pittsburgh Steelers, and the Green Bay Packers. It was during his time with the Steelers that he earned a super bowl title. Bruce has been inducted into the MU Hall of Fame, the Steelers Legends Team, and the Missouri Intercollegiate Hall of Fame.
Dennis Vanarsdall, Class of 1970
Dennis was an all around athlete while at fort Osage. He played football which lead to a scholarship at MU. He was on the two conference championship basketball teams, but his greatest Fort Osage accomplishments came in track. He is the record holder o the shot-put and placed 2nd at the State indoor track meet in 1970.
After graduating from Fort Osage, Dennis attended the University of Missouri. He returned to Fort Osage to teach and coach and retired from Fort Osage in 2007. He and his wife Cindy have three children, Katie, Kelcy, and Amy.
His advice for Fort Osage students, “Enjoy your high school experience, in involved and do what you are supposed to do.”
Pat Siefker, Class of 1986
Pat Stock, while at Fort Osage, was involved in a variety of activities while at Fort Osage, volleyball, basketball, softball, 4-H, and National Honor Society to name a few. Pat was a standout volleyball player. She made the 1st team all state volleyball and is the only volleyball player in school history to earn first team all state honors. The volleyball team earned a district title her junior year thanks in part to her efforts.
After graduating from Fort Osage, Pat attended Missouri State University and the University of Missouri Columbia and is currently a physical therapist. Pat and her husband Chris have two children Lynn and Kendra. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Lafayette county Sheltered Workshop and is an assistant coach for Junior Olympic Volleyball.
Her advice for Fort Osage students, “Choices or decisions you make now will affect you later in life.”
Corey Crandall, Class of 1999
Corey Crandall was an involved student while at Fort Osage. As a freshman he got involved in student council, football, wrestling, and track. He set the Fort Osage Freshman Mile record in 1996 with a time of 5 minutes 5 seconds. His sophomore year the wrestling team won the conference championship. By junior year he had placed 4th at the Missouri State Wrestling Tournament and the team won a second conference championship. His senior year, Corey became the first undefeated State Wrestling Champion in school history and add to that a third conference championship for the team. Aside from his accomplishments in sports, Corey was student body president, a member of the National Honor Society, an Academic letter winner, and selected for many other Fort Osage awards and honors.
Corey excelled outside of Fort Osage as well earning his Eagle Scout award. After leaving Fort Osage he attended Truman State University and has gone on to become an Aviation Software Engineer at Garmin. Corey and his wife Miriam have three children, Abby, Luke, and Isaiah and are expecting Eva Jean in February. He is an active member of the Gateway Church of Blue Springs where he help to start an adoption ministry called Treasured Ministry. He is currently serving as Vice-President of the Board of Campus Christian Fellowship at Truman State University. He his a coach to Abby’s softball team and has been a member of YouthFriends and a FIRST Robotics mentor.
His advice for Fort Osage students, “Life is the future not the past. As I was motivated by the achievements of those who went before me, I hope my achievements will inspire students to work towards something great today.”