Whether it is Carolyn Laufenburger hitting the right note on the piano or Jim Gallery getting a piece of pigskin through two upright poles, the message was the same.
To be successful one needed to be precise, and all six of the Red-wood Valley Hall of Fame inductees demonstrated that tradition of excellence during the careers that led to their nomination and induction among the prestigious community members, staff and alumni of the local school district.
The six inductees were honored this past Wednesday during the Redwood Area Education Found-ation’s annual Evening of the Stars celebration, and each had the opportunity to share for a few moments as part of the evening.
All six inductees, including Laufenburger, Gallery, Barb Darr, Jim Darr, Paul Pryor and Mary Liebl gave credit to their success where they said it was due, whether that meant the inspiration of family or the encouragement and support of a whole community.
“I know I have had a lot of good fortune and success in my life,” said Gallery, who then said it was the people of Morton who encouraged him and gave him the confidence to keep going at every level from college to the NFL.
Laufenburger said throughout the time she has performed, whether she played piano or sang, she always kept the advice of her music teacher in mind.
Laufenburger said she was told to play assuming there may be someone in the audience who knows if you do it wrong.
“To this day I follow that advice,” said Laufenburger.
For Pryor, the way he lived his life, regardless of what he was doing, revolved around a basic principle – leave everything you are involved in better than when you started with it.
Barb Darr talked about how much the classroom changed as even the blackboard became the whiteboard which became the SMART board in her room. Yet, she said the one thing that really did not change much was the students who entered her room.
She encouraged the RVHS seniors to consider what they learned and realize there are going to be struggles, adding those challenges are going to help define them just as much as the good things in life.
Liebl pointed to the legacy of family, as her children and many of her grandchildren all have been impacted by the local school district, adding she was happy to be part of that for them and for all of the other students who came in to see her in the office.
Darr said what was always most important for him was respecting every student not knowing just how their lives may be impacted by that one thing you say.
Page 2 of 2 - In addition to honoring the inductees, the Dollars for Scholars chapter honored Minnwest Bank, M.V. and Orrin Estebo for their support, and the education foundation honored Orrin Estebo, the Ford Motor Company/Kohls-Weelborg Ford, Tim and Jennifer Gilk and Thielen Bus Lines for their support.
Community support was also evident, as $4,913 was raised through the art auction for Dollars for Scholars.