Jefferson High School inducts 4 into Alumni Hall of Fame

2106 Jefferson High School Hall of Fame inductees wait to speak to students and faculty.
2106 Jefferson High School Hall of Fame inductees wait to speak to students and faculty.

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Four Jefferson High School graduates are new inductees to the school’s Alumni Hall of Fame.

John Crook, Harold Vaughn, Steve Schreckengast and Cathy Wright-Eger were honored in front of students and faculty.

Schreckengast graduated in 1973 and started the company Citation Homes in Lafayette. Wright-Eger is a 1978 graduate. After getting her degree from Ball State, she started her teaching career at Jeff and later became a swim coach at Purdue University.

They both said Jeff High School was a great place to learn life skills.

“You don’t need to know everything you want to do, or think you want to do, get out and experience some things and your career path may change along the way,” Schreckengast said.

Wright-Eger said, “I loved Jeff. It was tough. It was a tough three or four years, but I loved it. I feel like it really gave me the foundation for the rest of my life.”

Vaughn is a 1973 graduate and went on to run track and field for Purdue University before teaching and coaching in Nevada. Crook graduated in 1965 and went on to work for the U.S. Department of State as a diplomat and negotiated trade deals with the former Soviet Union.

They both said the ceremony was a great opportunity to speak to young people about their futures.

“I’ve known people all over the world, and I think everyone bears an imprint of what they acquire and what they’ve learned — the character they’ve formed when they were young,” Crook said. “It stays with you.”

Vaughn added, “The opportunities are there for them. They have to learn how to set goals and take the steps to get to the long-range goals. That’s the main thing.”

The Jefferson Hall of Fame now has 116 members.