Wall of Success


BADGER HIGH SCHOOL WALL OF SUCCESS


The “Wall of Success” program honors outstanding graduates of Badger High School, as well as Genoa City High School and Lake Geneva High School.

The committee solicits nominations from the community.  If you have someone you would like to nominate for the Wall of Success, please contact Badger High School at 262-348-2000 or click here

FEATURED RECIPIENTS

Neal Aspinall

Badger High School Graduate – 1982

During his years at Badger High School, Neal Aspinall was an active participant in student life.  He was on the golf team for four years, and after three years he lettered as a member of the diving team.  In addition, he was active in the local Junior Achievement Chapter for three years.  As a budding artist, Mr. Aspinall began to accrue honors, being chosen to do the title slide for “Project 82” and also receiving the Walworth County Fair Grand Prize for artwork.

After graduating from BHS, Mr. Aspinall attended the Art Institute of Colorado and was subsequently inducted into their hall of fame in 2007.  While in Colorado, Mr. Aspinall was chosen to do illustrations by the Coors Brewing Company, and in the early years of his career went on to work for all of the major breweries.  Some of early clients included companies such as Kimberly Clark, Kohler, Miller Brewing Company, Wisconsin State Fair, and Harley Davidson.  His work has appeared in several professional graphic design publications.  In 1994 Mr. Aspinall began freelance illustrating, and his list of national clients includes such prestigious names as the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, Coca Cola, "USA Today", Ford Motor Company, IBM, John Deere, Facebook, and the National Park Service.  Mr. Aspinall’s roots in the Lake Geneva area are especially evident in his work, as he has designed logos and posters for Black Point Historic Preserve, Water Safety Patrol, Lake Geneva Antique and Classic Boat Show, Lake Geneva Library, The Abbey Resort, Yunker Industries, Geneva Lake Conservancy, Chuck’s Lakeshore Inn, and the annual Lake Geneva Visitor’s Guide.  Mr. Aspinall's artistic works are known nationwide. We are proud to honor him on the Wall of Success.

Inducted, April 2012


John “Ike” Bailey

Bader High School Graduate – 1973

John “Ike” Bailey treasures his fond memories of attending Badger High School where he established “that forever special bond” with his classmates.  In high school as a member of the Badger Golf Team, he was already pursuing what would be a lifelong passion for the game of golf.  After graduating in 1973, Ike attended the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh where he played on the men’s golf team.  Upon graduating from college, Ike set out determined to fulfill a dream of working in the golf industry for a living.  He successfully completed the PGA business school program, and in 1980 he was elected to membership in the Professional Golfers’ Association of America.  By 1992 Ike had established himself as a golf professional and returned to his home of Lake Geneva to assume the position of head golf professional at Big Foot Country Club where he oversees all golf and tennis operations.  He also oversees the management of the junior golf program and the historic Big Foot Country Club caddy program.  In 2009 Ike received the honor of being elected president of the Wisconsin PGA and subsequently was a key figure at the 2010 PGA Championship at Whistling Straits Golf Club.  Ike Baily considers himself extraordinarily fortunate to have been able to remain in the golf industry for thirty-five years and to serve in a professional capacity and as a volunteer with the Professional Golfers’ Association of America.

Inducted, April 2011

Anne Brunk Barrow

Badger High School Graduate - 1973

Anne Peterson-Barrow’s search for excellence is exemplified by her accomplished broadcasting career.  Anne graduated from Northwestern University in 1977 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Speech.  In 1978, Anne began reporting for WNDU-TV, the NBC affiliate in South Bend, Indiana.  In 1979, Anne moved to Kansas City where she has since worked for KCTV5, a CBS affiliate, first as a co-anchor for the 6 and 10 0’clock news and for the past five and a half years as an anchor for the 5 o’clock news.  Anne was the first anchor/reporter in Kansas City to focus on family/health reporting.  Her community service activities include spearheading in the 1993 “City of Peace Rally” in the Kansas City metropolitan area focusing on the need to calm gang unrest.  Anne initiated a program to increase the awareness of self-breast exams in the fight against breast cancer.  This effort has been adopted by television stations across the nation.  Currently, Anne is involved with the Mid-American Heart Institute to have automated external defibrillators in all public places in the Kansas City Metro area.  An avid triathlete, Anne carried the Olympic Torch in Kansas City prior to the 1984 Summer Olympic Games.  She passed the torch to the oldest torchbearer in the country – 100 years old – who passed it on to the youngest who was 6 years old.  Anne Peterson-Barrow’s career has been one of passing onto others the lifetime gifts of service to her community.

Inducted, May 2002

Stanley F. Bence

Lake Geneva High School Graduate – 1937

Stanley F. Bence grew up in Lake Geneva and never considered leaving the community that he loved.   Always a devoted family man, Stan also has given back to the community.  He served as an alderman in Lake Geneva for twenty-four years and was a member of the Lions Club, the Water Commission, the Library Board, the St. Francis De Sales Parish Board and Trustee, and a volunteer for the American Red Cross.  Upon retiring from his career as a life insurance consultant, Stan began volunteering for the Walworth County Dept. of Transportation, driving his own car to transport those in need to appointments throughout Southern Wisconsin.  Over the last 20 years he has provided this service to thousands of people who have benefited from this caring endeavor.  Community service awards include the Stu Herzog Outstanding Citizen Award and The President’s Volunteer Service Award.  In Dr. Britton Kolar's words: "(Stan) is the glue that holds our society together and is in my estimation truly a great American - a common man of uncommon commitment and virtue."

Inducted, April 2007

Greg Biging

Badger High School Graduate - 1970

 Dr. Biging has experienced an outstanding twenty-four year career in teaching and research at the University of California-Berkeley.  Currently, he is the Vice Chair of the Environmental Science, Policy and Management Department.  Dr. Biging has earned a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics, a master’s degree in Forest Biometrics, and two Ph. D’s in Forest Biometrics and Statistics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  Some recent research accomplished by Dr. Biging was his work with 20 other scientists on a new satellite project for NASA called EO-1.  This experimental satellite will help NASA decide if a commercial version can be built and made available to the public.  This project took Dr. Biging to Argentina to conduct research on this satellite’s usefulness in identifying and monitoring conifer forests.  Other scientists have been examining the satellite’s usefulness in geology, agriculture, viticulture, ecology, as well as other disciplines.  The Society of American Foresters Award for outstanding Service was presented to Dr. Biging based on his work from 1989-1992 as associate editor of Forest Science.  Dr. Biging’s professional interests include: Econometrics, using high-resolution digital imagery, and 3D morphology; Forest and natural resource assessment and monitoring; statistical accuracy assessment methodology of thematic resource maps; and Fuzzy logic and neural net applications to remote sensing of natural resources.

 

Inducted, May 2003


Linda (Bailey) Boilini

Badger High School Graduate - 1969 

Christa McAuliff said, “I teach; I touch the future.”  This is a wonderful way to describe the life and career of Mrs. Linda Boilini.  Upon high school graduation, Mrs. Boilini entered the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh.  At U.W.-Oshkosh, she studied speech and English with the desire to become a teacher.  In 1974, Mrs. Boilini joined the Lake Geneva Schools as a substitute.  The following year, Mrs. Boilini began her full-time career as a Grades 7 & 8 teacher at Denison Middle School.  And what an outstanding career she has had!  Mrs. Boilini has taught nearly 4,000 children during her 29 year teaching career and many of her students would say they remember the impact she has made on their life.  Enthusiasm, love of learning, and caring for each student are just a few of the ways Mrs. Boilini has made a difference as a professional educator.  In addition, Mrs. Boilini is very active in the community volunteering her time and expertise to her church, numerous civic organizations, the YMCA, and many other groups that make the area a better place for all of us to live.  This unforgettable quote by an unknown author best summarizes Mrs. Boilini’s life, “Some people come into our lives, and quickly go.  Some stay for awhile, leave footprints on our hearts, and we are never, ever the same.”  Linda Boilini mirrors this quote perfectly.

 

Inducted, May 2004

Barbara C. Braden
Lake Geneva High School Graduate - 1946


Barb Braden is best described by one word – involvement.  Throughout her entire life, Mrs. Braden has immersed herself in various community activities.  Never one to sit on the sideline, Mrs. Braden has taken active roles in school, civic, and community sponsored events.  As a high school student, Mrs. Braden was president of the Girl’s Athletic Association and was selected as the senior drum majorette.  At Milwaukee Downer College, Mrs. Braden was the only freshman to receive three major sports letters in field hockey, basketball, and bowling.  Mrs. Braden was named “Miss Lake Geneva” representing the Lake Geneva Lions Club at the State Convention.  She was the second highest recruiter in the nation, signing up 331 new members for the Young Republicans in 1964.  Utilizing her boundless energies, Mrs. Braden was appointed Lake Geneva Chairperson for Wisconsin’s Sesquicentennial celebration in May 1998.  Mrs. Braden organized an all-school reunion that saw hundreds of alumni from Lake Geneva, Genoa City, and Badger High Schools return to the area to be reunited with relatives, friends, and memories.  Mrs. Braden has most recently served as the chairperson for Badger’s “WALL OF SUCCESS” program.  Barb’s favorite hobbies include family, baking, candy making, gardening, and not being able to say “no.”

 

Inducted, May 2003

 


Mark T. Braden, D.D.S.

Bader High School Graduate – 1970

Dr. Mark Braden has pursued both his professional and personal goals with passion.  Dr. Braden earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery in 1980 from Marquette University.  Since establishing his dental practice in Lake Geneva in 1980, Dr. Braden has served his patients with utmost care.  Besides his practice, Dr. Braden has been actively involved in a number of professional organizations, serving in positions of leadership.  Dr. Braden shared his energy serving as chairperson for the Badger High School remodeling project that in 1987 successfully passed a $3 million referendum.  Dr. Braden was also one of the founders and first president of the Badger Booster Club.  Dr. Braden’s passion for sports is demonstrated by his involvement in officiating.  Dr. Braden has officiated four high school state football games, the last being the 1999 WIAA Division I state championship finals.  Also, Dr. Braden officiated the 1999 NCAA Division III Football Tournament.  Dr. Braden is well known for his expertise in officiating Women’s College Basketball, which he has done for the past 12 years.  He also officiated the 1998 NCAA Division III Women’s Final Four in Portland Maine.  Dr. Braden is as sought after to share his knowledge and passion as a dental surgeon as he is for this knowledge as an official on the playing field.  In 1999, Dr. Braden was the recipient of the prestigious “Award of Honor” from the Wisconsin Dental Association. 

 

Inducted, May 2000

 

Dr. Braden continues to be a huge supporter of Badger High School.  Braden Dental Center sponsors the homecoming fireworks display and has been a generous donor for our Bucky’s Scholarship Gala.  His continued support for the students at Badger is truly appreciated.

 

Lyle L. Clayton

Badger High School Graduate - 1964

 

Upon graduation from high school, Mr. Clayton attended Spenserian College in Milwaukee graduating in 1968 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration.  From 1968 to 1974, Mr. Clayton served in the United States Army earning a Bronze Star and Air Medal for meritorious service while on assignment in Vietnam.  Mr. Clayton’s corporate career began with the Carnation Company where he excelled in the Management Development Program.  He furthered his sales career as a Sales Representative for National Starch and Chemical Corporation where his diligence in pursuing his career goals led him to assume significantly larger responsibilities.  In 1976, Mr. Clayton joined Marion Labs, Inc., a growing organization that dominated the pharmaceutical industry.  Eventually, Mr. Clayton assumed responsibilities as Vice President of Sales at Marion Scientific, a division of Marion Labs, managing an annual budget of $6.2 million.  In 1987, Mr. Clayton acquired Webco Manufacturers; a privately held custom metal fabricator and in 12 years drove sales from $3 million to $12 million.  In 1999, Mr. Clayton began his current responsibilities with Medi-Flex, Inc., a privately held manufacturer of ampoulized antiseptic products.  In 2002, Mr. Clayton was named President and Chief Operating Officer of the company.  Mr. Clayton’s community involvement include State Line Optimist Club, Boys Scouts of America, Ronald McDonald House, and is a Founding Board Member of the Heart to Heart International Charity.  With his wife and three sons, Mr. Clayton’s hobbies include fly fishing, fly tying, golf, hunting, sailing, and reading.  Mr. Clayton credits his four years at Badger, where he cites his classmates and staff as playing an important role in his personal and professional life.  It is said of Mr. Clayton that, “He is the epitome of what hard work and perseverance are about.  He has worked for everything he has achieved.”

 

Inducted, May 2004

 

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