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Sycamore honors musical alumni

Published: Monday, Feb. 4, 2013 4:33 p.m. CST

Every high school has talented people who are celebrated with awards, trophies, and/or scholarships, but what happens to them after graduation is not always as well-known. Sycamore High School has a long-standing tradition of a strong music program. Many alumni continued to pursue their talents after graduation. Sycamore High School and the Sycamore History Museum will celebrate a variety of musical accomplishments on Friday at the Pride of Sycamore High.

The evening will begin with light refreshments, then the audience will hear alumni share their stories about how Sycamore High School influenced their musical careers. Featured alumni include Drayton Eggleson, Hellen Weberpal and Steve Abel. The first Music Hall of Fame inductees will be introduced. The evening will end with an unveiling of the High School’s Music Hall of Fame display case.

“We are very excited to work with the high school and the music boosters on this event,” Sycamore History Museum Executive Director Michelle Donahoe said in a news release. “The high school has many talented alumni and teachers. This annual event provides a great opportunity to take a moment and appreciate the contributions people from Sycamore High School have made in a variety of fields. The first year of the event, Pete Johnson was recognized, and last year writers Mark Vancil and Dirk Johnson were the featured speakers. This year having such accomplished musicians return to the high school is an honor.

“We are especially thankful to work with the music boosters, who will formally induct alumni into the Music Hall of Fame during their Note to Remember fundraiser on Saturday, Feb. 9.”

The Pride of Sycamore High will begin at 7 p.m. Tickets cost $10 for adults and $5 for students younger than 18. They can be purchased at the Sycamore History Museum, Sycamore Chamber of Commerce and Sycamore High School.

For more information, contact the Sycamore History Museum at 815-895-5762 or email info@sycamorehistory.org.

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