Riverside Community School District Hall of Fame – Class of 2019

(Oakland) The Riverside Community School District Hall of Fame – Class of 2019 has been announced.

Riverside Superintendent Tim Mitchell said last year Riverside celebrated its 25th Anniversary and as part of that celebration they instituted a Hall of Fame to honor graduates, employees, teams, individuals, and friends of the district for their accomplishments at and/or to the service of the district.

“This is something we thought was very important to celebrate our legacy and to really provide students with great role models and understanding that their education in Riverside can certainly springboard them to great things in the world and moving forward and so utilizing those role models is very important for us to let kids know where their education can take them in the future,” stated Tim Mitchell.

The Selection Committee announced the following members of the Class of 2019:

Nicole Allen Osborn-Distinguished Graduate-Riverside Class of 1994

Nicole founded Meridian Clinical Research in 1999 in Omaha, NE.  Under her guidance, Meridian grew from a single dedicated research center in Omaha, NE, to a network that includes more than 20 research sites and 60 principal investigators across North America.  Under Osborn’s direction, research at Meridian is frequently published and presented at major scientific and academic events worldwide.

Donell Hotze Kvaal-Distinguished Graduate-Riverside Class of 1996

Donell has distinguished herself in the Riverside community as a community leader volunteering her time for numerous community organizations.  She helped her softball teams to the state tournament in her 8th grade year (Carson-Macedonia) and again her senior year (Riverside).  She went on to play at Central College where she was the 2000 NFCA Division II Softball Player of the Year.  She already has been inducted into the Central College Hall of Honor and the Iowa High School Softball Hall of Fame.

John W Hamilton-Friend of Riverside

John was a Civil War Veteran who served with Company A 134th Indiana Infantry.  He settled near Macedonia and was a farmer and raised livestock.  As a noted philanthropist, he donated the money for a new Church and Parsonage in Macedonia (Macedonia United Methodist Church) in 1929.  He also donated land to the Macedonia School for the Hamilton Athletic Field and to build the Softball Field Grandstand.  The historic grandstand is said to be one of two remaining in the state of Iowa.  He dedicated the field to the children of Macedonia in memory of John G Hamilton, his son who died at the age of 22.

Marilyn Mickey-Distinguished Graduate-Carson-Macedonia Class of 1964, Friend of Riverside, Riverside Board Member and Riverside Employee

Marilyn has distinguished herself in many ways and has shown a tremendous commitment to the community and the school district in her lifetime. Marilyn is a member of the Riverside Optimists Club, Riverside Links, PEO, Carson Park Board, Macedonia United Methodist Church, and the Riverside Booster Club, to name just a few.  She volunteers time for Quilts of Valor, Honor Flight, Dreamland Theatre, 4-H Leader, Sunday School Teacher, Metro Area Youth Foundation, and is a Promise Scholarship Mentor.  She served on the Riverside School Board, was employed as the Board Secretary and has already been inducted into the 4-H Hall of Fame.

1973-1974 Carson-Macedonia Football Team-Team/Group-Coaches Larry Wax and Terry Statton

This team has the distinction of being only one of 15 teams in Iowa High School Football history and the most recent to be undefeated, untied, and unscored upon, and the only team to accomplish it in the playoff era.  They were 7-0 and Western Iowa Conference Co-Champions with Avoca who they did not play that year.  They were 8-0 overall with a strong defense that had 33 takeaways (20 interceptions,13 fumbles and blocked 2 punts). Several opponents threatened to score, but non succeeded, stopped by turnovers, strong defensive stands, timely tackles, and missed field goal attempts. Lead by Coaches Larry Wax and Terry Statton with Duane Laughlin being named a National Football All-American by Who’s Who in National High School Football.

The Class of 2019 induction ceremony will be held Thursday, October 3rd at 2:30 p.m. in the Riverside Middle/High School gym. The 2019 inductees will also be featured in the Homecoming Parade on Friday, October 4 at 2:00 p.m. in Oakland. The final recognition will take place prior to the Homecoming Football Game on Friday, October 4 at the Charles E Pigneri Athletic Complex at 6:45 p.m.