OGDEN -- Students at Ben Lomond High School got a glimpse of what their futures could be Friday afternoon as the school's alumni association inducted two members into its Wall of Fame.
Douglas Cottle and Fay Stacey were honored by the association and other members of Ogden School District, as many friends, family members and Ben Lomond High School students looked on. Bagpipers and the school's drill team performed the Scottish fling, a tradition at the school, for the audience. Then, the Alumni Association's co-president, Mikel Vause, clad in a kilt, presented the inductees.
"It is a little bitter and sweet today," Vause said as he spoke of longtime friend and classmate Cottle, who died last fall from injuries sustained in a biking accident in the LOTOJA race.
"Both of these decision were no-brainers," Vause said of the selection of Cottle and Stacey for the wall.
Each inductee receives a plaque, while another plaque is hung in the commons of the school for students and the community to see.
Kerry Favero, co-president with Vause, said part of the motivation for the Wall of Fame is for the students to see the things alumni have done with their lives.
"When they see the plaques on the wall as they wander around at lunch, they know these people were in the halls of this school at one time," he said.
Cottle graduated from Ben Lomond in 1968, served in the Navy and went to dental school. He came back to Ogden and moved back in the Ben Lomond boundaries because he loved the area and wanted to raise a family there, said his daughter, Jill Cottle Garrett.
All of his children graduated from Ben Lomond, and his grandson currently attends the school.
As a student, Cottle participated in many sports and was a student leader. As an adult, he was an active member of the Ben Lomond community.
"If Dad was alive, he probably would have declined this because he did not want to be recognized for the amazing things he did," said Garrett, who wore the officer sweater from her time at Ben Lomond. "If you did football, ran track or cross country, he was there to watch because he loved being a Scot."
Garrett encouraged the student body to remember where they came from and to reach for big things in their lives.
Stacey graduated from the school in 1954 as part of the first sophomore class. She went on to start Stacey's Hands of Champions Beauty School in Ogden. From 1984 to 2010, more than 3,200 students earned cosmetology degrees from that business.
Stacey also was part of the committee that helped picked the name, the mascot and the colors for the school.
"I never would have imagined that I would have been a part of that," she said.
As Stacey conveyed some of the history related of those decisions, students cheered at the idea that no one wanted Ben Lomond to be called "Northeast Ogden High."
"That would just not do," she said with a smile.
"I urge you all to pay attention and have fun with everything you participate in at this school."
Ben Lomond senior Sydney Medsker was inspired by the messages, saying, "I'm hoping it will help students to realize they do have potential to do these kinds of things."