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Alumni Spotlight

Catching Up with Rep. Randy Frye, BHS Class of 1973
Indiana State Representative, House District 67

BHS activities — I was on the track team and ran the mile and two mile.

Life after BHS — Education: Cincinnati Christian University – AA in Christian Vocation; Florida State Fire Academy – Professional Firefighter; South Tech Education Center, Boynton Beach, FL – EMT; Palm Beach Community College – Paramedic Professional: Retired Professional Firefighter City of Indianapolis after 26 years; former owner of Blue River Telecom (an IT business telephone company.); Legislator of the Year Indiana Fire Chief’s Association 2012; Legislator of the Year 2013 Indiana Clean Cities Coalition; Legislator of the Year 2014 Indiana Volunteer Firefighter’s Association; 2016 Outstanding Public Servant Award Indiana Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW). I also received multiple awards throughout my firefighting career.

Best memory from BHS —I enjoyed biology with Mr. Yarber.

Thoughts on education — Education is the tool of opportunity. For those not prepared with the tools for an opportunity, it’s no opportunity at all, and for those prepared but not looking for an opportunity, it becomes an opportunity for someone else.

 

Catching up with Jay Gehring, BHS Class of 1976

BHS Activities — National Honor Society, Ranked 3rd in class, 4-year varsity letter in cross-country and baseball, 2-year varsity letter in track, 3-year drama club member (played the lead in “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown”)

Education — Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

Life after BHS and college ­— After graduation from college, I worked for Procter and Gamble for two years as a Plant Project Engineer. For the remainder of my career, I worked for PepsiCo in a wide variety of positions across both Engineering and Research & Development, including positions as Vice President in the North American Snack business section and in global packaging development across 90+ countries. I retired in January of 2017.

Best memory from BHS — I have a lot of great memories and had some very good teachers, but probably the person who had the greatest impact/influence on me was Mr. Ron Raver in his role as our cross-country coach. He was an amazing individual who was a terrific coach who got you to perform beyond what you thought possible.  What influenced me the most was all he overcame and how he dealt with his own physical challenges without complaint. What a great role model for life lessons: taking your situation and making the most of it.  He’s still a great example to me of dealing with life’s adversities in a positive, constructive way.

Thoughts on education — A good education is so valuable, especially in today’s global economy where good jobs are getting increasingly difficult to get.  It’s something that becomes a solid foundation for building the rest of your life.

 

Know a BHS alum we can feature here?  Email BCEF Executive Director Anne Wilson at awilson@batesville.k12.in.us with the information.