Five have been selected as the 2018 inductees into the Van Buren High School Hall of Honor.
They are Dan R. Ballard, Quince Coleman, Sharon Glass Daniels, Mary Beth Stevenson Duncan and Charles E. Martin.
The induction ceremony for the class of 2018 will be at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 1 in the Commons at Van Buren High School, 2001 Pointer Trail. There will be a reception honoring inductees as well as the senior activities students.
Inductees also will be recognized during activities surrounding the Pointer football team’s Senior Night game on Nov. 2.
Tickets for the event are $10 and you may pre-order by calling (479) 474-7942, or by placing an order via email at email@example.com.
Ballard is a 1963 VBHS graduate and was selected for outstanding post high school achievement. He has a long career in electronics and computer engineering and is still active in the field during retirement. He is the chief engineer for Fauxsee Innovations based in Magnolia, Ark.
During his career, he founded and led three other successful high technology ventures and was awarded three scientifically peer-reviewed research projects from the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation and U.S. Department of Agriculture. He also has achieved the highest non-management position as a member of technical staff at both Motorola and SAIC. In addition to exemplary work in the technology industry, he has taught and published in the technology field as well.
Coleman, a 36-year educator, was selected for his service to the Van Buren School District as a coach and staff member. He was head basketball coach at Van Buren High School from 1978 to 1994. During that time, his teams won six conference championships, seven district titles, five Crawford County Tournament titles and competed in four Arkansas state tournaments. In 1981, his Pointer squad was the state runner-up team.
Coleman was conference coach of the year four times and was an assistant coach for the state all-star game. His teams collected 252 wins during his career and had a 35-1 conference record in 1979-81. He served as an assistant football coach between 1978-2004 and was backfield coach for the 1996 state championship team. He holds a master’s degree in education from the University of Central Arkansas and is a member of the Arkansas High School Coaches Association.
Daniels is a 1968 Van Buren High School graduate. She was selected for outstanding civic achievements. Daniels attended Westark Community College and worked as a financial aid specialist for the University of Arkansas - Fort Smith. She has been a strong advocate for students during that career, helping many find resources to continue their education.
She also has been a tireless community and charity supporter. Among her many activities are: coordination of entertainment activities for the Old Fort Days Rodeo, Miss Westark College Pageant and endowment of a scholarship with her husband Mike for future UAFS basketball players. They also donated funding to renovate the men’s locker room at UAFS. She is an active VBHS alumni as a coordinator of class events.
Duncan is a 1975 Van Buren High School graduate. She was selected for outstanding contributions as a VBSD staff member. Duncan is a career social science and history instructor at the junior high and high school levels. She holds a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Arkansas and is a certified gifted and talented instructor through Arkansas Tech University.
During her 30-plus years of service in Van Buren, she has fulfilled many duties and has been a strong advocate for educational enrichment and high standards. Duncan started the Advanced Placement European and World History courses at VBHS. She coached the U.S. Academic Decathlon from Van Buren, has served as an AP delegate, Quiz Bowl coach, State History day sponsor, National Honor Society sponsor, Model UN sponsor and as a State History Day judge.
She has been a consistent Top 40 teacher at VBHS, being selected as one of the most influential teachers by the top 40 students in senior class rank. She was Van Buren High School teacher of the year in 2005-06 and was the Van Buren School District Linda May secondary teacher of the year for the same year. She was selected as Arkansas secondary social studies teacher of the year for 2013-14.
Martin was a 1969 Van Buren High School graduate and was selected for outstanding post high school achievements. Martin was viewed by everyone in the 1969 VBHS class as their leader. He was an excellent student and was president of Fellowship of Christian Athletes, National Honor Society and Mu Alpha Theta. Martin earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Arkansas and served in the Army from 1974 through 1979 as an engineer achieving the rank of captain.
He worked as an engineer for more than 20 years until his life was cut short by illness. He was an active leader in the Boy Scouts of America and served as pack and troop leader in Tulsa. Through his leadership in scouting, all three of his sons became Eagle Scouts. He also was actively involved in a major fundraising effort for Bishop Kelly High School where more than $300,000 was raised. Martin was an active member of Church of Saint Mary Catholic Church in Tulsa for 15 years.