Green & Gold Hall of Fame Inducts New Members

By Jim Predmore

There are seven new shinny Hall of Fame Trophies sitting on mantles or display cases from the new Inductees to the Green and Gold Hall of Fame.

The Holtville High School Green & Gold Hall of Fame presented its 5th annual Hall of Fame Ball on Friday, Nov. 19th at the Imperial Valley Swiss Club.  Guests were entertained by the Clark Baker Band as they enjoyed a delicious dinner in a beautifully decorated atmosphere.  In honor of “Remembering the Champions”, Marv Wood presented his 1993 Varsity C.I.F. Champion Baseball Team with Championship Rings and Patsy Enders presented the 1994 Varsity C.I.F. Champion Volleyball Team with Championship Rings.  Team members from both teams shared special memories of their times on those championship teams and the effect those times had on their lives.
This was followed by the presentation of the 2010 Hall of Fame Inductees.  Bob Wynkoop was inducted as an Educator/Coach for his 32 years of service as a teacher, coach, and educational leader at Holtville High School.  He served as Department Head of both  English and Science, Dean of Discipline, and Principal.  He coached football for 11 years, during which they won 5 league championships and 4 CIF Championships.
Alex Wells received an induction as an Alumnus/Student Athlete for his talents in both baseball and football, where he led his team and was named All Desert League and All-Valley League for 2 years, Desert League and Imperial Valley Most Valuable Player, All-CIF in 1988 and All-State in 1989.
Alumnus John McCoy was inducted as a 1965 graduate of HHS who went on to become Holtville’s first AFS student and also achieved a great career at Disney international before forming his own consulting firm.
Andara MacDonald was inducted as an Educator for her for years of service and dedication to Holtville High School and its students.  She also led the Viking Speech and Debate team to 14 team sweepstakes championships, and 300 1st place state competitions.  She also coached mock trial where she had 3 Imperial County Championships and two second place finished.  She worked alongside her students in the AVID program, helping them gain over $2,000,000 in financial aid for college.
As an Alumnus/Community Member, Rick Hilfiker received his induction for his support of Holtville High School, especially HHS athletics.  He was one of the founding members of the Holtville Touchdown Club, and a driving force behind the construction of the outdoor weight facility. His fundraising efforts for HHS also include support for music, cheerleading, and other club activities in addition to athletics.
Alumnus Vernon Highley was recognized for his athletic and scholastic achievements at HHS during the late 40’s and early 50’s.  He went on to serve in the U.S. Army before beginning a career in agricultural marketing where he eventually become Deputy Chief of the Staff at the U.S. Department of Agriculture.  He later served as Administrator of Agriculture Marketing Service in Washington, D.C. before forming his own government relations consulting firm where he worked with the Imperial Valley on issues of plant and animal pests, economic development, the New River, the Salton Sea, and the U.S./Mexico border problems.
Alumnus Frederick Allen was the final inductee of the evening.  Frederick, a 1957 graduate of HHS where he was Student Body President and a student-athlete, served in the U.S. Navy before attending college.  He is a premier real estate and finance attorney and also directs U.S. subsidiaries of American investors with projects in Asia, the Pacific Rim, and Mexico.  He has served as Chair of the Commercial and Industrial Development Subsection of the State Bar of California and vice chair of both the Urban Land Institute and Real Estate Round table in Washington, D.C.
The Hall of Fame Committee would like to thank all those who participated in making the event such a special evening.