Three Bolivar alums — Tammie Callaway, Class of 1982; Judge Elizabeth V. Rohrs, Class of 1977; and Dr. Dara Wakefield, Class of  1973 — will be inducted into the Bolivar High School Hall of Fame Saturday.

The banquet and induction ceremony will begin at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15, at Bolivar High School.

Tickets are $12.50 for adults and $7.50 for children ages 3-12. Tickets may be purchased at the Bolivar R-1 Administrative Center, 524 W. Madison Ave., through Tuesday, Sept. 11.

For more information, call 326-5291.

In addition to the banquet, inductees will be featured in the BHS homecoming parade and recognized at the BHS homecoming game on Friday, Sept. 14.

The following biographical information about the inductees was provided by the Bolivar R-1 school district.

Tammie Callaway, Class of 1982

Tammie Callaway is a member of the BHS Class of 1982.  

She is married to Kenny Callaway and is the mother of Ashley and Cody and the stepmother of Kenna.

Ashley and husband Zach Pugh are expecting a son in October. Cody and wife Brena are the proud parents of their 6-month-old daughter, Joleigh. Kenna is working on her BSN at Wichita State University.  

As a student, Callaway was active and involved in clubs and sports. As a celebrated athlete, she won multiple awards.  

She was the point guard of the 1982 state champion Lady Liberator basketball team and also played volleyball, softball and ran track. She was honored with the Outstanding Senior Athlete award in 1982.

She set off to college in 1982-83 by attending Southwest Baptist University where she was Rookie of the Year in softball. She also played volleyball at SBU.

She transferred to Missouri State University, then Southwest Missouri State University, where she graduated cum laude in December 1985 with a Bachelor of Science in health, physical education and recreation.

At MSU, she was a student athletic trainer for multiple teams and became certified as an athletic trainer in 1986.

She began her professional career started out as activities director for Mount Vernon Park Care Center. She also consulted with Fosters Nursing Home during this period.

In 1988, she started with Citizens Memorial Hospital and Healthcare Foundation as director of foundation activities.  

In the late 1990s, she began teaching the Missouri Health Care Association Activities Director workshop.  

Concurrently with the workshop, she served as an SBU adjunct professor, teaching senior adult recreation.  

She initiated the Kids Club, which paired Bolivar students from kindergarten through fifth grade with senior adults in CMH long-term care facilities.

In 1995, she brought the Golden Age games into the southwest Missouri district and served as coordinator for 14 years. Those games are still going on today.

Callaway received a master’s in health services administration from SBU in 1995.

In 2007, she became the administrator at CMH’s Butterfield Residential Care Center. She served as a Missouri Assisted Living Association Board member from 2009 to 2014.

Along with the above accomplishments, Callaway has been recognized with numerous professional awards and accomplishments.

She is involved in many civic and community organizations and has served them as a member, leader and president.  

Judge Elizabeth V. Rohrs, Class of 1977

 

Judge Elizabeth V. Rohrs is a member of the BHS Class of 1977.  

Rohrs is the daughter of Jaqueline and the late Kenneth Vincent.  She is married to retired president and CEO of Enactus, Alvin Rohrs, and has two children, Dr. Ben Rohrs and Jaclyn Rohrs.  To her family, Elizabeth is a dedicated wife, mother, daughter, sister and aunt.

In her time at BHS, Rohrs was the class valedictorian, drum major, student council president and an accomplished debator.  After high school, she attended Southwest Baptist University to pursue a Bachelor of Arts in English/speech. She graduated summa cum laude and was ranked first in her class.  

After teaching high school English for a semester, she began her legal education at the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law, where she was on the dean’s list and moot court team.

After graduation, she became an associate attorney at the law office of Ralph W. Gilchrist.  

After a few years, she began her own private law practice in Bolivar.  

She next served as the City of Bolivar municipal judge while also teaching business law and communications as an adjunct instructor at SBU.  

After her children went to college, she worked as an of counsel attorney for Douglas, Haun and Heidemann P.C.  

Prior to being elected to her current position as Polk County associate circuit judge in 2014, she was engaged in a mediation and guardian ad litem practice.

Rohrs is an active volunteer and has served in Rotary International, the P.E.O sisterhood and the Federated Republican Women’s Club at the local, district and state levels. She worked in state and local campaigns from 1980 to 2014. She is a member and core group leader at First Baptist Church, Bolivar.  

Dr. Dara V. Wakefield, Class of 1973

Dr. Dara “Doc” Wakefield is a member of the BHS class of 1973.  

He is the son of Hugh and Twila Smith.  

He is married to Carolyn Kampen Wakefield, and they have three children, Cara, Tessa and Andrew, and six grandchildren.

During his senior year, he enrolled at Southwest Baptist College to receive a Bachelors of Arts in elementary education.  

He graduated from Southwest Baptist College with a Bachelor of Arts in elementary education and began teaching at South Elementary School in Jefferson City Public Schools.  

After receiving a master’s in religious education at Southwestern Theological Seminary, he became elementary principal at Tower Grove Christian School. After a year serving as principal, he became the headmaster.  

He then traveled to Seoul, South Korea, to attend the Teaching and Learning Research Center to receive a Korean language certificate.  As he did this, he served under the International Mission Board as a church developer.

After his time in South Korea, he attended Baylor University to pursue a doctorate of education in curriculum and instruction while serving as lecturer and director of the Korean language department.

After receiving his doctorate, he served as an associate professor of teacher education at LaGrange College.

In 2001, he moved to Berry College, where he served as the Leland Green Endowed professor of curriculum and instruction and chair of the teacher education department until his retirement this year.

Wakefield has published book contributions, web publications and in many refereed and non-refereed journals, as well as other publications.

He has been awarded four grants in his career, including one of $70,000.

He has also presented multiple times internationally and nationally.  Wakefield has served and continues to serve in many civic and community organizations.  

His family moved around a lot until he came to Bolivar. He says friends, school and church were key aspects in his growing up, and he says he is humbly thankful God blessed his family so bountifully. When he thinks of how he came to be where he is today, he says he thinks of Bolivar.

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