Four honored with induction to Westport Wall of Distinction

James Forcier is one of four inductees to the Westport Wall of Distinction Sept. 14.

James Forcier is one of four inductees to the Westport Wall of Distinction Sept. 14. Photo by Keith Lobdell.

— Family, friends and members of the Westport Central School community joined together Sept. 14 as the second Wall of Distinction induction ceremony and dinner added four new names.

James Forcier, Brenda Pepper Drummond, Erin Pratt Schroeder and the late Dr. Thomas Tanneberger were named to the wall and were celebrated during the ceremony.

“It’s special,” said Forcier, the second generation CEO of Chazy and Westport Communications. “I do not think that there is anything more gratifying then being recognized by your peers. I hope to continue to live up to the expectations that come with this honor.”

“It was a surprise and I am honored,” Drummond said. “I really did enjoy that part of my life teaching at Westport. I loved everything about it, tutoring and spending time with the kids. I miss the kids. I just loved it.”

Schroeder, who was unable to attend the ceremony, was a force on the basketball court for the Lady Eagles in the mid 1990s, leading the Eagles to the final four twice in her tenure as the center for the team. She was recruited by Syracuse University, where she played basketball before earning a doctorate in veterinarian medicine from Kansas State University. Together with her husband, Ben, they run three practices and an equine center.

Members of the Tanneberger family were on hand to honor their brother, Tom.

“It’s very exciting for me because he was my best friend,” said Barbara Baldwin, Tanneberger’s sister who accepted the induction. “To accept this plaque in his honor is very touching.”

“The things that have really stuck out in my mind are his zest for life and that is really why we are here today with all of these people that are being honored,” said Tanneberger’s sister, Carol Schwoebel. “What I see now is not as much an honor for Tom as it is about this community and how everyone has been able over the years to come together around him through the tournament events and the scholarships, and that makes me proud.”

“I think that this is a great tribute for Westport and a great honor for the family,” brother Tony Tanneberger said. “It was also very nice that Jim was honored at the same time, a chance for the two buddies to be inducted together.”

The Wall of Distinction committee includes Fred Kapper, Brad Rascoe, Sue Russell, Dwayne Stevens, Scott Gibbs, Forcier, Don LaRock and school Superintendent Dr. John Gallagher.

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