KHS HOF set to honor two new inductees May 17

By: 
Dennis Mansfield, Contributing Writer

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Steve Rabourn had a highly decorated career as a U.S. Army officer for 23 years, and then worked for 16 years for the U.S. Department of State as the deputy and public safety advisor. Over the course of his career, Rabourn received numerous honors and recognitions for his roles with the Department of State, U.S. Embassy and Department of Commerce. He is pictured here with President George Bush.

 

 

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In 2017, Amy (DeOtte) Taranko, KHS Class of 1988, was named a National Distinguished Principal by the National Association of Elementary School Principals.

 

KALKASKA – In what has become an annual tradition, Kalkaska High School supporters will welcome two more inductees into its Alumni Hall of Fame during ceremonies Friday, May 17.

Steve Rabourn, a 1952 graduate of KHS, and Amy (DeOtte) Taranko of the Class of 1988 will be inducted at ceremonies starting at 7 p.m. in the high school auditorium on Birch Street in Kalkaska.

According to former KHS teacher David Stockford, who now helps coordinate the hall of fame, the ceremonies will follow a format very similar to preview inductions, as Rabourn and Taranko join the more than three dozen who are already part of the school’s Alumni Hall of Fame.

And, the duo is certain to be welcome and worthy additions.

Rabourn had a highly decorated career as a U.S. Army officer for 23 years, serving in Vietnam and Thailand, retiring from active duty as a sergeant major. He was later promoted to major as a reservist.

Rabourn’s service to his country didn’t stop there, as he then worked for 16 years for the U.S. Department of State as the deputy and public safety advisor in then occupied West Berlin.

Over the course of his career, Rabourn received numerous honors and recognitions for his roles with the Department of State, U.S. Embassy and Department of Commerce.

If that wasn’t enough, Rabourn has authored three books.

Taranko has also had a distinguished career in education after leaving the halls of KHS over three decades ago.

Following graduating from the University of Michigan in 1992, Taranko taught for 16 years at two different levels before becoming an upper elementary principal for one year. She then tackled the challenge as the new Spitler Elementary School principal, serving as a main partner in the building design and instructional model merging two buildings into a unified school culture for over 50 staff and 500 students.

Taranko was chosen by the Michigan Elementary and Middle School Principals Association as the Region No. 12 Principal of the Year in 2014, with her institution named a Michigan Department of Education “Reward” School and “Beating the Odds” School for the 2013-14 school year.

And, in 2017, Taranko was named a National Distinguished Principal by the National Association of Elementary School Principals.

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