Their professional and personal accomplishments earned three Westerville South High School alumni Hall of Fame honors last week.

Their professional and personal accomplishments earned three Westerville South High School alumni Hall of Fame honors last week.

Kevin Hallberg, Sarah McMillen and John E. Miller were the latest graduates to be recognized since the Alumni Hall of Fame was established in 1994.

The 2010 induction ceremony, held April 23 in the school's Media Center, began with music from the high school Jazz Combo, directed by Todd Stoll.

Senior Dezeray Holbert emceed the event, introducing each speaker, including principal Steve Andersoon, who welcomed those present.

"Last Tuesday, we inducted 49 new student members into our National Honor Society ... and today, we're inducting three new members into our Hall of Fame for the great things they have done after they have graduated from Westerville South," Andersson said.

Senior Brooke Robbins led the invocation, which preceded the luncheon.

Nedra Hallberg, mother of inductee Kevin Hallberg, accepted the award on her son's behalf.

"Thank you very much for honoring my son in this way," Mrs. Hallberg said.

Kevin Hallberg, a 1983 graduate, is a research fellow at Bangor University in Wales. He earned a bachelor of science degree from The Ohio State University and a Ph.D. in cell and molecular biology from Umea University in Sweden.

Because he lives in Wales, Hallberg was unable to attend the Friday induction ceremony.

"I would like to say I am not in this position today because I am wise," Hallberg wrote in a letter his mother read. "Rather, I am here because of hard work, my willingness to work as a team player and because of my willingness to take advantage of opportunites in the days since Westerville South."

McMillen, a 1977 graduate, is a secretary in the guidance department at Westerville South. She attended The Ohio State University and was a parent volunteer at Whittier Elementary School, Blendon Middle School and South.

She summed up her advice to current students in two words: "Be aware."

"Be aware that you are growing and maturing, and that you will continue to grow and mature each day of your life," McMillen said.

McMillen and her husband, Tom have three children.

Miller, a classmate of McMillen's, was the third inductee. The superintendent of the Loudonville Perrysville School District earned his bachelor's and master's degrees from Miami University.

"I'm very honored to be inducted into the Westerville South Hall of Fame," Miller said.

His theme was accountability.

"While others help you, it is your actions and your choices that will open the door for the future. You are responsible for opening that door," he said.

Miller and his wife, Penny, have one son, Robert.

Each inductee received a gift from the Superintendent's Advisory Committee and is honored with a plaque outside the school in front of a flowering tree.

Westerville North High School will host its Alumni Hall of Fame Induction at 11:30 a.m. Friday, April 30, in the school's Media Center, 950 County Line Road.