A U.S. Army veteran, a former college athlete and a lifelong resident and public servant will be the newest members of the Whitehall-Yearling High School Hall of Fame.
Whitehall-Yearling graduates Mike Adkins, Adrienne Jordan and Brian Phillips will be inducted into the school's hall of fame Feb. 1, immediately before the 7 p.m. varsity basketball game against Scott High School at Whitehall-Yearling, 675 S. Yearling Road.
A reception will begin at 6 p.m. at the media center inside the high school.
Adkins is a 1987 graduate and president of the Whitehall school board.
He has been a board member since 2009 and also serves on the Whitehall Parks and Recreation Commission.
In addition to his public service, Adkins has coached for the Whitehall Youth League since 1986, leading various baseball, softball, football and soccer clubs.
"I am very humbled and honored to be among this elite group," he said. "There are truly some very special people in the hall of fame."
Adkins, 51, and his wife, Lori, have six children: Becky, 35, Brandon, 33, Brooke, 31, Jessica, 26, Michael, 17, and Grace, 16.
Jordan is a 1993 graduate and was a three-sport athlete in volleyball, basketball and track; she still holds school records in the long jump and the 400-meter relay.
Jordan was awarded a full academic scholarship to attend the University of Notre Dame and walked on to the women's basketball team, participating in the team's first Women's NCAA Final Four appearance in 1997.
After graduating from Notre Dame, Jordan served in the sales and marketing division of General Mills and later as part of its charitable foundation.
She has been chief of staff for the superintendent of Minneapolis Public Schools and a senior project manager on the Minneapolis Super Bowl Host Committee, and is a senior consultant for Minneapolis-based Prouty Project.
After spending most of her career in sales and marketing, Jordan said she reexamined her career after her post with the superintendent and decided to join an organization whose mission is to help other organizations and individuals achieve their goals.
"I am honored and proud to be selected," Jordan said. "Whitehall has been and remains a cornerstone in the foundation of my life."
Jordan will join her mother, Phyllis Jordan, brother, Anthony Jordan, and sister, Stephanie Jordan, in the hall of fame.
"My mother still lives in the house we all grew up in (on Langley Avenue)," said Jordan, 44, who has a 14-year-old daughter, Kennedy.
Phillips is a 1981 graduate and served in the Military Police Corps with the U.S. Army's Criminal Investigation Command from 1981 to 2006.
Phillips earned degrees in business and criminal justice while in the Army and was deployed after the 9/11 terrorist attacks to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, where he participated in the interrogations of more than 100 cases involving al-Qaida detainees prosecuted for war crimes in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
Phillips retired as the special agent in charge of protective intelligence for then-Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, working at the Pentagon.
He works at MacDill AFB in Tampa, Florida.
Phillips, 56, said he can't say much about Guantanamo Bay, but in retirement he helps build forensic labs in the Middle East that are used to examine improvised explosive devices to determine their origins.
Nominated by his wife, Lorie, also a 1981 graduate of Whitehall-Yearling, Phillips said he was "shocked and humbled" when he received a call notifying him of his selection.
The Phillipses, acquainted since they were in seventh grade in Whitehall, have a 28-year-old daughter, Alicia, and a 24-year-old son, Jarrett.
Whitehall City Schools Superintendent Brian Hamler, also a Whitehall-Yearling graduate and hall of fame member, is a member of the hall's selection committee.
"This is another outstanding class of hall of fame inductees," he said. "These three individuals embody the excellence we hope all of our students aspire to achieve.
"They represent our high school in ways that make us all proud, and their selection could not be more deserving."
Adkins, Jordan and Phillips each said they would attend the induction ceremony.
Nominees were submitted by the public and a selection committee chose the inductees, said Ty Debevoise, director of communications and marketing for Whitehall schools.
To be eligible, a nominee must have graduated from Whitehall-Yearling at least five years ago and show accomplishments in humanitarian pursuits, education, business, extracurricular activities or service to the community or school district.
The school's hall of fame was established in 1990 and its number will grow from 78 to 81 with the induction of Adkins, Jordan and Phillips.