By Elizabeth F. McNamara

The EGHS Wall of Honor has five new recipients for 2019, following Wednesday night’s induction ceremony: Barbara Baker LaPlume (’47), Herbert “Hub” Brennan (’67), Leigh Carney (’87), Aaron Guckian (’94), and Tom Wort (attended 2005-06).

From LaPlume’s recounting of the early days of Kent Hospital as a nurse to Carney’s certainty that the 1980s were the absolute best decade in the 20th century to Guckian’s shout out to former 4th grade teacher Judy Stenberg to Brennan’s gratitude to all those in the community (many in attendance) who helped him become the person he’d become, speeches were heartfelt, moving, and at times very funny. (Tom Wort could not attend.)

Council President Mark Schwager, who did not attend EGHS, was given a special award for his commitment to the community.

Below are video’s of the four inductees, as well as several photos:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9wttHmPUAQk&t=13s
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DwbP2UMJj9s
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lsZZ1PLpFfo&t=15s
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CpYNInOh-rk&t=9s
Aaron Guckian with his former 4th grade teacher Judy Stenberg.
Hub Brennan, right, talks with well-wishers after the induction ceremony.
Mark Schwager speaks after receiving a special award.
Leigh Carney, left, with her wife, Tracey.
Barbara Baker LaPlume with son and daughter-in-law Robert and Sharon LaPlume.
John Horton, Aaron Guckian, and Matt Plain, Class of ’94 and friends since kindergarten.
Wall of Honor inductee Leigh Carney.
Fire Chief Bernie Patenaude and Marge Cookson are reunited. Patenaude was an EG Fire District volunteer in the 1970s, when Cookson served as fire district clerk.

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