One Eskimo thinclad earned a medal at the IHSA State Track Meet. His excellent accomplishment is listed
1960-61 Jack Honegger
winning distance at that time was one of the top
throws in IHSA history - over 166 feet!)
(remember, this was in a one-class system, great job JACK!)
Speech individual Competition
Two students won medals in the IHSA sponsored Speech Competition.
1982-83 Tracy Muir
Humor Duet 5TH Place
Schrof Humor Duet
The Illinois Theatre Festival is the largest, non-competetive high school theatre festival in the world. It was organized
in 1976 by teachers from the Chicago suburbs. This festival is still going strong as they perform at the University of Illinois
(Champaign-Urbana) and Illinois State University every other January. F-S-WHS particiated in this festival from 1979 to 1985.
Memories from Ruth Ellen (Duckworth) Davis:
"I came across your newsletter while looking for someone who used to teach 2nd grade at the Wing Elementary School in
the mid sixties.
My dad, Brad Duckworth, was the band director at FSW from 1965 - 1968. I attended 1st, 2nd, and
3rd grade at Wing. Unfortunately, my dad passed away in November of 2009, so my memories are from a child's perspective."
A young Dick Versace got his start in small town Illinois, right there at Forrest-Strawn-Wing High School.
Coach Versace coached the 1964-65 football team to an 8 - 1 record and a Vermilion Valley Conference Championship.
As his former player, Greg Dempsey mentions:
"Dick Versace went on to coach Bradley University, the Indiana Pacers, and is now general manager of
the Minnesota Timberwolves."
Searching For More Information
If you have ANY information to add (and there is a lot!) to the Forrest-Strawn-Wing High School lore please
send it to us. There is a lot of unanswered questions regarding the history of the school and the many great teams which
are not mentioned on the IHSA web site. We are also searching for a photo of the F-S-W high school building. You
can e-mail items to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also write to us at:
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