WARNING: Beware -- there are websites posing as the Bradford Alumni Association and/or Bradford High School!
Welcome to the OFFICIAL Kenosha Bradford High School Alumni Association, Inc. (KBHSAA) website! We encourate all alumni to join KBHSAA, an IRS-recognized 501(c)(3) organization. This is the Alumni Association's ONLY endorsed-official website. Don't be taken in by organizations purporting to have a connection with our alma mater, which have no connection whatsoever to Bradford High School and our local community in Kenosha, WI.
From left to right: The Annex (built in 1890, razed in 1980);
Kenosha High School, later renamed in honor of Mary D. Bradford (completed in 1927); and
Mary D. Bradford High School (opened for the 1980-1981 school year).
October 9, 2021: Just finished reading yesterday's Kenosha News and wanted to point out the article written by Liz Snyder about one of our members: Karen Ostlund '61, a DAA honoree in 1994, who will be running in the Boston Marathon on Monday. Click here to read the article. Best wishes to Karen on her first Boston Marathon!
In case you don't already have a notification set up on your member profile, we posted the fall edition of the Newsletter on our website yesterday after returning from USPS Pleasant Prairie, where we mailed the publication to those who've opted to receive a printed copy. If you don't have notifications set up and aren't sure how to go about doing so, please visit our FIRST SITE VISIT? web page which covers the topic.
October 8, 2021: We just learned of an impromptu Class Reunion for the Bradford Class of 2001 being held this Sunday, October 10, at 2:00PM at the Biergarten at Petrifying Springs Park. We also learned the Class of 2001 has a Facebook group... so we have added it to our Class Websites web page. If your class has a website or Facebook group that does not appear on our list of Class Websites, please reach out to us via the Contact Us page so we may update our list!
October 6, 2021: We were delighted by a couple of notes from KBHSAA members received at our PO Box at the Downtown Post Office in the past few weeks:
The generous support of our members -- whether it be moral support or monetary -- makes our small but dedicated group of volunteers feel as if they are making a difference for our alma mater and our community. When we say thanks for supporting KBHSAA, it is heartfelt and sincere... our programs depend upon the generosity of our membership!
October 1, 2021: Today we activated our 2022 Scholarship Offerings web page, with 15 scholarships (a total of $21,000), available for Bradford High School seniors. Our thanks go out to Joyce Kopacz Sorensen '69, Scholarships Chairperson, for her efforts on finalizing the 2022 KBHSAA Scholarships. The KBHSAA Scholarship Application is available here.
If you (or someone you know) may be interested in establishing a specific scholarship, we encourage you to visit our Fund a KBHSAA Scholarship web page, or contact Joyce Sorensen for more information.
September 30, 2021: Many thanks to KBHSAA Board members Adela Lebron Hessefort '74 and Dick Gentz '65 for their work at Bradford High School on July 16, organizing and packing up the Distinguished Alumni Award (DAA) plaques ahead of the construction project.
We had initially counted 12 plaques whose DAA honoree photos will need to be replaced or restored. Some of the photos looked OK in the frame, but when we took frames apart for cleaning, we found many photos were starting to delaminate and develop very fine cracks near the edges of the frame. We're pleased to report we now have all replacement photos of our DAA honorees in hand! In all, we've replaced 72 photos out of 116... our local Walgreens photo department staff know us by name now! We also discovered 10 of the DAA plaques have developed cracks (probably also due to the sun's UV rays), and we're working on mounting photos and bios on new plaques.
Some of the printed "bios" on the plaques had text that was obscured by the tacks holding the Plexiglass in place. We've worked to rekey those bios. Many thanks to KBHSAA Board member Lee Arneson '57 for her assistance in proofreading them. We picked up the replacement bios in mid-Septemberlast and, with help from Adela Lebron Hesserfort, we worked to place them under the Plexiglass on the plaques. Our photographer friend, Don Sebetic '73, has already photographed 40 of the 120 DAA plaques, and the next batch is ready to be delivered to him next week. We've been working on our new web page, Close-Up: DAA Honorees, being developed as a replacement for our current DAA Honorees web page... we're excited to see this project moving forward and will let you know when the new webpage launches!
September 18, 2021: In looking at the KUSD Theatre Arts Calendar today, we noticed several productions being staged at Tremper High School on the schedule, so we've added them to the second list below.
In browsing the KUSD Theatre Arts web page at the beginning of the month, we were excited to see a post indicating "auditions were held June 1-3, 2021. At the time of this release (August 2021), we are planning to welcome back our in-person audiences again, but due to the fluidity of COVID 19 we appreciate your patience and understanding should decisions regarding these procedures change. On behalf of the KUSD theatre staff - we want to thank you for auditioning. We look forward to celebrating your talents and sharing them with the community." Wherever possible, we've included a link to the cast list posted on the KUSD Theatre Arts website.
Productions scheduled to be staged at Bradford High School
Groundhog Day - The Musical
October 29-30 and November 5-6 at 7:30PM
October 31 and November 7 at 2:00PM
Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley
December 2-4 at 7:30PM
December 5 at 2:00PM
Bradford Studio 150
The Bridges of Madison County
January 28-29 and February 4-5 at 7:30PM
January 30 and February 6 at 2:00PM
Ain’t Misbehavin’ – The Fats Waller Musical
March 31 and April 1-2 at 7:30PM
April 3 at 2:00PM
April 7-9 at 7:30PM
April 10 at 2:00PM
Radio Show Ensemble
April 28-30 and May 5-7 at 7:30PM
Bradford Studio 150
Productions scheduled to be staged at Harborside Academy,
Indian Trail High School & Academy and Tremper High School
The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds
October 7-9 and October 14-16
Indian Trail High School & Academy
The 39 Steps
Tremper High School
Beauty and the Beast
January 7-9 and January 14-16
Indian Trail High School & Academy
January 27-29 and February 3-5
Tremper High School
As She Likes It
February 17-19 and February 24-26
Indian Trail High School & Academy
A Year with Frog and Toad
March 31-April 2 and April 7-9
Tremper High School
April 1-3 and April 8-10
Seussical the Musical
April 1-3 and April 8-10
Indian Trail High School & Academy
September 3, 2021: Due to concerns over increasing cases of COVID-19, three events have been cancelled:
♦ 1960 Class Reunion -- the Reunion Committee will be returning all reservation deposits;
♦ 1958 Class "80+1" Birthday Party; and
♦ 50th Anniversary of the Norway Trip & 1966-1980 BHS Choir Reunion.
We'll keep you posted on any additional notices as we receive them. Stay well and stay safe!
September 3, 2021: Each year, KBHSAA supports publication of the Spy yearbook by purchasing a full-page ad. With all of our spare time devoted to the DAA Plaque Restoration project, mentioned above, we completely forgot to post our 2021 ad. We learned this morning that Bradford High School has a new Yearbook Advisor, Kelli Griffin... we've reached out to her via email to say "welcome aboard."
July 12, 2021: While browsing on the Mary D. Bradford High School website this morning, we noticed a link to the virtual 2021 Bradford Convocation Awards Ceremony, hosted by Principal Brian Geiger.
Immediately below, we spotted an article entitled Student Showcase, recognizing Bradford seniors "for their hard work and dedication to the art of dance. We recognize them for going above and beyond, digging deep within to find and create meaning in their work, challenging themselves to stay motivated although they have been virtual most of the year." The final project of Bradford senior and KBHSAA scholarship recipient Adrianna Terrell '21 is featured here: Rejuvenation Screen Dance.
KBHSAA wishes all 2021 graduates the very best as they move on to the next chapter in their lives.
June 28, 2021: The KBHSAA marked the 130th Anniversary of its founding by the 1891 graduating class at the annual Distinguished Alumni Awards (DAA) Banquet held at Kenosha Country Club this past Saturday. A crowd of about 80 people were present at the event, which honored the DAA recipients for 2020 and 2021, as well as the KBHSAA Scholarship Recipients for both years… a circumstance brought about by the Corona virus pandemic.
The evening included the KBHSAA Scholarship Fund Silent Auction, which kicked off at 5:00PM. When the bidding ended at 7:30PM, all but one item had been snapped up by savvy shoppers looking for good deals on seven gift baskets underwritten in part by Thrivent Financial, as well as gift cards and merchandise donated by local businesses, several members of the KBHSAA Board and Bradford alumnus, all of whom are listed on our Thanks Silent Auction Donors web page. The event raised $831 for the KBHSAA Scholarship Fund!
Oliver Debe ’09 served as the master of ceremonies for the evening. Randy Vaccaro ’73, KBHSAA President, welcomed everyone to the event and thanked the small-but-dedicated group of volunteers who serve on the KBHSAA Board for their service this year. He also thanked all KBHSAA members for their generous support of the Alumni Association’s programs. It is, after all, the donations from our membership that keeps our Scholarship Fund growing each year. Alice Schwalbe ’60 stepped up to the podium to deliver the invocation before dinner was served by KCC’s attentive wait staff.
Joyce Sorensen ’69 introduced Carmella Ciotti Huser and Mary-Anne Smoler Thompson, both from the Class of ‘57, who spoke from the heart as they talked about the scholarship they funded in memory of their classmate, Judith Mikulsky Zachar, who passed away in 2020. Joyce asked the 2020 and 2021 Scholarship Recipients in attendance at the event to gather nearby and invited each of them up to the podium to speak about their college plans and aspirations. The program for the event detailed each scholarship and scholarship recipient – you can view the complete lists here for 2020 and 2021. Several of members in the audience remarked to Pres. Vaccaro later that evening about how very impressed they were with the kids’ speeches. We wish all of the scholarship recipients the best as they venture off to college or continue their second year of college – we know they’ll make us proud!
Oliver called upon Jean Teising ’45 to introduce Scott Woroch, who was accepting the commemorative DAA plaque on behalf of his late father, “Gene” Woroch ’40. Jodi Ritacca Carlini ’69 launched a short video introduction by her nephew, Sean Lewis (weekend anchor for WGN-TV in Chicago) and invited her 9-year old grandson, Aiden Souter, to join her at the podium for a few moments before accepting her DAA plaque. Dan Balk delivered the speech his father-in-law, John Gregory ’52, had intended to present (he was under the weather and unable to attend the event). Sheryl Becker ’65 shared a loving tribute to her late brother, Mike Dean ’60, whose teaching career made a difference in so many young lives.
We were privileged to have some memorabilia on display next to the plaques for the four DAA recipients being recognized at this year’s event: motorcycle memorabilia from John Gregory and an Emmy belonging to Jodi Ritacca Carlini. Our DAA program, established in 1989, honors outstanding individuals who attended or graduated from Mary D. Bradford (formerly Kenosha Central) High School. It recognizes people who have contributed significantly to their profession and/or community, who are positive role models for all Bradford High School students. You’ll find the complete list of DAA honorees here on our website.
Oliver called Lee Arneson ’57 to the podium to wrap up our event with the traditional Roll Call of Class Years. Before beginning the Roll Call, Lee mentioned how very special it is that the Bradford Class of 1940 still gathers for a reunion each year. This year the group will celebrate its 81st reunion, and its members are now 99-100 years old. Lee told the Scholarship Recipients she hopes they and their respective classes of 2020 and 2021 will beat that record!
Kindly visit our Photo Gallery to see the photos taken by Heather Vaccaro ’01, which captured the event from start to finish… we hope you’ll enjoy them!
March 29, 2021: The small envelope awaiting pick up from our P.O. Box at the Downtown Post Office held a wonderful surprise… enclosed was a donation from a local couple whose note read:
We send our heartfelt thanks to these KBHSAA members for their generous support of our organization. We have allocated their donation to the KBHSAA Scholarship Fund.
KUSD 2020-2021 Theatre Arts Productions: VIRTUAL!
We usually spotlight the KUSD Theatre Arts productions being staged at Bradford High School in the fall edition of our Newsletter, but as our publication was going to print, there was no information available. An article in the Kenosha News on November 6 told us all KUSD Theatre Arts productions will be virtual this year due to the COVID-19 virus. We visited KUSD's Theatre Arts web page and just had to share what we found:
We are the only ones working!
On behalf of the KUSD theatre staff – we want you to really think about this. All across the country regional, professional, and amateur theaters are dark. Pros at all levels are side hustling because all of the theaters are closed!
You! Us! All of us in Educational Theater are carrying the torch, the “ghost light” for an entire industry that has been sidelined due to the virus.
We are making history. Embrace whatever comes next and be proud. SO PROUD of your piece in that. You are doing what no pro in the country is right now. And they love you for it. They are on your side, no matter how hard it seems - no matter how weird or non-traditional.
You are the art! ON WITH THE SHOW!!! We’re gonna crush this season!
We look forward to next year's productions and hope you’ll join us in supporting KUSD Theatre Arts in 2021-2022.
We're sending belated birthday wishes to Delbert Smith, Class of 1939, who recently celebrated his 99th birthday, smiling and waving to those who organized a surprise parade past his Florida home.
It's official: Class Reunion events for 2020 have been cancelled
It's been a difficult year throughout the country due to COVID-19. All of the Class Reunion Committees that had planned to hold events this year have officially been cancelled, except for Class of 1940 classmates Charles Heide and Marie Pfeiffer Goff who met briefly to reminisce about the Reunions they've attended over the years since graduating from Kenosha High School. A recap of their reunion will appear in the fall edition of the Newsletter.
Several Reunion Committees have given us a heads up on plans to host a Class Reunion next year... you'll find more information on our Upcoming Class Reunions web page. So stay tuned, stay in touch and stay safe in the meantime!
Today (08/03/2020) we received a nice note from Anita Herrmann (1954), who made a donation to the KBHSAA Scholarship Fund, directed to the annual Valiere Anderson Petersen (1930) Award for Excellence in Music scholarship. Thank you for keeping up a strong Alumni group!
We recently revamped our KBHSAA Scholarships web pages to make it simpler to view our list of 2020 Scholarships Awarded and, on the separate Historical Data: Scholarships web page, you can look back at scholarship dollars awarded and scholarship recipients over the years going back to 2001. We hope you'll take a few minutes to browse through these web pages... and then take pride in being a member of the Alumni Association that gives back to its community with a scholarship program for seniors graduating from our alma mater. Go Bradford!
Giving the gift of a KBHSAA membership
08/03/2020: Just in... Tom Brickley (1958) jumped on the bandwagon with a gift membership for his classmate, Laura Vandenberg Bistrick. Thanks, Tom... and we appreciate your kind email last week about our website!
07/21/2020: Our thanks to Pat Costigan Hall (1957) for the gift membership given to her classmate, Margaret Doty Bittner. The enduring friendships made while attending Bradford High School play a role in our "coming of age." The older we get, it seems the years fly by faster and faster. The Class of 2020 won't begin to understand that statement for many, many years. We think you'll agree that celebrating memories shared with classmates keeps us young at heart. In the years since graduation, we've grown a little older, a little wiser... but we'll always be Red Devils.
Looking Back on 2019-2020
We welcomed two new KBHSAA Board members to our team: Adela (Lebron) Hessefort, Class of 1974, and Oliver Debe, Class of 2009. Our 2019 fall edition of the Newsletter requested nominations be submitted for the 2020 Distinguished Alumni Award and announced the Scholarship Offerings for 2020. The KBHSAA Board held its annual holiday gathering at Baker Street in early December, and before we knew it, the month of December had rushed by. The Board takes the month of January off and met as usual in mid-February, when we were just beginning to hear news reports about the Corona virus in Wuhan, China.
Our lives were going along as usual, and then in mid-March, life as we knew it came to a screeching halt. We sheltered in place and limited our contact with those outside our immediate family, as part of the WI Governor's "Safer at Home" order, which was meant to help slow the spread of the Corona virus. Wisconsin schools, public and private, were closed, as were universities. Businesses throughout the state were closed as well, except for those deemed essential (like grocery stores, pharmacies, hardware stores and providers of service relative to maintenance on our vehicles and home). Like many of our friends, we patronized our local "mom and pop" restaurants that remained open for take out or curbside pick up, and we added an extra $5-$10 as a tip when we picked up an order.
In late April, the KBHSAA Board made the difficult decision to cancel the annual DAA Banquet & Silent Auction.
KBHSAA extended the deadline for applying for its scholarships into early May. The Scholarship Committee met via teleconference to discuss the applications they had read through from this year's "crop" for Bradford seniors. In the end, KBHSAA awarded a total of 15 scholarships with a dollar value total of $23,957. The seniors and the DAA honorees we did not get to meet at the DAA Banquet this year will be invited guests for next year's event.
Every year, KBHSAA supports publication of the Bradford yearbook with placement of a full page ad. Our camera-ready 2020 Spy yearbook ad was submitted on May 22, and we share it with you here.
The For Sale: Spy Yearbooks page has been updated with donations received before the New Year. The KUSD ESC reopened just this week (June 8th), so if you are interested in purchasing a Spy from our inventory (housed in a locked storage area at the ESC), we are once again able to access them.
As always, we encourage Bradford classmates to stay in touch via this website and individual Class Websites.
Stay well and stay safe!
Sending Birthday Wishes!
Please join us in wishing a happy 100th birthday to Eileen Osterberg (Molinaro), Class of 1937. Her son, Max, writes that she received a letter of congratulations from Jim Kenney, Mayor of Philadelphia, PA, and was invited to attend the annual Mayor's Centenarian Celebration held in late May 2019. The annual event recognizes the contributions of Philadelphia residents who have reached their 100th (or later) birthday.
Question for our membership:
Bill Stanley (1947) writes, "The high school name changed from Kenosha HS to Mary D Bradford HS while I was there. Even after the name change, the letters I received for participation on the Swim Team remained as a "K". Do you know what year they converted the letters to a "B"?
We're putting the question out to our membership: please reach out to us via the Contact Us page, letting us know what year you graduated and whether you received a "K" or "B" for lettering in sports. Thanks in advance for helping answer this inquiry!
Responses have begun arriving: Roland "Ron" Krumpos (1957), plus Jerry Barr and Tom Brickley (both 1958), report they received a "K" for lettering in their respective sports. Just in… Lynn Marchesini Kortright (1969) tells us the change to a "B" occurred in 1966.
On behalf of KBHSAA and Bill Stanley, thanks to all those who took time to help out with this "project"!
Mary D. Bradford Stadium
We were pleased to see the number of donated benches at Mary D. Bradford Stadium has grown this year... it's the perfect place to meet members of your group or to have something to eat before a sporting event. There is still plenty of space if you would like to order a bench in memory of a loved one or if your Class would like to be represented. The benches are available in black (pictured below) or red. If interested, please email Adam Sulko, Bradford's Interim Principal (email@example.com), for more information.
The KBHSAA bench, installed at Bradford Stadium in September 2016.
Recap: 2019 DAA Banquet & Silent Auction
On Saturday, June 22, Randy Vaccaro (1973), President, welcomed 116 attendees to the annual DAA Banquet & Silent Auction at the Kenosha Country Club. He introduced the KBHSAA Officers for 2019-2020 and those who serve on the KBHSAA Board, and thanked all of them for their service. Our Silent Auction saw some bidding wars and when it ended, we raised nearly $2,700 for the KBHSAA Scholarship Fund. We send Thanks to our Silent Auction Donors whose generosity made the auction possible.
After a delicious meal served by KCC’s attentive wait staff, Joyce Sorensen (1969), Scholarships Chairperson, introduced twelve of the sixteen 2019 Scholarship Recipients to the audience. We wish them all the best as they set off on their journey in pursuit of a college education.
Alice Schwalbe (1960), Vice President, stepped to the podium to handle introductions for the DAA portion of the event, including recognition of past DAA recipients in attendance. We were touched by the life stories shared by this year’s Distinguished Alumni Award honorees.
Michelle Serpe (1967) closed out the event with the traditional Roll Call of Class Years, and Peter Schwalbe (1959) led the audience in singing the Bradford “fight song.”
~ ~ ~ About the KBHSAA ~ ~~
We sponsor an annual Alumni Banquet & Silent Auction, recognizing recipients of the Distinguished Alumni Award and Bradford High School seniors selected to receive scholarships granted and/or facilitated by KBHSAA. We serve as a resource for information on upcoming Bradford High School Class Reunions and individual class year websites. We are also happy assist alumni classes with initial information and suggestions for their class reunions. We publish an online bi-annual Newsletter that keeps paid Bradford Alumni members up-to-date on news items submitted by members from all classes, as well as recaps and photos from Bradford class reunion events. Each year, we support publication of Bradford High School's Spy yearbook with placement of a full-page ad; here is a link to the 2019 KBHSAA ad.
If you're not already a member, we hope you'll consider joining KBHSAA. Please visit the Alumni Membership page to download then print the Membership & Donation Form. KBHSAA is an IRS-recognized 501(c)(3) organization. Your membership dues include the online Newsletters and contribute to the programs and many scholarships the KBHSAA offers to current Bradford students.
If anyone you know is interested in creating their own class reunion website, we'd highly recommend the host site we use. Please use the link below, which includes our Alumni Promo Code M1159803 (the KBHSAA receives credit for referring any new site):
Did you know you can generate donations for KBHSAA as you shop online?
We have listed KBHSAA with online retailer giant Amazon, which donates a percentage of each eligible sale to the charitable organization of your choice. If you shop on Amazon, please bookmark the www.smile.amazon.com website as your starting point, log in using your Amazon ID & password and choose Kenosha Bradford Alumni Association, Inc. as the cause you wish to support.
We have also listed KBHSAA on the website www.iGive.com in the hopes of generating income for the Alumni Association. (Here's how it works: iGive is a free service to causes and members. There are no costs/obligations, no hidden fees. iGive members can generate donations by shopping at any of 2100+ Stores. As a member, when you shop via iGive special links, an "iGive Cookie" is assigned to your browser. This tells the store, "Here is an iGive Member," using a meaningless member ID number. The store reports back with this number and the amounts for the donation to your cause. iGive never has any access to any payment information. You don't need to enter any codes, notify the store or iGive... it is all automatic, as along as you start your online shopping excursion from the iGive store list. Make it simple by installing an iGive button on your desktop. How can you help? Register at the iGive website and choose Kenosha Bradford High School Alumni Association, Inc. as the cause you wish to support.
Please tell your fellow classmates about these programs... it's a quick and easy process that can do much good for KBHSAA. Thanks in advance for your consideration and for supporting the Alumni Association.
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