Lake Forest High School has graduated thousands of students who have made a difference in their chosen professions. The Alumni Wall of Fame Award recognizes the outstanding contributions of alumni who continue to inspire generations of students to come. Unlike previous years, when inductees were kept confidential until the event, this year the committee is announcing the inductees early and asking students to participate in the event. Students will form committees to formulate questions for each inductee to address in order to garner a better understanding of the major influences in their lives and to learn about the recipients' contributions to society.
We are excited to announce this year's honorees.
The first honoree, Carla Neuschel Wyckoff, graduated from Lake Forest High School in 1966. After the benefit of LFHS opportunities (NHS, Orchesis, Guppies, Band), Wyckoff went on to graduate from the University of Missouri Journalism School; she then earned an MBA degree from Northwestern University. From 1970-1986, she was an American Medical Association executive, focused on political and legislative issues including time as a Washington, D.C lobbyist. After a brief hiatus to start a family and earn her JD from Loyola University, Chicago, Law School, she worked as staff attorney for the 19th Judicial Circuit Court, then as a criminal and civil prosecutor, Lake County State's Attorney's Office (1994-2014). In 2014, she was elected Lake County Clerk. In 2019, she became an Assistant State's Attorney, McHenry County. Her children, McKay and Alexander, are also LFHS graduates.
Margaret McMullan, this year's second inductee, graduated with the LFHS Class of 1978. McMullan is the author of nine award-winning books including In My Mother's House, Sources of Light, and Where the Angels Lived. Her work has appeared in USA Today, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, The Chicago Tribune, National Geographic for Kids, and Glamour. A recipient of a National Endowment of Arts award and a Fulbright, McMullan chaired the English department at the University of Evansville, where she taught for 25 years. She writes full time in Pass Christian, Mississippi.
This year's final inductee is Clark Sommers, a 1995 graduate. In 2002, Sommers completed his undergraduate degree in Jazz Studies and World Music at the California Institute of the Arts. He continues to seek expansion of this craft by pursuing musical studies with David Grossman of the New York Philharmonic. In 2014, he completed two educational residencies at the Brubeck Institute in Stockton, California. Currently, Sommers is pursuing a Master's degree in Jazz Composition at DePaul University in Chicago. A Grammy award-winning bassist, this year Sommers will release his third album. He has been touring the world since 2008 with Grammy award-winning Jazz vocalist Kurt Elling. When not on the road with Elling, Sommers leads his own band, Ba(SH). Sommers also composes and plays with a trio named Typical Sisters.
The inductees will be participating in class interactions and school tours during the school day. The community is invited to Sommers' Jazz Lounge performance at the Gorton Center the evening of April 3. McMullan will be hosting a book signing at Lake Forest Book Store on Saturday, April 4.
The event is organized by alumni volunteers and funded by the Lake Forest High School Association of Parents and Teachers (APT). The school community is cordially invited to attend the Wall of Fame Induction on Friday, April 3, 2020.