Four accomplished alumni of the Monmouth-Roseville school district will be returning to the area this weekend for a special ceremony. Michael Salaway, Chris Byers, Lupe Garcia, and J.P. Machado will be inducted into the Monmouth-Roseville Hall of Achievement on Saturday, Sept. 23rd at 10:00 a.m. Donna Spears will also be honored with the Distinguished Service Award. Greg McClintock of the Monmouth Education Foundation talked about the upcoming event.
“The purpose of it is not just to honor some graduates who have gone on to success, but it’s really to honor the education system that allowed them to have that success and established a foundation for them to go on in their lives,” McClintock said.
Salaway and Byers graduated from Monmouth and Roseville High Schools respectively in 1985. The duo went on to found Advanced Rehab and Sports Medicine, which now has clinics in Monmouth, Galesburg, Aledo, Kewanee, Canton, Bloomington, Clinton, and Moline.
Garcia is a 1987 graduate of Monmouth High School. He went on to collect a bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois and a master’s degree from Stanford University. Garcia currently works as a Principal Engineer with the Intel Corporation where he has been employed since 1993.
Machado graduated from Monmouth High School in 1994. He spent five years playing offensive lineman for the New York Jets from 1999 to 2003. Machado currently works for the Boeing Corporation in St. Louis, Missouri as a Level 3 Strength Engineer.
Spears is being honored for her volunteer work to help students in the district. She has also helped with Operation Backpack through the First Street Armoury, with the school testing program, with the collection of box tops for schools, and many other school-related activities.
The induction ceremony will be held at the Warren County History Museum, and will be free and open to the public. A reception will be held prior to the event in conjunction with the 25th anniversary of the Education Foundation. The inductees are also scheduled to speak to the students at Monmouth-Roseville High School on Friday morning.
written by Jackson Kane