A few of Manhattan High’s finest alumni assembled for a reception Friday night, recalling the good old days while waiting for the Wall of Fame ceremony.
The Manhattan High Alumni Association honored — John Weigel (Class of 1946), Lynn Meredith (Class of 1969), Dawayne Bailey (Class of 1972) and Anna Seaton (Class of 1982) — during the Wall of Fame presentation, which occurred between the boys’ and girls’ basketball games.
The honorees spoke briefly during the ceremony, taking the opportunity to tell their story or give some advice.
Weigel remarked, “Who’s this guy with all that hair?” as he looked at his plaque. He said Manhattan High is a good place for all the current students who were in attendance.
“MHS is an incredible place,” Weigel said. “You don’t know how lucky you are to be here.”
Weigel also advocated for students to consider the medical field, a place where he experienced success as a surgeon, urologist and teacher. He received many awards during his career including the the Army’s Meritorious Service Medal during his time in the military and the Golden Nephros Award for Exceptional Teaching at the University of Colorado School of Medicine.
Meredith, a founding member and original lead singer of the band Kansas, said he was glad to be back in town. “I’m very humbled and appreciative of this,” he said. “Manhattan High is a great place. It was a great upbringing.”
Meredith manages Andy William’s Moon River theatre and Grill in Branson and is active in regional broadcasting. In recent years, Meredith has played with the band Proto Kaw, a group featuring several original Kansas members.
Bailey is primarily known for his stint with the band Chicago from July 1986 to January 1995. He and other members of Chicago received the honor of a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Bailey is also a member of the Kansas Music Hall of Fame.
Bailey reminisced about his creative start in Manhattan. “My favorite class in high school was the drama class,” he said. “It was where all the weirdos in school were who couldn’t fit in.”
Seaton experienced many triumphs in athletics including winning a bronze medal in rowing at the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona and being a member of the first women’s team to sail for the America’s Cup in 1995.
In addition to the MHS Wall of Fame, she is also a member of the Harvard Varsity Club Hall of Fame and Kansas Sports Hall of Fame.
Seaton couldn’t be in attendance, so her cousin, Mercury General Manager Ned Seaton, accepted on her behalf. He spoke about her determination and passion for women competing in sports.
“Anna is a real advocate of women in athletics,” he said. “It’s a driving passion of hers through her life.”