HALL OF FAME AWARDS
The Rockford Public Schools Fine Arts Hall of Fame is a district-wide event that highlights 4-5 individuals or groups per year. This awards ceremony began in 2016 as a way to celebrate the past and current successes of the fine arts in District 205. Nominations are accepted from the community, and a panel of voters makes the final selections based on the information in the submissions.
Class of 2023
McDaniel has dedicated his life to music education. He is a former Eisenhower Middle School band teacher where he taught for 33 years, educating thousands of young musicians in Rockford. In his retirement, McDaniel volunteers as an RPS 205 Band Grandpa. He is still mentoring and teaching RPS 205 students and sharing his lifelong love for music.
Mattison is an Auburn High School Creative and Performing Arts (CAPA) alumnus, artist and graphic designer. Mattison attended the University of Iowa to study graphic design, then moved to Los Angeles to pursue his career as an artist. His resume includes impressive clients, like The White House, PlayStation, and GoPro.
CLASS of 2022
CLASS OF 2021
Class of 2020
Award-winning singer and music educator who spent 34 years as a music teacher in RPS 205.
She has performed in symphonies, musicals, concert bands and jazz ensembles and has written, produced and directed several plays and musicals for both children and adults. Paige-Turner has also performed with many local musicians.
Nationally recognized visual artist whose work ranges from portraits to dish making, and recently painting murals in downtown Rockford.
Frost, a Rockford native and former RPS 205 teacher, has provided more than 80 student scholarships to Northern Illinois University’s “Summer in the Arts” Program through her Frost & Friends community event.
Accomplished cinematographer who attended RPS 205 from kindergarten through his graduation from East High School in 1997.
He received his Bachelor’s degree in Cinematography from Columbia University. Panagiotopoulos worked as a cinematographer and producer in California on numerous movies, TV shows and documentaries. He was nominated for an Emmy Award of Outstanding Cinematography for a Nonfiction Program in 2016.
Los Primos Cardenas
Family band that originated in 1944 with brothers Raul, Omar and Arnold Cardenas, and their cousins Arthur, David and Arnie Cardenas.
All members are RPS 205 graduates and have been musical leaders in the Rockford and Latino community for decades. The band has performed at several festivals, venues and events in the Rockford region.
HALL OF FAME CLASS OF 2019
Valentino DeCastris, Music
Jonathon Sleger, Educator
Stephen Wallem, Performing Arts
Betsy Youngquist, Visual Arts
Visual Arts The 2004 All-City Production of "Oliver"
Hall of Fame Class of 2017
Tom Heflin, Visual Arts
Kevin Wilson, Performing Arts
Marcel Wilson, Performing Arts
Ann Rundall, Educator
Hall of Fame Class of 2018
Mark J. Adamany, Visual Arts
Jake Runestad, Music
Kathryn Engel-Terasaki, Educator
1990 East High School Cast of “Grease”, Production