E.L. McClain died in 1934 and the McClain Dragon of that year devoted a large section to acknowledging his accomplishments and devotion to his community. We are in the process of scanning these yearbook pages for inclusion in this website. You will find a menu link in the left column titled 1934 Tribute to E.L. McClain along with sub menu links to each article written about Mr. McClain. This list will grow as more is scanned and converted into text.
In 1990 McClain graduate, Dr. Wilfred R. Konneker, instituted an academic scholarship program for one of each year’s top students at McClain High School. The award provides the winning scholar a full four-year education at Ohio University worth more than $90,000. It includes tuition, room and board, plus paid opportunities to travel and study in other nations.
The 2014 winner of the Konneker-Cutler Scholars Award is Ryan Kline. According to an article in the Times-Gazette Newspaper Kline’s accomplishments include:
“Treasurer of his local FFA chapter, Kline has been active in showing livestock for his entire high school career. He was a State Degree Recipient as a junior while also participating in other philanthropic events related to the FFA including Adopt-A-Highway, Food for America, and Children’s Christmas. Kline is also president of the Buckskin Ramblers 4-H Club, raises money for local humane societies, collects items for veterinarian clinics, and collects money for his local Relay for Life team. He is also the current Ross County Fair King. Kline is the president of his school’s drama club, winning best supporting actor in a musical three years in a row, and best major actor his junior year. Kline is a National Honors Society member and received scholarship awards through FFA. Kline also placed first in the state of Ohio in public speaking through his FFA chapter and will be attending nationals in the fall.”
Chris Beatty left McClain High School with a solid foundation in art. Several years later he graduated from Columbus College of Art and Design and a gnat’s breath later was working for the Walt Disney Corporation.
For most of his years with Disney Chris has worked with their Imagineering branch, that part of the company responsible for designing and constructing theme parks and attractions.
Today, as Executive Creative Director of Imagineering he has spent the past five years bringing to life the Seven Dwarf’s Mine Ride which is part of Disney World Orlando’s New Fantasyland park. The attraction opens to the public on May 28, 2014 and following is a filmed interview of Chris talking about the project.