The Hudson High School Wall of Fame honors accomplishments of distinguished alumni annually during the homecoming celebration. The honorees are chosen by a committee of alumni and HHS school personnel. The induction ceremony on Wednesday, Sept. 12, is open to the public beginning at 6:45 p.m. It is preceded by a dinner for the family and friends of the inductees. This year Hudson High School has chosen three graduates who have remained in the Hudson area throughout most of their lives. They are Joan Richie, Class of 1944;  Leigh Livermore, Class of 1967; and Gary Zappa, Class of 1974. The nominations came from family and friends and included the following information.

Joan Richie If left to her own devices, Joan Richie would say the only thing of significance she ever accomplished was raising seven children. But those children see it very differently. Richie was born the third of six girls raised on a farm just south of Hudson. She attended the one room school house near there before coming "into town" for high school, where she served on the student council and as student body president, editor of the school annual and graduated as valedictorian of the Class of 1944. After high school she entered the Army Nursing Corps, receiving her RN degree at Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis. With WWII drawing to a close, she served the Army as a nurse on an Indian reservation in central Washington state. She returned to the Hudson area and married George Richie in 1950, raising a daughter and six sons. When some young doctors came to town in the late 1950s, she joined the group as the first RN in the new Hudson Clinic. Her life changed forever when George died at the age of 38, leaving her as a single mom with seven children aged 12 to 2. Shortly thereafter, she became a Hudson school nurse, setting the stage for what her kids believe are some of her greatest accomplishments. As school nurse, she initiated the Future Nurses and Candy Striper programs. She started the first scoliosis screening in the district and was instrumental in bringing Big Brothers/Big Sisters to Hudson, even volunteering her daughter Kitty as the first Big Sister. After leaving the school district in 1976, she spent time at Hudson Hospital in a number of capacities before settling in as the Director of Nursing for St. Croix County. Here she expanded the Home Health Care Department and, along with Ellen Varnum, created the Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) program at WITC. Joan's community service included work with Meals on Wheels, Volunteer Tax Preparation for Seniors, and cooking/delivering meals for Grace Place. A devout Catholic, she served St. Patrick's Parish for many years as a Trustee; during turbulent times she would occasionally find herself in conversation with the bishop. Additionally, Joan pushed for St. Patrick's to adopt a sister parish in Guatemala, then made three separate week-long mission trips as a volunteer. As a culmination of much of this, Joan was recognized as the 1982 Wisconsin Mother of the Year. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_preview","fid":"2840860","attributes":{"alt":"Leigh Livermore","class":"media-image","height":"180","title":"Leigh Livermore","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"180"}}]]Leigh Livermore Leigh Livermore, HHS Class of 1967, had a long list of accomplishments even before he graduated from Hudson High School. But that was only the beginning. He excelled at sports at HHS, making all-conference teams as a tackle and being a member of the two undefeated conference teams in 1965 and 1966 as well as a conference champion in wrestling. He and his wife Mary married in 1971 and raised three daughters, Tara, Mandy and Jaime. He has a degree in education with a minor in coaching from UW-River Falls. He also enlisted in the U.S. Army and served for two years, one in combat in Vietnam and Cambodia. Serving as a non-commissioned officer, Livermore was awarded Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Air Medal, Army Commendation Medal (Valor), Good Conduct Medal, American Defense Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal with bronze cluster and Vietnam Cross of Gallantry among others. Livermore taught and coached in the Hudson School District from 1975 to 1981 including a stint as a junior high art teacher and a wrestling and football coach. In 1981 he left teaching to work in the private sector, working his way up from receiving clerk to operations manager to Director of Operations for Cardinal Health, a $1.5 billion business in Hudson. Livermore says he took special pride in mentoring and developing many young leaders within the company. His community service includes working with autistic children through UWRF, assisting in the construction of Grandview Park, managing the Cardinal Health United Way campaign and participating in local cancer research fundraisers and other causes to assist those in need. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_preview","fid":"2840863","attributes":{"alt":"Gary Zappa","class":"media-image","height":"180","title":"Gary Zappa","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"180"}}]]Gary Zappa Gary Zappa, HHS Class of 1974, is the president of Zappa Brothers Excavating and Site Development Company of North Hudson. Those who nominated him for this honor describe him as as honest, hard working, dedicated to tasks, and focused upon giving his very best. The Zappa family is well known in the Hudson area and those who know him say his personality and character reflect well on the family’s reputation as good citizens and contributors to the community. An accomplished HHS wrestler and football player, Zappa was awarded the coveted Vince Lombardi Outstanding Wisconsin High School Down Lineman Award in 1974.This award also required that the recipient had an outstanding personal record of community service. He worked through high school with his father Tony and his uncles, Eugene and Jim, who established Zappa Brothers Excavating in 1946. He attended college for a time but eventually migrated back to the family business. Under Gary's able leadership, Zappa Brothers has continued to grow, diversify and flourish financially. Throughout the years, the  company has been accorded significant recognition from both the public and private sectors of business. After some 40 years of fulltime work for the company, Zappa continues to offer significant contributions and service to the greater Hudson area community. The inductees are invited to ride in the annual Homecoming Parade at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 28, through downtown Hudson.The Hudson High School Wall of Fame honors accomplishments of distinguished alumni annually during the homecoming celebration. The honorees are chosen by a committee of alumni and HHS school personnel. The induction ceremony on Wednesday, Sept. 12, is open to the public beginning at 6:45 p.m. It is preceded by a dinner for the family and friends of the inductees. This year Hudson High School has chosen three graduates who have remained in the Hudson area throughout most of their lives. They are Joan Richie, Class of 1944;  Leigh Livermore, Class of 1967; and Gary Zappa, Class of 1974. The nominations came from family and friends and included the following information. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_preview","fid":"2840857","attributes":{"alt":"Joan Richie","class":"media-image","height":"180","title":"Joan Richie","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"180"}}]]Joan Richie If left to her own devices, Joan Richie would say the only thing of significance she ever accomplished was raising seven children. But those children see it very differently. Richie was born the third of six girls raised on a farm just south of Hudson. She attended the one room school house near there before coming "into town" for high school, where she served on the student council and as student body president, editor of the school annual and graduated as valedictorian of the Class of 1944. After high school she entered the Army Nursing Corps, receiving her RN degree at Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis. With WWII drawing to a close, she served the Army as a nurse on an Indian reservation in central Washington state. She returned to the Hudson area and married George Richie in 1950, raising a daughter and six sons. When some young doctors came to town in the late 1950s, she joined the group as the first RN in the new Hudson Clinic. Her life changed forever when George died at the age of 38, leaving her as a single mom with seven children aged 12 to 2. Shortly thereafter, she became a Hudson school nurse, setting the stage for what her kids believe are some of her greatest accomplishments. As school nurse, she initiated the Future Nurses and Candy Striper programs. She started the first scoliosis screening in the district and was instrumental in bringing Big Brothers/Big Sisters to Hudson, even volunteering her daughter Kitty as the first Big Sister. After leaving the school district in 1976, she spent time at Hudson Hospital in a number of capacities before settling in as the Director of Nursing for St. Croix County. Here she expanded the Home Health Care Department and, along with Ellen Varnum, created the Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) program at WITC. Joan's community service included work with Meals on Wheels, Volunteer Tax Preparation for Seniors, and cooking/delivering meals for Grace Place. A devout Catholic, she served St. Patrick's Parish for many years as a Trustee; during turbulent times she would occasionally find herself in conversation with the bishop. Additionally, Joan pushed for St. Patrick's to adopt a sister parish in Guatemala, then made three separate week-long mission trips as a volunteer. As a culmination of much of this, Joan was recognized as the 1982 Wisconsin Mother of the Year.

Leigh Livermore Leigh Livermore, HHS Class of 1967, had a long list of accomplishments even before he graduated from Hudson High School. But that was only the beginning. He excelled at sports at HHS, making all-conference teams as a tackle and being a member of the two undefeated conference teams in 1965 and 1966 as well as a conference champion in wrestling. He and his wife Mary married in 1971 and raised three daughters, Tara, Mandy and Jaime. He has a degree in education with a minor in coaching from UW-River Falls. He also enlisted in the U.S. Army and served for two years, one in combat in Vietnam and Cambodia. Serving as a non-commissioned officer, Livermore was awarded Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Air Medal, Army Commendation Medal (Valor), Good Conduct Medal, American Defense Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal with bronze cluster and Vietnam Cross of Gallantry among others. Livermore taught and coached in the Hudson School District from 1975 to 1981 including a stint as a junior high art teacher and a wrestling and football coach. In 1981 he left teaching to work in the private sector, working his way up from receiving clerk to operations manager to Director of Operations for Cardinal Health, a $1.5 billion business in Hudson. Livermore says he took special pride in mentoring and developing many young leaders within the company. His community service includes working with autistic children through UWRF, assisting in the construction of Grandview Park, managing the Cardinal Health United Way campaign and participating in local cancer research fundraisers and other causes to assist those in need. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_preview","fid":"2840863","attributes":{"alt":"Gary Zappa","class":"media-image","height":"180","title":"Gary Zappa","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"180"}}]]Gary Zappa Gary Zappa, HHS Class of 1974, is the president of Zappa Brothers Excavating and Site Development Company of North Hudson. Those who nominated him for this honor describe him as as honest, hard working, dedicated to tasks, and focused upon giving his very best. The Zappa family is well known in the Hudson area and those who know him say his personality and character reflect well on the family’s reputation as good citizens and contributors to the community. An accomplished HHS wrestler and football player, Zappa was awarded the coveted Vince Lombardi Outstanding Wisconsin High School Down Lineman Award in 1974.This award also required that the recipient had an outstanding personal record of community service. He worked through high school with his father Tony and his uncles, Eugene and Jim, who established Zappa Brothers Excavating in 1946. He attended college for a time but eventually migrated back to the family business. Under Gary's able leadership, Zappa Brothers has continued to grow, diversify and flourish financially. Throughout the years, the  company has been accorded significant recognition from both the public and private sectors of business. After some 40 years of fulltime work for the company, Zappa continues to offer significant contributions and service to the greater Hudson area community. The inductees are invited to ride in the annual Homecoming Parade at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 28, through downtown Hudson.The Hudson High School Wall of Fame honors accomplishments of distinguished alumni annually during the homecoming celebration. The honorees are chosen by a committee of alumni and HHS school personnel. The induction ceremony on Wednesday, Sept. 12, is open to the public beginning at 6:45 p.m. It is preceded by a dinner for the family and friends of the inductees. This year Hudson High School has chosen three graduates who have remained in the Hudson area throughout most of their lives. They are Joan Richie, Class of 1944;  Leigh Livermore, Class of 1967; and Gary Zappa, Class of 1974. The nominations came from family and friends and included the following information. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_preview","fid":"2840857","attributes":{"alt":"Joan Richie","class":"media-image","height":"180","title":"Joan Richie","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"180"}}]]Joan Richie If left to her own devices, Joan Richie would say the only thing of significance she ever accomplished was raising seven children. But those children see it very differently. Richie was born the third of six girls raised on a farm just south of Hudson. She attended the one room school house near there before coming "into town" for high school, where she served on the student council and as student body president, editor of the school annual and graduated as valedictorian of the Class of 1944. After high school she entered the Army Nursing Corps, receiving her RN degree at Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis. With WWII drawing to a close, she served the Army as a nurse on an Indian reservation in central Washington state. She returned to the Hudson area and married George Richie in 1950, raising a daughter and six sons. When some young doctors came to town in the late 1950s, she joined the group as the first RN in the new Hudson Clinic. Her life changed forever when George died at the age of 38, leaving her as a single mom with seven children aged 12 to 2. Shortly thereafter, she became a Hudson school nurse, setting the stage for what her kids believe are some of her greatest accomplishments. As school nurse, she initiated the Future Nurses and Candy Striper programs. She started the first scoliosis screening in the district and was instrumental in bringing Big Brothers/Big Sisters to Hudson, even volunteering her daughter Kitty as the first Big Sister. After leaving the school district in 1976, she spent time at Hudson Hospital in a number of capacities before settling in as the Director of Nursing for St. Croix County. Here she expanded the Home Health Care Department and, along with Ellen Varnum, created the Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) program at WITC. Joan's community service included work with Meals on Wheels, Volunteer Tax Preparation for Seniors, and cooking/delivering meals for Grace Place. A devout Catholic, she served St. Patrick's Parish for many years as a Trustee; during turbulent times she would occasionally find herself in conversation with the bishop. Additionally, Joan pushed for St. Patrick's to adopt a sister parish in Guatemala, then made three separate week-long mission trips as a volunteer. As a culmination of much of this, Joan was recognized as the 1982 Wisconsin Mother of the Year. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_preview","fid":"2840860","attributes":{"alt":"Leigh Livermore","class":"media-image","height":"180","title":"Leigh Livermore","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"180"}}]]Leigh Livermore Leigh Livermore, HHS Class of 1967, had a long list of accomplishments even before he graduated from Hudson High School. But that was only the beginning. He excelled at sports at HHS, making all-conference teams as a tackle and being a member of the two undefeated conference teams in 1965 and 1966 as well as a conference champion in wrestling. He and his wife Mary married in 1971 and raised three daughters, Tara, Mandy and Jaime. He has a degree in education with a minor in coaching from UW-River Falls. He also enlisted in the U.S. Army and served for two years, one in combat in Vietnam and Cambodia. Serving as a non-commissioned officer, Livermore was awarded Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Air Medal, Army Commendation Medal (Valor), Good Conduct Medal, American Defense Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal with bronze cluster and Vietnam Cross of Gallantry among others. Livermore taught and coached in the Hudson School District from 1975 to 1981 including a stint as a junior high art teacher and a wrestling and football coach. In 1981 he left teaching to work in the private sector, working his way up from receiving clerk to operations manager to Director of Operations for Cardinal Health, a $1.5 billion business in Hudson. Livermore says he took special pride in mentoring and developing many young leaders within the company. His community service includes working with autistic children through UWRF, assisting in the construction of Grandview Park, managing the Cardinal Health United Way campaign and participating in local cancer research fundraisers and other causes to assist those in need.

Gary Zappa Gary Zappa, HHS Class of 1974, is the president of Zappa Brothers Excavating and Site Development Company of North Hudson. Those who nominated him for this honor describe him as as honest, hard working, dedicated to tasks, and focused upon giving his very best. The Zappa family is well known in the Hudson area and those who know him say his personality and character reflect well on the family’s reputation as good citizens and contributors to the community. An accomplished HHS wrestler and football player, Zappa was awarded the coveted Vince Lombardi Outstanding Wisconsin High School Down Lineman Award in 1974.This award also required that the recipient had an outstanding personal record of community service. He worked through high school with his father Tony and his uncles, Eugene and Jim, who established Zappa Brothers Excavating in 1946. He attended college for a time but eventually migrated back to the family business. Under Gary's able leadership, Zappa Brothers has continued to grow, diversify and flourish financially. Throughout the years, the  company has been accorded significant recognition from both the public and private sectors of business. After some 40 years of fulltime work for the company, Zappa continues to offer significant contributions and service to the greater Hudson area community. The inductees are invited to ride in the annual Homecoming Parade at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 28, through downtown Hudson.The Hudson High School Wall of Fame honors accomplishments of distinguished alumni annually during the homecoming celebration. The honorees are chosen by a committee of alumni and HHS school personnel.The induction ceremony on Wednesday, Sept. 12, is open to the public beginning at 6:45 p.m. It is preceded by a dinner for the family and friends of the inductees.This year Hudson High School has chosen three graduates who have remained in the Hudson area throughout most of their lives. They are Joan Richie, Class of 1944;  Leigh Livermore, Class of 1967; and Gary Zappa, Class of 1974. The nominations came from family and friends and included the following information.

Joan RichieIf left to her own devices, Joan Richie would say the only thing of significance she ever accomplished was raising seven children. But those children see it very differently. Richie was born the third of six girls raised on a farm just south of Hudson. She attended the one room school house near there before coming "into town" for high school, where she served on the student council and as student body president, editor of the school annual and graduated as valedictorian of the Class of 1944.After high school she entered the Army Nursing Corps, receiving her RN degree at Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis. With WWII drawing to a close, she served the Army as a nurse on an Indian reservation in central Washington state.She returned to the Hudson area and married George Richie in 1950, raising a daughter and six sons. When some young doctors came to town in the late 1950s, she joined the group as the first RN in the new Hudson Clinic.Her life changed forever when George died at the age of 38, leaving her as a single mom with seven children aged 12 to 2. Shortly thereafter, she became a Hudson school nurse, setting the stage for what her kids believe are some of her greatest accomplishments.As school nurse, she initiated the Future Nurses and Candy Striper programs. She started the first scoliosis screening in the district and was instrumental in bringing Big Brothers/Big Sisters to Hudson, even volunteering her daughter Kitty as the first Big Sister.After leaving the school district in 1976, she spent time at Hudson Hospital in a number of capacities before settling in as the Director of Nursing for St. Croix County. Here she expanded the Home Health Care Department and, along with Ellen Varnum, created the Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) program at WITC.Joan's community service included work with Meals on Wheels, Volunteer Tax Preparation for Seniors, and cooking/delivering meals for Grace Place. A devout Catholic, she served St. Patrick's Parish for many years as a Trustee; during turbulent times she would occasionally find herself in conversation with the bishop. Additionally, Joan pushed for St. Patrick's to adopt a sister parish in Guatemala, then made three separate week-long mission trips as a volunteer.As a culmination of much of this, Joan was recognized as the 1982 Wisconsin Mother of the Year.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_preview","fid":"2840860","attributes":{"alt":"Leigh Livermore","class":"media-image","height":"180","title":"Leigh Livermore","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"180"}}]]Leigh LivermoreLeigh Livermore, HHS Class of 1967, had a long list of accomplishments even before he graduated from Hudson High School. But that was only the beginning.He excelled at sports at HHS, making all-conference teams as a tackle and being a member of the two undefeated conference teams in 1965 and 1966 as well as a conference champion in wrestling.He and his wife Mary married in 1971 and raised three daughters, Tara, Mandy and Jaime. He has a degree in education with a minor in coaching from UW-River Falls. He also enlisted in the U.S. Army and served for two years, one in combat in Vietnam and Cambodia.Serving as a non-commissioned officer, Livermore was awarded Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Air Medal, Army Commendation Medal (Valor), Good Conduct Medal, American Defense Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal with bronze cluster and Vietnam Cross of Gallantry among others.Livermore taught and coached in the Hudson School District from 1975 to 1981 including a stint as a junior high art teacher and a wrestling and football coach.In 1981 he left teaching to work in the private sector, working his way up from receiving clerk to operations manager to Director of Operations for Cardinal Health, a $1.5 billion business in Hudson.Livermore says he took special pride in mentoring and developing many young leaders within the company.His community service includes working with autistic children through UWRF, assisting in the construction of Grandview Park, managing the Cardinal Health United Way campaign and participating in local cancer research fundraisers and other causes to assist those in need.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_preview","fid":"2840863","attributes":{"alt":"Gary Zappa","class":"media-image","height":"180","title":"Gary Zappa","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"180"}}]]Gary ZappaGary Zappa, HHS Class of 1974, is the president of Zappa Brothers Excavating and Site Development Company of North Hudson. Those who nominated him for this honor describe him as as honest, hard working, dedicated to tasks, and focused upon giving his very best. The Zappa family is well known in the Hudson area and those who know him say his personality and character reflect well on the family’s reputation as good citizens and contributors to the community.An accomplished HHS wrestler and football player, Zappa was awarded the coveted Vince Lombardi Outstanding Wisconsin High School Down Lineman Award in 1974.This award also required that the recipient had an outstanding personal record of community service.He worked through high school with his father Tony and his uncles, Eugene and Jim, who established Zappa Brothers Excavating in 1946. He attended college for a time but eventually migrated back to the family business.Under Gary's able leadership, Zappa Brothers has continued to grow, diversify and flourish financially. Throughout the years, the  company has been accorded significant recognition from both the public and private sectors of business.After some 40 years of fulltime work for the company, Zappa continues to offer significant contributions and service to the greater Hudson area community.The inductees are invited to ride in the annual Homecoming Parade at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 28, through downtown Hudson.The Hudson High School Wall of Fame honors accomplishments of distinguished alumni annually during the homecoming celebration. The honorees are chosen by a committee of alumni and HHS school personnel.The induction ceremony on Wednesday, Sept. 12, is open to the public beginning at 6:45 p.m. It is preceded by a dinner for the family and friends of the inductees.This year Hudson High School has chosen three graduates who have remained in the Hudson area throughout most of their lives. They are Joan Richie, Class of 1944;  Leigh Livermore, Class of 1967; and Gary Zappa, Class of 1974. The nominations came from family and friends and included the following information. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_preview","fid":"2840857","attributes":{"alt":"Joan Richie","class":"media-image","height":"180","title":"Joan Richie","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"180"}}]]Joan RichieIf left to her own devices, Joan Richie would say the only thing of significance she ever accomplished was raising seven children. But those children see it very differently. Richie was born the third of six girls raised on a farm just south of Hudson. She attended the one room school house near there before coming "into town" for high school, where she served on the student council and as student body president, editor of the school annual and graduated as valedictorian of the Class of 1944.After high school she entered the Army Nursing Corps, receiving her RN degree at Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis. With WWII drawing to a close, she served the Army as a nurse on an Indian reservation in central Washington state.She returned to the Hudson area and married George Richie in 1950, raising a daughter and six sons. When some young doctors came to town in the late 1950s, she joined the group as the first RN in the new Hudson Clinic.Her life changed forever when George died at the age of 38, leaving her as a single mom with seven children aged 12 to 2. Shortly thereafter, she became a Hudson school nurse, setting the stage for what her kids believe are some of her greatest accomplishments.As school nurse, she initiated the Future Nurses and Candy Striper programs. She started the first scoliosis screening in the district and was instrumental in bringing Big Brothers/Big Sisters to Hudson, even volunteering her daughter Kitty as the first Big Sister.After leaving the school district in 1976, she spent time at Hudson Hospital in a number of capacities before settling in as the Director of Nursing for St. Croix County. Here she expanded the Home Health Care Department and, along with Ellen Varnum, created the Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) program at WITC.Joan's community service included work with Meals on Wheels, Volunteer Tax Preparation for Seniors, and cooking/delivering meals for Grace Place. A devout Catholic, she served St. Patrick's Parish for many years as a Trustee; during turbulent times she would occasionally find herself in conversation with the bishop. Additionally, Joan pushed for St. Patrick's to adopt a sister parish in Guatemala, then made three separate week-long mission trips as a volunteer.As a culmination of much of this, Joan was recognized as the 1982 Wisconsin Mother of the Year.

Leigh LivermoreLeigh Livermore, HHS Class of 1967, had a long list of accomplishments even before he graduated from Hudson High School. But that was only the beginning.He excelled at sports at HHS, making all-conference teams as a tackle and being a member of the two undefeated conference teams in 1965 and 1966 as well as a conference champion in wrestling.He and his wife Mary married in 1971 and raised three daughters, Tara, Mandy and Jaime. He has a degree in education with a minor in coaching from UW-River Falls. He also enlisted in the U.S. Army and served for two years, one in combat in Vietnam and Cambodia.Serving as a non-commissioned officer, Livermore was awarded Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Air Medal, Army Commendation Medal (Valor), Good Conduct Medal, American Defense Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal with bronze cluster and Vietnam Cross of Gallantry among others.Livermore taught and coached in the Hudson School District from 1975 to 1981 including a stint as a junior high art teacher and a wrestling and football coach.In 1981 he left teaching to work in the private sector, working his way up from receiving clerk to operations manager to Director of Operations for Cardinal Health, a $1.5 billion business in Hudson.Livermore says he took special pride in mentoring and developing many young leaders within the company.His community service includes working with autistic children through UWRF, assisting in the construction of Grandview Park, managing the Cardinal Health United Way campaign and participating in local cancer research fundraisers and other causes to assist those in need.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_preview","fid":"2840863","attributes":{"alt":"Gary Zappa","class":"media-image","height":"180","title":"Gary Zappa","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"180"}}]]Gary ZappaGary Zappa, HHS Class of 1974, is the president of Zappa Brothers Excavating and Site Development Company of North Hudson. Those who nominated him for this honor describe him as as honest, hard working, dedicated to tasks, and focused upon giving his very best. The Zappa family is well known in the Hudson area and those who know him say his personality and character reflect well on the family’s reputation as good citizens and contributors to the community.An accomplished HHS wrestler and football player, Zappa was awarded the coveted Vince Lombardi Outstanding Wisconsin High School Down Lineman Award in 1974.This award also required that the recipient had an outstanding personal record of community service.He worked through high school with his father Tony and his uncles, Eugene and Jim, who established Zappa Brothers Excavating in 1946. He attended college for a time but eventually migrated back to the family business.Under Gary's able leadership, Zappa Brothers has continued to grow, diversify and flourish financially. Throughout the years, the  company has been accorded significant recognition from both the public and private sectors of business.After some 40 years of fulltime work for the company, Zappa continues to offer significant contributions and service to the greater Hudson area community.The inductees are invited to ride in the annual Homecoming Parade at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 28, through downtown Hudson.The Hudson High School Wall of Fame honors accomplishments of distinguished alumni annually during the homecoming celebration. The honorees are chosen by a committee of alumni and HHS school personnel.The induction ceremony on Wednesday, Sept. 12, is open to the public beginning at 6:45 p.m. It is preceded by a dinner for the family and friends of the inductees.This year Hudson High School has chosen three graduates who have remained in the Hudson area throughout most of their lives. They are Joan Richie, Class of 1944;  Leigh Livermore, Class of 1967; and Gary Zappa, Class of 1974. The nominations came from family and friends and included the following information. [[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_preview","fid":"2840857","attributes":{"alt":"Joan Richie","class":"media-image","height":"180","title":"Joan Richie","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"180"}}]]Joan RichieIf left to her own devices, Joan Richie would say the only thing of significance she ever accomplished was raising seven children. But those children see it very differently. Richie was born the third of six girls raised on a farm just south of Hudson. She attended the one room school house near there before coming "into town" for high school, where she served on the student council and as student body president, editor of the school annual and graduated as valedictorian of the Class of 1944.After high school she entered the Army Nursing Corps, receiving her RN degree at Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis. With WWII drawing to a close, she served the Army as a nurse on an Indian reservation in central Washington state.She returned to the Hudson area and married George Richie in 1950, raising a daughter and six sons. When some young doctors came to town in the late 1950s, she joined the group as the first RN in the new Hudson Clinic.Her life changed forever when George died at the age of 38, leaving her as a single mom with seven children aged 12 to 2. Shortly thereafter, she became a Hudson school nurse, setting the stage for what her kids believe are some of her greatest accomplishments.As school nurse, she initiated the Future Nurses and Candy Striper programs. She started the first scoliosis screening in the district and was instrumental in bringing Big Brothers/Big Sisters to Hudson, even volunteering her daughter Kitty as the first Big Sister.After leaving the school district in 1976, she spent time at Hudson Hospital in a number of capacities before settling in as the Director of Nursing for St. Croix County. Here she expanded the Home Health Care Department and, along with Ellen Varnum, created the Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) program at WITC.Joan's community service included work with Meals on Wheels, Volunteer Tax Preparation for Seniors, and cooking/delivering meals for Grace Place. A devout Catholic, she served St. Patrick's Parish for many years as a Trustee; during turbulent times she would occasionally find herself in conversation with the bishop. Additionally, Joan pushed for St. Patrick's to adopt a sister parish in Guatemala, then made three separate week-long mission trips as a volunteer.As a culmination of much of this, Joan was recognized as the 1982 Wisconsin Mother of the Year.[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_preview","fid":"2840860","attributes":{"alt":"Leigh Livermore","class":"media-image","height":"180","title":"Leigh Livermore","typeof":"foaf:Image","width":"180"}}]]Leigh LivermoreLeigh Livermore, HHS Class of 1967, had a long list of accomplishments even before he graduated from Hudson High School. But that was only the beginning.He excelled at sports at HHS, making all-conference teams as a tackle and being a member of the two undefeated conference teams in 1965 and 1966 as well as a conference champion in wrestling.He and his wife Mary married in 1971 and raised three daughters, Tara, Mandy and Jaime. He has a degree in education with a minor in coaching from UW-River Falls. He also enlisted in the U.S. Army and served for two years, one in combat in Vietnam and Cambodia.Serving as a non-commissioned officer, Livermore was awarded Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Air Medal, Army Commendation Medal (Valor), Good Conduct Medal, American Defense Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal with bronze cluster and Vietnam Cross of Gallantry among others.Livermore taught and coached in the Hudson School District from 1975 to 1981 including a stint as a junior high art teacher and a wrestling and football coach.In 1981 he left teaching to work in the private sector, working his way up from receiving clerk to operations manager to Director of Operations for Cardinal Health, a $1.5 billion business in Hudson.Livermore says he took special pride in mentoring and developing many young leaders within the company.His community service includes working with autistic children through UWRF, assisting in the construction of Grandview Park, managing the Cardinal Health United Way campaign and participating in local cancer research fundraisers and other causes to assist those in need.

Gary ZappaGary Zappa, HHS Class of 1974, is the president of Zappa Brothers Excavating and Site Development Company of North Hudson. Those who nominated him for this honor describe him as as honest, hard working, dedicated to tasks, and focused upon giving his very best. The Zappa family is well known in the Hudson area and those who know him say his personality and character reflect well on the family’s reputation as good citizens and contributors to the community.An accomplished HHS wrestler and football player, Zappa was awarded the coveted Vince Lombardi Outstanding Wisconsin High School Down Lineman Award in 1974.This award also required that the recipient had an outstanding personal record of community service.He worked through high school with his father Tony and his uncles, Eugene and Jim, who established Zappa Brothers Excavating in 1946. He attended college for a time but eventually migrated back to the family business.Under Gary's able leadership, Zappa Brothers has continued to grow, diversify and flourish financially. Throughout the years, the  company has been accorded significant recognition from both the public and private sectors of business.After some 40 years of fulltime work for the company, Zappa continues to offer significant contributions and service to the greater Hudson area community.The inductees are invited to ride in the annual Homecoming Parade at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 28, through downtown Hudson.

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