De Soto inducts 7 members into inaugural Hall of Fame class
De Soto De Soto High School has been in a big transition period over the past year between moving from Class 4A-I to 5A and preparing to move from the Frontier League to the newly-formed United Kansas Conference, but the Wildcats want to make sure to take time to honor their past.
De Soto is taking the opportunity to do that tonight by inducting the first seven members into its Hall of Fame. Doug Bedford, Jeff Beruan, Mary Etta Copeland, Richard Copeland, Lt. Cmdr. Joshua Goodin, Coy Lea Rose North and Derek Tate will be recognized in a ceremony between the De Soto varsity girls and boys basketball team's home games against Eudora at approximately 7:15 p.m.
Here is a rundown of some of the accomplishments of each inductee:
Doug Bedford (Class of 1983) — All-league quarterback for the De Soto wrestling team in 1981 and 1982; two-time state wrestling qualifier; three-time varsity letter in football, wrestling and track and field; three-time all-state choir selection — including all-state soloist honors in 1981 and 1983; member of the band and theatre departments and madrigals; National Honor Society member; graduated seventh in Class of 1983; member of the U.S. Navy from 1989 to 1997 — including seven years as a Navy Seal; most-outstanding boot camp recruit and award for military excellence; Seal Team 3 member during Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm; worked/works in Johnson County Sheriff's Office (1987-1989, 1997-present); attended Ottawa University and Emporia State University for academics and football; earned Bachelor of Arts in business management at University of Phoenix; father of two De Soto graduates; donates money and time to DHS.
Jeff Beruan (Class of 1999) — Johnson County Shooting Stars Award nominee; two-time all-KMEA state band selection; John Phillips Sousa Award winner; member of the De Soto barbershop quartet that earned top ratings in the Kansas City metropolitan area; participated in the music department at DHS for all four years; attended University of Kansas — earning a Bachelors of Music degree in vocal performance and Masters of Music degree in opera performance; member of the KU marching and basketball bands; KU chamber choir member; performed in more than 40 operas nationwide since 2006; performed three roles in Pulitzer Prize-winning productions of Silent Night, Little Nemo and Slumberland and Ameleto; received Schuyler Foundation Career Bridges and Mandelker and Harris Fund grants; Eleanor Lieber Award recipient; Metropolitan Opera National Council Competition Northwest District award winner; Chautauqua Opera Outstanding Apprentice Award winner; has returned to DHS to work with music students.
Mary Etta Copeland (DHS music director from 1976-2016) — Spent 49 of 50-year teaching career in the De Soto School District; had at least one student earn KMEA all-state honors each year at DHS; played pivotal role in creating and developing the Johnson County Arts Council Shooting Stars Award; Kansas Music Educator’s Conference and American Choral Director’s Association member; De Soto cheerleading coach for 20-plus years; Fellowship of Christian Athletes sponsor for 10-plus years; taught psychology at DHS; 1997 Kansas Teachers Hall of Fame inductee; 2015 National Teachers Hall of Fame finalist; 2001 Region 3 Secondary Kansas Teacher of the Year.
Richard Copeland — Supported the De Soto music and cheerleading programs that were under the direction of his wife, Mary Etta Copeland, for more than 40 years; 1958 Garnett High alumnus; 1962 Ottawa University alumnus; 1965 Central Baptist Theological Seminary alumnus; Ministry included giving guidance to several De Soto students; De Soto basketball chaplain during the 1970s; bus driver for nearly three decades; helped get the city of De Soto its first swimming pool; gave free diving lessons; volunteer worker for the Jaycees ambulance service organization.
Joshua Goodin (Class of 2000) — National Honor Society president in senior year at DHS; Class of 2000 senior class president; boys state member; two-year team captain of the De Soto football team; one-year team captain of the DHS boys basketball team; two-time all-Kaw Valley League football selection; shot put and discus record holder for De Soto and the KVL; medaled at the state track and field meet in the shot put and the discus; Madrigals president; three-time all-state choir selection; sang the national anthem at a Baltimore Orioles game; two-year starter on the offensive line at the U.S. Naval Academy; played in the Houston Bowl; George Fritzinger Memorial Award winner for performance on and off the field as an interior lineman on the Navy football team; helped the Navy football team win first Commander-in-Chief's trophy since 1981 with win over Air Force; helped the Navy football team pick up two wins over Army, which led to a streak of 14 straight victories; graduated from Navy in 2004 with a Bachelor of Science degree in political science; Lieutenant Commander in the U.S. Navy; Naval Flight Officer for the E-2C Hawkeye as a TOPGUN air intercept controller and weapons and tactics instructor.
Coy Lea Rose North (Class of 1968) — Valedictorian at DHS in 1968; National Honor Society vice president as a senior; heavily involved in the music department; forensics team member; selected to study in Mexico in the summer of 1967; earned the National High School Award of Excellence in 1968; one of 10 participants in the United States Senate Youth Program in 1968; placed second in the 1968 Voice of Democracy national contest; graduated from the University of Kansas in 1972 with a Bachelor of Music Education degree; taught music and drama in the Philippines from 1973 to 1976; director of the Subic Bay church choir; helped process Vietmanese refugees through Grande Island; Teacher of the Year for a San Diego private school in 1988; graduated from USIU with an MFA in musical theatre in 1991; permalancer at Disneyland in Anaheim from 1991 to 1997; managed opening ceremony for first Disney Store in Hong Kong; production stage manager for Fantasmic! and Hunchback of Notre Dame in Anaheim; freelance stage manager for Far North Productions; production stage manager for the Whistler Medals Plaza at the 2002 Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City; production stage manager for Intel, Cisco, Xbox, Google, Sony PlayStation and Target National Sales Meetings; worked press events for Nissan/Infiniti, Porsche, Lexus, Michael Jordan, the Hyundai Dealer Meetings, Allstate and the Independent Film Spirit Awards; production manager for the UN's 50th anniversary gala dinner; worked Walt Disney's Special Events presentation of "A Bug's Life" in the 1998 Macy's Parade; production supervisor for the Super Bowl XXXI halftime show; production stage manager for the opening and closing ceremonies of the Special Olympics in Lincoln, Neb. and Anchorage, Ak.; worked opening and closing ceremonies for the 2002 Paralympic Games in Salt Lake City; worked with James Brown, James Belushi, James Taylor, Oprah Winfrey, Carrie Underwood, Kelly Clarkson, Jodie Foster, Paul Newman and Tony Bennett.
Derek Tate (Class of 1998) — Six-time state medalist in track and field; 3,200-meter run state record holder; won state in the 1,600 and 3,200 meters in 1998 with the fastest times in all classifications; seven-time Kaw Valley League champion; five-time regional champion; set the 5,000-meter school record in cross country in 1997; played soccer and basketball at DHS; named King of Winter Sports in 1997; National Honor Society Member; ran cross country and track at Oklahoma State; member of the OSU school record 4x1,600-meter relay team at the Penn Relays; helped OSU win the distance medley relay at Penn Relays; two-time Big 12 Academic All-American; helped train Olympic bronze medalist Deena Kastor for the marathon prior to the 2004 Summer Games in Athens; ran for Nike; member of Nike team that set the Hood to Coast relay record; finished 24th in the 2011 Boston Marathon — almost running an Olympic-qualifying time; started race timing company with his wife.