Normal Community West High School added three more distinguished honorees to its Wall Of Fame Sunday evening at a gala held at Lakeside Country Club. Current Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Brock Stewart, Now retired agriculture teacher Dr. Kevin Enderlin, and retired science teacher MaryJo Douglas are 15th, 16th, and 17th persons to be added to a select group of Normal West graduates and educators whose career paths have contributed to their communities and beyond.

Brock Stewart, Class Of 2010: In 2010, Brock Stewart graduated from Normal West after earning all-conference recognition in baseball as a sophomore, junior, and senior. Stewart set the single season batting average record as a junior (.506) and was named one of the nation’s Top 10 middle infield prospects at the East Coast Professional Showcase. He led his Wildcat teams to Big 12 Conference Championships in 2008, 2009, and 2010.

Stewart was eventually drafted out of Normal West as a shortstop by the New York Mets in 2010, but chose to continue his baseball career at Illinois State University instead. In June 2014, he was drafted in the 5th round as a pitcher by the Los Angeles Dodgers. In Stewart’s 3rd year of professional baseball, he experienced a dramatic rise from Class A, AA, AAA, and into his big league debut against the Milwaukee Brewers on June 29, 2016. In 2016, Stewart was also honored at Dodger Stadium as their Minor League Pitcher of the Year.

Stewart participated in the 2017 World Series with the Los Angeles Dodgers and remembers his hometown and high school by annually donating to the Wildcat baseball program. When he has returned home, he has spoken to Normal West classes about his training regimen and nutrition routines during the off-season and while the season was in progress.

Stewart’s parents, Jeff and Amy Stewart, stood in for their son at the gathering. Brock sent his parents a text which his father read to the gathering. “This is an honor to be recognized as an influential person to have gone through Normal West, as there have been many,” Brock wrote. “I’d like to thank my parents for what they’ve done for me in supporting me and my dream of playing professional baseball and making it to the big leagues. I can’t begin to fathom the amount of games they both have traveled to. Thanks to Coach Hawkins for teaching me the game and instilling the discipline necessary to succeed across all levels of baseball. I had some of the best times playing the game with my teammates at Normal West. Also, I’d like to thank all the teachers and faculty at Normal West. You made it a great place to come into every day.

“I wish I could be there in person to accept this honor but I will be back around Normal West for years to come and I will always be supportive,” he added. “As a teen at Normal West, I always had dreams of furthering my baseball career and I still have those same dreams, the same hunger to get better.”

Dr. Kevin “Doc” Enderlin: Dr. Kevin “Doc” Enderlin retired from Normal West in 2017. Part of the legacy in Agricultural Education he left Unit 5 came early in his career when he was named the Regional Outstanding Vocational Teacher. In 2008, he volunteered to travel to Normal Community High School during the school day to reestablish their agriculture program. He would teach five classes at Normal West, then travel to teach a section of agriculture at NCHS. Student enthusiasm for the subject had had Enderlin teaching two sections of the class at both schools.

Enderlin’s passion led to being an inspiration to students who studied the subject and became further involved in Agriculture education, as well as joining Future Farmers of America. Some of his students even entered careers in Agriculture. He established and maintained fundraisers, field trips opportunities, and curricular programs for students.

“Probably the two years I’ll hold dearest are the two years my daughter and I taught at the same time” while at Normal West, Enderlin told the gathering of roughly 80 people. “Over the years I was there, I saw the outstanding things the teachers did with the kids at Normal West,” adding he believed his two kids “couldn’t have gotten a better education anywhere in the country than they did at Normal West.”

MaryJo Douglas: MaryJo Douglass spent 20 years teaching at Normal West, one of the original staff members when the school opened. During her tenure, Douglas taught a number of subjects including Biology, Chemistry, and Physics. Demonstrating lifelong learning, she learned Calculus prior to her retirement to better serve students in her Advanced Placement, or AP class on the subject.

Though now retired from teaching, Douglas continues to serve West by regularly returning to help her former colleagues repair and help make effective use of laboratory equipment. She also continues to work with struggling students and mentor current staff members.

“Many teachers from all departments have come and gone, and each has taught me a lesson,” Douglas told the gathering. “They have taught me the importance of honesty, loyalty, hard work, and integrity, staying strong through adversity, and having a sense of humor.”

There Have Been 14 Previous Honorees: There have been 14 people named to the Wall Of Fame in the previous four years Normal West has started recognized faculty, staff, and students from its past. They join previous honorees Dr. Jerry Crabtree, West’s first principal from 1995-2003: Tom Eder, who followed Crabtree as principal from 2003-2012; Taylor Kirby, a 2011 West graduate who starred in Track, becoming both a two-time Intercity Pole Vault champion; U. S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger, a 1996 West graduate; former Houston Texans offensive guard Cody White, a 2007 grad; Linda Bawulski, who served in the post of administrative assistant to the school principal from 1995 to 2010; Gary Woods served as the school’s first Athletic Director from 1995- 2001; Tyler Ross, Class of 2013, currently the school’s most decorated speech team member; Steve Mintus, Normal West faculty member from 1995-2005; Berny Chiaro, Teacher & FMP Coordinator; Nathan Stark, Class of 2008, currently an actor; Kathy Smalley, who served as a student counselor from when the school opened in 1995 through 2006; former broadcaster Kim Kaufman; and West Baseball enthusiast Jared O’Brien.

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