New Members

North Wilkes High School inducted four new members into its Hall of Fame last Friday, Jan. 31, during the Vikings’ basketball games with Elkin. Inductees in the photo are, front row, left-to-right, Kehly Roberts, Mark Shumate, Larry Thompson and Angela Vandett. Also in the photo, to the left of Shumate, is his grandson, Levi Kinder.

The 2019-2020 North Wilkes Hall of Fame class was officially inducted on Jan. 31 in Hays between the girls’ and boys’ varsity basketball contest with Elkin.

The ceremony included four new members of the Hall of Fame, with former standout wrestler Kehly Roberts, current coach and instructor and former athlete Mark Shumate, longtime Athletic Booster Club member Larry Thompson and former English teacher Angela Vandett joining a distinguished list of past inductees.

The North Wilkes Hall of Fame recognizes individuals who have “demonstrated excellence and achievement in the academic and artistic programs at North Wilkes,” according to the organization’s website.

Roberts was a two-time state champion while a member of the Vikings’ wrestling squad, winning titles in 2002 and 2003.

Roberts — a three-sport athlete who also participated in baseball and football — graduated with honors from North Wilkes in 2003 and went on to earn a Bachelor of science degree from Appalachian State University. Roberts is currently employed by Lowe’s Companies.

Shumate has been a student, athlete, coach and educator at North Wilkes High School since first coming into the school as a freshman in 1971.

Shumate’s athletic accolades include being named a member of the All-Conference team as a senior in basketball and football and as a junior and senior in baseball, and a member of the All-Tournament basketball squad as a senior. Shumate currently serves as an assistant football and basketball coach and head golf coach for North.

Thompson first joined the North Wilkes Athletic Booster Club in 1978, making Thompson a dedicated supporter of North Wilkes athletics for the past 41 years.

Among Thompson’s many contributions to the Booster Club over the years, he was instrumental in the development of both the new Thompson Station concession stand located near the school’s football field at Raner Wiles Stadium and the Thompson Memorial Wall located on the bank overlooking the football field.

Vandett taught English at North Wilkes High School for 16 years. She also served as a statistician for both the JV and varsity football teams and the girls’ varsity basketball team.

Vandett was an English teacher for 32 years, including stops at South Granville High School, West Wilkes High School, and Hickory High School. She also taught at Appalachian State University and was the director of Teacher Education at Lenoir-Rhyne University for five years.

All four of the new class of inductees have plaques on the wall of the foyer near the North Wilkes main office, as do all former inductees into the Hall.

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