Four Topeka West High School alumni will be inducted on Sunday, September 19 as part of the 10th class of the Topeka West High School Graduate Hall of Fame.
Induction ceremonies for Topeka West Alumni Carl McFarland, Ann Selzer, Luke Patrick and Matthew Polly will begin at 1:45 p.m. at the Douglas P. Goheen Theater at 2001 SW Fairlawn Road School.
Jenny Banks and Bob Jaymes will receive the Owen M. Henson Distinguished Staff Award.
The event will also include special recognition given to the Frank Walton Classic Foundation, which since 2008 has hosted an annual fundraising golf tournament to benefit various programs in Topeka West.
McFarland graduated in 1967 from Topeka West. He was a professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, where he chaired the Department of Psychology from 1982 to 2008. During this time, McFarland’s Department established new programs and saw its number of senior professors increase. from 12 to 37. He retired from UAB. in 2015.
Selzer graduated from Topeka West in 1974. She is a political pollster and president of the Des Moines, Iowa-based polling firm Selzer & Co., which she founded in 1994. She has been described as “the best pollster in politics ”by the site FiveThirtyEight, which focuses on topics that include analysis of opinion polls.
Patrick, who graduated from Topeka West in 1989, has been a team psychologist since 2018 for the Portland Trailblazers of the NBA. He has worked as a sports and performance psychologist with competitors in fencing, dance, horseback riding and swimming events, as well as professional athletes from the NBA, MLS, UFC and American athletics.
Polly is a bestselling author. He published in 2007 “American Shaolin”, recounting the two years he spent living and studying with Shaolin monks in China; “Tapped Out” from 2011, which recounted his experiences competing in mixed martial arts; and a 2018 biography of martial artist and movie star Bruce Lee, titled “Bruce Lee: A Life”.
Banks graduated in 1971 from Topeka West, where she taught German and Maths from 1985 to 2013. She was named by her peers in 1995 as Kansas’ German Teacher of the Year. Banks was named Kansas Foreign Language Teacher of the Year in 2005.
Jaymes was at Topeka West from 1979 to 1996, providing an alternative education for students who could not function effectively in a traditional classroom. He has also been a track and field coach and is a member of the Topeka West Sports Hall of Fame.