Tenneil Cobb, David Taggart, Ted Davis named 2016 inductees on Crusader Wall of Recognition

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Ted Davis– thank you for creating industry and jobs for Wellington. I know there have been many like him. Report Reply 0 replies · active 222 weeks ago +4 Vote up Vote down Frank Gerberding · 222 weeks ago The world is a better place because of the heart of this humble man. May all of us remember where we came from and help others when we see a need. Ted Davis has blessed all who have had the honor of knowing this gentle giant. I have very fond memories of Ted and to this day, reflect back to how is helped and encouraged me. God Bless You – Ted. Report Reply 0 replies · active 222 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. 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Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Sumner Newscow report — Tenneil Cobb, a 2002 Wellington High School graduate who became a television producer and writer; David Taggart, a 1969 WHS graduate who would become the longest running treasurer for the Coca-Cola Company; and Ted Davis, a 1941 WHS graduate, who would become one of the community’s most successful entrepreneurs have become the 2016 Crusader Wall of Recognition inductees.The three will be recognized during WHS Class Day Ceremony on Thursday at 7 p.m. The honorees will also be featured at the weekly Chamber Coffee and part of an all-school assembly during the day.The following is a biography written by Rick Phelps, WHS social studies teacher and Wall of Recognition board member of the three inductees:Tenneil CobbTenneil Cobb – WHS Class of 2002Tenneil B. Cobb is a television producer and writer. While at Wellington High School she played first-chair saxophone, lettered in cheerleading, and traveled the U.S. speaking and volunteering as a trustee of Key Club/Kiwanis International. She graduated from WHS in 2002 and was named a Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Scholar.After graduation, Tenneil attended Brown University in Providence, RI.  She is the first female graduate of WHS to ever graduate from an Ivy League school. While at Brown, she served on the boards of the Ivy Film Festival and Brown Film Society. She was also a cheerleader. She graduated from Brown University with a degree in American Civilization and an emphasis in Popular Culture.Tenneil got her start in television by interning for the writers at CBS’s Late Show with David Letterman. She has focused her career on producing programming with a comedic bent. She has worked on Bravo’s Watch What Happens Live, OWN’s The Rosie Show, Discovery’s Moonshiners, NBC’s The Marriage Ref, and NBC’s Last Comic Standing. She has also produced and written digital series for YouTube, Sony’s Crackle, and Yahoo. She’s worked for Oprah, Jerry Seinfeld, and Wanda Sykes.  Currently, she is producing a new sketch comedy show for MTV.David Taggart – WHS Class of 1969 David TaggartDavid Marshall Taggart was the son of Judge James Howard Taggart and Mrs. Dorothy Taggart, who served as WHS librarian for many years. David’s classmates voted him “Best Leader,” and he was well liked and respected by students and staff alike. He was President of the Student Federation, a member of KAY Club and the Letterman’s Club; he played varsity football, basketball and tennis. Following graduation from WHS, David was identified by Princeton Alum Gordon Beaham as one of the most talented students in the Midwest, and Beaham recruited him to become the first WHS graduate to attend Princeton University. While at Princeton, David played on an undefeated freshmen football team and played intramural basketball. Princeton is also where he met his future wife, Ruth Lyon Berkelman. To earn money to help pay for his education, David worked several on-campus jobs as well as teaching tennis lessons in the Princeton, N.J. township. He graduated in 1973 and was a lifelong supporter of Princeton, where his children, Kimberly and John, both graduated and where a scholarship has been established in David’s name.On his college application David wrote that he wanted to work for a big company, and he eventually did, becoming the longest serving Treasurer of TheCoca-Cola Company to date. His work with The Coca-Cola Company in Atlanta, Ga. followed a graduate degree in business from Harvard Business School in 1979. A man of great integrity and quiet strength, he volunteered his expertise to the government when the big banks began to fail in 2008 and the same year was named one of the top 100 influential experts in finance globally.Supporting the Atlanta community for many years, David served on the Board of Directors of the Atlanta Downtown Improvement District, provided dinners to the homeless, and coached youth soccer. As a strong advocate for education, he served as a member of a national board to promote educational programs for high school math and science teachers. He was a mentor to many, and he was always willing to listen to and support young people.David was a lifelong athlete. He ran in the Boston Marathon during graduate school, and he enjoyed almost all team sports as well as hiking, biking and running. He was also a great lover of music. He played drums in the high school band and later became an expert in the music of the sixties and seventies.For all his many accomplishments, David took his greatest pride in his children, Kimberly and John.Ted Davis – WHS Class of 1941Ted DavisMr. Davis’s employees were fond of saying “anything Ted touches turns to gold.”  This seems to be true in many different ways but Ted Davis being the humble man he is always is quick to credit others for his successes.  He credits his parents, the employers he had as a youth, his business partners, employees and also his education and experiences gained as a WHS graduate.  Mr. Davis has also spent his lifetime showing his gratitude by giving back to his alma mater, his community, his country, his family and friends. As a WHS student Ted began working part-time at age 14 for Cooks Drug Store as a soda jerk and later for Monroe’s Clothing Store.  Ted also played football and basketball and he is very proud of the fact that both his junior and senior years the Crusaders were AVL Champions and he earned All Ark Valley honors as an offensive guard and end as well as defensive halfback/linebacker despite weighing only 135 pounds. Ted continued giving to the Crusader football team after graduation first as a scout then as a member of the chain gang crew for nearly 40 years.After graduation Ted began working in Wichita for Clarkson and Startz making aircraft parts.  The company later moved to Wellington and is now Clarks Manufacturing.  Ted also earned his pilots license in 1942 and has flown 4,650 hours.  In 1943 duty called and Ted joined the Navy during WW II.  He was assigned to the aircraft carrier USS Markus Island.  The Navy would not allow him to fly because he is color blind but because of his experience as a pilot and with aircraft he was made a crew chief  in charge of one of the planes.  During his service his ship came under fire numerous times and was struck by two kamikaze attacks.  Ted also survived going overboard while going to catch a pass while playing football on the deck.After the war Ted returned home to Wellington and became involved in many successful business ventures.  One of Ted’s first businesses used scrap aluminum from the war to make and sell Sunbonnet awnings for homes and businesses.  He also built and sold concrete incinerators for home use.  Ted later designed and got a patent for an aluminum topper for pick up trucks that sold in Montgomery Ward and Sears and Roebuck catalogs. Making toppers and campers became a new business in Wellington, Sportsman Coach.  In the late 1950’s Ted and his partners Don Schultz and Jack Glamann bought Midwest Inc. and later in the 60’s they joined Joe LeJuerrne to start Lamar Electro-Air.  In 1968 Ted became a partner with John T. Stewart III in Welco becoming vice president and general manager until 1992. Under Mr. Davis’s supervision all the generators for mobile hospitals during the Vietnam War were manufactured in Wellington.  Ted also helped create and design an accordion type door for airplane hangers that to this day is still manufactured and sold by Horton Inc. of Wellington. These doors are found in airports throughout the U.S.As a well respected leader Mr. Davis has served the community in many ways.  Ted led committees that were responsible for the Wellington Golf Course acquiring grass greens, an automated watering system and the 1980 club house addition.  He is a past director of  the Wellington Economic Development Corporation, he was Exalted Ruler of the Wellington Elks Lodge and commander of the American Legion.  Ted also served as director of the Great Plains Diabetes Research Charity, was a co-chair for the Four Winds Girl Scout Council,  and a member of the Wellington Board of Education from 1962 through 1967 acting as President for four of his six years.   Mr. Davis owned a vintage Rolls Royce which he shared with many young people in Wellington.  Ted was the chauffeur and drove for many newlyweds and WHS Prom dates for over 4o years.  Mr. Davis currently serves on the Board of Director for the Security State Bank a position, he has held for 51 years.  In 1995, Mr. Davis was recognized by the Wellington area Chamber of  Commerce for his many contributions to the community with the Distinguished Service Award.Follow us on Twitter.last_img

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