On January 4, 2013, Fort Osage High School welcomed
back four distinguished alumni. Larry
Young, Andrew Yates, Kevin Williams, and Betty Lennox became the 2nd
group to be inducted into the Fort Osage High School Hall of Honor.
Young, Class of 1961
Larry was active while he was at Fort Osage being
involved in football, choir, and track.
Following graduation, Larry served in the US
Navy. Following the Navy, he achieved
international prominence as a two-time Olympic medalist. Larry is the only American to ever win a
medal in log distance race walking. During that time, he also studied sculpture
at Columbia College followed by a two-year fellowship in Italy. Larry has been a full-time artist for the
last 25 years and has placed over 50 monumental outdoor sculptures nationally
and abroad. His studio and home are in
Yates, Class of 1979
Andrew would tell you that while at Fort Osage he
was a band geek. He did more then simply
play instruments, he was the conductor for the pep band at rallies and assisted
the band director with many aspects of teaching the younger students. During the 1978-79 school year, he was chosen
4th chair percussion in the Missouri All-State Band. Aside from band, he was also on the yearbook
In 2004, Andrew was commissioned by the Fort Osage
Band Boosters to write “Osage Sketches” which was premiered by the Fort Osage
Band. Andrew will begin his Masters in
Wind Conducting at the UMKC Conservatory of Music this fall. His first publication for band “West Point’s
162nd” hit the market this year and he is in the process of
composing his next piece due out this year.
He plays percussion in several civic groups and is a founding member of
the professional orchestra the Kinnor Philharmonic. Andrew and his wife Loretta currently live in
Williams, Class of 1986
Kevin was very active in sports while at Fort
Osage. His senior year he recalls fondly
Fort Osage defeating Blue Springs in what could only be described as a mud
game. Kevin earned 1st Team
All State football honors for his efforts.
Kevin also excelled in his academics and was a member of the National
After graduating from Fort Osage, Kevin attended
Missouri State University and transferred to the University of Missouri where
he earned a Bachelors degree in Physical Therapy. Kevin and his wife Tammy currently live in
Grain Valley. They stay very busy
following their two sons as they progress through their athletic and academic
Lennox, Class of 1995
Betty was most known for her basketball and track
accomplishments while she was at Fort Osage.
We asked Betty about her fondest memory at Fort Osage and she said
winning court warming queen was a great honor.
Betty attended Louisiana Technical University after
graduating from Fort Osage. She left
college and entered the WNBA draft where she was selected by the Minnesota Lynx
in 2000. She has earned the honor of
Rookie of the Year and was the first rookie to play in the all-star game. Betty has played in the WNBA for 10
years. In 2004, Betty and her Seattle
Storm team won a WNBA championship and she was named the 2004 MVP. Betty still continues to play in the WNBA and
travels the world playing on other teams in foreign countries. Betty started her own foundation, the Lennox
Foundation 22, where she helps the needs of abused and neglected children.