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Monday last day to buy GBHS Hall of fame tickets
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Jean Cavanaugh

 With less than one week to go before the big day, tickets for the Great Bend High School Hall of Fame luncheon honoring 2016 inductees can still be purchased, school officials said.

The annual event this year will honor Jean Cavanaugh and Mike Goss. The tickets are on sale in the Activities Office at the high school. 

The luncheon is scheduled for 11:45 a.m. Friday, Feb. 17, at the Club at Stone Ridge. Tickets are $15 and may be purchased through Monday. Tickets will not be available at the door.

The induction ceremony will take place between the girls’ and boys’ basketball games with Dodge City in the GBHS gym that night. A reception will follow the games in the Jack Kilby Commons and the public is invited.

 This marks the ninth year for the HOF. Past inductees include globe-trotting JanSport founder Skip Yowell and microchip inventor Jack Kilby.

A display case in the GBHS commons contains plaques and memorabilia paying tribute to all the recipients.

Below are the biographies of the inductees as submitted by those who nominated them.

Jean Cavanaugh

Jean Van Horn Cavanaugh grew up in the small Iowa town of Lohrville. Jean has four sons: Tommy, Mike, Jones and Jimmy and one daughter Bitsy, seven grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

Cavanaugh attended the University of Minnesota and two years at Grinnell College. She married her long-time boyfriend, Dr. Clair Cavanaugh, when he graduated from medical school. They lived in Hawaii, Oklahoma, and Las Vegas, New Mexico. Her oldest son Tommy, was born in Hawaii and has the same type birth certificate as does President Barrack Obama.

The family moved to Great Bend in 1952. Jean was a member of the Northwest EHU, Cosmopolitan, and Athenian Study Clubs. She was a Girl Scout leader for 11 years and also served 32 years on the Community Concert and local school boards. Today Jean is a member of Etudion Club, RSVP, Senior Center Advisory Council and the Commission on Aging. She serves as a judge for the county spelling bee and is on the KOOD Bunker Hill Public Television Board.

Cavanaugh attended Fort Hays University in her mid-forties and earned a B.S. in Business and a Masters in Guidance and Counseling and the Education Specialist Degrees. She enjoyed substitute teaching for 16 years at Harrison and Roosevelt Junior High Schools

One of Jean’s greatest pleasures has been listening to Riley School children read to her for the past 15 years. She has built some long-time friendships with many of the Riley students and has encouraged them all to play soccer. 

Cavanaugh enjoys traveling, playing with her poodle Carlos, reading, politics, watching TV news and eating with friends at the Senior Center.

Mike Goss

Mike Goss graduated from Great Bend High School in 1978 after being born and raised in Great Bend. While at GBHS, Mike served as student body president, was a member of the debate team that won the state championship, and was the first four year varsity letterman in GBHS history as the captain of the tennis team.

In 1981, Mike graduated from Kansas State University. He attended the Harvard Business School in 1984 where he earned a Masters of Business Administration with Distinction.

Following business school, Mike worked in a variety of financial positions in the Boston and New York areas. 

In 2001, Mike joined Boston based Bain Capital where he served for 15 years in various senior managerial capacities including chief financial officer and chief operating officer. During his tenure in these roles, Bain Capital grew from $10 billion to $70 billion in assets under management 

Goss retired from Bain Capital in 2014, but following two years of “retirement”, he recently started with international art auctioneer, Sotheby’s, where he presently serves as the company’s executive vice president and chief financial officer in New York City.

During his spare time, Mike continues to play tennis, travel, and explore his passion for photography. He is a member of the Board of Directors for a number of corporate and philanthropic endeavors, including The Kansas State University Foundation and the International Tennis Hall of Fame, where he also serves as Vice Chairman.

He in Westport, Conn., and New York City. He is married to his wife, Becky, also from the GBHS class of 1978, and he has two grown daughters, Emma and Lucy.