Hall of Fame logoThe Baltic High School recognizes and honors outstanding individuals for their exceptional achievements at, or contributions to, Baltic High School and/or for demonstrating how their accomplishments within society positively reflect upon the educational quality and stature of Baltic High School.

The Hall of Fame Class of 2009 was the inaugural Hall of Fame Class.  Nomination petitions may be submitted by citizens of the Baltic School District, current or former Baltic School District staff members, Baltic High School graduates no longer living in the Baltic School District, or by immediate family members defined as parent, child, spouse, or sibling.  Nominators may remain anonymous as long as the chairman is able to verify that the nominator meets the criteria listed above.


             Hall of Fame Constitution
                                                                 
                        Hall of Fame Class of 2018

Graduating Class of

Brian Hefty – Class of 1986

Darren Hefty – Class of 1989

Jannel Hefty – Class of 1992

 

Brian, Darren, and Jannel Hefty took a single-store agri-business in the early 1990’s and grew the business into the 9th largest crop protection retailer in the U.S., the 10th largest seed retailer, and in 2019, they will open their 49th store.  Hefty Brand Seeds is one of the fastest-growing seed brands in the country, and Hefty Seed Company is known as an industry leader for agronomic recommendations and training agronomists.  Their Ag PhD TV show has been on the air since 1998, their Ag PhD radio show has been on the air daily since 2013, and they are the most watched and listened to agronomy shows in the U.S.  In addition, their Ag PhD Magazine goes out to 100,000 subscribers.  Each July they host their annual Field Day that brings 10,000 farmers and agri-businesses from across the U.S and the world to their farm outside of Baltic, and they entered an Ag PHD float in the 2018 Rose Bowl Parade.

Brian, Darren and Jannel were all 4-year honor roll students at Baltic High School, and they were very active in numerous activities including music, drama, FFA or FHA, athletics, student government, and National Honor Society.  Believing in the importance of fine arts activities, they annually award the Kathryn Hefty Memorial Scholarship to a deserving Baltic High School student who is active in fine arts.  The success of their business on a national scale, and the high regard accorded to Ag PHD both nationally and internationally reflects positively on the education they received at Baltic High School.

 


 

Jenny Kruthoff

Graduating Class of 2004

Jenny Kruthoff was an outstanding athlete who achieved at a high level in three sports, and she was a rare four-time three-sport letter winner.

In basketball, Jenny was a 5-year letter winner and a 4-year starter who started on three State Tournament teams including back-to-back State Championship teams in 2001 and 2003 (there was no state champion in 2002 as girls basketball moved from fall to winter).  She was 3rd Team All-State, State B All-Tournament twice, and all-conference three times.  In Baltic school history, she is 7th in scoring with 1172 points, 3rd in assists with 367, 4th in steals with 231, and 6th in 3 point shots made with 103.

In volleyball, Jenny was a three-year starter and four-year letter winner who played on one of the highest achieving volleyball teams in school history that had a record of 22-3 and were region runners-up.  She was named volleyball all-conference 3 years, all-state honorable mention, and she is 2nd in school history in digs, 4th in ace serves, and 7th in kills.

In track, she lettered six years and scored 894.5 track and field points in those six years.  She was voted Most Valuable Runner by her team members five of her six years, and she won 70 first place medals and 162 total medals during her career including 19 region medals.  She won 6 State Track Meet medals including one second and two third place finishes.  Jenny set meet records at four track meets, and she is the school record holder in the 300m hurdles and a member of the group that holds the school record in the 3200m relay. 


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