RACINE — Five Horlick High School alumni have been inducted into the school’s Graduates of Distinction. The induction ceremony took place at Racine County Club on June 10.
• Greg Romano, Class of 1991
Greg Romano attended Horlick High School from 1987-1991. During his time at Horlick High School, he earned five varsity letters and was a member of the letterman’s club. Romano’s high school athletic accomplishments include 1990 Journal Times player of the year, volleyball; 1990 Wisconsin player of the year, volleyball; 1990 Wisconsin state champions, volleyball; and 1991 Journal Times and Big 9 conference player of the year, basketball.
After graduating from Horlick High School, he attended Ball State University on a volleyball scholarship and graduated in 1995 with a liberal arts degree. While at Ball State, Romano was a two-time NCAA volleyball All-American, and played in two final four championships.
After graduating from Ball State University, Romano pursued a career as a professional volleyball player and was a member of the United States National Team from 1997-2001. He played in more than 100 international matches including the 1998 World Championships and was an alternate on the 2000 Olympic Team. During this time, Romano also played in three European professional leagues, in France, Germany and Italy.
Romano currently lives in Racine and has a career in outside sales. He is an avid golfer and plays in many local tournaments, winning the 2010 Racine Tri Course and the 2010 Wisconsin State Best Ball.
Romano says he owes all of his success to his wonderful family.
“They have supported me in everything that I have done, and I am happy to say that we have all returned to live in Racine, and remain extremely close with one another.”
• Lieutenant Colonel Eric Rannow, Class of 1987
LTC Eric C. Rannow graduated from Horlick High School in 1987. His high school activities included National Honor Society, Student Congress, football, wrestling, track and field and H-Club. Upon graduation from Horlick High School, Rannow attended the United States Military Academy Preparatory School at Fort Monmouth, N.J., for one year before accepting an appointment from Senator Les Aspin to West Point. Rannow graduated from the United States Military Academy with a B.S. in 1992 and received a Regular Army commission into the Field Artillery.
Rannow’s educational experiences include the U.S. Army Airborne and Air Assault Schools, Field Artillery Officer Basic and advanced courses, Army Logistics Management College, and Army Command and General Staff College. He also holds a master’s degree in material acquisition management from Florida Institute of Technology.
While continuing to serve in the U.S. Army for more than 20 years, Rannow’s occupational experiences are highlighted by the following: assignments with the 1st Cavalry Division and 10th Mountain Division, selection to the Armed Forces Inaugural Committee to serve as a military attaché for the 55th Presidential Inauguration honoring President George W. Bush, deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan, and multiple Pentagon assignments serving on the Army Headquarters staff. Currently, Rannow is the product manager for sets, kits, outfits and tools, which is an Army acquisition organization providing maintenance-enabling support equipment. His noteworthy awards and decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters, the Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Joint Service Achievement Medal, the Iraqi Campaign Medal and the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal. He also wears the Army Staff Identification Badge along with Airborne and Air Assault Badges.
In terms of community service, Rannow is involved in the local elementary school by chaperoning field trips/events and providing annual presentations to the students on the history/significance of Veterans Day and Armed Forces Day. Rannow also has served as a volunteer youth flag football coach. His participation in professional and community organizations include membership with the American Legion and National Harley-Davidson Owners Group. Rannow is the son of David and Patricia Rannow of Racine. Rannow is married to Katy Lynn Rannow (nee: O’Brien) also from Racine. Together, they have two children: August Carl, 12, and Abigail Francis, 10. The Rannows currently reside in the Detroit area where Rannow is assigned to the U.S. Army Tank and Automotive Command.
• Brian Lucareli, Class of 1982
Brian Lucareli is a 1982 graduate of Horlick High School. He joins his father, Leigh (1953), his wife, Amy (Hurlburt-1982), his daughters Allison (2009), and Sarah (2011) as proud Horlick High School alumni. His son Ben (2016), is an incoming freshman this fall.
Academically, Lucareli graduated in the top 5 percent of his class. During his senior year, he was elected to the Homecoming Court and served as vice president of his senior class.
Lucareli was active in athletics while at Horlick High School, playing soccer, basketball and tennis, earning a number of individual performance awards. He is especially proud of the active role he played in petitioning the school district to adopt soccer as a varsity sport. He played on the first Horlick High School varsity soccer team as their starting goalkeeper and went on to play in college for two years at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Professionally, as senior vice president — director of wealth management for Johnson Financial Group since 2002, Lucareli is responsible for establishing strategy, direction and vision for the wealth management group and leads a line of businesses with assets under administration exceeding $6 billion.
He has focused his career exclusively in the financial services industry and has held positions of increasing responsibility since joining Johnson Financial Group in 1992. Named nationally as one of the Top Brokerage Program Managers of the Year in 2008 and 2011 by Bank Investment Consultant magazine, he is frequently quoted and has authored numerous articles within the wealth management industry.
Lucareli holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and earned his law degree from Marquette University in Milwaukee. He is a member of the Wisconsin Bar Association and the American Bar Association.
A lifelong resident of Racine, Lucareli serves on a number of local nonprofit boards and most recently was the chairman of the Racine Business Improvement District No. 1 for more than 10 years.
• Officer Edward Morelli, Class of 1976
Edward Morelli graduated from Horlick High School in 1976. After graduation, he studied at Gateway Technical Institute.
In 1982, he started his career in law enforcement at the Racine County Sheriff’s Department as a deputy sheriff. Morelli went on to graduate from the Fox Valley Technical College Police Academy in 1984. In 1986, he began his career working as a Racine police officer.
Morelli has had a distinguished career as a police officer including team leader of the SWAT team, Master Patrolman, and he has also instructed law enforcement personnel in southeastern Wisconsin in Defense and Arrest Tactics and Firearms along with many other disciplines. He taught law enforcement classes to Police Science students at Gateway Technical College, has been a guest speaker at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside, and has been qualified as an expert witness for court, all in the area of police use of force.
Throughout his career, Morelli has received numerous awards and letters of commendation including Police Excellence Awards, Exemplary Officer Awards, Unit Citations, Life Saving Award, Distinguished Masters Shooting Awards and in 1992 he received an award from the Association of S.W.A.T. Personnel of Wisconsin.
Morelli has been a member of the Racine Police Association his entire career. He served on the board of directors, held the position of vice president and is currently a team leader on the Crisis Negotiation. He is also a member of the Crisis Intervention Team and serves on the Police Departments Motorcycle Patrol Unit. Morelli has treasured working as a Police Liaison Officer at Horlick High School for more than 25 years. He currently is in charge of Police Security at Horlick High School.
Outside of his daily involvement with the community through work, Morelli has remained active by volunteering as a youth coach for RASA, Mount Pleasant Youth Softball Coach, football coach through Racine Youth Sports and was very active with the Park High School Kid’s Wrestling Club. Morelli has served on various scholarship committees and is currently the chairman for the Tony Azarian Memorial Scholarship.
Morelli currently serves as a parish trustee for St. Richard Parish and serves on the following committees: Administrative Services, Parish Council, Investment Committee and Parish Endowments.
He enjoys spending time with his wife, Lynn, their sons Frank (wife Alyssa), Vince, Mario and Dominic. His hobbies include working out, fishing, motorcycle riding and watching the Green Bay Packers and the Chicago Cubs. Morelli retired from the Racine Police Department at the end of June, but he will remain an active member of the community.
• Terry Converse, Class of 1971
Terry Converse graduated from Horlick High School in 1971. While at Horlick High School, Converse participated in football, track, Senior Boys Club, Letterman’s Club, Badger Boys and received a Letterman’s Scholarship.
After high school, Converse attended Carthage College where he achieved the following accomplishments: vice-president of the Beta Phi Epsilon Fraternity, four-year letter winner in football, All-Conference three years, MVP two years and Team Captain.
Converse graduated from Carthage College in 1975 and received a degree in business administration.
Later, Converse played for the Racine Gladiators/Raiders Semi-Professional football teams, playing 95 games at linebacker with a record of 82-13. His accomplishments while with the Racine Gladiators/Raiders include National Championships in 1981 and 1983, voted All-League four years, Team MVP three years, Team Captain two years, Received the “Mr. Gladiator” award for sportsmanship, four years as assistant, coaching the Linebackers and Special Teams, Head coach for four years, compiled 49-3 record, and two League Championships and one National Championship.
His other accomplishments include participating in community involvement and fundraising activities for the Gladiators and Raiders; involvement with Big Brothers and Racine County Legal Guardian programs; earning Basic and Open Water scuba diving certifications; One (and only) skydiving experience; obtaining a Wisconsin Real Estate Brokers license and Commercial Real Estate Certifications.
A majority of his professional career has been in manufacturing management, working 14 years at the Chrysler LLC at the Kenosha Engine Plant, manufacturing engines for JEEP, Chrysler 300 and Dodge Charger.
His recent activities include golf and skiing, both of which have him wishing he could still play football.
• Margo Drummond — Special Recognition
CAREER INTEREST: Social studies teacher, secondary.
EDUCATION: University of Kansas (May 1967) Lawrence, Kan., B.S. broad field social studies; Carthage College (May 1981), Master of history-education — Post-graduate: 14 hours.
WORK EXPERIENCE: Teacher of social studies at Washington School (1967) in Tuskegee, Ala., Peace Corps Training, Washington Junior High School (1968-1970) — Racine, United States History; Case High School (1970-1977), United States and Minority History; Park High School (1977-1998), World History, American government, psychology, death and dying.
COMMUNITY SERVICE: Co-founder and president (1971) Preservation Racine Architectural preservation group of more than 500, planned and conducted monthly membership and board meetings, promoted community interest, fundraising, Volunteer Coordinator (1974) Blake House Restoration. Coordinated efforts of more than 100 volunteers to restore and preserve this landmark. Fundraising, research and publicity, vice president (1974-1976) Racine County Historical Society. Worked out merger between the society and museum, helped organize museum archives and library, board member (1974-1976) Architectural Conservation Loan Board — Analysis of applications for low-interest preservation loans, committee member (1973-1975) Congressman Les Aspin Military Selection Board, evaluated candidates applying for selection to U.S. military academies, committee member (1973-1975) Congressman Les Aspin Military Selection Board, and evaluated candidates applying for selection to U.S. military academies, board member (1986-1988) Southside Revitalization Organization — evaluation of economic proposals for $2 million in community dev. funds.
BOARD MEMBER: Racine Literacy Council, Racine Public Library, Racine Girl Scouts, Racine Cemetery Commission (14 years).
TOUR GUIDE: Mound Cemetery Walking Tours, University of Wisconsin Extension Guided Tours of Racine.
HONORS AND AWARDS: Phi Delta Theta — Honorary History Association, Delta Kappa Gamma Honorary Women Teacher’s Association, Racine Arts Council Award (1976) For Promotion of Architectural Preservation.
PUBLICATIONS: Renewing Our Roots (1976). Used to promote community interest in architectural preservation and to raise money for it; South Main Street: Can Our Historic Landmarks Be Saved? Catalyst for founding of Racine Landmarks Commission and Preservation-Racine; The Road to Little Moscow: Racine, Wis. (1930-1934) Original research thesis for master’s degree, on file at Racine Public Library and University of Wisconsin, Parkside Historical Archives; M.M. Secor: Biography of a Racine Mayor (commissioned by his family); Blessings of Being Mortal (2001) How a mature understanding of death can free us to live wisely and well; Here’s to Your Heath — Horlick’s Malted Milk (2006).
EDUCATIONAL ACTIVITIES: North Central Evaluation Committee (3 years), High School Scheduling Committee, National Honor Society Adviser, Constitution Knowledge Bowl Adviser, Park High School Fifty-Year Celebration Committee, Chairman: Institute Day (1986), Park High School Hall of Fame Committee (5 years), Fulbright Candidate to Hungary (1989), Bicentennial Constitution Committee Seminar, Mary Pugh Social Studies Award Committee Park High School Scholarship Committee (3 years), Liaison for A.F.S Teacher Exchange.
CURRICULUM WRITING: Psychology, Death and Dying, Racine History for all third-graders in Racine Unified Schools.
TRAVEL: All 50 United States and Europe: France, Italy, Switzerland, Greece, Hungary, Yugoslavia, Bulgaria, USSR, Netherlands, Monaco, Spain, Portugal, Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, British Isles, Turkey, Asia, Burma, Thailand, Singapore, Japan, Hong Kong, People’s Republic of China, Africa, Egypt and Morocco, Mexico and Canada.