RACINE — Six Horlick High School alumni were named Horlick High School Graduates of Distinction:
Shirley Chapek Kizewic, Class of 1951
While at Horlick High School, Kizewic participated in R-Work, intramurals, cheerleading, Student Council, A Capella, Loralei, school plays, was a Red Cross representative, and was a member of National Honor Society.
Kizewic graduated from nursing school in 1954 and for 40 years after that, made nursing her career. After retiring from nursing, Kizewic volunteered at the Health Care Network for 10 years, volunteered at her church as a parish nurse, and made herself available as the “nurse of her neighborhood.”
Kizewic passed away on Oct. 11, 2013. In 2014, a scholarship was created in her memory by her husband, Graduate of Distinction Richard Kizewic, and was awarded to a 2014 Horlick High School graduating senior who would be majoring in nursing.
Jim Hougan, Class of 1960
While at Horlick High School, Hougan participated in baseball, cross-country, and was a member of the extra-curricular discussion group “Stimulus” which focused on current events. It was this discussion group that began to prepare Hougan for a career in journalism that would take him abroad and back to the U.S. where he would work as Washington Editor of Harper’s Magazine and as a producer for Mike Wallace at “60 Minutes.”
Hougan is also an accomplished author who along with his late wife Carolyn, wrote a series of best-selling thrillers under the name “John Case.” Hougan is currently working on a new novel and last year traveled to Havana for the “Frontline” program on PBS to interview one of the FBI’s most wanted fugitives, a former CIA officer who has been on the run for more than 30 years.
Robert Carlson, Class of 1971
Carlson graduated from Horlick High School in 1971. While at Horlick High School, he was class president, was on the varsity wrestling team, and was also a member of the Letterman’s Club.
Carlson received a B.A. from Carthage College in 1983 and after graduating, went on to work for the Racine County Sheriff’s Department from 1984 to 2010. While working for the Sheriff’s Department, Carlson held many positions including deputy, investigator, sergeant, lieutenant, captain, and was appointed sheriff in 2003 and while in office, was elected to a second term in 2006.
Today, Carlson is married with five children, and is employed as an adjunct instructor at Gateway Technical College teaching police administration and community policing.
Mark DeCheck, Class of 1974
DeCheck graduated in 1974, a year early because of an accelerated program offered at Horlick High School. Following graduation, DeCheck attended the University of Wisconsin-Parkside where he completed majors in chemistry, biology, and a minor in biochemistry, earning a bachelor of science degree from UW-Parkside in 1979. Following UW-Parkside, DeCheck attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison for medical school and completed residency in family medicine in 1983. Upon completion of medical school, DeCheck entered private practice in Racine where he has been for the last 26 years.
During his years of practice, DeCheck has remained active in several organizations. Some of these organizations include president of the County Medical Society, 10 years on the board of directors for the State Medical Society, and director of Hospice Alliance.
DeCheck is married to Carole and they have three children. His primary hobby is gardening in his greenhouses and gardens.
Paul Roberts, Class of 1980
While at Horlick High School, Roberts was involved in Symphonic Band, Chorale, and a member of the Horlick High School Singers.
In 2011, Roberts opened Roberts Roost. As the owner/CEO of Roberts Roost, he is involved with every aspect of the business from the menu to recruiting and training his staff. His dedication to customer service earned him The Racine County Best New Breakfast Award in 2012 and Racine County Best Breakfast Award in 2013.
Roberts has mentored youth while partnering with Horlick High School’s CO-OP Program.
In addition to running Roberts Roost and partnering with Horlick’s CO-OP Program, he also volunteers in the community by preparing and delivering food for the Hope Foundation during the holidays as well as being involved in numerous fundraisers and charities throughout Racine.
Chris Maragos, Class of 2005
From playing RYS football at the age of eight to current 2014 Super Bowl champion, athletics has always been a part of Maragos’ life. In high school, he was a four-year athlete in track and football, earning MVP distinction in both sports as well as All-Southeastern Conference, All-District and All-County honors in football.
After high school, Maragos played two seasons at Western Michigan University and then returned to Wisconsin where as a walk-on to the Badger football program, he competed for a roster spot, and ended his college years with numerous athletic honors and awards.
After graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2010, Maragos signed with the San Francisco 49ers as an undrafted free agent, was released and then signed with the Seattle Seahawks in 2011. He saw action as a reserve safety for the Super Bowl XLVIII Champions Seattle Seahawks. Maragos is currently signed with the Philadelphia Eagles.
Maragos is married to Serah, they have two sons, Micah and Mason.