Pasco High School continued its 15-year tradition of inducting notable former students into its Hall of Fame with a ceremony Monday. This year's inductees were Kyle Adams, Dr. James Campbell, Dave Cazier, Dr. Charles Hastings, Frank Pontarolo and Blanca Gonzalez Torres.
-- Adams attended Pasco High from 1985-89. He was the founder and executive producer of Acropolis Records, where he produced, recorded and performed rap and hip-hop music. Adams, who died Nov. 2, 2010, is also remembered for his volunteer work with the YMCA and the Martin Luther King Jr. Center.
-- Campbell graduated from Pasco High in 1969. He specializes in internal medicine with a practice in Pasco. He serves as chairman of the board of Physicians Insurance of Washington. He was previously a delegate to Washington State Medical Association and is past president of the Benton-Franklin County Medical Society.
-- Cazier attended Pasco High from 1978-81, where he was an award-winning musician. He is the director of vocal music for Columbia Basin College, but began his teaching career in secondary education. He worked as a teacher in Quincy and Spokane, where he was named Washington State Teacher of the Year. Cazier is a nationally renowned jazz arranger and founded an annual music festival held each April.
-- Hastings graduated from Pasco High in 1939, and went on to attend Washington University Medical School in St. Louis, Mo. He became a board certified physician in pediatrics, allergy and immunology, and opened a practice in Pasco. He also served on the inaugural board of the Southwest Washington Regional Cancer Care Center in Longview and volunteered at Orange County Hospital caring for children whose families could not afford traditional medical care. Hastings died in 2005.
-- Pontarolo was a member of the Pasco High Class of 1939. He served in World War II from 1944-46. When he returned, he worked for Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad. He was among the founders of the Pasco Farmers Market as well as the railroad portion of the Franklin County Museum. Now retired, he continues his service work for St. Patrick's Church.
-- Gonzalez Torres graduated from Pasco High in 1988, where she met her husband Albert Torres. She served as the vice president of Tu Decides, a bilingual newspaper aimed at overcoming stereotypes and sharing stories from within the Tri-Cities Hispanic community. She also was instrumental in the founding of EXPO NW, which organized events and conventions with a Hispanic focus. In 2006, she and her husband were among 20 people nationwide invited to the White House to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month. She died Aug. 6.