Palatine set to induct 3 to Hall of Fame
Palatine High School will hold its 2018 Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Friday. Inductees will be honored just prior to kickoff of the varsity football game between the Pirates and Fremd, at approximately 7:20 p.m.
Three inductees will take their place in the HOF.
•Raeleen Horn served as Director of Bands and Music Department Chair at Palatine High School from 1980-2013. During her 33-year tenure, she conducted her student musicians during over 1,700 performances. Of those performances, nearly 600 of them were in support of Palatine High School athletic teams, including pep rallies, football games, basketball games, and various local and state tournaments. In 1980, Raeleen was hired into her position to improve the quality of athletic performances of the bands at Palatine High School. She took on the task of upgrading everything -- from uniforms to equipment and everything in between. Her implementation of a drum line added a new element to the marching band and made Palatine High School athletic events must-see entertainment. She selected music that was popular, crowd pleasing, and musically-challenging to her students. Horn produced a variety of show material that was unique, fun, and entertaining. Her performances, however, were not limited to Palatine High School. Her marching bands were showcased at myriad of parades, college bowl games, Special Olympics, and other local and national events. Through her hard work and dedication to Palatine High School, Horn helped set the standard for high school marching bands.
•Sergio Lund was a standout two-sport athlete who was a valuable contributor to both the football team as well as the track team. In football, he was one of the few student-athletes to play all four years at the varsity level. His teams were a combined 43-7 in his four years, and his individual accolades complemented his teams' success. By the time he was a senior, Lund was named team MVP, all-conference, and all-area, as well as first-team all-state by every major publication in the state. A true dual-threat, Lund scored 35 touchdowns as quarterback and is the all-time leader in interceptions with 15. His speed was also on display as a member of the track team, where he helped set the school record in both the 400 and 800-meter relays. After graduating from Palatine, he went on to play football at Bowling Green University. He was a two-year starter and was among the team leaders in tackles his junior and senior seasons. After college, Lund was a hired as an assistant strength coach at The University of Florida and was a member of the Gators' 2006 National Championship team. He came back to Palatine High School in 2007, where he continues to make a difference in the Palatine community by teaching physical education and coaching football and track.
•Suzy Turner Wallace is a 2004 graduate and one of the main reasons why the Palatine girls cross country and track and field team experienced so much success. She earned all-conference in cross country and track all four years and all-state in seven of her eight seasons. In addition to her individual accomplishments, she helped lead her teams to eight Top 10 finishes at the state meet, including three state trophies. The capstone of her impressive high school career was winning the Palatine Female Athlete of the Year Award in 2004. After graduation, Turner Wallace continued her running career at Illinois State University. By the time she was a senior in cross country, she was ISU's No. 1 runner and finished in sixth place in the Missouri Valley Conference meet. Her senior track and field and season was even more impressive. She placed second in the 10,000-meter run at the conference meet and also anchored her distance medley to a new school record at the prestigious Drake Relays. Her athletic and academic accomplishments at ISU were nationally recognized as she was named by ESPN the Magazine to the Academic All-District 5 Women's Track and Field/Cross-Country Teams. She continues to be active in the running community by participating in local races as well as helping put on the Spring Lake Triathlon for the local Rotary Club.