Emmy Award winner named as Beaver Dam alumni of the year

March 29, 2019 GMT

Gary Macheel was named as the 2018 Wall of Fame Awards recipient for the Beaver Dam Unified School District.

The district also named Tom and Judy Heffron and Alpha Xi Chapter of The Delta Kappa Gamma Society International as Friends of Education.

They will be honored at the Wall of Fame Award program June 2, with Beaver Dam High School’s graduation ceremony following the program.

The Outstanding Alumni Award is given annually to a graduate of Beaver Dam High School in recognition of the honoree’s exceptional accomplishments and the Friend of Education award recognizes individuals and an organization who have given distinguished service to the district and its students.

Macheel is a 1970 graduate of Beaver Dam High School and graduated from UW-Oshkosh with a bachelor of fine arts degree. He went on to earn a master of fine arts degree from Otis Art Institute in Los Angeles.

Macheel had a successful 30-year career in sound design and editing in Hollywood. During his career, Macheel received 35 Emmy nominations and won 8 awards. In addition, his achievements in sound editing were awarded with 11 Golden Reel Awards.

He was awarded for his work on many television series and films, including “The Hunley,” “Tuskegee Airmen,” “Heart of Darkness,” “Son of the Morning Star,” “Into the West,” “Tom Clancy’s-OP Center,” “Rough Riders,” “Fire Next Time,” “Lonesome Dove” and “Ruby Ridge.”

Macheel also served as an adjunct professor in the film/sound department at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.

Tom and Judy Heffron exemplify commitment to serving the children of the Beaver Dam Unified School District and the community through their support of various child-centered activities and programs, according to a release from the school district.

They have sponsored opportunities for young students in the district to experience instruments first-hand and have the Opera for the Young perform with students at the elementary schools. The Heffrons funded large hands-on outdoor musical instruments for children to enjoy in downtown Beaver Dam’s Rotary Riverwalk Park in Tower Parking Lot and have been instrumental in establishing a community children’s chorus.

The Heffrons also work with the Beaver Dam Area Orchestra to provide all children who attend the annual Christmas concert with a gift and they sponsor the free Holiday Santa event at the Heffron White House for all children to attend.

Alpha Xi Chapter of The Delta Kappa Gamma Society International has been serving children in the Beaver Dam community for 50 years. The organization’s mission is founded in the belief to encourage reading from an early age. They support projects and activities that promote literacy, including Books for Babies, Story Book Bags distributed to daycares, and books for the Dodge County Toy Bank.

The organization also sponsor’s an annual competition that provides students with the opportunity to submit a book they have written. In addition to literacy, Alpha Xi Chapter of The Delta Kappa Gamma Society International also provides scholarship funds to young women who are pursuing a degree in teaching.