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Hall of Fame - Class of 2014

James Bullard
As chief executive officer of the Eighth District Federal Reserve Bank, Dr. James Bullard, a 1979 graduate of Forest Lake High School, is now one of the top officials in the U.S. Federal Reserve System. Since 1990, James has worked at the Federal Reserve in St. Louis, Mo. During his time at Forest Lake High School, he participated in concert band, basketball, cross-country and tennis. After graduating from high school, James earned a Bachelor of Science degree from St. Cloud State University, and he received his Ph.D. in economics from Indiana University. He has written numerous scholarly papers published in professional journals, has lectured around the world on economics and is among the nation’s leading authorities on monetary policy.

Clint Fladland
A war hero, business leader and community volunteer, Clint Fladland helped the city and schools of Forest Lake grow and thrive during the 1960s and 1970s. While in high school, he played four years of basketball, two years of football and performed in theatrical productions. Clint graduated from Forest Lake High School at age 16 in 1938, and earned his law degree from the University of Minnesota in 1943. During World War II he was a Marine combat pilot in the South Pacific, and he earned a Naval commendation for his efforts in World War II and the Korean War. During the 1960s, Clint worked in several businesses in Forest Lake, including selling insurance and real estate. His volunteer work in the community included helping develop the land that later became the Forest Lake Industrial Park. In addition, he was active on the Forest Lake Area Chamber of Commerce and advocated on behalf of the needs of the school district.  

Carol Rupar
Carol was one of the most popular and well-respected music teachers ever to work at Forest Lake Area Schools. From 1972 until 2011, Carol taught at both Central Junior High and the current Century Junior High School and was known by many as the heart and soul of the school’s music program. Carol was both a talented teacher and strong faculty leader who led the charge in expanding the instrumental music program to 6th grade. She was runner-up as Forest Lake Teacher of the Year in 1979, and she served as assistant director during two European tours that the high school organized in 1997 and 2000. She continues to work as a substitute teacher throughout the school district and directs the Century Jazz Band. Carol has also shared her musical talents for many years with several contemporary church groups in the Forest Lake area.
Bob Sorman
Even at the age of 89, Bob always seems to have limitless energy when it comes to helping others. Starting in 1989, Bob volunteered about five days per week, every week. During that time, he helped countless adult students prepare for their GED exams and work on their English language skills. As a man who, himself, worked to earn his GED, Bob always took a personal interest in his volunteer work. In 2009, with about $10,000 in seed money, Bob started a program that awards scholarships to graduates of the ABE program who are pursuing post-secondary education. Bob received the 2009 Minnesota Literacy Council’s Ledyard Award, and was recognized that same year by the Minnesota State Legislature.