News From Terre Haute, Indiana

March 21, 2014

South announces 2014 inductees for Hall of Distinction


Tribune-Star Correspondent

TERRE HAUTE — A nationally known playwright and screenwriter, an inventor with more than 35 patents and America’s top U.S. Navy Seal make up the Class of 2014 of the Terre Haute South Vigo High School Hall of Distinction.

The three will be inducted during ceremonies April 11 and 12, according to Dan Wunderlich, Hall of Distinction Committee co-chairman.  

• Christopher Kyle was a member of the Terre Haute South class of 1983. Kyle resides today with his wife and two children in Rockland County, N.Y. Kyle has written a number of off-Broadway plays, including “The Monogamist,” “The Safety Net,” “The Wilderness” and “Rachel.” He was named a Guggenheim Fellow in playwriting and has received commissions from Dreamworks and the Alfred Sloan Foundation.

Kyle’s film credits include Oliver Stone’s “Alexander,” “The Widowmaker” featuring Harrison Ford and Liam Neeson, and “The Weight of Water,” starring Sean Penn. He also wrote two episodes for the television series, “Homicide: Life on the Streets.” He is currently involved in projects with Ron Howard and Bradley Cooper.

• Eli Stulmacher graduated from South High School in 2002. He is currently a master training specialist with the U.S. Naval Special Warfare Advanced Training Command Sniper School in Virginia Beach, Va.

Stulmacher was the lead sniper for the Navy Seal Team Four from 2007 to 2011. He led a 16-man special operations team in a number of direct-action missions and base attacks against enemy forces. He is the recipient of two Navy Achievement Medals, one Navy Commendation Medal and the Iraqi and Afghanistan campaign medals.

He was named the Navy’s Seal Instructor of the Year in 2013.

• South graduate David Yates, class of 1979, is an electrical engineer residing in West Chester, Ohio.

A Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology graduate, Yates has traveled extensively throughout the world on projects and has been awarded 38 U.S. patents with six different companies in the areas of medical device and research development, product design and field engineering. Yates’ work includes product development in mammography and catheter research, He also has done extensive research in electrosurgery.

Yates and his wife, Jan, are the parents of two sons.

Kyle, Stulmacher and Yates will speak to South students on April 11 and will be formally inducted into the Hall of Distinction during ceremonies April 12 at the County Club of Terre Haute.

Reservations for the dinner can be made by contacting the main office at Terre Haute South at 812-462-4252.