Recent Members

Brisa Ramirez 2009
Jason Reese 1997
Jay Nichols 1972
Jb Hinz Jb Hinz 1971
Josh Powell 2009
Makala Sutton 2018
Marvin Clay 2000
Scott Opelt 1987

Military Alumni

Military Alumni

Honoring Our Heroes

This area is dedicated to our alumni that have served or are serving in our armed forces!

Lost Class Rings

Have you lost your Shawnee Mission West High School class ring? Have you found someone's class ring? Visit our Vikings lost class ring page to search for your class ring or post information about a found ring.

Honored Military Alumni

Barbara McGuire
Barbara McGuire
Class of 1982
Air Force, 20+ Years

Network Intelligence Analyst
Carly Wilson
Carly Wilson
Class of 2001
Navy, 2 Years

United States Naval Officer with the Nurse Corps
Collin Turner
Collin Turner
Class of 2003
Navy, 5 Years

Served as a Mass Communications Specialist, and now still currently serves as a Navy recruiter in Overland Park, KS.
Dave White
Dave White
Class of 1968
Army, 20+ Years

Army & Army Reserve - 1972-1999; Retired as a Lieutenant Colonel.
Douglas Rowland
Douglas Rowland
Class of 1970
Army Reserves, 20+ Years

1970-1978 - US Navy - Electricians Mate Nuclear Power program 1992 - Present - US Army Reserves - Unit Supply for 12 years with 308th PSYOP Unit - Currently - Army Reserves Career Counselor 9th BN ARCD
Guy Melton
Guy Melton
Class of 1967
Marine Corps, 1 Years

Viet Nam vet
James A Vaczi
James A Vaczi
Class of 1974
Army, 7 Years

Active Duty Infantry, Reserves
jeff mason
jeff mason
Class of 1972
Army, 3 Years

Dropped out in 1970 to join up as a Paratrooper
Jeremy Adkins
Jeremy Adkins
Class of 2006
Army, 2 Years

Combat Medic with the 2nd Battalion 22nd Infantry - 10th Mountain Division.
John Bratton
John Bratton
Class of 1966
Army, 20+ Years

Served 30 years all around the world. Retired in 2001 as Colonel. Was in Infanty and had Ranger / Airborne duties (yea 2-75 Rangers !!). Presently, working again for Department of Defense with US Pacific Command (Senior Defense Analyst) in Honolulu. Lots of good times and friends -- in all services.
John R (Rod) Smith
John R (Rod) Smith
Class of 1973
Army, 3 Years

June 1973- Nov 1975 2/30th FA Vicenza, Italy Nov 1975- JUne 1976 E 708th Maint BN Baumholder, Germany
l/cpl guy melton(ret)
l/cpl guy melton(ret)
Class of 1967
Marine Corps, 1 Years

Vietnam,1971-0311/8651 wounded in action
Mark Rugenstein
Mark Rugenstein
Class of 1965
Navy, 20+ Years

Served as advisor for Vietnamese Navy spy set up, ship engineer, merchant marine, squadron engineer and moved around for over 25 years on ships and shore, spent most of my career in Asia and west coast.
Mark Rugenstein
Mark Rugenstein
Class of 1965
Navy, 20+ Years

Navy engineer, many ships, gitmo, Vietnam, south east Asia ...
Michael Paxton
Michael Paxton
Class of 1976
Navy, 8 Years

Patrol Squadron Nine (VP-9) P-3c aircraft 78-82 NAS Moffat Field CA.deployed to Nas Cubi Point Phillipines,Naf Kadena Okinawa, Naf Misawa Japan, Naf Atsugi Japan,Osan AB Korea, Guam,Hawaii,and Keflavik Iceland, Nas Kingsville Tx A-4J , A-6E aircraft 82-85 got out as a Petty Officer !st class (E-6)Aviation Machinist Mate
Mike Schmitz
Mike Schmitz
Class of 1981
Air Force, 20+ Years

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Natasha Valerio
Natasha Valerio
Class of 2003
Marine Corps, 4 Years

A Military Policeman that has been to IRAQ two times and been stuck in Camp Lejeune, NC for the rest of the time
Richard Hinrichs
Richard Hinrichs
Class of 1975
Marine Corps, 1 Years

Received medical discharge in 1975
Robert Rackleff
Robert Rackleff
Class of 1963
Marine Corps, 5 Years

OCS - Commisioned 2nd Lt. - FEB-1968 The Basic School FEB - July 1969 Designated Naval Flight Officer and Checked Out in F4-B Phantom Jet March 1970 VMFA-251 MCAS Beaufort SC 1970-1971 VMFA-115 Iwakuni Japan 1971 VMFA-115 Deployed to Danang South Vietnam April 1972 then to Nam Pong Thailand MWHS-2 SEPT 1972 - April 1973 MCAS Cherry Point NC
Scott Schmith
Scott Schmith
Class of 1980
Army, 9 Years

35M/68Q - Avionics. Five years with 205th Aviation Company (CH-47C/D), Mainz-Finthen, Germany. Next three and a half with A Co. 8/158th Aviation Regiment at Wiesbaden Air Base, Germany. 6.5 months Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm at KFIA and LBC.

Classmates Spotlight

Shawnee Mission West High School Classmates

Erin Sheridan
Class of '99

Alumni Stories

Read and submit stories about our classmates from Shawnee Mission West High School, post achievements and news about our alumni, and post photos of our fellow Vikings.

School News

Rico Palacio Eagle Scout Project

Hello, my name is Rico Palacio. I am in the Boy Scouts of America. I have completed every requirement to become an Eagle...
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Our Shawnee Mission West High School military alumni are some of the most outstanding people we know and this page recognizes them and everything they have done! Not everyone gets to come home for the holidays and we want our Shawnee Mission West High School Military to know that they are loved and appreciated. All of us in Overland Park are proud of our military alumni and want to thank them for risking their lives to protect our country!