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 Alumni Spotlight: Auburn High School Grad Pete Brace

2/13/2020 12:00 AM

​Pete Brace graduated from Auburn High School in 1985. He attended Drake University and earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communications – public relations, then attended Michigan State University where he earned a master’s degree in public relations. He works for Northwestern University and leads marketing and development for the school's Wirtz Center for the Performing Arts. He lives in Skokie.

Which RPS 205 schools did you attend?
I attended Ellen Stiles Elementary School, Wilson Middle School and Auburn High School. 

What’s your favorite memory about attending school in RPS 205?
A benefit I co-chaired called, "An Evening for the Arts." The event was a fundraiser for Auburn's auditorium as a part of the Creative and Performing Arts (CAPA) program. Dorothy Paige-Turner headlined the event, and Auburn's jazz band accompanied. We raised more than $7,500 in one evening. The money went toward upgrading the stage floor and upgrading the acoustical tiles in the auditorium.

How has your time in Rockford Public Schools contributed to your success – whether in your career or life?
The teachers at Auburn were spectacular. I remain in touch with many who made a difference for me then and now.

Is there anything else you want to say about your time in RPS 205?
I’d like to thank some of my teachers: Karen Van Camp, an English teacher and mentor to this day; George Harnish, who led our theatre department; newspaper adviser Marilyn Swanson, David Burmeister and Judy Emmett. And Dorothy Paige-Turner, who I never had as a teacher, but she was a director of mine and calls me her "precious pest!"

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