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Colby makes trio of new additions to Hall of Fame

The Colby School District added three more inductees to their Hall of Fame, announcing the new additions at the high school’s graduation ceremony on Friday.

Nancy Marcott

Nancy Marcott was a dedicated educator in the Dorchester/ Colby School district for 37 years. She started her career in education as a music teacher at Dorchester Elementary in 1980. During Marcott’s tenure as music teacher in Dorchester, she shared her musical talents, arranged music for concerts each year, and taught her students how to love music through the passion she showed in the classroom. She continued as a teacher until 2002 when she became principal of Colby High/Middle School, a position she held until her retirement in 2010. Marcott had a passion for education, and it showed at every level of her career. She was honored with the Wisconsin Title I Association’s Outstanding Administrator of the Year Award in 2007. Retiring as principal was not the end of Marcott’s service to the Colby School District. In the fall of 2010, she returned to the hallways of Colby’s buildings working with staff as Curriculum Director, a role she fulfilled until 2017.

Marcott’s love for music was shared with students beyond the classroom at Dorchester and Colby as she spent

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many years teaching piano lessons in the community and volunteered her time accompanying students for Solo and Ensemble for band and choir.

Marcott was a teacher, colleague and friend to many people who walked the halls of Dorchester and Colby schools. For her 37+ years of dedication to student success and achievement, Colby School District honors Marcott by inducting her into the 2024 Colby Hall of Fame.

Brian Eggebrecht

In the mid 1970s, Brian Eggebrecht (or “B” as he was known) was a student that was pretty well known in Colby. From the fall of 1969 to the spring of 1974, Brian was a standout athlete running cross country as a sophomore, on three of four football teams that won Cloverbelt Conference titles from 1969-1973, was a standout on the basketball court and had a record-setting track and field career. His 440 and 880 school records from 1974 still stand and have been unbeatable for 50 years. In addition to being an athlete, Brian was involved with FFA and Pep Club. He was Homecoming king in 1973.

Upon graduating from Colby High School in 1974, Brian earned an associate’s degree in food science. He and his brothers owned and operated Welcome Dairy just outside of Colby until his retirement in 2019.

Through a variety of ways, Brian was very committed to generously giving back to the Colby community. He worked with WCMA and made a considerable donation to initiate the Brian Eggebrecht Student Scholarship which supports skilled trades in the dairy industry. Students at state technical colleges earn Brian’s scholarships for studies that lead to careers in dairy. He also started a scholarship at Colby High School for graduates attending technical colleges. Brian was very proud of the many years he coached basketball and Pop Warner football (CUDA). Brian, along with Welcome Dairy, were very generous supporters of the Colby School District, the Colby Hornet Athletic Booster Club and CUDA football.

For his outstanding success as a student while at Colby High School and his desire to give back to students in the Colby community through scholarships, donations and many years of coaching, we honor Brian Eggebrecht as a 2024 Colby Hall of Fame inductee.

Colby 1982 4x200 relay team

In the late 1970’s and early 80’s, the Colby girls 4x200 relay team was one to be reckoned with in Central Wisconsin. From 1979-1982 they entered each year’s sectional track meet as the top seed. The 1979 and 1980 sectional meets included races they would rather forget with a false start in ’79 and a dropped baton in ’80. But these young ladies didn’t let the results of their past races hinder their focus.

Their ’81 sectional race would finally earn them a chance to run in Madison at the WIAA state meet, where they finished 2nd. 1982 would be the year when the combination of persistence, dedication and experience would create a magical result. That year, when the team consisted of two seniors, a junior and a sophomore, they would return to state and fulfill a dream.

Carol Stieber, Mary Sonnemann, Barb Bruesewitz and Lorie Hodkiewicz dropped 1.5 seconds off of their best time to run a 1:44.28, which was a new state record – a record that stood for 4 years. Their hard work and determination earned the second state championship in Colby’s school history, and we now honor them as an inductee into the Colby Hall of Fame.