Editor's note: The following is a press release issued by District 202:
Nominations for the third-annual induction into the Plainfield Foundation for Excellence Alumni Hall of Fame will be accepted through January 11, 2013.
The Alumni Hall of Fame honors District 202 graduates who have distinguished themselves beyond their high school years through their significant accomplishments or service.
Nomination forms are available on the Foundation for Excellence web site (www.d202foundation.org) and at the District 202 Administrative Center, 15732 Howard St., Plainfield.
The Hall of Fame was created in 2011 as part of the foundation’s work to promote excellence and achievement for District 202 learners.
Nominees will have significant accomplishments and/or community service recognized as outstanding through the receipt of awards, honors, or other forms of distinction. Nominees will have made a profound and positive international, national, regional or local impact on their chosen field or community.
Nominations for candidates will be accepted in these categories:
- Arts and Entertainment
- Business and Commerce
- Community Service and Volunteerism
- Education and Humanities
- Government and Military
- Medicine and Health
- Philanthropy and Non-profit
- Science and Technology
- Sports and Recreation
Nominees must have graduated from a District 202 high school, or the Plainfield High School which preceded the formation of District 202, at least 20 years prior to nomination. This requirement may be waived for candidates who entered military service prior to their graduation or for other special circumstances.
Each nomination form must be fully completed and submitted as outlined on the form to be considered.
District 202 alumni, current or former faculty and staff, administrators, and community members of District 202 may nominate someone for the Alumni Hall of Fame. Posthumous nominations will also be accepted. Nominations will be kept on file and reconsidered for the next two years following submission. A candidate may be re-nominated after three years.
A panel of Foundation Trustees will judge the nominations. The Foundation will honor this year’s inductees at its annual dinner and auction, to be held in April 2013.
The “Class of 2012” comprised:
- Judy Avery (1959) for her outstanding accomplishments in community service and volunteerism, and
- Dr. Burt Saxon (1965) for his professional achievements in education.
The 2011 Alumni Hall class included:
- Karen Hamilton (1958) for her community service and volunteerism
- Dr. Bradley Barnes (1977) for his work in the field of dentistry
- Lt. Col. Christopher Cozzi (1988) for his service in the U.S. Air Force, and
- Dr. Julie Ruddy (1988) for her service as a clinical psychologist for the U.S. Navy.
Since 1983 the Foundation for Excellence has raised and contributed nearly $300,000 to support District 202 students and staff in the form of grants, scholarships and special funding. It has also supported special programs including a District Art Gallery, the Great Read community reading program and the 1847 Schoolhouse Restoration.