PTO dedicates Wall of Fame
FARMER’S KORNER – After two years of planning, the Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) formally dedicated an Academic Wall of Fame to students, faculty and parents at Summit High School.
Though the Wall of Fame was installed June 1, the PTO held a formal dedication ceremony Tuesday, in conjunction with Back to School Night.
The wall, adorned with two large trophy cases, one wall display and eight large plaques, honors past and present academic excellence. Most reliable records of honor students dated back only to 1990, though some records, such as Boettcher Scholarships, dated back to 1982.
Three plaques list National Honor Society students since 1989; a French Honor Society plaque lists about 75 students since 1997; a Spanish plaque lists about 100 honor students since 1996; a Boettcher Scholarship plaque lists winners since 1982 and a plaque lists valedictorians and salutatorians since 1990. The wall display lists about 200 current honor students, said Stuart Adams, last year’s president of the PTO.
Twenty-five trophies fill two cases, mostly from Knowledge Bowl teams, sponsored by David McBride since 1980. McBride and his students have won five state championships and placed fifth in the national Knowledge Master Open in the mid-1980s, McBride said.
“I was amazed when we pulled this together and started opening drawers and closets and saw how many Knowledge Bowl trophies we had,” Adams said.
The wall stands out in the main entrance, announced by yellow and green words reading: “Summit High School Academic Wall of Fame.”
“Overall, I think it’s necessary to support the principal mission of the school, and that’s to educate students,” Adams said. “Honoring people who are successful and were successful in the past is a useful motivator. We ought to recognize that we’ve been successful in the past and that we are successful currently. Because the energy (in the PTO) has dwindled, we wanted to be able to show we’re a viable organization that does things.”
In addition to honoring and motivating students, the PTO wanted to link past and present successes to emphasis the importance of academics at Summit High School.
“The Academic Wall of Fame is dedicated to learning and to those students that achieve academic excellence, also to the faculty, staff and parents that nurture and support academic excellence,” Adams said during the dedication.
Adams also thanked the three main sponsors, Wells Fargo Bank, The Summit Foundation and East West Partners, in addition to the principals, advisers, custodial staff, PTO members and students instrumental in creating the wall.
Kimberly Nicoletti can be reached at (970) 668-3998 ext. 245 or by e-mail at email@example.com.
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