New program will honor individuals’ contributions to GISD

The Graham ISD school board in mid-September approved a program to honor those who have contributed to the success of Graham ISD.

GISD partnered with the Graham Public Education Foundation to create a Hall of Honor to recognize alumni, staff and community members who have provided meritorious service to the district and/or their profession.

Nominations will be accepted through Friday, Nov. 3. The application packet is available on the GISD website and a copy can be picked up at the GISD administration office.

On the week of Dec. 4, GISD Superintendent Sonny Cruse will make the Hall of Honor honoree list public and will send a notification to each person selected. On the week of Feb. 5 the district will host the first Hall of Honor banquet.

Submit the nomination form and any supporting documents postmarked by Friday, Nov. 3, to: GPEF Hall of Honor Program, Graham ISD, 400 Third St., Graham, TX 76450, Attn: Sonny Cruse, Superintendent of Schools.

The nomination categories and criteria are:

Distinguished Alumni Award

• Is a Graham High School alumnus who has been out of high school at least 10 years
• Has special achievements in the nominee’s area of specialization
• Has received honors, awards, etc. on a local, regional, national and/or international level
• Can demonstrate community service
• Has made meritorious contributions to society in general, or to a specific segment of society

Distinguished Staff Award

• Nominee must have worked at least 10 years for GISD
• Contributed substantial and significant support to GISD, specifically, and education in general
• Developed relationships with district and community members to foster community learning
• Must have exited employment at least one year prior to being considered for induction

Distinguished Community Member Award

• Individuals, businesses or community groups that have supported and encouraged academic achievement through donations, scholarships, or other meaningful ways
• Made significant contributions to the development and improvement of GISD

Historical Award

• Connection to the GISD from 1883 to 1940
• Meets the criteria for one of the above three categories. For staff during this time period, the 10-year service requirement will be waived due the fact that all female teachers in the early days of the GISD were single. Once they married, they were not allowed to teach in GISD unless their husband was a teacher/administrator/coach. During the years of World War II, that changed because male teachers went off to war.

Posthumous Consideration

• See criteria above
• The candidate must have died more than one year prior to being considered for induction

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