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Academic Hall of Fame


The South Dearborn Academic & Career Hall of Fame (SDACHOF) was established in February 2011 to recognize distinguished alumni, staff members & volunteers who have demonstrated outstanding achievement in areas such as citizenship, leadership, sportsmanship and career achievement in the arts & sciences, education, business, service industries, medicine, research & other professional fields. SDACHOF Nomination Form 2016.pdf

Mission

It is our goal to recognize South Dearborn Community School Corporation alumni, employees & volunteers that have distinguished themselves by their contribution in their field of work or study, to the South Dearborn Community and to society as a whole. By honoring these positive role models, we hope to provide inspiration to our current students on understanding the value of education & citizenship and the possibilities to which it may lead. The SDACHOF is to recognize those who have demonstrated significant accomplishments based upon academic excellence & achievement, career accomplishments, community service, personal excellence & dedication to lifelong learning.

Process

Each year, the Hall of Fame committee will induct up to four (4) new members (8 members the first year) to the SDCSC Academic & Career Hall of Fame.

Criteria Nominees will be recognized for a high level of achievement in a combination of:
  • academic endeavors,
  • career excellence
  • service to community
The nominee should also exemplify personal commitment to:
  • good character
  • scholarship
  • leadership
  • service within his/her field of expertise.
Nominees must be from one of the following categories:

3 Categories Alumni/Former Students: this category will honor former students of SDCSC for their contribution to society, academic achievements and for enhancing the reputation of our schools. Former students must have been students in the SDCSC for at least four (4) years & graduated from a SDCSC high school (SDHS, Moores Hill, Dillsboro, Aurora). These nominees must be at least 30 years of age.
Staff Member: This category will honor all SDCSC staff members or school board members that have served SDCSC for their contribution to the school, students & education. These nominees must have been SDCSC employees for a minimum of eight (8) years.
SDCSC Volunteers: This category will honor all parents, teachers & local residents that have excelled in their volunteer work with the SDCSC. Examples are PTO, Booster Clubs, mentoring, youth groups, music, band, etc. These nominees can be current or past volunteers.
* The Hall of Fame board has the right to waive qualification standards for nominees by unanimous vote. The Hall of Fame board can induct individuals posthumously.

Nominations
Nomination form is available here for download.
Anyone may submit a nomination form.
Juniors & Seniors who submit a nomination must provide an essay in the Indiana Dollars for Scholars Hoosier Heroes format – they will then be eligible to win one of three SD Hoosier Heroes Scholarships ($500, $300 & $200) and an Indiana Dollars for Scholars Hoosier Heroes Scholarship ($2000)

All nominations will be good for five (5) years.
The deadline is April 30th of each year.

Hall of Fame Steering Committee
The steering committee will have 9 rotating members & at least 2 permanent members (SDHS principal & one school board member). Each steering committee member will serve for four years. The first committee will have 3 members serving 2 years, 3 members serving 3 years & 3 members serving 4 years to get the rotation started.
2 Years – John Race, John Rumsey, Mark Neff 3 Years – Marvin Duerstock, Mel Green, Paula Bruner 4 Years – Andrea Ewan, Jane Hiltz, Mary Pat Taylor
Subsequent members will be nominated & voted on by the current steering committee.
The SDHS principal (or his/her designee) & one school board member will be permanent voting members of the steering committee. They will also provide input, personal knowledge of nominees, adherance to school policies & public appearance, make sure the nominees are good role models & good representatives of the school district, etc.
Current steering committee members are not eligible to be inducted into the SDACHOF while they are on the committee. They will be eligible to be inducted after their term is completed.

Voting Committee
All members of the rotating steering committee, the SDHS principal (or his/her designee) & one school board member will be voting members.
Steering committee members cannot vote on any immediate family members that are nominated to the SDACHOF.
A chairperson & secretary will be selected at the April meeting as necessary. South Dearborn Dollars for Scholars will serve as the treasurer.

Charter Members
The first year (2011), up to eight (8) nominees will be inducted into the SDACHOF

Subsequent Members
Each year after the charter year, up to four (4) nominees will be inducted into the SDACHOF.

Nomination / Selection Process
After each year's deadline (April 30th), all eligible nomination forms will be sent electronically to each steering committee for review.
The steering committee will then meet in April to review, discuss & vote on the inductees for that year.
Voting will be by secret ballot. Each attending steering committee member will vote on their top 8 choices the first year and top 4 choices each year thereafter. The nominees with the most votes (8 the first year, 4 each year thereafter) will be inducted into the SDACHOF.

SDCSC Academic & Career Hall of Fame Induction & SD Dollars for Scholars Awards Banquet
The SDACHOF Induction will be combined with the SD Dollars for Scholars Awards Banquet on the first Sunday in August of each year. This will provide the inductees with an impressive audience and will provide inspiration to our current graduates to perservere in their goals to achieve a college education.

Plaques
The Hall of Fame plaques will be located in a hallway at SDHS.

South Dearborn Academic & Career Hall of Fame Scholarship
Each year, South Dearborn Dollars for Scholars will provide $250 to be awarded to a graduating senior as the SDACHOF Scholarship.

After the SDACHOF Inductees are selected & notified, they will have the opportunity to select one graduating senior ro receive a $250 SDACHOF Scholarship.

Ten (10) applications will be selected by SDDFS as finalists & these applications will be sent electronically to all members of the SDACHOF & to vote for the most worthy. The student with the most votes will receive the scholarship.

The student would have to be present to win as an incentive to attend the August banquet.

The South Dearborn Academic & Career Hall of Fame Steering Committee, South Dearborn Dollars for Scholars and the South Dearborn Community School Corporation are very proud to introduce this program. It is a great way to tie the local community, SDDFS & SDCSC together.

NOTE: Petition forms may be picked up at any of the South Dearborn Community School Corporation school buildings.
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