Nominations accepted until January

Tigard High School administrators are accepting nominations for former students to be included on its 'distinguished alumni' wall later this school year.Know someone from Tigard who went on to do great things? Tigard High School administrators would like to hear from you.

The school is looking for notable alumni to be included in a special display it plans to unveil by April.

The "distinguished alumni" wall will hang in the school's cafeteria and is meant to honor former students who have gone on to make notable contributions to their community, country or society, said Rachel Edwards, the school’s secretary.

“It’s like a sports hall of fame,” she said. “But this is for academics.”

The idea, Edwards said, is to inspire current students to do great things and show some pride in their school, as well as celebrate the school's former students.

So who will be included in the first-ever list of distinguished alumni?

Edwards said she isn't sure, yet.

“We have a couple of suggestions," she said. "We're going to take the suggestions and meet as a committee and decide.”

Tigard High is asking former students and community members to nominate people they think deserve to be recognized for their work.

The idea is to add names to the wall every year, Edwards said.

“There is a difference between being famous and being distinguished,” Edwards said. “I know people from when I was in high school that I would consider to be distinguished alumni. What we need to do is tap into those people that may know of someone that they think deserves recognition.”

Athletes, actors, members of the military, politicians and local business owners could all make the wall, Edwards said.

Tigard has had its share of students go on to successful careers. Former student Kaitlin Olsen currently stars on the FX comedy series “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia,” and former Tigard High baseball player Mike Kinkade won a gold medal in the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia (he's No. 18 in the video, tackling pitcher Ben Sheets).

The wall will include plaques including a photo of the individual and description of what the student went on to do.

“May they serve to remind us of the potential in all of us to transform knowledge and skill into action for the benefit of others,” reads the inscription which will be placed on the alumni wall. “May their lives continue to inspire current and future generations at Tigard Senior High School.”

Nomination forms are school's website and can be turned in at the high school, located at 9000 S.W. Durham Road.

Nominations are due by the January 2014.

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