Wall of Honor
In 1997, Renaissance sponsor Gary Kuntz founded the Wall of Honor showcasing Ottawa High School students for their achievements after their graduation from OHS. The Wall Honor includes over 50 graduates and is currently the greatest honor OHS can bestow upon any of its graduates. Each year, under the direction of Susan Geiss, a committee of students, faculty, and OHS graduates is formed to review nominations and make a recommendation for three nominees to become members of the Wall of Honor.
This year Ottawa High School will be recognizing three incredible new inductees on Thursday, September 11, and Friday, September 12. This year’s inductees include Clifford Spottsville, Class of 1933, Lucky DeFries, Class of 1971, and Anne Porter O’Dea, Class of 1996. Each of these Cyclones will be honored during an award presentation on Thursday, September 11, at 6:00 p.m. in the Cyclone Room. This banquet will include a dinner, presentation of awards, and speeches by each of the candidates.
On Friday, the Wall of Honor recipients will be honored during an all school assembly where their incredible accomplishments will be displayed for our current students to behold. Following the assembly this years award winners as well as previous winners will be speaking to classes and working with students. At noon the Wall of Honor group will then sit down and have lunch with available staff in the library. The culminating event will take place as our inductees are honored at the football game as the Cyclones take on the Bishop Ward Cyclones. During half-time a presentation of the plaques and a reading of their professional biographies will take place in a final effort to honor these incredible graduates.
Any Ottawa High School graduated is eligible for nomination after 10 years have passed since their graduation date. Nomination forms can be obtained at any time by utilizing the Ottawa High School website and clicking on the Wall of Honor page or by contacting Ottawa High School at 785 229-8020. The committee makes its selections based upon the information submitted by the nominator, therefore, the nominations need to be complete and should sufficiently inform the committee of the merits of the nominee. Nominations for the 2015 selection process should be received by April 15, 2015. We look forward to honoring this years inductees and those in the future.
Dr. Ryan Cobbs