High school seeks Wall of Fame nominations

High school seeks Wall of Fame nominations

Quakertown Community High School Principal Dr. David Finnerty has observed students stand in the lobby, just outside the Cyber Commons, and read the names on the school's Wall of Fame.

He enjoys the connection between former and current Panthers, and wants more role models on the Wall for students to emulate. "It's great to see the connection," Dr. Finnerty said. "I want them to be proud of their predecessors, and have it motivate them to be great."

Dr. Finnerty is seeking Wall of Fame nominations from the public. Alumni considered will have demonstrated exceptional achievement in a career or have contributed significantly to the health, welfare or human rights of the local, state, national, or international community.

A nomination form can be found on the district's website -- qcsd.org -- in the Community section by clicking on Wall of Fame.

The Alumni Association and Quakertown Community Education Foundation help fund the Wall.

Those selected will be recognized at the Alumni Association's annual meeting on June 1.

From 1944 to 2015, more than 50 recipients received the Gold Key Award. Since then, the Wall of Fame was created. It currently houses five recipients:

2016 Quakertown Wall of Fame Inductee

Gary David Holland, Class of 1963

Bloomsburg State College with a major in Biology. Deployed in Vietnam January, 1968.

Private First Class Gary David Holland was killed by enemy forces, February 9, 1968 in Binh Duong, Vietnam. He is honored on the Vietnam War Memorial in Washington, DC.

2016 Quakertown Wall of Fame Inductee

Cary Krause, Class of 1984

1989 Naval Academy with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mathematics (Operational Analysis)

Captain Krause is currently serving as a senior Inspector to the Board on Inspection and Survey in Little Creek, VA.

2016 Quakertown Wall of Fame Inductee

Jay F. Kirkpatrick, Class of 1958

East Stroudsburg State College with a Bachelor and Master's degrees in Biological Science and a PhD from Veterinary College, Cornell University.

Dr. Jay F. Fitzpatrick devoted his career to wildlife preservation and protection and served as Director for the "In Defense of Endangered Species" organization.

2017 Quakertown Wall of Fame Inductee

Valerie K. Huegel, Class of 1973

1977 University of Delaware Bachelor of Science in Business Administration;

1980 U.S. Navy Officer Candidate School;

1992 Troy State University Master of Science in Counseling

Rear Admiral Huegel, Supply Corps, United States Navy

7 November 1980 to 30 September 2017

"Honor, Courage, and Commitment"

"Honored to Serve"

2017 Quakertown Wall of Fame Inductee

Craig M. Thatcher, Class of 1974

Craig M. Thatcher has achieved worldwide acclaim for his expertise in guitar music.

The Martin Guitar Company selected him as a teacher and performer.

He has been generous in sharing his talent to benefit various charitable causes.

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