Alumni association recognizes several with honors
by David Broyles Staff Reporter
The Mount Airy Alumni Association handed out several awards Friday night during halftime of the Mount Airy-North Surry football game at Wallace Shelton Stadium.
Three Alumni Awards as well as Educational Distinction of Honor Awards were announced. David Rowe received the Service and Citizenship Award for demonstrating “outstanding loyalty and volunteer service” to the school district. Rowe’s award was accepted on his behalf by his son, Henry Rowe.
John Springthorpe III received the Excellence and Advocacy Award for “pursuit of high academic achievement of Mount Airy City Schools students and staff sharing time, talent and expertise.” He was described as a community business leader who strives for the tradition of educational excellence, forward thinking and innovative leadership.
Dr. Dale Simmons received the Professional Achievement Award for “significant contribution and accomplishments” in his chosen career profession. Simmons’ award was accepted on his behalf by his son, Gus Halper.
Six received the Educational Distinction of Honor recognitions. This category recognizes alums for “outstanding performance, dedication , loyalty and commitment to the service of duties assigned by the Mount Airy Schools.” Information from the association indicated recipients of this honor have positively impacted student achievement and served the community by promoting education and leadership.
James Kemp accepted the award on behalf of the late H. M. Finch and Clarence Hines accepted the award on behalf of Kate Barringer. The others receiving the Distinction of Honor were Detra Baker, Lynn Wagoner and Kelly Holder. Larry Davis accepted the honor on behalf of Maxine Hamilton.
A recognition plaque for outstanding support to the Mount Airy Alumni Association was also awarded to Dr. Paul Webster III.
According to Association Vice President Tanya Taylor, components of the group’s mission include remembering, reconnect ion and recognition.
“I am very excited and honored to be a part of the planning of this project that has been needed for a long time. I commend Dr. Little and Dr. Webster in their vision,” said Taylor. “Having a central database for alumni contacts will be extremely valuable. As a Mount Airy alumni I believe it will be beneficial for those alumni returning to Mount Airy to work to have an avenue that they can reconnect. I am also proud that we are able to recognize those outstanding individuals that have made a difference in the Mount Airy City Schools, with our students, and in our community.”
Taylor also indicated she hopes the ceremony helps to raise awareness of the association so it can continue to collect alumni information for a database which will be used in planning class reunions, general communication and social gatherings. Taylor said the group is setting up one time membership fees of $25 which will include an alumni Tee-shirt and a vehicle decal.
Earlier this year, School Superintendent Dr. Gregory Little began bringing together alumni volunteers to form the association. An executive committee was formed which created the brand and focus of the group.
Reach David Broyles at email@example.com or 719-1952.
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