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Paynesville Press - November 30, 2005

Alumni nominations sought again for award

By Michael Jacobson

The "Keep the Quality" Education Foundation is seeking nominations for its Distinguished Alumni Award. The award recognizes PHS alumni for their post-graduation accomplishments.

This honor has been awarded the past two springs. In 2005, Gladys Deadrick (Class of 1925), Joe Pung (Class of 1961), and Dr. Jim Hess (Class of 1971) were honored. Deadrick started a meal delivery program for seniors in the Paynesville area; Pung captained the Gophers football team and taught for 30 years; and Hess has led 35 mission trips to the Third World while serving as president of VOSH-Minnesota (Volunteer Optometric Service to Humanity) since 1983.

The inaugural Distinguished Alumni Awards went to Ken Olson (Class of 1963), Ron (Rondo) Olsen (Class of 1966), and Bruce Stang (Class of 1977) in 2004. Olson won the Congressional Medal of Honor for his sacrificial battlefield death in Vietnam in May 1968; Olsen has worked as an award-winning television news reporter for 35 years; and Stang built his company, Stang Precision in Paynesville, into a successful plastics manufacturer.

The award is meant to recognize the success of Paynesville graduates in the world. All kinds of achievements - artistic, career, community service, etc. - will be considered.

The only criteria for the award is nominees must be an alumni of Paynesville Area High School.

Nominations of alumni should include a synopsis of their life after graduation, a description of their accomplishments, and a description of why they are deserving of the Distinguished Alumni Award. Remember that you are trying to convince the committee of the merits of this nominee. Nominations should also include the nominee's graduation year, current address, and current phone number, as well as your contact information in case the committee needs to contact you. Nominations must be received by Friday, Dec. 22. They can be mailed to the "Keep the Quality" Education Foundation, Distinguished Alumni Selection Committee, P.O. Box 187, Paynesville, MN 56362.

Nominations will be kept on file and reconsidered every year. If you have made a nomination in the past, you do not need to resubmit it unless you want to add information about the nominee.

The Distinguished Alumni Awards for 2006 will be selected by the "Keep the Quality" board of directors in January and will be awarded to three PAHS graduates next spring.

(Editor's Note: Jacobson is a board member of the "Keep the Quality" Education Foundation and helps organize the Distinguished Alumni Award for the foundation.)

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