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New Recognition Society to Honor State High Alumni, Retired Faculty

by on June 16, 2017 5:00 AM

The State College Area School District Education Foundation has announced the creation the Maroon and Gray Society to recognize the district’s most noteworthy alumni, faculty and contributors.

Individuals inducted into the Society will be nominated by members of the public, and honored at an event held May 19, 2018.

“State High has been home to so many remarkable alumni, educators, influencers and stand-out teams and groups, we wanted to find a way to honor these individuals while also supporting today’s students,” Foundation President Doug Loviscky said in a news release.

The nomination process is open on the foundation's website at www.scasdfoundation.org.

“A team of dedicated volunteers, led by the Foundation's leadership, is working hard on this exciting project," Foundation Vice President Chris Buchignani said. "Our plan is that over time, the Maroon and Gray Society's nomination and induction process will become an important part of the local calendar. We will celebrate our community schools by recognizing those who embody its values of pride, excellence, and loyalty.”

Nominations are being accepted through June 30.

“We hope fellow alums and community members will help us start out successfully with a strong, diverse group of nominees,” Buchignani said. “It only takes a few minutes, so please consider nominating someone, or sharing this information with other alumni and friends.”

Each year, the Maroon and Gray Society will recognize alumni in areas such as business, the arts, academics and athletics, as well as outstanding school groups and retired faculty.

After the nomination period closes, a volunteer committee will review submissions to produce a condensed list of nominees, which will be sent to a second and separate volunteer committee who will choose the final inductees.

Inductees will be announced Oct. 12 at the State College Alumni Association’s annual Homecoming event. Several individual inductees along with one team or group will be selected each year.

The inaugural class will be inducted into the Maroon and Gray Society at what will be an annual event in May. Proceeds from the event will support current students through the SCASD Education Foundation. Official rules for nomination can be found at www.scasdfoundation.org. Nominations can be made including:

- Academic/Career/General

- Athletics

- Community Member (non-Alumnus)

- Emerging Professional (Class of 2007 or later)

- Military Member (active, retired or deceased)

- Performing arts (music, theater and art)

- Teacher/Coach (Retired)

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