February 07, 2013The Distinguished Alumni Selection Committee is currently seeking nominations from the community for its second class of Grosse Pointe North High School Distinguished Alumni Award honorees.
"We're not just looking for people with notable names, but people who have been successful in their lives, in their community," said Ben Walker who, along with Judi Preston, started the award last year. Their intent was, and remains, to inspire North's present student body and promote community awareness to past students' successes. Successes, Walker added, not necessarily related to the Grosse Pointe community.
"Just people who've made a difference," Walker said. "The diversity in our school shows in the diversity in the nominations we have."
He and Preston both stressed the importance of community involvement for this year's nominations, acknowledging they've adapted the nomination process to ensure an easier, more personal experience.
"If they contact us, we will walk them through the process," Preston said. "The burden doesn't have to be on them. We want it to be user friendly, the process."
Nominations are due no later than Monday, April 22.
Along with nominations, the committee also seeks help in financing the program or with in-kind services. Costs include awards, lunch and refreshments for the honorees, printed programs, stage decorations and other items.
Pending funds raised, Walker and Preston anticipate a ceremony honoring this year's recipients for fall of 2013, at the beginning of the school year rather than spring, Preston said, to set an earlier trend of inspiration for students.
"We can never know all the great people out there, all the possibilities," Preston said. "We really want to make the greater community aware they can bring forth any of these people to us."
Information about North's Distinguished Alumni Award, as well as photos from last year's event, is available at gpschools.schoolwires.net/Page/1203.
For assistance in nominating a distinguished alumni, contact Preston at (31) 886-0249 or Sarah Flynn at (313) 881-9075.