SIKESTON -- With the deadline to nominate honorees for the Sikeston R-6 Hall of Fame and Honor Wall approaching, one of the program's founders urges community members to not hesitate in making their recommendations.
"To me, it's a great honor to be nominated," said co-founder Roger Sherman of the Honor Wall/Hall of Fame. "It's recognition of their achievement while in school, and it reinforces the fact we do have a good program -- both education- and activity-wise."
In 1995, Sherman, who spent 36 years in the Sikeston School District as a coach, teacher and administrator, and about 30-40 members of the community met one evening for a few hours to discuss a way of acknowledging the men and women who have contributed to the Sikeston Public Schools in various ways over the years. They came up with the Honor Wall and Hall of Fame, which is reflected with plaques at the Sikeston Field House.
"There's been a lot of fine people that have contributed a great deal to the Sikeston High School tradition and the community of Sikeston," Sherman said. "The school is part of -- and not a part from -- the community, and that speaks well for the school and the community."
The Sikeston Public Schools Honor Wall recognizes individuals -- usually a former teacher, administrator or school board member -- for their service to the school district. The SPS Hall of Fame, on the other hand, honors individuals and teams that have made outstanding and lasting contributions in the field of athletics or school activities. Sikeston High School students cannot be nominated until five years after their graduation.
According to the personnel with the superintendent's office, no nominations have been submitted for either honor -- yet. However, the nomination process is an easy one, which requires filling out a form prior to the July 22 deadline, the district employee said.
Those interested in making a nomination may obtain applications by going online to the district's website: sikestonr6.org, downloading the forms and printing them to complete. Or they can pick up one of the two forms from the Sikeston High School office or the Central Office between 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday.
Completed nominations may be dropped off at the Central Office or mailed to: Sikeston R-6 Central Office, 1002 Virginia, Sikeston, MO 63801. Nominations must be postmarked by July 22.
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