I had the pleasure of having a discussion with a community member about a month ago about the recognition of the accomplishments of our school by both students and staff. This person talked about the recently developed Clinton High School Athletic Hall of Fame, and the amazing players, coaches, and administrators that have been appropriately recognized.
The discussion moved to other areas, such as academic achievement, lifetime achievement, community service, and providing today’s students with alumni role models that have gone above and beyond. Clinton High School has had many graduates that have served our country, including some that have made the ultimate sacrifice. We have had graduates that had prominent roles in the nation’s health and medical careers. We have graduates that excelled in the professional fine arts. We have alumni that have served in government, working to make a difference in people’s lives. This list could go on and on.
Should the Clinton Community School District develop a recognition program, highlighting areas in addition to athletics? The answer to this question comes down to our values as an academic institution. I look forward to these discussions and the possible implementation of a recognition program that values academic and lifetime accomplishments.