The Smith-Cotton High School Halls of Fame show students the possibilities and opportunities they have available and display those alumni who have graduated with the highest honors, as well as supporters of school activities. However, the academic and activities halls are in need of nominees.
An individual is inducted into an S-C Hall of Fame only by being nominated. No one has been nominated in the past few years for the academics hall, and this is the first year there has been no one nominated for the activities hall, according to Wade Norton, S-C High principal and a Hall of Fame Committee member.
Rob Davis, S-C activities director and a Hall of Fame Committee member, said the halls were created to recognize great students, athletes and school supporters. Norton said the Halls of Fame show students there are many opportunities for them — that they have the potential to become professionals whether it is in sports or mathematics. They could go into the NFL or “take the love of music and go for it,” said Norton.
Davis said it is disappointing to have no nominees despite the efforts that have been made to publicize the halls.
“In order to keep it alive, we must have nominations,” Davis said.
Norton said local media have done stories on Hall of Fame inductions, but members of the committee don’t know what more to do to bring in more nominations. Information on the Halls of Fame can be found on the Sedalia 200 website (sedalia200.org/Page/50).
The only way for there to be nominations, however, is if members of the more than 90 classes of S-C alumni, as well as community members, complete and turn in nomination forms and provide supporting documents..
Former Sedalia Mayor Bob Wasson was inducted into the Activities Hall of Fame in 2013. Wasson, who died in 2009, was inducted as a community supporter of S-C band, vocal music and other programs. Amanda Blackburn, one of Wasson’s daughters, and her entire family were grateful for his induction.
Blackburn said receiving the award for her father had “a huge positive impact” on her family. They are grateful he will continue to be remembered for his support of education. According to Blackburn, it is important to recognize those who have made a positive impact on the community.
“Generally in life, it is always important to recognize people for accomplishments,” Blackburn said.
Ian Mosier is a Smith-Cotton High School student.