Recognition of scholastic skill captured with Academic Hall of Fame

Lauren Bonner/Staff Writer

Recently, West High School in Waterloo has decided to create a hall of fame for those who have received a high degree of success after receiving their high school diploma and post-secondary education.

The Hall of Fame is also relevant to those who have taught at West High School and contributed to great education at West.
There are certain requirements the recipients must meet to be considered for the nomination. For the alumni they must have had a minimum of a 3.0 grade point average, must have completed a post-secondary education and must be 25 years or older. Staff requirements include having enhanced the school’s reputation, contributed to the community in some way and must have left the school for five years.

I, personally, think that this is a terrific idea. Many schools award star athletes for taking their team to playoffs or to State, but what about those who have strived in academics? Having an Academic Hall of Fame is a great idea to motivate students to strive and accelerate in academics.

Right now, students may not think it’s a big deal, but later in life they will appreciate the significance of the Wall.
More schools should follow West in getting a Hall of Fame. I think this would be a great way to take pride in your school. Plus, you would get to see past scholars from your school and what they did with their lives.

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