The Moline High School Hall of Honor committee is looking for a few good Maroons.
Bill Burrus, chairman of the committee and former high school principal, said he is looking to get as many names as possible submitted for the 2019-2020 class of Hall of Honor inductees. Those selected will join the ranks of past honorees and Moline luminaries, such as Bob “Mr. Thanksgiving” Vogelbaugh” and former Moline Mayor Stan Leach.
The honor recognizes Moline High School graduates who have achieved distinction in professional, public and/or community services, and individuals who have had a positive influence in the lives of others.
“It’s one of the few hall of honors or hall of fames that’s not just athletics, not just performing arts, not just successful people in business and community,” Burrus said. “It’s all of those.”
Nominees must have graduated from Moline at least ten years before being considered for the honor. All previous nominations that have been submitted remain on file with the committee and will be considered, along with new nominations.
The nine-member selection committee accepts nominations throughout the year, but forms must be filed by Aug. 1 in order to be considered for this year’s class of inductees. Forms must either be postmarked by that date or dropped off to the office at Moline High School. The form is available online, mhs.molineschools.org/apps/news/article/1003835.
Honorees will be announced in the fall. The induction dinner and ceremony is planned for Jan. 24.
Burrus said the last class of honorees was selected four years ago, and the committee has only received one nomination since that time.
“That’s why we’re really looking to get more nominations from Moline graduates of their classmates who have really done something significant in their professional lives, for their communities, helping others,” Burrus said. “It’s a wide category for selection.”
Burrus said the Hall of Honor has been in place for 20 years, but new this year is the digital display located at the Bartlett Performing Arts Center at the high school. The interactive display allows students and visitors to view photos and biographies of honorees. Burrus said he hopes students and visitors get a taste of the spectrum of accomplishments of Moline alums.
“It’s extremely important for those new graduates to look to the past, to see what potentials, what possible futures lie ahead that they can accomplish as well,” Burrus said.
Burrus said the former display area for the Hall of Honor plaques turned into a wall of windows during the construction of the performing arts center. He said the new display is in a prominent location for all to interact with and the digital display means the committee will not have to worry about running out of display cases in which to feature honorees.