Pair of '75 graduates, Reed and Heard, GCHS Hall inductees

4/3/2014

Pair of '75 graduates, Reed and Heard, GCHS Hall inductees

Pair of '75 graduates, Reed and Heard, GCHS Hall inductees

By The Telegram

The Garden City High School Hall of Fame Committee has selected Janet Reed, local inductee, and Alex Heard, out-of-town inductee, as the 2014 inductees for the Garden City High School Hall of Fame.

Reed, a 1975 graduate of GCHS, received a bachelor of science degree from St. Mary of the Plains, Summa Cum Laude and received a master of arts degree from Fort Hays State University, Summa Cum Laude. She is a longtime resident of Garden City and serves as the library media specialist at GCHS.

Reed has given back to the community through many leadership positions in numerous associations and organizations. She is a member in high standing in the Order of the Eastern Star, Finney County Preservation Alliance, and Friends of Lee Richardson Zoo. She is also a member of the National Association of Secondary School Principals, and is past president of the Quality Performance Accreditation Advisory Council for the Kansas Department of Education. She was named as the Outstanding Administrator for Southwest Kansas Music Educator's Association in 2008.

Heard, also a 1975 graduate of GCHS, is a graduate of Vanderbilt University and is the editorial director of Outside magazine and the author of "Apocalypse Pretty Soon: Travels in End-Time America," a book about millennial subcultures in the United States. His book, "The Eyes of Willie McGee: A Tragedy of Race, Sex, and Secrets in the Jim Crow South," about the 1951 execution of Willie McGee, was published in 2010.

He was the executive editor for Wired magazine and also has edited and written for The New York Times Magazine, The New Republic and Slate.

The induction ceremony will take place at 7:30 p.m. May 16, in the GCHS Commons Area, 2720 Buffalo Way Blvd. The public is invited to attend.

The idea of recognizing past graduates of GCHS who have gone on to distinguish themselves through outstanding accomplishments was conceived in 1984 by administrators and board members of the school district. The purpose for the hall of fame is twofold: to honor past graduates of the school for their accomplishments in their chosen professions and to present positive role models to the current graduating seniors, as well as to the rest of the student body.

Each year, two distinguished graduates of GCHS are added to the hall of fame. To date, 56 people have been inducted.

Tours of the high school will be offered at 5:30 p.m. May 16, and a buffet dinner will be served promptly at 6:30 p.m. in the high school Commons Area, prior to the induction ceremony. Reservations for dinner are required. Cost of each dinner is $12, payable in advance. For dinner reservations or more information, call Theresa Meng, Garden City Public Schools, at 805-7013.

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