Five notable alumni, from artists and business owners to philanthropists, will receive the Distinguished Alumni Award this Friday (Sept. 20).
This year's inductees are: Betsy (Carson) Brady ('64), Pete Kadens ('96), Rustin “Polly” (Steele) Levenson ('65), Robert "Bob" Shopneck ('68), and Dr. Catherine Webb ('66).
The induction ceremony takes place at the John Lindsay Court at the Junior/Senior High School. It begins at 5 p.m. and concludes during halftime of that evening's football game, when the inductees will be introduced on the field at halftime.
The Distinguished Alumni Award recognizes former students who have made a meaningful contribution to society, and whose accomplishments, affiliations, and careers have honored the tradition of excellence at Ottawa Hills. The award recognizes alumni who have made significant accomplishments in the following areas while maintaining high standards in personal integrity and character: an outstanding leader in his or her field; service to his or her community and humanity through local, state, national, or international organizations; and/or demonstrated exemplary accomplishments in the arts, education, government, science, business, or public service.
This is the third induction ceremony since the inaugural event in 2017. Past award recipients are Christine Brennan ('76), Dr. Craig Burkhart ('69), Russell Carson ('61), Richard DeVore ('51), John Galbraith ('41), Dr. James Geiger ('79), Roa Lynn ('55), Larry Mindel ('55), M. Scott Peeler ('89), Frederic Roberts ('79), David Staelin ('56), and Sally Stuckey ('74).
This year’s Distinguished Alumni Selection Committee was comprised of Ottawa Hills alumni, faculty, and district officials. We would like to thank the committee members for their service: Kate Backoff ('77), Jackie Berenzweig ('93), Chris Hardman, George Lathrop, Ben McMurray, Kevin Miller, Erica Silk ('89), and Judd Silverman ('74).