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WASD Education Foundation Seeks Nominations for 2019 Distinguished Alumni

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February 18, 2019 | Alumni

2018 Distinguished Alumni stand for photo.

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (FEBRUARY 18, 2019) — The Williamsport Area School District Education Foundation (WASDEF) is seeking nominations for the district’s 2019 Distinguished Alumni.

The 2019 recipients will be inducted into the WAHS Distinguished Alumni Wall of Fame and invited to attend an award presentation at the foundation’s second Donor Appreciation Event and Awards Ceremony in September.

Up to four individuals can be recognized in the following categories:

Outstanding Recent Alumni Award: Given to an alumnus who has graduated 15 years ago or less. It recognizes outstanding service and accomplishments of an exceptional young alumnus. Areas of service may include professional, personal and civic.

Distinguished Alumni Service Award: Given to an alumnus who has provided outstanding service to his/her profession and/or community.

Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award: Given to an alumnus who has modeled and employed a focus on achievement within his/her profession.

Distinguished Alumni Humanitarian Award: Given to an alumnus who has provided extraordinary service for the benefit of others.

For those wishing to nominate an individual, either living or deceased, nomination forms are available at the WASD Education Foundation office, 2780 West Fourth St., or online here.

For a person to be considered, the following must be received by Friday, May 31.

  • a completed nomination form and the candidate’s resume or vita;
  • provided evidence to support any philanthropy, community service, accomplishments, awards and distinctions (professional or otherwise), and military and public safety involvement;
  • at least one letter of endorsement and any material to support reasoning;
  • and a most recent photo of the candidate.

The foundation’s alumni committee will evaluate each nomination and an announcement of this year’s recipients will be made on or June 30.

As of 2018, 16 Distinguished Alumni have been inducted. They are:

  • Samuel E. Belle ’52
  • Maurice and Michael Bower ’74
  • Frank Girardi ’57
  • Dr. Herbert Hurwitz ’80
  • Dr. Samuel B. Hoff ’75
  • Dr. John F. Piper Jr. ’54
  • Dr. Frederic Sanford ’58
  • Jonathan Smith ’86
  • Marvin H. and Jean R. Staiman ’45
  • Michael Stratton ’07
  • William Stroup ’46
  • Donna Incitti Tabor ’58
  • Philip Thomas Sr. ’61
  • Greg Walker ’86

WASDEF is a recognized nonprofit affiliate of the school district. Led by a 20-member volunteer board of directors, the education foundation facilitates charitable giving and permanent legacies based on individual areas of interest in educational innovation, the arts, athletics and scholarships. For more information, visit

Pictured above from left: WASDEF Board President Rose-Marie Gross, WASDEF Executive Director Greg Hayes, 2018 distinguished alumni Michael Stratton and Greg Walker, Superintendent Dr. Timothy Bowers and WAHS Head Prinicpal Dr. Brandon Pardoe.
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