Ten OHS Alumni Inducted Into Hall of Achievement
Ten Owensboro High School graduates were inducted into Owensboro High School’s Hall of Achievement on Friday, April 22 at 1:30 p.m at the OHS auditorium. The induction ceremony started with a video biography of each inductee. Then each member of the class was presented with a gift representing their induction. Following the ceremony, OHS staff and students unveiled each inductee’s plaque in the Hall of Achievement.
To be eligible for induction, each person must be an OHS alum who graduated at least 20 years ago. Each inductee is submitted by someone through an intense application process. The Hall of Achievement committee meets every three years to induct a new class. The group receives hundreds of applications and votes on who they think best deserves to be placed in the Hall of Achievement based on who has demonstrated excellence in their career and in the community.
“Owensboro High School has produced so many successful people. It’s no easy task to select who should be inducted,” said Thurman.
Below is a list of this year’s inductees:
A nationally known television personality who has appeared on ESPN, TNN, SPEED, BBC, Outdoor Channel and RFD TV announcing motorsports events. He was also done “voice work” for Microsoft games division. Army served with the 101st Airborne during the Vietnam War, earning two Bronze Starts.
Dr. Fred Reeves
Educator, chamber executive and civic leader, he enriched the lives of 1000s of students, advocated for local businesses, and served his community. Dr. Reeves served as a school principal for 19 years. He led the Chamber to its largest ever membership. As Director of Downtown Development, he led planning and implementing the community’s downtown revitalization.
Colonel Grace Bittel Moore
A senior military logistician who served her country in the USAF for 21 years. A Murray State graduate who became one of the few logisticians with both retail and wholesale experience. She led a forward logistics operation during DESERT STORM and commanded one of the largest supply squadrons.
Prophetically named “Mr. Owensboroan” his senior year at OHS, Kirk became the inimitable MC for more than 1,000 events promoting the community. During his career in broadcasting and President of a national entertainment distributor Kirk created the iconic “Good News Phone”, founded “Friday After 5” and produced the “All-America City” program.
Kristiin (Burden) Reilein
A public servant who has dedicated her career to protecting the national security of the United States. She earned a BA in history and professional writing from Brescia University, a JD from Thomas Cooley Law School, and an MA in national security from the University of Kentucky. She has been an Intelligence Analyst for the FBI since 2004.
Pam Smith Wright
Pam has dedicated herself to Owensboro through numerous volunteer board and community leadership positions as well as entrepreneurship. She was elected to the Owensboro Board of Commissioners in 2010 as the first woman Mayor Pro Tem.
Since his near-fatal accident in 1970,Tom Watson has dedicated his life to his community, helping those with limb loss, coaching the youth of Owensboro , volunteering with multiple civic organizations culminating with his election as Mayor in 2005
Dr. Victor Byrd
As a rheumatologist, Dr. Byrd strives to advance immunology to the bedside while empowering patients to be team participants. After OHS, he sought an MD degree at the University of Louisville and specialty training at Vanderbilt . While on faculty, he researched T lymphocytes in autoimmunity, and continues to lecture and teach across the country. He presently practices in Nashville and has been the recipient of several national medical and patient satisfaction awards.
A local entrepreneur who had a passion for his family and hydroplane racing. He owned Sterett Crane and Rigging, ranked as the 17th largest crane company in the country. He built a hydroplane for the SpeedZeum and contributed to the Soap Box Derby track at Ben Hawes.
Robert E. Watson
Educator, coach, businessman, and Air Force veteran, he graduated from the University of Kentucky where he was basketball team captain for two years and played professional basketball with the Minneapolis Lakers. His competitive spirit led to a successful career as a local businessman. The pinnacle of his success came with the opening of Wellington Park in 1991. To this day, Wellington Parc is the only long-term-care center licensed to provide both Skilled Nursing and Alzheimer's care.
Owensboro High School’s “Hall of Achievement” Committee is accepting nominations for the 2016 class. Every three years, a new class of Owensboro High School alumni are accepted into the Hall of Achievement based on the criteria listed below. The OHS Hall of Achievement was established in 2001. To date, the Hall’s 51 inductees have included a Pulitzer Price winner, a CBS News analyst, a former Kentucky Supreme Court Justice, a vocal artist and other distinguished alumni.
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