Londonderry Hall of Fame seeking 2018 nominations

By CHRIS GAROFOLO
Union Leader Correspondent
March 21. 2018 10:47PM
COURTESY PHOTO (Members of the Londonderry High School Hall of Fame's Class of 2017.)

LONDONDERRY — The resurrected Londonderry High School Hall of Fame is seeking nominations for its Class of 2018.

The school’s hall, absent for two decades, returned last fall to honor graduates in all student accomplishments, from athletics and academics to music and outstanding service in Londonderry.

Crystal Rich, the Athletic Leadership Council advisor and Odysseyware administrator at the high school, said the Hall of Fame Committee is looking for exceptional candidates who have made profound impacts on the school community and environment.

“The committee would like this tradition to continue with a strong Class of 2018,” she said.

Rich, herself a Class of 2017 inductee, said nominations are broken into three categories — students, staff and school contributors. Each requires the nominator to describe in detail how the nominee displayed exceptional conduct and exemplary service to the school district, as well as any state or nationally recognized honors.

The nomination forms are due April 30. Once they are received, they will go before the hall committee for discussion and review, a process expected to take about a month.

For more information, Londonderry residents may contact Rich at crich@londonderry.org.

The high school’s Hall of Fame existed from 1986-1996 before going on a 20-year hiatus. A dedicated group of community members, including several current students, helped bring the annual ceremony back last year, with 10 inductees honored during a September ceremony.

All the inductees had a biography presentation and received a plaque during a celebratory dinner. In addition to Rich, the 2017 inductees included John McMahon, Class of 2007; Rebecca Parascandola, Class of 2010; Nick DeFrancesco, Class of 2011; Ryan Griffin, Class of 2008; Nathan Greenberg, retired superintendent; William O’Connor, community member; Mary DeWinkeleer, faculty; Jason Parent, current LHS principal and Wayne MacDougall, retired faculty and current coach.

“We have great things that go on here, we have an award-winning music department, drama department; many people have done well scholarly here. Athletically — it’s just a great school with a wide variety of talented people,” said Howard Sobolov, athletic director for the Londonderry School District, in an interview last September.

“We have strong community support, so we want to be able to honor any and all persons who have made great contributions or done great things,” he added. “Some schools have athletic halls of fame and that’s fine. We just don’t feel that’s what we were looking for at Londonderry High School.”


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