Claremont, New Hampshire
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Wall of Fame at Stevens
The mission of the Wall of Fame is to build a collaborative relationship between Stevens High School and SHS Alumni Association. The Wall will recognize alumni who have distinguished themselves since graduating. A criterion has been established, an application for nomination is in the works, a committee consisting of high school staff and alumni members will determine the nominees and select the recipients. The intention is to acknowledge up to 3 alumni members per year at a high school function where there is student participation. Rationale is that the student body needs to become involved and aware of the strength and pride of the Alumni Association and why it claims fame to be the oldest active high school alumni association in the country.
Look for more news and updates in the 2014 edition of the Annual Newsletter.
Half-time of Basketball Game on February 22nd 2013.
Concept of Wall of Fame
Robert Stringer President of the Stevens Alumni Association is introduced over PA system:
Bob Stringer reads:
The mission of the Wall of Fame is to build a collaborative relationship between Stevens High School and the Stevens High School Alumni Association. The Wall of Fame will permanently recognize alumni who have accomplished great things in the community and in the world after graduation from Stevens High School. Tonight, February 22, 2013 the inaugural pair of inductees will be honored.
Must be a Stevens High School graduate, attending all 4 years.
Must have graduated at least 10 years prior to nominations.
Must have attained a high level of achievement in at least one of the following areas:
Personal and/or professional life
Demonstrated that education is a life-long experience
Our first honoree:
Paul Potter (biography)
Paul Potter was a graduate of Stevens High School in the Class of 1947, he was a standout athlete; he appears in several photos of championship teams in the corridors of Stevens from the mid-1940’s. After graduation, he worked for a short time at Sullivan Machine Company before going to Keene Teachers College; he postponed his education as he entered the US Army serving in Germany during the Korean Conflict. After the war, Paul returned to Keene and finished his teaching degree in 1955. He began his teaching career at Woodstock (VT) High School where he was also the ski coach and assistant football coach in 1955.
In the fall of 1956 Paul started teaching at Stevens High School. He taught mathematics and coached the cross country running team. Over the years he coached other sports including track, skiing and golf. Paul retired from Stevens in 1985 but continued coaching cross country until 1995. During his coaching tenure Paul coached nearly all of the track and cross country teams whose banners adorn the walls of this gym from the 1950’s through the 1980’s. Paul was voted NH Coach of the Year in 1987. He was also the first Stevens High graduate to be a teacher at Stevens High School. He was a mentor to many; a number of his former athletes are now coaches themselves. Paul passed away One Year ago on Feb. 18, 2012.
His surviving family includes his wife, Margaret of New London; one son, Greg Potter and his wife Linda of New London; one daughter, Mary Olds and her husband, Les of Streamwood, IL; three grandchildren, Emmy Potter, Katie Potter and Stephanie Olds.
Paul’s wife Margaret and son Greg are unable to be here with us tonight; accepting a ring and certificate on their behalf is Frank Sprague, a student in Paul’s Algebra I and II classes, an athlete on Paul’s cross country and track teams, and assistant coach with Paul during the 1980’s and 1990’s.
Our second honoree:
Andrew Marro (biography)
Andrew Marro graduated from Stevens High School in 1980. While at Stevens High he was very active in sports, music and student government and was an honor and high honor student. He enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in 1983 and served in the Marines for the next thirty years achieving the rank of Master Sergeant.
While in the Marines he served in the following combat theatres
Operation Desert Storm, Saudi Arabia, 1991
Operation Vigilant Warrior, Saudi Arabia,1994
Operation Iraqi Freedom, Iraq/Kuwait, 2004 -2005
Operation Enduring Freedom, Iraq/Afghanistan, 2007
As a master gunnery sergeant he served in a variety of senior advisory and command positions. He was also awarded the Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal (MOVSM). MOVSM recognizes those members of the military (active duty, reserve and national guard) who perform substantial volunteer service to the local community above and beyond the duties required as a member of the United States Armed Forces. Such volunteer service must be made in a sustained and direct nature towards the civilian community, must be significant in nature to produce tangible results, and must reflect favorably on the military service and the United States Department of Defense. In appreciation and recognition of his 30 years of faithful service on Nov. 2, he was presented the Legion of Merit Award. This award is the nation’s sixth highest honor. Established by Congress in 1942. Andrew holds a Bachelor Degree in Management from the American Military University. Andrew currently lives in Jacksonville, NC with his wife Kelly, three children, Brittnee, Alexa and Jacob and grand-children, Kane, Tristan and Ava. His family in Claremont includes his parents, Albert and Alberta Marro and sister, Jody who will be accepting on his behalf. Andrew also has aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.
Thank you (closing remarks)
Stevens High School
Wall of Honor
Stevens High School will be creating a Cardinal Wall of Honor to recognize Stevens High Alumni who have had major accomplishments since their graduation from Stevens High School. Each winter, beginning in 2013, Stevens High School will induct up to five alumni to the Wall of Honor. The criteria for nominating alumni are on the nomination form.
A committee composed of students, community members, administrators and selected faculty members from Stevens High School, will select the inductees.
The nomination forms are due back (pending Alumni approval) tbd.
The induction festivities will be held at a home basketball game in January; a luncheon for inductees and their families will be held at the Teal Lantern on that Friday.
The Stevens High School and the Stevens Alumni Association are very excited to welcome and honor this inaugural group.
Frank W. Sprague
Stevens High School
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