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2015 Reasons to Believe Alumni Honor Roll Announced

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

September 9, 2015

Contact: Tammy Dodderidge, Communications Manager, (913) 279-2225

Their achievements and life-stories will be used to inspire today’s students as they plan for their futures. The 2015 Class of the Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools’ Reasons to Believe Alumni Honor Roll has been selected.

The 12 alumni will be recognized this fall at the 2015 Reasons to Believe Celebration. The event is set for 7 p.m. Wednesday, November 18 at the KCKPS Central Office and Training Center. The event is open to the public.

Members of the 2015 Reasons to Believe Alumni Honor Roll are:

  • Rev. Rick Behrens, minister, Washington High School Class of 1977
  • Gary L. Belske, senior business executive, Washington High School Class of 1974
  • Jennifer Jo Cobb, professional race car driver, F.L. Schlagle High School Class of 1991
  • Andres M. Dominguez, healthcare program officer, J.C. Harmon High School Class of 1977
  • Dr. Harold B. Frye, educator, Wyandotte High School Class of 1962
  • Donald R. Holland, Sr., police captain, Wyandotte High School Class of 1973
  • Steve E. McGill, artist/general mechanic, J.C. Harmon High School Class of 1974
  • Julia M. Peña, nurse, J.C. Harmon High School Class of 1982
  • Sarah Gorelick Ratley, pilot/electrical engineer/accountant, Wyandotte High School Class of 1951
  • Mrs. Lucy Saunders, educator, Sumner High School Class of 1939
  • Darrell Stuckey, professional football player, Washington High School Class of 2005
  • Dr. Oneita F. Taylor, radiation oncologist, Sumner High School Class of 1964

Reasons to Believe was established in 2002 to generate pride and celebrate the progress being made throughout the district. As part of the program, nominations are sought for the Reasons to Believe Alumni Honor Roll, which spotlights successful alumni to encourage and inspire today’s students. All nominations are reviewed by a panel of judges and 12 are chosen. This select group is then brought together for a night of honors where they are celebrated by staff, students, community members, colleagues and family.

To review past Honor Roll classes or to learn more about the program, go to http://kckps.org/index.php/reasons-to-believe .

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Melissa Fears • Communications Office
2010 N. 59th Street • Kansas City, KS 66104 • 913-279-2242