The Santa Cruz Valley Unified School District #35 (SCV35) is proud to announce the formation of its inaugural SCV35 Distinguished Hall of Fame Committee. The SCV35 Distinguished Hall of Fame honors those outstanding alumni, faculty/support staff, and community who, through their contributions to the arts, business, education, athletics, government, humanities, philanthropy, and science, have brought honor to themselves, the SCV35, and the communities they represent.
The purpose of the SCV35 Distinguished Hall of Fame is threefold:
“Our district has had some incredible individuals/teams, and this is a wonderful way to acknowledge and celebrate their many achievements. I will actively and earnestly work to ensure that the people who should be honored because of their hard work and effort receive the acclaim that is deserved," said Committee Chairman John Fanning.
Individuals and performing groups are eligible for selection if they have met any of the following criteria:
Community Member or Organization - A community member or organization who has contributed and helped SCV35 attain regional or national recognition or has otherwise brought recognition and honor to the district through significant achievement. Nominees must exemplify the highest standards of citizenship, ethical conduct, and character. Their contributions to society and personal achievements emphasize that they understand the importance of life-long learning and making the most of every opportunity. All nominees’ actions, in order to maintain Hall of Fame status, must reflect the values of the SCV 35 Hall of Fame.
Employee - Any employee whose leadership has led to significant achievements while working for the district. This category may also recognize individuals who have gone on to have outstanding careers at other institutions.
Students - Students who bring honor to the district through their achievements and leadership in the communities they serve today and those during their high school careers while at Rio Rico High School. These achievements can be academic, athletics, artistic, professional, or through significant community service in their post district careers.
Karla Sosa, committee member, district employee, and Rio Rico High School graduate, expressed her excitement about being part of the committee. “It is an honor to be considered for the committee of the first ever Rio Rico High School Hall of Fame. To have a voice in the induction process of deserving individuals that have represented our district with pride is so rewarding.
I am beyond excited to begin this journey. It is an honor to have the opportunity to select inductees to the first ever Rio Rico High School Hall of Fame. Being a graduate of the first graduating class of Rio Rico High School, the class of 1998, and having been employed by this district for 14 years, I have witnessed the tremendous growth we have achieved as a district. I am so proud of how much the school has evolved. This will be a true milestone.”
We will begin accepting nominations on Monday, April 20 and will continue through Tuesday, June 30. Nominations are open to the public, and we encourage community members to nominate. Applications are available online.