Tonight will mark a special moment in Columbus East High School history. It is one that honors the past and will inspire future students.
East’s inaugural Wall of Fame class will be honored during a 6 p.m. reception and then inducted at 7 p.m., prior to the varsity boys basketball game.
Marja Harmon, Jeffrey Holmes, Sam Hou, Ashley Risk Morrison and Maria Stack will take a well-deserved place in school history. Plaques with their pictures and description of their achievements will be placed in the high school’s main hallway near the office.
This is the first major undertaking of the Columbus East High School Alumni Association. Similarly, the Bull Dog Alumni Association, representing Columbus/Columbus North High School graduates, started its Hall of fame in the fall of 2013.
For a school that has been open since the fall of 1972, it can be argued that East had enough accomplished alumni to start this honor years ago.
But what’s important is that this class of honorees can show current and future students what can be accomplished, what is possible if one dares to dream it. Providing an example, a reference point is important for inspiring students.
The honorees walked the same halls, took many of the same classes and experienced a lot of the same fun times and challenges experienced by the current crop of Columbus East students.
Now when modern-day students walk past the Wall of Fame, they can see who these notable alumni are and learn about them in a tangible way.
It’s reasonable to assume that some students currently attending East will one day see their own faces on the wall for outstanding achievement. The Wall of Fame could be the trigger point that inspires them to greatness.