Distinguished Alumni Award

Ponaganset High School

Distinguished Alumni Award


You may click on the links below to visit the websites of the libraries in our schools and town. A Distinguished Alumni Award Committee exists to honor distinguished alumni of Ponaganset High School. It is the mission of this committee to honor individuals who have distinguished themselves in their field of work/study, or to their community.

Nomination Criteria and Process
Honorees must have graduated from Ponaganset High School at least 10 years prior to their nomination.

All nominations must be received by May 1 to be considered for that year’s award. Nominations will be held for 2 years, after 2 years forms will need to be updated by nominator. Nominee must display the highest standards of ethical conduct and moral behavior.  Honoree can be removed for just cause.

Honoree will be asked to attend a presentation honoring them for that year and receive an individual plaque. A plaque will also be on display at the high school with the name of each years recipients.

You can obtain a nomination form by clicking the file here. 

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The committee will review each nomination. It is important to provide all information regarding the nominee.

2023 Recipients - Arnold Poole - Class of 1975, Linda Samson Lane — class of 1978, Jeff Hopkins — class of 1988, and Heidi Verity Rivard — class of 1984

2022 Recipients - Gordon Brayton - Class of 1979, Elwood Hopkins - Class of 1986 & David O. Cipoletta - Class of 2009

2020 Recipients - Scott Knox - Class of 1995, Allen W. Tinkham - Class of 1991, and Stacey Valentine - Class of 1993

2019 Recipients - Anne Marie Gabriele - Class of 1982, Roderick MacDonald - Class of 1977
 Brian O'Connors - Class of 1977 & Terry (Johansen) Smythe - Class of 1975

2018 Recipients-Malcolm Spaulding - Class of 1965 & Libby Slade - Class of 1984

2016 Recipients - Michael Thurber - Class of 1975 & Jamison Odone - Class of 1998 

2015 Recipient - Lt. Col. Peter R. Livingston, Ret. USAF Class - 1978 

2014 Recipient - A. George "Skip" Battle - Class of 1962

2013 Recipient - Sherwood "Woody" Spring - Class of 1963

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