By Connie Pearce
North Posey High School will soon have an Athletic Hall of Fame and the deadline to nominate your candidate is just around the corner.
Posey County News Publisher Dave Pearce announced recently that after more than a year of planning and meeting, the Hall of Fame will soon become a reality for the school.
“North Posey High School came into existence in 1969 and there have been many gifted athletes and lots of memories created in those years,” Pearce said in initially presenting the proposal. “The Posey County News considers it a pleasure to help recognize some of the people who have made the athletic programs what they are at North Posey.”
But with plans progressing so rapidly, nominations for the inaugural class are needed in the immediate future. The application forms are available at the Posey County News website at www.poseycountynews.com or at the North Posey High School athletic office. The inaugural class is expected to consist of three individuals and at least one team. The inaugural induction ceremony is expected to take place during the month of August. The deadline for nominations has been set for July 15, 2013. Completed forms may be turned in to the North Posey School District office, the North Posey High School Athletic office, or to the Posey County News office at 641 Third Street in New Harmony. The satellite Posey County News site at the Little Crazy Daisy in Poseyville will also accept the forms.
Pearce was instrumental in forming the POPS (Patrons Offering Positive Support) organization for Mount Vernon football in the late 1980s. That group is still in existence to help support the program.
Pearce is also an active member of the Mount Vernon M-Club Hall of Fame and donates time, space, and the photographs for the inductees each year.
“First things first…We can’t thank Dave and Connie enough for being willing to be the permanent sponsor of the NPHS Athletic Hall of Fame,” said North Posey School Board member Joe Neidig. “To have an independent community partner such as the Posey County News willing to do this is a true blessing for our entire community and will be for years to come. I envision that, over time, and done right this will bring people back to our great community and strengthen ties even more.”
Plans for the North Posey Athletic Hall of Fame are as follows:
The Posey County News will initiate and become permanent sponsor of the North Posey High School Athletic Hall of Fame. As an independent entity, the school corporation would be well-served to allow the newspaper to be exclusive sponsor of this program to maintain the integrity of such a Hall of Fame.
The Posey County News will accept the financial responsibility of supplying plaques and pictures for each year’s nominees. Proceeds from ticket fees for the annual induction ceremony will cover the costs of the meal as well as the plaques and other miscellaneous expenses associated with the banquet. The Posey County News would like to be provided a wall, or perhaps a case, for display of the athletes in the foyer at North Posey High School.
The purpose of the North Posey High School Athletic Hall of Fame is to recognize and honor those North Posey High School athletes, coaches, administrators and supporters who excelled in their respective sports or coaching/support roles and who helped to bring honor, recognition, distinction and excellence to North Posey High School by their conduct both on and off the field, or court, of competition. This recognition will help maintain the spirit, pride and sense of community as well as serving as a historical account of the great athletic traditions of North Posey High School. As an Athletic Hall of Fame, it will be open to all IHSAA sanctioned sports.
A hall of fame will be constructed in a trophy case in the main hallway foyer. All athletes selected to receive this honor will have a their names on plaque(s) in the trophy case with their name, graduation date and sports they participated in throughout their high school career. A picture of the inductee, if available, will accompany the said plaque.
Eligibility for Nomination:
Athletes are eligible for nomination 10 years after their class’s graduation. They must be in good standing or in special circumstances as determined by the Board Members. Such athletes must have competed in a North Posey High School and IHSAA-sanctioned varsity sport and must have excelled in such sport. Among the accomplishments taken into account will be individual (all-District, all-Region, all-State) and team accomplishments, individual school or team records held, and impact on teams and the overall athletic program at North Posey High School during their era and accomplishments thereafter.
Nomination is also open to coaches or administrators, who must have participated with distinction and/or made significant contributions to athletics at North Posey High School, as evidenced, for example, by the success of their teams and the acknowledgment of their former student-athletes. Such coaches or administrators shall be eligible for nomination beginning five years after they have left North Posey High School for any reason, or in special circumstances as determined by the Board Members. Self nominations or anonymous nominations will not be considered.
As determined by the Board Members, Contributors will also be considered for nomination based upon their service and dedication to the athletic programs at North Posey High School.
Nomination Process: A candidate may be nominated for Hall of Fame membership by any member of the community. Formal nomination shall be made using the nomination form prescribed for such purpose and made available to the public. The nomination form must be received by the athletic department or The Posey County News office by July 15, 2013. Application packets will be sent to the nominee by the Posey County News and will be available online.
All applications are to remain confidential, to be shared among the members of the Board only. Information relating to a nominee’s career statistics, records, achievements, etc. must be supported by accompanying documentation or sources cited so that the information may be verified independently.
Both the nomination form and the application packet will be available through the athletic department or on the web site of the school and/or the Posey County News.
Once presented as an eligible nominee, a candidate who is not elected shall automatically be reconsidered annually until he/she has been considered for five years. Thereafter, re-nomination may occur at any time. The Chairman will notify any nominators if their nominee was not selected.
The Board Members shall be comprised of seven members from the following list:
-The owner or designated representative of the Posey County News.
-The NPHS Athletic Director, who shall serve as a standing Board Member
-NPHS Building Principal
-NPHS School District Superintendent or designate, thereof.
-Retired or former NPHS Administrator
-NPHS Athletic Booster Club Member
-One male and one female current NPHS athletic coach (male and female coach voted on by peers)
-Retired or former NPHS athletic coach
-Current NPHS faculty member
-Retired or former NPHS faculty member
-An active member of the North Posey School Board of Trustees.
-Local business owner/community leader
All Board Members shall be appointed by the NPHS Athletic Director and or Principal in collaboration with the owner/designee of the Posey Count News, and shall serve for a two-year or three-year term initially.
All members may be re-appointed for 2- or 3-year terms by the Athletic Director and or Principal at the conclusion of their initial term; However, the NPHS Athletic Director and or Principal and Posey County News owner/designee may appoint new members at his/her discretion.
The Board Members shall meet at a time determined by the Chairman in order to nominate, review, and elect candidates. The quorum for any meeting at which election of candidates shall take place shall be a majority of members. Background information on each nominee should be distributed to Board Members prior to the meeting and members should familiarize themselves with the nominees prior to voting. Each Board Member shall have one vote and all votes shall carry equal weight. In order to gain election, a candidate is required to receive a number of votes equal to 75 percent of those members present at the meeting. Candidates shall be discussed in alphabetical or chronological order as designated by the Chairman.
The outcome of the verbal vote will be shared with the Board Members only. If, in the opinion of the Board Members (as evidenced by failure to obtain the 75 percent threshold described above), no candidate nominated in a particular year is worthy of election to the Hall, then so be it; it is not necessary to induct new members each year. However, there will be a limit of two teams and three individuals to be inducted the first three years with determination by the board at that point whether to increase of decrease the number of annual inductees or whether it shall remain the same. That topic will be reviewed every three years
The induction ceremony shall be at a time and a place designated by the Posey County News with input from the board. However, it is hoped that such induction ceremony will consist of a banquet or dinner for the inductees and their families and which shall be open to the public. A fee will be associated with attending this banquet for the public, based on the financial status each year.
For more information, please contact Dave Pearce at the Posey County News at 812-682-3950.