Showcasing excellence

Brooke High School has long found ways to pay tribute to its students and graduates for their accomplishments. Recently a new program at the school officially was unveiled, and we think it is a great way to showcase the excellence of all Brooke alumni.

For many years, the school has honored its former athletes who have gone on to distinguish themselves. Now, those other students – who may not have performed in high school sports, but also have gone on to do great things – will forever be recognized.

The new Brooke High Wall of Excellence seeks to honor the academic side of the school. The first five inductees were honored last week, and it certainly sets the bar for future classes.

Included in the class were Roger Clem, class of 1996, an assistant professor of neuroscience at Mount Sinai School of Medicine; Pam Lazear Quinones, class of 1970, past president of the American Dental Hygienists Association and founder of Dental Hygiene Associates Inc. in Rockville, Md.; Jason Rihel, class of 1994, a senior research fellow with University College of London’s Division of Biosciences in England; Craig Underwood, class of 1975, who founded or co-founded several businesses and non-profit organizations including the Air Miles Reward program in Canada and Sports Loyalty Inc.; and Darrell Velegol, class of 1998, who has been named a distinguished professor at Penn State University where he teaches chemical engineering.

They and future inductees will be remembered through a display to be established at the high school’s library.

We applaud Brooke High for establishing this new hall of fame and congratulate the honorees.