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Nominations open for Joplin Schools Hall of Fame

JOPLIN, Mo. – The Joplin Schools Foundation is currently accepting nominations for the 2023 class of the Joplin Schools Hall of Fame.

Nominations are accepted year-round, but the deadline to be considered for the 2023 class of inductees is Monday, May 1.

Joplin Schools Foundation member and Hall of Fame Committee Chair Bryan Vowels said “We were thrilled with the high quality of inductees we had in our 2022 inaugural class. We are just as excited to hear the stories of our upcoming 2023 nominees!”

The Foundation’s Hall of Fame project was created to recognize and honor the achievements of outstanding alumni from Joplin High School, Lincoln School, Memorial High School,and Parkwood High School.

Representatives from the Joplin Schools Foundation believe that by honoring Joplin Schools’ history in recognizing these individuals who have excelled in their career and life, current students may be inspired to realize that no dream is out of reach.

Nominees may be honored posthumously, and must have graduated at least 25 years prior to their nomination.

Last year’s inaugural Hall of Fame inductees included Dr. Katherine Browne, Dr. Emerson Foulke, Jim Goodknight, Henry Robertson, and Mary Curtis Chenoweth Warten.

In addition to the Hall of Fame inductees, the Foundation will also honor a Meritorious Award winner. The Meritorious Award recognizes an individual who did not attend Joplin Schools, but who, through leadership, service and/or support, has demonstrated extraordinary contributions to Joplin Schools and the local education community. Last year’s Meritorious Award was given to Melissa Fuell Cuther.

An induction ceremony is being planned for October 2023.

A digital nomination packet is available at:

Hall of Fame members will be showcased and highlighted in a permanent installation located in the Joplin High School Performing Arts Center. Joplin Schools students and community members will be encouraged to view the installation as desired.

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