Two years ago Stephenville ISD partnered with the Education Foundation and the Optimist Club to create the Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame program, which awards former students who have become successful.

“These former students have had a global impact, and our teachers have inspired many to follow in their footsteps,” states a release from Stephenville High School. “These recipients will be named and recognized in early spring and will participate in the Stephenville High School Career Day held in March.”

In 2016 the program, formerly named the Academic Hall of Fame, had two honorees — Dr. Corbett Boone and Rear Admiral Luke McCollum — who came and spoke to students.

“We would like to expose our students to a wide variety of successful professionals in all different types of careers to get them thinking about what they want to do when they leave Stephenville High School,” Assistant Principal Rachel Carter said in a previous interview with the E-T. “It also helps guide their decisions on what classes they would like to take and look at colleges that offer those.”

To nominate a successful SHS graduate, visit and click on the “alumni” tab or go to the high school. Posthumous nominations are also welcome and the deadline to nominate is Feb. 2.

“Some of our kids don’t know of the things they can accomplish, so hopefully this will open their eyes,” SHS Principal Stephanie Traweek said in a previous interview. “We want (the recipients) to share that with the kids so they can see these high school graduates and know they can do the same thing. I think that’s what our overall goal is.”