SHS names distinguished alumni recipients

Autumn Owens
Chandler Goule

Stephenville High School has named Chandler Goule and Annalynn Skipper as its Distinguished Alumni recipients and will hold a reception at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, March 8, in the SHS foyer.

“Anybody from the community is welcome to come. It’s to get to know these two great people that we want to recognize and brag on their accomplishments,” said SHS Principal Stephanie Traweek. “The message we want to get to our high school kids is look what you can do above and beyond.”

Goule grew up in Morgan Mill and graduated from SHS in 1995. He is now the chief executive officer for the National Association of Wheat Growers, is on the Agriculture Policy Advisor Committee to the United States Secretary of Agriculture and is on the United States House of Representatives Committee on Agriculture - subcommittee staff director for livestock, dairy and poultry.

“Goule has worked extensively in Washington, D.C. on agriculture, food safety and trade policy,” states Goule’s bio. “Goule has appeared on Good Morning America, CNN’s The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer and NPR’s The Diane Rehm Show. He has also been interviewed on Bloomberg TV and C-SPAN’s The Washington Journal.”

Skipper graduated from SHS in 1969 and is a registered dietician, researcher, author and medical editor and a mentor, facilitator and influencer.

Her work has been featured in the New England Journal of Medicine, JAMA, Health Affairs and Academic Medicine.

“As an employee and volunteer, I’ve continued to work on nutrition policy through the AMA (American Medical Association), the World Medical Association and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics,” Skipper wrote in her bio. “During the past few years, I’ve worked to create and standardize the language needed to describe nutrition services provided to patients, to standardize how we define, diagnose and screen for malnutrition, and led a group that drafted model legislation regulating dietetics practice.”

The Distinguished Alumni award use to be the Academic Hall of Fame, but was changed two years ago.

“We use to recognize things they did in high school, but they’ve already been recognized for that, so now changing to the great things Stephenville graduates can do and letting them come back and talk about it is very powerful,” Traweek said.

Skipper and Goule will give advice to current SHS students at the school’s Career Day on March 9. Goule will be unable to attend in person so he will send a video for the students.

The Stephenville Optimist Club and SHS Student Services have made donations to make the reception possible, and SHS computer science teacher Jocelyn Etters was in charge of putting together the committee and organizing the nominations.

“I’m a graduate of Stephenville — actually I’m a third generation graduate and my kids will be the fourth — so this means something to me as an alumni,” Etters said. “It’s been a rewarding experience and in particular Chandler (Goule) because when I was a little kid he was in high school and I remember his name. So it’s been interesting to see what he’s done and accomplished.”