Press Release: Clovis schools hall will induct six
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The CMS Foundation and Alumni Committee have announced the Clovis High School 2012 Hall of Honor Awards. The purpose of the Hall of Honor Awards is to recognize and honor former graduates of Clovis High School whose achievements, strengths of character, and citizenship serve as models to inspire and challenge today’s students. The Foundation also gives a Top Cat Award to recognize and honor former faculty members and other individuals whose service to and in support of the Clovis Municipal Schools has been outstanding. The Hall of Honor display is located at Clovis High School.
The distinguished recipients will be honored at the "2012 Hall of Honor Banquet" on April 14th, 6:00 pm, at the Clovis Civic Center, 801 Schepps Boulevard. The public is invited to this special event. Tickets can be purchased at the Clovis Schools Administration Office, 1009 N. Main Street. Individual tickets are $35 and tables of 8 € $250.
The CHS Alumni of the 30’s, 40’s and 50’s are especially invited and will be recognized at the
event. This is also an excellent venue for all CHS Alumni to get together and enjoy the
traditions of the great Purple and White!
The 2012 CMS Foundation/Alumni Hall of Honor Distinguished Inductees are:
BUSINESS & INDUSTRY CATEGORY
Dr. Jack Elton Bresenham
1955 CHS Graduate
Dr. Bresenham received his Bachelor’s degree from the University of New Mexico and his Master’s and Ph.D. from Stanford University. He was named University of New Mexico’s Distinguished Engineer in 2003. Dr. Bresenham was profiled in the Stanford News as one of 500 Stanford graduates from the first 100 years of Stanford as a representative significant achiever. Dr. Bresenham worked for IBM as a Senior Technical Staff Member for 27 years and taught at Winthrop University for 16 years. He holds nine patents. Bresenham’s Line Algorithm is his most well known innovation. It determines which points on a 2€dimensional raster should be plotted in order to form a straight line between two given points, and is commonly used to draw lines on a computer screen. It is one of the earliest algorithms discovered in the field of computer graphics.
Kendra Merritt Doyel
1989 CHS Graduate
Kendra Doyel earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmacy from the University of New Mexico. Mrs. Doyel is Group Vice President of Marketing and Public Relations of the Ralph’s Grocery Company and Food4Less and is responsible for the Public Relations and Governmental Affairs functions, as well as the Ralph’s Advertising, Electronic Marketing and Retail Support Services departments. The Ralph’s Grocery Company is part of the Kroger Company, one of the country’s largest grocery retailers. Progressive Grocer recognized Kendra with the Top Women in Grocery “Rising Star” award, and she also received the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation’s “Power of One” award for her work in raising awareness for breast cancer and early detection. Mrs. Doyel is a member of the Executive Committee for the Board of Directors of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce and is a member of the Board of Directors for the California Grocers Association. She works to promote
women in business and the community by co€chairing the Southern California Network of Executive Women.
GOVERNMENT & SERVICE CATEGORY
Honorable Robert C. Brack
1971 CHS Graduate
Robert Brack received his Bachelor’s degree from Eastern New Mexico University, attended Tulane University School of Law, and received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of New Mexico. Judge Brack was in private practice for 19 years and was appointed by Governor Gary Johnson as District Court Judge, 9th Judicial District Court, Clovis, New Mexico in 1997. In 2003, President George W. Bush nominated him to a new seat on the United States District Court for the District of New Mexico. He was confirmed by the United States Senate and received his commission on July 15, 2003. Judge Brack was recognized as Eastern New Mexico University’s “Outstanding Alumni” in 2003 and “Outstanding Federal Jurist” in 2011 by the American Board of Trial Advocates. The Las Cruces Rotary Club awarded him the Paul Harris Fellow in 2011, and he is the Co€Founder of “Honor
Flight," which honors World War II Veterans.
SPORTS & ENTERTAINMENT CATEGORY
1976 CHS Graduate
Jana Stanfield is a songwriter, singer, world traveler, and motivational speaker. She wrote the hit song, “If I Had Only Known”, sung by Reba McEntire and has worked with numerous performers that range from Kenny Loggins to the Dixie Chicks. Ms. Stanfield owns her own record company, has recorded several CD’s, and has performed at Carnegie Hall. Her songs have been heard on Entertainment Tonight, Oprah, and 20/20. Jana also owns her own motivational speaking business. She is a keynote speaker at conferences and corporate events and conducts worldwide tours. Ms. Stanfield is involved in several global activities for good that include: Bali Girls Orphanage, Women Helping Women, Muscular Dystrophy, and Music Therapy. Jack Canfield, CEO of Chicken Soup for the Soul Enterprises says, “Jana is a multi€faceted, multi€talented person….”
TOP CAT AWARD
1936 CHS Graduate
Clovis residents knew Norman Vohs as “Mr. Wildcat” for his more than six decades of support for Clovis athletic teams. He graduated from Clovis High School in 1936, and although he could not play sports due to lifelong motor skill impairments, he helped lead football teams onto the field and basketball teams onto the court every year he could after he graduated. When Norman Vohs could no longer walk and had to use a wheelchair, his nephew or the coaches would wheel him onto the sidelines, where he would sit and cheer the teams wearing a blanket with the Clovis Wildcats' purple and white colors. It was said that Norman “bled purple." Everybody loved him, and he was part of every team. In 1973, the Norman Vohs Junior High Stadium was dedicated in his honor. NormanVohs died in 2000 at the age 84.
Tom and Gail Martin
Tom and Gail Martin attended Cornell University in New York, moved to Clovis in the early 1970’s, and invested in the Taco Box franchise. Tom and Gail are known for their active support of the Clovis schools and community. The “Tacos for A’s” program gave away over 125,000 tacos to students who did well on their report cards. They were instrumental in adding varsity soccer to Clovis Schools and support several school activities. Tom and Gail also sponsor the 4th of July fireworks event, “Smoke on the Water," which is the single most well attended event in Clovis. They have added a Christmas Light Show, and their business received the 2010 VIVA Award. The award recognizes New Mexico businesses that demonstrate a unique vision or corporate philosophy, investment in company employees and the community, vitality through the organization’s growth or financial strength, and their action to make New Mexico a better place to live.