Plum alumni program gets hi-tech update

| Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

Plum High School Distinguished Alumni members are honored with a banquet and a recognition program when they are inducted into their respective classes.

Committee members who for the past five years have selected 22 inductees and organized the programs have bigger plans for the future.

The committee is planning to create a media center in the Plum High School library that will include an interactive computer with video from interviews with the new class members conducted each year, according to committee Secretary Loretta White, a retired high school teacher and current member of the Plum School Board.

“We've had such a wonderful variety of inductees,” White said.

Bob Ford, a retired Plum School District teacher, decided in 2006 to explore the possibility of honoring graduates who have made a difference in society.

Each year the committee solicits nominations of graduates of at least 10 years ago and votes on the prospective candidates in January.

The inductees from five classes have a variety of career backgrounds including medicine, the military, education and the arts.

“Their accomplishments in a wide variety of career paths bring much pride to our school district and community,” White has said. “As examples of those who have made a difference, they serve as role models and inspiration to the youth of our community.”

The new class of inductees is honored during a banquet in the spring.

They attend a program at the high school the day following the banquet.

They are given a tour, meet with students and are interviewed by students in the television production program. Photos of the honorees are placed on the Alumni Wall of Distinction, just outside the Plum High School auditorium.

White said the committee intends for the video of interviews to be on a computer in the library media center for students and members of the public to watch.

The committee plans to use $5,000 that has been donated by the Plum High School Class of 1961 to purchase materials, including a monitor, computer and mounting brackets, for the media center.

White said donation checks for the media center can be sent to the attention of Margaret Evans, president of the Plum High School Distinguished Alumni Committee.

Checks should be made out to: Plum High School Distinguished Alumni Media Center and sent to Plum High School, 900 Elicker Road, Plum, PA 15239.

Karen Zapf is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-856-7400 ext. 8753 or

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