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Forest Park forms Achievement Hall of Fame

The Forest Park Achievement Hall of Fame Committee consists of, from left, Kurt Anderson, Lyle Smithson, Becca LaChapelle, FP Superintendent Becky Waters, Louise Holmes and Dwayne “Dobie” Anderson. The Hall of Fame is currently accepting nominations for its first induction class through May 1 and the board will chose the inductees by June 1.

CRYSTAL FALLS—Roughly four years ago, some folks from the Forest Park School District and others from the community at large began to discuss the idea of recognizing distinguished alumni from the district and its schools along the way.
    The idea that emerged was an achievement hall of fame at Forest Park, honoring the accomplishments, commitments and contributions of those alumni who have made their mark, both inside and outside the district.
    The aim was also to inspire current and future generations of students in the district.
    The rather unique aspect of this idea was that it was not going to be an exclusively athletic hall of fame like many in the U.P., but one for achievement in broader society as well.
    While the initial discussions sputtered out, they were picked up about a year ago by FP teacher/coach and alumnus Kurt Anderson, who took the idea and ran with it.
    Lyle Smithson, the recently retired principal of Kingsford High School and a member of the Forest Park Achievement Hall of Fame Committee, said Anderson has spearheaded the progress from the abstract to the actual.
    “We really want to emphasize that we can’t thank Kurt enough for really going with this,” Smithson said. “He reached out, got a committee together, kind of strategically put the committee together of people from different age groups and geographically, this being a consolidated school district.”

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