News and Tribune

April 16, 2013

FCHS to induct four into Hall of Fame



While they hold their place of honor, not every inductee into Floyd Central High School’s Hall of Fame is an athlete.

And this year’s set of honorees are no different. On April 27, the school will recognize four school community members at its Hall of Fame Banquet.

• Brad Dennison, a 1992 graduate and vice president of publishing at Gatehouse Media, is one of the honorees. Dennison was twice named to the Indiana All-State Band as a saxophonist at the high school. Today he helps run a media company that owns about 90 daily newspapers and many more weekly publications nationwide.

• Michael Neely, a performing arts teacher, established the school’s choral program and was appointed to former Gov.  Evan Bayh’s Indiana Arts Commission.

• Sharon Gardner, a 1961 New Albany High School graduate, helped open up sports for women in Floyd County.

• Dennis Jenkins, a 1979 Floyd Central graduate, is the president of Designing Smiles and a founding member of Noah’s Arc, a residential community for foster children.

Allison Smith, the alumni board president, said it’s nice to have inductees from all walks of life.

“They are all wonderful candidates,” Smith said. “We have a rich roster to pick from. We’ve done a lot of different people in the last three years with alumni, teachers and coaches. This year, I think we have a good group that represents all three of those categories. We are grateful for what they’ve done in staying in the area.”

Janie Whaley, principal of the high school, said having a diverse group of inductees isn’t just good for the community to see, but it helps students see what possibilities lie open for them after they graduate.

“I’m excited about the hall of fame in general,” Whaley said. “It’s a good way to promote good role models for our kids. We like to have the plaques hanging on the walls for our kids so they can see the different things they can do. I think kids need to be able to see what people do and how these role models come into play, so I think that’s a big piece of it.”

Tickets are on sale for the induction ceremony at the school for $35 and are available by calling 812-542-3518 and noting how many are in your party. A silent auction will be held, as well as dinner catered by Jarfi’s.