ILION — The Central Valley Central School District Hall of Fame Committee is seeking nominations as it makes plans for the 2020 induction ceremony and luncheon, according to Central Valley Academy Principal Richard Keeler.

The Central Valley CSD Hall of Fame recognizes alumni who served the Mohawk, Ilion and Central Valley school districts, those who served community and those who distinguished themselves in their careers, according to a description on the district’s website.

Keeler commented during last week’s school board meeting that there are likely many people who deserve to be recognized, but it is up to those who know them to nominate them.

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"We’ve done this for three years and right now we’re pushing to make sure we get more nominations," he said.

In response to a question, he said the committee does not have a target number of honorees, but is more concerned that those selected are worthy of the honor.

The Hall of Fame committee is made up of school and community representatives.

The Class of 2019 included Dr. Charles J. Diss and Brian Lynch as distinguished alumni and Joseph Vespasiano, Martin "Monk" Manion and Bertram and Janelle Bookhout as distinguished educators.

Anyone may nominate an alumnus through an online form found on the school district’s website, cvalleycsd.org, or on a paper form available as a download or from the district office. All nomination forms and supporting documents are due Dec. 15. The district’s Hall of Fame Selection Committee will review the nominations and select those they feel meet the criteria described in the Hall of Fame Constitution.

Recognition categories include: school supporter, distinguished alumnus for athletic achievement, professional/career achievement or humanitarian/community service achievement and distinguished educator – administrator, teacher or coach.

Inductees are invited to a formal induction ceremony and luncheon. Each honoree also receives a plaque acknowledging his or her contributions.

The Hall of Fame receives no school district funding. To help underwrite the cost of the luncheon and the plaques, the committee invites local businesses and individuals to sponsor a table at the annual induction luncheon. To attend or contribute, contact the district office at 315-894-9934.