Since the mid-1980s, North Central has been honoring successful school graduates with its "Distinguished Alumni" awards. Nominate an alum today!
There are two criteria for receiving the award:
1. The honoree must have made an outstanding contribution to N.C. or have achieved recognition in his/her field regionally or nationally.
2. The honoree must be a positive role model for N.C. students.
History of Award
In 1985 Mike Caldwell, NC choir director, created the Distinguished Alumni award. One of his former choral students, Karen Beardsley, had made a name for herself in the NYC music scene, and Mike was searching for a way that NC could honor her accomplishments. A NC wood shop student created a plaque that was mounted on the wall outside the theatre with Karen's name listed on it as the award's first recipient. Two years later, Ryne Sandberg, an all-star major league baseball player, was added to the plaque.
For nearly a decade no other alum received the award. In 1996 the Leadership Class revived the award as a class project. A committee selected five more recipients, and in the spring of 1997, recipients came to the school to be honored at a student convocation. The award has been presented to one to three NC graduates in the same fashion nearly ever year since.
In 2006 all past winners of the award received individual plaques, which were posted along the walls of the school's west entrance hallway. As part of NC's 100th year celebration, the Alumni Association took over the financing and maintenance of the individual plaques in 2008.