Wall of Excellence
Lake Orion Community Schools has a rich history of achievement and success.
Now there is a visible sign of the best and brightest.
The Lake Orion High School Wall of Excellence debuted in the fall of 2017.
“Lake Orion High School has a really proud tradition of honoring its alumni and career-focused education is a big part of what we do here,” said LOHS associate principal Kyle Meteyer, who spearheads the project. “So we decided it would be great to have Lake Orion High School focus on its alumni who have achieved the pinnacle of success in their chosen career field.”
A committee of administrators, teachers, and Board of Education members meets annually to sift through nominated candidates and decide on the group of inductees.
In 2020, despite the many challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, Lake Orion High School had a large number of nominations for the Wall of Excellence, with six alumni in its fourth induction class. 2020 inductees include wheel chair racing record-setter Bob Gibson, professional golfer Tom Gillis, Disney/PIXAR artist Angela McBride, NBC News journalist Shannon Pettypiece, electronic musician Seth Troxler, and muralist and children's author Katie Yamasaki.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it is not possible to honor the 2020 Wall of Excellence induction class with a ceremony in 2020. Instead, the 2020 inductees will be honored at a live induction event along with the 2021 inductees in the near future.
The Wall of Excellence recognized six inductees in its 2017 inaugural class: astronaut Dr. Andrew Feustel, Col. Daniel Choike (US Marine Corps.), musician John Upton, teacher Blanche Sims, businessman Fritz Henderson, and martial arts champion Dr. Ronald Tripp.
The second class featured broadcaster Greg Bowman, Air Force commander James Ramirez, fashion designer Caroline Swierszczyk, and innovator, scientist, and entrepreneur Dr. Bo Zhao.
The third, in 2019, included businessman and engineer Dr. David Carlson, professional athlete Jeff Heath, and actress Cynthia Watros.
Nominations for the next induction class are accepted until June 1. Here is the nomination form.
The school would like like to thank the sponsors who helped make the Wall of Excellence possible: Mike Macy MEEMIC Insurance, Kohl’s, Pine Tree Elementary, Dr. Ron Tripp and the Lake Orion Education Foundation.