Ottawa High School is honoring three of its own this week, adding a medical scientist and two business executives to the school's Wall of Honor.
In its third year, the Wall of Honor program has become an annual chance for Ottawa students to see what is possible, said Gary Kuntz, head of the OHS math department and originator of the Wall of Honor program.
"All of a sudden our freshman girls are seeing these ladies who have been very successful in life," Kuntz said. "I really think it's having a great effect on the school."
This week's festivities began with a banquet Thursday night and will include a faculty breakfast this morning and an induction ceremony during halftime of tonight's homecoming football game.
The names will be put on a plaque in the high school multipurpose room.
"We're going to have a great two days," Kuntz said.
This year's inductees are:
- Richard D. Pearson, a 1953 graduate who now lives in Leawood. Pearson was an executive with Trans World Airlines, American Airlines and Buffalo Airways before becoming a consultant for Global Aviation LLC. He retired last year.
- Barbara Hughes Hosein, a 1965 graduate who now lives in Poway, Calif. A National Merit Scholar and Presidential Scholar as a high school student, Hosein has helped developed tests for HIV, AIDS and hepatitis C.
- Terry L. Lay, a 1965 graduate who now lives in Greensboro, N.C. Lay has had a long career with VF Corporation, which owns Lee Company, including time overseas. He has served on the UMB Bank board, the Derrick Thomas Third & Long Foundation and the Susan G. Komen Foundation in the fight against breast cancer.
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