Distinguished Alumnus

The Distinguished Alumnus Award was established to honor a graduate of Southern Columbia Area High School or any former high school that formed the Southern Columbia Area District. Recipients are individuals who have achieved success in their field of endeavor and/or have had a positive influence on the students and community of Southern Columbia Area. 
 

Southern Columbia Area Distinguished Alumnus Recipients

2008- Richard "Dick" Knoebel, Ralpho Township High School Class of 1957
2009- Jim "Steck" Williams, Catawissa High School Class of 1952
2010- Dr. Randall Rhodes, Southern Columbia Area High School Class of 1978
2011- Clay Yeager, Southern Columbia Area High School Class of 1969
2012- Susan M. Miller, Southern Columbia Area High School Class of 1977
2013- Terry R. Sharrow, Southern Columbia Area High School Class of 1963
2014- Tony Pipa, Southern Columbia Area High School Class of 1982
2015- Rick Herring, Southern Columbia Area High School Class of 1978
2016- Jewel Bittner Griffith, Roaring Creek Valley/Southern Area High School Class of 1960
 
Inaugural Class of Distinguished Alumnus, Inducted October 21, 2016:  Lee Yeager, Catawissa High School Class of 1940; John Yocum, Roaring Creek Valley High School Class of 1957; Ronald "Buddy" Knoebel, Ralpho Township/Southern Area High School Class of 1961; Dr. J. Spence Reid, Southern Columbia Area High School Class of 1976; Linda Miller, Southern Columbia Area High School Class of 1980; Dr. Eric FeeseSouthern Columbia Area High School Class of 1988; Lieutenant Colonel Jason FeeseSouthern Columbia Area High School Class of 1990; and Laura CookSouthern Columbia Area High School Class of 2006.  For photos and additional information about the inaugural ceremony please click this link.

Nominating Process

Nominations for Distinguished Alumnus are ongoing. Beginning with the 2016-2017, school year, multiple alumni will be honored each year as a Distinguished Alumnus. Each recipient will be invited to speak to Southern Columbia Area students at a special alumni recognition ceremony to be held in the High School Auditorium each October.
 
If you wish to nominate a deserving candidate, please click this link to download a nomination ballot. Nominations for the October 2017 class of Distinguished Alumnus are due June 30, 2017. Beginning in 2018, nominations will be due April 30, 2018.
 
Nominations can be e-mailed to Mike Yeager, Director of the Southern Columbia Alumni Community at myeager@scasd.us, High School Principal Jim Becker at jbecker@scasd.us or Superintendent Paul Caputo at pcaputo@scasd.us. Nominations can also be mailed to the following address:
 
Distinguished Alumnus Award Nomination
Mr. Jim Becker, Principal
Southern Columbia Area High School
812 Southern Drive
Catawissa, PA 17820
 

Selection Process

All nominations will be reviewed by the Selection Committee which will consist of a volunteer from each Alumni Association, the Superintendent, High School Principal, and “friends” of the Southern Columbia Alumni Community.