With the goal of inspiring current and future students, Wauwatosa West High School will unveil a Wall of Recognition during an all school assembly Friday, Nov. 4 in the school's gymnasium.
Wauwatosa School District Communication Coordinator Keller Russell said the purpose of the wall is to assist current students in recognizing the possibilities and opportunities the future holds through the high character and achievements of notable alumni. The wall is going to be placed in a high-traffic area of the school so that it has maximum visibility.
The first former students to receive the honor include Mason Morris, a 1985 graduate who spent 25 years as a U.S. Air Force officer, Dr. Katie Wilson, a 1977 graduate who was appointed in 2015 by President Obama as Deputy Under Secretary for Food, Nutrition, and Consumer Sciences at the United States Department of Agriculture and Dr. Michael Volz, a 1976 graduate who has served as president of the Colorado Medical Society.
The honorees are chosen for the wall by a committee that consists of the Wauwatosa West High School principal, the district superintendent, a school board member, a current or former West teacher, a current West student and five alumni. The people chosen for recognition by the committee will receive a plaque during the school ceremony and participate in a private reception. Nominees for the wall must be at least 30 years old and have distinguished themselves in some post-graduation capacity.
Potential honorees may be nominated by Wauwatosa High School or Wauwatosa West High School alumni, by current or former teachers, or by current Wauwatosa residents. To be considered an alumnus, an individual must have attended WWHS or WHS for at least two semesters.
The nomination process may be started by letter, but all nominations must be on a form prescribed by the Nominating Committee, and the process shall proceed according to a timetable established by the committee. The completed nomination form shall be accompanied by supporting letters, a resume, and other appropriate summaries or materials indicating the candidate’s qualifications. All nominations and supporting materials must be submitted by a predetermined date for each induction year for consideration by the panel.
Additional information about the inaugural class of inductees for the Wall of Recognition:
- Mason Morris spent 25 years as a U.S. Air Force officer, then achieved rank of colonel and served in many key positions including Military Aide to the Vice President, commander of Dover Air Force Base’s 5,000 personnel and Director of International Security Operations at the Department of State.
- Dr. Katie Wilson was appointed in 2015 by President Obama as Deputy Under Secretary for Food, Nutrition, and Consumer Sciences at the United States Department of Agriculture. Prior to joining the USDA, Dr. Wilson spent 23 years as a school nutrition director in three Wisconsin school districts, served as Executive Director for the National Food Service Management Institute and as President of the School Nutrition Association. Dr. Wilson is considered an international expert and champion for child nutrition and wellness.
- Dr. Michael Volz received a partial academic scholarship as well as a golf scholarship to a school in South Carolina for one year. He went on to attend the Medical College of Wisconsin, trained in International Medicine at the University of Miami and furthered his training as an Allergy/Asthma/Immunology specialist. Dr. Volz is in private practice in Denver, Colorado and has served as President of the Colorado Medical Society. He has also testified at the Colorado State Legislature on various health care bills and has been centrally involved in developing medical policies in health care.