Rayburn held a ceremony to induct nine distinguished alumni and faculty into the Hall of Honor. Pictured (from left to right): Travis Jaggers, Al Campo, Sr., Nanci Westbrook Wilson, Cindy Clary Marion, Dr. Jay Dunahoo, Phil Konstantin, Kelli Zohar-Davis accepting on behalf of the late Georgeann Zohar, Mitchell Eggers, and Judge John Clinton.
Judge John Clinton, Class of 1975, is among nine individuals inducted into the Rayburn Hall of Honor.
Three generations of Rayburn High School alumni gathered April 16 to commemorate the accomplishments of past and present students and staff during a ceremony inducting nine individuals into the school’s Hall of Honor.
A plaque in their name was added to the school’s hall of honor located near the entrance of the building and revealed in front of a crowd comprised of family, friends, students, staff, school board members and Dr. DeeAnn Powell. These distinguished individuals are among 25 graduates and faculty members to be inducted into the Rayburn Hall of Honor since the recognition program began in 2014.
The new inductees are: Al Campo, Sr., faculty from 1967-1985; Cindy Clary Marion, Class of 1978; Georgeann Zohar, faculty from 1980-2004; Dr. Jay Dunnahoo, faculty from 1966-1979; Judge John Clinton, Class of 1975; Mitchell Eggers, Class of 1976; Nanci Westbrook Wilson, Class of 1977; Phil Konstantin, Class of 1971 and Travis Jaggers, Class of 1967.
After the unveiling, attendees gathered in the auditorium for the induction ceremony featuring a series of student performances by the Junior ROTC, choir, orchestra, TexAnns drill team, cheerleading squad and marching band – delighting guests before the main event.
Rayburn Principal Robert Stock announced each of the inductees while Junior ROTC cadets presented them with a crystal plaque.
While some traditions have changed since Rayburn opened its doors in 1964, there is one tradition that remains the same, Stock said, “striving for excellence.”
“This event is special because it allows us as an opportunity to recognize the accomplishments of our alumni, which will remind students of how successful they can become,” Stock said. “Some traditions fade and others are resurrected over time, but our tradition of excellence has continued for 52 years and began with individuals like those we are honoring today.”
Marion, the founder, president and CEO of MMI Agency, took attendees on a trip down memory lane as she delivered her keynote address.
“I remember when I was in the parking lot facing Burke and there was a rumor that there would be a streaker,” Marion said as the room filled with laughter. “That would have been odd enough, but then my dad said, ‘Hey kids, let’s get in the car so we can go to Rayburn to watch the streaker.’ I’m pleased that the streaker did not show up.”
She reflected on time spent at Rayburn.
“I know this group of honorees can agree with me that the 1,500 days we spent at Rayburn and the countless additional days spent through the faculty we served were greatly filled with highlights, challenges, celebrations, encouragement, friendships and those important academic and life lessons that stick with us still,” Marion said.
A coach for 44 years, Al Campo said he was honored to be among the roster of distinguished faculty inducted into the Hall of Honor.
“I feel that I am accepting this award for all the players I ever coached and the students I taught because they created very special memories for me when I was here at Rayburn,” Campo said. “They are family.”
Phil Konstantin, Class of 1971
RAYBURN HALL OF HONOR INDUCTEES
Judge John Clinton, Class of 1975
Mitchell Eggers, Class of 1976
Travis Jaggers, Class of 1967 Nanci Wilson, Class of 1977
Cindy Clary Marion, Class of 1978
Al Campo, Sr., faculty from 1967-1985 (middle)
Dr. Jay Dunnahoo, faculty from 1966-1979
Kelli Zohar-Davis accepting on behalf of her late mother, Georgeann Zohar, faculty from 1980-2004