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Peru Central now accepting Hall of Fame applications

PERU - If you haven't submitted your nomination for an honoree in this year's Peru Central School District Hall of Fame, there's still time.

Ordinarily, nominations are due Dec. 1, but when the 2008 deadline approached, the school district hadn't received any nominations, said high school principal Christopher Mazzella. So, the deadline was extended to Friday, Jan. 23.

The Hall of Fame is designed "to recognize individuals who have made a significant impact on our school or achieved an outstanding contribution(s) to society as a graduate of Peru Central," according to the district's nomination form. The candidate must have attended, been employed, served or contributed to Peru Central School in some capacity and must have been retired for at least five years.

The Hall of Fame, Mazzella said, a way to recognize alumni of PCS who have contributed or done "great things" in society. The recognition is similar to that in other schools, is unique as well, he said.

"Most schools have an athletic Hall of Fame. Ours isn't just bound to athletics," said Mazzella. "We do have former athletes or former coaches in it, but it recognizes all spectrums of the academic process."

"I think it's a wonderful way to recognize people who have really given their heart and soul to Peru Central School," he added.

According to the nomination form, the criteria to be considered includes, but is not limited to: outstanding contribution(s) to Peru Central School; outstanding contribution(s) to society; outstanding career; participation and/or leadership in community activities; and significant impact on an individual's life while associated with Peru.

Nominations received are voted on by a committee of seven people who determine who best deserves the honor. The committee members fill out a confidential ballot, and the winner(s) have to receive the majority of the votes, plus one, to be chosen. Multiple winners may also be chosen.

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