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Southwest Hall of Fame hoping on-line nomination forms will continue to increase nominees

By B.J. Hargis

The Southwest High Schools Alumni Association Athletic Hall of Fame always is looking for input for its next class.
The class of 2018 will be the third where people throughout the community will be able to offer input from their home computer or device.
“We wanted to get the community more involved in adding nominees to the ballot for the athletic hall of fame,” said Chris Stitzle, chairman of the athletic hall of fame. “With technology today, we wanted to make it easier.
“Two years ago, we put a link on our school website ( People can go and click on the Hall of Fame Nomination icon and fill out a form on line. We got more people involved in the process the last couple of years and we are hoping for more of the same this year.”
The Hall of Fame started back in 1996 and has inducted almost 200 athletes and coaches from Sullivan, Merom, Gill Township, Paxton, Graysville, New Lebanon and Carlisle High Schools.
Stitzle came to SHS in 1986 as an industrial arts teacher and has served as athletic director and principal at the high school and now is the superintendent at Southwest School Corp.
“I have been here over 30 years, but I don’t know everybody,” said Stitzle. “We have people on the committee that go back farther than me, but I know we are missing people that deserve to be in the hall of fame.”
“We just want people in the community to think about former athletes and coaches that deserve recognition.”
Stitzle said the only requirement is than athletes have to have been out of school for at least five years.
“We honor both male and female athletes and coaches,” he said. “We also have at least one inductee posthumously.”
The deadline for the class of 2018 is April 6.
“I am hoping that the community can help us bring names to the committee, that might have been overlooked,” said Stitzle. “The one neat thing about this whole process for me is when student-athletes come back for the ceremony in September and you get to see what they have done since graduating from school.”

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