Six inducted into Hall of Honor
Commerce ISD inducted six former students and staff into the CISD Hall of Honor during induction ceremonies and a luncheon Friday, October 7 at the CISD Administration Building. Honored this year were Alvis Alderman, Ann Champion, Bill Fuhrmeister, Dr. Mary Hendrix, Loretta Kibler and Janet Peek. They were chosen by an anonymous selection committee because of their impact on CISD students as staff members or as students for their contributions to the community and their success as Commerce High School graduates.  
Alvis Alderman
Dr. Mary Hendrix
Ann Champion
Loretta Kibler
Bill Fuhrmeister
Janet Peek
 
Alderman was an assistant principal at CHS for 22 years. A stern disciplinarian, Alderman was known for treating students with a firm hand but always fairly. He is remembered fondly by former students with nominations to the Hall of Honor coming from many of them.

Ann Champion was a teacher in Norris and Commerce schools for nearly three decades. During that time she and her husband Harry helped ease any tension created by integration during the early 1960s. In her acceptance speech, Champion noted that Commerce had few problems during that time because of the special people in Commerce who worked together to ensure a smooth transition.

After finding success as an electrical engineer, CHS graduate Bill Fuhrmeister decided on a career change in 1989. His subsequent successful dealings in stocks and bonds led to his generous contributions to CISD through the Commerce Schools Educational Enrichment Foundation. In his acceptance speech, Fuhrmeister gave guests a vision of Commerce in the early 1950s when three drug stores and three clothing stores along with other retail stores occupied downtown. His 35-cent-per -hour job as a soda jerk put money in his pocket in a time when a person looking for a job could find one.

Texas A&M University-Commerce Vice President of Student Access and Success Dr. Mary White Hendrix was a member of the CHS Class of 1976. Since her time as a new teacher at Commerce Middle School, Hendrix has continued to support CISD. She served on the CISD Board of Trustees for 19 years, 10 of those as its president. Hendrix related stories about her fellow Hall of Honor inductees. She shared remembrances of high school days with Alderman, Champion and Peek. She said she formed her leadership style based on what Loretta Kibler had taught her about compassion and decisions based on always doing what was right for students.

Loretta Kibler’s career in education culminated with being named superintendent of CISD in 1994. A significant achievement during her tenure was her work along with Dr. Jerry Morris, former TAMU-C president, to secure a lease for $1 per year for 99 years for property for construction of Commerce High School. Passage of a $14 million bond cleared the way for the new high school. She related in her acceptance speech that her highlight each year was listening to first graders read knowing that the skill was critical to their future learning.

As a CHS teacher for over 20 years, Janet Peek challenged students with literature and used journalism experiences to open their world to many different kinds of opportunities. Her high energy level and enthusiasm supported her expectations that students excel to their highest level. Many students remember Mrs. Peek as their favorite teacher as evidenced by many nominations to the Hall of Honor. She noted the contributions of former CHS teachers who led her to expect much from herself and others.

After the inducted luncheon, which was attended by close family and friends of the honorees, inductees were guests at a high school pep rally and then served as honorary captains for the homecoming football game at Memorial Stadium. Their portraits will be permanently displayed the CISD Administration Building in the Hall of Honor.

The inaugural Hall of Honor class, which was inducted last year, included Emmett Day Sr., June Dune, Harry Champion and Dr. Jack Pirkey.

Nominations for the 2012 Hall of Honor will be accepted in May 2012.  

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