The Foundation of Saline Area schools inducted its inaugural Hall of Fame Monday at the foundation's spring reception held at Stone Arch Arts and Events.
The hall's first class is composed of an an interesting cross section of people who've contributed to Saline Area Schools over the years. Inducted were Clem Corona, Carlee Greene Munz, Cheryl Hoeft, Roy Palmeri, Kay Rayment, Bonnie Ridout, Paul Thibault and Kim VanHoek.
"The individuals presented to you represent the very best Saline has to offer," said Curt Ellis, Assistant Superintendent for Saline Area Schools. "These individuals have formed the very foundation of the school district and the community. Past, present and future students will benefit from their contributions for years to come."
The Hall of Fame, sponsored by the United Bank & Trust, was created to honor individuals who demonstrate outstanding leadership, character, personal drive, and dedication to serving the school district and community.
The Hall of Fame will be permanently displayed in the Saline High School Commons, where it will be seen by students, teachers and guests 350 days a year. The inaugural class will be honored at halftime of the Sept. 5 Hornet football game and formally inducted during a celebration Sept. 6.
Hall of Fame
Carlee Green Munz
Always devoted to helping people in need, the Saline High School graduate visited Haiti after the 2010 earthquake and decided to do something about a water crisis that was a threat to Haitians. Munz founded Poured Out, a non-profit dedicated to making sure every community has access to clean water. In recent years, Saline High School students have become involved with Poured Out. This year, on two occasions, Saline students visited Haiti to install water filters and teach residents the importance of clean water. Munz's organization is inspiring Saline students to think globally and make a difference.
Paul Thibault began work with Saline Area Schools as a history teacher in 1956 and went on to become Saline High School Princiapl, a job he held for 30 years. Thibault was also very active in Saline Rotary and the Saline American Legion Post 322. In 2010, he won the Saline Salutes Lifetime Achievement Award
Clem Corona, in many respects, was Saline's first athletic director. He was largely responsible for the growth of girls' sports in Saline. Corona coached the Saline girls golf team to state championships in 1990 and 1991. He retired as athletic director and assistant principal in 1995. The athletic complex behind Saline Middle School is named in his honor.
Kay Rayment was a long-time secretary in the district. She worked at Houghton School for 14 years and spent the last 14 years of her career in the high school guidance office. She not only knew almost every student by name, she also knew their schedule.
Cheryl Hoeft grew up in Saline. She taught home economics and math to Saline students from 1968-1994 and oversaw the Future Homemakers of America organization. She founded the famous Saline Craft Shows, which bring thousands of people to the community and raise thousands of dollars for school organizations. She's been a leader for the Foundation for Saline Area Schools, which raises close to $100,000 a year in support of the school district. She was a key figure in moving the one-room school house on to the school campus and still volunteers for programs at the Weber-Blaess One Room School.
Roy Palmeri was co-founder of Saline's Sports Shack. For years, when you made the baseball team, you got your baseball hat from Palmeri. When you got your varsity jacket, you bought it from Palmeri. He was a pillar in the Saline community sports community. Last fall, the Sports Shack its business to Total Sports.
Kim Van Hoek
Kim Van Hoek served Saline Area Schools in a variety of ways for more than 40 years. She began as a teacher and reading consultant at Houghton School. She began a principal at Union School, moved to Jensen Elementary School, and then finished where she started, as principal at Houghton. When she retired, Van Hoek served on the Saline Area Schools Board of Education. She chose not to seek re-election and served on the Foundation for Saline Area Schools Board of Trustees. Her daughter Emily Sickler teaches in the school district.
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Bonnie Rideout couldn't attend Monday's event because she was touring Europe. Rideout is a world-reknowned Scottish fiddler who learned under former Saline High School teacher Bob Phillips. She's played everywhere from Scotland's Edinburgh International Festival to the Kennedy Center. She's the only American to hold the honor of representing Scottish fiddle music at the Edinburgh International Festival. She was the firs woman to hold the nation Scottish fiddle title and the youngest to have won the US championship -- winning it three straight years.