August 6, 2020

EPHS Hall of Fame Seeks Nominations

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The East Providence Hall of Fame Committee is accepting nominations for 2020 inductees. Nominations will be accepted through February 1, 2020. The East Providence High School Hall of Fame was established in conjunction with the East Providence High School 1984 Centennial year. Created by former Superintendent of Schools Myron J. Francis, Class of 1947, and others, in an effort to promote Pride in city schools, the purpose of the Hall of Fame is to recognize Townie graduates who have brought honor to themselves and to the high school.

During the course of the school’s existence, many EPHS graduates have distinguished themselves in high school, and in all walks of life following graduation. Consequently, the selection process is difficult. Nevertheless, a nomination procedure was adopted, criteria for selection were established, and a broadly-based selection committee makes the final decisions.

Selection is based upon achievements which shall include a meritorious record in at least one - and preferably more - of the following areas:

•Job-related achievements; one who excels in their chosen field after graduation.

•Professional honors and awards, professional affiliations, publications.

•Civic or community involvement.

•Extraordinary contribution to society.

•Positive impact on the East Providence community.

•Exceptional and documented individual athletic accomplishment(s) during one’s high school, college, or beyond.

•Exceptional dedication as a staff member to the students of East Providence High School for a minimum of 10 years with a significant and direct impact on students and the community.

•Other appropriate qualifications which the committee believes merit consideration.

New Hall of Fame Chair Announced:

Gregory Dias, a 1975 EPHS graduate, has been elected as the next chairperson of the East Providence High School Hall of Fame committee. Dias will replace Bob Rodericks, EPHS Class of 1972. Rodericks told the committee that he would step aside as committee chairman after 10 years in that position. "My schedule is pretty full with City Council responsibilities and many other commitments," Rodericks told the HOF committee at its recent meeting. "I have enjoyed chairing this group for the past ten years and it's time to let someone else lead us. I was pleased to help keep the Townie HOF mission going, just as envisioned by former Superintendent of Schools Myron Francis planned," added Rodericks.

"Bob will stay on as an active committee member and we have asked him to continue as our HOF induction Master of Ceremonies," said Chairman Dias. "I am thankful for the opportunity to chair a very active and wonderful group of committee volunteers," Dias added. "We continue to urge the community to submit nominations of worthy high school graduates," said Dias.

Dias has become one of Rhode Island's prominent attorneys and is an active volunteer in many East Providence and Rhode Island charities. He is on the Board of Directors for the East Bay Community action program, the Non-Profit Coastline Employee Assistance Program, the R.I. Student Assistance Program, the TAP-In and K-Rob Foundations and the Friends of Townie Athletics fundraising group. He is a member of the Rhode Island Bar since 1982 and the Federal Bar since 1983.

Hall of Fame Nomination forms are available and can be picked up in the high school main office. You can also receive a form by email from: bobrodericks@gmail.com.

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