Out­stand­ing alumni in­ducted to GVSD Wall of Fame

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MALVERN >> As part of its Home­com­ing cel­e­bra­tion Oct. 15, the Great Val­ley School District in­ducted three out­stand­ing alumni to its Wall of Fame. These grad­u­ates were nom­i­nated by friends or fam­ily mem­bers for the out­stand­ing per­sonal and pro­fes­sional achieve­ments and com­mu­nity con­tri­bu­tions they have made since grad­u­at­ing high school. This year’s In­ductees join 18 other Great Val­ley grads who have been named to the Wall of Fame since the pro­gram’s start in 2012.

“The Wall of Fame is a way for us to re­con­nect with our alumni and to ap­plaud their out­stand­ing achieve­ments since grad­u­a­tion,” said Great Val­ley Di­rec­tor of Com­mu­ni­ca­tions and Out­reach Jen­nifer Blake, who chairs the se­lec­tion com­mit­tee. “These grad­u­ates serve as role mod­els for our cur­rent stu­dents and also speak to the ex­cel­lence of a Great Val­ley ed­u­ca­tion.”

Wall of Fame In­ductees for 2016 are: Adam McKay, Shan­non Nut­ter-Wiers­b­itzky, and Hil­lary Dun­lop-Sch­mid. In­ductees who were able to at­tend Home­com­ing en­joyed a tour of their alma mater, rode in the Home­com­ing pa­rade, and were wel­comed at an all-class alumni re­cep­tion. In­ductees were for­mally hon­ored dur­ing a short cer­e­mony on the game field just prior to the start of the Home­com­ing foot­ball game.

In­ductees were se­lected from nom­i­na­tions re­ceived by the se­lec­tion com­mit­tee. Any­one can nom­i­nate a Great Val­ley grad­u­ate for con­sid­er­a­tion, but nom­i­nees are judged ac­cord­ing to strict cri­te­ria. Ac­cord­ing to the District web­site, the pro­gram is de­signed to “en­sure that the lives and achieve­ments of Great Val­ley’s most ac­com­plished grad­u­ates will for­ever be known among fel­low grad­u­ates, cur­rent and fu­ture high school stu­dents, and the Great Val­ley com­mu­nity.” In­ductees are those grad­u­ates who: model high stan­dards of ex­cel­lence in their per­sonal and/or pro­fes­sional life; make out­stand­ing con­tri­bu­tions to vol­un­teer ser­vice or their lo­cal com­mu­nity; and have demon­strated suc­cess at the lo­cal, re­gional, or in­ter­na­tional lev­els in any ap­pro­pri­ate area of en­deavor, in­clud­ing academia and ed­u­ca­tion, arts, busi­ness, me­dia, pub­lic ser­vice, medicine, mil­i­tary, sports, etc.

Blake said that a key con­sid­er­a­tion of the se­lec­tion com­mit­tee is whether or not those nom­i­nated are some­how liv­ing true to Great Val­ley School District’s mis­sion. “We are al­ways im­pressed with the cal­iber of our alumni and the con­tri­bu­tions they are mak­ing to their lo­cal, na­tional and some­times even the global com­mu­nity,” she said. “This kind of work and vol­un­teerism speaks di­rectly to our mis­sion state­ment.”

Nom­i­na­tions for the Wall of Fame are ac­cepted an­nu­ally in late sum­mer. For more in­for­ma­tion, visit www.gvsd.org/ wallof­fame.

2016 Wall of Fame In­ductees are:

Adam McKay, Class of 1986. Writer/di­rec­tor/pro­ducer Adam McKay is widely re­garded as one of cinema’s most comedic mod­ern film­mak­ers. Ini­tially, McKay made his name in the com­edy world as a found­ing mem­ber of the Up­right Ci­ti­zens Brigade, and later worked for six years at Satur­day Night Live, where he be­came Head Writer and col­lab­o­rated with Will Fer­rell. That col­lab­o­ra­tion led to movies like An­chor­man: The Leg­end of Ron Bur­gundy (2004), fol­lowed by the hit Tal­ladega Nights: The Bal­lad of Ricky Bobby (2006). In 2006, McKay and Fer­rell formed their com­pany, Gary Sanchez Pro­duc­tions, which is re­spon­si­ble for movies in­clud­ing Step Broth­ers (2008), The Other Guys (2010) and An­chor­man 2: The Leg­end Con­tin­ues (2013). He also pro­duced nu­mer­ous oth­ers, in­clud­ing Get Hard (2015) and Daddy’s Home (2015), and in­de­pen­dent ti­tles such as Wel­come to Me (2015). In 2015, McKay turned his fo­cus to a more se­ri­ous topic when he and Charles Ran­dolph adapted Michael Lewis’s New York Times best-sell­ing book, The Big Short about the fi­nan­cial cri­sis of 2007/2008. For that film, McKay earned Academy Award, BAFTA and Golden Globe nom­i­na­tions for Best Di­rec­tor, and he and Ran­dolph won Best Adapted Screen­play at the Academy Awards, BAFTA, WGA and Scripter Awards.

McKay is a long-time sup­porter of nu­mer­ous char­i­ta­ble or­ga­ni­za­tions in­clud­ing Amnesty In­ter­na­tional. He is a pa­tron of Rep­re­sent.Us, the largest grass­roots anti-cor­rup­tion cam­paign in the US. In ad­di­tion, McKay sup­ports The Brady Cen­ter, Home­less Health­care LA, and Jail Gui­tar Doors. He lives in Los An­ge­les with his wife, Shira, and their two daugh­ters, Pearl and Lili Rose.

Shan­non Nut­ter-Wiers-bitzky, Class of 1988. Nut­ter-Wiers­b­itzky earned her un­der­grad­u­ate de­gree in eco­nom­ics and in­ter­na­tional stud­ies from Ma­calester Col­lege and her M.B.A. from Duke’s Fuqua School of Busi­ness. She pre­vi­ously worked for lead­ing com­pa­nies, in­clud­ing Deloitte & Touche and General Mo­tors, and is cur­rently a se­nior ex­ec­u­tive at Van­guard. In ad­di­tion to her ex­ec­u­tive role, Shan­non also orig­i­nated and led de­vel­op­ment of My Class­room Econ­omy, a free na­tion-wide pro­gram that en­ables K-12 teach­ers to cre­ate a mini-econ­omy in their class­rooms and teach chil­dren key life skills through ex­pe­ri­en­tial learn­ing.

Shan­non is also a pub­lished au­thor of chil­dren’s lit­er­a­ture. Her two mid­dle-grade nov­els, “The Sum­mer of Ham­mers and An­gels” and What Flow­ers Re­mem­ber” have re­ceived na­tional recog­ni­tion, in­clud­ing two “best chil­dren’s book of the year” awards. She is a mem­ber of the board for Teach for Amer­ica Philadel­phia, reg­u­larly vol­un­teers time with Home of the Sparrow, and ac­tively blogs on the top­ics of Alzheimer’s and women in lead­er­ship.

Hil­lary Dun­lop-Sch­mid, Class of 1994. Sch­mid grad­u­ated from The Penn­syl­va­nia State Univer­sity with a bach­e­lor’s de­gree in Spe­cial Ed­u­ca­tion. She earned her mas­ter’s de­gree from Rose­mont Col­lege in Cur­ricu­lum and In­struc­tion. She taught Spe­cial Ed­u­ca­tion for 10 years in Ch­ester & Delaware Coun­ties.

Sch­mid and her fam­ily are the founders of Zane’s Run, an event held an­nu­ally in Septem­ber. Founded in mem­ory of their daugh­ter, Zane, who passed away from Spinal Mus­cu­lar Atro­phy (SMA) in 2009, all pro­ceeds from the event go to­ward help­ing newly di­ag­nosed fam­i­lies and chil­dren with SMA through­out the world. She re­ceived an award from Cure SMA for her fundrais­ing and aware­ness ef­forts, and worked closely with a Penn­syl­va­nia State Leg­is­la­tor to have Au­gust de­clared as Spinal Mus­cu­lar Atro­phy Aware­ness Month. Mrs. Sch­mid serves on the Fam­ily Sup­port Com­mit­tee for Cure SMA, and fre­quently vol­un­teers for com­mu­nity ac­tiv­i­ties and events. She lives in Malvern with her hus­band, Keith, and their chil­dren, Avery, Bren­nen, and Brax­ton.

Hil­lary Dun­lop-Sch­mid, Class of 1994, and Shan­non Nut­ter-Wiers­b­itzky, Class of 1988

Adam McKay, Class of 1986

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