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Tue, February 14, 2017

OCPS to induct elite class at second Hall of Fame event in March

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New details are being released on the upcoming Orange County Public Schools Hall of Fame event. The gala dinner and ceremony will be held Saturday, March 4, 2017, at the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort. Information about sponsorships and tickets to the induction ceremony and dinner are available at www.HallofFame.ocps.net.

There will be a special appearance and performance by Christian Cuevas, you may recall Christian’s success on NBC's Emmy Award Winning Television Show, The Voice Season 11. From the millions of views on all of his segments on The Voice, to the 19,000 downloads in three days of his performance that went viral and got him to the Top Charts on Billboard. Throughout his journey he has had the honor of working with individuals such as Alicia Keys, Charlie Puth, Garth Brooks, Dolly Parton, Stevie Wonder, Ariana Grande and many more.  Christian is also an Orange County Public Schools graduate. He attended Freedom High School. He is delighted to return to Orange County for a special performance for our Hall of Fame attendees.

The Hall of Fame is a new tradition created by the School Board in 2014 to honor people who have made a name for themselves and the school district throughout its long history – since December 1869, 147 years ago. The Hall features inductees in several different categories: distinguished educator, community champion and distinguished alumni in the fields of athletics, arts, humanitarian work and professional careers.

From a lengthy and remarkable list of nominees by citizens, parents, alumni and employees, the Hall of Fame Selection Committee chose its five new members to be inducted.

The 2017 Inductees are:

  • Wayne Brady (Dr. Phillips High ‘89) is best known as a prime-time Emmy Award-winning actor, singer, comedian and television personality, known for his work on Whose Line Is it Anyway? and Let’s Make a Deal. He is currently playing Aaron Burr in the Chicago production of Hamilton. He started performing in community theater and at the Orlando improv school Sak Comedy Lab.
  • Professor S. James Gates, Jr. (Jones High ‘69) is a theoretical physicist, known for work on supersymmetry, supergravity and superstring theory. He is currently the professor of Physics at the University of Maryland and serves on President Barack Obama’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology. In 2013, he received the National Medal of Science.
  • In the Community Champion category, Toni Jennings (Winter Park High ‘67) was Florida’s first female lieutenant governor, two-term president of the Florida Senate, successful businesswoman and former fifth-grade teacher, Toni Jennings is among the most prominent public figures in Florida’s history, dedicating more than 27 years to the citizens of Florida.
  • David “Deacon” Jones (Hungerford High ‘57) was inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame after a stellar career as a defensive end with the Los Angeles Rams, San Diego Chargers and Washington Redskins. A native of Eatonville, he and his wife Elizabeth established the Deacon Jones Foundation when he retired from football to assist young people. Jones died in 2013 and will be represented at the induction by his wife.
  • In the Distinguished Educator category, Jim Schott served as Superintendent of Orange County Public Schools from 1980 – 1992. He was responsible for forming the Foundation for Orange County Public Schools, developing the first magnet and International Baccalaureate programs and nurturing a leadership team of future superintendents like Donald Shaw, Ronald Blocker, Eric Smith, Joseph Joyner and Barbara Jenkins.

Proceeds from the event will be used to support current and future Orange County Public Schools philanthropic initiatives that focus on ensuring all children are ready to learn, improve academically and graduate on time. For more information, contact OCPS Marketing and Events at 407.317.3368.

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