Members of the first induction class to the Westport Wall of Distinction included Tom Beauvais, Julie Freeman-Moore, Alice LaRock and Ryan Sherman,
The first six members of the Westport Wall of Distinction were inducted during ceremonies Oct. 6.
Alice LaRock, Tom Beauvais, Julie Freeman-Moore and Ryan Sherman were able to attend the event, held at the Westport Hotel and Tavern, while alum Dr. Laura Davis and former student, coach and teacher Edgar “Eddie” Card were unable to make it for the festivities.
Each in attendance said they were honored to be a part of what organizers hope is a new annual tradition and way to honor former Westport students and educators.
“I am very, very proud of what the school district is doing and continues to do for the students,” Beauvais, a former educator and coach, said. “We have had such a great school and there are just so many traditions that go from one generation of students to the next, and this is a way to celebrate those.”
It’s a great honor, and it is nice to see the people who have come here and catch up with them,” Moore, a standout basketball player for Westport, said.
“It’s an honor that I am proud of and I can assure you that I have tried my best to fulfil all of the duties that I have been responsible for at the school,” LaRock, a life-long member of the WCS community and current school board president, said.
“It’s really quite an honor and I am humbled by it,” Sherman, an athletic standout and current Superintendent at Schuylerville Central School, said. “Westport is very special to me and I take a lot of pride in WCS and growing up here. There are many fond memories of my days here and how they have impacted my life.”
Wall of Distinction committee member and current teacher Brad Rascoe said he was pleased with the class the committee had put together.
“It is a combination of academics and athletics, which is what we wanted to accomplish,” Rascoe said. “There is a lot of dedication and commitment that is displayed by each one of the people that are being inducted.”
“This is a pretty outstanding group of people,” committee member and retired teacher Scott Gibbs said. “You start counting up all of the contributions that these people have made and it is impressive. It is also nice to see them here with families and their kids around.”
Gibbs also said that he liked that the first class included inductees from different eras of the school’s history.
“That is what makes a small school unique is the different eras and people that all seem to come together in one,” Gibbs said.