The event was created to honor past graduates for their achievements in their career. Today eight nominees were given a plaque that will forever hang in the halls of the high school.
The nominees talked to different classrooms about their career journey, while encouraging students to work hard. Associate Principal, Dan Walbaum says diversity beyond the walls of high school was a conversation topic among many of the nominees.
“In two different classrooms I heard Dr. Oesterle (Nominee) talk about the diversity of West Lafayette schools and how important that was as he looked around the room in an AP Biology class and then 5 minutes later, in an international relations class, I heard Lieutenant Colonel Thiel (Nominee) talk about the same thing,” said Walbaum.
Walbaum says it's always a tough decision choosing who they will honor each year.
“We have an alumni committee that goes through and kind of screens through the applicants and it's a difficult process, I'll say that, cause we have so many nominees and outstanding graduates,” said Walbaum.
Walbaum says the school is thankful for alumni coming back to West Lafayette to share their knowledge with students.