Unionville-Chadds Ford School District recently inducted four new members to the UCFSD Wall of Honor. Jamie Bartholomew Aller from the Class of 1998, Charlie Ferron from the Class of 1958 (honored posthumously), Rick McFeely from the Class of 1980, and Robert Pearson from the Class of 1967 were inducted during a Wall of Honor Celebration on Sept. 30, at Unionville High School. Earlier that day, they visited Unionville High School students in their classes. This was an opportunity for students to hear firsthand from the inductees and learn about their journey and success. The inductees were also recognized later that evening on the field at halftime during Unionville’s Homecoming football game.
To uphold the district’s mission of empowering students to succeed in life and contribute to society and to inspire current students and the community, Unionville-Chadds Ford selects alumni each year whose lives reflect the values of our mission for recognition on the UCFSD Wall of Honor. This prestigious award recognizes exceptional alumni who have achieved great success and contributed so much to society since graduating from Unionville High School.
Those who are inducted into the Wall of Honor have had significant accomplishments in their personal and professional lives through community and humanitarian service and/or have exhibited a lifelong commitment to educational excellence. Since 2008, the District has inducted 35 alumni into our Wall of Honor.
Each year there is a call for Wall of Honor nominations from the community. A nomination committee consisting of district administrators, board members and teachers reviews the nominations and identifies finalists, who are then reviewed by the selection committee. The selection committee, consisting of district staff, students, parents, community members and former Wall of Honor Inductees, judges each nominee to determine our inductees for the year. There were several outstanding candidates and the four inductees selected this year rose to the top.
The District recently created a Portrait of a Graduate. The Portrait of a Graduate is the District's North Star to help inform decisions and guide students on their journey through UCFSD and beyond. It is the culmination of many thoughts and ideas shared by the community and the hopes and dreams they have for UCFSD students once they graduate. The five points to the District’s North Star are: Be Inspired to Learn… Succeed in Life…Contribute to Society…Take Care of Yourself…. and Build your Character. This year’s four inductees, and all of the previous Wall of Honor inductees, are the best examples of the District’s Portrait of a Graduate.
At the celebration, Aller, McFeely, Pearson, and representatives from the Ferron family each received a commemorative “north star” to mark the occasion. They were each introduced by a student leader from the high school, after which they shared remarks about their journey and accomplishments since graduating from Unionville. The event concluded at the physical Wall of Honor located in the high school, where the inductees' plaques were on display and will remain on display for one year after which they will be included on a perpetual plaque recognizing all of the District’s past Wall of Honor inductees.
During the event, John Sanville, superintendent, said, “The Wall of Honor is an important tradition for us. It is my honor to be here with all of you for this exciting celebration as we recognize four exceptional alumni who have achieved great success and contributed so much to society since graduating from Unionville High School. Jamie, Rick, Charlie and Robert, as well as all of the previous Wall of Honor inductees, are the best examples of the District’s Portrait of a Graduate and have fulfilled the hopes and dreams that we have for our alumni and that we will continue to have for future alumni to come. Thank you all for being shining examples for our students and the community.”