Holding fast to their loyal Jackrabbit spirits, several dozen Forney High School alumni attended Saturday afternoons Forney Ex-students Association (FESA) Luncheon.
Annually held at the FISD Administration Building located on South Bois d’Arc, many FHS alumni first enjoyed the homecoming game against the Royse City High Bulldogs on Friday night, and then attended both the FHS Homecoming Parade and the Forney Ex-students Association Luncheon on Saturday.
Addressing the large group Jackrabbit alumni, FESA President Kevin Whittemore stated “This year I was informed by the Hall of Honor Election Committee that we ended up having six nominees for this award that we’re about to announce. This is in no particular order but I just wanted to recognize those individuals, I see some of them in this room today. These nominees are some of the best people that you could possibly know. It’s an honor to know some of them and those I don’t know, I’d love to get to know you better.”
First explaining the nomination process President Whittemore said “If you were a Nominee this year and you are not elected to the Hall of Honor, your name automatically stays in the pool for next year and the year after. So those people that nominated somebody if they were not inducted today, you don’t have to resubmit their names, they’re name will stay in as long as their willing to be nominated. I want to recognize that one of the functions of this organization is not only the scholarship program, but also to recognize those individuals who have gone above and beyond to help in the community or do something for the schools, that needs to be recognized.”
The 2018 Forney High School Ex Students Association Hall of Fame Nominees were; Betty Haines, Brain Shaw, Dan Shaw, George Brown, Michael Morrill and Pat Adams.
Announcing this year’s honoree, President Whittemore said “George Brown is a lifetime resident of Forney. He was a graduate of the Class of Forney High School 1969. In school George participated in junior high school sports and in high school he was in the Future Farmers of America Club, Speech Club and was named the Friendliest Class Favorite his senior year.”
Describing Brown’s business accomplishments Whittemore stated “In 1990 George’s dependability, work ethic and personality caught the eye of CiCi’s Pizza founder Joe Croce. Joe was paying it forward by helping those in whom he saw potential become successful. He saw potential in George. From this small meeting forward George went on to become a successful businessman eventually owning eleven restaurants.”
He said “During this time he was awarded the prestigious award for CiCi’s Franchiser of the Year, and after many years in the business George decided to travel the world and follow in the footsteps of his mentor Joe by paying it forward to seven of his loyal employees in whom he saw the same potential. He set them up in business with the foundation for a successful future as was done to him.”
Listen in below to hear the heartfelt acceptance speech on Hall of Honor honoree George Brown, and then visit The Forney Post Facebook to view more pic's and videos of this special event.
Written by: Denise Bell