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How distinguished MHS alumni make it to the wall

By Bryan Richardson

A year after choosing no inductees, the Manhattan High School Alumni Association on Tuesday honored four alums who have been added to the MHS Wall of Fame.

The inductees included twin brothers Fred and Don Lamb, Class of 1963, leaders in the study of astrophysics; the late Joan McInroy Finney, Class of 1942, the first female governor of Kansas; and the late Charles Hostetler, Class of 1956, a founding member of the MHS Alumni Association and a leader in the local banking and insurance industries.

From the wall’s inauguration in 2006 through last year, the wall of fame selection committee chose inductees by coming to a general consensus.

Last year was the first time that no one was inducted.

That lack of action led to the selection committee to come up with a more structured process.

“Part of the reason we decided to change to do a refined selection criteria was because we didn’t have anyone last year,” said committee chair Mike Buchanan, Class of 1978.

“We didn’t have a specific reason other than a lack of consensus from the committee.”

Buchanan said there are six weighted categories that are considered that equal to 100 possible points:

• Degree of national fame (30 points)

• Degree of local fame (20 points)

• Degree of renown within chosen profession (15 points)

• Contributions to humanity (15 points)

• Quality of personality (10 points)

• Wow factor (10 points)

Nominees with an average score of 75 or higher are inducted.

Buchanan explained the concept of the last category as how much of a person’s bio would make someone say “Wow!” if he or she read it on the wall.

All six members of the committee are eligible to vote.

The other selection committee members are Keith Eyestone, Class of 1980; Ned Seaton, Class of 1986; Brenda Simons, Class of 1975; Mike Simons, Class of 1974; and Don Slater, Class of 1957.

“We try to come up with categories that we thought truly warrant induction if they were scored correctly,” Buchanan said.

He said it might be possible for people to make it that might not have gotten a consensus from the committee in the past.

“I would even venture to say some (people) nominated in the old system who didn’t make it might make it in the new system, because there is a defined level of scoring,” Buchanan said.

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