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Nominations for district's Distinguished Alumni Program easier

PITTSBORO, N.C. — Now it’s easier to nominate individuals for the Chatham County Schools Distinguished Alumni Program. Dialing 919-545-7975 takes callers to a voicemail where they can leave the name of a nominee.

It’s that simple.

“Once I receive their message, I will contact them and complete their applications for them,” said Sarah Campbell, the administrative assistant for the Chatham County Schools (CCS) Public Relations Department.  

Online nominations may be submitted at

Forms for handwritten nominations are available at the district’s headquarters and high schools, and they can be downloaded at

The deadline for nominations is March 6. Nominees need to have attended their CCS high school for at least two full academic years and must be at least 10 years removed from their high school graduation.

This is the fourth year of the Distinguished Alumni Program, which was established to recognize the contributions that CCS alumni have made to their professions and communities. The award also lauds alums for their sustained support of the school system.

Since 2017, honorees have been recognized during the commencement ceremony of their respective high school alma maters. Their names are engraved on metal plates that get added to the plaque at each high school that is designated to immortalize the distinguished alums.

“This is a unique program that recognizes the variety of achievements that Chatham County Schools alumni have made,” CCS Chief Information & Technology Officer Keith Medlin said. “We wanted to lower the barrier to nomination because sometimes people see an online form and think it’ll take too long, or they assume someone else has made a nomination. We want as many nominations as possible, so we are encouraging everyone to call the number and leave a voicemail to kick off the nomination process this year.” 
Published Dec. 23, 2019