Order of the Kite

Franklin High School Alumni Association Order of The Kite

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The Order of the Kite is awarded by the Board of Directors of Franklin High School Alumni Association and presented by the President to nominated and selected Alumni who demonstrate significant and extraordinary accomplishments and service to their community, state, and/or country.


Individuals who have attended and/or graduated from Franklin High School are eligible for the award and must be nominated by a person unrelated to the nominee. The award can be given to nominees posthumously.


Selected individuals will have shown outstanding contributions to their community, profession, cause, or life activity. The individual’s commitment, dedication, and service was/is performed with the utmost integrity, moral focus, and professionalism. Those individuals receiving the award are considered role models for current and future generations of Franklin High School students.


The maximum number of awardees in any given year will be limited to three.

Individuals who wish to nominate a person for the award must fill out and email the FHSAA Order of the Kite Nomination Form at the bottom of this page. Or, download and print this 1-page PDF and mail it to:

Franklin High School Alumni Association
P.O. Box 86040
Portland, OR 97286

Awards are presented annually at the Alumni Membership Luncheon in May.

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Order of the Kite Recipients

May 2023

  • Bill Gander`66 – Financial support to FHSAA
  • George Hoyt`54 – Philanthropic activities in our community
  • Don Clark`51 – Public Service in the Portland Metropolitan Area
  • Cindy McShatko Roberts`76 – Philanthropic activities in our community

May 2022

  • Bob Earnest`65 – Dedication to many organizations including FHSAA
  • Christine Meadows`75 – Director of Opera and Vocal Area Coordinator at PSU
  • Rhonda Meadows`76 – Founder of Bridge Meadows and Project Lemonade
  • Corene (Ackerly) Serres`52 – Commitment to forming FHSAA and Database Secretary

May 2021

  • Ann Heim Biggs – 1968 – Tireless efforts in support of FHSAA
  • Carol Summerhalder Blair – 1954 – The glue that keeps the “Alumni Post” going
  • Stu Johnson – 1952 – Service to FHSAA as a member, Vice President and President
  • Mark Lindley – 1975 – Attorney supporting FHSAA
  • Steve Matthews – 1970 – Alumni Board Treasurer

May 2020

No Awards Given

May 2019

  • April Whitley Avery – 1967 – Tireless efforts in support of FHSAA
  • Daniel Weeks – 1962 – Service to the United States as a member of the US Army, Navy, and Marine Corps with Special Honor helping detain John Hinckley in the assassination attempt of President Regan
  • Scott Santangelo – 1979 – His amazing commitment to Franklin as the Athletic Director for 23 years 

May 2018

  • Garry Lee – 1965 – Commitment to FHSAA as Vice President and President for 5 years
  • Judy McAllister Orem – 1962 – Dedication to FHSAA and maintenance of the database

May 2017

No Awards Given

May 2016

  • Dave Evans – 1955 – Commitment to FHSAA for 11 years
  • Mal Watt – 1950 – Commitment to FHSAA for 11 years
  • Janette Sprando – 1951 – Commitment to FHSAA for 11 years
  • Vi Watt – Lincoln High School – FHSAA Advisor and Commitment to FHSAA for 11 years

May 2015

  • Darlene Snodgrass Cain – 1954 – Lifetime commitment to of mission of the American Diabetes Association
  • Judson Taylor – 1956 – Service to the educational field and serving as president emeritus of State University of New York, Cortland
  • Ken Thrasher – 1967 – Support of FHS and ongoing philanthropic activities in our community

June 2014

  • James Aalberg – 1967 – Donations and support of the Alumni Association
  • Joyce Stroud Gago – 1954 – Contributions to the Alumni Association

May 2013

  • Howard (Hobby) Hobson – 1922 – Contributions to Basketball at the University of Oregon
  • Pam Knuth – 1975 – Contributions to the Alumni Association
  • Justice Jack Landau – 1971 – Presiding Judge on the Oregon Court of Appeals

May 2012

  • Lucille (Cole) Davis – 1950 – Contributions to the Alumni Association
  • Carl Diez – 1938 – Tuskegee Airman
  • John Hilsenteger – 1957 – Dedication to FHS and his accomplishments as a Sports Writer

May 2011

  • Douglas Engelbart – 1942 – Inventor of the computer mouse
  • Johnnie Ray – 1947 – Pop Singer
  • Claire (Snyder) Phillips – An American spy and World War II hero

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“The Order of the Kite”: Distinguished Alumni Citation Nomination Form

Nominee's Address
Nominator: Name of person making this nomination(Required)
Nominator's Address(Required)
Reference #1 – Name(Required)
Reference #1 – Address(Required)
Reference #2 – Name
Reference #2 – Address

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