5 Distinguished Alums to be honored at Homecoming

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Five alumni from Friendswood High School have been named Distinguished Alumni for 2014 and will be recognized and honored at the Distinguished Alumni Banquet October 9, 2014 at The Green Event Center at 7 pm following the Homecoming Parade. They will also be introduced on the field at the Friday night Homecoming Varsity game.

Each alumnus will have a character trait from the Six Pillars of Character, a program in k-12 in Friendswood ISD schools. The etched obelisk award each receives will have their name and character trait on it along with the event name and date.

Sally Harris Branson has been selected as a 2014 Distinguished Alumni from the Class of 1976. Her dedication and hard work in the field of Financial Management qualified her along with her active participation as a volunteer in many area organizations. Branson is an active member of The FISD Education Foundation, Good Shepherd Episcopal Church, Friendswood Historical Society, Friendswood Rotary Club and Galveston County Historical Commission.

Her character trait is Citizenship. She was nominated by Anita Griffon. She is married to Jon R. Branson and has three children.

Chris Drake, Class of 1994, is the founder and CEO of FireHost, a secure cloud hosting company whose mission is to protect high profile websites, sensitive databases and mission critical applications from the growing threat of cybercrime.

Drake is married to Katrena Drake and resides in Wylie, Texas. His character trait is Responsibility and he was nominated by company representative Cathi Long.

Rodney Reviere, Class of 1978, is fluent in English, German, Portuguese, and Spanish. For over 25 years Reviere has worked all over the world as a consultant in international development assistance in school effectiveness.  He has worked in Izmir, Turkey, in Cape Verde, and in Belgium.  He has worked with the World Food Program and spent time consulting in Cambodia and most recently is working in Bosnia-Herzegovina, as the manager of a project supporting an adult education program.

He and his wife are celebrating the 25th wedding anniversary and traveling “around the world in six weeks.” Their final stop will be Friendswood where they look forward to attending the 2014 Distinguished Alumni Banquet.

Reviere’s character trait is caring. He was nominated by Robyn Reviere, his sister.

Deborah Chappel Traylor, Ph.D., Class of 1973 is presently the Associate Dean of the College of Humanities and Social Studies at Arkansas State University following a teaching career at Duke University where she received her doctorate degree.  Traylor is a tireless advocate in addressing and raising awareness for educational reform and diversity.  She gives back to her community through her work as a VISTA volunteer where she helped  create a battered women’s shelter in her community  and  she has worked as a Crisis Hotline volunteer.   Traylor has distinguished herself in her professional community and has demonstrated her dedication to others by her volunteer work in the community where she lives.

She lives in Marion, AK with her family. Her character trait is Fairness. FHS teacher/alumna Vicki Barker Hartzell nominated her.

The fifth Distinguished Alumni is attorney Bill Todd, Class of 1972, who receives his award posthumously.  Todd practiced law in the Clear Lake and Houston area from 1978 until his death in 2011.  He joined Mills Shirley LLP in 2006 to open the firm’s Clear Lake Office.  Todd was highly respected in his professional life with a tremendous work ethic and high moral integrity.   He was proud to be a part of the 1972 Boys Basketball State Championship Team.   That team of young men remained lifelong friends.

Todd’s character trait is Respect and he was nominated by Kent Ballard.

Tables will be $500 (seating 10) and tickets $50 each.  Tickets will be available at the Administration Building soon.