FRIENDSWOOD, TX – Sept. 12, 2018 – The Friendswood High School Alumni Association is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2018 Distinguished Alumni Awards, who will be honored at a special event on Thursday, Oct. 18, in conjunction with Friendswood High School’s homecoming activities. The 2018 recipients are Josh Rogers, Matt Taylor, and Georgeanne McLean Warnock, as well as Marilyn & Ed Beken, recipients of the Dr. Myrlene Kennedy Honorary Alumni Award. The event was originally scheduled for October 2017 but was canceled in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. The Distinguished Alumni Awards recognize Friendswood High School graduates who have demonstrated exemplary performance and made significant accomplishments in their professional career or have made significant contributions in the area of philanthropy and/or public service.
A 1994 graduate, Josh Rogers is an 18-year veteran of the Friendswood Police Department, having served in numerous roles during his tenure. He was instrumental in the formation of a specialized unit focusing on illegal narcotics investigations and was named the 2010 Officer of the Year by the 50 Club of Galveston County. In April, Rogers was promoted to Deputy Chief of Police.
Matt Taylor graduated from FHS in 1975. After a stint in the oil and gas industry, Taylor served as a special agent with the FBI, specializing in Middle East terrorism. Fluent in Arabic, he worked for more than three decades with foreign governments to increase national security and create a more peaceful Middle East. After his retirement from the FBI, Taylor served as a Senior Law Enforcement Advisor and National Security Advisor for the U.S. Embassy in Saudi Arabia.
Georgeanne Warnock graduated from FHS in 1994 and has enjoyed a career dedicated to education and the students of Texas. Currently, she serves as Associate Superintendent of Educational Services for Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD, just north of Dallas. She previously was the principal at R.L. Turner High School. Warnock graduated from Trinity University with a Bachelor of Arts in English and History and holds two Masters degrees from the University of North Texas. She is currently working on her doctoral degree.
Marilyn and Ed Beken will be presented with the Dr. Myrlene Kennedy Honorary Alumni Award. After arriving in Friendswood in 1965, both worked for the school district in many roles—Ed as a teacher and bus driver, while Marilyn served as a secretary, teacher, and ultimately director of the Print Shop. In the following five decades, both dedicated countless hours as volunteers as their four sons and numerous grandchildren attended Friendswood schools. Both Marilyn and Ed have been instrumental in the development of the Friendswood Schools Museum.
“We are tremendously proud of this group of honorees,” said Judy Connors, president of the FHS Alumni Association. “It is truly incredible to see the impact that our Mustang family has had both locally and across the globe, and we are looking forward to sharing even more about them at the banquet and honoring their accomplishments.”
The 2018 Distinguished Alumni Banquet will be held Thursday, Oct. 18, at the Green Event Center in Friendswood. The reception begins at 7:30 p.m., with dinner and program starting at 8 p.m. Single tickets are $50, and table sponsorships are available for $500 and can be purchased by calling (281)827–2663 or email [email protected]. For more information about the FHS Alumni Association, please visit friendswoodalumni.org.