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Former students highlighted in poster project

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

This poster is of 1992 Northview High School graduate Bradley Levy, who is a professional musician based in Chicago. Courtesy Photo.
After a handful of meetings with administration, committees and teachers, Northview High School Principal Tim Rayle developed an idea to promote former students.

With a $1,000 grant from the Pepsi Foundation, the idea will soon be launched.

"To us, that is worth a tremendous amount to get this project off the ground," Rayle said.

The money will be used for a campaign intended to show current students some of the success stories from NHS.

Former students and their successes will be on display throughout the halls of the high school in the form of posters.

"Northview High School has had many successful graduates," Rayle said.

Rayle said he and NHS band director Bob Medworth had a discussion a couple of months ago about trying to find a way to show the successes that have come out of the school.

"As a principal, you always hear that schools are not producing successful graduates," he said. "We started looking at the graduates who are making a contribution to society."

Through the initial discussion, Rayle started sending out e-mails to parents and staff members asking for input.

"I got back tons of responses," he said.

The graduates will be featured in the high school's newsletter and will be referred to as "Northview's Notable Graduate."

March's feature was 1993 NHS graduate Ann Tilley, who is now an assistant professor at Weill Cornell Medical College, New York.

Caitlin Stemm
The intention is to create the posters and place them throughout the school so students can see the success stories.

NHS senior Chase Shields is designing the posters.

"He's a creative kid," Rayle said.

Rayle said he also discussed the idea with the school's Principal Advisory Committee, a group of approximately 50 students he created two years ago.

"I wanted a cross-section of the student body recommended by teachers," Rayle said. "They come from every background you can think of."

NHS junior Caitlin Stemm is a member of the committee. She said she believed the notable graduate idea was good and current students can only benefit from it.

"I feel like I have something to prove," Stemm said. "I feel like I should be part of the positive."

"I think it's a self-esteem issue for our kids," Medworth said.

Rayle said the reasoning behind creating the program was to offer the community an opportunity to see students who have graduated from Northview and gone on to better their lives.

"If we don't do it, who is going to speak up," he said. "(The program is designed) for those people who don't know education and are telling us we don't. We're saying yes, we do. And this is the proof.

"For years, we've just sat and we took it. I think our kids need the inspiration."

Stemm said negative attention to graduation rates and other items played a big role in constructing the project.

"I feel like people have seen the negative and have not seen the positive," she said. "What is being highlighted is not the positive."

For now, Rayle has been informed of more than 300 graduates to consider. He added he's not sure how long the school will receive the grant money for the project.

"(The numbers) should increase," he said. "And we're not just highlighting (graduates) who made a million dollars. We have a lot of people in this community who are contributing."

"I don't think this is saying we can't do better," Medworth added.

Rayle intends to produce as many posters as possible and continually rotate them throughout the school.

"We need to highlight (these graduates)," he said, "and say this is what actually goes on at Northview High School. We're producing, very much so."

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What a tremendous idea! Kudos to Mr. Rayle and his staff for showing everyone the tremendous successes that Northview has produced. I think it would be great for "SOME" people to see what a Northview Education has produced. I hope that when my kids are done with college, they can be added to the list of success stories. Well Done!!!

-- Posted by Ron Archer on Thu, Apr 22, 2010, at 1:28 AM

This is a wonderful idea! I myself graduated from Northview-"91" and I graduated college and am successful, so hang in there kids! Northview is a very fine school! Keep up the good work Northview and Mr. Rayle!

-- Posted by millertime on Thu, Apr 22, 2010, at 7:47 AM

Tim Rayle is a good man who pushes success very well. His personal story is a success story.

Without question, the Clay Community Schools Corporation has produced many successful graduates. (I have to say it that way because I graduated from Clay City.) That is its sole purpose and if it did not produce it would cease to exist as it would be replaced.

This poster campaign is a great way to get through to the students that might be thinking of quitting that there is life after high school and a high school diploma can help you get to a place you would like to be.

It doesn't show the down side of quitting or not trying to succeed. We get that from the posting of arrests in the public records of the courthouse and from the Department of Correctios. Most of the people listed there did not do well in school or quit. While not all of the names listed attended Clay Community Schools, you always find some who did.

-- Posted by Leo L. Southworth on Thu, Apr 22, 2010, at 9:11 AM

Really enjoy keeping up with the news in Brazil, we have been in Florida 12 years now and love it. This is a great idea. fyi- Eric Shanks is Executive Vice President of Direct TV. Graduated in 1990.

-- Posted by patinfla on Thu, Apr 22, 2010, at 3:25 PM


I had heard from a friend that Eric was also on one of the posters.


Haven't you always put down Northview and how things are done there. If Clay Community Schools has produced so many successful graduates, why do you always put it down. Oh that rights, you are running for school board. I appreciate your kind words, but for so long you have been negative and now.....

-- Posted by Ron Archer on Thu, Apr 22, 2010, at 4:03 PM


We all know that there have been many Northview grads who have been successful. You are missing the point however. This poster project is to make sure that current students stay in school and study to their highest ability. Each one that fails or quits is one too many. Hopefully more examples of those who "made it" will inspire them to continue with their education. For each student who doesn't make it, it's another who will never know his/her potential. A personal loss and a community's loss.

This is a great way to try to keep them in school.

I hope ANYONE who knows of good examples will get in touch with the school. Technical professionals, skilled craftsmen, researchers, entrepreneurs. There are many ways to be successful and many ways to make valuable contributions to a society. We just need to find them and hold them up as examples for today's students.

Have a good day

-- Posted by Jenny Moore on Thu, Apr 22, 2010, at 5:54 PM


Maybe I am not as intelligent as I should be, but what point have I missed. The majority of the postings on school related issues have found you and Mr. Southworth hammering everything that the school does. According to both of your postings over time, Clay Community Schools has done little to prepare the students for the world of work. Whether it is the curriculum, the teachers, the board, or the superintendent, little is done with what you both believe should be. I think that it is a community consensus that no child should be quitting school, but what samples do they have to put up about quitting school. Don't you think that parents and other family members are accountable for stressing the importance of education. We have become a society of "me to" and "what can you give me". If someone get something, someone always says "give it to me to". If someone doesn't want to work hard for success, then they always say, "just give it to me". In my line of work, the people that I have to supervise either work hard or people get fired. That is the harsh reality of life. If you want something, then you have to work for it. We can lead a horse to water, but you cannot make them drink. Education sure would seem to fall into the same category.

-- Posted by Ron Archer on Thu, Apr 22, 2010, at 7:57 PM


I agree with you on that fact that if someone wants something, then they have to work for it. And yes, education should be the same thing, especially when it comes to post secondary education and the work world. However, we have to remember what it was like to be and to think like a pre-teen or teenager, some of which come from homes that do not value education and/or resent any authority figure. We are obligated as a community to continue directing and re-directing students to a life of order, safety, health, and education until they reach the age of 18. At that time, they make their choice as an adult as to how they choose to live, just as we have. It is during these molding years in our lives that we are under the same set of morals, rules and influence. If we don't get them on the same page now, we won't have another chance until some go to prison or they do it on their own by choice.

-- Posted by Claycountian on Sat, Apr 24, 2010, at 10:45 AM


You are right, being a teenager today is challenging. In talking with my teaching friends, too often the lack of respect for authority or each other is lost. The schools and the community need to direct and re-direct these kids, but what about the kids that are making the right decisions, making the grades and effort. It would seem that schools are having to spend so much time and money on the kids that are the behavior problems, that (This would be an absolute guess), 95% of the kids are left behind. NCLB is designed to even the playing field, when in actuality, the pendulum has swung completely the other way. In reading about NCLB, if a student is expelled for behavior and they have a disability, then they are continued educational services. If the child is not one of the disabled students, then they get nothing. Is this fair? I understand that this is somewhat off subject, but everything has to come down to choices. Just one person's opinion.

-- Posted by Ron Archer on Sat, Apr 24, 2010, at 8:41 PM

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