This week, the IPS Education Foundation hosted the IPS Hall of Fame luncheon, the annual luncheon to honor the accomplishments of IPS alumni. This annual event gives local residents and businesses the chance to honor the success of IPS alumni and recognize the importance of public education.
This year’s group of inductees includes business leaders, prominent writers and sports figures, as well as an influential educator and attorney. All of the honorees talked about how their IPS education benefitted them in their future accomplishments and set them up for success. Honoree Monique Hunt Williams gave students great advice when she told advised them to, “Follow your inner voice and passion.”
Current IPS students are also a part of the event in various ways. Two students and the jazz band from Broad Ripple Magnet High School shared their musical talents, and students from Rousseau McClellan and George Washington Community High School took turns sharing inspirational messages with the crowd. These students were testaments to the great potential in Indianapolis Public Schools.
Current students were also in the audience. We took time to speak with two sophomores from Crispus Attucks High School, Kayla Hawthorn and Tierna Talley. They were both recommended to attend the event by their principal. Talley said that the video pieces on each of the honorees were inspiring. Both students said that they were surprised by the level of success they saw from IPS alumni and that it encouraged them to aspire for more in their accomplishments as they make plans for after high school.
Throughout the event, it was clear that the IPS Education Foundation is vital to classrooms and setting up current students for success, like the Hall of Fame honorees. With the help of the IPSEF, students are prepared to reach for the stars and create a brighter future for the city and for themselves.