DAHS Alumni Hall of Fame

DAHS Alumni Hall of Fame

2016 Alumni Hall of Fame

PHOTOS from this year's Hall of Fame activities
Thursday, September 15 and 16, 2016

Photo of Sean Anders Photo of Patrick Rothfuss
Sean Anders
Class of 1987
Patrick Rothfuss
Class of 1991
Andrea Anders
Class of 1993


Sean Anders
Successful director, screenwriter, and producer of several American comedy films who has received national attention for his creativity and storytelling.

Patrick Rothfuss
New York Times Bestselling author of The Kingkiller Chronicle, the award-winning epic fantasy series. Also the founder of Worldbuilders, a fan-centered charity that has raised millions of dollars for families in need.

Andrea Anders
Accomplished actress in theater, television, and film, appearing on Broadway and in several prime-time series, daytime dramas, and feature films.

Learn more about each inductee

Alumni Hall of Fame

Deadline: April 15 each year

More information and nomination form below.

The DeForest Area School District seeks nominations of distinguished alumni each year for consideration to the DeForest Area School District Alumni Hall of Fame. This program recognizes and honors former DeForest Area School District graduates as having achieved a significant degree of success in their pursuits of higher education and/or in their professional careers. The Alumni Hall of Fame recognition provides outstanding role models for the students in the DeForest Area School District and celebrates the outstanding achievements of our graduates.

To be considered for this honor, each individual must have a completed Application of Nomination containing the following criteria:

  • Graduate of DeForest Area High School.
  • Attended the DeForest Area Schools for more than two years.
  • Graduated from high school a minimum of 10 years before being nominated.
  • Up to three recommendation letters supporting the individual's nominationApplication signed by the person making the nomination.
  • Documentation (i.e., resume) demonstrating the work history and professional/academic successes of the nominee.

Nominations must be received by April 15 for consideration for the next year's induction class.

Criteria (include where applicable):

  • Degrees earned
  • Academic awards conferred
  • Appropriate publications
  • Academic potential realized
  • Service toward the academic success of others
  • Risk taking or advocacy on behalf of academic achievement
  • Recommendation and/or testimony of teachers, staff, or fellow graduates, colleagues, or another individual who is familiar with the nominee’s body of work
  • Career-related accomplishments or distinctions

Each year the Hall of Fame committee will induct up to five members to the Hall.

Applications for this honor can be made by self-nomination.

All information for individuals nominated and not selected for induction in a given year will remain on file and will be reviewed each year.  Nominees may update their information at any time.

Nomination Form

Nominations are due by April 15.  A committee appointed by the Superintendent and/or designee will select the next class of honorees in May, who will then be honored at a date to be determined (usually in fall during homecoming festivities). Plaques and photos of the honorees will be displayed at DAHS in the PAC lobby.


The Norski Walk of Honor & Alumni Hall of Fame Committee provides oversight of the program and convenes when needed to consider nominations. The DASD board of education, and staff within the superintendent’s office, establish the committee members and coordinate the committee’s work. The committee consists of community members and school representatives such as: alumni, board of education, member of the clergy association, historical society, chamber of commerce, half-century club, district staff and administration. Other district representation is advisory, and includes the high school principal and/or assistant principal, superintendent, and coordinator of school/community relations.

Limitations of honorees: Generally, honoree selection will not exceed five individuals at one time. Although, the committee may elect to modify the number of honorees.

Nomination forms available throughout the community or may be downloaded here (see above).  

Nomination forms must be postmarked by April 15 in order to be considered in the selection year. (Committee members are not allowed to submit honoree nominations.)

The selection committee reviews nomination materials and selects the most deserving honorees. This process may be accomplished through a series of meetings. The honorees are selected by consensus of the committee, if at all possible. If consensus cannot be reached, then the decisions occur through a majority vote of the committee members. If a number of nominees are deserving of the award, the committee also has the option to designate up to two ranked alternates for the award, who may be so honored in the event that the first honorees are unable or unwilling to participate in the recognition program. The selection decisions of the committee are final.

Staff in the superintendent’s office verify the accuracy of nominee information and conduct additional research as directed by the committee.

Final selections are made by May 30. Honorees are notified of their selection and may be asked to submit additional information. A photograph is requested for recognition purposes. Arrangements for a portrait or photograph may need to be made.

The superintendent’s office, in cooperation with high school staff, plan and facilitate appropriate recognition. Honorees are normally recognized and entered into the Hall of Fame at the same time as the Norski Walk of Honor, usually during the high school/community homecoming celebration. Recognition is displayed in the Performing Arts Center lobby at DeForest Area High School.

Questions: Contact the DeForest Area School District's Office of School/Community Relations at 842-6581.