Article I – Name
The name of this organization shall be the Highland Local School District Athletic Hall of Fame, which
includes former district high schools in Chesterville, Marengo and Sparta.


Article II – Purpose
The purpose of this organization shall be to foster the athletic programs of Highland High School by
properly honoring and recognizing those individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the
overall athletic program, and those who did likewise at the three previous schools in the district.


Article III – Selection Committee

Section 1 – Makeup
The Hall of Fame selection committee hereafter referred to as the committee will be
made up of eleven (11) members. Those shall be: One member of the Highland Local
Schools Board of Education or their designee, the High School Athletic Director and
nine (9) at-large members.


Section 2 – Qualifications
The nine (9) at-large ‘charter’ committee members were selected based on
recommendations, their knowledge of Highland High School Athletics and/or athletics at
Sparta, Marengo, and Chesterville high schools, which preceded the present school
district. They also were chosen through a desire to have representatives of various
Highland High School graduating classes represented.


Section 3 – Terms
Committee members shall serve indefinitely; severing their ties with the committee by
resigning, or by missing two meetings in a school year. Replacements will be
considered on the qualifications listed above and by receiving the majority of the vote of
the committee.


Section 4 – Officers
The following officers shall be elected by the organization: Chairman, Vice-Chairman,
Secretary, and Treasurer. Nominations for officers shall be made from the floor by
members during the October meeting. The transition to new officers shall be no later
than December 31 st each year.
*The committee reserves the right to change this date as necessary*

Section 5 – Vacancies
A seat may be declared vacant if a committee member misses two (2) meetings
unexcused or without communicating their absence to an officer. The position shall be
filled according to Article III – Section 3 at the next scheduled meeting.


Section 6 – Removal
A member of the committee may be removed by a vote of at least eight (8) members.

 

Article IV – Advisory Committee

All head coaches at the high school level will be appointed as ex-officio members of the
Advisory Committee for their information and resources but in no official capacity as a
committee member. However, if an ex-officio member should be designated to serve on the
committee of (Eleven (11)), that member would have a voting right.
The Athletic Director will interview coaches at seasons end to determine potential Hall of Fame
Candidates. Statistical Data can be gathered and stored at this time.
Additionally, all members of the Hall of fame who have been duly enshrined shall become
members of the Advisory Committee. They are invited to attend all meetings and take part in
all discussions. They will not have voting privileges.


Article V – Management

Section 1 – Meetings
Regular meetings will be held in October, January, April and July*. The meeting dates
will be set at the previous meeting. Special meetings may be called by the chairman or
by writing to the chairman by five (5) committee members.
*The committee reserves the right to change these dates as necessary*

 

Section 2 – Chronological
The purpose of the meetings shall be: October*, election of officers and screening of
nominations and preliminary discussions on enshrinement banquet. January*, voting
for enshrines and making initial plans for enshrinement banquet. April*, announce
inductees and continue plans for enshrinement banquet, July*, final plans in place for
honoring enshrines, adding statistical data to the records as provided by the Athletic
Director.
*The committee reserves the right to change these dates as necessary* 

The Committee holds the right to schedule an enshrinement banquet yearly but not less

than bi-yearly.


Section 3 – Confidentiality
The nature of information makes it mandatory that members are to be aware that all
meetings are confidential.


Section 4 – Protocol
Roberts Rules of Order prevail at all meetings. Motions and seconds shall be made
verbally with voting via voice. All voting on inductees shall be by secret ballot.


Section 5 – Quorum
At least seven committee members must be present for any voting action

 

Article VI – Criteria for Selection

1. Former Highland High School athletes who have distinguished themselves by outstanding
accomplishments, performances and/or honors.


2. Former Highland High School coaches or athletic directors who have distinguished
themselves by outstand accomplishments, performances, and/or honors.


3. Former Sparta, Marengo or Chesterville high school athletes, coaches, administrators or
contributors to the success of those athletic programs.


4. Former athletes must be out of high school for at least 10 years to be eligible. Former
coaches or administrators must have been removed from Highland High School athletics
for at least five (5) years to be considered for induction.


5. Individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the Highland High School athletics
may be nominated in the ‘meritorious service’ category.


6. All nominees must have demonstrated good sportsmanship and citizenship.


7. Teams which have made outstanding accomplishments may also be considered for
induction.


8. Consideration should be given to those who have further distinguished themselves after
graduating from Highland High School, be it athletically at the college or professional level,
or in their chosen field of endeavor.


9. The Hall of Fame Selection Committee may choose to select teams for induction into the
Highland Local School District Hall of Fame. To be inducted into the Hall of Fame, teams
must somehow have distinguished themselves above and beyond the normal standards.
These may include:
undefeated seasons, league championships, district championships, regional
championships and state tournament appearances and/or championships. The Hall of
Fame Committee shall select not more than one team in any year and may choose not to
select any team.


Article VII – Method of Selection

1. Nomination Forms will be made available to the general public through a method of
advertising their availability. Nominations also may be made by committee members. The
formal nominations may be made by any person wishing to do so. A written resume of
the candidate’s credentials and achievements must accompany the nomination.
Nomination Forms are due no later than September 30th for consideration on that years
Ballot.


2. All nominations will be reviewed and discussed by the committee.

 

3. The committee will investigate the validity of the nominations to the best of its ability.

 

4. There may be up to three categories on the ballot: Highland athletes,

Marengo, Sparta and Chesterville athletes and a coach/contributors list pending approved
applications by the Committee.

 

5. Ballots
A. At the October* meeting the Committee will vote on each nomination form to validate
completion and qualification. A nominee will be placed on the ballot by receiving a
majority vote of the Committee.

B. At the January* meeting the Committee will then vote using that ballot, to elect
members into the Highland Athletic Hall of Fame.
I. Absentee ballots of the Committee members will be accepted, if in the hands
of the Chairman prior to the January meeting.

C. The committee will vote via secret ballot. Committee members will have either:
I. 3 votes in cases of 5 or fewer nominations.
II. OR in cases where six (6) or more nominations: each Committee member will
have votes equal to 2/3 of the nominees. (i.e. 6 nominees = 4 votes) {If not
equal the votes will round up. i.e. 7 nominees = 4.6 rounded to 5 votes}.

D. To be selected to the Highland Athletic Hall of Fame, a nominee must receive at
least 7 votes.

E. Individuals or teams that earn at least 5 (five) votes, but did not achieve selection,
will remain on the ballot the following year. Those receiving less may resubmit a
Nomination Form for consideration on a future ballot.

*The committee reserves the right to change these dates as necessary*

 

Article VIII – Awards

Each inductee will receive an award commemorating his or her enshrinements.

Article IX – Commemoratives
An appropriate means of public display of the Highland High School Athletic Hall of Fame shall
be maintained within the high school at the discretion of school administration.

Article X – Enshrinement
A weekend during the football or basketball season which includes a home game shall be
selected to conduct enshrinement ceremonies. An enshrinement banquet shall be held prior to
the scheduled game. The inductees shall be introduced to the public at said game.

Article XI – Records
Accurate records of all nominees, all inductees, all selection-committee members and other
pertinent information shall be kept by the committee chairman or his designee.

Article XII – Amendment Procedure
Amendments to this constitution must be approved by two-thirds majority vote of committee
members.