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Nominations are currently being accepted for Fall 2020 induction into the Ottawa High School Wall of Honor. Nominees must have graduated at least 10 years prior to nomination and have demonstrated excellence in their careers and/or community. The deadline for nominations is April 15. For further information and nomination forms, see the Wall of Honor sidebar on the OHS home page. For further information call Candie Campbell, OHS Wall of Honor Coordinator at 229-8020 x2116 or download the nomination form by clicking here.


2018 Wall of Honor Nominees

We are proud to announce the 2019 Ottawa High School Wall of Honor Nominees . Congratulations to the nominees!!

Homer E. Kissinger - Class of 1940

John C. Coen - Class of 1974

James "Jim" Dietz - Class of 1984

This year's Wall of Honor Banquet will be held on October 17th at 6:00 p.m. in the Cyclone Room. Banquet tickets are $20.00 per plate and can be purchased at the OHS front office or by sending a check to Wall of Honor 1120 Ash Street, Ottawa, KS 66067 - please denote if you are a graduate and your class year.

The community induction ceremony will be held October 18th during half time of the football game. Cost to attend is admission to the football game.


Wall of Honor

The Ottawa High School Wall of Honor was created in the spring of 1997 to honor Ottawa High School graduates for their achievements since their graduation from Ottawa High School. The "Wall" currently includes 66 OHS graduates. The program began as an outgrowth of the OHS Renaissance program created by OHS math teacher, Gary Kuntz. In 1997, Mr. Kuntz presented the proposal for the OHS Wall of Honor to the OHS principal, district superintendent, student council, and USD #290 Board of Education. With approval from these groups, selection to the Wall of Honor became the highest honor that Ottawa High School can bestow upon a graduate. Mr. Kuntz coordinated the program until his retirement in 2003. Currently, the program has been coordinated by OHS Social Sciences teacher Candie S. (Adams) Campbell, Class of 1992 and Foreign Language teacher Michelle Gray.

Nominations for the Ottawa High School Wall of Honor are accepted until April 15 of each year with the only formal requirements being that a nominee must have graduated from OHS at least ten years prior to nomination and have made significant contributions to his/her career and/or community. Nominations remain active for two years. A committee of students, faculty, and OHS graduates selects up to three individuals each year for induction in late spring of each year. Wall of Honor ceremonies take place each fall in conjunction with an OHS football game.


Nomination and Selection

Wall of Honor Nomination and Selection Process

Nomination process

Any Ottawa High School graduate who graduated ten years or more prior to nomination is eligible for the Ottawa High School Wall of Honor. Nominators do not have to be graduates of OHS.

Nomination forms may be obtained at any time either by clicking here (nomination form) or by contacting Wall of Honor coordinator, Candie Campbell at Ottawa High School at 785-229-8020 x2116 or by email at campbelc@usd290.org.

Nomination forms should be submitted with supporting documents and details. The selection committee does not research those individuals nominated. The committee makes its selections based on the information submitted by the nominator. Therefore, nominations must sufficiently inform the merits of the nominee.

Nomination forms and accompanying materials should be submitted to:

Candie Campbell, Wall of Honor Coordinator
Ottawa High School
11 th & Ash
Ottawa, Kansas 66067

Nominations for the current year are due by April l5.

Selection process 

A committee of approximately 9 current Ottawa High School students and 9 adults (made up of OHS teachers and OHS alumni from the community) are given copies of all nomination materials received by the April 15 deadline. Each committee member individually reads and evaluates these applications. The entire committee then meets in late May to make the final selections. Candidates selected are then notified. Induction ceremonies for those candidates take place in the fall in conjunction with an OHS football game.