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Meritorious Award - Melissa Fuell Cuther

A Joplin teacher at Lincoln School from 1905 to 1912, Cuther helped establish the George Washington Carver National Monument in 1953 and led efforts to create the first preschool for African American children in Joplin.

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Alumni - Henry Robertson

Henry Robertson is a 1947 Joplin graduate, business owner, and community leader.

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Alumni - Dr. Katherine Browne

Dr. Katherine Browne is a 1972 Memorial graduate, professor, and renowned anthropologist.

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Alumni - Jim Goodknight

Jim Goodknight is a 1960 Joplin graduate, general partner at Edward Jones, and innovative industry leader. 

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Alumni - Mary Curtis Chenoweth Warten

Mary Curtis Chenoweth Warten was a 1933 Joplin graduate, writer, actress, and community leader, helping to develop an arts community in Joplin.

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Alumni - Emerson Foulke

Dr. Emerson Foulke was a 1947 Joplin graduate, a leading Braille researcher, and a professor.

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