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Meritorious Award - Rick Hirshey

Officer Rick Hirshey served in Joplin Schools as a School Resource Officer during his time with the Joplin Police Department, and has made a lasting impact on students, staff, and the community thanks to his bravery and perseverance. 

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Alumni - Sallie Beard

A 1968 Joplin graduate, Sallie Beard led the creation of the women’s athletics program at Missouri Southern State College in 1974 and went on to coach and lead for several decades.

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Alumni - General Howie Chandler

General Howie Chandler is a 1970 Parkwood graduate, a fighter pilot, and a 4-Star General for the United States Air Force.

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Alumni - Joseph Newman

Joseph Newman was a 1954 graduate of Joplin High School, a business owner, and an economic developer.

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