The Turlock High Athletic Hall of Fame is making a comeback after a lengthy hiatus.
It has been over a decade (2008) since the last THS Hall of Fame ceremony took place and the revitalization started just over a year and a half ago with the help of Aaron Mello and Frank Cusenza.
The Turlock Hall of Fame committee is seeking nominations and a total of eight representatives will be chosen among various nominees.
“A good nominee …is an athlete who makes an impact on the athletic program with regards to his or her team and with all the accomplishments,” said Cusenza. “Someone who made a significant impact on and off the field, a proven teammate and leader. Bottom line is someone that just didn’t make all league, you look at who made the hall of fame in the past and stand above your peers.”
To nominate someone, a form must be filled out and submitted to Mello or the Turlock High Activities office.
The form includes the name, contact information, sport(s), achievements while at Turlock High and after high school.
“The nominee form has been on the district site. It’s been a long time coming,” said Cusenza. “We’ve been working on this for over a year just trying to get organized.”
Nominations will be accepted through Dec. 7.
Inductees will be chosen by the committee, which is comprised of 20 individuals.
“Doesn’t mean everyone that fills out a form will be voted in,” said Cusenza. “The voting committee consists of community people, couple former hall of fame members, some retired THS faculty, so everyone has a connection to THS athletics in one way.”
The three chairs currently consist of Cusenza, Rob Mendonca and Mike Brown.
According to Mello, the ‘Dogs are also looking to raise money to renovate the trophy case.
“We want to update it and make it a touch screen as well to look up the past history and can look up every individual hall of famer,” said Mello. “We got the idea from Stanislaus State; when you go in there you don’t see certificates and everything, now it is just a touch pro that you see — all the information and history is there. It looks really clean and good and see if we can do it over at our place.”
Announcement of the inductees will be made on Dec. 18, with the awards dinner set for Feb. 9, 2019 at Larsa Hall.
For more information, contact Aaron Mello at 209-667-2055 or firstname.lastname@example.org