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Denfeld Hunter Hall of Fame adding 15 new inductees

The Denfeld Alumni Association will add 11 new names to the Denfeld Hunter Hall of Fame on Saturday, September 25 at 10 a.m. in the Denfeld High School Auditorium.

Inductees include:

. Elvira (Thompson) Johnson ’25

. Ingrid Strom ’31

. Armond Hauge ’46

. James Felton ’52

. Dennis Maki ’61

. Ben Kanninen ’64

. William Bester ’68

. Patrick Schiltz ’78

. Dawn Hocevar ’89

. Diana (Nelson) Radestock ’90

. John Salminen (teacher)

The event is free and open to the public.

Denfeld alumni become eligible for nomination to the Hunter Hall of Fame 10 years after graduation. Teachers and administrators who have served the school are also eligible for nomination. Alumni nominated for selection should have excelled with their contributions to the school and/or community.

Previous nominees have been honored for their contributions and achievements in sports, business, the arts, science and technology, government, academics, community service and other fields.

The Denfeld Hunter Hall of Fame has existed in various forms for more than 50 years, and has been under the management of the Denfeld Alumni Association since 2004. The tradition began when the Denfeld Athletic Hall of Fame was established in 1966.

Thirty years later, the Denfeld chapter of the Distributive Education Clubs of America launched the Hunter Hall of Fame and broadened selection criteria to recognize professional and humanitarian contributions as well as athletic achievement.

Since 1996, more than 225 alumni have been nominated for selection to the Hunter Hall of Fame. The nominees represent Denfeld classes from the 1930s to the modern era. New nominees are added every year. For this reason, many inductees are selected to enter the Hall of Fame several years after their names were first placed in nomination.

The Denfeld Alumni Association formed in the spring of 2004 and was established on Feb. 9, 2005, as a Minnesota nonprofit public charity under sections 501 (c) (3) and 509 (a) (2) of the Internal Revenue Code. Its ongoing mission is to sustain alumni relations and celebrate the spirit of Denfeld High School and western Duluth. Denfeld originally established an alumni association in 1919. It is not known what became of that organization, but at some point, it dissolved. The 1922 Denfeld Oracle notes that “it softens the pangs of leaving Denfeld forever when you know there is some way to live a part of those days and experience the same school friendship once again. So, when you reach the end of the Denfeld path, take the side path adjoining which leads you to a friendly haven, the Denfeld Alumni Association.”

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