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Edison Preparatory School in Tulsa is launching an alumni hall of fame

Posted: 4:23 AM, Sep 10, 2019
Updated: 2019-09-10 10:22:33-04
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TULSA, Okla. — Edison Preparatory School in Tulsa is launching a hall of fame for distinguished alumni.

The first three honorees are former Tulsa mayor Susan Savage, former OU football and NFL player Spencer Tillman and retired managing partner James D. Miller with Arthur Andersen accounting firm.

"My experience at Edison launched my career. In fact, I learned how to write, how to speak, how to think, how to get along in the world, and that has helped me in so many different capacities," said Savage.

She is currently the CEO of Morton Comprehensive Health Services in north Tulsa.

Savage said she wants to inspire students at Edison to follow their dreams.

"I think what high school does for us or what I feel it should do is not only teach you the basics, but give you some confidence and a sense of possibilities," said Savage.

Behind the launch of the new hall of fame is Edison Foundation , a privately operated organization to assist the public school through funding. Its mission is to "promote enrichment activities and to answer the challenge of reduced school funding."

A member of the foundation and chair of Edison Alumni Association said the hall of fame is meant to motivate students about future careers and future opportunities.

"You can go into the entertainment industry, you can go into the sports industry, you can go into the business industry, be an entrepreneur," said Brian Pingleton.

While the hall of fame is still in its beginning stages, the foundation envisions a school hallway that'll be decorated with plaques and have photos of the inductees. They hope to add three alumni each year.

"For a long time, we've known all the famous people who are from Edison, and it's kind of cool to think about these people graduating from Edison," said Pingleton.

To mark the launch of the hall of fame, the Edison Foundation is holding its first annual Edison Prep Distinguished Alumni Awards on Wednesday, September 11. Speakers will include the three honorees.

It'll be held at the high school's auditorium at 5:30 p.m. Appetizers and drinks will be served.

The foundation welcomes anyone to attend and asks for a $10 donation.

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