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FIVE SELECTED FOR CLASS OF 2017

Five individuals have been selected for induction into the Kansas State High School Activities Hall of Fame Class of 2017. Awards will be presented during 2017, in conjunction with a KSHSAA-sponsored State function /championship or locally, at the inductee's request. The time and location of each induction ceremony will be announced at a later date at www.kshsaa.org.

The Class of 2017 Hall of Fame inductees include:

Meredith Grusing Reggie Romine Clemma Stone Carol Swenson Susan True
Meredith Grusing Reggie Romine Clemma Stone Carol Swenson Susan True

 

MEREDITH GRUSING (POSTHUMOUSLY) - OFFICIAL
Athletic official, recruiter, trainer, mentor, clinician, assigner - Meredith Grusing made a huge impact in interscholastic athletic programs in Kansas. For 24 years as a KSHSAA registered official she officiated basketball and volleyball games at all levels and was selected to officiate in 21 sub-state tournaments in addition to six state volleyball tournaments. Every game at every level deserved and got her best effort. As an educator and coach she was a consummate professional and this carried over into her world of officiating. She was a constant recruiter of young athletes to become officials and then she stuck with them as their mentor. Meredith was a pioneer for female officials in Kansas and was respected by all officials for being firm yet fair. Her life work speaks volumes and her legacy lives on today through all of the officials she recruited, trained and mentored.

REGGIE ROMINE, HERNANDO, FL - ADMINISTRATOR
Whether at the local, state or national level, Reggie Romine has been a tireless and persistent advocate for education and all activities that are part of the educational process. As a high school principal (Dighton 1980-84; Ellis 1984-2005) he expected of his staff and modeled punctuality, hard work and maximum effort to benefit the students. He cared about all students and championed many admirable causes that highlighted student achievement. Reg had a relentless quest to ensure non-athletic programs received the same treatment and standards as athletic events. As a KSHSAA Assistant Executive Director (2005-2015) he served on three NFHS committees and is credited with redesigning a rubric format for sportsmanship awards and implementing online rules meetings in debate, speech, spirit and music. His impact on education and the students of Kansas is immeasurable.

CLEMMA STONE, ARKANSAS CITY - OFFICIAL
On January 18, 1962, at the Dodge City Invitational Basketball Tournament, Mrs. Clemma Stone became the first KSHSAA registered female official to officiate in a high school boy’s basketball game. Her basketball playing experience with the Kiowa Frigidaire’s (1949-1952 - an AAU women’s basketball team) contributed to her selection. This ploy by the hosting school to draw media and spectator attention to their tournament helped open the door for women to become contest officials. Mrs. Stone was no stranger to athletics, having participated in field hockey, tennis and basketball. She received her Education Degrees from Ottawa University and Wichita State University and taught physical education for 36 years while coaching volleyball, basketball and track. Her love for sports and strong work ethic served as a positive example for her athletes and family.

CAROL SWENSON, MCPHERSON - CONTRIBUTOR
If you have ever been to the KSHSAA State Track Meet or the KU Relays, then you know the work and passion that is Carol Swenson. For the past 40 years, Swenson has served as the state track and field meet announcer, providing listeners with an incredible range of statistical information. A former High School Activities Director, coach & math instructor, he has an incredible fascination for data and records. He compiled/edited the KSHSAA 100 Year History Books of Kansas High School Basketball and Track & Field as well as the History of State Cross Country. Since 2001 he has served as the media/statistics coordinator for the 5A state basketball tournaments and for the past 44 years has served as a correspondent/statistician for Track & Field News. This former McPherson College sports information director also serves as the announcer for numerous collegiate track and cross country meets.

SUSAN TRUE, KANSAS CITY, MO – CONTRIBUTOR
For 34 years, Susan True served as the KSHSAA Chief Consultant and Girls Gymnastics Rules Interpreter. A graduate of Topeka HS, she spent 10 years (1972-1982) at Washburn University serving as an Assistant Professor and Women’s Gymnastics Coach. In 1982 she joined the staff at the NFHS as an Assistant Director, retiring in 1999. Although her impact was felt throughout the nation because of her work with the NFHS, her foundation was in the state of Kansas from her early years as a rules interpreter and clinician with the KSHSAA. Each year she conducted rules meetings with clear and precise explanation. Her goal along with the KSHSAA was to make sure all judges understood and applied the rules fairly across the state. Her genuine enthusiasm, tenacity, commitment to high school gymnastics and extraordinary poise and style have made her a significant contributor to the sport.


The Hall of Fame is housed in the Kansas State High School Activities Association offices, 601 SW Commerce Place in Topeka and is open Monday–Friday during business hours (directions at www.kshsaa.org).

The honorees were chosen from nominations reviewed by a selection committee. To be eligible for the Hall of Fame, an individual must have made an unusually outstanding contribution in interschool activities, either as a student with exceptional talent, or as an adult working with youth (such as an activity coach, director or sponsor, an administrator, an official or a contributor). Hall of Fame inductees may no longer be active in the field for which they are nominated (exception: contributor with over 30 years of outstanding service).

Each year schools and communities throughout Kansas submit many nominations of individuals who have made tremendous contributions in the field of interscholastic activities. Hall of Fame information is available on the KSHSAA website at www.kshsaa.org. Nomination forms are available by contacting the KSHSAA. Any nominations to be considered for induction in 2018 must be submitted prior to November 1, 2017.