Hall of Fame Inductees for 2014-2015 School Year

Hall of Fame Inductees for 2014-2015 School Year
Linda Pitner

June 2, 2015 – High schools in Amarillo ISD induct two former students or community members with close ties to the school into their Hall of Fame each year. Hall of Fame committees are comprised of faculty, administration, community members who are graduates of the school, class officers and student council leaders. The committee accepts nominations for inductees during the school year and announces their names at a program held either in the fall or spring semester.

“Students connect with the inductees based on their high school experiences and their chosen career paths,” said Kisaundra Harris, Tascosa Hall of Fame committee chair and science teacher. “This year we inducted an attorney and a Navy chaplain who shared their powerful stories during the ceremony. Several students were both awe struck and inspired by the former Rebels who were able to carry their high school athletic success into their chosen profession.”

Amarillo High School

  • Betty Jo Roller, Class of 1951 – Roller participated in fine arts as a student at Amarillo High. She received a symphony scholarship to attend Amarillo College, where she performed in the string quartet and sang leading roles in campus opera productions while earning her associates of applied science degree. She earned her Bachelor of Music and Master of Arts degrees from West Texas A&M University. During her career as a music teacher of Amarillo ISD, Roller taught at 19 different schools and earned the recognition as Texas Orchestra Director of the Year in 1990. In retirement, Roller has continued to perform violin with the Amarillo Symphony Orchestra and is the associate executive secretary of the Region 1 UIL Music Executive Committee.

 

  • Pattilou Puckett Dawkins, Class of 1957 – After graduating from Amarillo High, Dawkins studied at Lindenwood College before graduating with her Bachelor of Arts in letters from Oklahoma University. Dawkins has participated in the Amarillo Chamber of Commerce, CASA, First Presbyterian Church, Junior League of Amarillo, Cub Scouts, Camp Fire, PTA and more. In 1976, Dawkins served on the Amarillo Hospital District Board of Managers and helped pass the bond issue which built the current Northwest hospital. She also served on the Randall County Appraisal Review Board and on Bill Clements’ campaign for governor, all while taking on a managerial role for her family’s business. She is now a licensed real estate broker and president of Wolflin Mortgage Company.

Caprock High School

  • Linda Pitner, Class of 1976 – Pitner graduated from Caprock with honors, all while participating in student council, yearbook, national honor society and other groups. She graduated from West Texas State University with a Bachelor of Science in political science. She has served the community as a member of the Board of Review for Landmarks and Historic Districts, Amarillo ISD Board of Trustees, Amarillo Chamber of Commerce Quality of Life, Panhandle Twenty/20, Junior League of Amarillo, and more. Pitner was the general manager of KACV-TV/FM at Amarillo College, and wrote grants and maintained special projects for the Mary E. Bivins Foundation and West Texas A&M University.

 

  • Nancy Tanner, Class of 1969 – Upon her graduation from Caprock, Tanner entered into employment with the City of Amarillo Tax Office and began a career in civic and legal work. Since the early 1990s, Tanner has worked for the Potter County Judge’s Office, first as a court coordinator and now as Potter County Judge. While serving the community as a volunteer for Coffee Memorial Blood Bank, American Heart Association, United Way and more, Tanner has maintained membership in civic groups such as Amarillo Republican Women’s Club, League of Women Voters, 100 Club, Amarillo Executive Women, and High Plains Republican Women.

Palo Duro High School

  • Terry Stafford, Class of 1960 – As a student at Palo Duro, Stafford was involved in athletics and choir. After graduating, Stafford became a singer and songwriter, writing many hit songs in the 1960s and 1970s. His first hit song, “Suspicions,” competed with the likes of The Beatles. Most notable for the community, Stafford wrote the song “Amarillo by Morning.” Rumor has it Elvis Presley paid Stafford not to sing the song, because he thought Stafford was a better singer. Stafford passed away in 1996.

 

  • Candy Little Gibbs, Class of 1992 – Named Miss Palo Duro her senior year of high school, Gibbs was an active member of PALS, athletics and cheerleading. After graduating from Palo Duro, Gibbs went on to earn a degree in psychology from West Texas A&M University. Now the Executive Director of CareNet, Gibbs spends much of her time advocating for and educating the community on teens and teen decision making. She has published two books and has hosted local and national radio broadcast on the topics of teens and teen decision making.

Tascosa High School

  • Rear Admiral Brent W. Scott, Class of 1973 – Scott participated in school government, varsity sports and music groups as a student at Tascosa. After earning his undergraduate degree from West Texas State University, Scott went on to receive a Master of Divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and a Master of Theology from Duke University. He also holds a degree in national security and strategic studies from the Naval War College. Scott served as a pastor for churches in Oklahoma and Colorado before commissioning as an active duty Navy chaplain. Scott has served in Spain, the Mediterranean, Adriatic and Arabian Gulf, Illinois, Virginia, Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation New Dawn, Bahrain, and most recently Hawaii.

 

  • S. Shawn Stephens, Class of 1978 – Stephens was elected Student Council Vice President, to the Rebel Spirit Council, Speech Team President and Junior Class Secretary as a student at Tascosa. She was also named a Rebel Ann, a Miss Tascosa Belle Finalist, and earned the National Forensic League’s Degree of Distinction. Stephens graduated from Baylor University, and later earned law degrees from South Texas College of Law and University of Houston Law Center. A leader in appellate law and community service, Stephens has been named a Texas Super Lawyer, Woman of Distinction, Woman on the Move, and one of Houston’s 50 Most Influential Women.

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