Shrill teen voices crowd the packed hallway of Modesto High School, but above the fray hang silent tributes to those who once walked these halls and now speak to history.
The Modesto High School Hall of Fame Committee has opened the door to more entries, seeking candidates for 2013 induction.
Begun as a centennial program, the Hall of Fame names alumni who went on to glory and teachers woven into the school's fabric.
First in display: James Nelson Algar, class of 1928, the Disney animator who drew "Bambi."
Earliest graduate: Herbert McClean Evans, class of 1900, discovered Vitamin E and explained the workings of the pituitary gland.
Most recent grad: Kenny Roberts, class of 1970, rode to fame on a motorcycle and was named a Grand Prix Legend.
There are Olympians, politicians, military men and musicians. Household names such as Ernest and Julio Gallo hang alongside those honored in their field, like geologist George Kiesch.
Diana Scott and Modesto City Schools board member Steve Grenbeaux are spearheading the effort to find more outstanding alums to fill the school's front hallway cases. Nominations are being accepted through Jan. 23.
Nomination forms are available online at modbee.com or at the Modesto High School office, where they should be returned. The deadline is Jan. 23. For more information contact Diana Scott at (209) 522-5701, or by e-mail at email@example.com, or Steve Grenbeaux by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bee education reporter Nan Austin can be reached at email@example.com or (209) 578-2339, and on Twitter, @NanAustin.