IRHS Hall of Fame to welcome four inductees May 23

DAGSBORO – Four noteworthy graduates on Wednesday, May 23 will step up to the podium for induction into the Indian River High School Hall of Fame.

The Indian River High School Hall of Fame was established to recognize IR graduates who have made outstanding achievements in this world. They demonstrate great character, citizenship and leadership in a manner that will inspire students in the pursuit of excellence.

The inductees for 2018 are:

  • Brandon R. Donaway, class of 1989, paramedic for Sussex County Emergency Medical Services (EMS);
  • Bethany Hall-Long, class of 1981, Delaware Lieutenant Governor;
  • Tracy D. Hilliard, class of 1985, principal of Centerville Elementary School, Frederick, Md.;
  • Peter C. Schwartzkopf, class of 1972, Delaware Speaker of the House of Representatives.

Besides their career accomplishments, these individuals have made a difference as volunteers and in other service to their community.

“That’s the kind of stuff you’re looking for: giving back to the community,” said Robert Daisey, Hall of Fame Selection Committee chairperson. “That’s what it’s all about, and I think these candidates are great.”

The public is invited to learn more about the candidates at the IRHS Annual Awards Ceremony at 7 p.m. on May 23 at IRHS auditorium. Hall of Fame inductions will be followed by the IRHS senior scholarship awards for the Class of 2018.

Previous inductees include artists, educators, entrepreneurs, civic leaders, athletes, first responders and more. They’ve come from as close as Dagsboro and far as Texas and Michigan.

These four graduates were selected from a larger pool of nominations, submitted by the community. The Hall of Fame Selection Committee was a diverse group, from far and near, including student, alumni, teacher and community members.

The nomination process begins annually in winter and is facilitated by Indian River High School Alumni Association. The nonprofit group formed in 2012 to connect alumni, while supporting and promoting IRHS.

The Alumni meet monthly and always welcome new members, including graduates, parents, staff and other friends of the school. Registration is free online at

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