Now Accepting Nominations for the George A. Dennett Distinguished Career Award

Do you know a former Needham High School student who is an outstanding business leader, community activist, or has excelled in the arts, military or in another professional venture?  Nominations are now being accepted for the 25th Annual George A. Dennett Distinguished Career Awards.

Named after the former NHS teacher, coach and founder of the award, the George A. Dennett Distinguished Career Award is presented to Needham High School alumni who have made significant achievements in their chosen professions.  Every fall since 1990, NHS juniors are invited to a recognition assembly where award recipients recall their days at NHS and speak about the paths they followed that led them to their successes.  

Recipients must have graduated before 2004 and must be available to receive their awards at the ceremony on Friday, October 31st, 2014. Detailed nomination guidelines and nomination forms can be found online at www2.needham.k12.ma.us/nhs/DCA/index.html. Nomination forms can also be submitted to the nomination coordinator at cpd1667@aol.com, or sent via a message on our Facebook page -- Needham High School Distinguished Career Awards. Submission deadline is May 1st, 2014. 

About the Award

Needham High School George Dennett Distinguished Career Awards


In 1990, Needham High School established the George Dennett Distinguished Career Award (named after NHS’s long-time teacher, coach and architect of the award) as a way to connect accomplished NHS graduates with NHS juniors who are beginning to think about higher education and career choices after high school.  Every year the Distinguished Career Award Committee solicits nominations of alumni (who have graduated at least 10 years prior to the award date) who have made significant contributions in a variety of business and creative settings.  Past nominations have included alumni working as corporate officers, community activists, entrepreneurs or those who have chosen to work in the non-profit world, government service or education.  Equally, the committee is interested in recognizing an alumni’s experience in the military, entertainment industry or the performing arts. 


Since 1990, nearly 50 NHS alumni have been honored.  Past recipients include Charles Baker (’75), Past President/CEO of Harvard Pilgrim Healthcare and 2010 Gubernatorial Candidate; James S. Gracey (’45), Admiral, U.S. Coast Guard (Ret.); Jeff Taylor (‘78), Founder and former CEO of Monster.com; Bert Jacobs (’83) and John Jacobs (’86), Co-Owners/Founders Live is good, Inc.; and Sunita L. (Pandya) Williams (’83), NASA Astronaut and Naval Aviator.


Awards will be presented to the recipients at an awards ceremony held in their honor on Friday, October 31st.  In attendance are faculty, community leaders, family, friends and the current junior class.  Award recipients are then recognized by the Superintendent of Schools and NHS Principal and Needham School Committee at a lunch reception.


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