Six people, including Bill McNeal and Ann Goodnight, are among the members of the inaugural Wake County Public School System Hall of Fame Class.
The inductees were announced Friday by the Wake Education Partnership to honor former students as well as employees who made major contributions to the Wake school system. Nominations were solicited from the public in the categories of education, business, the arts, athletics, community service, and business entrepreneur.
The inductees are:
* Former Wake County Superintendent Bill McNeal in the education category. McNeal spent more than 30 years working in Wake, including as superintendent from 2000 to 2006.
* Ann Goodnight on behalf of SAS in the business category. Ann Goodnight was co-chair of the Friends of Wake bond campaign committee in 2006. Her husband, Jim Goodnight, founded SAS and the couple founded Cary Academy.
* Sherry Worth, a lifelong community leader, in the community service category.
* Zach Clayton, president and CEO of Three Ships Media, in the entrepreneur category.
* David West, an NBA player with the Indiana Pacers, in the athletics category. West was a standout player at Garner High School and still has ties to the area.
* Elizabeth Grimes-Droessler, the school system’s senior administrator of the arts, in the arts category.
In addition, the Partnership will present Lifetime Achievement awards to former Wake schools Superintendent Bob Bridges and Smedes York, chairman of York Properties and a former Raleigh mayor.
The honorees will be celebrated at the Wake Education Partnership’s 30th anniversary celebration on Oct. 3 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Marbles Kids Museum, 201 E. Hargett St. in Raleigh.
“We are thrilled to introduce this new class to the community and are excited to announce the honorees of the program,” said Steve Parrott, Wake Education Partnership president in a press release. “In their own distinctive ways, these individuals have made significant contributions in promoting the excellence of educational efforts in the Wake County Public School System, and they deserve to be recognized for their efforts. We hope all will join us in honoring these community leaders while we celebrate our 30th anniversary on Thursday, Oct. 3.”