Alumni Awards

The West High School seal includes the words “Non Nobis Solum,” Latin for “not for ourselves alone.” Derived from the Roman philosopher Cicero’s On Duties, the phrase stresses the belief that individuals should contribute to society for the greater good of humanity, not just for their own interests.

A key part of the West High Alumni Association’s mission is honoring alumni and individuals in our community who embody this phrase and another West High motto, “Home of Scholars and Champions.” Through our annual Alumni Awards, we honor individuals who embody this commitment to these ideals in their life and work, and demonstrate the role West High plays in preparing its students to make a difference in the community and the world.

You are invited to help identify those alumni and friends of West High who should be recognized for making outstanding contributions to their professional fields, for their dedication to volunteer endeavors, and for their ongoing support of West High School.

Whether it’s an alumna/us who is already making a difference early in their career, someone who bleeds red and black, or an individual who has a sustained record of community service, we’d like to know about them!

The nomination period for the 2019 Alumni Awards will open on Wednesday, February 20 and close on Friday, March 28, 2019. All nominations must be received by the West High Alumni Association or postmarked no later than 5 p.m. MT on Friday, March 28, 2019.

Award Descriptions

Alumni of the Year:  The Alumni of the Year Award is given annually to an alum who has made exceptional contributions in their professional fields, civic service or service in the advancement of the West High community.

Panther in the Community:  This award is given annually to an alum who has established a sustained pattern of service/volunteerism in public, nonprofit, education, arts, social justice or similar sectors.

Honorary Alumni: This award is presented to an individual who did not attend or graduate West High School, but who has provided exceptional service to West High School or the West High community.

Young Alumni Award: The Young Alumni Award is presented annually to an alumn who is 30 years of age or younger and has already shown a commitment to making an impact in their community or professional field.

Athletics Hall of Fame: The Athletics Hall of Fame Award is presented annually to an alumn who has made an outstanding contribution as an athlete while a student at West High School or has made an exceptional accomplishment in collegiate, professional or other athletics since high school graduation.

President’s Award: This award is given only at the recommendation at the board of directors to individuals who have demonstrated exceptional service to the school, alumni association, or other community groups affiliated with the West High community.

Lifetime Achievement Award: This award is the highest honor bestowed by the West High Alumni Association and is given only at the recommendation of the board of directors to alumni who have reached the pinnacle of their career and has brought distinction to themselves and West High School through exceptional accomplishment and achievement throughout their life.


2018 Alumni Award Recipients

2018 Alumna of the Year
Lucy Cardenas

2018 Hall of Fame Inductee
David Kindig

2018 Panther in the Community
June Hiatt

2018 Panther in the Community
Una Taufa

2018 President’s Award
Roy Lee Grover

2018 Honorary Alumna
Lisa Sandstrom (pictured, left)

2018 Athletic Hall of Fame
Steve Merrell
Cory Merrell
Nick Merrell