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Moorhead High School to recognize new Hall of Honor members

Accomplished former students and teachers join the ranks of people who have positively impacted their school and community. The inductee ceremony will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, in the Moorhead Area Public Schools Operation Center.

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Moorhead High School is seen Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor
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MOORHEAD — Moorhead High School will welcome six new members to their Hall of Honor during a celebratory brunch at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 1. The inductee ceremony will be in the Moorhead Area Public Schools Operation Center, 1313 30th Ave. S.

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Cordelia Blount
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Cordelia Blount

An accomplished scholar, Blount graduated from Moorhead High School in 1927 and went on to a life of great success, earning her master’s degree in English from Atlanta University. While in high school, Blount was in choir, theater, speech and girls boosters. She was the first African American to graduate from Moorhead High School. She was the dean of women and an English instructor at Paine College from 1954 to 1976.

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Randall Flick
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Randall Flick

After graduating from Moorhead High School in 1975, Flick received many degrees, becoming a registered nurse, earning his bachelor’s degree in biology and then moving towards his medical degree, residency, and finally a master’s in public health. He currently serves as the medical director of Mayo Clinic Children’s Center. A notable author and lecturer in his field, Flick has gained local, national and international success through his four medical specialties.

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Robert Litherland
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Robert Litherland

Litherland graduated in 1940. In 1947, Literland and his wife, Phyllis, opened the iconic Moorhead Dairy Queen on the corner of Eighth Street South and Main Avenue. Decades of hard work culminated in the couple selling the establishment to Troy and Diane DeLeon, ensuring the local spot was available for generations to come. Litherland passed away in 2013.

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Tom Shimabukuro
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Tom Shimabukuro

A high school athlete, Shimabukuro graduated in 1986 before going on to play hockey for the Rochester Mustangs in the United States Hockey League. He was a four-year letter winner in hockey during his time at Princeton University. He earned his medical degree and two graduate degrees soon after. He’s worked at the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) since 2004 and he is currently the director of CDC’s Immunization Safety Office. He is a U.S. Army veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom III.

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Al Swedberg
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Al Swedberg

Swedberg became Moorhead Area Public School’s first director of special education in 1969. He was instrumental in developing special education reforms and programs that ensured all students had programs to meet their needs. He earned his specialist degree from the University of Minnesota in 1976. He retired in 1999 and left behind a legacy of excellence that still supports the school’s mission to help every student thrive to their full potential.

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Charles Watson
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Charles (Chuck) Watson

Watson was hired as a social studies teacher in 1961. He worked hard to start the school’s hockey program in 1964, and then coached the team until 1972. Watson was inducted into the Minnesota High School Hockey Coaches Hall of Fame in 2012. He passed away in 2021. His family fondly remembers him watching the Spuds in the state hockey tournament, with his Spud hockey sweatshirt next to him.

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The former Moorhead graduates and teachers join the ranks of 79 other members who have all “demonstrated notable accomplishments or provided significant contributions to their school, community or society”, according to a statement by Moorhead Public Schools.

Tickets for this event are available for purchase online at www.moorheadschools.org/tix, via phone at 218.284.2345 or via email at dsmith@moorheadschools.org

The nominations committee is now exploring candidates for 2023. Nominations forms can be submitted until Jan. 15, 2023, and are found online at www.moorheadschools.org/honor

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