Harlandale Hall of Fame welcomes five new inductees

The Harlandale Hall of Fame inducted five new members during a special ceremony and dinner at Harlandale High School on Nov. 6.

With more than 100 family members, friends and alumni in attendance, Harlandale officials honored Harlandale High School alumni Dr. Melinda Garcia and Teresa A. Ramon, McCollum High School alumni Fred Anthony and Jerry Dudley, as well as community service inductee Alma Floyd.

The night kicked off with a Harlandale High School Mariachi performance, followed by appetizers and dinner catered by Anne Marie’s.

The event was emceed by HISD Public Information Officer Albert Rosales-Korrea, who welcomed all guests and introduced Board of Trustees President Ricardo Moreno and Hall of Fame Board President Ruben Tejeda. They all delivered a special message and congratulated the honorees before the awards presentation.

HISD Publications Editor Alexis Castillo, who helped co-emcee the event, introduced brief stories and video messages produced by the McCollum Cowboy Productions team about each honoree before welcoming them to the podium, where they were presented with an honorary plaque by HISD Interim Superintendent Samantha Gallegos.

Each inductee took the opportunity to express their appreciation and dedicated their award to their families and mentors present.

The 2019 Hall of Fame inductees will also be honored during a pregame ceremony at 6:30 p.m. prior to Frontier Bowl at Harlandale Memorial Stadium this Friday.

 “We are thrilled to have five wonderful people who all deserve to be inducted into the Harlandale ISD Hall of Fame,” HISD Hall of Fame Secretary Josie Scales. “We are happy to honor them and celebrate all of their accomplishments tonight.”

Founded in 1985, the Harlandale Hall of Fame has honored over 200 outstanding alumni who have made great contributions to society and have accomplished notable personal and professional goals.

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About inductees

Dr. Melinda Garcia, a 1989 HHS graduate, holds a passion to advocating for equity and inclusion for youth, the elderly and minority groups. Her professional background includes teaching, business management and direct programs with nonprofit organizations. She was appointed as the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service 4-H Youth Development Program specialist for Bexar and Harris Counties.

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Teresa A. Ramon graduated from HHS in 1990. She is the 2019 National President of the Hispanic American Police Command Officers Association, and in 2017, she was the first female president of the Texas School Districts Police Chiefs Association. Ramon was also awarded the Yellow Rose of Texas for community service from former Texas Governor Rick Perry. She is serving her fifth consecutive term as the Auxiliary President of VFW Post 4676 in Universal City.

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Fred Anthony, a MHS graduate of 1990, currently leads the Harlandale Indians as principal. During his 25 years in HISD, he has served in several administrative capacities. Besides being a supportive presence at school and district functions, Anthony has been involved with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Oak Hills Church, the American Cancer Society and the Special Olympics.

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Jerry Dudley, a 1977 MHS graduate, served in the United States Navy and retired after 35 years with the federal government. He is currently working for a government contractor. In 1998, Dudley was instrumental in establishing the McCollum Alumni Softball Tournament. Throughout the years, the committee has raised more than $130,000 to award college scholarships to McCollum graduates.

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Alma Floyd, recognized for her community service work, has been a longtime resident of the Harlandale community. As mother of seven McCollum High School graduates, she served with Girl and Boy Scouts, as a homeroom mother, a band and pep squad booster, and is a lifetime member of the PTA. She retired as a certified unit secretary at Santa Rosa Children’s Hospital. Floyd has also been involved with the McCollum Alumni Softball Tournament for more than 25 years.

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