Prepared Text for Board Meeting (Hopton)

June 8, 2009

Marc A. Schare

614 791-0067

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Tonight, I have the distinct honor of presenting the Board of Education impact award to Bronwynn and David Hopton. Of course, what I really want to do is to present them with a lifetime achievement award for surely, their lives have been dedicated to the betterment of a generation of Worthington kids.


You can read the prose in the agenda, but I want to offer one or two personal comments.


So much of high school is about belonging. Jim Gaskill made this point very eloquently at last nightís graduation ceremony. Of course, education is about academics, but for those lessons to take hold, kids need to feel that they have a home in high school. For so many kids through the years, that home has been the Cardinal theatre. Donít believe it? Check out the theatre resumes of the graduating seniors that are posted outside the Cardinal theatre, and youíll see kids who have devoted one thousand or, in some cases, two or three thousand hours to that program over a high school career. Running the numbers, thatís 1 or 2 hours or 3 hours a day, every day, for four years, and if thatís not a home, I donít know what is.


I could go on and on, but I know we have some audience members who can tell this story far better than I can. Iíll close by mentioning that a blog was set up for current and former theatre students to post their favorite memories of the program and we received dozens of posts,some of which were quite moving. Weíll include the web site address in the meeting minutes ( or if anyone wants it, just send me an email.


Without further adieu, Please join me in thanking Dr. David Hopton and Bronwynn Hopton for decades of service and congratulating them on their receipt of this Board of Education Impact Award.