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The Illinois High School Association honors members of the teaching/coaching profession who have coached speech/theatre in the State of Illinois for at least 15 years with the  John M. Hires Distinguished Service Award. Recognition of outstanding service and extraordinary contributions to the IHSA is made to the recipients upon their retirements.

The Illinois Communication and Theatre Association is glad to support this award and joins with the IHSA in congratulating the recipients. 

Past Recipients of the John M. Hires Distinguished Service Award

2022 - Janine Stroemer, Homewood-Flossmoor High School

2022 - Tom George, Huntley High School

2022 - Mark Simon, Metea Valley High School

2021 - David Anderson, Hinsdale South High School

2021 - Jill Price, Sterling High School

2021 - Chuck Price, Sterling High School

2002 - Jeff Berke, Carl Schurz High Schoo

2002 - Joe Gerace, Wheaton-Warrenville South

2002 - Lynn Heisel, Limestone High School

2002 - H. David Fry, Illinois High School Association

2002 - Tom Sweeney, Homewood-Flossmoor High School

2002 - Homer Thomas, H.L. Richards High School

Illinois Communication and Theatre Association

C/O Edward Schwarz

Prairie State College

202 S. Halsted St.

Chicago Heights, IL 60411


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