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Distinguished Alumni Award

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Moon Area School District is proud of the impact and positive influence our graduates have on people around the world. A vast number of Moon Area’s alumni have gained unique distinction through success in their professions, service to the nation, and contribution to their communities. The district administration and faculty have established the Distinguished Alumni Award to honor outstanding MASD graduates and to celebrate their achievements.

Congratulations to Our Award Winners

Visit the Distinguished Alumni Award Recipient page to see current and previous award winners.

Purpose and Philosophy

The purpose of the Distinguished Alumni Award is to recognize Moon Area School District graduates who have made significant contributions to society and whose accomplishments, affiliations, and careers have honored a legacy of excellence. The Distinguished Alumni Award does more than honor its recipients – it illustrates the value of Moon Area School District's academic programs and student involvement, while personifying the tradition of pride held by current and former students, staff, and faculty. The award recognizes those men and women who demonstrate the power of the Tiger experience to the people of the community, the nation, and the world.

This distinction will be reflective of Moon Area School District’s core values. Criteria can be met by achieving distinction in any of the three areas as outlined below:

  • Career Achievement or Military Service Distinction: The recipient attained prominence through his or her efforts in commerce, industry, technology, the professions, agriculture, the arts, education, government, military, or other worthy endeavors that form a record of accomplishment remarkable to the citizens of Moon and Crescent Townships or society at large.
  • Service to Society: The recipient exhibits integrity and a demonstrated commitment to service through an interest in enhancing the lives of others through volunteer efforts.
  • Service and Support to Moon Area School District: The recipient’s deeds and actions reflect the importance of his or her educational training, pride in alma mater, and support to Moon Area School District.


Eligible Nominees

Eligible nominees will have been enrolled and graduated from Moon Area School District.  Current Distinguished Alumni committee members are not eligible during their term of service.  Former students may be nominated posthumously.  This award is given for outstanding achievement and service. Compromises diminishing the significance of the awards will not be made.


Distinguished Alumni Award Nominations (Round One)

Nominations will be accepted for a Distinguished Alumni Award by any individual; however, self-nominations will not be permissible.

Click to complete the MASD Distinguished Alumni Nomination

All nominations will be reviewed by a committee. If selected, nominees will then be invited to complete the full distinguished alumni application.

Nominations for 2024 are due by June 30, 2024!


Request for Information Award Application (Round Two)

We understand that a nominator may not be able to share the level of detail about a nominee's accomplishments as they could provide about themself. Therefore, if a nominee meets the award criteria, they will move on to round two. At that point, they will be invited to complete the MASD Distinguished Alumni application.

Click to complete the MASD Distinguished Alumni Request for Information Award Application

Round two may be completed by the nominee or by a close family member or friend on the nominee's behalf if they are unable to complete the application. The process for the MASD Distinguished Alumni application is below.

Applications for 2024 are due by August 2, 2024!


Award Process

  1. Moon Area School District provides an online Award Nomination Application. If a nominator is unable to complete the application online, they may email Kristen Frankovich at to request a hard copy or download it here.
  2. If the nominee meets the award criteria, he or she will be notified and invited to complete the MASD Distinguished Alumni Request for Information Award Application. In addition to completing and submitting the Request for Information Award Application (required), nominees are encouraged to provide supporting items that further distinguish themselves. Such items include, but are not limited to:
    • Letter of nomination written by the nominator (required)
    • Letters of support from non-family members that specifically address the criteria (optional, but encouraged)
    • Current biography or curriculum vitae for the individual
    • Newspaper and magazine articles
    • Personal stories
    • Awards or certificates of achievement
    • Other items of interest

  3. If the nominee meets the award criteria, but he or she is unable to complete the Request for Information Award Application, it may be completed by a close friend or family member on behalf of the nominated individual.

  4. One nomination per individual will be considered.

  5. Request for Information Award Applications will be held for a period of five years. If an individual is not selected for the award, his or her Award Nomination application may be updated and renewed by the original or other appropriate nominator for consideration in a subsequent year. 

  6. No limitation will be placed on the total number of nominations accepted for consideration.

  7. The name of the nominator will not be disclosed without permission.

  8. The school district will collect submitted nominations, which will be reviewed and validated.

  9. The school district will notify the nominees if they meet the criteria to move on to round two. At that point, they will be invited to complete the Distinguished Alumni Request for Information Award Application. 

  10. The committee will meet to discuss nominations for approval into the Distinguished Alumni Award.

  11. The committee will vet all nominees through district administration and the Board of School Directors. 

  12. The committee’s decision will stand as the final decision, no appeal process will take place.


Distinguished Alumni Timeline

Nominations for the Moon Area School District Distinguished Alumni Award can be submitted at any time. However, in order to have applications reviewed, there is a cutoff date for each year.

2024 Timeline

June 30, 2024 -- Round one nominations are due. Click to submit a nomination.

Week of July 1, 2024 -- Applications will be notified if they are selected to move on to round two. They will then be invited to complete the full Request for Information Award Application.

August 2, 2024 -- Round two applications are due. 

Week of August 12, 2024 -- Award winners will be notified.

October 2024 -- Award winners will be recognized as part of MASD's Homecoming celebration!


Moon Area School District Distinguished Alumni Award Committee Members

Distinguished alumni nominations will be evaluated by a five-person committee. Committee members will serve a two-year term and be responsible for discussing, vetting, and choosing award nominees.   

The committee comprised of five people will each represent one of the following categories:

  • Legacy Community Member – This person has longstanding ties to the District such as a retiree or an individual that has lived in the community for several years.
  • Current High School Administrator
  • Current High School Teacher
  • Moon Area High School Alumnus
  • Moon Area Business / Community Leader

Each member can cast one vote per applicant.  Members will serve a minimum two-year term and can reapply to continue as a committee member at the end of their term.