Special to Fayette County News
As they continue their mission to honor the past of their school, the McIntosh High School Hall of Fame Foundation will secure a bright future for the Chiefs.
The new non-profit foundation aims to work alongside the school to fulfill needs that are not otherwise covered, including highlighting students who may not have top GPAs but have other attributes which deserve to be celebrated. Eventually, the goal includes providing grants for school entities and needs that may not have funding.
The Foundation Board of Directors is a collection of people with a connection to, and a deep love for, McIntosh and represents a wide range of backgrounds and experiences. They are current McIntosh Principal Maggie Walls; former MHS Principal and Board of Directors President Lisa Fine; MHS Hall of Fame Director and Board of Directors Secretary/Treasurer Cele Eifert; Hall of Fame Class of 2019 Britte Hardy Aromashodu; retired MHS teacher and former Board of Education member Diane Basham; Hall of Fame Class of 2017 Harold Baro; local Chick-Fil-A owner Mike Holmes; Kelly Lyons; and Gary Wood, current voice of McIntosh athletics.
The foundation is the brainchild of Eifert, who has previously served as MHS PTSO President, chair of the MHS School Council, and has been the Director of the Hall of Fame since its inaugural year in 2011. She researched other similar education foundations around the country and determined that such an entity would be a valuable asset at McIntosh.
Work to establish the foundation began in earnest last June 2021, with approval from Principal Walls and legal assistance from MHS alum Emily Franke of Orme & Franke Law Firm in Peachtree City.