2021 Hall of Fame

Park Hill School District Inducts Alumni into Hall of Fame
This is the image for the news article titled Park Hill School District Inducts Alumni into Hall of FameThe Park Hill School District presented its top awards for alumni and community supporters at its 15th Annual Hall of Fame celebration on January 25.

The program honored those who have contributed to Park Hill’s success through their service, example and support, by inducting honorees into the Alumni Hall of Fame, announcing the 2021 Business of the Year and Partner of the Year awards, and recognizing students who received national honors in 2020. It also featured a student musical performance. 

You can watch the virtual celebration here

PARK HILL ALUMNI HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES

Jill Suzanne Bailey, Park Hill High School class of 1989 (posthumous) 
Jill was a standout athlete in high school and college. She professionally coached softball at Missouri Western, and she also coached her daughters as they grew up in Park Hill.

In June 2014, Bailey found out she had two different types of breast cancer. During her battle against this disease, Bailey founded the non-profit Jill's Hope to assist other patients financially with therapies like pilates specialized for breast cancer patients, reflexology, massages, nutrition classes and more.

Jill’s Hope also provides Kicking Chemo buckets to those undergoing chemo treatment. The buckets contain items that cancer patients need while going through their journeys, including blankets, hard candies, notecards, lotion and lip balm. Jill’s Hope delivers the buckets to infusion centers and hospitals throughout the metropolitan area. Jill’s Hope also provides a scholarship for Park Hill district softball players who plan to continue to play softball in college. 

In May 2017, Bailey received the Kindest Kansas Citian award from Synergy Services. She passed away on August 24, 2017, but her legacy lives on through Jill's Hope and her children.

Scott Erwin, PHHS Class of 2000
After graduating as the valedictorian of the Park Hill High School class of 2000, Scott Erwin went on to attend college at the University of Richmond, but delayed his senior year to work for the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq. 

Erwin was a policy advisor for the Department of Defense, where he helped support the Iraq transition to a new government after the fall of Saddam Hussain. While in Iraq, he launched a program to educate Baghdad university students about democracy. One day, on his way to do this work, Erwin, two Iraqi police officers and his Iraqi translator were ambushed. Erwin suffered four gunshot wounds to his arms and abdomen.

Erwin received the Department of Defense Medal of Freedom, which is the civilian equivalent of a Purple Heart, for the injuries he sustained.

Erwin then graduated summa cum laude from the University of Richmond. He became a research associate with the Council on Foreign Relations at the United Nations, and in 2006, he earned a Rhodes Scholarship. Erwin currently lives in London and runs his own technology company, which helps people from disadvantaged backgrounds find work with restaurants in London. Erwin’s company has assisted thousands of people in finding work and helped hundreds of businesses find staff.

BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

AMC Theatres 
Soon after the AMC Barrywoods 24 movie theater opened, it started hosting the Park Hill Education Foundation’s “Night With the Stars” event for student scholarship recipients and teacher grant recipients. For more than 20 years, they have not only allowed the Foundation to use their theater to host this event, they also provided movies for guests to watch at the end.

AMC Barrywoods has partnered with PTAs across the district, donating community passes for fundraisers that support student programs. The theater has employed several Park Hill students, offering them scholarships through their AMC CARES program and providing them with internship opportunities.

PARTNERS OF THE YEAR

Kansas City and Platte County health departments 
Our district greatly values the close partnership with the Kansas City and Platte County health departments, now more than ever.

The Platte County Health Department was one of the first partners who supported the Park Hill Professional Studies internship program. They have given Park Hill students the opportunity to work in several departments, and staff members have mentored students.

Both health departments work closely with all our nurses, assisting with immunization needs for our students and supporting us with public health concerns.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, our nurses have partnered with both health departments. The health departments supervise contact tracing in the district and work with our staff on pandemic protocols. Both health departments provided guidance with our school reopening plans, and they consistently collaborate with the district as the situation evolves.