Riverview Hall of Fame Banquet Slated for March 15

Sandy Meeks

Nora Guiney

On Friday, March 15, the Riverview Hall of Fame will induct its two most recent nominees, and will honor eighteen high school and college scholars with scholarships.
Sandra Meeks, a science teacher at Seitz Middle School, and Nora Guiney, a sales representative for Walsworth Publishing, this year will join the roster of 91 persons previously inducted into the Hall of Fame between 1989 and 2018.
Sandra Henthorn Meeks was born in Trenton, Michigan and will celebrate her 60th birthday on the day of her induction into the Hall of Fame. Sandy began attending Riverview schools when she was a kindergartener and she graduated from Riverview Community High School with the Class of 1977.
Ms. Meeks has been an employee with Riverview Schools since 1994, when she started as a substitute “Lunch Lady” in the Seitz cafeteria. After enrolling in college as a single mom and obtaining a teaching degree from Eastern Michigan University, several years later, Sandy was hired as a fourth-grade teacher at Memorial Elementary School, before transferring a year later to Seitz. There she has primarily taught science and quest classes and served as the Yearbook Club sponsor.
Sandy is the mother of Kristopher Meeks and is grandmother to two children, Kristina and Landon.
In addition to her full time job in education, Sandy has also volunteered for many years in the school booster clubs and parent support groups, and she has worked with the Goodfellows organization to provide Christmas gifts to needy families. She has been involved in a variety of charitable endeavors and fundraising events for different organizations.
Nora Sandifer Guiney was born June 13, 1946 and has spent sixty-two years as a resident of Riverview, following her move to the community from South Carolina when she was a third-grader. She was among the first students to attend Memorial Elementary when the school was brand new and she graduated from Riverview Community High School in 1964. Two years later, she married Robert Guiney, who graduated from RCHS in 1956, and they became parents to Robert Jr. and Deanne.
Mrs. Guiney was actively involved in cheerleading as a student, and she continued sharing her passion for the sport as a volunteer coach for the varsity and junior varsity cheer team at her alma mater. During her association with the RCHS cheerleading teams, Nora guided them to state, national, and world championships, and the RCHS cheer team was invited to perform at halftime of the Orange Bowl game in Florida.
Mrs. Guiney also volunteered to mentor the Yearbook staff, and she chaperoned dozens of dances and hosted a number of Homecoming “float building parties” at her home as her children Bob and Deanna made their way through Riverview High School.
Mrs. Guiney has worked as a Sales Representative for Walsworth publishing, and she also tours Michigan and other parts of the country as a motivational speaker. She has continued her involvement with the schools as grandmother to Jack DeMare, who graduated from RCHS in 2017.
The Hall of Fame Banquet is an annual event in Riverview, and this year’s celebration will take place at Arnaldo’s Banquet Center on Quarry Road, starting at 6 p.m. on March 15.
The festivities will include dinner, the induction ceremonies for Ms. Meeks and Mrs. Guiney, and recognition and awarding of scholarships to at least a dozen RCHS seniors and six high school and college students who are recipients of the Cox, Stein and Wrobleski Scholarship.
The Riverview Hall of Fame Scholarships have been awarded since 1993, when only one recipient has honored. This year, as in recent years past, six RCHS seniors will each be recipients of a $1,500 scholarship.
The remaining students who are being honored will be recognized with scholarships offered by Riverview Community Service Organizations and Riverview Schools-related donors of family scholarships. The Cox, Stein and Wrobleski scholarship fund was founded in honor of three employees of Atofina/Arkema/Taminco who were killed during the catastrophic explosion at the plant in the summer of 2001. The six recipients of that scholarship are relatives of employees who worked for the chemical company.
In addition to the induction and awarding of scholarships, there will be a number of fund-raising activities at the banquet, including raffles, silent auctions, and drawings. Theses fundraising endeavors will help to fund the scholarships for next year’s Hall of Fame honorees.
Ticket proceeds beyond the actual banquet presentation costs are also earmarked for future Hall of Fame scholarships. Tickets, which cost $35 each, may be purchased by contacting Hall of Fame Steering Committee Chairperson Mary Zellner at maryzellner@sbcglobal.net or Hall of Fame Steering Committee member Nancy Holloway at hollonan@gmail.com by March 8, 2019.
Other members of the Steering Committee, Fred Keier, Jerry Perry, Pamela “George” Brown, John Fracassa and Ron Miller may also provide information on the Hall of Fame Banquet and Ticket Sales.

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