Over the years, district music coordinator and band director, Michael Berning, has heard the question asked more than once. “I’d be with the Pep Band, playing during the basketball game when they announce that year’s inductees into the Fairmont Athletic Hall of Fame, and I would have all sorts of people approach me and ask why we don’t have a performing arts hall of fame, and I’d say ‘Yes. That is something we should do,’” said Berning, adding, “So, now, after 25 years with the music department, I decided it was time to do something about this.”
This winter, Berning announced a call for nominations for the inaugural class of the Fairmont High School Performing Arts Hall of Fame. Nominations are being accepted through May 15, and the hall of fame organizers are hopeful that the first class can be inducted during Homecoming Weekend this fall.
“We certainly have had amazing music and theater instructors over the years, as well as a number of talented musicians and actors who have gone on to do great things professionally in these fields, and we certainly would like to honor these individuals by inducting them into the Hall of Fame,” said Berning. “But we’re also looking for the former student who had three leads in musicals during his time at Fairmont, or was all-state in band or wowed the judges every year at the OMEA contests, and maybe these people have gone on to be accountants, or property managers or a small business owner – something that has nothing to do with performing arts. These are also the people we are hoping will be nominated. We also want to recognize those people who have left a legacy at Fairmont as a student who was a great musician or singer or actor while they were in high school.”
A Fairmont High School Performing Arts Hall of Fame nomination form
can be downloaded from the KCS music website at
Nomination forms can also be requested to be mailed or emailed by calling the KCS music office at 937-499-2647.