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Wall of Honor nominee to be revealed in February


The city of Upper Arlington and the Upper Arlington Historical Society will again memorialize a past community member for significant achievements and contributions locally or beyond when they announce the 2013 inductee to the Wall of Honor.

Nominations currently are being accepted.

Established through its inaugural class of honorees in 1990, the Wall of Honor annually commemorates a deceased former Upper Arlington resident for his or her achievements and contributions to the city, Ohio or the United States.

Each May, a bronze plaque bearing the name and image of the newest inductee is added to the limestone wall in front of the Upper Arlington Municipal Services Center, 3600 Tremont Road.

Past honorees include King G. Thompson (1990), Wayne Woodrow "Woody" Hayes (1991), Dr. Arthur G. James (2002), Ohio Gov. James A. Rhodes (2003) and Stefanie Spielman (2010).

According to the qualifications criteria, nominees must be deceased and must have lived in Upper Arlington at some point. Additionally, he or she must be outstanding in achievement in the arts, professions, politics, science, education, sports, religion, commerce, philanthropy or public service; have a reputation that brings honor to the community or personal commitment and service to the community; or had a lasting impact for the good of the community.

"In my opinion, it's the highest honor we can bestow on an Upper Arlington resident," said Erik Yassenoff, a UA Historical Society member, Wall of Honor co-chairman and Upper Arlington City Councilman.

The deadline for nominations is Friday, Jan. 11. Nomination forms can be obtained online at uaoh.net or by calling 614-583-5300.

Those who have been nominated for the Wall of Honor remain eligible for induction for five years after their nomination, but Yassenoff encouraged the renomination of past hopefuls.

"We always have very high-caliber candidates," he said. "It's always a very tough decision.

"Renominating someone keeps them in consideration for another five years."

The Wall of Honor is made possible through a partnership of the UA Historical Society and the city Parks and Recreation Department.

Following the nomination deadline, a committee of historical society and city representatives will review candidates and announce the 2013 inductee in February.

A formal ceremony to celebrate the 2013 honoree will be held on Sunday, May 19.

"We want to memorialize people who've made an impact on the community or world in general," said Charlie Groezinger, president of the UA Historical Society. "We have had (honorees) from all walks of life.

"I encourage people to make nominations," Groezinger said. "We like to get a lot of those nominations in so we can evaluate them and make sure we've got the best candidates."

Additional information regarding the Wall of Honor can be found on the city's website, uaoh.net.