The pictures of three Westerville North High School alumni have been added to the school's hall of fame.

The pictures of three Westerville North High School alumni have been added to the school's hall of fame.

North High School Vice Principal Stephanie McGeorge, U.S. Navy Lt. James Laird and Google Vice President Paul Nickel were inducted into the hall of fame April 20. They were selected by students in the Superintendent's Advisory Committee.

To be selected for the hall of fame, alumni must have graduated at least 10 years ago, demonstrated success in their careers and made significant contributions to community.

McGeorge graduated from North in 1994. She received her undergraduate degree at Bowling Green State University and her master's degree at Ohio State University.

After graduating from college, she returned to North and taught for 10 years in the social studies department. She's in her third year as assistant principal.

"I grew up in this community, and I knew I wanted to settle here with my own family," McGeorge said. "I'd like to say it's unique, but I have nothing to compare it to. I just think it's one of the greatest places to be a part of. I just buy into the motto, and the theme, the Warrior Way."

McGeorge said she's honored to be recognized by the school.

"It's overwhelming a little bit, honestly," she said. "I feel like the people in the building and the building itself are like a second family to me. It's neat to be given a permanent thumbprint in the building."

Principal Kurt Yancey said the honor is well deserved. He said McGeorge is well known for dedicating her time to make sure students succeed.
"She's certainly shown an incredible amount of success in her career. She's an excellent leader," Yancey said.

Laird is a graduate of the class of 1999.

He applied for a slot as a U.S. Navy pilot in 2003, while he was a junior at Miami University, and he joined the navy in 2004.
Based in Washington state, Laird flew the EA-6B Prowler and now flies the EA-18G Growler. He helps train pilots who have just completed flight training, teaching them about aircraft and tactics.

Laird has been deployed twice, serving from 2008 to 2009 on the USS Theodore Roosevelt in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan and serving in 2011 on the USS George H.W. Bush in support of Operation New Dawn in Iraq and Operation Enduring Freedom.

Laird said his experiences at Westerville North and the support he had from the people put him on the path to success.

"It was the people that set you up for success," Laird said. "They took such a vested interest in all students, but it just seemed like anything I needed or all of my successes were a direct result of the coaches and teachers and principals."

Laird said he was surprised by his induction into the hall of fame.

"It's a huge honor. At first, I thought my parents were joking and using it as a trick to get me to bring my wife and two sons back to visit," Laird said. "(The students on the advisory committee) are very bright, young people and full of all kinds of ideas and hopes. To have people like that select me, along with the superintendent and former principals, it truly was an honor, and I'm humbled by it."

Paul Nickel graduated from North in 1989.

"He had extremely documented success in high school," Yancey said.

Nickel attended Stanford University and eceived a master's degree in business administration.

He is now vice president of enterprise accounts for Google and is involved in coaching and working with young people.

"Paul Nickel is a pretty impressive person," Yancey said.

Nickel could not be reached for comment for this story.