2020 RECIPIENT: CLASS OF 2020
Due to their sacrificial spirit and positive energy in giving up so many of the things that make senior year special during this COVID-19 pandemic, the Class of 2020 was honored as the collective "Distinguished Alumni" this year.
2019 RECIPIENT: Dr. ISIDRO RISMA
An Aviator alum who has dedicated his life to serving others has been named the 2019 Sycamore Distinguished Alumni.Dr. Isidro “Izzy” Risma, Class of 1984, has spent the past two decades practicing medicine and inspiring future doctors to serve others. He graduated with honors from the University of Cincinnati in 1988 and the Ohio State University College of Medicine in 1992. Dr. Risma has spent his last 22 years in a career of college student health at the University of Cincinnati. He also serves as a clinical instructor of medical students and family practice doctors-in-training for UC’s College of Medicine.
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2018 RECIPIENT: MITCH BARNS
An Aviator alum who leads one of Forbes most innovative companies in the world has been named the 2018 Sycamore Distinguished Alumni. 1981 graduate Mitch Barns has lived and worked on three continents, overseeing more than 46,000 employees worldwide as the CEO of TV ratings giant Nielsen. But to him, home still means Sycamore. “It’s really hard for me to separate my childhood from Sycamore,” Barns said. “Sycamore was woven into the fabric of my growing up years.”
2017 RECIPIENT: JOYCE McCOSHAM
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An Aviator alumni who broke barriers and paved the way for young females has been named the 2017 Sycamore Distinguished Alumni of the Year. Former student-athlete and longtime educator Joyce Chambers McCosham is this year’s Distinguished Alumni inductee. Joyce’s service to Sycamore dates back to before the Sycamore Community Schools district had even officially been established. She has influenced countless lives in her more than 50 years in education, counseling, and community service.
2016 RECIPIENT: STEVE IMHOFF
Beloved by the Sycamore Family through multiple generations, Steve Imhoff was a graduate of the Sycamore High School Class of 1970. He was a standout student-athlete, having his baseball jersey retired, being a member of the 3,000 point club, leading the National Honor Society and graduating 2nd in his class. Following college, returned to SHS to teach and coach. He served us for over 30 years as a mentor and colleague. Following retirement, Steve founded SAFA and initiated our headline event, the "Athletic Hall of Fame" Dinner. He is a tireless volunteer for his community and the Sycamore family, and even takes time out of his day to throw batting practice to high school baseball teams. For all the countless ways he has been a servant to Sycamore, our organization unanimously and enthusiastically wishes to honor him this year.
2015 RECIPIENT: CAMMY DIERKING
Cammy Dierking began working at LOCAL 12 in 1988 as a sports anchor and reporter. After enjoying 13 years as co-host of Good Morning Cincinnati, Cammy now anchors the 5pm, 6pm and 11pm news on Local 12. Ms. Dierking is a 1978 graduate of Sycamore High School, where she was a member of the sectional and district championship girls swim team. She continued her education and swimming career at Miami University in Oxford, where she received a B.A. in English/Journalism in 1982. She does quite a bit of motivational speaking, and was a 2008 National Keynote Speaker for Speaking of Women’s Health. Cammy serves on the Board of Directors for the Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Women’s Sports Association. In 1993, she helped establish this group, which recognizes and promotes opportunities for female athletes. Cammy is the honorary chair and spokesperson for many local charity events.
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