I graduated from Merrillville High School in Indiana in 1971. In the past, the school has honored students who’ve gone on to have successful sports careers in the NFL and NBA. But now the Merrillville School Board is honoring me with my own day. They’ve declared October 20, 2017 as Leoma Lovegrove Day and I couldn’t be more thrilled or proud.

Then, as now, Merrillville High School did more than merely teach us reading, writing and math. The faculty and curriculum focused on helping us develop into independent, life-long learners and responsible, productive citizens. Even as a child I was creative and thought outside the box. My teachers at Merrillville validated my approach to problem-solving and fostered my proclivities to be an active, fully-engaged learner.

You could say that I’m a product of Merrillville High’s philosophy and teaching methods. But I had no idea that anyone back in Merrillville was following my career. So you can imagine my surprise and pleasure when the school contacted me to tell me that they wanted to recognize me with my very own day! It was humbling, to be sure.

But there’s more. Check back tomorrow and I’ll tell you what else they’ll be doing on October 20.