Students, teachers, friends and family members filled the RSA activity center on March 16th to see six alumni and one former teacher inducted into the LAMP Hall of Fame.
Former LAMP teacher, and current Board of Education member, Brenda Coleman says the induction ceremony “shows we do make an impact on our students' lives.”
The first inductee, Dr. Tarika Bhuta, M.D. is a 1991 graduate who was one of three co-valedictorians of her graduating class. She went on to attend the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill and later the University of Alabama Medical School.
Today Dr. Bhuta is in private practice in Birmingham, along with her husband Brian, and is the only female Ear Nose and Throat physician in the Birmingham metro area providing pediatric ENT care.
Another 1991 graduate, Dr. Warren Davis, IV, was also inducted. Dr. Davis attended the University of Alabama before receiving his master's degree from Florida State University.
Today he is a principal member of the technical staff in the Scientific Machine Learning department at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
1994 graduate Kristen Herde attended Rhodes College where she graduated Cum Laude and then went on to numerous endeavors over the years. Most recently she, along with her husband Andy, started YeaHR!
This award-winning multimillion dollar business is a global employer branding consulting agency for which Kristen and Andy serve as CEOs.
The most recent graduate inducted was Leigh Rawls, a member of the class of 2008. Leigh received her bachelor's degree from Virginia Commonwealth University before working for the U.S. State department.
Today she is the lead graphic designer for the Bureau of Policy, Planning and Learning at the U.S. Agency for International Development.
After graduation from LAMP in 1991, Tanya Parker Snook went on to earn bachelor's degrees in both History and Biology from the University of Texas at Arlington. Today she teaches in West, Texas specializing in STEM curriculum and engineering.
Col. Richard Tanner, USAF, graduated from LAMP in 1992 and attended the U.S. Air Force Academy. Today Richard is a command pilot with over 3,600 flight hours and has been to every continent except Antarctica.
The only teacher to be inducted this year was Mrs. Janice Brown Samford Chandler. Mrs. Chandler taught at LAMP from 1998 until 2015. Specializing in honors Algebra and Trig. II, she went on to become chair of the math department before retiring.
Induction speaker Chris Colvin, a 1989 graduate, says “former LAMP students are standouts in their communities.” The list of accomplishments achieved by these inductees go a long way to prove him right.