Three Clovis High graduates from the 1970s, a longtime attorney, and the state’s winningest high school football coach will be honored at 2013 Purple Pride Hall of Honor Awards and Banquet 6 p.m. April 13 at the Clovis Civic Center.
The hall of honor, which is in a display at CHS, recognizes and honors CHS graduates whose achievements, strengths of character and citizenship inspire and challenge students.
Clovis Municipal Schools Foundation and Alumni Committee also gives the Top Cat Award to recognize and honor former faculty members and individuals for outstanding service to CMS.
Tickets can be purchased at the CMS main office, 1009 N. Main Street. Individual tickets are $37 and tables of eight are $265.
The 2013 CMS Foundation-Alumni Hall of Honor distinguished inductees are:
Business and industry category
Marsha Pomeroy-Huff, 1977 CHS graduate
Pomeroy-Huff received her bachelor’s degree from San Jose State University in 1986, two master’s degrees from Duquesne University in 1988 and the University of Pittsburgh in 1996.
She received her doctorate from the University of Pittsburg in 1999.
Pomeroy-Huff is a master of software engineering at the Software Engineering Institute at Carnegie Mellon University. She is also an adjunct professor at Carnegie Mellon University.
She also works as a lecturer and technical advisor in software process improvement and does private consulting in project management, time management and personal organization techniques.
Pomeroy-Huff has presented at numerous conferences and workshops and has authored several journal and technical articles.
Government andservice category
Honorable Jimmie V. Reyna, 1971 CHS graduate
Reyna received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Rochester in 1975 and a juris doctor degree from the University of New Mexico School of Law in 1978.
He was appointed as federal judge to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, Washington D.C. by President Obama in 2011.
Reyna is a recognized expert in international trade, trade policy and customs matters. He is a noted and prolific author on trade topics and has earned a stellar reputation as a practitioner, scholar, advocate and humanitarian.
He served in numerous positions for the American Bar Association and served as National President of the Hispanic National Bar Association.
Reyna also received the Ohtli Award, the highest honor bestowed by the Mexican government
for non-Mexican citizens.
Top cat award
Lynell Skarda (awarded posthumously)
Skarda was born on Aug. 28, 1915, in Clovis. Skarda received a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley. He graduated from Washington and Lee University School of Law in 1941 and practiced law in Clovis for eight decades.
He served as district attorney for the 9th Judicial District of New Mexico early in his career and served in the Army Air Corps during World War II. In 1954, he was admitted to the bar of the U.S. Supreme Court and won his case, Moore v. Mead’s Fine Bread Company.
Skarda served as chairman of the Board of The Citizens Bank of Clovis, which was founded by his family. He was a strong supporter of Clovis and numerous local agencies.
Skarda died on Sept. 2, 2012 at home in Clovis.
Sports and entertainment
Tim Sanders, 1979 CHS graduate
Sanders attended Loyola Marymount University and graduate school at the University of Arizona.
He is a popular national and international keynote speaker, a business consulting expert and an international best-selling author.
He is the CEO of Los Angeles tech start-up Net Minds and founder of Deeper Media Inc., a company that conducts research on business trends, new media and human behavior.
Prior to these positions, Sanders was Yahoo’s chief solutions officer and leadership coach. He is also a strategic consultant to leading brands, associations and government agencies.
Roanhaus graduated with a bachelor’s degree from West Texas University in 1969 and a master’s degree from Eastern New Mexico University in 1984. He coached at West Texas University for one year and two years at Canyon High School. He has coached football for 40 years at Clovis High School and has been the head football coach for 35 years.
During the 2012 football season, Roanhaus became New Mexico’s prep football coach with the most career wins. His honors include: New Mexico Coach of the Year, Amarillo Globe News Coach of the Year, National Regional Coach of the Year, New Mexico High School Coaches Association Hall of Fame and Amarillo Globe News Hall of Fame.