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West Fargo High School announces Hall of Fame inductees

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Three people with West Fargo connections will be immortalized during homecoming week.

Randy Gaugler, Jim Thompson and Michael Drew recently were selected as the 2010 inductees into the West Fargo High School Hall of Fame. Gaugler and Thompson are former students, while Drew is a former West Fargo High School principal.

Nominees for the Hall of Fame must have either been employed or have graduated from West Fargo High School. Optional criteria considered include community activism, leadership, recognition among the public, and dedication to family.

Nominees must receive a 2/3 majority vote by the Hall of Fame Committee to be selected. The three inductees will be recognized during halftime of the homecoming football game Friday, Sept. 17, between the Packers and Williston, which begins at 7 p.m. They also will ride on the Hall of Fame float during the West Fest Parade on Saturday, Sept. 18.

Last year's Hall of Fame inductees were Marvin Leidal, Anthony W. England and John Hoganson.

Randy Gaugler, Ph. D.

Gaugler graduated from West Fargo High School in 1968. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree from North Dakota State University in 1972, and completed a Master of Science at North Carolina State. Four years later, Gaugler earned his doctorate in Biological Science from the University of Wisconsin.

He joined Rutgers University in 1982 after a short stint as Senior Scientist with the New York State Museum.

In 2005, Gaugler was recognized as a Fulbright scholar, and in 2006, began work investigating risk assessment modeling, transgenic mosquitoes bearing a dominant lethal gene, West Nile virus dynamics, and the ecology of invasive species.

Jim Thompson, Ph. D.

Thompson is a 1971 graduate from West Fargo High School. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from Macalister College in 1975, and completed his Master's in Business Administration in 1986 at Stanford Business School.

Thompson founded Positive Coaching Alliance in '98, and has conducted 5,000 workshops in more than 1,100 schools or youth sports organizations, which has affected more than 3 million youth and high school athletes. He is leading a movement to make character education the primary focus of youth sports without sacrificing competitiveness.

Thompson also has authored four books on Positive Coaching, and in '04 was recognized as an Ashoka: Innovators for the Public Fellow, for outstanding social entrepreneurship.

Michael Drew

Drew earned a Bachelor's Degree in Biology from Minot State University in 1964, and a Master's Degree in Educational Administration in '68 from NDSU.

He taught in Esmond, N.D., and was a teacher, elementary principal and secondary principal at central Cass in Casselton.

Drew was principal of West Fargo High School from 1979-98. He led the planning for the new high school, which opened in '87, and a major addition that was completed in '93.

Drew served on the North Dakota Council of School Administrators board of directors from 1980-86, and the North Dakota North Central Association Committee from 1990-96.