Distinguished Alumni

These awards honor Stillwater Area High School alumni who have made a significant impact in the lives of others and the community. A dinner to honor the award winners is held on the day before graduation and represents the formal induction to the Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame. The honorees are officially recognized at the commencement ceremony.

Awarded since 1987, The Partnership Plan became a co-sponsor with Stillwater Area Public Schools of the awards in 2005.

Plaques of Distinguished Alumni are permanently hung near the main rotunda at Stillwater Area High School. The plaques afford current Stillwater students an opportunity to read about the successful life paths former SHS and SAHS students have taken after graduation.

Use the link below to nominate someone for the 2016-17 awards. Deadline for nominations is Feb. 17, 2017.

Submit an online nomination

Read more about the Distinguished Alumni

Criteria for Distinguished Alumni Award: Nominee must be a living or deceased graduate of Stillwater High School/Stillwater Area High School

  • Nominee must have shown distinguished achievements in his/her chosen professional or educational field(s)
  • Nominee must have shown significant community involvement.
    To be eligible, nominees must be graduated for at least 10 years.

Online nominations are preferred. However, a Word document nomination form is available. Please mail the completed form to The Partnership Plan, P.O.Box 582, Stillwater, MN, 55082.

For additional information contact Rachel Anselmo at anselmor@stillwaterschools.org.


Three individuals were honored in June 2016 for a lifetime of distinction after graduating from Stillwater Area High School. They joined nearly 80 others who have been named Distinguished Alumni since the award was first given in 1987. The new Distinguished Alumni are:

Dr. Joe MatelClass of 1996, a doctor specializing in quality healthcare for low income patients.

Tony Rath, Class of 1974, an acclaimed editorial and commercial photographer and a photojournalist who has traveled the world.

Lowell Thompson, Class of 1957, a U.S. Air Force veteran and public servant who has been recognized for his work and service by the Governor’s Mansion and the White House.