Alumni Award Recipients
Paul Coderko, Hillsboro Class of 1976 and his aunt Mary Hartline Donahue, HHS Class of 1945 were honored as Distinguished Alumni at the 2010 Hillsboro Educational Foundation banquet.
Coderko has earned three Emmys for his work in television production. His first was for a public service program in 2006, next he won for producing the Tournament of Roses Parade, and his last Emmy was for a news broadcast based out of Los Angeles in 2008."Earning the three Emmys has meant a lot to me, but they don't mean as much as being here tonight," he said. He credited his hometown as his constant inspiration. "This is home," he said.
He also credited teacher Ron Deabendefer, for teaching hiim to love journalism, and Librarian Randy Thomas for giving him invaluable tools that allowed him to grow.
Producing television shows is a challenging job, complex, and requiring extreme attention to detail. Paul's favorite, is producing the World Series, "I can't get enough of it, and getting paid too is just great." he said.
He thanked Doris Enochs for nominating him. "If I ever run for office, you're my manager." he said
He was introduced by a high school classmate Sara Shankland Merlin, who told of Paul's work ethic. "He never stops working at it," she said. His parenting skills were also highlighted, "He has three of the nicest kids," she said. She also stated that he is one of the kindest people she knows.
Alan Pretnar, president of the Foundation served as Master of Ceremonies for the event.
Past Distinguished Alumni Award Winners:
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