Gawle named first Wilton Public Schools Hall of Fame inductee

Wilton High School band director and 2016 Grammy Music Educator Award finalist Frank “Chip” Gawle will be the first person inducted into the newly-established Wilton Public Schools Hall of Fame.

During its May 26 meeting, the Board of Education unanimously voted to establish the hall of fame in the glass hallway between the Zellner Gallery and Clune Center in order to honor Wilton Public Schools staff and graduates who have achieved national recognition in academics, the arts, athletics, or community service.

“Wilton has been blessed to have some extraordinary students pass through its halls over the years, students who graduated from Wilton High School and went on to establish themselves in a manner that achieved national recognition,” Board of Education Chair Bruce Likly wrote in his May Notes From the Board Table column.

“This applies to our teachers and staff members as well. Over the years, we have had numerous individuals distinguish themselves in academia, business, athletics, the arts, community service, and in so many other capacities.”

According to Likly, hall of fame inductees will be honored either with “a discrete plaque that includes a photograph of the inductee and information about the individual’s unique accomplishments, or as part of a larger plaque listing inductees with like accomplishments.”

Out of more than 4,500 music teachers nominated nationwide, Gawle was one of 10 selected as finalists for the 2016 Grammy Foundation Music Educator Award, which recognizes educators “who have made a significant and lasting contribution to the field of music education and who demonstrate a commitment to the broader cause of maintaining music education in the schools.”

A Wilton Public Schools Hall of Fame recognition ceremony will be held for Gawle in the Clune Center auditorium on Thursday, June 16, at 7 p.m. The ceremony will be followed by a reception in the Zellner Gallery.