FHC Inducts First Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame Honorees

Posted on 02/23/2018
FHC Inducts First Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame Honorees

As graduation grows near, seniors are studying hard, finishing projects, and preparing their goodbyes. Heading off to the next big stage in life, whether higher education or career, they will be impacted by their high school experience. 

In an effort to honor Spartans after they leave the hallways and classrooms, FHC has instituted a Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame. New this year, the program recognizes the accomplishments of graduates who brought pride to their alma mater, their community, and society as a whole. A panel of ten current and former FHC teachers and administrators selected the inductees from a group of ten nominated finalists.

“The recognition is awarded to alumni who have distinguished themselves through academic, literary, business, professional, or public service, and, who through their accomplishments and service, have brought great credit to their alma mater,” said FHC Principal, Dr. Sonny Arnel.

The first inductee of the evening was Cara Mason, a member of the Class of 2000. Mason received a Bachelor of Science degree from Missouri State and a Master of Arts degree from Johns Hopkins University. She recently served as the Finance Director for the Republican National Committee. In this position, Mason and her team broke fundraising records while not having a sitting Republican president, raising $106 million for the Trump campaign. Mason has since started her own company, Mason Strategies, which allows her to choose candidates, causes, and projects she believes in.

David Karandish, Class of 2001, was the second inductee of the evening. Karandish attended Washington University and earned a Bachelor of Computer Science and Entrepreneurship degree. Fellow FHC alumni Chris Sims and Karandish started their company Answers in 2001, and sold it for over $900 million in 2014. Karandish is currently the cofounder and chairman of Equity.com, executive chairman and board member of Jane, and sits on the board of Create a Loop and Varsity Tutors. He has fought to make St. Louis a technology hub, benefiting the local economy and workforce.

“Both Cara and David have had remarkable starts to their careers, and have become very successful in a short period of time,” said FHC Activities Director Scott Harris. “We are very proud to celebrate our alums, and it is great for our current students and community to see what exciting things have been accomplished by people who have walked these halls, like they are now.”

By honoring the accomplishments of FHC graduates, current FHC students are able to see the great things that they can accomplish tomorrow with the education they are receiving today. The formulas, essay questions, and conjugated verbs are all the foundation for a bright future.

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