U.S. Ambassador Honored at Wall of Fame Ceremony

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Earl L. Vandermeulen High School welcomed the United States Ambassador to Switzerland and Liechtenstein, Mr. Edward T. McMullen Jr., as its 2019 Wall of Fame inductee at a recent ceremony in the high school library. A graduate of the Class of 1982 and a successful diplomat and entrepreneur, Mr. McMullen was welcomed by district administrators and students who started the festive event with a tour of the high school building and grounds with several Class of 1982 alumni and former U.S. History teacher Richard Olson, who retired in 2002. As Mr. McMullen was escorted to the library, the high school chamber orchestra, under the direction of Dr. Michael Caravello, performed several selections. Introduced at the ceremony by Principal Mr. Eric Haruthunian and Student Organization co-vice presidents Sophia Knapp and Annika Wakefield, Mr. McMullen was lauded for his philanthropic efforts and professional achievements before taking the podium to thank the school for the honor and speak of his role as an ambassador. Grace Keegan, a junior and a student in the high school’s broadcasting class, interviewed Mr. McMullen for The Morning Show, the high school’s livestream news program. Mr. McMullen was then presented with a personalized plaque before proceeding to the Wall of Fame for an unveiling of the school’s wall plaque.