The 2017 NEF Pillar Recognition and Banquet, presented by Raba Kistner, was Thursday, Sept. 21, at Valero Energy Corporation and honored six amazing NISD graduates, the 2017-18 Pillars of Character. The evening included meeting the Pillars over dinner, silent and live auctions, and high energy student performances featuring Dorothy and her friends from the Wizard of Oz. Thank you to our sponsors listed below and silent auction donors.
Each year, the Pillars are selected from the nearly 100,000 Northside ISD alumni who have graduated from NISD high schools since 1951. The Pillars represent the six character traits taught to NISD students that are part of the Josephson Institute’s Character Counts program. The Pillars of Character are: Trustworthiness, Respect, Responsibility, Fairness, Caring and Citizenship.
2017-2018 Northside ISD Pillars of Character
Pillar of Caring
Kristina Riffle Semukete '02
Founder and Executive Director of Obwaagazi Children's Foundation
Caring - compassionate, empathetic, unselfish
Pillar of Citizenship
Michael Dominguez '86
Senior Vice President and Chief Sales Officer for MGM Resorts International
Citizenship - law abiding, judicious, responsive
Pillar of Responsibility
Michelle Fiedler Mikesh '95
Lab Manager/ Project Manager
Responsibility - diligent, conscientious, stalwart
Pillar of Fairness
Frank Hakspiel '91
Owner of Fralo's
Fariness - equitable, open, reasonable
Pillar of Respect
Mark Langford '76
Respect - courteous, intuitive, unbiased
Pillar of Trustworthiness
LTC Colette Topfer '91
58th Expeditionary Military Intelligence Brigade Full-Time Supervisor and the 629th Military Intelligence Battalion Commander
Trustworthiness - honest, loyal, credible
Nominate a Pillar! Any graduate from any of Northside’s high schools is eligible to be nominated as a 2018 NISD Pillar of Character, a prestigious annual recognition. A committee of NISD and Northside Education Foundation (NEF) representatives selects the six Pillars. The honorees are celebrated at NEF’s annual fundraising gala. The nomination form and list of past and present Pillars, along with photos and biographical information, is located at www.nisd.net/pillars. Anyone can nominate a graduate and the nomination remains active for up to five years. New information can be provided at any time. The deadline for submissions is May 1, 2018. For more information, contact the Partnerships Office at 397-8599.
VIP Reception Sponsor:
Red Carpet Photo Sponsor:
Live Auction Sponsor:
Association of Texas Professional Educators
DBR Engineering Consultants, Inc.
Linebarger Goggan Blair & Sampson, LLP
MS2 Consulting Engineers
Northwest Vista College
Persyn Engineering Inc.
Raymond James & Associates, Inc.
RSM US LLP
SK and A, Inc.
Wortham Insurance & Risk Management