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Gathering to discuss the 2018 nominations for the Denham Springs High Athletic Hall of Fame are Denham Springs High Principal Kelly Jones, Denham Springs High Athletics Director Bill Conides, Denham Springs Athletic Association President Paul Guitrau and Sport-N-Center officials Stacy Phipps and James-Adam McCants.

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The Denham Springs High School Athletic Hall of Fame and Sport-N-Center are seeking nominations for the 2018 class of inductees until March 31. Entering the hall's eighth season, 64 former Yellow Jackets have been inducted since the Hall of Fame’s inception.

Hall of Fame members can be male or female athletes, coaches or supporters with outstanding contributions from all eras. This is the sixth year Sport-N-Center has served as title sponsor.

The Hall of Fame officials said they have changed the institution’s motto. Beginning with the Class of 2018, it will be “Where Champions Live Forever!” In the past, the motto has been “Honoring Yellow Jackets Past & Future.” 

The induction banquet for the Class of 2018 will be Sept. 6 at Forrest Grove Plantation in Denham Springs. Also, inductees will be presented at halftime of the Denham Springs High School-Ponchatoula football game on Sept. 7 in Yellow Jacket Stadium.

The Hall of Fame Selection Committee does not nominate the candidates, a news release said. Any person with an interest in DSHS sports may submit a nomination; however, individuals may not nominate themselves. All nominations must conform to the Hall of Fame nomination guidelines available by visiting denhamspringshs.org or by picking up a copy at the school office.

Documentation must be contributed to substantiate claims of athletic, academic and civic achievement. Such verification typically comes from newspaper articles, copies of yearbook pages, old scrapbooks, family archives, etc. The release reminds people collecting this information takes time, so they should start early. Unsubstantiated claims cannot be considered by the selection committee. The nomination guidelines have recommendations on which area newspapers and libraries to contact.

Because guidelines require an 8X10 photograph of the candidate, nominations must be mailed or hand-delivered to Denham Springs High School, ATTN: Principal (HOF), 1000 N. Range Avenue, Denham Springs, LA 70726. Submissions must be postmarked or hand-delivered no later than March 31 to be considered for induction this year. Nominations from previous years that are still active can have additional documentation added.

For information, contact Jim Spring at jimspring53@hotmail.com or (225) 588-0366.