Mountain Pointe High School will be honoring six new inductees into its Hall of Fame on Friday, Sept. 27 in the school’s gym lobby.
The six inductees are a mixture of students who attended the school and former pride colleagues like:
• Matt Leuck, guidance counselor and baseball coach
• Phil McKeown, math teacher
• Ken Reid, social studies teacher
• Mike Collins, football and baseball player, Class of 1995
• Jeanine Pacheco Buller, theater/actress, Class of 1996
• Kari Quinn, softball player, Class of 2004
The new hall of famers will also be honored during Friday night’s football game, where the Pride will square off with Hamilton.
“I feel that being inducted into the Hall of Fame is a great honor, and it’s gratifying to know the years I spent working with Mountain Pointe students was appreciated. The rewards of teaching are usually limited to seeing one’s former students leading successful and productive lives,” Reid said.
Before starting his career at Mountain Pointe, Reid was teaching at McClintock High School in Tempe where he was a social studies chairman.
Wanting to focus on being a full-time instructor he moved to Mountain Pointe in 1992, lured by the excellent administration, staff and student body, Reid said
He unfortunately had to retire in 2000 due to crippling effects of spinal cord trauma.
Buller also feels honored to be inducted into Mountain Pointe’s Hall of Fame, where she was contacted by fellow classmate via Facebook about the news.
“I was really honored and couldn’t believe what I was hearing,” she said.
During her four years at Mountain Pointe, Buller was heavily involved with cheerleading and the theater department, where she did a lot of different plays, musicals and directed her own show.
After graduating from Arizona State in 2000, Buller moved to Los Angeles pursuing her dream of performing in shows.
Her passion for theater stemmed from always enjoying performing and displaying her talents, and she still performs in theater shows in her everyday life.
Buller’s focus has since changed slightly; focusing her attention towards motherhood, but she still finds time to revisit her first love of performing and also works as a freelance makeup artist.
She said she was really touched when hearing about the news of being inducted into the school’s Hall of Fame, getting a bit teary-eyed about it.
“There has been so many students who have gone there and been successful… I feel very honored and thankful that I went to Mountain Pointe,” Buller said. “Between the friendships that I’ve made and what I learned from the drama department, I feel very lucky that I even went to the school.”
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