John Rivas suggested to Sonja Melton in 2009 that Central establish Hall of Honor. Sonja presented the idea
to the Central Foundation and told them that it would honor graduates and faculty members who have achieved
outstanding success after leaving Central. The Foundation, at that time, did not want the hall of Honor to
be part of the foundation but agreed to contribute $1,000 to get it started. John was extremely receptive
and encouraged Sonja to start the Hall of Honor committee.
Sonja asked Sandy Cunningham, Jeff Arnold and Rhonda Anselmo to be the initial members and help start the
Hall of Honor. The committee met with then Principal Fred Trujillo who helped them organize and was extremely helpful.