Congratulations to the 2018 Distinguished Alumni Award recipients, Shara Clevenger Brice and Danielle Gowing George! The Ray-Pec Public School Foundation honored them during the Sept. 14, 2018, Homecoming football game. Pictured from left: Danielle George, Shara Brice, and Foundation President Phil Parke.
Pictured from left to right: Superintendent Dr. Kari Monsees; Foundation Executive Director Jodie Huston; Distinguished Alumni Award recipients Shara Brice and Danielle George; Foundation President Phil Parke, and Foundation Board Member Allison Bruflat.
At left: Distinguished Alumni Award recipient Shara Brice with her parents, Cla and Eloise Clevenger. At right: Distinguished Alumni Award recipient Danielle George with her daughters: Landrey, McKinley, and Presley.
Foundation selects two for Distinguished Alumni Award
The Raymore-Peculiar Public School Foundation announces two recipients of the 2018 Distinguished Alumni Award: Shara (Clevenger) Brice and Danielle (Gowing) George. The award recipients have excelled in their careers and have given back to their communities.They will be honored on Sept. 14 at a special luncheon, at a tailgate party sponsored by the Foundation, and at the Homecoming Football Game.
Sarah (Clevenger) Brice
Shara (Clevenger) Brice started attending Ray-Pec schools in 7th grade and graduated with the Class of 1987. Shara served as a class officer (treasurer, then president) all four years of high school. She was editor-in-chief of The Panther Times. A charter member of the Missouri Teen Institute, she led organizations such as SADD, Natural Helpers, and HART. She attended Girls State and was one of 300 students selected to attend the first Missouri Scholars Academy. As a student, Shara led initiatives which resulted in weighted classes and Project Graduation being introduced to Ray-Pec.
With her sister, Alisa Quest, she founded Cheerbringers of America in 1984, and Foxwood Springs Intergenerational Academy in 1989. Shara received the Class of 1987 RP Principal’s Award.
Shara graduated Summa Cum Laude from William Jewell College in 1991, and was honored as America’s Top 20 “All-USA Academic Team” by USA Today in 1991. Shara earned her graduate degree at UMKC, where she received the Arthur Mag Fellowship. The Missouri Jaycees selected Shara as the Missouri Citizen of the Year in 1991.
Shara married Rev. Jonathan Brice and moved to England in 1992. She developed the Epping Forest Council for Voluntary Service to support 700 voluntary organizations, and was honored with the British Home Office “Make a Difference” Award in 1995. Shara established Ascension Eagles in 1996, the London Cheerleading Academy in 2002, and Talent Central UK in 2010. Today, these London-based leadership charities continue to serve more than 1,000 youth each month.
In 2005, at the age of 36, Shara was awarded MBE (Member of the British Empire), an honor rarely bestowed upon non-Nationals. Shara was named 2009 “Citizen of the Year” by the London Borough of Newham, and the 2010 “Woman of the Year” for the United Kingdom. In 2012, she was selected to carry the Olympic torch for the London 2012 Games. The Ascension Eagles provided performers for Olympic 2012 basketball and volleyball events.
Shara now lives in Aspen, Colo., where Rev. Brice is Rector of Christ Episcopal Church. Since 2012, Shara has served as Colorado’s Chapter Leader for Our Community Listens (OCL). In six years, Shara’s OCL Chapter has delivered 85 classes to more than 1,500 inspirational leaders.
Shara and Jonathan Brice recently celebrated 26 years of marriage and ministry. Her daughter Cricelle, 23, is a graduate of Texas Christian University conducting graduate work in medical anthropology. Son Joe, 21, is a senior soccer player at William Jewell with a double major in Communication/Applied Critical Thought and Inquiry.
Shara’s parents, Cla and Eloise Clevenger, still reside in Kansas City and are regular supporters at Ray-Pec volleyball and soccer games.
Danielle (Gowing) George
Danielle (Gowing) George attended Ray-Pec schools from kindergarten through graduation from Ray-Pec High School in 1994.
Danielle learned about the importance of community involvement and "giving back" from her mom, Patsy Gowing, who owned an accounting firm and was also a Realtor who was very involved in the Chamber of Commerce. When Danielle was in college at Kansas State University, her mother passed away from breast cancer.
After college, Danielle began a career in sales and management, which continued until about 7 years ago. At that time, she decided to pursue her dream of running her own business to offer the flexibility of working from home while raising her children. She has a Healthy Meal Planning Consulting business. She also attends the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and is a Board-Certified Integrative Health Consultant.
Twenty months ago, at the age of 40 and having daughters ages 6, 4, and 2, she was diagnosed with breast cancer.
Danielle has used this life-altering experience to help others. While undergoing cancer treatment, surgeries, and medication, she continued to maintain her business and care for her family. She began helping other women in other areas, including breast cancer. She has become an advocate for self-care for women to be proactive with their health. In addition to family health coaching, she is writing a book about coping with trauma. She is beginning to schedule public speaking events for local companies and their employees.
In the future, she plans to create a program for pre-teen and teenage girls to deal with the pressure of society. She and her husband, Adam George, and three daughters, lived in Overland Park, Kan.
Past honorees of the Distinguished Alumni Award:
- Linda Bass, Class of 1975 (2015)
- Dr. Sandy Clutter, Class of 1971 (2016)
- Chase Coffman, Class of 2005 (2017)
- Larry L. Dobson, Class of 1966 (2014)
- Beth (Long) Files, Class of 1979 (2014)
- Cole Haynes, Class of 1994 (2015)
- Teresa (January) Hensley, Class of 1977 (2014)
- Cory Kauffman, Class of 1996 (2017)
- Cheryl Klein, Class of 1996 (2017)
- Emily Lange, Class of 2000 (2015)
- Ted Martin, Class of 1985 (2016)
- Chris Molendorp, Class of 1987 (2014)
- Nancy Morris, Class of 1959 (2015)
- Sarah VanHooser Suiter, Class of 1997 (2017)
The nomination process
The nomination period is now closed.
Think of someone you know who exemplifies the values, tradition, and successes of Raymore-Peculiar High School. It must be someone who graduated from RPHS, Raymore High School, or Peculiar High School, at least 10 years ago.
The Raymore-Peculiar Public School Foundation would like to honor and recognize these outstanding individuals with the annual Distinguished Alumni Award.
The 2018 winners of the award will be notified in August and will be honored at a luncheon, a tailgate party, and during the Homecoming Football Game on Sept. 14.
Anyone may nominate a graduate for consideration.