Distinguished Alumni Award presented to Ellone Armstrong
January 23, 2011By LGP Alumni Lounge of L G Pinkston High School
Ellone Armstrong, made a difference in her lifetime. If you look around the numbers of Alumni, faculty, staff and friends speaks volumes for itself.
Ellone, did not seek the spotlight nor did she crave adulation and praise for herself. Ellone was a behind the scenes worker who made things happen. When a student needed funds for books or tuition after they graduated from Pinkston she knew the right people to contact.
In the past All Class Reunions, Ellone worked diligently behind the scenes to make them a success .
In the 2007-2008 school year, Pinkston High School was in the worst shape academically in the schools 43 year history. Educationally we were at the bottom of the bottom. I paid a visit in August 2007 before the school year started to meet the new Principal Mrs. Villegas. then I stopped by the attendance office to speak with Mrs. Armstrong, In our conversation she said without biting her tongue, that the school needed help and that if anyone wanted to help the school they could, but the school did not need people who had negative attitudes or who would try to drag the school down. Ellone was very protective of her beloved Alma Mater.
Upon Ellone's retirement in May Pinkston was off the Academically Unacceptable category and on The Academically Acceptable list and moving toward Recognized.
In 2000, Ellone Armstrong along with her class of 1968 were inducted into the schools Alumni Hall of Fame for their continued support of the past 18 graduating classes. The Class of 1968 has provided laptops, computers and scholarships to graduating seniors for the past 30 years. A feat unmatched by any other class. Kudos to Ellone and the class of 1968 for being the best class to graduate from Pinkston High School.
With this said, The Ellone Armstrong Distinguished Alumni Award will be awarded to Alumni who work behind the scenes without fanfare. The 1st recipient and its namesake is Ellone Armstrong. It gives me great pleasure to name the award after Ellone. (Read Award)
In closing Vikings lets send Ellone off with Dr. Tolbert's trademark phrase;There is no school like ……………….. presented by George Castro
Homegoing Services for Mrs. Ellone Armstrong was January 22, 2011.The repast dinner for the family after the burial was provided by the Class of 1968.