Smithville resident named to school hall of fame

Debbie Childress waves to the crowd as she is inducted to the Winnetonka Hall of Fame during Winnetonka’s Homecoming game Friday, Oct. 4.

Debbie Joiner Childress, president of the Board of Directors for Smithville Area Fire Protection District, was inducted into Winnetonka High School’s Hall of Fame.

During halftime of the high school’s homecoming game, which took place at North Kansas City High School Friday, Oct. 4, Childress was recognized for her successes.

A member of the Winnetonka class of 1984, Childress is also a graduate of Central Missouri State University with a degree in criminal justice administration. President of the Smithville fire board, she is the first woman elected to that position and has been praised, according to a press release, for her work and dedication to the city of Smithville.

Childress also is a Kansas City Police Department auxiliary member assigned to the mounted patrol and a member of Good Shepherd United Methodist Church, participating in church and charitable activities including mission trips to Guatemala.

Debbie is founder of Valor Ranch, a residential program and working ranch charity being created to help veterans transition back into civilian life.

The Hall of Fame was designed to honor and recognize Winnetonka alumni who exemplify the values, traditions and the successes of Winnetonka High School and who, by their accomplishments, inspire and encourage current Winnetonka students to do the same.

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