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Mira Costa to Honor New Hall of Fame Alumni

Sep 26, 2016 10:08AM ● By Jeanne Fratello
After making their mark in a variety of fields, six successful Mira Costa alumni will be named to the school's Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame this week. The inductees will be feted with a day of festivities in their honor on Friday, September 30.

The inductees were chosen by a selection committee, following the submission of nominations from the community this spring, for using "their education and experiences to excel in their chosen professions and make positive contributions to society."

Friday's activities will include a breakfast reception, two back-to-back assemblies, a lunch reception, and a half-time field ceremony on Friday night at the Mira Costa football game.

The 2016 inductees include:

Leonard Armato (Class of 1970), the founder and CEO of Management Plus Enterprises, who has been called a visionary leader and trailblazer in creating and building “high growth” brands at the forefront of the convergence of sports, entertainment, marketing and technology.

Rachel Bloom (Class of 2005), the co-creator, lead actress and executive producer of the TV show Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. She is the 2015 Golden Globe winner for Best Actress in a Comedy Series for her show.

Kelly Gibson (Class of 1983), a champion professional surfer who went on to become CEO of Rip Curl USA in 2006. He also serves as president of Surf Industry Manufacturers Association, which raises and donates roughly $500K each year to ocean-related non-profits and humanitarian organizations.

Noah Mamet (Class of 1987), a leading international diplomat who was confirmed by the U.S. Senate as ambassador to Argentina in 2014. Ambassador Mamet’s tenure has focused on themes of innovation, entrepreneurship, renewable energy, and educational exchanges.

Heidi Ghent Snyder (Class of 1998), an accomplished entrepreneur, innovator, and philanthropist who co-founded The Color Run ™ with her husband, Travis. Known as “the Happiest 5K on the Planet,” it is the largest running series in the world with 200 annual events and more than 2 million
participants in countries worldwide.

Renee Williams-Smith (Class of 1979), Mira Costa's cross country coach for the last 15 years. Under her leadership, the team has achieved Bay League champion titles in cross country for seven of the last ten years; 2-time qualifiers for Nike Cross Country National championships; and six individual finalists in state track and field championships. In 2014, she was awarded the Brooks National Inspiring Coach of the Year.

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