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Annual Award

Dr. John Bartlett, former Bearden High School Principal, established this annual award in 2010 to recognize and honor alumni who have earned the unique distinction of this title. This award reflects the good deeds of individuals who have made significant contributions to Bearden High School.


Past recipients of this prestigious award include:

  • 2010 – Jim Bruner, Class of 1967 - baseball and football athlete and BHS philanthropist

  • 2011 – Dennis Hwang, Class of 1997 - Chief Designer, Google

  • 2012 – Buddy Heins, Class of 1978 - BHS Foundation President/school volunteer

  • 2013 – Bert Bertelkamp, Class of 1976 - outstanding basketball player/BHS philanthropist

  • 2014 - Jack Tate, Class of 1978 - BHS teacher and coach

  • 2015 - Doug Harris, Class of 1978 - Knox County School Board Chair, school volunteer, BHS Foundation Board of Directors

  • 2016 - Amy Shipley-Moskal, Class of 1979 - BHS teacher, BHS Foundation Board of Directors

  • 2017 - Mayor Tim Burchett, Class of 1982

  • 2018 - Dr. David Harris, Class of 1972 - BHS Foundation Board of Directors

  • 2019 - Buddy Pelot, Class of 1982 - BHS Foundation Board since 2009 with roles that included Grant Committee chairperson, Vice President, and President.

Buddy Pelot named Bearden Alumnus of the Year

In fact, Pelot liked school so much, after graduating from Bearden, he spent eight more years in class, receiving a B.A. from UTK, a M.Ed. in Public Policy from Vanderbilt; and a J.D. from UTK. He currently practices law in Knoxville with Egerton, McAfee, Armistead & Davis, P.C.
Pelot has served on the Bearden High School Foundation Board since 2009 with roles that included Grant Committee chairperson, Vice President, and President. Over the years, Pelot has also served on the City of Knoxville Greenways Commission, the Board of CASA of East Tennessee Inc., as president of the Blue Grass Baseball League (and coach), and as a certified referee for the Greater Knoxville Area Interclub Swimming Association. He was also a candidate for the Knox County School Board in 2016. Pelot is married to Judith who served as PTSO president for two years at Bearden. They have three daughters who are all Bearden alums. Buddy Pelot would be most proud to tell you that all three daughters were voted “Best All-Around” their senior years at Bearden.
"My family has been extremely blessed to be a part of the Bearden community, and we are so thankful for all that our time at Bearden has meant to us."
Buddy Pelot, class of 1982, was recognized as the Bearden High School Alumnus of the Year for 2019 at Bearden’s graduation ceremonies in May at Thompson-Boling Arena.
“I am honored – and surprised – to receive the award,” said Pelot. “I know my teachers from Bearden would have found it even harder to believe. When I graduated from UTK, I happened to sit next to another Bearden alum, Judy Houbler, and afterwards her dad, Major Houbler, my government teacher at Bearden, wrote me the kindest note. But I got the impression he was surprised I even went to college."

Buddy Pelot


Alumni Contact

Bearden High School Foundation, Inc.

P.O. Box 31729 • Knoxville, TN 37930



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