MUSCATINE, Iowa – More than 30 years after graduating from Muscatine High School, Kent Corporation CEO Gage Kent was inducted into the school’s Hall of Honor.
“Gage has had an enduring and profound positive impact on our area economy and local communities,” MHS Principal Mike McGrory said during the induction ceremony.
According to McGrory, nominees for the honor have to be individuals who’ve “achieved distinction in profession, public and/ or community services and have had a positive influence on the lives of others.”
“The selection committee believes this year’s honoree exemplifies each of the committee’s criteria,” McGrory said during his ceremony remarks.
Kent said that being selected for the honor was an “eye-opening and humbling experience.”
“I was kind of shocked, frankly,” he said of his reaction. “I am truly honored and humbled to be inducted into the MHS hall of fame. The importance and value of education cannot be overstated. My parents really challenged me to focus on the values of community, honest competition, and teamwork. My teachers at MHS and Iowa State helped me learn how to accomplish these values. I am eternally grateful to them. ”
Kent, who graduated from MHS in 1979, said he has seen how the school has grown both physically and as an educational institution in the years since. He finds the school’s efforts to bring education to the wider community and connect them to practical applications impressive.
“I’d be remiss if I didn’t say, ‘Go Muskies,” Kent said.