2012 LISD Distinguished Alumni Award

Cowboys Cheerleader Director & Local Doctor To Be Honored by Lindale ISD Alumni Association

The Lindale ISD Alumni Association has selected Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader Director Kelli McGonagill Finglass as the recipient of the 2012 LISD Distinguished Alumni Award and Dr. Earl C. Kinzie as the recipient of the 2012 LISD Distinguished Service Award.

The awards will be presented to Finglass and posthumously to Dr. Kinzie’s family during Lindale ISD Homecoming ceremonies on Friday, September 14. Mrs. Finglass and Dr. Kinzie’s family will be honored during the pep rally at Lindale High School at 2:45 p.m. Following the pep rally, a reception will be held with Finglass and the Kinzie family in the LHS library. The public is invited to visit with the honorees during this reception.

Mrs. Finglass and Dr. Kinzie’s son, Dr. Bill Kinzie, will be honored with a special presentation on the field prior to the start of the Eagles’ football game against Van at 7:30 p.m. at Eagle Stadium.

“We are very honored,” Dr. Bill Kinzie said. “The Kinzie family has been very vested in the Lindale community for years.

(My father) always said he practiced medicine in the golden years of medicine in this country and I think that is true. He did well. The family and communities supported him well but he supported the community well also.”

The Distinguished Alumni Award is given to a LHS graduate whose achievements, strengths of character and citizenship serve as a model to inspire and challenge current students. The Distinguished Service Award is given to a former LISD faculty member or other individual whose outstanding service greatly contributed to the success of the Lindale Independent School District.

Finglass is a 1983 graduate of Lindale High School. She served as a drum major for the Eagle band under the leadership of Butch Almany. She attended Texas Christian University where she was a member of Alpha Delta Pi. She is a graduate of the University of North Texas.

She was a member of the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders from 1984-1989 and was the first cheerleader to receive an invitation back to the squad without having to audition. She was hired by Jerry Jones as Assistant Director to the Cheerleaders from 1989-1990. She then took a position in the sales and promotions department for the Cowboys but was later promoted to director of the cheerleaders, a position she has held since 1991.

Finglass credits the skill and precision associated with the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders from the lessons learned at Lindale High School with Almany. The DCC often practice what Finglass has deemed “The Almany Line Drills.”

Finglass has travelled internationally with USO tours and conducted volunteer work with special needs children and hospitalized children. She has returned home to Lindale on several occasions to speak at group meetings and luncheons, sharing her personal story and championing Lindale schools.

She is currently the executive producer of CMT’s series Making the Team, a show documenting the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader audition and rehearsal process. She has made several television and film appearances including Saturday Night Live and Dr. T and the Woman.

Dr. Earl C. Kinzie will be honored posthumously with the Distinguished Service Award. Dr. Kinzie was nominated for the award by his former nurse, Betty Brown Garrett-Jordan.

“Doctor was not only professional in his care, but very generous to his patients,” Garrett-Jordan wrote, “with many of them walking out of the doors with a pat on the back and a ‘see you next time,’ meaning no payment was required.”

Dr. Kinzie practiced medicine in Lindale for 41 years after moving to the area in 1941. He cared for generations of Lindale families and school children. He delivered more than 2,000 babies including Pro Football Hall of Famer and Dr. Kinzie’s namesake, Earl Christian Campbell.

Dr. Kinzie served as a trustee for the Lindale Independent School District for 12 years and on the board of directors for the Tyler Junior College Foundation. He was the charter member of the Rotary Club of Lindale that now meets in the community center named in his honor. The former residence of Dr. Kinzie and his family in Lindale, the Whisenhunt-Kinzie House, received a historical marker in October 2009. Dr. Kinzie passed away in January 2005.

Dr. Kinzie was instrumental in starting a tennis team at LHS where his daughter was an avid player. All three of his children attended and graduated from Lindale schools.

Since the 1980’s, the Kinzie Foundation has recognized a LISD teacher each year for their outstanding contributions to the educational success of children and the district. The winner of LISD’s Kinzie Award receives $2,500. The Kinzie Foundation also awards nursing scholarships each year to students at Tyler Junior College and Navarro Junior College.

- Lindale ISD Alumni Association Press Release

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    1. Yeah and Mother Teresa and Kitty Carter should both get the nobel peace prize because hey, they both wore blue and white.

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