Gaus, who has devoted her life to helping those diagnosed with Asperger syndrome and autism, said that the freedom of thought promoted at Schalmont has allowed her to be a confident professional who can think outside the box.
Along with her academic accomplishments in high school, Gaus is fondly remembered for painting the classic-rock-inspired wall mural that still stands in the high school today. She said that when she was allowed by the administration to paint the mural with her friends, she realized she could change her environment for the better.
"We were engaged to think in different ways," said Gaus. "The teachers always treated us as if we were people who really did have something to contribute."
Keynote speaker and longtime Schalmont High School English teacher Richard Pepe taught Gaus and Anderton.
Pepe, who served on the six-member board that selected this year's honorees called Anderton, Eichler and Gaus, three examples of the best Schalmont has to offer.
"All have tried to do some good in the world and make it better than it is," said Pepe.
School board member Sandy Beloncek, who also served on the selection committee, said this year's inductees "rose to the top" out of 60 strong nominations.
"It shows the phenomenal caliber of Schalmont grads overall," said Beloncek.
District Supervisor Valerie Kelsey, said she hoped that students will be inspired by the plaques that hang in the lobby.
"They serve as role models for our students.""