Hall of Fame Inductees - 2012

Dennis Maguire, M.D. is a 1964 graduate of Pasco High School. In 2011, he retired from his position as Associate Superintendent of the Pasco School District after 37 years of exemplary service in education. Dr. Maguire began his teaching career in 1974 in Richland, and then moved into Principal of Berney Elementary in Walla Walla. In 1993, he moved to Oak Harbor where he was Director of Elementary Programs and then Executive Director of Education Programs. In 1999, Dr. Maguire returned to Pasco to oversee secondary schools as Associate Superintendent. He lead the creation of Delta High School and opened Pasco’s second comprehensive high school (Chiawana). In 2010, Maguire was honored by the Washington Association of School Administrators with the Robert J. Handy Most Effective Administrator Award.

Quontica Sparks is a 1995 graduate of Pasco High. A busy mother of five, Sparks is an active leader and volunteer in her church and is the founder of Daughters with Destiny, a women’s mentoring and support group. She is also a volunteer and champion for the Autism Center. In addition to her inner beauty, Sparks is a beauty pageant winner and was named Mrs. Black Globe International in February 2012.

Efrain Cardoza graduated from Pasco High in 1991 and has been working for the Pasco School District since he was 19 years old. He is currently a Student Achievement Specialist at PHS, which serves as an essential member of the PHS intervention team that monitors student progress daily and meet weekly to ensure that every student has the resources and support they need to stay on track to graduate. Cardoza also works closely with students on credit retrieval. He received the District’s Staff Achievement Award in 2000 and was named the Tri-City Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Latino Educator of the Year in 2005.