Ones to Watch 2016

June 24, 2016

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Call for Entries

We're looking for the next generation of standout funeral directors.

Do you know a mortuary student who shows special drive and promise? Someone poised to become a leader in the field?

If you do, now's the time to nominate him or her for American Funeral Director's Ones to Watch.

We want to know why you think your student does more than make the grade, and why he or she deserves to be singled out. Individuals will be judged on community involvement, professional development, leadership and more.

Why This Award?   top

Two reasons.

First, AFD believes that developing the next generation of funeral directors is essential in adding real and sustained value to the profession.

Second, this award will help our readers stay in touch with the people who will be the future leaders of the profession as they advance in their careers.

Recognition   top

Students recognized as the Ones to Watch will receive:

  • A certificate of recognition
  • Recognition in American Funeral Director's September 2016 issue
  • A complimentary two-year subscription to American Funeral Director magazine

Who is Eligible?   top

Exceptional mortuary students who will be graduating in 2016.

Judging Criteria   top

  • What sets this student apart from his or her peers?
  • How will this student make a positive impact on funeral service in the future?
  • Examples (if any) of community involvement.
  • Any extracurricular activities.

How to Enter   top

We invite you to nominate a student or students for this recognition. We want to hear how the student(s) you are nominating best matches the judging category criteria. The following MUST be provided.

By mail or by fax*:

  • A fully filled out and legible entry form
  • A 350- to 500-word letter of why the student is poised to become a leader in the field
  • A fully completed online form
  • A 350- to 500-word letter (uploaded using our online form) of why the student is poised to become a leader in the field
*NOTE: All additional entry information, besides the entry form, should be typewritten.

ALL ENTRIES become property of Kates-Boylston Publications and will not be returned or individually acknowledged. Students selected to be profiled in our “Ones to Watch” feature will be contacted by our editorial staff in July 2016. Students should be prepared to be interviewed.

Mail Entries to:
AFD's Ones to Watch
3349 Highway 138
Building D, Suite D
Wall, NJ 07719

Fax Entries to: (732) 730-2515

Email Entries to:

Deadline   top

Deadline: June 24, 2016 (postmarked)

Previous Profiles   top

2015 One to Watch Profiles

2015 Ones To Watch: Peter Russell, John Decker, Alexander Fike, Stephen Nicholes
We asked mortuary programs throughout the country to nominate their best students. Learn about four individuals who are making the grade this year.
Download a PDF of the article

2014 One to Watch Profiles

2014 Ones To Watch: Ron C. Regan Jr., Rickey Williams II, Corey Chance, Cornelius Carpenter, Charles A. Hancock, Jodi Liermann, Angelica Morales, Jonathan W. Pugh, Kathryn Sauls and John Williams
See 10 of the individuals who are making the grade this year in our third annual "Ones to Watch."
Download a PDF of the article

2013 One to Watch Profiles

2013 Ones To Watch: Gina Krotee, Scott O'Marah, Brittany Kalejta, Dalton R. Parker, Martha Rosales, Marlon Smith
We asked mortuary programs across the country to nominate their best students. See who is making the grade for 2013's "Ones to Watch."
Download a PDF of the article

2012 One to Watch Profiles

2012 Ones To Watch: Jeremy Sweeney, John "Brad" Draisey, Danielle Blumenfeld, Ginny Sanzo, and Kyle Smith
Meet five students poised to make an impact on the funeral profession. We're keeping an eye on them – and so should you.
Download a PDF of the article

FAQs   top

Please contact Patti Bartsche at or 732-730-2583.

Who will be judging my entries?
We will have a distinguished panel of internal judges from our editorial staff. Entries will be held in strict confidence.

How many students can be nominated?
There is no limit to the number of nominations, but each nomination needs its own entry form.

When and how will the winners be announced?
Students will be notified in July and honored in American Funeral Director magazine's September 2016 issue.

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