Three community leaders were added to the Camdenton R-III School District Education Foundation Inc., Hall of Leaders, a recognition program established to honor outstanding individuals who are alumni, retired educators, and patrons of the Camdenton R-III School District.  These honorees, Ron Carpenter, Tom Porter, and Shelly Reeves Smith were recognized at the Ninth Annual Elegant Evening on April 14.


Three community leaders were added to the Camdenton R-III School District Education Foundation Inc., Hall of Leaders, a recognition program established to honor outstanding individuals who are alumni, retired educators, and patrons of the Camdenton R-III School District.  These honorees, Ron Carpenter, Tom Porter, and Shelly Reeves Smith were recognized at the Ninth Annual Elegant Evening on April 14.

The Foundation believes that by honoring the outstanding contributions of these outstanding alumni, retired educators, and patrons, it will emphasize to the community, especially to young people, that education is the foundation for success.

Ron Carpenter
Distinguished Alumni
Ron Carpenter, who has actively served the Camdenton R-III School District since his graduation from Camdenton High School in 1966, is a partner in the law firm of Phillips, McElyea, Carpenter, and Welch. Carpenter served as founding president of both the Camdenton R-III School District Education Foundation Inc., and the Camdenton Athletic Booster Club. Carpenter has been a leader in the community through numerous organizations such as Rotary, Jaycee’s, and Dogwood Animal Shelter.

Tom Porter
Friend of the District
Tom Porter served on the Camdenton R-III School District’s Board of Education for 27 years. Thirteen of those years were devoted as President of the Board.  During those years, Camdenton became the first district in Missouri to be accredited through the North Central Accreditation; it was selected as the Most Outstanding Rural School District by the Missouri Squires and became the site for the area vocational school. Porter served as construction of the former high school, former middle school, Lake Career and Technical Center and Laker Stadium (later renamed Bob Shore Stadium) took place. Student population doubled during this time. Porter is the longest serving board member in school history. His contributions cannot be measured.  

Shelly Reeves Smith
Distinguished Alumni
Shelly Reeves Smith is an award-winning artist, successful businesswoman and accomplished musician who graduated from Camdenton High School in 1984. Smith has been awarded the Louie Award by the Greeting Card Association several times for her card designs.  She is an accomplished cookbook and inspirational book illustrator, and was awarded the Best Illustrated Cookbook by the Gourmand National Cookbook Awards in 2003. She designs greeting cards, prints, calendars and other products. Smith plays bass violin with a bluegrass band and performed at Denny Hilton’s Country Shindig during her school years.