Alumni Hall of Fame



To read their Nomination Summaries, go to the 2019 Hall of Fame tab on the left column.

On January 12, 2019, WYAA recognize previous Rams who are in the Hall of Fame during halftime of the same game.  If you're interested in participating, contact Joyce Hildenbrand Turnbull: All alumni will get student pricing ($4) at the alumni ticket table.


WYHS Hall of Fame honorees are recognized for their outstanding accomplishments, honors, or recognition in: *Extra-Curricular Activities *Business/Career *Education *Humanitarian Pursuits *Service to School and/or Community. 
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Here is a link to read Whitehall's local paper's story about the 2018 Hall of Fame Awardees:

L-R: Paul Smathers, Principal, Karen Liepack Conison, Ram Guest, Phyllis Harper Jordan, Dan Gartner, Clark Fuller, Steve Quincel, Steve Jones, Leo Knoblauch, Scott Harrison, Terry Anderson, Ram Guest, Bill Hughett, Athletic Director

WYHS Alumni Hall of Fame Inductees

Class Year Induction Year Name                            Updates are in Green
1958 - 1990

J. Lin Compton - Lin was a WYHS 3-sport athlete & in student council.  He served in the Peace Corp where he was a rural development advisor in Thailand & Laos.  Lin was a lecturer, researcher & writer on rural communities & a professor @ University of Madison. 

1958 - 1991

Edward A. Nicholson, PhD - Edward played in the band & the WYHS 1st newsletter.  He was Dean @ Wright State, Vice Chancellor of Purdue-Ft. Wayne, Executive Vice President of Lamar University & President of Morris University.  Edward is the author of books & publications on economics. 

1961 - 2010

Daniel I. Gartner - Dan was a state wrestling qualifier in 1960 & placer in 1961.  Dan is a retired WYHS teacher & has been a coach & equipment manager from 1965 to the present.  He is past Central District Wrestling Officials Association President & Treasurer.  Dan’s football jersey #18 was retired in 2018.

1962 1990

Colonel Ronald L. Paxson - Ron was All-Leage in football & baseball & was Student Council President.  He served as the Presidential/White House Communications Officer.  He was the chief of communications @ Cheyenne Mountain AFB & Commander of the 1931st Communications Wing.  Ron was inducted in Capital University Athletic Hall of Fame in 1986.

1962 2001 Thomas Franklin Shoaf
1963 - 1991

Lt. Colonel Clark Fuller - Clark was an All-State Track & Football player.  His #42 jersey was the first football jersey to be retired.  Clark is a retired Lt. Colonel & was a professor at West Point.  He also directed water relief efforts & road construction in underdeveloped nations.

1964 2000 Susan Moran
1965 - 1990

Mark J. Blackstone - Mark played football, basketball & golf.  He was a OHSAA basketball official.  He had a dedicated career at EBCO as Director of Marketing & on the Council-American Marketing Association.

1965 - 2007

Phyllis Harper Jordan - Phyllis has a Master’s Degree in Education from Kent State University.  She is a former Academic Advisor at OSU & University of Akron.  She is former member of the Whitehall City Schools Board of Education & has volunteered for humanitarian & community service programs.

1965 2014 Mitchell Joseph
1966 1997 Harvey Eader
1966 1998 James E. Stacy
1966 1998 Larry Gilmore
1966 2002 Willa Hsueh
1967 - 1990

Sharon E. Nicholson, PhD - Sharon was her class valedictorian, played in the band & received National Science honors.  She is a world-wide authority on arid climates.  She is a consutlant to the State Dept. & the US Congress on weather conditions.  She is a professor of meteorology at Florida State University.

1968 1992 Terry M. Jessup
1968 1999 Dr. Deborah McDowell Aoki
1969 - 1992

Michael A. Gillespie, PhD - Mike was twice the MVP in football, All-League in football & track.  He received senior honors as the outstanding math & science student.  He received a football scholarship at Harvard & graduated with a B.A.Magna Cum Laude.  Mike is a professor at Duke University & is an author on political theory & philosophy.  He served on the Board of Directors of the American Political Science Review. 

1969 - 1994

Bob Grimm - Bob graduated from WYHS & the Eastland Career Center.  He was a coach, organizer & officer of Whitehall Little Leages & was Coach of the year.  In 1988 Bob Whitehall was honored as Citizen of the Year for volunteering for Whitehall school & community activites for many years.  He retired as City of Whitehall Supervisor.

1969 1995 Tom Petty
1969 1999 Robert S. Roule
1969 2000 Daniel Reid
1969 2007 William Douglas Honaker
1970 - 2001

Dr. Vicki Sue Burris Gartner - Vicki was an educator & counselor at Whitehall City Schools from 1982-1999.  She has a BA from Capital University & a Doctor of Philosophy at OSU.  Vicki was Whitehall City Schools Educator of the Year 1988-89 & the Whitehall Education Assoc. President in 1997.  She’s married to Dan Gartner, 1961.

1970 2010 Ronald E. Wingler
1970 2017 Nancy Keller Fitton
1971 1995 Dr. Debra A. (Smith) Grayson, DO
1971 2006 Preston Hale
1971 - 2009

Stephen D. Jones - Steve received his law degree from Capital University, BA from Otterbein & a Masters from Michigan.  He served as a special counsel to the Ohio Attorney General & recognized as an “Ohio Super Lawyer” by Cincinnati & Law & Politics Magazines. 

1972 1991 Robert Evans
1972 - 1999

Steven Blake Quincel - Steve received his BS from OSU & retired as a project manager at American Electric Power.  He has been active with Scouts for decades, receiving Cub Master of the Year & District Award of Merit.  He is married to Katie Queen Quincel, 1972 & is Whitehall’s City Treasurer & the Assistant Treasurer to Whitehall City Schools.

1973 - 1990

Augustus G. Parker, III, MD - Augustus played football & in the band.  He was Chairman of Obstetrics & Gynecology Grant Hospital & "Teacher of Year" at Grant Hospital Residencies.  He served on the YMCA & the Columbus Cancer Clinic.  He was recognized for his efforts in prevention of low birth weights of infants.  

1973 1996 Commander Lester E. Carr, III, USN
1973 1998 Earl D. Lavender, PhD
1973 2003 Col. Michael R. Pannell
1973 2005 Lynn A. Ochsendorf
1975 1994 Michael D. Sewell
1975 2016 Mike Shade
1976 1996 Art Isennagle
1976 2005

Vlade Janakievski

1976 2009 Sharon Heise Bukowski
1977 2004 Col. Kathleen V. Harrison
1977 2004 David H. Stewart
1977 2008 Michael Anthony Mazzi
1977 - 2008

Leo J. Knoblauch, II - Leo is retired from the Air Force.  He received his BS from Otterbein & MBA from Franklin University.  Leo is a past Whitehall City Councilman, Officer of various Whitehall Civic organizations & was 2004 Whitehall Citizen of the Year.  He was one of the founders of Whitehall Education Foundation (WEF).

1977 2015 Scott Stahley
1977 - 2017

Brian Hamler - In 1977 Brian was an All-State in Baseball pitcher, First Team All-District & Conference Player of the Year.  He received his BA from Capital in 1981 & MBA from OSU.  In 2012 he was President of the Ohio Association of School Personnel Administrators.  Since 2013, Brian is the Superintendent of Whitehall City Schools.  His wife, Wendy Benjamin, is a 1981 WYHS graduate.  Brian is an honorary member of the Whitehall-Yearling Alumni Association (WYAA).

1978 1994 Lisa Capoziello Dimarrzio
1978 1995 Gregory Bellamy, PhD
1978 - 1997

Terry Anderson - Terry’s BA from OSU is in communications & sociology.  He was the Education Director of the Greater Columbus Arts Council & an award winning graphic illustrator.  Terry is on the Board of Ohio Alliance for Arts Education & has volunteered for the United Negro College Fund, United Way & other public service organizations.  Since 2017 he is the president of Whitehall Education Foundation . 

1978 2009 Joseph H. Federer
1978 - 2014

Col. Scott K. Harrison - Scott is a retired US Army Colonel, serving 36 years.  He is a veteran of Operations Desert Storm, Enduring Freedom, Iraqi Freedom & Noble Eagle.  He is a former operations officer at the Joint Staff & Army Staff in the Pentagon.  He received his BA from OSU & MBA @ University of Dayton.  Scott serves on the WYAA Board as the Veterans’ Liaison.  

1979 2000 Rev. Mike Tuttle
1979 2003 Zachary R. Wright
1980 1996 Dr. Cynthia L. Brown, MD
1980 2003 Rodney D. Sparks
1980 2011 Steven J. Mazzi
1980 - 2017

Karen Conison - Karen has a BA in Journalism from OSU & is a Human Relations professional.  She was the founder of the Whitehall Block Watch in 2007, founded the Capital University Rotaract Club & was Whitehall’s Female of the Year in 2013.  Karen serves on Whitehall’s City Council & has received a Presidential Citation Award. She is also serves on the Whitehall Celebration Committee.

1981 2004 Andre R. Capoziello
1981 2006 Col. Michael Ore
1981 2007 Jerry Brooks
1982 2014 Dave Powers
1983 2002 Mark Trace
1984 1992

Scott A. Tedder - Scott was in the Natonal Honor Society and All-State athlete in basketball & baseball.  He was also the Columbus Dispatch Athlete of the Year.  At Ohio Wesleyan, he was 1st Tean All-American in basketball & baseball.  Scott holds the most points in basketball at WYHS & Ohio Wesleyan.  He also played for the Chicago White Sox. 

1985 2001 Major Samuel Andrew Wright, PhD
1985 2005 Tomislav B. Mitevski
1985 2006 Stephen T. Tompos
1985 2016 Dr. Brian Hunter
1986 1997 Cynthia A. Cockrel-Crossley
1990 2002 Darryl Hammock
1992 2011 Stephanie Jordan
2000 2016 Monica Day
2001 2009 Brian D. Adkins
2002 2015 Anthony Jordan
2002 2015 Domenik Hixon
1971 2018 Van Gregg
1972  2018 Dan Miller
1976 2018 Julie Lynch