Alumni Hall of Fame

CONGRATULATIONS to our 2020 WYHS Alumni Hall of Fame Inductees: 

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Mike Adkins (1987) is a lifelong Whitehall resident and current President of Whitehall City Schools Board of Education.  Adkins has served of the board of education since 2009 and also serves on the Whitehall Parks & Rec Commission (since 2013) and has served on the Dangerous and Vicious Dog Board for Whitehall. A longtime civil servant of Whitehall, Adkins began coaching basketball for the Whitehall Youth League in 1986. Since then, he has coached soccer, football, softball, and baseball for various teams and leagues within Whitehall. His continued dedication and service to his community earned him the Whitehall Citizen of the Year award in 2009. Mike lives in Whitehall with his wife, Lori, and his children, Grace and Mike.

Adrienne Jordan (1993) was the Valedictorian for the WYHS Class of 1993 and a three-sport athlete participating in volleyball, basketball, and track.  She holds the school women’s track record in the long jump and 4x400 relay. Jordan was awarded the Glenna R. Joyce Academic Full Scholarship to attend the University of Notre Dame. In South Bend, Jordan walked on to the Notre Dame Women’s Basketball team and participated in the team’s first NCAA Final Four appearance in 1996-97.  After graduation from Notre Dame, Jordan served many different roles during her professional career.  She was a Marketing Manager and Foundations Consultant at General Mills, the Chief of Staff for the Superintendent of Minneapolis City Schools, and Senior Project Manager with the Minneapolis Super Bowl Host Committee (2018-2019).  She has created project planning templates for security and event management that has since been adapted by the NFL and Super Bowl Planning Commissions for future use at Super Bowl sites.

Brian Phillips (1981) is a retired veteran from the US Army where he served as Military Police and with the Criminal Investigation Command (CID) from 1981 to 2006. While in the military, he earned his B.S. in business and A.A. in criminal justice from the University of Maryland, European Campus, Frankfort, Germany. Brian was deployed to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, after the 9/11 attacks in 2001. There, he served as one of the first interrogators with the Criminal Investigation Task Force (CITF) and conducted 118 interrogations of Al Qaeda/Taliban detainees for prosecution in War Crime Tribunals in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. He retired as the Special Agent-in-Charge of Protective Intelligence at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., for Secretary of Defense, Donald Rumsfeld. After retirement, Phillips continued his work in intelligence and forensics as a government contractor where his area of responsibility was Asia and the South Pacific. He is currently at MacDill AFB in Tampa, Florida, covering the Middle East, building forensic labs for military theatre.

Nominees were submitted by the general public and then voted on by the selection committee.  To become eligible for the WYHS Hall of Fame, nominees had to have been an alum of Whitehall-Yearling for at least five years.  They also had to display accomplishments in one or more of the following categories: extra-curricular activities, humanitarian pursuits, education, business/career, and service to school/community.


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

Dr. Edward A. Nicholson, PhD - Edward played in the band & wrote for 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 was a retired WYHS teacher as well as a coach & equipment manager untel his retirement.  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-League 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 - Thomas was a 34-year educator & student safety specialist at Columbus City Schools. He was a Columbus Police Academy auxiliary police officer.  He has a BS from Otterbein College & MS from Xavier University.

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 & served as 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 an 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 Masters Degree in Education from Kent State University.  She is a former Academic Advisor at OSU & University of Akron.  She is a 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 - Harvey received the OSU Excellence in Teaching Award in 1985.  He taught @ Whitehall City Schools for the developmentally handicapped for 15 years.  He was Director of WYHS Athletics for 10 years & coached @ Rosemore & WYHS for 14 years.  He was ASA Ohio All State in 1968 & 1978 & ASA East Central Regional All Star in 1984.  Harvey received his BS from OSU in 1971.

1966 - 1998

James E. Stacy - Jim graduated from Columbus State Community College in Law Enforcement & a graduate of the Ohio Hwy Patrol Academy in 1970.  He graduated from the FBI Academy in 1979.  He served in the Whitehall Police Dept foe 28 years.  Jim was the Police Officer of the Year in 1972 & was Whitehall's Police Chief from 1990 until his retirement.

1966 1998 Larry Gilmore
1966 - 2002

Dr. Willa Hsueh, MD - Willa was designated as one of the Best Doctors in America, California Endocrinology, 1997-2000.  She's a guest lecturer & presenter & has won numerous private, & national grants.  Willa received her BS her Medical Degree from OSU (cum laude).  Her inrternship & residence was at Johns Hopkins & she was a research fellow at Stanford University.

1967 - 1990

Dr. 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 consultant 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 - Terry was a Class Officer & played basketball & golf.  Terry's career was in broadcast journalism.  He was a news anchor for WKRO in Cincinnati & was a reporter on WCMH in Columbus, OH & KCNC in Littleton, CO, where he retired.  Terry was also involved in Special Olympics & other charities.  He graduated in Broadcast Journalism, Magna Cum Laude from Ohio University.  

1968 1999 Dr. Deborah McDowell Aoki
1969 - 1992

Dr. 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 from 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 Leagues & was Coach of the year.  In 1988 Bob Whitehall was honored as Citizen of the Year for volunteering for Whitehall school & community activities for many years.  He retired as City of Whitehall Supervisor.

1969 1995 Tom Petty
1969 1999 Robert S. Roule
1969 - 2000

Daniel Reid - Dan holds the school record in the 800-meter run & was a member of the record-holding 1600-meter team.  Dan was a teacher/coach @ Whitehall City Schools from 1975 until his retirement,  He was a member of the record-holding 1600-meter team.  He coached Cross-Country & Track & Women's Basketball.  He is known as the "Dean" of Central Ohio Women's Basketball & a community & school volunteer.  

1969 - 2007

William Douglas Honaker - Doug was the 1977 Arizona Teacher of the Year & the 1978 Runner-up for National Teacher of the Year.  In 2005, he was an honoree on the national "Who's Who" among teachers.  Doug has received numerous educational service awards & has his BS & Masters in Education from Arizona State University.

1970 - 2001

Dr. Vicki Sue Burris Gartner, Ph.D - Vicki was an educator & counselor at Whitehall City Schools from 1982-1999.  She has a BA from Capital University & a Doctor of Philosophy from 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 - Ron was President of Wingler Construction since 1980.  He is the past President of National Assoc. of Remodeling Industry Central Ohio.  He was a member of the Whitehall Chamber of Commerce, supporter of various civic & humanitarian organizations, & recipient of numerous awards for business excellence.

1970 - 2017

Nancy Keller Fitton - Nancy was a Peace Corps volunteer in Honduras & worked for the Pan-American Health Organization and World Vision in Costa Rica.  She is on the Consumer Executive Board for the Cochrane Collaboration.  Nancy has a BAS from Miami University & a Master of Health Science from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. 

1971 - 2019 Van Gregg - Van was an All-State Basketball and Baseball player in 1971.  He was named a 1971 High School All-American Basketball & was drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies.  Van was a 3-year starter & scored 900 points while playing on the Clemson University basketball team.  He was the Captain of the 1975 Clemson team that achieved the school's first AP Top 20 Final Ranking.  He was also the head coach for the 2003 Ohio North/South All Star Game.  Van is a 3-term Councilman for the City of Whitehall. 
1971 - 2006

Preston Hale - Preston is a Vietnam War Veteran. He is a past president of Ohio Code Officials Assoc. & past officer of the Board of Ohio Building Officials Assoc.  He received the Downtown Sertoma Club's "Service of Mankind" recipient.  Preston has received numerous Community Service & Humanitarian recognition awards including receiving the "Key to the City" of Genevieve, MO.

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 - Robert participated in WYHS Drama, Choir, Orchestra & Tennis.  He's a research geologist & Project Science Director, Discovery & Salvage of Steamship Central America.  He's an original member of the Columbus America Discovery Group.  

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

Dr. Augustus G. Parker, III, MD - Augustus played football & in the band.  He was Chairman of Obstetrics & Gynecology at 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 Dr. Earl D. Lavender, PhD
1973 2003 Colonel Michael R. Pannell
1973 2005 Lynn A. Ochsendorf
1975 - 1994

Michael D. Sewell - Michael played in WYHS bands & was All-Conference in baseball.  He was a teacher & Band Director @ Pickerington High School.  His bands performed for US Presidents, College Bowl games, Pro Football teams.  The Pickerington bands were also in many OMEA state finals.  

1975 - 2016 Mike Shade - Mike graduated Cum Laude from Capital University.  Mike played baseball for Capital & was a Div. 3 All-American & was inducted into Capital's Athletic Hall of Fame.  Mike retired from teaching after 36 years.  He was the head baseball coach @ Gahanna-Lincoln High School for 24 years where his teams had several OCC, District & Regional Championships & twice made Final 4 State appearances.  Mike is inducted in the Central District Baseball Coach's Hall of Fame.  He has a Masters Degree from Ashland University.  
1976 1996

Art Isennagle

1976 2005

Vlade Janakievski

1976 2009 Sharon Heise Bukowski
1977 2004 Colonel Kathleen V. Harrison
1977 2004 David H. Stewart
1977 - 2008 CMS Michael Anthony Mazzi - Mike is a 30-year Veteran Air Force Command Chief Master Sergeant.  He served in Desert Shield/Storm, Kosovo Campaign & Iraqi Freedom.  Mike was the 1999 US Air Force European Sr. Non-Commissioned Officer of the Year.  He was on the 1990 National Champion Bobsled Team & 1989-91 USAF Training Command Athlete of the Year.  
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 - Scott graduated from the US Military Academy with a BS in Engineering.  He played basketball for the Army's basketball team 1978-80, playing for Coach K.  Army Captain Stahley served in Europe with the Air Defense Artillery Nuclear systems.  He is a partner with Lincoln Property Company & received the Development of the Year 4-times.  Scott was served on the Executive Board of Directors for the Coalition for Homeless & Women's Residential Counseling Center.  He played basketball for WYHS 1975-77 & made All-OCC, All-Metro & All-District honors.   He played baseball 1976-78. The 1977 team were State District Championships.  
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 - Lisa was a cheerleader, played volleyball & ran track & was on Student Council.  She was the Director of the Houston Film Festival, a film industry publicist & the Executive Vice President of Promotions @ Paramount Pictures.  

1978 1995 Dr. 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

Colonel 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 - Mike was the first president of the Whitehall Alumni Band.  He was the senior minister of the Norton Church of Christ & Chairman for Ohio Teens for Christ Convention.  He has a BA from Milligan College, TN.  He has traveled to Haiti for a mission trip & was the Director of Round Lake Christian Assembly Workshop Leader.  

1979 2003 Zachary R. Wright
1980 1996 Dr. Cynthia L. Brown, MD
1980 2003 Rodney D. Sparks
1980 - 2011

CMS Steven J. Mazzi* - Steve is the Superintendent of Big Walnut Local Schools.  He is a former teacher, coach & administrator at Whitehall City Schools.  He has coached various youth leagues, middle & high school sports.  Steve served the Ohio National Guard for 20 years & retired as a Command Master Sergeant.  Steve has a BS from OSU & a Masters Degree from the University of Dayton.  His brother Mike is also a Hall of Fame inductee.  *Comand Master Seargeant

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 serveing on the Whitehall Celebration Committee.

1981 2004 Andre R. Capoziello
1981 2006 Colonel 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 - Sam received his BS from the US Air Force Academy, a Master of Science @ the Air Force Institute of Technology & a PhD @ Wright-Patterson AFB.  He was a senior analyst for future air mobility operations & a planner analyst/mission commander for GPS.  He also was an instructor of mathematics @ West Point.  Sam has received 2 Air Force Achievement Medals & an Air Force Commendation Medal.

1985 2005 Tomislav B. Mitevski
1985 - 2006

Captain Stephen T. Tompos - Steve is a 4-year letterman in track. He received an Army ROTC Scholarship & Distinguished Military Graduate.  Mike is a retired US Army & Ohio National Guard Captain, & has served as the Community Relief Coordinator.  Mike is the Senior Director of US Communications @ McDonald's Corporation.  He has a BA from OSU & a Masters Degree from Ohio University.  

1985 2016 Dr. Brian Hunter
1986 - 1997

Cynthia A. Cockrel-Crossley - Cynthia received her BA from the University of Chicago in Politics, Economics, Rhetoric & Law.  She also attended Stanford for graduate school.  She was the Captain of the U of C Varsity Basketball Team & a member of the varsity tennis team.  She worked at Merrill-Lynch as the Assistant to the Director of Financial banking.  Cynthia was an analyst & manager consultant for Gemini Consulting,  Goldman, Sachs, & Co., & the Wall Street Merger Dept.

1990 - 2002

Reverend Darryl Hammock - Darryl was on the NCAA All-American Track & Field Team & All Mid-Ohio Conference Track & Field Team.  He holds the 200-meter outdoor record.  Darryl has a BA from Cedarville University & a Master of Divinity of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.  He is the Minister of Youth & Church Growth @ Whitehall Baptist Church.

1992 2011 Stephanie Jordan
2000 2016 Monica Day
2001 2009 Brian D. Adkins
2002 2015 Anthony Jordan
2002 - 2015

Domenik Hixon - Dominik was a 4-Sport athlete (football, basketball, baseball & track) @ WYHS.  He played football as a wide receiver & safety @ the University of Akron & was Captain of the 2005 team.   Domenik was a wide reciever for 9 seasons in the NFL, playing for Broncos, Giants, Panthers & Bears.  He won 2 Super Bowl Championships with the New York Giants.  He was the co-founder of The Next Level Football & Cheer Camp in 2007.  Domenik runs Hixon Home Operations & Super Bowl Fishing, LLC in Florida.  

1971 - 1995

Dr. Debra A. (Smith) Grayson, DO

1972 - 2018

Dan Miller - Dan is a Navy veteran & he retired from the USPS after 35 years as a letter carrier.  He has served on the Whitehall City Council & has been the City Auditor from 2012 - Present.  In 2016 Dan was selected as City of Whitehall Male Citizen of the Year.

1976 2018 Julie Lynch
1972  2019 Bruce Lowe
1980  2019 Marty Bannister
1983  2019 Spencer Salyers

WYHS is Alumni Hall of Fame Inductees

Here is a photo of past Hall of Fame Awardees in January 2018.

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