Distinguished Alumni

Distinguished Alumni Award and Hall of Fame

The next Distinguished Alumni Association Award and Hall of Fame Ceremony will be held on June 26, 2022.

Nominations are currently being accepted for any Lorain Schools Alumni who meet the following criteria:          
Nominees shall be alumni of Lorain Schools (St. Mary’s, Admiral King, Southview, Lorain High, and Lorain Catholic) who have distinguished themselves at a high level of achievement in their particular field of study, life’s work, or community service in areas such as, but not limited to, the arts, business, education, government service, community service, science, and technology. 
Nominees must have graduated at least fifteen years prior to the selection date. Individuals may be nominated posthumously. Employees of the Lorain Schools (St. Mary’s, Admiral King, Southview, Lorain High, and Lorain Catholic) who served with distinction. 
Nominations may be submitted by any Lorain Schools Graduate, Lorain community member or member of the Selection Committee. Nominations will be accepted until midnight on January 15, 2022. Any submissions that are received after that time will not be considered for the 2022 Distinguished Alumni Award & Hall of Fame.

Class of 2021

Thomas Bauer

black and white photo of man with glasses on smilingTom Bauer graduated from California State University in Pennsylvania with a degree in Secondary Education with a specialty in Math. However, he decided to explore the business world first by accepting a position with IBM in New York. This fact is important as to his future in the Lorain City School System. Tom’s desire to put his degree in math to use and his dream to coach high school football led him to Lorain High School in 1968. Also, it is important to note his participation in college football, first at George Washington University and then finishing at Cal State, impacted his desire to coach. That summer a decision was made to have Lorain High become one of the very few schools in the state to have its own computer. Since Tom’s resume had a few years with IBM, he became the logical choice to become the first technology teacher in the system; the course back then was called Computer Math. For the first couple of years, Admiral King and Southview students could take the course by attending evening and Saturday classes. He taught in the tech field for a total of 37 years; first at LHS, then at Southview, and finished up teaching Lorain students in Early College at LCCC. Tom taught a variety of high school math courses from beginning general math up the ladder to trig and statistics, but his favorite was always geometry. With geometry, he would show real-life situations of how they could use these new skills learned. The same went for teaching tech courses. In the beginning, all students had to learn programming and coding. many times students could not understand why they would ever need to learn those concepts. Later in Tom’s career as computers became more used for their applications, he would show his students how becoming skilled with word processing, databases, and spreadsheets could be used every day of their lives. One of his greatest thrills was to have students, that he taught years before, come up and thank him because of something that they learned in one of those classes. 
The second dream of coaching football was also fulfilled by being totally involved for 40 years. On the field for both Lorain and Admiral King, and during a short stint after the closing of Lorain High, Tom traveled the state of Ohio as the head scout for both Southview and AK. After retirement, Tom put in five years as a coach at Whittier Middle School. Recently, he has partnered with Jay Ferguson under the directorship of Joe Bock to telecast Lorain Titan football and wrestling. 
Tom is married to retired teacher and Lorain Sports Hall of Fame inductee, Nancy Domanski Bauer. They have one daughter, Kelly Bartley (husband Kev- in), and a nine-year-old granddaughter, Morgan. 

Marie (Gioffre) Bonaminio

Marie Bonaminio is a 1944A graduate of Lorain High School. During her high school years, World War II was at its peak. Many males were drafted or enlisted in the armed forces, and the girls went to work in war-time factories. The focus was on the present, not the future. Graduation from high school was the pinnacle of Marie Bonaminio’s educational career. She never attended college, but that didn’t prevent her from being successful in many areas throughout her life. After graduation, Marie’s first job was as a Fuller brush salesperson. She then worked in the display advertising department at the Lorain Journal, where she learned the value of advertising. She first worked at the flower shop that she would later purchase and operate as Bonaminio’s Lorain Flower Shop for 42 years. Marie was a self-taught artist and a life-long resident of Lorain.                
In May 2020, Marie was recognized with a proclamation by the Lorain County Commissioners for her contributions to the community, and her business was recognized as a treasured family-owned community icon. The flower business allowed Marie to showcase her wonderful artistic skills. She won many ribbons and awards for her creative artwork over the years. During the 1980s, Marie was a frequent guest on the Morning Exchange television program hosted by the popular Fred Griffith where she demonstrated her many talents. Also, an author, Marie wrote a book titled “Cooking with Flowers”. Her original artwork graces the Stations of Cross at her beloved St. Peter’s parish. Marie was designated “Business Woman of the Year” in 2014. She participated in many civic organizations and remained active right up until her death at age 95 on February 21, 2021. Among the organizations Marie belonged to and supported are Zonta, Lorain Palace Civic Center, Lorain Arts Council, Lakeland Women’s Club, Lorain Historical Society, the Italian American Veteran’s Ladies Auxiliary, and the Friendship Animal Protective League. 
What was Marie Bonaminio’s proudest achievement? Being a mother to successful entrepreneur, James Bonaminio, owner of Jungle Jim’s International Market in southwest Ohio. Jim is an inaugural member of the class of Distinguished Alumni honored by the Lorain Schools Alumni Association in 2018. Like mother, like son. Business success obviously runs in the Bonaminio family.  

Dr. Mark Diluciano

Dr. Mark DiLuciano, MD, grew up in Lorain, attended Lorain City Schools, and is a 1980 graduate of Admiral King High School. During high school, Mark participated in the musicals “How to Succeed in Business” and “Where’s Charlie?” He was a member of the National Honor Society. Several teachers at Admiral King impacted Mark the most.—his Spanish teacher, Jim Popiel, for making learning fun; Elvis Dollar, Math teacher, because he pushed Mark to go further; and Carmen Congelio, Science teacher, who really helped open his curiosity. 
After graduation from high school, Mark attended the University of Toledo where he earned a BS in Chemistry, Biology, and Psychiatry in 1984. He was in the honors program and graduated Magna Cum Laude. He took part in the musical “Chorus Line” and was president of the Pre-Med Society. Mark continued his studies at the Medical College of Ohio and graduated in 1988. He completed his residency at the Cleveland Clinic and was chief resident. He also received a Pediatric Anesthesia Fellowship at Children’s Hospital Medical Center of Akron. 
Dr. DiLuciano was the chairman of the Department of Anesthesia at Children's Hospital Medical Center of Akron and Southeastern Ohio Regional Medical Center. He is now Chief of Staff at Southeastern Ohio Regional Medical Center. 
Other accomplishments include district representative for the Ohio Society of Anesthesia and an Ohio delegate for his national society, the American Society of Anesthesia. Mark established one of the first multispecialty pain centers for children in the country. He traveled to the Amazon in Brazil in 2020 on a medical mission. 
Mark and his wife of 34 years Kay have one daughter Ashley and two grandchildren, Hailey (3) and Logan (1). Boating is his hobby.                    

Dr. Michael Timko

young man smiling wearing glassesDr. Michael “Mike” Timko is a 1993 graduate of Lorain Admiral King High School. Mike began his academic career in Lorain at Lakeview Elementary (K-6), Hawthorne Academy (7-8) before attending Admiral King High School. 
During high school, Mike was a participant on the tennis team and the Academic Challenge team that were both coached by Paul Falencki. He also fondly recalls being a part of the school musical, “Hello Dolly”. Academically, he was National Merit Semifinalist, the class Salutatorian, and attended the Ohio State University. 
Mike received a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Ohio State and an MS and Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He also trained as a post-doctoral student in the lab of Nobel Laureate Dudley Herschbach at Harvard University. 
Following college, Mike’s training and career have focused on sustainable engineering, with an emphasis on sustainable chemical and energy technologies. Dr. Timko has published over 80 peer-reviewed papers and has been cited more than 2,300 times. 
Dr. Timko has achieved countless awards for his efforts in chemical engineering but, of note, are his 2015 National Science Foundation CAREER Award and 2019 Fulbright Award that will enable him to spend three months in France learning to develop a device he can use in his research on biofuels. 
He currently resides in Arlington, Massachusetts with his wife Audrey and his four daughters. He also is an associate professor of chemical engineering at the Worcester Polytechnic Institute. 

Helen Steiner-Rice

Helen Steiner-Rice is a 1918 graduate of Lorain High School. As a young girl, she attended both Garden Avenue and Garfield Elementary Schools. She began writing poetry early in her life with some of her earliest poems found in the 1916 and 1918 Lorain High School Scimitar yearbooks. Steiner-Rice became one of America’s most inspirational and beloved poets, widely known as “The Poet Laureate of Inspirational Verse”. 
Plans to attend college were diverted when Helen’s father died in the Influenza Pandemic of 1918. Instead, she went to work at Lorain Electric Light & Power Company to support her mother and younger sister Gertrude. Soon she founded her own business, Steiner Services. Steiner-Rice was a respected businesswoman and nationally known speaker by the age of 25. Ahead of her time, she was a strong advocate for “the important role women play in business” and encouraged people to view women as partners in the workplace. Helen soon became an editor at the Gibson Art Company in Cincinnati. In 1929, Helen married successful banker Franklin Rice just before the stock market crash. In order to overcome financial hardship, Steiner-Rice returned to work at Gibson. Sadly, Franklin Rice killed himself in 1931 in their home, making Helen a widow at the young age of 32. 
By 1940 Steiner Rice was one of the leading poets in the greeting card industry, focusing on an inspirational verse for the Gibson Card Company. A prolific writer, she authored 15 books of poetry during her lifetime with more than 60 additional books published since her death in 1981. Steiner- Rice’s popularity soared during the 1960s when her poetry was frequently read on the popular Lawrence Welk Show on television. In 1963 Welk asked Helen to commemorate the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in a poem to be read on his program. 
Steiner-Rice established the HSR Foundation just prior to her death in 1981. Its purpose is to give assistance to those in need. Just this April 23, on the 40th anniversary of her death, a ceremony was held proclaiming that date Helen Steiner-Rice Day in Lorain. The Helen Steiner-Rice Elementary School in South Lorain is named in her honor. 

Samuel L. Felton, Jr.

Samuel Felton was a life-long resident of Lorain and a 1968 graduate of Lorain High School. 
Following high school, Sam served three tours in Vietnam with the U.S. Marine Corps from 1968 to 1971. During that service, he received the Navy Cross for extraordinary heroism in connection with combat operations in Vietnam. Specifically, he is credited with assisting three wounded Marines who were unable to return to the perimeter unassisted while he was also wounded and un- der enemy fire. Felton would also earn a Purple Heart for his service. 
Following his military service, Felton returned to Lorain and was the owner of a karate academy and several billiard halls. However, after reflecting on the violence he observed in Vietnam, Sam focused on his true passion—helping fellow veterans. 
For over 45 years, Samuel Felton advocated for veterans throughout the county and state. Here is a small portion of his service to veterans: he served as the co-founder and past president of the Lorain Veterans Council; past Commander of AMVETS; Commander and Life Member of the Disabled American Veterans Lorain Chapter 20; Chairman of the Valor Home Board; member of the National Association of Black Veterans, and Ohio Chairman of the Advisory Committee of Valor Home, which is a nonprofit organization providing services for homeless veterans. 
Though he did not seek recognition, Sam was honored in 2006 with the Vietnam Service Multiple Medals Award, the Secretary of State’s 2007 Outstanding Veterans Award and was named the Lorain Ohio Veteran of the Year in 2010. Felton would receive numerous proclamations and awards from local, state, and national entities for his service. 
Felton was also active in his community by encouraging academics and athletics to the youth. He was the founder of the Sam Felton Athletic Club and Youth Center and the Jackie Jones Felton Scholarship Fund for College-bound students. He also was known for giving motivational speeches at graduations, community and military events. In 2018, Lorain added Sam’s name to a section of East 36th St. between Grove and Clinton Ave. It became Sgt. Samuel L. Felton Jr. Boulevard. Recently, Central Park was renamed Samuel L. Felton Jr. Central Park. 
Sadly, Samuel “Sam” Felton, Jr. died on May 23, 2020. He is survived by his wife, Sonya R. Felton, and his two sons, Colon T. Lewis and Samuel L. Felton, III.                                     

Nichole Francis-Reynolds

Nichole Francis-Reynolds is a 1994 graduate of Lorain High School. Nichole has “special memories of the richness of the music and athletic programs, the fantastic, dedicated coaches and directors, and the comradery that was shared amongst the members of the orchestra, marching band, Choraleers, volleyball, basketball, and softball programs. Many of those special friendships continue to last today.” In addition to those activities, Nichole also participated in the National Honor Society, Mortar Board, Student Council, and the Homecoming Court. After high school, Nichole attended Eastern Michigan University, graduating cum laude and with high honors in 1997 with a Bachelor of Science in both Political Science and Spanish, Honors Senior Thesis. In June 2001, Nichole earned her Juris Doctorate at The Ohio State University College of Law. 
Ms. Francis- Reynolds first experienced Washington D.C. as an intern with the House of Representatives through the Office of Congressman Sherrod Brown (D-OH) in the summer of 1996 and the Office of Democratic Leader Richard Gephardt (D-MO) in the summer of 1997. Collectively Nichole spent ten years in Washington D.C. in a variety of senior roles on Capitol Hill. She also gained experience working on national presidential election campaigns and congressional races. 
Next Francis-Reynold served for five years as Vice President of Public Policy & Community Relations at Mastercard. In 2019 she became Vice President of Government & Public Affairs for the Interstate Natural Gas Association. Currently, Nichole serves as Vice President & Head of Global Government Relations at ServiceNow, Inc. In this role, she leads the company’s global government relations and public policy and advocacy agenda, domestically and internationally. Nichole is the company’s top lobbyist working on technology policy issues. 
Francis-Reynolds serves on numerous boards and commissions and is the recipient of many Honors, Awards, and Recognitions including The HILL’s Top Lobbyist on Capitol Hill in 2018, 2019, and 2020. She resides in Washington D.C. with her husband and her two children.

Aaron Simmons

Aaron Simmons is a 2004 graduate of Admiral King High School. 
At an early age, Aaron had an interest in design as a result of his passion for sneakers. However, he would not realize how this passion would play a role in his daily life until many years in the future. 
In high school, Aaron was probably better known for his prowess on the basketball court as he was a four-year participant in basketball for the Admirals. However, his art teacher, Mr. Rafaledis noticed his potential and told him stories of his travels to Paris and Rome, which planted a seed for Aaron. 
After a brief stint at Lorain County Community College, he started his brand, Jevon Terance Fashion Line in 2007. This began with producing fashion shows at various landmarks throughout Lorain such as the Palace Theatre and Rose Garden at Lakeview Beach. Following this success, he began a pop-up shop in 2012 which turned into a full-time business in downtown Lorain where he has remained to become an anchor of that community. 
After years of hard work, he realized his dream that was planted during high school in 2015 when he showcased his collection at Paris Fashion Week. He has gone on to participate in four New York Fashion Weeks, LA Fashion Week, and dressed celebrities such as the NBA’s Chris Paul. 

Brian Love

Brian Love is a 1992 graduate of Admiral King High School. From an early age, Brian realized that he enjoyed academics, athletics, and the arts and realized that the Lorain Schools were a place that would foster this growth. 
Academically, Brian was a member of the Hawthorne Academy, the National Honor Society (served as president his senior year), and was an honors graduate of Admiral King in 1992. Athletically, he was a letterman in both baseball and basketball for the famed “Admirals” and earned All-Erie Shores Conference Honors in both. Artistically, Brian was a 2-year member of the LAK show choir and served as the lead in school musicals (1991 and 1992). Importantly, it was his exposure to the arts that Brian found his true calling in his professional life. 
Following high school, Brian enrolled at John Carrol University where he earned a BA in Communications and English; he also did post-graduate work at Boston University. 
Professionally, Brian has had the great fortune of serving on four national Broadway tours including the first national tour of Whoopi Goldberg’s Sister Act and in The Lion KingHe also played the role of Benjamin Coffin III in the national tour of Rent in the U.S. and Japan. He served as the featured ensemble member in The Ten Commandments: The Musical at Kodak Theatre. In addition to performing on Broadway, he has performed on T.V., recorded multiple tracks in the studio, and worked with famed executive/producer, Berry Gordy. 
Brian currently resides in Jupiter, Florida, with his wife Shawn and daughter Cyan and runs a voice and performing arts company. 

Dr. Thomas Gornall

Tag Gornall is a 1961 graduate of Lorain High School and made the most of his high school years by becoming a member of the National Honor Society, an Eagle Scout (remembers Scout rifle practice under the gymnasium—there actually was a range there!), received the LHS Service Plaque for three years, was a member of the Noon Movie Team, was selected for the Joe Berg Science Seminar Series, was vice president of his 1961A class, and earned a Red Cross life-saving badge. 
His high energy and curiosity also took him to the shores of Lake Erie, where he and a buddy acquired diving suits and once chopped a hole in the ice to use them. His passion for all things aquatic was so well-known that on the back of his graduation pictures there was the quote: “I bet I’ll turn on the television on one day and see you swimming next to Lloyd Bridges.” 
After graduation, Tag saw the ocean for the first time four months after he entered Oceanography at the University of Washington in Seattle and in 1965, received a BS in Zoology with a focus on physiology. Feeling constrained by a lack of contact with live subjects, he went on to Washington State University to earn a doctorate in veterinary medicine in 1971. Tag grew up with deaf parents and he attributes his acute observation and listening skills, which were so critical in his work with animals, to that experience. 
Over the course of a long and adventurous career, Tag became one of the world’s foremost marine mammal veterinarians. He is known for his work with the heart and diving studies of Namu, the first orca in captivity. He worked with sea otters during the Exxon-Valdez oil spill and helped design aquariums around the world. He was consulting veterinarian for the Seattle Aquarium and other national and international aquariums. He also consulted on movies about marine life including Free Willy 2. Tag owned several veterinary clinics and was the director of the Marine Animal Resource Center based in Seattle. He is a past president of the International Association for Aquatic Animal Medicine. 
Tag spent his whole career working to rescue, heal, study, and rehabilitate marine and other mammals. Now retired, he has turned his efforts in both business and volunteer work to organizations devoted to bettering his community on Vashon Island, Washington. Tag sees these projects as his chance to give back to all the blessings in his life.  

Admiral Ernest J. King

On November 23, 1878, Ernest J. King was born in Lorain, Ohio to Elizabeth Keam King and James Clydesdale King. After graduating from his class in 1897 as the valedictorian, Ernest enrolled in the United States Naval Academy. He became a midshipman lieutenant commander in his senior year which was the topmost ranking. He graduated 4th out of 67 in 1901. 
Admiral King served in the Spanish-American War, World War I, and World War II. He was still in the naval academy when he experienced his first military encounter during the Spanish-American War on the USS San Francisco. 
During WWI, King served under the Atlantic Fleet’s Commander in Chief as the Chief of Staff and then was promoted to Captain. He was awarded the Navy Cross for the first time because of his service as the Atlantic Fleet’s Assistant Chief of Staff. 
With the outbreak of WWII, King was promoted to Admiral and appointed Commander in Chief of the Atlantic Fleet in 1941. He worked closely with representatives of the Army and British military services. He also contributed to the Allied effort of antisubmarine tactics in the Atlantic. 
Not only did Admiral King serve in the Navy on the water, but he stepped up when his expertise was needed in aviation. He attended the Naval Air Station Pensacola in Florida in 1927 so he could earn his wings. 
King retired from active duty on December 15, 1945. He resided in Washing- ton DC where he served as president to the Naval Historical Foundation and as an advisor to the Secretary of the Navy. 
On June 25, 1956, Ernest King suffered a fatal heart attack in Kittery, Maine. He was buried at the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. 
He met Martha “Mattie” Rankin Egerton while attending the Naval Academy. They married in 1905 in a ceremony at the Naval Academy Chapel. They had seven children together—six daughters and then finally a son named Ernest Joseph King, Jr. 
Ernest Joseph King will be remembered as an American naval officer, brilliant strategist, and organizer. Lorain recognized his importance by naming a high school after him, Admiral King, which was in operation from 1961 to 2010. After its closing, the newly built elementary school on Lorain High’s property was named Admiral King Elementary School. 

Chris Kuhar

Christopher Kuhar is a 1991 graduate of Lorain High School. Chris cherishes amazing memories of great friends and playing baseball and basketball at LHS. Chris was the President of the National Honor Society his senior year, which gave him the honor of speaking at his high school graduation. Chris noted this as a special memory as it provided him with an early experience in public speaking, a skill he has been required to use frequently throughout his career. He also mentioned that he enjoys public speaking!                    

Upon his graduation, Chris first attended Mount Union College, then transferred to the University of Akron where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology in 1995. In 2000, Chris earned a Master of Science in Zoology at Oklahoma State University and he completed his academic journey by earning a Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology at Georgia Institute of Technology in 2004. Through the years, Kuhar has taught at several higher education institutions including Oklahoma State University, Georgia Tech, Spelman College, University of Central Florida, and Cleveland State University. He is currently an adjunct Assistant Professor in Biology at Case Western Reserve University. Kuhar has authored 47 research works. 
Chris began his career as an animal behavior scientist research intern at the Cleveland Metroparks in 1997, moving to the Atlanta Zoo in 2000 as a research assistant. From 2003-2008, Chris was Research Manager at Disney’s Animal Kingdom in Buena Vista, Florida. He returned to Cleveland as the Curator of Primates & Small Animals and then the Curator of Animals before being named Executive Director of Cleveland Metroparks Zoo in 2012. In this position, he strives to provide the best possible care for the animals that live at our zoo. He partners with several conservation groups that work to protect some of the most vulnerable species across the globe 
In September 2019, Kuhar was sworn in as the Chair of the Board of Directors for the International Association of Zoos & Aquariums. His responsibilities included overseeing the 239 accredited facilities worldwide. Kuhar has held several other Committee positions in the Association. Kuhar also serves as an Association of Zoos & Aquariums Executive Leadership Development Program mentor, passing on his knowledge and experience in the field to those pursuing a similar career. 
In his spare time, Chris enjoys sports and is an avid outdoor lover. He is proud of Cleveland and all of Northeast Ohio. Chris lives in Strongsville with his wife, Gayle Albers, and their two children. 

Class of 2019

Chloe A. Wofford

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Chloe A. Wofford (Toni Morrison) is a 1949A graduate of Lorain High School. Writer, novelist, editor, critic, professor, poet, daughter, mother, sister, aunt, icon. Life for Chloe began on the racially integrated streets of Lorain in a home where her parents strongly encouraged her interest in reading and education. Unaware of racism as a young child, Chloe has said, “When I was in first grade, nobody thought I was inferior. I was the only black in the class and the only child who could read”. Graduating LHS with Honors, Chloe went on to Howard University where she received a B.A. in English and an M.A. in English from Cornell University. Spending her early years in academia, Morrison taught at Texas Southern, Howard, Yale, Rutgers, and Bard. Settling in at Princeton in 1989, she achieved Professor Emeritus status by her retirement in 2006. She also was a Senior Editor at Random House for 20 years. 
Her first novel, The Bluest Eye, was published in 1970 when Morrison was 39 years old. Her journey to pre-eminence did not come easily and recognition from the literary establishment was slow to arrive, but arrive it did. Morrison said the initial reception to her work was like its leading character, Pecola Breedlove, “dismissed, trivialized, misread.” Her first award was in 1979, from the American Academy of Poets. Awards that followed included the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1988, The American Book Award in 1988 for Beloved, the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, Anis- field-Wolf Book Award, the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1993, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom, presented by President Obama in 2012. Other novels by Morrison include Sula, Song of Solomon, Jazz, Love, Paradise, A Mercy, Home, and God Bless the Child. Still actively writing at age 88, The Source of Self-Regard and Mouth Full of Blood was published in 2019. Morrison has had an enormous influence on literature and Ameri- can culture. Some major themes in her work are self-identity and self-worth from an African-American perspective, society, and the influence of racism. Her work reflects an absence of sentimentality and focuses on the emotional entanglements and importance of family. A recent documentary, “The Pieces I Am”, about her life, premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival and at our own Palace Theater last night. 
Lorain City Schools has acknowledged and honored Toni Morrison for her many accomplishments by naming one of its schools after her. 

General Johnnie E. Wilson (Ret.)

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Johnnie E. Wilson is a 1961 graduate of Lorain High School who has the distinction of being a Retired United States Army Four-Star General. 
Born in Louisiana, Wilson was raised in Lorain and graduated from Lorain High in 1961. Following graduation, he entered the Army in 1961 as an enlisted soldier. He was able to earn the rank of Staff Sergeant before attending Officer Candidate School in 1967. 
Following OCS, he earned a B.S. degree in Business Administration from the University of Nebraska at Omaha and a Master of Science Degree in Logistics from the Florida Institute of Technology. 
General Wilson’s long and decorated legal career included positions such as Deputy Chief for Logistics, Chief of Staff, U.S. Army Material Command, Deputy Commanding General, 21st Area Theatre Command, and culminated in his being the Commanding General, U.S. Army Command. He is the recipient of the Army Distinguished Service Medal (with Oak Leaf Cluster), Legion of Merit, Bronze Star (with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters), Meritious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Special Forces Tab. General Wilson retired from the U.S. Army on April 26, 1999. 
Lorain City Schools has acknowledged and honored General Wil- son for his military contributions by naming one of its schools after him. 

Dr. John Costin Jr.

John Costin, Jr. is a 1967 graduate of Lo- rain High School. Costin is a prominent ophthalmologist, known for his specialty in cataract surgery, who has practiced locally for 40 years. John was named after his father and learned the importance of family and the value of a strong work ethic from him. From a young age, John Jr. worked at the family business, Costin Custom Cleaners, in Lorain. In high school, John participated in Varsity Football, Math Club, National Honor Society, was Vice-President of Student Council, and was voted Most Service to School in the Senior Awards. John has always focused on service in his life and career. John remembered LHS as a fine school with many intelligent students, stating that it was a privilege to attend school with his older brother Daryl and three of his first cousins, Sharon and Ruth Kosanovich, and Linda Irwin. His fondest recollection, however, is spending time with Cindy Randall, who he first met at age 12, and who would later become his wife.                    

After high school graduation, John earned his undergraduate degree from Case Western Reserve University, where he remembers the rigor of the course work. He continued on at Case School of Medicine earning his M.D. in 1975. He completed both his Internship and Residency at the Cleveland Clinic and followed with a Fellowship at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami, Florida. At the conclusion of his Fellowship, John was in high demand and could have gone anywhere to practice; but he decided to return to Lorain. He set up a private practice and bought a 170- acre horse farm in Wakeman, Ohio. John had always had a love of the West and horses and traveled there often. He loved raising his three children on the farm where they learned the value of hard work, discipline, and respect—standard “Costin values”. Other interests for John are reading carpentry, and farming/gardening, which he believes is cheap- er than therapy! An alternative career choice would have been Forestry. 
But medicine won out and John practiced with the Cleveland Clinic from 1979-2017. He served as the Chair of the Cleveland Clinic Lorain Institute. John has had the privilege of working for several years alongside his sons, John III and Bryan, both also surgeons and graduates of Case Medical. Daughter Megan, Master’s in Business Administration, works in the medical equipment industry. 
John Costin has earned a reputation as a “Great doctor. Caring and experienced”. In 2017 John stated his medical practice was built by develop- ing personal relationships with patients and his staff. John was known for greeting patients in the waiting room, introducing them to staff, and thanking them for the honor of serving them. “We are a family taking care of our friends and neighbors. I am just continuing the core lessons taught to me by my dad and mom.” This community has been lucky to have John Costin, Jr. here.

Marie (Sofia) DiLuciano

Marie (Sofia) DiLuciano graduated from Lorain High School with the Class of 1947B. She loved her experience at Lorain High. She spoke of attending movies after lunch period, going to the football games, and participating in intramurals. She was extremely proud that she was a member of the National Honor Society. She was a school aide, participated in clubs, and was involved with dramatics. Most of all, she met the love of her life, Al DiLuciano.                    

Born to Italian immigrant parents, receiving her high school diploma was important; but higher education was not. Besides, her focus was marrying Al and raising a family. She and Al married on February 18, 1950. Marie passed away just shy of their 60th anniversary. They had four children—Sue, Randy, Alice, and Russ. 
In the mid-60s, her husband Al and several partners began a business that manufactures plastic welding rods. Because they worked full time and could not perform the day-to-day operations of the business, Marie stepped in. Despite her lack of higher education, her hard work and dedication enabled the business to flourish with her taking care of the ordering, contacting and working with the customers, and managing the financial aspect of the business. Marie was a pioneer in a sense. She worked and managed a business before it was common for women to be involved in running a business especially one that sells products globally. Along with raising children, managing a household, taking care of elderly parents, and later babysitting grandkids, she succeeded in being instrumental in creating a successful business. The business, V & A Process, Inc., continues to operate under the ownership of her four children. 
Marie was also active in her Church, St. Peter’s Parish where she was a member of the Holy Name Society, a home visitor for homebound and nursing homes, and taught PSR classes. She was involved in service clubs such as Serra Club, St. Francis Mission Group, II Century Council, and Lakeland Woman’s Club. 
She truly loved God; people; her City of Lorain; and, most of all, her family. 

Dr. Bruce Weigl

Bruce graduated from Admiral King High School in 1967. Follow- ing graduation, Weigl enlisted in the Army and served in the Vi- Vietnam War where he would earn the Bronze Star. After his service, Bruce enrolled in Oberlin College, where he would earn a bachelor’s degree. He also earned a Master of Arts in Writing/American and British Literature from the University of New Hampshire. Finally, he earned a Ph. D. from the University of Utah in 1979. 
Weigl has gone on to be known and respected as an American Contemporary poet. His first collection of poems, A Romance, was published in 1979. Understandably, Weigl’s writing was greatly influenced by his experience in Vietnam. Works such as The Monkey Wars and Song of Napalm were other collections of poetry that Weigl authored. He went on to publish an acclaimed memoir entitled The Circle of Hahn: A Memoir. In that memoir, he wrote, “The war took away my life and gave me poetry in return . . . the fate the world has given me is to struggle to write powerfully enough to draw others into the horror.” 
Bruce was first awarded a prize in 1979 from the American Acade- my of Poets. He has received two Pushcart Prizes, a Patterson Poetry Prize, a Bread Loaf Fellowship in Poetry, and a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts in 1988. Weigl was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in Poetry in 1988 and again in 2012. In 2006, he was awarded a Lannan Literary Award for Poetry. 
Weigl has also enjoyed a long career in Academia. As a distinguished professor of English, he has taken up academic residence at Lorain County Community College after previously teaching at the University of Arkansas, Old Dominion, and Pennsylvania State University. While at Old Dominion, Weigl was the president of the Associated Writing Programs.  

Phillip R. Stammitti

headshot of boy smiling in black and whitePhil Stammitti is a 1968 graduate of Lorain High School. Beyond playing Varsity Baseball, his high school years weren't that noteworthy. In fact, Stammitti was very shy and introverted during high school. However, he has a memory of his Guidance Counselor Mr. Jones who challenged him by saying that based on the effort he was putting into high school, he would probably never go to college or amount to much. Stammitti said, “I didn’t realize at the time, but later in life, I got it, that he was motivating me to do something. He is one of the reasons that I ended up working harder to achieve things in life.” 
After high school, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy for four years. When he was honorably discharged in 1972, he started taking night classes at LCCC and was hired by the Lorain Police Department in 1973. He would work full-time on night shift and take classes at LCCC until he received his Associate’s Degree with Honors in Police Science in 1977. 
In 1978 Stammitti was voted as the first Policeman of the Year. He served as a patrol officer, worked on the felony crime squad, and the Narcotics Bureau. In 1986 he was hired to work in the Sheriff’s Office where he was promoted to Captain and served in many different capacities. Following the retirement of Sheriff Mahoney, Stammitti was elected as Sheriff in 2001 and continues in that capacity to this day.  

Thomas Elwell, Jr.

Judge Tom Elwell is a 1971 graduate of Lorain Catholic High School. During high school, he was an honor roll student and was MVP of the Varsity Baseball team. In reflecting on his time at LC, he said, “It was a wonderful time of my life. All four high schools were open at that time. There was great respect and friendly rivalry amongst us.”      
Following high school, Tom enrolled at the University of Detroit where he earned his Bachelor’s Degree in 1975. He then enrolled in Law School at Cleveland Marshall College of law and earned his Juris Doctorate in 1978 and passed the bar exam. From 1978 un- until 2004, he was in the private practice of law in Lorain. In 2004, he was elected by the Citizens of Lorain to serve as Judge of the Lorain Municipal Court, a position that he has remained until the present time.

Dr. Craig Foltin

Craig L. Foltin is a 1985 graduate of Lorain High School. During high school, he was active in sports where he played Varsity Football and Baseball. He was also an outstanding student as he earned membership in the National Honor Society at Lorain High. Dr. Foltin’s reflection on his high school years was there were a wide range of people and the “classic” building were things that he would always remember.                

After graduating from LHS, he attended The Ohio State University where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting. He then went on to earn his MBA and Doctorate of Business Administration from Cleveland State University. Dr. Foltin is a CPA and a Certified Government Financial Manager. 
Dr. Foltin decided early in his career to pursue public service as he was elected City Auditor in Lorain in 1993. He then went on to serve two terms as Mayor of Lorain from 2000—2007. 
In addition to his public service, Dr. Foltin has a long career in higher education. He served as the Provost and Executive Vice President and was the Executive V.P. of Administration and Finance and Treasurer at Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C). He is also an Assistant Professor of Accounting at Cleveland State University where he has presented at countless professional- al meetings and has published 30 papers in some of America’s top accounting journals. He resides in Lorain with his wife Karen and their daughters, Lena and Eleanor. 

Ross Pillari

Ross Pillari is a 1968 graduate of Lorain High School. During high school, Ross participated in Student Council, serving as Class President his senior year. He was also voted Most Service to School and was President of Lorain Youth Center. Finally, Ross was a member of the National Honor Society, was a three-year letter-winner in the band, and served on the Scimitar (yearbook) staff for two years. 
Following graduation, he attended Case Western Reserve University and earned a BA in Economics. Following graduation from Case, Ross was a member of the Air National Guard from 1972 through 1975. Not one to rest on his laurels, Ross returned to school in 1995 to complete Stanford University’s prestigious Executive Management Program. 
Ross has enjoyed a long and diversified career in the energy industry following his start in Lorain. In the 1990s, he served as Chairman of Netherlands Refining Co., Director of Marketing for BP Australasia, and was Group Vice President, Global Marketing for BP plc. From 2001—2006 he was elevated to Chairman & CEO of BP of America. 
Mr. Pillari has a great deal of community service. He was a member of the White House Hydrogen Energy Task Force (2002), served on the Secretary of Energy’s National Petroleum Council (2005), and has been published in the Harvard Business Review and Journal of Ethics at the University of California at Berkeley. 

Ramon Pagan

Ramon “Ray” Pagan is a 1966 graduate of Lorain Admiral King High School. During high school, Ray was selected as Captain of the baseball team for the Admirals. He was also selected by his classmates as “Best Personality” among his senior class. 
Following graduation, Ray enlisted in the United States Marine Corps (USMC) and has the honor of serving in the Vietnam War. Following his service, he attended the University of Akron, where he became one of the first in his family to graduate from college. He would go on to earn a Masters of School Administration and Superintendent Certificate in Education from Bowling Green State University. 
Ray had a long history as an educator first and then an administrator in the Lorain City Schools (Whittier and Southview) and was honored as being selected as the first Puerto Rican High School principal in Lorain. His success garnered national acclaim as Southview was honored by the National Hispanic magazine for keeping Hispanic students from dropping out of school. 
Ray has served on countless boards over the years and has the honor of having the Hispanic Fund’s and Southview Booster Club’s Ray Pagan Scholarship. He has been happily married to his wife Diane. They have three children (Michael and Sarah at- tended AKHS and Daniel SVHS) who are all graduates of the Lorain City Schools. 

Sherry Glass

The Honorable Sherry Glass is a 1991 graduate of Southview High School. From her beginnings at Southview, she developed an interest in service as evidenced by her membership in the Key Club and Student Council where she was elected as Class President her senior year. She also found time to participate in basketball and softball during her four years at Southview and was a four-year varsity letter-winning cheerleader where she was selected as captain of the team. To round things off, Judge Glass was an outstanding student as she finished ranked third in her class at Southview. 
In reflecting on her days at Southview, Judge Glass said, “My fondest memories of my school days deal with my friends and classmates. It was truly a blessing to be able to grow up in and develop relationships in a city so rich in diversity. No one was treated differently. It didn’t matter what color or what income level you held. I was a poor little white girl who lived in a shabby duplex and all my closest girlfriends had skin darker than me with dark hair and eyes and most of them had last names like Garcia, Pagan, and Perez. I couldn’t ask for better memories, a better upbringing, or a better “village” that made me who I am today. “ 
Following high school, Judge Glass attended Ohio University where she graduated with Honors. She then attended Cleveland Marshall College of Law earning her law degree in 1997. After serving several years as an Assistant County Prosecutor, Sherry was elected Judge in the Lorain County Court of Common Pleas, Domestic Division. 

James B. Hudak

Jim is a 1965 graduate of Lorain High School. During high school, he was a member and President of the National Honor Society and the Math Club. He also earned a Varsity letter in football and was a member of the German Club. In reflecting on his time in High School, he said,” Mr. Henderson drilled me in Algebra and helped me to become one of the top 100 Algebra students in the State of Ohio. Ms. Stone taught me to love Ancient History, and Mr. Brooks taught me more about life than sports.”                    

Following graduation, Jim attended Yale University where he earned an AB in Economics (1969) and then went on to earn a Master of Public Policy from the University of Michigan in 1971. 
Jim’s career has included a mixture of public sector and private sector employment. He has been the CEO of United Health Group and the Chairman and CEO of Paradigm Outcomes; additionally, he was a partner at Anderson Consulting (Accenture). In the public sector, he has served as the Treasurer for the City of Palo Alto, the CFO for the city and county of San Francisco, and is currently the interim Treasurer for the county of Napa, California. 
Jim has also enjoyed public service as evidenced by his serving as the Chair of the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan and his endowing the James B. Hudak Professorship for Health Policy at UM. 

Jason Molina

Jason was a 1992 graduate of Admiral King High School. At an early age, Jason developed a love of music and began playing trumpet and then the guitar. Throughout high school, he was involved in soccer and the Jazz Band as he nurtured his true love of music. In 1988, during high school, Jason was a charter member of the heavy metal group the Spine Riders, winning a local Battle of the Bands that lead to studio time and eventually a contract with Secretly Canadian Records.                    

Following graduation, Jason attended Oberlin College where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History in 1996. He had a short-lived “real job” as a curator at the Chicago Museum of Art. However, in 1993 Jason admitted to a friend “I want to be a rock star”. 
Jason came to prominence as an indie/alternative singer-songwriter during the late 1990s when he wrote, recorded, and performed as Songs: Ohia and later as Electric Magnolia Co. Often referred to as a visionary and creative genius, Jason created a remarkable song catalog of stark and heart-breaking music that left a lasting impression on those who heard his music. A prolific performer, Jason toured the U.S., Europe, and Australia between 1997 and 2009, creating a diverse and loyal fan base that exists to this day. 
Jason’s untimely death in 2013, at the age of 39, was reported by The New York Times, Rolling Stone, Entertainment Weekly, and NPR. Lorain is deeply embedded in Jason’s music. As a 24-year-old he told an interviewer, “I grew up in a burnt-out shipbuilding and steel making town. Lorain is profoundly important to my music. It is the environment where I learned to walk away from the darkness. It is a place of water and storms and falling red sky and lightning. I learned to write music there about the world because out there it was immense and sudden. I learned that misery is not to capture but to learn about. Lorain and I have an unspoken agreement to always remain in each other’s lives. It is a hard place.” Welcome home, Jason Molina. 

Attorney George I. Koury

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George is a 1968 graduate of Admiral King High School. During high school, he was a member of the National Honor Society, earned Varsity letters in football and baseball, and was co-captain of the baseball team during his senior year.                    

In reflecting on his time in high school, George fondly remembers the time his homeroom teacher, Mr. Bakalar, needed someone to fill in for an ill member of the speech team to serve as MC of a school pep rally. Though he was nervous, he was handed the microphone and “improvised” for over an hour and “hasn’t shut-up since.” 
Following graduation, George attended Ohio University where he played baseball and graduated in 1972 with a B.A. He then attended Ohio Northern University College of Law where he earned his J.D. in 1975 and served as Editor-in-Chief of the Law Review. 
Professionally, George has had a long and varied legal career. In addition to his private practice, he has served as an NFL players’ representative, as an Asst. Lorain City Law Director (1980-85), and Asst. Lorain County Prosecutor (1975-80). George was elected as a Lorain County Commissioner (1985-90), Lorain City Safety & Services Director (1996-2000), and has served as Lo- rain County Prosecutor’s Office Chief of Staff since 2005. 
George has remained in the Lorain Community and served on countless boards and has been honored for his leadership re- repeatedly. However, his heart has remained with supporting athletics and educational opportunities for Lorain students. 

Frank Jacinto

Frank is a 1957B graduate of Lorain Saint Mary’s High School. Following graduation, Frank enlisted in the United States Navy and served four years, attaining the rank of Radarman Second Class during his tenure. Following his military service, Frank enrolled at Ohio State University where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree, and Kent State University where he earned his Master’s Degree. 
Frank was an educator in the Lorain City Schools for 31 years. As a teacher, he taught social studies and psychology; he also spent time as a school counselor. In 1971, Frank was named principal of Lincoln Elementary and became Ohio’s first His- panic principal. During his leadership at Lincoln, Frank was instrumental in creating the district’s first bilingual education program. 
In the community, Frank was a founding member of El Centro de Servicios Sociales and The Coalition for Hispanic Issues and Progress “CHIP”. 
As a tribute to all of Frank’s contributions to Lorain City Schools and the community, the first of the newly built Lorain Schools was named in his honor. 

Theresa (Girz) & Tim Kiedrowski

Teresa Girz Kiedrowski is a 1973 Graduate of Lorain Catholic High School and Timothy J. Kiedrowski is a 1973 Graduate of Admiral King High School. 
During High School, Terri participate in theatre and Concert Choir where two albums were recorded in 1972 and 1973. Tim was a member of the Marching Band and participated in theatre productions. In 1971, Tim, along with his fellow AKHS drummers, wrote the marching drum cadence that is still used by the high school today. 
Following graduation, Tim worked for Deluca’s Bakery while Terri went to Providence School of Nursing, where she graduated in 1976. She then enjoyed a 25-year career as an RN at St. Joseph Hospital Women’s Health Department. 
In 1984, Tim and Terri were presented with an opportunity to purchase a struggling bakery in downtown Amherst. With “fearless youth aspirations, limited business knowledge, a solid idea, big confidence, and four children,” they started a Kiedrowski’s Bakery that has been in business for 35 years. 
In 2011, Kiedrowski’s was named the Best Bakery in America by the Baking Industry Magazine. They were also noted in Conde Nast Magazine as one of the 10 most unique businesses to visit. They were also recognized by the Ambassador of Poland who attended the famous Paczki Ball in 2012 for preserving the Polish Culture in the community. 

Dr. William Kishman

Dr. William Kishman was a 1941 graduate of Lorain High School. During high school, Dr. Kishman was a member of the National Honor Society and served as the editor of the Scimitar. 
Following graduation, Dr. Kishman attended Western Reserve University. He then went to the New York Medical College where he graduated in 1947 and completed his residency at Huron Road Hospital in Cleveland. 
Dr. Kishman served in the Army Medical Corps as a Captain until 1954 when he returned to Lorain to build his private practice. He served as Lorain County Coroner starting in 1972 and would go on to serve four terms. He was on the staff at St. Joseph and Lorain Community Hospitals. Dr. Kish- man was a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a member of the Lorain County Medical Society and Ohio State Coroner’s Association. 
An avid supporter of Lorain Athletics, Dr. Kishman was a member of the Lorain High School Booster Club and served as team physician for 24 years.  

Class of 2018

Tiffany Tarpley

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Tiffany Tarpley is a 1997 graduate of Lorain Admiral King High School. During high school, Tiffany was extremely active. She participated in Chamber Choir, Senior Committee, Student Council, and Junior Achievement among other organizations. She was also active in the community and in her church, Friendship Baptist. However, during her senior year she was part of Unity Club’s black history month program where she recited Maya Angelou’s poem, ‘And Still I Rise’ in front of the entire school. Tiffany shared that this was a defining moment in her life as this experience reinforced that she wanted to make public speaking a key aspect of her life and career.                    

Following graduation, she attended Lorain County Community College and earned an associate’s degree in communications. She then transferred to Bowling Green State University and earned a bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism and was honored as the Broadcast Journalist of the Year. 
Following graduation, Tiffany began her career in broadcast journalism by working for news outlets in Milwaukee, WI; Lima, and Toledo, Ohio where her weekend team earned two regional Emmy awards. Tiffany joined Chanel 3 news in March 2014 where she currently reports on weekdays for the morning newscasts and hosts WKYC’s “We The People” community affairs show. 

Ramos Rivas II

Ramon is a 2003 graduate of Southview High School. During high school, he was Key Club President and was named “class clown” and earned the “most spirit” award. Following graduation, he attended Denison University and Lorain County Community College, but he realized that the traditional academic setting wasn’t the path for him. Instead, he drew upon his early experiences selling candy out of a briefcase to channel his inner hustler and started telling jokes to embark on a career in comedy.                    
Over time, he made a name for himself by building up the comedy scene in Cleveland through his founding of the “Accidental Comedy” production which is dedicated to enriching the arts in North East Ohio through comedy and other productions. 
Professionally, his comedic talents have resulted in his appearances on Comedy Central’s “The Half Hour” (2016), @midnight (2016-17), and Broad City (2018). He also has appeared in HBO’s Crashing and has made numerous appearances on VICELAND. 

Jim Bonaminio

family smiling with graduate in graduation cap and gownJames Bonaminio is a 1967 graduate of Admiral King High School. Following graduation, Jim attended Miami University as a business major but did not graduate. Instead, he put his entrepreneurial abilities to work by selling produce from the back of a truck while he lived in an abandoned gas station. Over time he progressed to a fruit stand, then a farmer’s market, then a grocery store.                    

Today, he is the creator, CEO, and namesake of Jungle Jim’s International Market in southwest Ohio where he has two locations with more than 500,000 square feet of combined space that has become a destination for foodies, tourists, and weekly shoppers. In case anyone asked how he earned the name, “Jungle Jim”, it happened when a produce supplier dubbed him, “Jungle Jim” because he always dressed in shorts.

Patsie C. Campana Sr.

Patsie C. Campana, Sr., was a proud Italian immigrant who was born in Barrea, Italy, and at the age of three, immigrated to the United States. He would graduate from Lorain High’s 1940B class. Following graduation, he proudly served in the U.S. Navy as a deep-sea diver throughout the Pacific Campaign during World War II logging over 1,200 hours underwater.                    

Following his military service, he didn’t have the opportunity to attend college; however, he was able to absorb a great deal through conversations with knowledgeable people in his field. Consequently, at the age of 49, with six children at home, P.C. started his own company, P.C. Campana, Inc., which is the master provider for the steel, foundry supplies, and tube industries in North America and abroad. Today, P.C. Campana, Inc. has grown to a multi-million dollar conglomerate that is respected in its industry. 
Despite all of his professional successes, Patsie’s greatest accomplishments were through his quiet philanthropic support for his community and those in need. He was forever grateful for the freedoms and opportunities granted to him as an American citizen. 

Jaclyn Bradley Palmer

young girl smiling wearing black turtle neck Jaclyn is a 1997 graduate of Lorain Catholic high school. During High School, she had a principal role in the musical, “Godspell”. The production was received so well that it sold out and was ex- tended for another week—a first in school history. She also fondly recalls the yearly trips to New York City as part of the drama club where she was able to attend Broadway shows and tour Manhattan. While at LC, she was a member of the Drama Club, President of National Honor Society, Choir, and served as Secretary of Student Council.                    

Following graduation, Jaclyn attended Indiana University where she earned a Bachelor of Music with emphasis on Vocal Performance. She also completed post Baccalaureate work in Music Therapy at Cleveland State University and earned a Master's in Music Therapy from Colorado State University. 
Jaclyn was a contestant on the 8th season of “The Voice of Holland” where she was the only American featured on the show. Jaclyn and her music have been featured on Bravo, TLC, VH1, MTV, HGTV, and Time Warner. She also was a regular cast member on VH1’s Breaking Bonaduce and has recorded four albums. 
A board-certified music therapist, she conducted the largest music therapy study in history to use live music in the operating arena—this study was published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. 

Don Novello

man sitting in suitAs a 1961A graduate of Lorain High School, Don was active in the Scimitar staff, Acapella choir, and the Cavaliers. Finishing #101 of 150, he recalls telling his father, “I just missed the top two-thirds by one”, to which he responded, “I’m not impressed!”                    

Following graduation, Don earned a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Dayton (1964). However, he quickly found success in the 1970s by writing the bestselling book, “The Lazlo Letters” which got him noticed by Lorne Michaels, producer of Saturday Night Live (SNL) where he wrote from 1978-86. In addition to writing, he gained worldwide notoriety for his creation and portrayal of the character, Father Guido Sarducci, the chain-smoking priest with tinted glasses who worked as a rock critic for the Vati- can newspaper. Don is also given credit for writing the Greek restaurant sketches (cheeseburger, cheeseburger, Pepsi), which was voted the best SNL sketch of the 1970s. 
Don also has numerous writing credits in addition to SNL which include the Smothers Brothers Show (1975), Gilda Live (1980), and SCTV (1980). He also has acting credits from the Godfather Part III (1990), Married...with Children (1995), and two Disney animated films: Atlantis: The Lost Empire (2001) and Atlantis: Milo’s Return (2003). 

Leonard DeLuca

man in suitAfter graduation from high school, Leonard (Lenny) served in the U.S. Navy. During this time, he completed correspondence courses in order to graduate from trade school early. He then enrolled in baker’s school.                

Following in his father’s footsteps, he opened a bakery on 8th Street across from St. Mary’s Catholic Church when he finished baker’s school. He opened a store on Oberlin Ave. to sell his baked goods and continued to use the other facility for his new catering business. At first, he catered for the Moose Club, Elks, PACC, Slovak Home, and church halls. However, Lenny dreamed of opening a banquet center to cater more elegant events. In 1978, he was able to realize this dream when he opened DeLuca’s Place in the Park. He went on to establish the Rose Cafe in Lakeview Park in 2008 and the Orchid Room at Miller Preserve in 2012. 
Besides his business acumen, Lenny was known for his community involvement by volunteering and serving on various boards and committees for the Community Foundation of Lorain County, Lorain City Schools Business Advisory, Lorain Catholic Advisory, Lorain YMCA, Lorain Palace Theatre, and many other organizations. He also sang in St. Peter’s Choir with his wife Sally. 
Lenny grew up in Lorain and then continued to make it his home after the service and schooling. He and Sally raised their two children, Vince and Tracy, here. 
He and his identical twin Leo cut the ribbon for the opening of the new 21st Street Bridge on the same day identical female twins cut the ribbon for the Bascule Bridge.  

Michael Dirda

Michael Dirda is a 1966 graduate of Admiral King High School. During High School, he worked for the school newspaper, was in charge of his class’s gift committee (which acquired the two anchors that used to be located at AKHS), and worked in the concession stands during football games. Academically, he excelled as evidenced by his being named a National Merit Semi-Finalist. 
After graduating from AKHS, he attended Oberlin College where he graduated with Highest Honors in English. Following his time at Oberlin, he was awarded a prestigious Fulbright fellowship and spent a year teaching in Marseille, France. Ultimately, he earned a Ph.D. in comparative literature, with a concentration on medieval studies and European romanticism from Cornell University. 
Since the late 1970s, Mr. Dirda has had an association with the Washington Post, most recently as a weekly book columnist for the Style section. He has also served as a visiting professor at several prominent colleges and universities in the United States. Additionally, he has written for a wide range of magazines and newspapers, including Harper’s, The Atlantic, The Wall Street Journal, and many others. In 1993 he was awarded a Pulitzer Prize for distinguished Criticism. He is the author of seven books: Readings, An Open Book, Bound to Please, Book by Book, Classics for Pleasure, On Conan Doyle, and Browsings. 

Ilche Nonevski

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A 1993 graduate of Southview High School, Dr. Nonevski had a learning disability that was recognized, embraced, and overcame with the help of math teacher, Vada Heberling, who challenged him academically. Additionally, Mr. Miller, like countless other Southview educators, challenged Ilche in History and international relations as if he were at an Ivy League University which helped to prepare him for future academic success. He ended his career at Southview as Salutatorian, Senior Class President, Key Club member, Model UN member, and participated in Varsity Soccer for three years. 
Dr. Nonevski fondly recalled that he grew up during the “Golden Age of Hip-Hop Music” which greatly influenced his high school years. “It was diversity and inclusiveness of our schools and city that allowed any kid that could appreciate the transformative potential of this musical genre to connect with other kids on a deeper level. Music has a way of uniting those of us that love it, much like our favorite sports teams.” 
Following graduation, Dr. Nonevski earned a B.S. in Chemistry with a minor in Biology with Honors from John Carol University (1997). He then earned an MD/MBA from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine (2002) and completed a Residency in Internal Medicine from Case Western Reserve University (2005) and Fellowship in Gastroenterology & Hepatology from the Cleveland Clinic (2008). He holds the title of Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Illinois College of Medicine-Rockford.          

Carmelene (Dimacchia) Januzzi

woman smiling in black and whiteCarmelene graduated from Lorain High School with the Class of 1947B. During her high school years, she participated in many activities: library aide, choir, newspaper and yearbook staff, and hall guard. She remembers walking to school 17 city blocks each way and never having a snow day! 
Upon graduation, Carm worked full-time as a legal secretary and part-time in the family shoe business. All her training was on the job. She married Albert Januzzi in 1951. They have four children: Roland, Thomas, Paula, and Alan. 
The amount of community service and volunteer work that Carm does could fill a book. Some of these are volunteering at the Lorain Historical Society, Lorain Public Library, St. Peter’s Parish where she sings in the choir, takes Communion to the homebound, and is a lector and a Eucharist minister. 
Her involvement continues with participation in service-based organizations such as II Century Council, Lakeland Woman’s Club, Lo- rain Catholic Woman’s Club, and Italian American Veterans. She has served as an officer in these organizations. 
She received the “Ruth Calta Community Service Award” from Mercy Hospital in 2015. 

Kelman Fligner

Kelman “Kel” Fligner is a 1957B graduate of Lorain High School. In 1949, at the age of 10, he started working at the family business which was called the Lorain Cut-Rate Fruit Company until 1933 when it was changed to Fligner’s to reflect the wide selection of items offered. Following graduation, Kel enrolled at Baldwin-Wallace College at his parents’ request and earned a business degree. 
In 1963 Kel purchased the business from his father Morris and grandfather Harry. Over the next 50 years, he would watch his grocery store evolve from 2,000 to over 35,000 square feet of shopping space. Today, with the help of his son Ben, he is the owner of one of the last independent grocers in the age of mega-supermarket chains. Today, Fligner’s is one of Lorain’s largest employers and is known for having the “Largest Custom Full Service Meat Counter in Ohio.” 
In reflecting on achievements at his store, Kel said, “This store is my whole life. I don’t have any hobbies, I don’t do anything else. It’s just the store—that’s my hobby. I wouldn’t have it any other way.”  

Evangeline "Vanjee" Gomez

girl smilingVanjee is a 1993 graduate of Southview High School and continued her education at The Ohio State University and earned her Juris Doctorate from Rutgers University. She now practices law and was named one of the top “40 attorneys under 40” by the New Jersey Law Journal. She appears on national television and print media as a legal and political analyst. 
As a member of the Model UN at Southview, she placed first in the Jefferson Area Competition and third in the Kent State University International Competition. These early experiences have aided her in her public speaking and debate. Besides participating in Model UN, Vanjee was in Key Club, Student Alliance for Latino Stride and Acculturation (S.A.L.S.A.), yearbook staff, and Lorain County Urban League AIDS peer facilitator. 
All her experiences both good and challenging while living in Lorain have contributed to making her a better person. 

Bob Gradisek

After graduating from Admiral King High School in 1969, Bob attended Ohio State University. He received his Bachelor's Degree in Physiologists Optics and then earned his Optometry Degree, with honors, from The Ohio State University of Optometry in 1975. 
In high school, Bob was active in band, the golf team, booster club, and National Honor Society (President). He met his first and only wife Diane at King where they were classmates. He regularly meets with some fellow Admiral King classmates for poker games (therapy sessions). 
Bob practiced optometry and served the vision needs of the Lorain community for 41 years with 7 of the years with his father, Dr. Frank Gradisek. He and Diane have two children — Amanda and Ben. 
Since retiring in 2016, he volunteers at The Lighthouse Foundation. He organized the benefit concert last year for the Endowment Fund for the Lorain Lighthouse.  
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