2019 Edgewood Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

2019 Edgewood Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony


good morning and welcome to the ninth
annual Edgewood High School Hall of Fame induction ceremony
I am Kylo Mac the very proud principal Edgewood High school and on behalf of
the school and the Edgewood High School Alumni Association co-sponsors of a Hall
of Fame program here at our school it is my extreme pleasure to play host for the
into for the introduction of the six new Hall of Fame members here
at Edgewood High school homecoming I’d like to thank the Edgewood High School
string quartet which provided the beautiful music as we entered in today
they have since left but thank you also among the distinguished guests you will
meet in a little bit our more than 35 or the 60 living members of the Hall of
Fame with today’s introduction there will be 68 individuals and one family in
our Hall of Fame which is unique it includes not only includes alumni but
former staff and community supporters you also meet will also meet school
leaders elected officials and other dignitaries who have joined us here
today but most importantly you’ll be amongst the first to congratulate the
six extraordinary people who will honor us as the new Hall of Fame members here
at Edgewood High School when our inductions begin in just a few moments
you’ll get to meet alumni representing Edgewood High School’s class beginning
from the mid 1960s to the late 1980s and a former staff member who was both a
teacher and administrator here at Edgewood High School and within the
Harford County public school system are induct these include a top student
athlete at Edgewood High School and in college who went on to be a leader with
four multinational corporations while serving others and whatever community he
found himself a woman who is a top who was top in her field for cybersecurity
who has been recognized as Maryland’s one of Maryland’s most admired CEOs a
man who has spent four decades as a leader in the regional banking industry
and get their students while he was here at Edgewood High School in 13 years
I’m sorry 13 years of Harford County Public Schools never missed a day of
school it’s pretty a pretty impressive pretty impressive
an honor roll student honor honor student athlete who earned an
appointment to West Point service country as a military officer
returned home to be a leader in the financial services industry an actor with more
than 160 Hollywood films to his credit who used his fame to promote arts and
schools and also fight against sexual violence a former staff member who will
be inducted today was a lawyer before he decided to devote his life work to
education and found time along the way on his own to minister to those in
prison like me I know you’ll be inspired and filled with all as you listen to our
student representatives tell you about these extraordinary people just before
that happens I’d like to ask those in the audience in on stage to please stand
as we honor our country with the national anthem performed by the
Edgewood High School Chamber Singers under the direction of Mr. Zachary Thank You Chamber Singers all
you may be seated okay hall-of-famers today will be a full
day involving our Hall of Fame members after this ceremony our student
ambassadors will conduct tours of the building some of you are our guests here
probably this is your first time in our building but we’ll also take you around
and see various sites throughout the building after this after that Hall of
Famers and their guests will be treated to lunch cooked and served by our family
consumer science students and staff then the new Hall of Fame members will be
introduced at the fall student pep rally later this afternoon there would be
honoured guests at the homecoming parade then thanks to the Alumni Association
our PTSA and others there will be a tailgate party in the parking lot in
front of our stadium with food and games for all finally today Hall of Fame
members will be introduced to those in the audience and attendance at the
homecoming game tonight this is an added feature this year for the first time the
Alumni Association is sponsoring Hall of Fame game outing tomorrow at Geneva Farm
Golf Course fundraising for the Oakley and we bradley scholarships for
more you could please see Mr. Scott Elliot it’s got you here okay it’s never
too late to donate so the next time that you walk down the hallway take a moment
take a look at the 69 plaques this will give you a glimpse at the lives and
contributions of our Hall of Famers the Hall of Fame continues to happen with
the enthusiastic support enthusiastic support of the Edgewood High School
leadership and the unwavering leadership of the Edgewood High School’s
outstanding Alumni Association one piece of logistics the as the bell rings I ask those
students who are here to quietly exit as we continue our program now is my great
honor to introduce a proud member of our Hall of Fame an even more proud member
of the class of 1972 miss Nadine Wellington Wow it’s homecoming that is amazing
you know back in 1972 we didn’t have blue hair we didn’t paint our faces but
we loved homecoming the game was awesome we had the best drumline ever they would
line up outside and soon as they started the cadence you knew it was time for it
all to start and whether you were a cheerleader on the homecoming court in
the stands playing football there was nothing like homecoming game
then there was the dance that was amazing and of course we spent all day
decorating the gym with curlers in her hair okay those were the things you put
in your hair and that made it pretty we didn’t have okay they were called
curlers then we were the mum we had the big white mum and the mum was a
tradition your date brought you the mum it had little gold footballs on it and
it had little red of ribbon and you saved it for years I cannot tell you how
thrilled I am to be a part of today’s homecoming celebration and pep day and a
day where we honor those who have given so much to the community at large and
have represented our alma mater so well before we get more into our program
though I have a special presentation to make there is a man with us today who
earned the title the voice of the Rams not only for more than two decades as
the public address announcer for Ram football games but for his dedication to
his alma mater during the almost 60 years he has graduated from Edgewood
High he served his country in the military and his community as a career
police officer all the while giving freely of his time for worthwhile causes
or just as a helping hand for his legions of friends and family for seven
of the previous eight years of this Hall of Fame induction
ceremony he took one year off in 2013 when he himself was inducted into the
Hall of Fame he has been right where I am this morning an emcee for the program
he announced last year that he would be turning over these duties to me but we
couldn’t let him get away without showing him how much we appreciate his
skill and leadership please welcome 1960 Edgewood High School
graduate and class of 2013 Hall of Famer Mr. John C Bowman well I bet you thought you were finished
listening to me on his microphone weren’t you this is a total shock blown
away is a good definition I just want to thank everybody who was involved in this
presentation thank Edgewood high school for putting up with me for all these
years and just wish all the new inductees all the luck in the world
and I guess that about cut thank you very much the Edgewood High School Hall
of Fame began as a dream of the Edgewood High School Alumni Association a decade
ago a dream that we could honor some of those alumni former staff members and
community supporters who have accomplished so much and given back so
freely to the school we love and to their communities thanks to the support
of the Edgewood high administration and the community that dream has grown into
a reality that has exceeded even the loftiest vision 62 individuals and one
family have been inducted into our Hall of Fame in the first eight years of the
program this morning five more alumni and one more staff member joined the
group forever recognized as stalwarts in the Edgewood High School Hall of Fame
we’re thrilled once again to have Mr. Dennis Cassidy at the Harford cable
network with us taping this event it will be shown on HCN channels during the
month of November and you can watch it on demand or purchase your own DVD
speaking of the awesome printed program we are indebted to mrs. Monica Chevalier
and her Harford Tech high school graphic arts students for producing it and
for the first time her tech students created the amazing posters of this
year’s hall of fame when you came into the lobby this morning
just a reminder hall-of-famers those posters are yours to take home put them
right out front in the front door there you go
each year since we started the Hall of Fame
back in 2011 we’ve been honored to have with us members of the very first
graduating class sixty-one years ago the Charter graduates members of the
Edgewood high school class of 1958 please as I say your name please stand
and face our audience and audience when they are all called please join me in a
round of applause with us today are mrs. janice kala Morrison miss Joanne
Markowski Scarborough and miss Jeannie Hughes Torvill congratulations we’re
honored to have 43 of our 69 Hall of Famers or their representatives with us
today and you’re going to have the chance to meet them right now you’ll
recognize some by the medallions they’re wearing similar to the one I have on as
I call your name please rise turn and face the camera and please remain
standing until all of your names have been called afterwards I’ll ask the
audience then to join us in acknowledging your achievement first
from the Charter class of 2011 on stage with me is our madam president of the
Alumni Association mrs. Helen Radke Morrison and in the audience is mr. Tony
Meola miss Carol Barker mr. Howard become as the third mr.
Charles Marsden mr. Paul Metzger dr. Carl Roberts and mr. Bob Williams along
with mrs. Kim Coakley Kaczynski and miss Shelley Coakley
daughters of the late Bud Coakley and coach cokely’s grandson Alex vines
representing their father and granddad from the class of 2012 in addition to
myself we have mr. Scott Elliot here on stage from the class of 2013 is the man
you’ve already met mr. Bowman along with mr. Steve Williams and mrs. Bonnie
Murkowski Hayden in addition we have mr. skip Richardson representing his late
wife mrs. rose Ellen Goodrich Richardson and the class of 2014
joining us is mrs. Deborah Gavin merlok and representing his late father mr.
William dock machine is Hall of Fame candidate mr. Tom McShane from the class
of 2016 on stage mrs. Deborah Lynn Basler and in the audience mr. mark wall
cow along with US Marshal Johnnie Hughes from 2017 taking part today our mr.
Joseph Brown mr. Robert McComb miss Karen Kerry
mr. Brian Don Lee and mr. Keith Rawlings along with five of the seven dang
siblings mrs. Thawne Liam Dan Campbell mrs. min
duck dang Sheridan mrs. knock Quinn dang Simon mrs. bond
Tom dang Miller and miss dawn thong tang from last year’s group the class of 2018
is mrs. Marber wrangled chokes mr. frank Meza naughty mr. Robert Bruce senior dr.
Kenny Messman mr. Frank Agins and mr. Richard Chismayer and now that is
joined together in acknowledging and showing our appreciation for these fine
fine outstanding honorees from our school system you’ve already
met mrs. Debbie Bachelor supervisor of a high school education health and
athletics as I call names of our distinguished guests on our stage please
ask you to stand so mrs. bachelor would you please stand
when joining mrs. Basler and mrs. bong Tom dang Miller Human Resources staff
and labor specialists also meet mrs. Deborah Judd assistant superintendent
for business services mrs. Diane Mac director of elementary
education and mrs. Gillian later manager communications for the school system and
we are very delighted to have joining us Edgewood middle schools principal miss
Melissa Williams from our state government
joining us is miss Genevieve Foley representing Senator Bob Cassily and
state delegate Mr. Steve Johnson from our county government representing
County Executive Mr. Barry Glassman is mrs. Cindy Mumbry and from the County
Council we have council president mr. Patrick
Vincenti along with council members mr. Curtis Beulah and mr. Andre Johnson also
is the president and CEO of the Harford County Chamber of Commerce miss Angela
rose thank you thank you thank you for taking the time out of your busy
schedules to help honor our Hall of Fame inductees we thank you so much now among the most important people with
us today are our students where would we be without you and way do you hear these
people sing they are amazing thank you thank you for being here and thank you
students for all you do let’s give you a hand I know many of you heard the string
quartet as you came in and I’m sure you were impressed with our Chamber Singers
rendition of the national anthem you will hear from them again in just a few
minutes and you’ll need your Kleenex you’ll also get to meet our student
ambassadors what fine young people these are these wonderful representatives of
Edgewood High School who will be introducing the 2019 Hall of Fame
inductees they’ve also served as greeters today and they’re among your
tour leaders later this afternoon and now what we are all present for here
today the induction of our newest Edgewood high school class of 2019
hall of Famers I ask that you watch the screen above our heads as the
lives of each of our honorees is played out in pictures while six of edgewood’s
finest current students tell you a little about the accomplishments of each
inductee and by the way we owed a debt of gratitude to Hall of Famer Miss Karen
Carey and mr. Gary Walker for creating the slide show you will see and to mr.
Ken yours who will be running the technology now we’re streamlining the
process again this year after the awards from the Alumni Association the school
and elected officials are read and explained to our first inductee each
subsequent inductee will be receiving the same awards without comment which
will be held for them by their student ambassador and today as we celebrate the
many accomplishments and achievements of our inductees I thought what can I add a
little bit that’s not been done before so I thought it might be fine to get an
up-close personal peek into the thoughts about
the glory days so I took the liberty of sending each honoree some off-the-menu
questions and I believe I came to know them just a little bit better and so
will you they also entrusted to me to choose what
I thought you might find enlightening or just plain fun our first inductee is
class of 1965 alumni mr. Alfred d al Calabria al described himself as being
involved learning and growing in his years at Edgewood High School among the
staff who made the impact the biggest impact in his life was Chuck Marsden
also a Hall of Famer al said he was my JV basketball coach an English teacher
he taught me proper sportsmanship on the athletic field and introduced me to
Shakespeare in English Lit Al’s life ambition to become senior executive
company of a company in an industry that was significant to America and hold on
to your seats when you hear what he’s done here to formally introduce you to
mr. Calabria his student ambassador mr. Alex Rolett at Edgewood high al Calabria was a
three-sport athlete capital captain excuse me of the baseball team where he
was named all County and defensive captain of the football team earning the
National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame Award as a senior he was an honor
student president of the National Honor Society getting a scholarship to study
physics during the summer of his junior year at the National Science Foundation
at Drexel University he was class president for four years and played
collecting sports including baseball each year he was there he
eventually after earning a master’s degree at Johns Hopkins he began an
outstanding career where he was a senior leader with a multinational company in
addition he was a strategic consultant in top companies and was an adjunct
professor at two universities but more than that wherever his vocation took him
in the US and abroad mr. Calabria was dedicated as a
volunteer with series of charitable organizations as well as serving as a
coach and leader in youth sports not one to rest on his laurels in
semi-retirement he is involved with nonprofit boards and public service
he’ll tell you that it was his many experience at Edgewood High especially
the lessons talked to him by his teachers coaches and teammates that gave him his base for a lifetime of achievements
mr. Calabria and his wife of 48 years Cindy live in Lake Oswego Oregon they
have two grandchildren and four grandchildren now please join me
welcoming the most new deserving member of the EHS all Fame mr. Alec Calabria congratulations welcome to the Hall of
Fame ow oh my I’m sure good morning I’m Helen
Morrison president of the Alumni Association and I’m here to present two
things to miss drow one is apply a copy of the plaque that’s out on the wall
which is Drexel University Scholar Athlete leader earned his BS and
mechanical engineering master’s senior executive with multinational
corporations adviser to Fortune 500 companies dedicated Church charity
volunteer youth high school leader there you go out and we have one other thing
from the Alumni Association which is a certificate Mr. Alfred d Al Calabria
alumni class of 1965 and recognition of having been named to be a member of the
in high school Hall of Fame on October 4th 2019 noting his academic athletic
and leadership excellence in high school college his long and distinguished
career as a leader with multinational corporations and he’s dedicated service
to civic and charitable causes and it’s signed by Scott Elliot who’s co-chair of
a Hall of Fame Committee and myself as president of the Alumni Association ok
and we have here a copy of what appeared in the Aegis regarding all the Hall of
Famers and each of you will receive a copy for that as well thank you good morning on behalf of the Harford
County Council I want to present this proclamation to Mr. Calabria for all
your outstanding accomplishments and achievements and just to tell you thank
you for for everything that you have done thank you very much Senator Bob Cassily you know it’s so important these days that we have heroes and
mentors to look up to especially real people that we can that people can
emulate and that’s especially true of our young people that we see around here
so I want to first of all think how and all the awardees for stepping up to the
plate and and being willing to serve as those mentors for our young people for a
community we all need just to see folks rising up from from the hometown and and
so thank you all each and every one of you congratulations and thanks for
serving that I also want to thank the committee because I just talked to
somebody earlier it was this school was doing a masterful job in honoring alumni
clearly setting the standard throughout the county for how these are done and I
want to thank you all for everything that you’re doing for that now thank you
congratulations this is a proclamation everyone will get from the Harford
senators thanking you for your for your working the state delegate Steve Johnson for
district 34 a on behalf of the Maryland General Assembly and the Harford County
delegation I’d like to offer you this Proclamation be it hereby known to all
that sincerest congratulations are offered to Alfred Calabria and all of
the honorees and awardees today his induction into the Edgewood High School
Hall of Fame honoring his achievements as an outstanding scholar athlete and
his career contribution spanning the corporate world academia and nonprofits
again thank you all and for what you do and to give back to the community thank
you good morning my name is Cindy Mumby on behalf of County Executive Barry
Glassman and all of the citizens of Harford County mr. Calabria and to all
of the awardees today I’d like to present this proclamation from the
county executive recognizing your outstanding career at Edgewood High
School but also your outstanding contributions to our community thank you
and congratulations well if you ever need training and
humility this is the way to get it I just need to get my reading glasses out
but going first is also a treat because then I get to try to avoid any mistakes
that possibly could be replicated but first I want to thank all the principal
Mac and all the elected representatives and the and their and their delegates
here also and first of all I want to thank my best friend advocate wife and
soul mate Cindy who is in in the audience daughter Gina here son Adam and
grandson Elliott for being here to share this moment my family is most
responsible for whatever I have achieved in my life thanks also to my dear friend
and classmate Jim Roth who’s here our class vice president and the smartest
dude in our class I also want to thank Alex now I one of the things I did
before in my preparation for this is to ask Alex for some of his
background because I was interested in that I knew that I was going to be
impressed because I’ve met other IB students from Edgewood and in others but
alex has a particularly impressive background he’s student government
president here he holds positions at the County Association and also statewide I
just learned that he is in the final stages of being selected as a page for
the Maryland assembly so he he is representative I think and and typical
of some of the outstanding students here and it’s a reflection of the education
they’re getting I think in this wonderful institution I also met a few
other IB students if I can remember their name Alexis Madison and Casias I
believe and and they were all so wonderful we had a little chat before
the ceremony began and I think if each of you has a chance to have a chat with
these young people you will be very impressed and encouraged about our
future my five years at Edgewood yes there were five were foundational and my
formation as a young man and citizen first occurred here it was significant
for all of us in the EHS class of 1965 to recall what was going on
all around us as a Civil Rights Act of 1964 was passed the year before and the
Voting Rights Act of 1965 was passed only two months after our graduation
there was great fear in the school board administration and faculty that the
school desegregation that affected all County schools in our last two years
would cause massive chaos in fact as a student I hardly noticed any student
unrest with only a few very minor exceptions and I attribute this
stability this relative stability due to the large percentage of students from
military families at Edgewood at that time students were quite comfortable
with classmates of different races and backgrounds since I was raised in an
immigrant neighborhood in Connecticut where my friends were of many varying
races and ethnic backgrounds adjusting to my new schoolmates was not difficult
and quite pleasurable recently Fay Vincent the Commissioner Major League
Baseball from 1989 to 1992 wrote an op-ed for The Wall Street Journal
entitled I should have thanked my teachers in and he wrote I regret I
never told them how profound their affect on me was a major influence in my
high school days was Chuck Morrison as was mentioned earlier Hall of Fame class
of 2011 he taught me what a pic was in JV
basketball and good sportsmanship and how to win with grace and lose with
dignity on the baseball diamond Chuck most
importantly reminded me that what I lacked in height and size I more than
compensated for by being a slow runner so I became a catcher that’s my senior
English teacher he showed me how to enjoy a Shakespearean play or sonnet
thanks coach and also his lovely wife Jeanette coach
Bud Coakley who I did have a chance to thank I believe his daughter Kim is in
the audience also Hall of Fame class of 2011 was influential for my experience
on the gridiron thanks to coach wish you were here I wish I could have thanked my Latin teacher for four years I did not appreciate at that time
that this would be a major contribution to this engineering students
communication skills as there were scant college electives beyond the required
math and science thanks other faculty and staff I thank our Joe Brown
Hall of Fame 2017 I think I saw mr. Brown good to see you again
Susan McGuire Ron Davis bill Mullin Jean gall Guy Webber bugs Kraft and Sarah
Jane’s and there were there were others so I advice to students in attendance
thank your teachers coaches and other mentors now while you can although this
is indeed an honor of the highest sort we are here not so much too lay a claim on
each inductee but rather to celebrate and endorse the critical role than in
that an impact that role modeling can have on others role modeling is hardly
new we find in the Bible in Titus chapter 2 verse 7 show yourself in all
respects to be a model of good works and in your teaching show integrity dignity
and sound speech that cannot be condemned when an eighth ninth and tenth
grader dhhs I distinctly recall looking up at successful students in higher
grades I saw a great student athletes who are also in student government and
scored high academic achievement Larry Melva Hall of Fame 2015 and Godfather to
my daughter Gina was a major influence sadly Larry passed away last year and I
miss him greatly I also watched successful students like Don Morrison
co-chair of this program Allen Ingalls Hall of Fame class of 2011
and Jeff Glover Hall of Fame 2012 my classmate Bob Mcone and Hall of Fame 2017 drew my admiration and respect by overcoming early
disadvantage in his life to become a renowned coach educator husband father
and grandfather instead of seeing his early condition as an excuse for later
problems he leveraged his considerable talents and took responsibility for his
future this value of personal responsibility is one that I perceive is
not an evidence in popular cultural discourse but is enormously beneficial
for those who embrace it I rather like the reminder provided to us by the poet
Maya Angelou each of us famous or infamous is a role model for somebody
and if we aren’t we should behave as though we are cheerful kind loving
courteous because you can be sure someone is watching and taking
deliberate and diligent notes as a result of observing behaviors I wanted
to emulate I developed aspirational values aspirational not that I have
achieved these that have served me well the first is uncompromising integrity
servant leadership lifelong learning embracing change personal accountability
and associate with others better than myself when I learned from my immigrant
grandparents so I leave you today with the hope that one or more of the stories
you hear will inspire at least one student to aim high and stand on this
stage in the near future thank you very much Thank You al our next recipient is a
proud member of the class of 1973 she is miss Gina
Austin Abate Gina shared that her best memory of Edgewood High School was
playing field hockey and going to football games in fact we played
together she described herself as being athletic energetic and ambitious the
biggest life lesson she took away from Edgewood High School was the importance
of friendships and how to lead that may be why she said Carol Barker who is a
Hall of Famer was the staff member who influenced her most Carol her taught her everything she learned about working
together as a team we love you too coming to the microphone to describe why
this incredible person is about to become a member of our Hall of Fame is
her student ambassador ms ryan parncut good morning Gina Austin was one of
those students at Edgewood High that you just knew it was going to be a star as
an adult a standout field hockey player member of the National Honor Society a
class officer miss Austin was named a top ten senior when she graduated but
the heights that Gina Austin abate has reached in a continuing career has gone
beyond even the promise she showed in high school and in her honors college
work a former senior leader in the Department of Veteran Affairs and top
software firms she is now chief operating officer at a company involved
with cyber security in fact miss abate has been recognized by respectful
regional publications as one of Maryland’s most influential and most
admired CEOs for her vision and leadership in Internet security
she is chairperson of the board for the cybersecurity Association of Maryland
and was a key supporter in getting a bill signed into law that makes our
state a leader in encouraging businesses to invest in cybersecurity miss abate is
also involved with colleges encouraging students in the areas of science
technology and math she and her husband Darryl have two grown sons and five
grandchildren I think that you’ll agree with me that Gina Austin abate is a
model for young women everywhere and as a deserving member of the Edgewood High
School Hall of Fame Thank You Ryan and all our distinguished
guests it is an honor to be selected for the EHS Hall of Fame and I thank Susan
Sinclair my role model miss Barker and Bonnie Hayden for nominating me and the
committee for selecting me for those of you that don’t know the Austin family I
am the oldest of five children it’s myself my sister Kim in the audience
Bryan Paul and Mark John our dad was pastor John who was the minister at
Trinity Lutheran and he preached at no fewer than six baccalaureate he says it
could be seven or eight which we do believe could be the record it is a true
tribute to our parents teachers and coaches that each of us have gone on to
be successful and our chosen careers edgewood gave us many positive life
experiences and lessons from team sports we were involved in and our
organizational leadership roles we made lifelong friends and have endless
positive memories thank you to our teachers and coaches in the audience a
key philosophy I learned that has served me well is to stay open to change and
where that change might take you when I was a student at Edgewood I could not
have imagined where the technology industry was headed and the endless
opportunities it would provide me as an individual and a leader my advice is to
never be afraid to stretch and try something new and always go after you
want with energy my personal mantra is to stay open be positive and be bold
these are all acclamations I learned as a child and student and I think some of
you know we my mom a couple of weeks ago and she was always one to say go for it and don’t say no make it happen and so that that’s
a key role model for me thank you to my husband Darrell and my two sons Matthew
and Jonathan they have given me unconditional love and support
throughout my career they also keep me very grounded so whenever I cross that
threshold and I come home all that stays at the door and I’m a wife and a mom and
those are the most important roles that I have ever played so thank you to my
family who’s here today with me and my dear friends all of them from high
school and congratulations to my fellow inductees Thank You Gino you know one of the
questions I asked this esteemed group was if you had a do-over what would it
be the majority said they didn’t have a do-over they wouldn’t have done a thing
differently one person said he would have studied more to be prepared for
college the other one had a very interesting insight said I wish I would
have taken time to connect and stay connected with friends it’s so easy to
move on especially when you leave the area to dissociate yourself with friends
but that’s what I have to say about social media bringing us all back
together so I thought it was pretty interesting that most would not have
changed a thing the third of our inductees is known by everyone as chick
officially he’s Raymond W ham jr. class of 1978 chick was involved in everything
he said I loved basketball choir golf student government proms
field trips I’m sure he loved homecoming you named it he loved it he described
himself as being focused outgoing and involved and believes the biggest life
lesson he took away from Edgewood High School was this there is no substitute
for dedicated effort his life’s ambition oddly enough he knew he wanted to be a
banker he wanted to be a leader in the world of Finance and help organizations
serving the broader needs of the community and now to help you learn more
about this remarkable man here’s his student ambassador miss
Francesca Arcafull chick ham didn’t miss a day of school
from first grade through his graduation but that’s just one small part of what
makes assists already so special for the past 42 years he has been a senior
leader in the regional banking industries currently serving as vice
president at PNC Bank after beginning his career career as a summer intern
following his sophomore year at edger hai yeh house he played two sports sang
in chorus was in Jazz Ensemble and performed in the school musical he
earned a Maryland State Senateorial scholarship that led degree and
masters from Loyola College rising through the ranks at area banks
institutions mr. Hamm has been honored at every step as a business leader along
the way he’s given back as an active leader and dozens of governmental school
and volunteer organizations that she can read all about in your program a prime
example is his family support of the Challenger League in Cecil County which
provides opportunities for kids of emotional or physical challenges to play
sports mr. Hamm is a trustee with Cecil college and his chair of the board of
Union Hospital in Elkton where his family lives he was also an instructor
at Edgewood High’s Junior Achievement Program mr. Hamm and his wife Ann have
to have two children and the precious six year old granddaughter please join
me in welcoming into the Edgewood High Hall of Fame a man who exemplifies
business success and the volunteer spirit mr. Raymond W chick ham Jr I prepared some remarks but I’m feeling
the need for all the things that you’ve heard about in that bio the subject that
I’ve heard the most about from friends and family over the last couple of weeks
is the fact that I went through 13 years of public education and never missed a
day of school so so I want to explain why my mother’s here today and the rule
in my house was very simple if you’re sick enough to stay home from school
then you’re sick enough to go to the doctor now what you need to understand
is that I have always been definitely afraid of injections so mom would say
that’s fine if you want to stay home I’ll call the doctor and he’ll give you
a needle this big and off I went to school so that that’s how that worked I
am deeply honored and truly humbled to be here today and receive this
recognition I look down this roster of Hall of Famers and I see names of people
who have touched my life many times in many positive ways folks like Bud
Coakley who most knows a football coach but I know is the guy who taught me how
to swim at age five the Bradley brothers who thrilled anyone who ever watched
them play basketball Ted Moyer my baseball coach shining example of
community leadership Jimmy born the Olympic swimmer who I
used to drive to practice when he had to go to Towson and so many teachers and
professionals who have touched my life in many ways along along this journey
and folks that continue to help me today like my good friend Carl Roberts for me
to be counted among this number it’s truly amazing
I know Edgewood is a place where working-class families are dedicated to
the effort of trying to prepare their kids for the best possible tomorrow at
this school and in the backyards of this community I learned some very valuable
lessons play to win but always play fair respect your teammates be humble in
victory and gracious and defeat and don’t be a quitter
what I know today is that these qualities cannot be taught in business
school but they can be learned in great communities like Edgewood I sang in the
choir for many years and I will tell you it was a great experience singing in a
choir is a place where you get to project your voice but at the same time
have to listen very carefully to everyone else around you it’s a great
skill and one that I wish our elected officials would learn a little better
sometimes finally there was something about growing up in a community with a
strong military influence it was quite special if you grew up in Edgewood on a
regular basis you had good friends leave the area because their parents were
being transferred to a different military base going through this up rody
uprooting could be very tough at times belong the way from that experience we
learned something of a duty honor sacrifice service the country and
service to others I will always feel blessed to have had many good role
models and great experiences at Edgewood and I was doubly blessed to grow up at a
house on Perry Avenue one that was filled with the perfect measure of love
discipline faith and encouragement so I’ll close
with a bit of a confession as you can tell always been proud of my time at
Edgewood at my connection to the Edgewood Ram community however on August
11th 1984 I married the 1978 Aberdeen Eagle valedictorian and the truth is and
the truth is and she’s here today of course and the truth is anything that I
have accomplished is attributable to a great partnership with my bride in so
thank you and thanks mom thanks to all who have made this day very special and
thanks to the great community of Edgewood that was beautiful that was
gorgeous and it says so much for you only haven’t been together for about
four weeks and this is your first year here at Edgewood High School let’s give
him another round of applause wonderful I almost like watching you mr. Des
Moines as much as I watch the kids I can tell your heart and soul was in this I’m
wondering which one of you is wearing the robe I wore in choralears we called
ourselves the choralears then Edgewood High School so I’m just me
checking your labels later to see where my name is okay it was amazing all right
our next honoree has already lived a varied and full life a star athlete
Military Academy grad and member of the Armed Forces he is now a financial
advisor he is mr. Patrick a Pollard class of
1983 when I read Pat’s responses a theme developed his biggest life lesson was
the power of a team when all the members buy in best overall memory going
undefeated in senior year of football his life’s ambition simple to make it
through West Point when asked who most influenced him Pat named several staff
members two of whom are among the Edgewood High School Hall of Fame he’s
grateful to Far East for instilling in him discipline and preparation too Frank
Mezanati for the fearlessness to compete and to tom kinderski for
encouraging him to enjoy whatever he chose to do here to tell you more about
Pat Pollard is his student ambassador mr. Desmond McAllister hi good morning and welcome to Edgewood
High School when it comes to honored athletes in the history of Edgewood high
Pat Pollard has to rank right up there with the best he was starting
quarterback on the Rams only undefeated team in school history and piloted is his
team to its best three season record ever at 24 and five he was named as one
of the first ever All Metro football players in edgewood’s program and was
chosen as a scholar athlete by the Eastern Regional National Football
Foundation if that’s not enough Pat was part of the 1981 Rams State baseball
championship and was named all County as a senior after having been a three year
starter on the team if his story ended here it would have been impressive but
his 3.9 grade point average National Honor Society membership and selection
as top math student in his senior class helped him her earn an appointment to
the US Military Academy at West Point and his service to his country as an
Arab Army Airborne Ranger achieving the rank of captain when he left the
military he returned home to begin an outstanding career in the field of
financial services where he is now senior vice president of Merrill Lynch
Mr. Pollard has or earned his companies circle of and excellence in each of the
past five five years still that’s only another part of what makes Pat Pollard a
role model for all of us he has demonstrated his commitment to service
by giving back to his alma mater made her in many ways including his
continuing membership on the EHS Academy of Finance Board and as a founding
member of the Rams for others that raises money to benefit deserving causes
in the Edgewood area and he has been a president of the bel-air rotary for the
past 17 years as well as a member of the great Bel Air Community Foundation Mr.
Pollard and his wife Kristen have two sons and a daughter
join with me as we thank Patrick a Pollard for his continuing service to
his community and his country as he honored as he honors us with membership
in the Andrew high school Hall of Fame unfortunately these days I have to get
these out if I’m gonna read anything Thank You Desmond principal Mac Edgewood high school students that was beautiful Edgewood faculty and all distinguished
guests I’d also like to thank Don Morrison mrs. Helen Morrison Scott
Elliot for all they do for the Hall of Fame in the Edgewood Alumni Society
congratulations to my fellow inductees your accomplishments are truly amazing
I’d also like to thank all of those in the Hall of Fame that voted for me I’ve
been around long enough to know or know of most of the people in the Edgewood
High School Hall of Fame I know what they’ve accomplished another talents
another type of people they are which makes this a tremendous honor and a
humbling honor for me I’d like to start by thanking some people who came a long
way to see us today my sister Mary L Pollard Madden Edgewood high school
class of 87 along with my brother Phil in the class of 85 me in the class of 83
there was a Pollard here from 1979 to 1987 we pretty much had the Reagan years
covered I’m proud that all of us were strong enough in the classroom and
active enough and extracurricular activities to make an impact here
particularly my brother Phil why playing music under Hall of Fame band director
mr. Jim Merton I’m also thankful that my parents were able to make the eight-hour
drive here but I knew they would they’ve always been there for Phil Marriott
myself with unconditional love and advice mom were selling the law of dad
more so on the advice advice I also like to recognize my wife Kristen we’ve
recently celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary and after 23 years became
empty nesters last month so that this new face Chris I couldn’t imagine going
through it without when I got into the wealth management
business 26 years ago they sent me to New York for four weeks of training
which culminated in a dinner in New York at fancy Manhattan restaurants the
speaker’s theme was privileged by the right of birth and that we were
privileged to be in the five percent of the people in this world that were born
in the country where we had the freedom to change our status and lot in life
primarily through hard work so after I was notified that I was elected to the
Hall of Fame I reflected on my time at Edgewood High School it occurred to me
that I was privileged by the right of Edgewood I was privileged to be able to
attend Edgewood High School with passionate teachers that cared about you
as a student in a person and some of the greatest coaches in the history of
Harford County I was also privileged to go to school
with students from hard-working families where I learned a work ethic mental and
physical toughness the importance of teamwork and the desire to win all
skills that would help me later in life when I got here I was privileged that my
high school experience started with my first homeroom teacher and geography
teacher and Hall of Famer mr. Doug Johnson who made us realize that
learning could be fun I was privileged to play JV football that year under
coach Tim Zelo who was a tremendous coach for a JV football team he taught
us about toughness and making the effort to win he also taught us a few words and
phrases that would probably should not be repeated here my sophomore year I was
privileged to have Tom Congerski as my biology teacher they taught us
to love what you do I later became his aide and he’s still my friend today also
as a sophomore I was privileged to make the varsity football team and I learned
a lot about leadership from some great seniors like Tim mallet or Ricky Poland
Glen Bensley Jim saw Tim Koosman Brad Palmer and of course my blindside left
tackle and hall-of-famer Bruce Riley we won the County Championship that year to
suprise to the surprise of many people and that was despite having the slowest
back field in the history of Edgewood High School was Ben’s Lee at tailback
and Chris column at fullback and myself a quarterback later that year I was
privileged to make the varsity baseball team coached by Hall of Famers Steve
Williams they told us this taught us about staying
positive in the face of adversity focusing on a situation at hand we want
to state championship that year led by Herbie crumbly but a young Scott
Richardson and of course my classmate and hall-of-famer Scott Elliot
so more teachers I had the privilege of studying under were in the math
department mrs. mrs. Francis and mr. Howard in English mr. green and of
course in social studies mr. holesworth his government class was sort of a rite
of passage for Edgewood high school seniors and certainly taught you how to
perform under pressure as well as learning about the government senior
year of football was truly special I was privileged to play on the only defeated
team in school history we had a large group of seniors that year many of us
had played together since we were kids there were no superstars on that team
just a lot of very good players that were all in on the concept of the team
we were led by great captains Hall of Famer Keith Rawlings and Martin Higgins
we also have county players like tile Taylor Kenny Crawford Scott scungy Oh
Steve Smith Tim adaptil and the late Tony Taylor we
had some great role players on that team too as seniors Jeff ha for David good
Stephanie Williams while John ski Tim grizzly and Geri Ashby we have which
over 30 points a year our game that year and only gave up three a game we were
truly dominant we were lucky enough that after our football games be able to
celebrate at the Edgewood McDonald’s because of community supporter and Hall
of Famer Tony Meola would give us a free Big Mac after every win there’s a couple
of guys that up until now I haven’t mentioned but they were the coaches of
the varsity football team along with the afor mentioned coaches although I was
truly privileged to play for coach for sweeps head coach Forrest weeks and
coach Frank Mezanaughty both Hall of Famers coach Matz was no more for
lacrosse than football but he was a tremendous football coach more
importantly he taught us about how to play with heart and passion and believe
in ourselves he taught us to be fearless coach we’ve taught us about organization
and discipline and attention to detail in preparation often times in practice
we’d run a very simple off tackle play 15 times in a row till he was satisfied
everybody was doing it perfectly they were a great complement to each other
without those two it might not be standing here today
so finally it was a privilege to graduate with the class of 83 the
greatest class in Edgewood history we’ve got evidence there we go
Hall of Famer Scot Eliot Keith Rawlings not Quinn dang Richard says more and I’m
sure more to come so yes my bio states some neat things that I’ve accomplished
and that I’m proud of but they never would have happened if I wasn’t
privileged by the right of birth but privileged by the right of Edgewood
thank you and go Rams I’m so glad I’m the MC because I can see
that was after the class of 1972 well done John Schaech our final alumni
inductee alumni inductee is a representative from the class of 1987
and while he has moved on to fame in the entertainment industry his heart has
never left Edgewood we are thrilled that John is
here John could make it he couldn’t make it he could make it he couldn’t make it
the reason is because he’s fresh off the set of filming Batwoman where he’s
filming on a location in Toronto mister miss Alexis waters is mister
Schaech’s student ambassador she would tell you more about this outstanding
Edgewood High School grad good morning if all you know about John Schaech is
that he was the lead singer of the wonders and Tom Hanks debuts director in
the 90s movies that thing you do and he’s been more than 160 Hollywood
productions you’re missing the best part of his story about his Edgewood high
school alumnus he is one of the most dedicated supporters of the anti sexual
violence and students with learning disability causes in the nation he is an
outspoken sexual abuse survivor and is involved with leading national groups in
bringing the issue to light mr. Schaech has testified before the US Congress on
the importance of keeping arts in our schools and has joined others in the
adopt the arts initiative he is not forgotten where he came from
supporting hometown efforts such as home runs for the homeless a project that
raises more than $20,000 each year to support homeless families in our County
mr. Schaech has also been an EHS been an EHS commencement speaker and helped
dedicate the new Ram Stadium as a keynote speaker while at Edgewood High
he was a founding member of the Arts Club and played varsity lacrosse in
addition to his success in a variety of films he has appeared in an
number of Showtime dramas he’s teamed with fellow EHS hall-of-famer Richard
shismar and with the legendary Stephen King to write for a master of horror
series most recently he has been involved with Mark Wahlberg in a
documentary about Oriole legend Rick Dempsey’s bank-robbing Little League
coach mister schaech and his wife Julie Solomon have a five-year-old son Camden
please help me celebrate the latest honor bestowed on mr. John Schaech that
being the member of the Edgewood High School Hall of Fame everybody this is an incredible honor I
get to come home I get I get to come home I I’ve been traveling the world for
since 1987 and I’m incredibly grateful just to be here I’m grateful to be alive
I’m grateful with that I get to see my my parents for this short period of time
and go back to doing what I do and that’s running around the world in
Vancouver with Batwoman and Supergirl and I have to tell
everyone I have held the hand of some incredible people but it all started
here when everyone else was holding my hand my parents took me through all
these years of it was a struggle everyone may have had great
accomplishments here at Edgewood but it was really tough for me I had a really
hard time I couldn’t learn properly I found the arts that saved me
I had Kara Mindy to get me through pretty much most of it
I had the Elliotts across the street who took care of us when my parents were
working so hard I had my sister who kicked him scott’s ass when he picked me
up and threw him on the ground on the bus because I was the 98-pound wrestler
I had Scott who was always next door to me who would always play catch with me
and raised me up and showed me that we could really do things if we just worked
really really hard and then when I got out to Hollywood I I met incredible
people but I met some really asshole people’s and they were really tough on
me and they’re really me and they took advantage of me and I
rose up and I I only did that because I’m from Edgewood there was times in my
career where I was on a horseback leading about a hundred men charging for
the Texas Revolution I had a sword out in front I was underneath a really bad
horse who was just scared to death and I had a charge
lead the charge and I remember just before I took off leading that charge
I remember Frank Maserati telling me what I could do in this world
and I had the heart to do it all he said you follow your heart and you’ll make it
and that’s all I’ve ever done is just follow my heart I I had played roles
that I wasn’t supposed to play but somehow they came to me and when when
they came to me I remember reading read the script it was from cold case anyone
ever see cold case so I got offered this part and it was a role of an
african-american and I was like what okay
wow what an honor that I play at African American he was mulatto so I could pass
for that it was in black and white so you couldn’t it would had no color to it
but the only reason I took that role was because I was from Edgewood because I
knew about diversity I was I was asked to carry I was I was asked to hold the
hand of a woman who was too scared to walk out in public because she was gay
and the only reason I I was had the courage to do that was because I was
from Edgewood I used to walk her in front of the car the delights and we
used to parade and do a really good job of acting and that was Ellen DeGeneres I
used to walk her around and the only reason I could do that was because I was
from Edgewood the heart of Edgewood has seen some
amazing things through all the compliments about everyone here and I
embody that me and Richard Chisholm are we’re
walking down the halls of new line or one of those and we Sam Jackson was
there there’s all these big-name people that I could name drop endlessly but we
only looked at each other and said we can do this because we’re from Edgewood
coming from here makes you very special you get to see everything all at once
I’m amazed at this incredible auditorium everyone always brings at the military
we get a part of the have the military and my father being a Baltimore City
police officer I learned one valuable lesson and that is the most important
thing that we could ever do is to give back so I I’m grateful to be part of
this lump it’s not alumni it’s a Hall of Fame I’m really grateful that Scott
fought so hard and I’m really grateful for whoever filled out the paperwork
because I can’t fill paperwork out I’m Dyslexic and and when I see forms or
anything like that it frightens me and I will do everything if my mom doesn’t do
it or Mindy didn’t do it or Kara didn’t do it my sister didn’t do it my dad
wasn’t gonna do it someone had to do it because I wasn’t gonna do it so whoever
filled out the paperwork thank you very much I’m really grateful to be here with
everybody I know that we all get to accomplish incredible things and if I
could give you guys one thing speak courage to comfort speak courage to
comfort wherever you go remember that and leave from your heart just like
Mezen I taught me thanks guys John that was amazing thank you so much
I recall as I was going through your bio that one of the shows that you appeared
in with Blue Bloods was was it Blue Bloods so just later I want to just to
ask you a little bit about Tom Selleck okay just it’s just between you and me before I introduce you to our final
honoree today I’d like to take a moment to urge you if you haven’t done so
already to pause and the walk down the school’s main hallway
and what we call our Hall of Fame gallery notice how the light shines on
each of the images as you pass symbolically highlighting these folks a
group I’m proud and humbled to be a part of the Edgewood High’s Alumni
Association is indebted to past and present
Edgewood high school administrations who have supported and embraced the Hall of
Fame as a way to inspire the current and
future generations of students staff and the community I really do have to take
my hat off to Don Morrison and Scott and Helen you are amazing you have no idea
the work that goes on behind the scenes beginning tomorrow to plan for next year
our final inductee is a man who followed his passion into education and in
serving his fellow man spiritually mr. Joseph a Schmitz or just plain Joe as he
likes to be called is a humble and incredible person Joe let me know that
his responses to my questions would be atypical because they reflect his
experience at Edgewood High School as a staff member
he’s a former Edgewood high school teacher assistant principal and
principal he describes himself as present reliable and empowering he respected
many of the older staff when he began as a teacher but was most influenced by his
colleagues Jorge Topher Jerry Nava and Brian Shope he said they were always
searching to figure out better ways to teach content the leaders who influenced
him were Bob Williams John mayhorn and Steve Williams Joe says they built my
confidence as both a teacher and an administrator and placed me in
situations where I would be successful as I grew into my role and learned Joe’s
fondest memories of Edgewood are the times after graduation when he would
have the chance to linger with students and their families while they savored
the moment here to introduce our final inductee Joe Schmitz is his student
ambassador miss Chris Chanel in the history of Harford County Public
Schools only one person has ever been a teacher assistant principal and
principal consecutively in the same school that person is our next Hall of
Fame inductee mr. Joe Schmitz mr. Schmitz didn’t start out to be an
educator at all he went to and graduated from law school passing the bar and
practicing for eight years before he heeded the call of the classroom he
became a social studies teacher at Edgewood High School in 1992 earning the
respect of students colleagues and administrators with his knowledge and
teaching skill not only that but he led the EHS speech and debate and Mock Trial
teams to unprecedented success statewide his success in the classroom as a
sponsor and as a contributor to school leadership resulted in his being named
an assistant principal here and in 2001 as principal at Edgewood High School he
became principal after a period of instability in that role at EHS
restoring community during his six years a school leader while principal he was a
key supporter of the new Academy of Finance and helped implement the
International Baccalaureate program in addition to planning for the opening of
this new building after being reassigned to another school as principal mr.
Schmitz was promoted to the executive director of secondary education where he
was in charge of all nineteen middle and high public schools in the county as
with the call to be an educator he followed another passion that of
Scripture study leading to a role in the prison ministry having retired from his
leadership position this past July mr. Schmitz is completing a course of
study that will qualify him to work in faith information at a parish level he
and his wife Katie have grown three children
I am pleased to be the first introduced mr. Joe Schmitz as a member of the EHS
Hall of Fame I’m tremendously honored to be here today and very grateful so by
the way when they referred to instability of principles before me they
weren’t referring to the individuals they were referring to the rapid
turnover in the position since Bob and Steve Williams are here right clarify so
I’d like to thank the Hall of Fame committee I’d like to thank my
nominators Bob Williams Steve Williams mr. kilo Mac and mr. George Topher who
couldn’t be here because he’s had some shoulder surgery for for being in front
of you today I’d certainly like to thank my wife Katie who made it possible for
me to spend the hours here that were needed to accomplish some things that we
did and I thank my sister Judy for bringing with me with me today as well I
guess if I look back on my time at Edgewood it’s it’s very funny when I
come here I never actually worked in this building and yet every time I come
here I still feel like I’m coming back to a home that was mine and you know I
part of it’s the faces that you see but part of it’s just the feeling of
belonging in this community and I’m very appreciative of that if there’s one
thing I can remember about teaching here it’s just and being an administrator
it’s just well maybe not an assistant principal so
much but just how much fun it was way even when I was an assistant principal
Steve Williams was my principal so we had a few laughs I was cutting up was I
have to tell a story on myself I was cutting up with Steve in the office when
I came in and he said you know pretty soon you’ll find out
that when you come back to one of these events you know these these people are
gonna walk up to you that you know you recognize and you and you can’t pull the
name out and then we were laughing about that of course I was thinking that’ll
never happen to me and said we walked out into the the main
lobby there and people are walking up and I was feeling pretty good about
myself yeah hi Bob McCarron hi mr. Williams hi Paul
hi Scott Eliot and until county council president Patrick Vincente walked up to
me and I said hi Vince sorry mr. Vincenti I was talking after
church one day to a guy and he asked me what I did and I said I was a high
school principal and he said oh my gosh that’s got to be the worst job
imaginable and I said you’ve got to be kidding I think it’s the best job
imaginable he said well what is it that you actually do and I said I get to
provide opportunities for students and teachers to grow and learn every day and
you know I think my principals Bob Williams who hired me and gave me tons
of opportunities you know that that really let me stretch my wings in my
first couple years as a teacher and Steve Williams who was my principal when
I was an assistant principal really pushed me to be successful and gave me
those opportunities and that’s something I took away from from working with them
if you look at the other people on the stage today my resume really pales in
comparison to theirs and so I I’m proud to be here with them and I know that my
predecessors viewed the job the same way because they’ve obviously taken
tremendous opportunity of opportunities to grow and learn and and to be
excellent people so I guess the last thing I’d say is
just I’m extraordinarily grateful to have been able to work here as a teacher
and assistant principal and a principal for 15 years thank you I know you agree with me that the 2019
Edgewood High School Hall of Fame class truly measures up to those who have
preceded them and sets the bar high for those who will come later it has been my
heartfelt pleasure to be your emcee today and I truly hope we can all come
together again yet next year for the 10th anniversary induction ceremony
remember those of you will be going on tours of the building should begin
assembling in the back of the auditorium with your student guides hall-of-famers
please remain on stage for photos isn’t it just the most perfect setting and the
most perfect weekend to bring home those who have done so much for our community
at large and whose hearts will always remain here at Edgewood High School we
salute you now I’d like to invite principal Mac to
come forward for a few closing remarks okay Don Morrison like to thank you
Scott Eliot Allen and the rest of the Alumni Association for your hard work for this
event today also like to thank Harford County Network for being here as well
again as you start to do your visits around the building for those who
haven’t been here your tour guides our ambassadors we’ll take you around and we
will have lunch for you in the IB area so take your time it’s good to see all
the family and friends here today and this concludes our portion of this part
of the inductee Hall of Fame ceremony thank you

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