WCS’ Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame awards $50K in scholarships to 36 WGH graduating seniors

The Board of Directors of the Warren City Schools’ Foundation and the Committee of The Warren High Schools’ Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame on Saturday, April 30, 2022, awarded $50,000 in scholarships, collectively, to 36 Harding High School students.

The scholarships were awarded during the Warren High Schools’ Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame 30th Annual Awards Dinner.

Four new members who make up the DAHOF Class of 2022 were inducted into the DAHOF:

  • William E. Kush of Warren, a 1971 graduate and longtime employee of Warren City Schools serving as supervisor of plant maintenance, operations and warehouse;
  • Manuel N. Maligas of Spring, Texas, a 1961 graduate who went on to pursue a career in the aerospace and oil field industries;
  • Dr. Kristen E. Pearson of New Orleans, a 2008 graduate and assistant professor in the School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, at Tulane University;
  • Raymond D. Yannucci of Stow, a 1961 graduate who started his journalism career at the Warren Tribune Chronicle then went on to work for the Dover/New Philadelphia Times-Reporter as Scholastic Sports Editor and the Akron Beacon Journal, among other publications.

Frank Bubba, longtime Warren City Schools teacher and basketball coach, and Tony Berarducci, longtime Warren teacher, principal, assistant superintendent, personnel director and superintendent, were recognized as the 2022 Distinguished Faculty members.

Nicholas J. Angelo, former physical education teacher, coach and guidance counselor as well as district business manager, and Frank Supancic, social studies teacher and swim coach, were recognized as the 2020-2021 Distinguished Faculty.

Because the event was canceled in 2020 and a virtual ceremony was held in 2021, the 2020-2021 inductees were also recognized. They are:

  • Robert Berk of Warren, a 1972 Warren G. Harding graduate, went on to serve as CEO of Berk Enterprises;
  • Dr. Adam Cash of Cortland, a 1998 Harding graduate, specializes in plastic and reconstructive surgery and is adjunct professor at Mercy Health, Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine, Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, Gannon University, and NEOUCOM;
  • Edward Lukco of Dresden, a 1966 Harding graduate, went on to become a professor at The Ohio State University, Ohio Dominican and Franklin in the College of Arts and Sciences;
  • The late Nick Macris, a 1944 Harding graduate, pursued a career in education as a teacher and administrator for various school districts before serving as superintendent of Howland Local School District;
  • Constantine “Angelo” Kafantari of Torrance, California, a 2002 Harding graduate, pursued a career in automotive design and is CEO of Hyperion, working with NASA to create electric vehicles;
  • Vincent Peterson of Warren, a 1982 Warren Western Reserve High School graduate, went on to become officer-in-charge of adult probation and staff supervisor; U.S. Marshal’s Violent Fugitive Task Force supervisor; and an FBI hostage negotiator;
  • Sara Kingsbery Walsh of Princeton, New Jersey, a 1966 Harding graduate, pursued a legal career devoted to public service law, first as a public defender then with the Legal Services of New Jersey.

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