Perry Local

Alumni Association

Perry Local Schools
4325 Manchester Road
Perry, OH 44081
Phone: 440.259.9200

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Classmate and Teacher News

May 2016: Todd Kapostasy, Class of 2002

Won three Emmy Awards at the Academy of Arts and Science Sports Emmy Awards on May 10, 2016. More +

February 2016: Another Perry grad retires from Perry Schools.

Sue Amos Hackley, Class of 1972, retired from job in the cafeteria after 30 years of service to the students at Perry Schools.

February 2016: Chad West, Class of 2011

Is hopeful for a shot at the NFL. Read more about Chad's football career.

December 2015: Todd Kapostasy, Class of 2002

Is engaged to Tara Lipinski, 1998 Gold Medalist in Women's Figure Skating. See more at

June 2015: Meredith Kochan, Class of 2008

Is performing in the lead role of Luisa in The Fantasticks, now playing at the Cahn Auditorium in Evanston, Illinois. More +

May 2015: Michelle Wheeler, Class of 2011

Graduated Summa Cum Laude from The University of Toledo with a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing. More +

May 2015: Sandy Shreves Aldrich, Class of 1983

Earned her MBA in Health Management from Western Governor's University. She is currently the manager of inpatient physician practices at St. Vincent's Hospital in Indianapolis.

May 2015: Todd Kapostasy, Class of 2002

Is the proud recipient of four Emmy Awards for his work as a producer at FOX Sports 1 in Los Angeles. More +

May 2015: Maria Zampini, Class of 1980

Will be speaking at the Perry Library on Tuesday, May 12 at 7:00 p.m. Following her presentation, she'll be doing a book signing of her new book, Garden-pedia

March 2015: Steve Simmons, Class of 1997

Won five Gold and one Silver Medal at the Department of Defense Wounded Warrior Games. More +

March 2015: Steve Simmons, Class of 1997

Won five Gold and one Silver Medal at the Department of Defense Wounded Warrior Games. More +

March 2015: Emily Hinton, Class of 2012

Earned the Eastern Illinois University Ronald and Myra Jeffris Scholarship. The award is presented to an EIU student who demonstrates academic achievement. Emily is studying accounting.

January 2015: Maria Zampini, Class of 1980

Just added “author” to her impressive list of career accomplishments. More +

June 2014: Jeff Martin, Class of 1988

Accepted a position with QRP Corporation as Global Sales/Application Engineer. More +

June 2014: Alison Wakelee Magyari, Class of 2003

Represented Lake County in the Mrs. Ohio Pageant in Columbus. She was the Perry High School Mardi Gras Queen representative in 2003 and earned the crown that year.

June 2014: Caroline Dugan, Class of 2011

Received the Amelia & Clara Harding Scholarship at Baldwin Wallace College. More +

June 2014: Congratulations to the Perry School staff who retired at the end of the school year.

High School staff: Mr. Robert Glavan, Mrs. Lisa Greig, Mr. Greg King, Mrs. Lori Reigert, Mr. Mike Ryan and Mr. Tony Stowe; Middle School staff: Mrs. Kim Jury, Mrs. Nancy Moseley and Mrs. Janet Popieski; Elementary School staff: Mr. Bob Frischkorn and Mr. David Ohler. Thank you for the many years you spent at Perry Schools guiding students and providing a nurturing environment to learn and grow.

November 2013: Lauren Byrnes '08

Was awarded a 2013-14 Fulbright Scholarship. She will leave in September to work on her master's degree in Molecular and Cellular Biology at the Universitat Heidelberg in Germany. More +

November 2013: Karen Koch Sundy '88 and Tara Tharp Lynch '95

Were recognized by the Perry Area Joint Recreation District for their contributions to the organization. Karen received the Community/Business Supporter of the Year award and Tara received the Youth Activities Volunteer of the Year award.

August 2013: Rachael Greuber '10

Has built on the foundation she received at Perry High School from her participation in Perry Service Learning under the guidance of teacher Mark Soeder. More +

June 2013: Jared Champion '11

Is honoring his parents with a 4,400 mile bike ride which began June 1, 2013 and is expected to end 70 days later. More +

May 2013: June Rideout '51

and Gaylord Fryer celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on May 9, 2013. Their children hosted a party at the Painesville Elk's Lodge in Painesville that was attended by family, friends and their wedding attendants.

April 2013: Ryan Patriarca '99

Is safe at home after finishing the Boston Marathon. He completed the race an hour before the bombings.

January 2013: Ryan Wheeler '03

Is engaged to marry Katherine Rudd in June 2013 at St. John Vianney Church in Mentor. Ryan is a 2005 graduate of OSU-ATI in Wooster and is employed as a finance manager at Ricart Ford in Columbus.

January 2013: Bob Dawson '69

Was one of four new members inducted into the Ohio Fair Managers' Association Hall of Fame. More +

January 2013: Cindy Seese '77

Retired from Perry Schools after serving as a physical education teacher for 29 years. She was the perfect fit for the job as she was a star athlete during her high school days and was among the first to be inducted into the PHS Athletic Hall of Fame.

January 2013: Pam Morse '81 does it again!

Pam received the unique distinction of being honored for the second consecutive year as the Painesville Area Chamber of Commerce's Citizen of the Year for her commitment to the Fairport Harbor community.

September 2012: Chef Brad Ashburn '77

Has just opened the doors to his latest eatery, "Taters." More +

September 2012: Congratulations to the newest inductees into the Perry High School Distinguished and Athletic Hall of Fame:

Bob Dawson '69 (Distinguished), Brian Varsey '87 (Athletic), Corey Sarosy '95 (Athletic), Nicole Altenweg '02 (Athletic), Coach Giannell (Athletic) and Coach Kobus (Athletic).

September 2012: Michelle Wheeler '11

Was named to the President's List at the University of Toledo.

April 2012: Ryan Harvey '07

Graduated from Marine Corps Recruit Training at Parris Island, SC on April 13, 2012.

March 2012: Angelica Zampini '11

Was named to the Dean's List at Wright State University for the 2011 fall and winter quarters.

January 2012: Morse Van Lines, owned by Pam Morse '81

Was named Painesville Area Chamber of Commerce Business of the Year. The family-operated business has been in Painesville for 50 years and offers moving services throughout the continental United States.

November 2011: Brittany Deas '08

Was one of four college students in the state of Ohio to be recognized by the Ohio Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (OAHPERD) for achieving excellence in her studies at Bowling Green toward a degree in Physical Education. More +

September 2011: Elaine Tikka Lillback '42

Will be inducted into the PHS Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame on September 24, 2011. More +

August 2011: Franklin Siebert '05

Is engaged to Mary Christine Gerschutz on September 24, 2011 at Parkview Christina Church in Findlay, Ohio. More +

August 2011: Rodney Dawson '89

Began conditioning and training earlier this year to become a triathlete. More +

July 2011: Bob Dawson '69

Has been awarded the Certified Workforce Development Professional credential by the National Association of Workforce Development Professionals. More +

June 2011: Brandon Staley '01

And Amy Ward will be wed on June 25, 2011 at St. Cyprian Catholic Church in Perry. More +

June 2011: Ryan Harvey '07

Has joined the Marine Corps and will undergo 13 weeks of intense training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, SC. More +

April 2011: Pat New '80

Has started a new venture, NEWGreen Legacy Services, Inc. in the old Neff Perkins facility in Perry. More +

April 2011: June Fryer '51

Along with her husband Gaylord, owned and operated the outdoor Perry Flea Market on Route 20 in Perry and grew their business into Amish Cupboard & Crafts and then Perry Bargain Barn. More +

February 2011: Mildred Kneisley Fisher '30

The Alumni Association's oldest member, passed away on February 21, 2011 at the age of 99. More +

February 2011: Darcie Garofalo '04

Is engaged to Mark Warmuth. More +

January 2011: Tammy (Gillespie) Pescatelli '87

Has a new docu-series airing on WEtv called "A Stand Up Mother

January 2011: Jennifer Stevens '07

Is the recipient of the Charles A. Daily Family Scholarship from Mercyhurst College. She is a senior at Mercyhurst majoring in forensics-wildlife investigation.

December 2010: Derek Dawson '08

Was named to the Honors College dean's list at the University of Akron for the 2010 fall semester. He is enrolled in the School of Nursing.

November 2010: Tammy (Gillespie) Pescatelli '87

Will appear at the Improv Comedy Club, 200 Sycamore Street (in the Powerhouse on the West Bank of the Flats), Cleveland on November 12 and 13. More +

October 2010: Craig Brackman '00

Is engaged to marry Samantha Engle. The wedding is set for October 9, 2010 at St. John's Meeting House in Boardman. More +

September 2010: Tom Trenney '95

An accomplished musician and the first organist to be awarded the Grand and Audience prizes from the American Guild of Organists' National Competition in Organ Improvisation. More +

September 2010: Congratulations to the latest inductees in the PHS Hall of Fame!

Distinguished Hall of Fame: Martha "Betty" Shepard Behm, Class of 1937; Athletic Hall of Fame: Renee Lynch, Class of 1999, Michael Patrick, Class of 2000, Dennis Hudson, Class of 1984. You and your accomplishments make us proud to be Pirates!

September 2010: Alexandra Betteley '08

Earned the 2010 National Excellence in Leadership Award from the National Society of Leadership and Success. She is a junior at Mercyhurst.

August 2010: Bob Dawson '69

Was among the outstanding Lakeland Community College alumni to be inducted into the prestigious Lakeland Alumni Hall of Fame. More +

August 2010: Debbie and Brad Ashburn '77 and Lisa Courtwright Pierce '87

Who make up three of the four members of the southern gospel quartet, Circle of Friends, hosted the Seventh Annual Gospel Trail in August. Circle of Friends will be releasing their sixth CD in August. Crowds of more than 1,000 people have attended this annual all-day gospel music concert.

August 2010: Serena Papalardo Arko '75

Was selected News-Herald/Lake County Fair Commerce Queen. More +

August 2010: Cara Champion

Graduated from the University of Rochester on May 16 with a Bachelor's of Science degree in Cell and Developmental Biology. Cara is a past recipient of the PHS Alumni Association Scholarship.

August 2010: Casey Greuber

Was one of eight recipients nationwide to earn a $2000 Harold and Maria Ransburg American Patriot Scholarship from the Association of Former Intelligence Officers. More +

August 2010: Andi Parhomovich's life (Class of '95)

Andi Parhomovich's life is memorialized in an essay by her father called "A New Normal." Excerpts from the essay were printed in the Sunday, August 1, 2010 edition of The News-Herald.

July 2010: Tom Wills '06

Married Stephanie Frances Zalar on July 17, 2010 at St. Cyprian's Catholic Church.  More +

June 2010: Sarah King '06

Graduated from Miami University of Ohio. She earned the highest academic achievement award from the Farmer School of Business in her major of Business Management and Organization. More +

June 2010: Garet Prior '02

Is engaged to marry Megan Webster on July 3, 2010 at the Blair Center in Westfield Center, Ohio. More +

May 2010: Perry High School Distinguished and Athletic Halls of Fame

The newest class of inductees into the Perry High School Distinguished and Athletic Halls of Fame has been announced! Martha "Betty" Shepard-Behm '37 will join 24 members in the Distinguished Hall of Fame. Dennis Hudson '84, Renee Lynch '99, and Michael Patrick '00, will join 81 other members of the Athletic Hall of Fame. The inductions will take place in September.

May 2010: Mary Miller '04

Has been accepted into the Peace Corps. She departed for Nicaragua on May 11 to begin pre-service training as a substainable food security Peace Corps volunteer. More +

May 2010: Megan Betteley '05

Received her Bachelor of Science degree from Marietta College in May 2010.

May 2010: Sara Tackett '06

Was named an Outstanding Senior at the annual Honor Day Ceremony at Baldwin-Wallace College. More +

May 2010: Gabe Chiappone '98

Is marrying Angela Beyke on November 6, 2010 in St. Henry, Ohio. More +

May 2010: Rachel Hofer '93

Is engaged to Siddarth Rao. Their wedding is planned for June 5, 2010 in Oxon Hill, Maryland. More +

April 2010: Laura Morton '03

Is engaged to marry Nicholas Mason on July 31, 2010 at St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church in Rocky River. More +

March 2010: Julianne Lynch '03 and Ryan Wallace '02

Are making wedding plans! They'll be married on September 18, 2010 at Madison Country Club. More +

February 2010: Sharon Monas

PE teacher and coach from 1980-2009, was inducted into the Ohio Fast Pitch Coaches Association Hall of Fame!

February 2010: Alexandra Schober '06

Was named to the dean's list at Otterbein College for the 2010 winter quarter.

January 2010: Bob Dawson '69

Earned the Ohio Department of Agriculture Outstanding Fair Supporter Award. More +

January 2010: Gene Lutz '80

Has been appointed to the position of Fire Chief of the Madison Fire District. More +

January 2010: Kim Godfrey '04

Is directing Forbidden Broadway at the Ashtabula Arts Center. Performing in the show is retired PHS Choir Director, Bob Godfrey.

January 2010: Tom Wills '06

Is engaged to Stephanie Zalar. Their wedding is planned for July 17 at St. Cyprian Catholic Church. More +

January 2010: Amber Kinney '05

Is engaged to Michael Poshe. More +

December 2009: Timothy Gufreda '01

Was inducted into the Dayton C. Miller Honor Society at Baldwin-Wallace College during a ceremony on December 5, 2009.

November 2009: Navy Seaman Matthew D. Trevathan '04

PHS grad, recently completed U.S. Navy basic training in Great Lakes, Illinois.

November 2009: Derek Lydik

Is engaged to marry Janine Piunno on November 7, 2009 at St. Francis of Assisi Church in Gates Mills. More +

October 2009: Mike Warmington '00

Is engaged to marry Ashley Ogle on February 27, 2010 at LaMalfa Centre in Mentor. More +

October 2009: Tammy Pescatelli (Gillespie) '87

And comedian of Last Comic Standing fame, performed a fundraiser at the Cleveland Improv for The Andi Foundation. More +

October 2009: Tom Adams

Is engaged to marry Adrian Fletcher. The wedding is set for August 14, 2010 at Avon Old Farms Inn in Avon, Connecticut. More +

August 2009: Cara Champion

A former Alumni Association scholarship winner, was named to the dean's list at the University of Rochester for the spring semester. Cara is majoring in cell and developmental biology.

July 2009: Brittani Farinacci '04

Graduated from the College of Arts and Sciences at Ohio Northern University. More +

July 2009: David Cassella '89

Was recently promoted to Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Army.

July 2009: Mike Mrozek '05

Was named to the dean’s list for the spring quarter 2009 at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology and graduated with his Bachelor's degree in June.

July 2009: Megan McGuire ’06

Graduated from Grove City College with a major in mechanical engineering.

June 2009: Lindsey Dorko '05

Graduated cum laude from The College of Wooster with a degree in economics.

June 2009: Mike Deas '05

Graduated from Ohio University with a degree in telecommunications. He’s headed to California to pursue his dreams.

June 2009: Ken Siegel '78

Was recently appointed to fill a vacancy on the North Perry Village Council. More +

June 2009: Meredith Wills '00

Will marry Tony Cusman on July 25 at Stanton Park in Madison. More +

June 2009: Wishing Perry teachers and staff long, happy and healthy retirements

Greg Kochan, Instrumental Music (1981 to 2009); Bob Godfrey, Vocal Music (1991 to 2009); Roy Infalvi, Phys Ed (1988 to 2009); Sharon Monas, Phys Ed (1979 to 2009); Deb (Brainard) Kendrick’74, Media Associate (1989 to 2009); Rosemarie Maruschak, Food Service (1984 to 2009); Lynne Schultz, Transportation (1979 to 2009); Kathy (Lawson) Leasure’76, Transportation (1984 to 2009); Shelia McGonnell, Transportation (1987 to 2009), Jim Simmons, Custodian (1981 to 2009)!

May 2009: Navy Seaman Tim Klee '07

Completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Illinois.

May 2009: Jennifer Kochan ’04

Will marry Corey Rice on June 20, 2009 at Mooreland Mansion in Kirtland. More +

May 2009: Corey Sarosy ’95

Will marry Kristen Morrison on May 23, 2009 at the Church of St. Mary in Chardon More +

April 2009: Sixty-seven years of wedded bliss

That's what Dutch '40 and Marilyn '41 (Burt) Johnson celebrated on April 5, 2009. More +

March 2009: Toni Nocida Kramer '81

Was selected to serve on the State Superintendent's Parent Advisory Council (PAC). More +

March 2009: Samantha Pitsenbarger '02

Is engaged to Adam Pauline. Their wedding is set for July 4, 2009 at Amasa Stone Chapel in Cleveland. More +

September 2008

Jackie Altenweg ’98, Donald Carter ’48, Judy Miller Church ’76, Nathan Comes ’96, Karl Locke ’36 and Michelle Rizzo Wardle ’98 were inducted into the PHS Alumni Hall of Fame.

February 2009: Jane Densmore Steger ’73

Has a new venture, JDS Connects LLC, a management consulting firm. She works to enhance an organization’s brand, resulting in relationships with its customers, employees and community.

January 2009: Derek Dawson ’08

Was named to the dean’s list at The University of Akron. He is enrolled in the College of Nursing. He is the son of Bob ’69 and Dawn (Langlois) ’85 Dawson.

January 2009: Becky (Miller) ’80, Dan ’80 and Jessica '05 Garry

Earned bragging rights in the City of Painesville Fifth Annual Chili Cook-off in January. More +

January 2009: Alysa Friel ’08

Was named to the dean’s list at West Virginia University where she’s an accounting major.

December 2008: Amy Malone ’93

Married Martin Brown in December 2008 in Los Lunas, New Mexico.

November 2008: Mildred Kneisley Fisher ’30

Is recovering well following an unfortunate fall resulting in breaking her right hip. Mildred now lives in Pearland, Texas.

November 2008: Air Force Airman Tiffany Schreiber ’08

Graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas.

July 2008: Jodie Shook ’95

Married Eric Eastwood in July 2008 at Los Muertos Beach in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.