Special Seven Inducted Into Hall

Accepting the Hall of Fame Induction for Michael Macari, MD - Class of 1983 Posthumously, was his wife Kim and their 4-year-old son, Miles.  Making the award presentation to the Macari’s is HOF committee member Mr. James Metzak.
Accepting the Hall of Fame Induction for Michael Macari, MD - Class of 1983 Posthumously, was his wife Kim and their 4-year-old son, Miles. Making the award presentation to the Macari’s is HOF committee member Mr. James Metzak.
Genevievette Walker-Lightfoot - Class of 1990, is congratulated by Jacqueline S. Harris, Hall of Fame Chairperson and South Huntington Deputy Superintendent.
Genevievette Walker-Lightfoot - Class of 1990, is congratulated by Jacqueline S. Harris, Hall of Fame Chairperson and South Huntington Deputy Superintendent.
HOF committee member, and Walt Whitman High School Assistant Principal Colleen Grady, shares a warm moment with HOF special guest Mr. Pat DeRosa- Class of 1940.
HOF committee member, and Walt Whitman High School Assistant Principal Colleen Grady, shares a warm moment with HOF special guest Mr. Pat DeRosa- Class of 1940.
HOF committee member Jennifer DeNoble, left, introduces inductee Jane M. (O’Donnell) Reich - Class of 1978.
HOF committee member Jennifer DeNoble, left, introduces inductee Jane M. (O’Donnell) Reich - Class of 1978.
Dr. Brenda L. Moore - Class of 1968 thanks the HOF nomination committee and eloquently recalls her experiences growing up in South Huntington.
Dr. Brenda L. Moore - Class of 1968 thanks the HOF nomination committee and eloquently recalls her experiences growing up in South Huntington.
Left to right: New York State Assemblyman Chad Lupinacci - Class of 1997 is congratulated by Board of Education Vice President Nick Ciappetta and Jacqueline S. Harris.
Left to right: New York State Assemblyman Chad Lupinacci - Class of 1997 is congratulated by Board of Education Vice President Nick Ciappetta and Jacqueline S. Harris.
Retired teacher and Walt Whitman Social Studies Chairperson Ms. Alice D’Addario accepts the induction award for Christopher Cerrone who was unable to attend.
Retired teacher and Walt Whitman Social Studies Chairperson Ms. Alice D’Addario accepts the induction award for Christopher Cerrone who was unable to attend.
Accepting HOF Induction proclamation for Stephen Axman - Class of 1965, is his brother Doug and his daughter Melissa. South Huntington Athletic Director Dr. Jim Wright makes the introduction and presentation.
Accepting HOF Induction proclamation for Stephen Axman - Class of 1965, is his brother Doug and his daughter Melissa. South Huntington Athletic Director Dr. Jim Wright makes the introduction and presentation.
Hall of Fame Inductees and Special Guest Mr. Pat DeRosa, participate at the Homecoming football game coin toss.
Hall of Fame Inductees and Special Guest Mr. Pat DeRosa, participate at the Homecoming football game coin toss.

South Huntington inducted seven distinguished alumni into their Hall of Fame at Saturday’s homecoming celebration.  The day began with a celebration breakfast where inductees were honored with introductory speeches and congratulatory messages. With their families and special guests in attendance, the Whitman Chamber Orchestra, directed by Mr. Frank Yolango performed and attendees were welcomed back home to Walt Whitman High School. “From the outset, I knew this year would be special, but I could have never imagined just how magnificent the day would be,” said Jacqueline S. Harris, Hall of Fame Chairperson and South Huntington Deputy Superintendent.”

Schools Superintendent Dr. Dave Bennardo thanked the inductees for their contributions to the community, and Board of Education President Jim Kaden welcomed the inductees home to South Huntington. The following inductees, in alphabetical order, were honored: Stephen Axman - Class of 1965; Christopher Cerrone - Class of 2002; Chad Lupinacci - Class of 1997; Michael Macari, MD - Class of 1983 – Posthumously; Brenda L. Moore - Class of 1968; Jane M. (O’Donnell) Reich - Class of 1978; and Genevievette Walker-Lightfoot - Class of 1990

“Hearing such accomplished alumni speak proudly of their time in South Huntington, the wonderful foundation laid by the teaching staff, and the success they have achieved since graduation was an inspiring tribute to this school community,” continued Ms. Harris. “It was such a pleasure to have Mr. Pat DeRosa, Class of 1940, join us this year for a special acknowledgement celebrating his incredibly full life.”

Mr. DeRosa, who turns 93 in December, joined his daughter and granddaughter in performing several musical numbers to the delight of the audience. Closing the breakfast celebration was the award-winning Whitman Chorale, Directed by Mr. Steven Altinel.  After their breakfast feast, the Hall of Fame inductees were escorted onto the football field for an official induction ceremony conducted by Superintendent Bennardo, and then boarded a special float for the homecoming parade. Greeting the new Hall of Fame members at the end of the parade was a fully catered tailgate party to properly prepare for the upcoming football game.

Thank you, Moe’s Southwest Grill, and Brio’s Tuscan Grill for the incredible array of food. Thanks also to our Wildcat Booster Club for manning the grills, satisfying the hungry attendees. The new HOF inductees were presented with proclamations from U.S. Congressman Steve Israel and Suffolk Legislator Steve Stern. Suffolk Legislator Louis D’Amaro and Huntington Councilwomen Ms. Susan Berland were on hand to personally award proclamations to the inductees as well.

As the 4th biennial Hall of Fame came to a close, Hall of Fame Chairperson Jacqueline Harris and the Hall of Fame Committee would like to thank the South Huntington community and the many Journal advertisers who so graciously supported the 2014 Hall of Fame celebration.

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