Hall of Fame Induction

Assemblyman Chad Lupinacci, center, and Huntington Council Members Ms. Tracy Edwards and Susan Berland, standing right, make it official for our new members of the South Huntington Hall of Fame.
Assemblyman Chad Lupinacci, center, and Huntington Council Members Ms. Tracy Edwards and Susan Berland, standing right, make it official for our new members of the South Huntington Hall of Fame.
Michael Alcamo - Class of 1983 with Jacci Harris (left) and Nick Ciappetta and Jim Kaden.
Michael Alcamo - Class of 1983 with Jacci Harris (left) and Nick Ciappetta and Jim Kaden.
New Hall of Fame member Pat DeRosa, soon to be celebrating his 95th Birthday, gets a little help with his acceptance speech from his daughter.
New Hall of Fame member Pat DeRosa, soon to be celebrating his 95th Birthday, gets a little help with his acceptance speech from his daughter.

South Huntington inducted nine 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.  As this was the 15-year anniversary of 9/11, Whitman Principal John Murphy led a special commemorative moment to honor those in the South Huntington Community who lost their lives in the devastating attacks on our Nation.

Jacqueline S. Harris, Hall of Fame Chairperson and South Huntington Deputy Superintendent got the morning going welcoming the packed South Cafeteria and introducing Schools Superintendent Dr. Dave Bennardo who thanked the inductees for their contributions to the community.

Board of Education President Jim Kaden welcomed the inductees home to South Huntington and spoke about their dedication and commitment that elevated them to Hall of Fame status. BOE Vice President Nicholas Ciappetta then introduced Assemblyman Chad Lupinacci who spoke highly about their accomplishments. Huntington Councilwomen Ms. Susan Berland was also on hand to personally award proclamations to the inductees.

The following inductees, in alphabetical order, were honored: Michael Alcamo - Class of 1983; Valerie Brunner-Chamberlain - Class of 1994; Ciro T. DePalo - Class of 1968; Pat DeRosa- Class of 1940; Carlo T. Giordano - Class of 1977; William H. Groner (Bill) - Class of 1973; Kelvin Joseph - Class of 1997; Rhonda Smith Young - Class of 1989; and Tracey Stern - Class of 1978.   Our 9/11 Honorees included: Lt. Brian Ahern – FDNY; Sgt. Michael Curtin – NYPD; Officer Mark Ellis NYPD; Fire Fighter Peter Nelson - FDNY; James Reilly - District Resident; and Frank Sadocha - District Resident.

After their breakfast feast, the Hall of Fame inductees 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. 

As the 5th 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 2016 Hall of Fame celebration.

Photo Gallery- HOF Breakfast Celebration