10 chosen for Kent City Schools' Hall of Fame

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The Kent Board of Education has named 10 inductees to the Kent City Schools Hall of Fame.

The Hall of Fame Classes of 2013 and 2014 will be honored at a dinner and community ceremony on April 5, 2014, at the Kent State University Hotel and Conference Center.

New members include Stanford Apseloff, Lewis Chappelear, Donald Hassler, Thomas Iivari, Robert Lucht, Derrick Maffett, Steve Sosebee, Seth Stewart, Susan Van Vorst and Paul Wiedeman.

Apseloff is a writer and publisher, who has created over 50 CDs and software products to promote health and wellness, as well as materials for children.

Chappelear works with at-risk students in an urban setting. He was California Teacher of the Year in 2008.

Hassler is principal investigator for the RAD instrument on the Mars Science Laboratory and International Space Station.

Iivari is an Environmental Fellow and Watershed Planning Specialist with the EPA Office of Watersheds.

Lucht is the Ralph and Bettye Bailey Professor of Combustion in Mechanical Engineering at Purdue University. He has been recognized for his research in combustion, energy utilization and thermodynamics.

Command Sergeant Major Derrick Maffett is the Division Provisional Rear Detachment Command Sergeant Major at the 101st Airborne Division in Clarksville, Tenn. He has served seven combat tours.

Sosebee was a journalist in the Middle East before starting The Palestinian Children's Relief Fund, a Kent-based group to bring medical care to children in Palestine.

Stewart is a dancer, actor and choreographer. He was the lead dancer in the Broadway musical, "In the Heights."

Van Vorst is the director of the Conservatory of Music at Baldwin Wallace University.

Wiedeman, a medicinal chemist, has worked at Abbott Laboratories and been involved in number of cutting-edge research projects. Currently, he heads the Patent Liaison Group that interfaces between research scientists at Abbott and attorneys.

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