10 to be inducted into Kent City Schools Hall of Fame

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Tickets are now available for the Kent City Schools Hall of Fame dinner and induction ceremony on April 5 at the Kent State University Hotel and Conference Center.

Ten inductees from the Class of 2013 and 2014 will be honored.

The Kent Board of Education named the Hall of Fame inductees, who all are graduates of Theodore Roosevelt High School.

New inductees include:

Stanford Apseloff is a writer and publisher, who has created products to promote health and wellness, as well as materials for children. A founder of five small businesses, Apseloff is also a nature photographer.

Lewis Chappelear changed careers from engineering to teaching and was named California Teacher of the Year in 2008. He works with at-risk students in an urban setting.

Dr. Donald Hassler is the Science Program Director of the Southwest Research Institute in Boulder, CO. He is the Principal Investigator for the RAD instrument on the Mars Science Laboratory and International Space Station.

Thomas Iivari is an Environmental Fellow and Watershed Planning Specialist with the EPA Office of Watersheds after a career in federal service with the USDA. He is the author of a book and numerous papers in national and international journals.

Dr. Robert 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 holds the highest position for an enlisted person in the U.S. Army. After seven combat tours, he is currently the Division Provisional Rear Detachment Command Sergeant Major at the 101st Airborne Division in Clarksville, TN.

Steve Sosebee worked as a journalist in the Middle East before starting The Palestinian Children's Relief Fund, a Kent-based group dedicated to bringing medical care to children in Palestine. The group also brings children to the U.S. for specialized surgery.

Seth Stewart is a dancer, actor and choreographer who was the lead dancer in the Broadway musical, In the Heights, which was nominated for 13 Tony Awards. Stewart has appeared in movies and on television.

Susan Van Vorst is the Director of the Conservatory of Music at Baldwin Wallace University. Previously, she served as Director of Development for the Musical Arts Association of the Cleveland Orchestra and Foundation President for the Stan Hywet Foundation.

Dr. Paul 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.

Tickets are $37.50 for the dinner, which begins at 6:30 p.m. following a social hour.

For more information, contact Superintendent Joe Giancola's office at 330-676-7610 or send a check payable to Kent City Schools to Hall of Fame, 321 N. Depeyster, Kent, OH 44240. Seating is limited.

Established in 1999, the Hall of Fame recognizes graduates of Theodore Roosevelt High School and others who have made exceptional achievements in their field or unique contributions to the Kent community. Permanent plaques hang in the Roosevelt auditorium atrium.

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