MIDDLETOWN—Rose Tree Media School District announced the 2022 Inductees this week for its Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame. To kick off homecoming weekend festivities, honorees will be recognized in a ceremony on Friday, Sept. 30, at Penncrest High School.
The Rose Tree Media Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame Inductees for 2022 are:
John “Hank Murta” Adams, Penncrest High School Class of 1974, is the recipient of three National Endowment of the Arts Fellowships and the New York State Arts Grant. Adams credits the wonderful teaching of “legendary” Penncrest teacher Claude Falcone for inspiring him to attend college. He received a scholarship to study at the Rhode Island School of Design. His works are housed by some of the most significant collections in the United States and abroad. In an email regarding his induction to the Penncrest Hall of Fame. Adams said, “I doubt I would have gone to college had it not been for Claude’s obsessive dedication. The art program was our unifying community at Penncrest, and Falcone was our driver.”
Gary Dauberman, Penncrest High School Class of 1995, realized his passion for film when he viewed the heartwarming classic “It’s a Wonderful Life” (1946) at age 13. Dauberman was inspired by how moving the film remained fifty years after it was made. After attending Delaware County Community College for two years, Dauberman transferred to Temple University and graduated in 2002. Shortly after that, he
moved to Los Angeles to begin a career in show business. He started by working as an extra for Central Casting but eventually scored a break writing the TV movie “In the Spider’s Web” (Sci-Fi Channel, 2007).
However, an even bigger break came in 2009 when Sam Raimi and Neil Marshall optioned Dauberman’s original script for a body horror story called “Burst.” Soon, he was penning a horror spin-off of “The Conjuring” (2013) called “Annabelle” (2014), following the creepy story of a demonically possessed doll. The success of “Annabelle” led to Dauberman being offered the chance to write the script for Universal’s Sci-Fi epic “Crime of the Century.”
Jeffrey Apoian, Penncrest High School Class of 1972, developed his passion for the art of photography at a young age. Apoian’s photography has been seen on magazine covers and in editorials throughout the United States, Europe, Scandinavia, and Central America, including such publications as Elle, Vogue, Marie Claire, and various art magazines. Working primarily from New York City, Apoian’s photographic skills range from expertise in lighting to unique photo processes.
His subjects range from fashion editorial and beauty to still life and a director’s reel. His desire to share his knowledge and insight has resulted in being invited to teach at the Parsons School of Design in NYC and providing educational workshops for kindred spirits in his Soho studio. A proponent of the earlier photo techniques from the 1800s, such as wet plate and cyanotype processes, Apoian has created a body of art photography that has been exhibited in the US and abroad. An award-winning photographer for the past thirty years, he has worked with magazines and advertising agencies in numerous countries, Europe, and the United States.
John Colburn, Penncrest High School Class of 1970, embarked on a new career after the sale of Bertholon Rowland Insurance Agency in 1998. Colburn committed to doing nonprofit work. He was offered a board seat at Tyler Arboretum, and he spearheaded the “Totally Terrific Treehouses” and created the strategic plan for the renovation of the Tyler barn, now a favorite wedding venue. Colburn formed and helped fund Dragonfly Forest, an overnight summer camp for medically challenged children, serving thousands of Philadelphia’s children over the years with asthma, sickle cell, hemophilia, autism, and 22Q.
Colburn was also a trustee of the Westtown School, where he was steeped in the Quaker ethos. For six years, the Westtown campus hosted the Dragonfly camp, where Colburn became the “tie dye master,” producing colorful shirts for the kids all summer. Colburn was also nominated to the Young Presidents Organization (YPO), an international professional organization with over 32.00 members worldwide of businessmen and women from all over the world. During Covid, Colburn launched a new consulting business where he created forums of 8-10 people inside companies or between key executives of different companies to improve communication, personal sharing, and problem-solving. This innovative forum allows employees to benefit from a process that has been valuable to YPO CEOs worldwide.
Mark Kirchgasser, Penncrest High School Class of 1981, will be inducted into the 2022 Rose Tree Media School District’s Hall of Fame. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)
Mark KirchgasserPenncrest High School, Class of 1981, graduated from Juniata College in 1985 with a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration, Kirchgasser embarked on a successful 35-year career in consumer products with companies such as Kimberly-Clark, Campbell Soup, and SCA .
Kirchgasser serves as the vice president of sales for Sofidel, America, based in Horsham. In Kirchgasser’s role as vice president, he is responsible for the company’s collective selling efforts in North America. In addition to his successful corporate career, Kirchgasser has committed to a life of service to his community. Kirchgasser has been a member of the Middletown Volunteer Fire Company No. 1 and served as the financial secretary for the Edgmont Fire Company from 2002-to-2005.
As financial secretary, Kirchgasser assisted the company in land acquisitions and wrote federal grants for free fire trucks. In addition to his successful tenure at both Delaware County Fire Companies, Mark has dedicated his time, corporate knowledge, and diverse learning experiences to the community of Middletown Township, serving as a member of the Planning Commission and Zoning Board and is currently serving his 5th term as chair at-large.
For more information on Penncrest alumni, visit http://www.penncrestalumni.org/.
Delco resident Dr. Claudio Cerullo was recently nominated to the Vice President’s national task force on online harassment and bullying. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)
Delaware County resident appointed to national bullying task force
Delaware County resident Dr. Claudio Cerullo was recently nominated to the US vice president’s new task force on online harassment and bullying. The Task Force will produce recommendations for the Federal government, state governments, technology platforms, schools, and other public and private entities to prevent and address technology-facilitated gender-based violence, including a focus on the nexus between online misogyny and radicalization to violence . Recommendations will focus particularly on: increasing support for survivors of online harassment and abuse; expanding research to better understand the impact and scope of the problem; enhancing prevention, including prevention focused on youth; and strengthening accountability for offenses and platforms.
The Task Force will be co-chaired by the Gender Policy Council and the National Security Council, and will include the Attorney General, the Secretary of Health and Human Services and other heads of Federal agencies.
dr Cerullo, a resident of Aston Township, is a noted national expert on bullying and school-violence related issues, and he just launched a new book, “Inside the Mind of a Bully from Victim to Advocate,” on the subject matter. Cerullo has also supported many children and families around the nation that have been victims to bullying and harassment, as well provided advocacy, programming, and professional development to schools, local, state, and federal agencies on how to reduce this ever-growing public health issue. For more information about Dr. Cerullo’s book or program, visit http://Teachantibullying.org/.
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