I am writing in reference to Bill Gray's most recent in his series of diatribes against United Local that appeared in the May 28 Journal. In his latest offering, Mr. Gray criticizes the levy of 2011, school investments and the United High School Wall of Fame. I would like to address his reference of the Wall of Fame as the "Wall of Shame."
The United Local High School Wall of Fame was started as a way to honor deserving alumni and friends. The United Wall of Fame is not merely an athletic Wall of Fame.
Inductees are chosen for their accomplishments in academic/career, outstanding service to United Schools, cultural/performing arts and athletics. A special honorary achievement category is awarded to non-United graduates. Applications are available on the school's website (united.k12.oh.us) or by contacting the high school. Nominations are considered annually and are kept on file.
Football at United in the late 1970s was very successful. Ron Menning (receiver inducted 1997), Scott Jensen (running back inducted 1998) and Wayne Fennis (quarterback inducted 2012) are all players from United's first two Tri-County League Championship teams in the Wall of Fame. I am sure that all of their coaches are proud of the high percentage of games that those players won.
My husband and I were among the nearly 100 people who viewed this year's induction ceremony on May 26. There was only pride, mixed in with some laughter and tears, as six members of the Wall of Fame Class of 2012 recounted their stories. Each person spoke of the influence that United has had on their lives.
Acting as one of the presenters for the evening, Steubenville Big Red head football coach and former United assistant coach Reno Saccocia, fondly remembered his years at United. He commented on how proud the community should be of their school and the Wall of Fame.
Leslie Jones Ward
United Wall of Fame