United to honor Wall of Fame inductees

HANOVERTON — United Local will recognize and honor its 2019 Wall of Fame inductees this Friday at 6:30 p.m. during the pregame show at the varsity football game. Five individuals and one team will join the ranks of those honored for their outstanding accomplishments:

Rebecca Weingart Farris (Class of 1995) was selected under Academic/Career Accomplishment. Farris graduated from West Point Military Academy in 1999, served eight years as a commissioned officer and deployed to Iraq as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Kuwait as part of Operation Desert Spring. Stationed in Germany she was with the First Armored Division as the General Supply Officer and Second Brigade Maintenance Manager. After leaving the military, Becky became a planner with the Defense Logistics Agency at Fort Belvoir, VA. Becky is presently Chief of Plans with the Defense Logistics Agency in Fort Belvoir, Va. She is responsible for overseeing a team of planners who support for seven Combat Commands. She coordinates future operation planning for national emergencies and foreign humanitarian assistance operations.

Maggie Miller (Class of 2009) was selected for Athletic Accomplishment. While in high school, She played four years of girls high school varsity basketball and was an integral member of the girls track team for four years. Her high school team holds the record for the longest win streak at 13 and most wins in a season at 22 with the best win/loss percentage. After high school, Maggie attended the University of Mount Union, earning a BS in Sports Management. She played on the women’s basketball team all four years, from 2009 -2013. She and her teammates were three time Conference Champions. They made an NCAA appearance three times and were in the Sweet Sixteen twice.

Joel Newburn (Class of 2004) is being inducted for his Academic/Career Accomplishment. While in high school, Joel was president of the Student Council, a Boy’s State delegate and winner of the American Legion Americanism Test. He was a four year letter winner in Varsity Football and named to First Team All-County and First Team all Quad County. He was also a three year letter winner in Track and Field. Joel attended Kent State University majoring in Political Science and International Relations, graduating Magna Cum Laude in 2008. While at Kent, he studied at Volgograd State University in Volgograd, Russia. He is currently attending Harvard University where he is a candidate for a Master of Arts in Russian, Eastern European and Central Asian Studies. Joel has also had eleven years of active duty in the US Army, with six of those years including service in Afghanistan, at the US Embassy in Poland, and at the US European Command Headquarters in Germany. Joel speaks Polish, Russian and Ukrainian. He is a graduate of the US Army Basic Officer Course, the Military Intelligence Captains Career Course, and The Defense Foreign Language Institute specializing in Polish. In March,2019 Joel attained the rank of Major.

John Pitts (Class of 1983) was also chosen for Academic/Career Accomplishment. While in high school, he competed in football, basketball, and track. After high school, John entered the Radiology Technology Program at Salem Hospital, which later became Kent State University’s radiology degree program. Upon completion of the program in 1985, John’s early career took him from X-Ray to CT scans to the MRI departments in hospitals in Massachusetts, North Carolina, New Hampshire and eventually to Maine where he managed mobile MRI services that facilitated patient access throughout New England. John moved from the patient centered services to teaching and optimizing the use of MRI equipment as an applications specialist at major MRI manufacturing companies. He has worked for Siemens, Phillips, Toshiba, Canon and now at United Imaging. Over the years, John has been recognized as an expert in the filed of advanced cardiovascular imaging, advanced neuro-imaging and RF Coil Technology. He has assisted in the development and testing of 20 different coils. John’s work at Johns Hopkins University, UCLA, Northwestern University, SUNY Buffalo, USC and Duke University has resulted in notable advancements in imaging. He is the author and contributor of numerous publications and presentations. Because of his expertise he has worked in Germany, the Netherlands, Japan, Canada, Argentina and China. John is a member of the Radiologic Society of North America, and the American Society of Radiologic Technologists.

Richard Shultz (Class of 1967) is recognized under the category of Athletic Accomplishment. In addition to participating in academic and co-curricular activities at United High School, Dick Shultz was a talented athlete. Dick played four years of basketball, was a member of the track team for four years, serving as track co-captain and also played four years of football. Dick was selected as a defensive tackle to first team All Ohio in 1966. At a time when there were only two divisions of high school football in Ohio, Dick received an athletic scholarship to play football at Michigan State University.

Also to be recognized this year is the 1991-92 Varsity Basketball Team who will receive the Golden Eagle Award. Team members include coaches Jim Meissner and Jeff Rutzky and players Scott Cope, Tom Thompson, Matt Ziegler, Rich Farmer, Chris Matheny, Cade Shoff, Nate Bell, Chip Weingart, Chris Johnson, Shane Todd and Gary Eichler.

Forms for nominating future inductees can be found on the high school website under Wall of Fame.

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