2009-09-05 / News

Lakewood inducting four into Wall of Fame Friday

HEBRON - The third class of the Lakewood Wall of Fame will be inducted on Friday, Sept. 4 prior to the Lakewood football game. This year's honorees are:

Vernon Johnston

(Recognized for Achievement)

He is a 1953 graduate of Jacksontown High School with a degree in Mechanical Engineering from The Ohio State University. He is the president of C.V. Johnston and Associates, Inc., a firm involved in building construction and related equipment design in mechanical, structural and electrical disciplines. Johnston is a registered Professional Engineer in Ohio, Florida and Pennsylvania. He has numerous patents and received the Ohio Rehabilitation Association Award of Excellence and Distinguished Service Award from the Ohio Water Ski Association. Johnston is an engineering mentor and is the advisor for the F.uture Cities Competition at Lakewood schools. He was nominated by Pamela Hundley.

Don Riggs

(Recognized for Achievement)

He was a 1945 graduate of Hebron High School and gradudated from Capital University in 1952. Riggs was a U. S. Army veteran and toured with the U.S. Army Band. He played the trombone and bass fiddle. Riggs was a radio and television personality in Columbus and later Pittsburgh, hosting the Daybreak morning show and star of the "Safari" children's show. He appeared many times on "Mr. Rogers Neighborhood." He retired from radio and television in 1990 after a 40+ year career. The City of Pittsburgh honored him with "Don Riggs Day." Riggs is survived by his wife, Joan (Striker); four children; and six grandchildren. He was nominated by Donna Braig.

Joy Bebout Stovcik

( Recognized for Service)

She graduated from Lakewood High School in 1967 as Salutatorian. She graduated from The Ohio State University College of Dentistry in 1974 and has been a family dentist since then. Stovcik has seen thousands of Lakewood area patients during her career. She is a past president of the Hocking Valley Dental Society. Each year Stovcik presents dental month programs in elementary school. She also has screened second and third grade students at Hebron and Jacksontown Elementary Schools for years as well as conducting kindergarten dental screenings. Stovcik also organized the "wildsite" in the courtyard of the Lakewood Middle School. She is also a mentor for C-TEC dental assisting students and dentistry students at The Ohio State University College of Dentistry. She was nominated by John Jay Bebout.

David Wolford (Recognized for Lifetime Recognition)

He is a 1968 graduate of Northmont High School, Clayton, Ohio. Wolford graduated from The Ohio State University in 1972. He served as Lakewood High School band director for 30 years, 1973-2003, and junior high director, 1972-73. Wolford


has been married for 36 years to his wife, Margaret who is a retired Lakewood teacher. Their two daughters are Lakewood graduates.

Wolford is considered the founding father of the Lakewood Band. His bands reached the Ohio Music Educators Association's March Band State Finals 14 times, receiving Superior Ratings in '88, '89, '93, '94 and '95 and Excellent Ratings in '87, '91, '92, '96, 97, '98, '99 and '00.

His concert bands received 27 Superior ratings at the OMEA District Concert Band Contest including a 21-year run. At the State Concert Band Contest, Wolford's bands received Superior ratings in '83, '84, '86, '88, '90, '91, '92, '93, '95, '98 and '00. His bands received Excellent ratings in '76, '77, '78, '79, '80, '81, '85, '87, '89, '94, '96, '97, '99 and '01.

Wolford was named to Northmont City Schools Roll of Recognition in 2002. He 1s a founding and current member of the Heisey Wind Ensemble. Wolford was nominated by Jenny Graham and Teresa McCullough.

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