2011-09-10 / News

Three to be inducted into Lakewood Wall of Fame on Sept. 9

HEBRON - Three new members will be inducted into the Lakewood Wall of Fame on Friday, September 9, prior to the Lakewood football game with Johnstown.

The Wall of Fame was created to honor those individuals or groups whose actions or achievements in their chosen fields bring honor and distinction to the heritage of the “Lakewood” community. For the purposes of the Wall of Fame, “Lakewood” refers to all of the villages, townships, schools, and entities that were combined to create the “roots” of the Lakewood Local School District. It is only fitting to remember the achievements of the past and present, and to honor all who are part of the great “Lakewood” heritage.

This year’s class is Clifford Mason, Criss Nadolson and Eric Van Peterson.

Clifford L. Mason

Recognized for Achievement

* Lifelong Hebron resident

* Graduated from Lakewood High School in 1979 ( Class President)

* Firefighter/ Paramedic 1980-Present

* Graduated from the Ohio Fire Chief’s Leadership Academy in 1997

* Graduated from Ohio Fire and Emergency Service Foundation Ohio Fire Executive Program in 2008

* Council Member, Village of Hebron 1991-1997

* Mayor of the Village of Hebron 1997- present

* Lakewood Digital Academy Board Member 2007- present

* Employed by Hebron Fire Dept. as Firefighter and Paramedic 1984-1986

* Employed by Perry Twp. Fire Dept. (Franklin County) as Firefighter, Lieutenant-Captain- Asst. Chief and Fire Chief from 1986- 2000

* Employed by Genoa Twp. Fire Dept. (Delaware County) as Fire Chief from 2000-2004

* Employed as Fire Chief at the Madison Twp. Fire Department ( Franklin County) 2004-Present

* Board member Central Ohio Trauma Systems 2003-2009

* President, Board of Directors, Central Ohio Trauma Systems 2009-Present

* Advisor for Franklin County Chemical Emergency Preparedness Advisory Council 1997-Present

* Co-Director of Ohio Arson School

* Member of the Ohio Fire Chief’s Association 1997-Present

* President of the Ohio Fire Chief’s Association 2009-2010

* Board member, Ohio Fire and Emergency Services Foundation 2008-2010

* President, Board of Directors of the Ohio Fire and Emergency Services Foundation 2010-Present

* Member of Ohio Mayor’s Association 1997-Present

* Member of Hebron Christian Church serving as Elder and Trustee

* Member of the Hebron Masonic Lodge F&AM 127

* Member of the Buckeye Lake FOE #2801, Buckeye Lake Moose #2434 and Hebron Lions Club

* Member of Ohio and the International Federation of Fire Chaplains

* Nominated by Rose Mason

Criss Nadolson

Recognized for Lifetime Recognition

* Graduated from Lakewood High School in 1971

* Graduated from Ohio State in 1993

* Earned Master’s Degree from Ashland University in 2004

* Married wife, Joyce in 1972

* Two children both LHS grads: Amy and Thad

* Worked with youth in the community for over 40 years

* Worked at Big Bear for 21 years

* Instills in his players a team attitude, an understanding of the game, hard work, dedication and life lessons through interscholastic athletics!

* Helped build Canal Park in Hebron

* Little League baseball coach for 21 years

* Little League President 8 years

* Babe Ruth baseball coach

* High school summer baseball coach for 3 years

* Lead the 5th and 6th grade intramural basketball program for 7 years

* 5th and 6th grade girls all star basketball coach for 4 years

* 8th grade girls basketball coach for 4 years

* Varsity Assistant girls basketball coach for 3 years

* Member of the Hebron United Methodist church for over 30 years

* Sunday school teacher for over 30 years

* Church Youth Director for 7 years

* Coaching softball at LHS since 1993

* Seven years as varsity asssistant and 10 years as head varsity coach

* During his first ten years as head coach the team amassed 258 wins and won 83% of their games

* Lead the Lancer Softball team to eight league titles, nine district titles, four regional titles, one state runner-up (2002) and three state championships (Division III in 2008 and 2009 and Division II in 2010)

* Began teaching at Lakewood Middle School in 1993

* Middle School team leader

* 2011 recipient of the “Leader of Learning Award”

* Nominated by Bo Hanson

Eric Van Peterson

Recognized for Achievement

* Graduated from Lakewood High School in 1971

* Graduated from Antioch College

* One of six children raised by his mother Joan

* Antioch College presented him with a scholarship and an opportunity to study in London

* Began his career with a stall in Camden Lock Market in England in 1976

* Became a jewelry designer and with his wife Lin opened a retail shop

* Designs have appeared in magazines and newspapers for 28 years including Vogue and Harpers

* Members of the Royal Family, Ringo Starr of the Beatles and Charlie Watts of The Rolling Stones are customers.

* Eric has exhibited in Tokyo and now designs for Orient Express and Sundance. Eric has been the principal jewelry designer at Debenhams Department stores for the past 14 years.

* Van Peterson Designs has become part of the London fashion scene

* Eric says; “If you are reading this you are in a very special place. Whether I am in Borneo or Paris, part of the reason I have come this far is because of Lakewood High School. I would like to give special thanks to Coach Doug Grandstaff for teaching us to be winners and to Mrs. Virginia Beckett for insisting I become a better student. Lakewood is offering everything you need to prepare for the big adventure. Remember our beliefs will become our reality.”

* Nominated by Donna Braig, Virginia Beckett Gakle, Ila Mason and Diana Hall

Return to top