Delone Catholic High School announces the selection of its Hall of Honor Class of 2018. This class, comprising five members, brings the total number of inductees to 16 in three induction classes. The Class of 2018 will be inducted in a series of events to take place on Friday, Feb. 9, 2018, in conjunction with the school’s celebration of Founder’s Day. Founder’s Day 2018 celebrates the 154th birthday of the school’s founding benefactor and namesake, Charles J. Delone, Esq.
The Hall of Honor inducted its inaugural class in conjunction with the celebration of the school’s 75th Anniversary on Sept. 19, 2015. The Hall of Honor recognizes individuals who have made a significant contribution to the school through consistent contribution of time, effort and/or financial resources or who have improved the school and its reputation through significant professional or community achievements.
Members of the Class of 2018 are:
- Francis J. Felix '67 – a part of the school’s baseball coaching staff since 1990. He was a volunteer assistant junior varsity baseball coach from 1990-1991 before taking over as the head varsity baseball coach from 1992-2002. Since 2003, he has been a volunteer assistant varsity baseball coach. Mr. Felix ended his run as varsity head coach as the program's all-time winningest coach with over 150 wins, four division championships, seven district playoff appearances, two state playoff appearances and the program's first two state playoff wins. During his tenure as a varsity assistant coach, he has been part of200+ additional wins, 12 division championships, 14 district playoff appearances, including the program's first district championship in 2013, and two state playoff appearances. He has also contributed thousands of volunteer hours maintaining the baseball, softball and field hockey fields, mowing and removing snow from school grounds. Mr. Felix has secured volunteer labor and donated materials that have transformed the baseball facility from a diamond and a backstop to a top-notch facility with dugouts, fencing to protect spectators, an outfield fence, an outdoor batting cage and practice pitching mounds, all at no cost to the school or Athletic Association.
- Dennis H. Frew – a teacher, dean ofstudents, athletic director and coach at Delone Catholic from 1978-2007. He is a member of the South Central Chapter of the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame, the Adams County Sports Hall of Fame and the Pennsylvania Football Coaches Association Hall of Frew was the varsity baseball head coach from 1985-1988, during which time the team made two district playoff appearances. He was the varsity football head coach from 1979-2006, becoming the DCHS and Adams-Hanover area's all-time wins leader with 219-101-3 record. Frew’s teams won three Blue Mountain League championships, seven YAIAA division championships, qualified for the district playoffs in 13 of the 20 seasons when these playoffs were held, winning six championships and reaching the championship game three other times. His teams also qualified for the state playoffs five times. Mr. Frew served as the Athletic Director from 1993-2007.
- Mary C. Furlong – a teacher and forensics coach at Delone Catholic from 1965-2000. She was a co-founder ofthe Mock Political Convention, which began in 1968 and has continued every four years since. Ms. Furlong initiated and coordinated the school's human rights assembly for 15 years, served on the faculty advisory committee, and was a three-term faculty representative on the Board of She initiated a mock trial team which placed second in the state twice. Ms. Furlong revived the forensics team, which placed third nationally, won two state championships and finished second in the state three times. She is a member of the Pennsylvania High School Speech League Hall of Fame. She has been awarded two Fulbright Grants and has served on countless local, national and international councils, commissions and committees. Ms. Furlong continues to volunteer on the local, national and international level, including at Delone Catholic. She is an invaluable resource to the school due to her vast network of relationships with alumni and their families.
- Leo J. Krichten '41 (1923-2009) – a member ofDelone Catholic's first graduating class, he was a football letter winner at DCHS and an Army veteran of World War II, who received a Bronze Star and a Purple Heart. Mr. Krichten oversaw several CYO and Boy Scout programs. He also made significant contributions to the Catholic War Veterans, serving in increasingly broader roles as Post, State and eventually National Commander. He received the CWV's highest honor, the St. Sebastian Award, and was also named the CWV's Man of the Year. Mr. Krichten served as a veterans’ advocate in the local community and in several roles in Annunciation B.V.M. Parish, McSherrystown.
- Jean M. (Sneeringer) Steinour '47 – a graduate ofDelone Catholic, she won the French Club Award, was a member of the glee club, participated in plays and operettas and was a staff writer for the Delonian (newspaper) as a student. Mrs. Steinour volunteered in the DCHS kitchen in the 1960s and 1970s. She made her most significant contributions in the community after her youngest son, John, was diagnosed with Down Syndrome. She was dissatisfied with the physical education and sports opportunities for special needs students in the area and eventually worked to found Special Olympics, Adams County. She was the program's treasurer from its unofficial inception in the 1970s, and eventually, the program was officially recognized by Special Olympics. She was inducted into the Special Olympics Pennsylvania Hall of Fame in 2008. Mrs. Steinour also was a member of the Notre Dame Club of Gettysburg in support of John's membership and served on the St. Francis Xavier, Gettysburg, Parish Council of Catholic Women and sang in the church's choir for 50 years.
The Hall of Honor Class of 2018 will be inducted on Friday, Feb. 9. The event will begin with a school-wide Mass at 1:30 p.m. in the Old Gym. The class’s plaques will be blessed during this Mass. An informal reception will be held for inductees and anyone interested in offering well-wishes in the Delone Catholic library following the Mass. A dinner and induction ceremony catered by the Altland House and hosted in the Delone Catholic cafeteria will begin at 5:30 p.m. The Mass and reception are free of charge and open to all. Tickets for the dinner are $35 and on sale until Thursday, Feb. 1. To purchase, please call 717-637-5969, Ext. 211, email firstname.lastname@example.org or click here. Mr. Felix, Ms. Furlong and Mrs. Steinour and members of their families are planning to attend the induction. Mr. Krichten, a posthumous inductee, will be represented by members of his family. Mr. Frew is unable to attend due to having winter residence in Florida. He will be represented by friends accepting induction on his behalf.
The Hall of Honor nomination committee invites nominations for the Delone Catholic Hall of Honor Class of 2019. For eligibility requirements and nomination forms, please visit the Hall of Honor page. Any nominees who were not selected for the Class of 2018 will be considered by the committee for the Class of 2019. Nominations must be received by Sept. 1, 2018 in order to be considered for the Class of 2019. Any nominations received after that date will be considered for the Class of 2020.