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Delone Catholic Announces 2024 Hall of Honor Induction Class

Delone Catholic Announces 2024 Hall of Honor Induction Class
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Delone Catholic High School announces the selection of its Hall of Honor Class of 2024. This class, comprising five members, brings the total number of inductees to 45 in nine induction classes. The Class of 2024 will be inducted on Friday, Feb. 9, 2024, as part of the School’s celebration of Founder’s Day. Founder’s Day 2024 celebrates the 160th 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 2024 are:

Susan Arigo with her family

Susan E. (Staub) Arigo ’81 – a fixture of the Adams Deanery Catholic education system for nearly four decades and a long-time coach of the Delone Catholic cheerleading program. She has spent her entire professional career at 316 North Street in McSherrystown, teaching middle school math and religion, among other subjects, at Annunciation B.V.M. School from 1986-2017 and at St. Teresa of Calcutta School since. In two stints from 1986-1999 and 2011-2014, she directed and mentored the cheerleaders, who not only supported their classmates on the fields and courts, but themselves competed against other squads at cheer camp. Several times, her teams were selected as the top team at camp, which came with an invitation to the National Cheer Association national competition. In 1991, the team earned 34th place out of more than 100 teams at the national competition in Dallas, Texas. Both in the classroom and with the cheerleading team, she is well known for her exacting standards and her ability to see potential in her charges that they are unable to see in themselves. More importantly, she has been a mentor for countless young people as they navigate the successes and challenges of young adulthood and prepare for life beyond high school.

Anne Kerr

Anne M. Kerr – an outstanding educator who spent nearly her entire career teaching math at Delone Catholic. From 1978-2016, she spent all but eight years in Squire Country, with those eight years spent teaching future Squires at St. Joseph School in Hanover. She has a unique gift for teaching the basic concepts of Algebra while clearly defining and communicating her expectations. She has continued to use these skills in retirement, both as an adjunct professor at HACC for four years and as one of Delone Catholic’s most frequent substitute teachers. Outside of class hours, she worked just as diligently, serving as the chair of the math department, National Honor Society moderator, Middle States Planning Committee member, and faculty representative to the PTO, among many others. Arguably her most influential role has been as a mentor to new faculty members, helping them grow through the challenges that come in the early years of teaching. Several of her mentees have paid this service forward to their younger colleagues, and she is always interested to hear about the growth of her “grand-mentees.” She was also among the pioneers of girls’ athletics at Delone Catholic, serving as an assistant basketball coach, an assistant coach, head coach, and volunteer coach for the field hockey program, and she was the first coach of the softball program from 1979-1983, laying the groundwork for a program that has been a perennial contender for league and district championships.

David L. Lawrence ’69 – a mainstay in the Delone Catholic Athletic Department for decades, he has been a volunteer, a long-time coach, and has served two stints as the Director of Athletics. Following the example of his parents, he has been a volunteer for the Athletic Association for most of his adult life. In the early 1990s, he joined the baseball staff as the pitching coach for 2018 Hall of Honor inductee Frank Felix ’67 and later Alan Felix ’93. Together, they oversaw the longest stretch of sustained success in the baseball program’s history. He was part of 11 division championships and 16 District 3 playoff appearances in 20 seasons. In December 2011, he took the reins of the entire athletic department until his retirement in 2017, overseeing scheduling, field preparation, game management, hiring of coaches, and numerous other tasks that go into providing a top-notch student-athlete experience. In retirement, he has served as a mentor to his successors and a part-time game manager, allowing the load of a 19-sport program to be shared. He further demonstrated his devotion to Delone Catholic and its students when he filled an unexpected vacancy, returning as the interim Director of Athletics from January to June 2023.

D. Stephen Mathias ’73 – a founding member of the Delone Catholic International Relations Club and a four-year participant in Model U.N., whose career has made him one of the highest-ranked lawyers in the United Nations. As a freshman, he won the best novice debater award in his first tournament on the way to capping his career in the National Forensic League’s national tournament as a senior. He was elected by his peers as Student Council representative as a freshman, class president as a sophomore and junior, and student body president as a senior. He went on to earn a Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University and a Juris Doctorate from Columbia University. Following a short-lived career in private law practice, he realized that public service law was a better fit. He spent the vast majority of his career from 1987-2010 working for the State Department, including a significant stint posted at the Hague, where he worked on the creation of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, which ultimately indicted and tried over 160 people accused of war crimes, and crimes against humanity including genocide. He has received Senior Executive Service Awards from both the Clinton and George W. Bush administrations, a Presidential Meritorious Service Award in 2003, and the Director-General’s Medal from the Multinational Force of Observers, a peacekeeping force helping to carry out the peace treaty between Egypt and Israel. Since 2010, he has been the Assistant Secretary-General for Legal Affairs at the United Nations, overseeing the operations of international criminal tribunals, legal oversight of U.N. peacekeeping operations, providing advisory opinions for the International Court of Justice, the development of new U.N. legal agreements, and many other related matters.

John T. “Jack” Miller, Jr. ’65 (1947-2020) – spent nearly 40 years as a key member of the Delone Catholic Guidance Department. From 1975 until his retirement in December 2009, he assisted thousands of students as they discerned their path in life after high school. He worked with his colleagues to provide access to SAT, ACT, ASVAB and other college, career, and military preparation testing. He maintained relationships with college admissions departments, kept students and their families current with admissions and financial aid processes, and challenged students to match their talents and interests with a wide variety of careers they may have never considered. Every other year, he and his colleagues surveyed students about their career interests and secured speakers to offer real-world advice through Career Day presentations. He was also present for students through their great achievements, the day-to-day challenges of being a teenager, and some of their biggest disappointments and tragedies. At the end of each academic year, he collected the best college application essays prepared by his students and published them to be presented to members of the faculty so they could see the impact they were having.

The Hall of Honor Class of 2024 will be inducted on Friday, Feb. 9. A catered dinner and induction ceremony sponsored by Thrivent® will be hosted in the lobby of the Lawrence B. “Sonny” Sheppard, Jr. Memorial Gymnasium with doors opening at 6 p.m. and dinner following at 6:30 p.m. Tickets for the dinner are $40 and on sale until Wednesday, Jan. 24 at 3 p.m. To purchase, please call 717-637-5969, Ext. 211, email advancement@delonecatholic.org or visit www.DeloneCatholic.org to purchase online.

The Hall of Honor nomination committee invites nominations for the Delone Catholic Hall of Honor Class of 2025. For eligibility requirements and nomination forms, please visit www.DeloneCatholic.org. Anyone without access to a computer who wishes to make a nomination may contact the Office of Advancement at 717-637-5969, Ext. 201. Any nominees who were not selected for the Class of 2024 will be considered by the committee for the Class of 2025. Nominations must be received by Sept. 1, 2024, in order to be considered for the Class of 2025. Any nominations received after that date will be considered for the Class of 2026. 

 

Delone Catholic High School would like to thank Molly Bruce and Shannon Storch P'27 of Thrivent® for their generous sponsorship of the 2024 Hall of Honor. Thrivent is a purpose-based company that provides financial advice and assistance guided by Christian values. We are proud to welcome Thrivent as the newest member of the Delone Catholic Squires’ Guild. The Squires’ Guild, established in 2023, is an association of businesses that provide financial and professional support for the academic and extracurricular programs of Delone Catholic High School and its students in the pursuit of excellence.