2017 Honorees

Faculty Emeritus

The following people will be lauded for their very distinguished careers in education and related activities/fields:

Serena Bobrowsky -  English (posthumous)
Barbara Ross -  Social Studies/ Program Committee
Sol Rymer -  Technology/COSA/Stageworks
John Tobin- Principal; Siemens Corporation; PSAL

Younger Alum

Alex Elegudin '02 -  President and Co-Founder of Wheeling Forward.  Alex has spent almost a decade working as an advocate and mentor in the disability community. In 2003, when Alex was a college sophomore, he was in a deer related car accident and sustained a C6 level spinal cord injury. He faced an uphill battle to reclaim his independence, managing his medical needs and working tirelessly to complete college. Alex continued on to Hofstra University Law School and became a successful patent attorney.

Sonya Hunte ‘95  -  Accomplished public service leader. Currently, Sonya heads Employee Engagement for the Atlanta Public Schools where she drives innovation for the organization’s culture transformation initiatives through performance management, communication, wellness, and Employee Assistance Programs.  She is currently a Board member of the National Association of Social Workers and served as the President through June 2016.  Received numerous honors including the Unsung Heroine 2015 Award from the National Coalition of 100 Black Women Inc., Metro Atlanta Chapter; Women to Watch 2014 – Atlanta Tribune Magazine, Superwoman Issue March 2014.

The Distinguished MVP Awards

Keeth Smart '96  - US sabre fencer who became the first American to gain the sport's #1 ranking for males. He received a silver medal at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.

Erinn Smart '97 - An American fencer who was a member of the United States Fencing Team at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, where she competed in the women's individual and team foil events. She received a silver medal.

Ivan Lee '99 - A world-class American sabre fencer. He was a member of the 2001 U.S. Junior World Sabre team, anchoring the team to its first men's world title at the 2001 Junior World Championships in Gdansk, Poland, and also becoming the first man of African American descent to win a world fencing championship. He was also a member of the 2004 U.S. Olympic Team in Athens, placing 12th in the individual competition and 4th in the team competition, missing the bronze medal by one point. Ivan was inducted into the United States Fencing Association Hall of Fame in 2014.

The Distinguished Alumnus

Andrew Parton ’75 - Executive Director, Cradle of Aviation Museum. Andrew was named Executive Director in July of 2008 after serving as Acting Director since 2007. He joined the museum in 2005 as Director of Marketing. In his tenure as Executive Director he has assisted in the expansion of museum offerings that include several new exhibits and programs. He has been instrumental in building the museum’s educational platform to include High School Magnet Academies for Science and Math with the Westbury School district as well as partnering with local colleges to offer college level courses at the museum. The museum has also been expanding its focus to include new exhibits and programs in areas like renewable energy. 



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