A trio of Blue Eagle student-athletes from the 1970's and 1980's decades are among eight honorees at the 28th Annual Magnolia Athletic Boosters Life Achievement Awards Banquet.
The honorees, with graduation year and hometown, are Pat Zohn (1971) of Cleveland, Ohio; Victor Dean (1982) of Midland, Mich.; and Scott Stemple (1984) of Xenia, Ohio.
The public event will be Saturday, Aug. 3, at Magnolia High School. A social starts at 5 p.m., followed by dinner at 6 p.m. Tickets are available at Witschey's in New Martinsville or from banquet chairman Brent Gamble at 304-455-3234.
Capsule summaries of the honorees follows.
Zohn: The chief operating officer of the Cleveland Metropolitan School District since 2010, he was a two-year Blue Eagle football and basketball player who competed in baseball one season and also served as football and basketball team statistician as a senior.
He graduated summa cum laude in social science and education from West Liberty before earning a law degree from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. He worked as a U.S. Department of Labor trial attorney from 1980-97 before joining Parkwood Corp. From 1998-2010, he was a partner for Gateway Consultants Group in 27 major construction projects including the Toledo Mud Hens Ballpark, the Lucas County Arena, the Canton Convention Center, and the Charlotte (N.C.) Ballpark.
While at Gateway, he also served as project director of a community venture - College 360 - a steering committee of business and educational leaders and the presidents of 17 northeast Ohio partner colleges and universities.
At Parkwood Corporation/Mandel Foundation, he was director of administration and associate general counsel. An active community member, he has been involved with the Greater Cleveland Growth Association, Council of Smaller Enterprises, Great Lake Theater Festival, Cleveland Bar Association, Committee for Public Art, Midtown Cleveland, Cleveland Public Radio, and college boards and fundraising for Case Western Reserve, West Liberty State, and Cleveland State.
He is married to the former Rebecca Dugan of New Martinsville.
Dean: Presently the Vice President of Strategy and Business Development at CP Kelco, a division of JM Huber Corp., since 2012. Previously, he worked at Dow Chemical for 24 years in a variety of global leadership roles and functions. Dean was was a five-sport letterman at Magnolia. As a Blue Eagle, he competed four years in football and basketball, two years in baseball, and one each in track and tennis. A member of the 11-2 record 1981 OVAC Class-AA title team, and state runnerup, football team, he also played on the 1982 OVAC title baseball squad.
He graduated in chemical engineering from West Virginia University, where he was a member of Mortar Board and Order of the Grail honoraries. He also received a master's degree in chemical engineering from Pennsylvania State University and a master's in business administration from Louisiana State University.
He has been active with Habitat for Humanity projects in Baton Rouge, La.; Midland, Mich.; and Los Angeles, Calif. He also has coached youth basketball five years and youth football for three years.
He and wife Myra have three children: Michael, Ryan and Katelyn.
Stemple: A Campus Crusade for Christ employee for 22 years, with extensive work in the Ukraine, he was a Blue Eagle track and cross country runner for four years and played three years on the baseball team.
A senior cross country team co-captain and member of two OVAC title squads, he also helped the Blue Eagles win two OVAC Class-AAA track crowns. He placed fourth in the state Class-AA 1,600 meter run as a senior and was sixth at 3,200 meters as a junior.
He graduated cum laude in mathematics education from Marshall University before joining the not-for-profit Campus Crusade for Christ. Since 2003, he has served as director of family ministry in the Ukraine after a 2000-02 stint as director of staff development in Kiev, Ukraine.
He earlier served in student ministry from 1991-92 at the University of North Carolina and from 1992-2000 in the Ukraine. At Kiev Christian Academy, he also coached high school girls' basketball and junior varsity and middle school boys' basketball teams. He also served as assistant Boy Scout director and counselor in Kiev and helped in fund raising for several Ukrainian missionaries. At the New Life Church in Kiev, he also is coordinator for marriage and family ministry.
He and wife, Cynthia, adopted a 12-year-old Ukrainian girl, Marina, in 2009. They also are parents to Marcus, Mallory, and Josh.