Looking back... the first twenty Legacy Ledger Alumni Spotlights

I could generally use the same sentence to begin every issue of Alumni Spotlight: “Let me introduce you to some people that I really think you should know”.

With this month’s issue, there have been 65 profiles, submitted by myself, Tyler Bliss, and 12 guest contributors to date. That’s 65 down and about 55,000 to go. That’s an estimate of the total number of known graduates, faculty and staff - - living and dearly departed - - from our two (currently operating) high schools (and two closed: Georgetown High School in 1967 and the segregated Scribner High School, closed in 1952).

How are the choices made for individuals, profiled in this column? As the primary contributor to Alumni Spotlight, there has been a lot of discovery, for me personally. There have been new acquaintances and old friends. Since this newsletter launched in September 2020, three have left us and seven others were chosen intentionally, to be featured as fallen heroes.

Nineteen were people that I already knew personally - - in some cases, for just a few years… or over a span of decades for several others. Another fifteen or so, have been names that I knew in some capacity, and I’ve had the opportunity to now be able to call them friends. And I had never heard of almost thirty others. Most of the guest contributors were “drafted”; for the most part, they were people that I have only recently met.

Here is the complete roster of legendary Bulldogs and Highlanders from the first twenty issues of Alumni Spotlight, including the names of guest contributors.

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Hall of Fame inductees are indicated by an asterisk

April 2022: Ann Riddle Riedling* FCHS ’70 and Ted Baldwin NAHS ’91

March 2022: Tommy Sheets NAHS ‘78 and Kim Nagel Hennessy FCHS ‘74

February 2022: Alan Zollman* FCHS ‘69 and James “Joey” Wilkerson, NAHS ‘01

January 2022: the New Albany 1967 tennis team (the late Sam Peden NAHS ‘67, Ray Briscoe NAHS ‘67 and Bill Ellis NAHS ‘67) with guest contributor Calise Peden Mossler NAHS ‘70 and the Floyd Central wrestling program from 1967-68 through 1972-1973 (FCHS coach Roger Moody NAHS ‘58, Rick Rowe FCHS ‘70 and others) with guest contributor Ken Hart FCHS ‘76

December 2021: Julie Guilford Collings* FCHS ‘84 and Steve Perkins* NAHS ‘87

November 2021: Joe Dean* NAHS ‘48 with guest contributor Dave Brinkworth NAHS ‘52, Ken Stiller (GHS/FCHS faculty/staff) with guest contributor Wanda Barnett FCHS ‘76, Lawrence Moore (GHS/FCHS faculty/staff) with guest contributor Judy Waltz GHS ‘65, Edgar “Eddie” Abell* Scribner High School ’43 with guest contributor Wilbert “Junebug” Hunter NAHS ‘71

October 2021: Letty Walter (St Mary of the Knobs faculty). Sharon Gardner* (FCHS Faculty/coach) with guest contributor Jo Ann Curry Stewart FCHS ‘74, Diana Adams Keithley* NAHS ‘61 with guest contributor Debbie Adams Adwell NAHS ‘74

September 2021: Susan Adams* NAHS ‘64 with guest contributor Kelly Clemons Kingsley FCHS ‘86 and Amy Hutchison* FCHS ‘87 with guest contributor Brad Hutchison FCHS ‘83

August 2021: The Wilson/McMonigle family, our Legacy 2021/2022 chairs: Charles “David” Wilson FCHS ‘71, Amanda Wilson McMonigle FCHS ‘94, Justin McMonigle ’94 and Drew McMonigle FCHS ‘24

July 2021: The Willman/Dblow family, our Legacy 2020/2021 chairs: Janey Willman NAHS ‘67, Marietta Willman, (NAHS Faculty), the late John Willman*, (NAFCS Faculty/staff), Rob Willman FCHS ‘88, Alys Willman FCHS ‘92, John Dablow NAHS ‘94, Joe Dablow NAHS ‘96 Jessy Spainhour NAHS ‘99, Lucas Willman FCHS ‘17 and Trace Willman FCHS ‘20. Our Rising Stars: Major Ricke NAHS ‘12, Brigid Morrissey FCHS ‘10, Bailey Duff FCHS ‘16, Dan Wavle FCHS ‘11, Danielle Cook NAHS ‘14, Amy Harpenau Miller FCHS ‘07, Jordan Striegel NAHS ‘12, Madison Baumann Striegel NAHS ‘12, Tej Azad FCHS ‘09 and Amee Azad, FCHS ‘11

June 2021: R. Gregory Neely* NAHS ‘67 and Larry Brumley* FCHS ‘71

May 2021: Tom Weatherston* (NAHS/FCHS faculty), Melissa Combs* FCHS ‘75

April 2021: Bobby Libs* FCHS ‘85 and Norman Melhiser* NAHS ‘53

March 2021: the late Lee Kelly* (NAHS/FCHS faculty) with guest contributor Chris Morris NAHS ‘79 and the late Ray Weatherholt* (GHS/FCHS faculty) with guest contributor Jessica Black Pugh FCHS ‘95

February 2021: Stephanie Wolz Eichenberger FCHS ‘81 and Dan Eichenberger* NAHS ‘81

January 2021: Wesley Jenkins NAHS ‘05 and Jessica Black Pugh, FCHS ‘95

December 2020: Susan Day Parr* FCHS ‘70 and John Moody* NAHS ‘54

November 2020: Amber Finley* NAHS ‘02 and Rick Miller* GHS ‘65

October 2020: Stephen Nale* NAHS ‘67 and Dennis “Dennie” Jenkins* FCHS ‘79

September 2020: Sherri Roberts* FCHS ‘87 and Jim Bright* NAHS ‘70

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Total profiles: 65. NAHS Hall of Fame: 15, FCHS Hall of Fame 13. NAHS alumni 26, FCHS alumni 27, GHS alumni 1, Scribner High School 1; of the 55 alumni, 7 also served as NAFCS faculty. There have been 10 non-alumni profiled: NAHS faculty/staff 1, FCHS faculty/staff 1, NAHS/FCHS faculty 2, GHS/FCHS faculty/staff: 3, NAFCS faculty/staff 1, St Mary of the Knobs faculty 1
Guest contributors: 12 (NAHS alumni 5, FCHS alumni 6, GHS alumni 1)

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