MIDDLETOWN—Rose Tree Media School District this week announced the 2022 inductees for its Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame. To kick off the homecoming weekend festivities, the winners will be recognized at a ceremony on Friday, September 30 at Penncrest High School.
The 2022 Rose Tree Media Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame inductees are:
John “Hank Murta” Adams, Penncrest High School Class of 1974, is the recipient of three grants from the National Endowment of the Arts and the New York State Arts Grant. Adams credits the wonderful teaching of Penncrest’s “legendary” professor Claude Falcone with inspiring him to attend college. He received a scholarship to study at the Rhode Island School of Design. His works are held in some of the most important collections in the United States and abroad. In an email regarding his induction into the Penncrest Hall of Fame. Adams said: “I doubt I would have gone to college if not for Claude’s obsessive dedication. The arts program was our unifying community at Penncrest, and Falcone was our driver.
Gary Daubeman, Penncrest High School Class of 1995, realized his passion for movies when he saw the heartwarming classic “It’s a Wonderful Life” (1946) at age 13. Dauberman was inspired by how the film has remained moving fifty years after it was made. After attending Delaware County Community College for two years, Dauberman transferred to Temple University and graduated in 2002. Shortly thereafter, he
moved to Los Angeles to start a career in show business. He started out working as an extra for Central Casting but eventually took a break writing the TV movie “In the Spider’s Web” (Sci-Fi Channel, 2007).
However, an even bigger break came in 2009 when Sam Raimi and Neil Marshall went with Dauberman’s original screenplay for a body horror story called “Burst.” Soon he was writing a horror spinoff of “The Conjuring” (2013) called “Annabelle” (2014), following the chilling story of a doll possessed by a demon. Annabelle’s success allowed Dauberman to pen the script for Universal’s sci-fi epic “Crime of the Century.”
Jeffrey Apoian, Penncrest High School Class of 1972, developed her passion for the art of photography at a young age. Apoian’s photography has been seen on magazine covers and in editorials across the United States, Europe, Scandinavia and Central America, including publications such as Elle, Vogue, Marie Claire and various art magazines. Working primarily from New York, Apoian’s photographic skills range from lighting expertise to unique photographic processes.
His subjects range from fashion and beauty editorial to still life and director’s reel. His desire to share his knowledge and insight led him to be invited to teach at Parsons School of Design in New York and to offer educational workshops for kindred spirits at his studio in Soho. A proponent of earlier photographic techniques from the 1800s, such as wet plate and cyanotype processes, Apoian created a body of fine art photography that has been exhibited in the United States and abroad. An award-winning photographer for thirty years, he has worked with magazines and advertising agencies in many countries, in Europe and the United States.
John Colburn, Penncrest High School Class of 1970, embarked on a new career after Bertholon Rowland Insurance Agency was sold in 1998. Colburn is committed to doing non-profit work. He was offered a seat on the board of Tyler Arboretum, and he led the “Totally Terrific Treehouses” and created the strategic plan for the renovation of the Tyler barn, now a favorite wedding venue. Colburn formed and helped fund Dragonfly Forest, an overnight summer camp for medically disabled children, serving thousands of Philadelphia children over the years with asthma, sickle cell disease, hemophilia, autism and 22Q.
Colburn was also a trustee of Westtown School, where he was steeped in Quaker philosophy. For six years, the Westtown campus hosted Camp Dragonfly, where Colburn became the “dye master,” churning out colorful shirts for kids all summer long. Colburn has also been nominated to the Young Presidents Organization (YPO), an international business organization with more than 32,000 members of businessmen and women from around the world. During Covid, Colburn started a new consultancy business where he created 8-10 person forums within companies or between key leaders of different companies to improve communication, personal sharing and problem solving. This innovative forum allows employees to benefit from a process that has been invaluable to YPO CEOs around the world.
Marc KirchgasserPenncrest High School, Class of 1981, graduating from Juniata College in 1985 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Kirchgasser embarked on a successful 35-year career in consumer products with companies such as Kimberly-Clark, Campbell Soup and SCA.
Kirchgasser is vice president of sales for Sofidel, Americas, based in Horsham. In Kirchgasser’s role as Vice President, he is responsible for the company’s collective selling efforts in North America. In addition to his distinguished corporate career, Kirchgasser is committed to leading a life of service to his community. Kirchgasser was a member of Middletown Volunteer Fire Company No. 1 and served as financial secretary for the Edgmont Fire Company from 2002 to 2005.
As financial secretary, Kirchgasser helped the company acquire land and drafted federal grants for free fire trucks. In addition to his successful tenure with both Delaware County Fire Companies, Mark has contributed his time, business knowledge, and diverse learning experiences to the Middletown Township community, as a member of the planning commission and zoning board and is currently in his 5th term as chairman-at-large.
For more information on Penncrest alumni, visit http://www.penncrestalumni.org/.
Delaware County resident named to National Bullying Task Force
Delaware County resident Dr. Claudio Cerullo was recently named to the new US Vice President’s Task Force on Online Harassment and Bullying. The task force will make recommendations for the federal government, state governments, technology platforms, schools and other public and private entities to prevent and respond to technology-facilitated gender-based violence, including by putting the focus on the link between online misogyny and radicalization leading to violence. . Recommendations will focus in particular on: increasing support for victims of online harassment and abuse; expand research to better understand the impact and scope of the problem; improving prevention, including youth-focused prevention; and strengthen the accountability of offenders and platforms.
The task force will be co-chaired by the Gender Policy Council and the National Security Council, and will include the attorney general, the secretary of health and human services and other heads of federal agencies.
Aston Township resident Dr. Cerullo is a recognized national expert on issues related to bullying and violence in schools, and he has just launched a new book, “Inside the Mind of a Bully from Victim to Advocate”, on the subject. Cerullo has also supported many children and families across the country who have experienced bullying and harassment, as well as advocacy, programming, and professional development to schools, local, state, and federal agencies on how to reduce this ever-increasing public health. publish. For more information about Dr. Cerullo’s book or program, visit http://Teachantibullying.org/.
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