Hall of Honor
HALL OF HONOR APPLICATION TO RECOGNIZE OUTSTANDING ALUMNI
Please submit the application to the Superintendent’s office electronically or hard copy
Superintendent’s Office, 901 Duss Avenue, Ambridge, PA 15003
* Nominees must have graduated from Ambridge Area School District at least 10 years ago
* Nominees must have made significant community contributing and/or career-related accomplishments. (One-time distinctions or awards may be appropriate if they are at a national or state level).
Dr. Robert J. Ackermann - 1966 graduate
Dr. Robert J. Ackerman is Professor and Director of the Mid-Atlantic Addiction Research & Training Institute at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He is co-founder of the National Association for Children of Alcoholics. As an author he has published numerous articles and research findings and is best known for writing the first book in the United States on children of alcoholics in 1978. Twelve books later, many television appearances, and countless speaking engagements he has become internationally known for his work with families and children of all ages. His books have been translated into thirteen languages.
Mr. Kelvin Fisher - 1987 graduate
Upon graduation from Ambridge, Mr. Fisher attended Arizona State University, where he received his degree in social work. While at ASU, special athletic awards and honors include the MVP of the Coca Cola Bowl, voted team captain, and he was a four year starter on the football team with P.A.C. Ten honors. He was the first fullback in the history of Arizona State University to run for 1000 yards and catch for 500 yards. He was featured in Bigger, Stronger, Faster Magazine as one of the top running backs in the NCAA. In 1992 he was a free agent for the New York Jets and was on the Arizona Cardinals practice squad in 1993. In his career he totaled 1,763 rushing and 797 receiving yards, with 12 touchdowns. Mr. Fisher is currently a west coast college scout for the Pittsburgh Steelers. During his time with the Steelers, they have won two Super Bowl championships. He currently lives in Arizona with his wife and two children.
Mr. Mike Lucci - 1957 graduate
Mr. Mike Lucci was a National Football League player for the Cleveland Browns for three seasons from 1962 to 1964 and nine seasons with the Detroit Lions from 1965 to 1973. He played collegiately at the University of Tennessee and for one year at the University of Pittsburgh. He was a 6’2”, 230-pound middle linebacker known for his ability to play through injury. Mr. Lucci was voted by his teammates the Lions’ Defensive Most Valuable Player from 1969-1971. In addition, he was All-NFL in 1969, and NFC All-Conference in 1970-1971. Mr. Lucci also appeared in the film based on the George Plimpton book Paper Lion. The 1968 film starred Alan Alda, Lauren Hutton, and several Detroit Lion football players. After retiring from the NFL, Mr. Lucci was a successful business executive and entrepreneur. He is the former president of Bally Total Fitness which at the time was the largest commercial operator of fitness centers in the United States. Over the past several years, Mr. Lucci has made generous monetary donations to facilitate our football locker room.
Mr. Mickey Marotti - 1983 graduate
Mr. Mickey Marotti is the Director of Strength and Conditioning at the University of Florida. He is one of 57 people in the world to hold the Master of Strength and Conditioning (MSCC) certification. Entering his fourth year at the University of Florida, he has already developed eight All-Americans and two first-round NFL draft choices during his tenure. The Florida Gators have won two BCS National Championships and two SEC Championships in the past three years with Mr. Marotti as the Director of Strength and Conditioning. He currently lives in Gainesville, Florida with his wife and two children.
Mr. George Vujnovich - 1933 graduate
Mr. George Vujnovich was born to Serbian parents in 1915. When he was 14, he moved to Aliquippa and two years later to Ambridge. After graduating from high school, he worked at a Heinz vinegar plant for $1 a day. In 1934 he received a scholarship from the Serb National Federation and left home to attend college to study medicine in Belgrade. While living in Belgrade, Mr. Vujnovich met and married his wife, Mirjana, a teacher. Their life was disrupted in 1941, when the German Luftwaffe bombed Belgrade in Operation Punishment. Mr. Vujnovich was a first-hand witness to the bombing, nearly losing his life when a falling bomb destroyed a nearby streetcar. After the bombing, Mr. and Mrs. Vujnovich fled Yugoslavia, and he accepted a job in Ghana as assistant airport manager while Mirjana moved to Washington, DC to work at the Yugoslav Embassy. When the US entered the war, Mr. Vujnovich received a commission as a second lieutenant and assumed command of an airbase in Nigeria. While working at the airbase, he was recruited by the OSS (Office of Strategic Services), the forerunner of the CIA, and was later sent to the OSS post in Bari, Italy. From this post he saved the lives of his fellow servicemen and earned the title of hero. Due to his organization of this secret mission known as “Operation Halyard”, over 500 downed US airmen in occupied Yugoslavia were rescued. In 2007 “The Forgotten 500”, the first book about the daring mission, was released. Mr. George Vujnovich is the lead character in the book.
Ms. Doreen Welsh - 1968 graduate
Ms. Doreen Welsh has been a flight attendant for US Air for 38 years. She was aboard US Air flight 1549 when it went down in the Hudson River in New York early in 2009. There were 150 passengers, the pilot, co-pilot and three flight attendants on board when the plane went down. Flight 1549 had been struck by something. It would later be determined that birds had taken out both engines. The pilot had to land the plane on the frigid Hudson River. Ms. Welsh was instrumental in saving 150 lives as she made sure everyone got out of the plane safely. She was the only one injured on board the aircraft. Ms. Welsh stopped a passenger from opening a rear door and letting in a gush of water, then made her way forward directing everyone out onto the wings. Captain Sullenberger checked the cabin twice. Thanks to his crew of flight attendants, he didn’t find any forgotten passengers.
Mr. David Woten, Jr. - 1987 graduate
Just out of high school, Mr. Woten enlisted in the United States Army Reserves, where he served eight years as a heavy-wheeled mechanic and was awarded the Army Achievement Medal. He received a Bachelor of Science in Music Education from Slippery Rock University in 1991 and a Master of Music in Music Education in 1997. He has traveled throughout the state and country as a musician, conductor, and guest speaker. Mr. Woten teaches at Carson Middle School in the North Allegheny School District and is an Adjunct Professor at the Duquesne University Mary Pappert School of Music. In 2008 Mr. Woten was selected as the “2008 Pennsylvania Teacher of the Year” and “Slippery Rock University Young Alumni Award Winner”. In 2006 he was recognized by “Who’s Who Among American Teachers”. In May, 2009, he was inducted into the Beaver Valley Musicians Hall of Fame. During his years at Ambridge Area School District, it was under the direction of Mr. Lee Tolfa and Mr. Sal Aloe that his commitment to music was fostered. Mr. Woten brings such dedication to the role of music educator that the elective program at North Allegheny has grown from fifty students to more than two hundred and fifty under his direction. Mr. Woten lives in Economy Borough with his wife and two sons.