LaBrae inducts hall-of-famers

LEAVITTSBURG – With nostalgic images of old telephones and cameras, along with magazines and newspapers of the past, guests at the LaBrae Schools Alumni Hall of Fame took a step back in time as they honored the newest honorees.

Guests were introduced to the five inductees, David Blahu, the Rev. Marc Booker, Michelle Granny, Heidi Bartholomew and Fred Alberini.

Resident Rhonda Drescher created the displays showcasing items from the district’s past for the celebration held at the school complex.

Wendy Popour, committee member, said the purpose of the Hall of Fame is to recognize and honor those who, through their performance and achievement, reflect credit in the high schools so that present-day students may find identity with the past and establish goals for the future.

The Hall of Fame was established in 2009, with five honorees each year selected. Honorees must have graduated at least 10 years prior from Braceville, LaBrae or Leavittsburg high schools.

The accomplishments of this year’s honorees included:

Blahu (1941 graduate) served as a Warren Township trustee for three consecutive terms and is a retired Marine who has marched in the Leavittsburg Memorial Day parade for 50 consecutive years. He served on the committee to help plan the present LaBrae school complex;

Alberini (1956) was a teacher, coach and guidance counselor for Leavittsburg and Howland schools. He has served as a Howland Township trustees and worked on the Trumbull County Board of Elections;

Booker (1982) worked for the Franklin County prosecutor’s office after graduating from law school. He became a Baptist minister and is senior pastor of the New Jerusalem Baptist Church. He uses both his law and pastoral degrees;

Granny (1985) is employed at Phillips Healthcare in the nuclear engineering research and development division, and consults with many worldwide institutions. She researches different types of cancer, trying to detect them at their earliest stages;

Bartholomew (1988) is a financial accounting teacher at the University of Pittsburgh and is a member of the executive management team for the FedEx Ground Company in Pittsburgh. She launched Leadership Outlook Program to connect executive women to each throughout the Pittsburgh region.

Nomination forms for the next class may be requested at the superintendent’s office or LaBrae Schools Alumni Hall of Fame, c/o LaBrae Schools 1001 N. Leavitt Road, Leavittsburg 44430.