From the Edgewood High School Hall of Fame Committee:
Four Alumni and one former teacher will be added to the Edgewood High School Hall of Fame during induction ceremonies to be held at the school on the EHS Class of 2015’s Commencement Day, June 3rd. The five will bring to 41 the number of Alumni, Former Staff, and Community Supporters who have been enshrined in the EHS Hall of Fame in the five years since the program was begun in 2011.
Joining the Hall of Fame will be recently retired Family and Consumer Science teacher Sharon L. Daughaday; along with Alumni Edward L. Kimmel (1961), Lawrence A. Melfa (1963), Stephen T. Moyer (1978), and Bruce R. Riley (1981).
Jointly sponsored by the EHS Alumni Association and the school administration, the Hall of Fame has the dual purpose of recognizing the extraordinary accomplishments of those inducted while providing positive role models for current students, staff and the community.
“This latest group of Hall of Famers adds to the legacy of those outstanding individuals who have been associated with Edgewood High School since its founding 61 years ago,” said EHS Principal Larissa L. Santos. “All of us on the current staff, our students, and the community are inspired by the examples established by these outstanding men and women who have accomplished so much and given of themselves so unselfishly.”
Helen E. Morrison (Class of 1961), President of the EHS Alumni Association and a charter Hall of Fame Member, concurred. “The Alumni Association is pleased to play a part in the recognition of these great former classmates, teachers, administrators, and the community who have supported the school for more than half a century,” Mrs. Morrison said. “Those of us who have been privileged to be part of the school since it opened its doors in 1954 truly appreciate the contributions of these and so many more who have brought honor to Edgewood High School.”
The five to be inducted were chosen from among 38 nominees by a Hall of Fame Review Committee composed of Alumni, students, representatives from the school administration, and a member of the community; along with the 2014 Hall of Fame inductees. Those nominees not selected but who received votes from the 16 who cast ballots – along with future nominees – will be eligible for enshrinement in succeeding years.
The four living 2015 Hall of Fame members, along with the family of the late Mr. Kimmel, will be honored during an induction ceremony to be held in the school auditorium on the afternoon of Commencement Day; and will be invited to join the 2015 graduates at their Commencement ceremony that evening in the school gymnasium. They will also be feted during a dinner preceding the graduation ceremonies. The inductees are expected to receive awards from County and State government officials as well as the school, the Alumni Association, and others.
EHS CLASS OF 2015 HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES:
MRS. SHARON L. DAUGHADAY – Mrs. Daughaday completed a 33-year teaching career – 26 of those years at Edgewood High School – this past June. She taught Family and Consumer Science – FACS – at EHS from 1988-2014, serving as Department Chair for 15 years and chairing the Faculty Advisory Committee from 2006 until her retirement. Mrs. Daughaday played a lead role in the development of new FACS courses countywide including Foods, Working with Children, Human Growth & Development and many others. Most visible was the extension of a Child Development program at Edgewood High where her students ran a preschool for 16 community three-and-four-year olds, earning Child Care certificates. She also developed an intern partnership with neighboring Deerfield Elementary where her students worked with an elementary teacher, providing one-on-one help to young students. She extended that by developing an after school volunteer program where students went to nearby Edgewood Elementary to work with students who were having learning issues. In addition, Mrs. Daughaday organized her students to act as babysitters for parents during parent/teacher conferences. Beyond her outstanding contributions in the classroom, Mrs. Daughaday was a consistent supporter of her colleagues, always pitching in to provide assistance personally or with her students to ensure the success of a variety of programs/presentations at the school. Also, she is a volunteer with the Chesapeake Cancer Alliance, raising funds for the ‘Life-net’ program of the Kaufman Cancer Center at Upper Chesapeake Hospital; is an active member of PEO, an organization promoting education for women by providing scholarships; and is an active member of Hiss United Methodist Church. She and her husband, Dave, have two adult sons and two grandchildren. Her lead nominator, former EHS Principal Stephen R. Williams, a 2013 EHS HOF inductee, said many students were able to graduate as a direct result of Mrs. Daughaday’s influence. One of her former students, aspiring teacher Amanda Holthaus, said, “My high school career would never have been the same had I not had Mrs. Daughaday by my side, guiding and molding me, into the young woman I am today and future teacher that I will be proud to be.”
MR. EDWARD L. KIMMEL – Class of 1961 — The late Mr. Kimmel was a three-sport athlete at Edgewood High, joining the U.S. Air Force after graduation where he benefitted from military schooling and earning several certificates in civil engineering. After his honorable discharge, he compiled a record 47-year career with the Harford County government, starting as a meter reader and rising to be Chief of Facilities for the County’s Water & Sewer Department. Following his untimely death two years ago, the County named a Facilities building in his honor and renamed the entry road ‘Silver Fox Way,’ recognizing Mr. Kimmel’s nickname. He was an Eagle Scout and a former Boy Scout Master and was a lifetime resident of the community serving the Edgewood/Joppa/Magnolia areas as recreation football/baseball/softball coach for a combined 30 years, his teams winning multiple county titles. Mr. Kimmel was a two-time World Champion Paramedic Olympian and was a Joppa/Magnolia Fire Company Ambulance Captain for five years in addition to serving on the Board of Directors for a record 17 years, earning a lifetime membership in the fire company. He served for the maximum ten years as a member of the Board of the Harford County Public Library where he was vice chair and treasurer at various times. He was co-founder and volunteer director of the ‘Haunted House of Joppa’ which was annually sold out by July and raised funds for charity. Mr. Kimmel was an active longtime member of the Edgewood American Legion Post 17. He was an assistant EHS Varsity football coach and was a longtime key member of the EHS Sports Booster Club, often helping to re-sod the athletic field over the summer. All three of Mr. Kimmel’s and his wife of 47 years, Iris’, children are graduates of EHS. Mrs. Kimmel also worked at the school. Mr. Kimmel was a member of the EHS Alumni Association. His nominators describe him as having been a humble, loyal and selfless person. One of them, Robin Lin Brewster Lenzo (Class of 1990), Director of the Dept. of Student & House Staff Services at the Johns Hopkins University, as a youngster was among the thousands mentored by Mr. Kimmel. “I have devoted my life to giving back to the community – Edward Kimmel showed me what it is to have a good life and how to give effortlessly and unconditionally.”
MR. LAWRENCE A. MELFA, Class of 1963 – In high school, Mr. Melfa was Salutatorian of his class and was named Athlete of the Year for 1962-63 after quarterbacking the football team, leading the basketball team to EHS’ first County title in that sport, and pitching for the baseball team, serving as captain of all three teams. He was president of his junior class, vice president of the senior class, National Honor Society president, and was a member of Boys State, earning the Student Council “best all-around” award. He was chosen as one of two seniors in Maryland to represent the state at the Boys Nation National Conference in Washington, D.C. After graduation, he enrolled at Harvard University where he distinguished himself in the classroom and on the football and baseball teams, earning a degree in government. He began law school at the University of Maryland, but was drafted into the Army, serving a tour of duty during the Vietnam era, before returning to finish law school and pass his bar exam, earning the Law Week prize. He has practiced law in Maryland for 42 years, working his way to be partner with the Towson firm of Butler, Melfa, and Taylor. He has provided many individuals and worthwhile groups with pro bono legal assistance. Mr. Melfa has chaired the Harvard Scholarship Committee, coached Little League, been president of the administrative council at his church, and won the Maryland and Mid-Atlantic Doubles championship in tennis. He also was batting practice pitcher for the American League Champion 1969 Baltimore Orioles. One of his nominators, 1965 EHS graduate Bob McCone, said Mr. Melfa is in a ‘unique stratosphere’ among EHS graduates. “He is a man of respect and is respected – a man grounded in principles and stands as an inspiration to Edgewood High students for what you can accomplish if you put your mind to it.” Mr. Melfa and his wife, Pegg, have three children.
MR. STEPHEN T. MOYER, Class of 1978 – In January, Mr. Moyer was sworn in as Secretary of Public Safety and Correctional Services, becoming the state’s “public safety guru.” It is just the latest in the leadership positions Mr. Moyer has achieved during a 32-year career in public safety, following in the footsteps of his late father, former Harford County Sheriff Ted Moyer. While in high school, he played Susquehanna League baseball and played in the EHS band, continuing after graduation as a longtime member of the school’s Alumni Jazz Band. He earned a BS in Biology from Towson University and a Masters in Criminal Justice from the Johns Hopkins University as well as having graduated from the FBI National Academy. He joined the Maryland State Police in 1983, rising to the rank of Lt. Colonel in charge of Field Operations. Among his assignments was command of the Executive Protection Unit, providing security for the Governor and other top Maryland Leaders. Mr. Moyer served for three years as captain in command of the MSP Internal Affairs Unit; was Deputy Secretary of the Maryland Department of Juvenile Justice; and, as head of Field Operations, oversaw the day-to-day operation of 23 MSP Barracks throughout Maryland, involving 1,050 troopers and 120 civilian support staff. “Retiring” in 2007, he became Chief of Security at the University of Maryland Hospital’s Shock Trauma Unit. In 2013, he became Assistant Chief of Police in Sarasota, Florida, where he also served as Deputy Emergency Manager for the City of Sarasota; only to be “called home” two years later to assume his current position. In addition to his outstanding career in law enforcement, Mr. Moyer has served the community through Presbury United Methodist Church, including as youth counselor; and has been a Red Cross volunteer. In 2010, he went to Haiti immediately after the devastating earthquake there, serving with 15 doctors and 15 support staff, taking command of a collapsed hospital during a three-week period where he oversaw logistics. He was a substitute teacher at Edgewood High, often representing law enforcement on career days. He and his wife, Michelle, have two sons.
MR. BRUCE R. RILEY, Class of 1981 – Mr. Riley was a two-sport star athlete at Edgewood High, an All-County two-way lineman in football, and a three-year letterman on the wrestling team. He was a member of the National Honor Society and received the 1980 EHS National Football Foundation Scholar Athlete Award. He earned his BS in Mathematics Education from the University of Maryland/College Park and his M.Ed. in Guidance and Counseling along with his Administrator Certification from Loyola College. Mr. Riley taught Math at Bel Air High School for nine years and has been a school counselor there for the past 18 years – the last two serving as Department Chair. He was a member (1992-2005) and chair (1995-2005) of the Maryland Student Assistance Program team. He was also head coach of the Bobcat Varsity football team for 13 years, compiling a 74-59 overall record, qualifying for the state playoffs three times and winning one UCBAC title as well as one region championship. In addition, he was a member of the school’s Varsity wrestling coaching staff for five years and the school’s Varsity lacrosse coach for one year. In the community, he was co-founder and continuing Board Member of the Charlie Riley Community Service Scholarship Foundation, honoring his late father, a longtime leader in the local, county, and state fire service. Since 2006, the Fund has awarded more than 180 scholarships worth over $180,000 to deserving county high school seniors and fire/emergency medical services personnel who demonstrate extraordinary service to their communities. Mr. Riley is an active member of Cokesbury United Methodist Church where he has been on the Board of Trustees and its Treasurer since 1989; has co-led the Contemporary Service for the past six years; and is Liturgist, assisting in leading the traditional service for 20 years. He is a member and past chair of the Staff/Pastor/Parish relations committee; and member of the Finance, Worship & Lay Committees. He has also taught both the Adult Sunday School and Youth Group. Mr. Riley has coached in the Havre de Grace Recreational Council (football) for six years; and the Forest Hill/Fountain Green Rec Council (basketball/baseball/lacrosse). He was an assistant coach for both the Edgewood High wrestling and lacrosse team; and was recognized as Alumnus of the Year (2004-05) by the EHS Athletic Department. Mr. Riley and his wife, Suzanne, have three teenage children; and have also been foster parents. Bel Air High Principal Greg Komondor, said of Mr. Riley, “He is truly a man of faith – his ability to treat everyone with care and compassion no matter what the situation is what separates him from everyone else.”