2023 Hall of Fame Dinner and Induction Ceremony

The 2023 Hall of Fame Dinner and Induction ceremony was held on October 14, 2023 at the Holiday Inn Mentor. The complete biographies of the honorees are found in this edition of the Winter Online Log. Each honoree received a plaque and an honorary lifetime membership in the association. A similar plaque for each honoree will be placed on the Hall of Fame wall within Riverside High School among the past Hall of Fame honorees.   The cake!                 Marijane Watson, RSHAA Trustee…

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Robert H. More: 2023 Hall of Fame Athlete, Class of 1961

Robert H. More, Class of 1961, was a champion middle-distance runner, undefeated in the 880/half-mile for all but one of his Northeast Conference races (his first.)  He also ran the 440/quarter mile.  He was conference champion in the half-mile for four years.    He was District Champion in his junior and senior years, which qualified him for the state track meet in Columbus, where he was seen by the OSU track coach.  In addition to his four Varsity letters in track, he earned Varsity letters in football (2) and basketball (2).…

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Joshua D. Grill, PhD: 2023 Hall of Fame Alumni, Class of 1995.

Director of the University of California at Irving’s Institute for Memory Impairments and Neurological Disorders and Alzheimer’s Research (UCI MIND), Joshua D. Grill, PhD, was a member of the Class of 1995. He considers his position his “dream job.” For the last 15 years he has been involved in clinical trials, some of which have recently produced newly approved drugs. His research program conducts trials and studies the ways the drugs can be developed more efficiently, be more representative of all people who suffer from neurological diseases, and be more…

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W. David Lautenschlager, PhD: 2023 Hall of Fame Alumni, Class of 1962

A change in his career focus earned W. David Lautenschlager, Class of 1962, great respect on top of stellar achievements in his original accomplishments as a college professor. After earning his BA from Oberlin, followed by his MA at the University of Wisconsin and his PhD at Washington University, he became a college professor at Oberlin, Swarthmore and Kalamazoo teaching German literature. However, when academia began eliminating foreign language requirements from their degree programs, David began searching for comparable intellectual work in a different area, healthcare informatics. His goal became…

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Michaela Hahn Burris: 2023 Hall of Fame Athlete, Class of 2004

An “All American” athlete, Michaela Hahn Burris, Class of 2004, was a champion swimmer, the first swimmer in Riverside history to qualify for the state competition. Captain her junior and senior years, she was also a three-time MVP. She never lost a race to a conference opponent, leading her team to 3 PAC championships, or an individual race in the Sectional Meet. Michaela held 11 school records in every swimming event (*200 medley relay, 200 free, *200 IM, 50 free, *100 fly, 100 free, 500 free, 200 free relay, 100…

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Becky Bartholomew: 2023 Hall of Fame Faculty/Staff, 1993-2019.

Becky Bartholomew was a Physical Education and Health teacher at Riverside from 1993-2019.  Her enthusiasm for teaching and for taking on extracurricular projects opened doors for young people to experience her personal standards as well as to work alongside her in positive ways. Her very first year she agreed to be Junior Class Advisor, which involved organizing the prom, including the funding for it.  She held that position for 10 years.  Her leadership as the National Honor Society advisor enabled her to stress service by its members.  When she retired,…

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Amir Jones: 2023 Hall of Fame Alumni, Class of 2006

Class of 2006 graduate Amir Jones is the instrumental music teacher for grades 9 – 12 at Harvey High School. He first was assistant marching band director starting almost 17 years ago and has been the head director for 11 years. He has rebuilt the band to impressive levels and further developed the instrumental music program. His marching bands have garnered respect not only in Lake County but also across the state. Additionally, his concert bands have earned a superior rating. Amir was recently named Northeast Ohio winner of the…

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Jesse Burke: 2022 Hall of Fame Athlete, Class of 2001

Sports have been a huge part of Jesse Burke’s life starting in his earliest years.  The 2001 graduate played basketball while attending LaMuth Middle School and was inducted into its Inaugural Hall of Fame for the Class of 1996. At Riverside, Jesse played basketball; however, it was football at which he really excelled. He was a quick, powerful linebacker and the anchor of the defense.   As a freshman he played both J V and Varsity Football.  He is only the second player in Riverside’s history to be named Lake County…

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Del Bethel: 2022 Hall of Fame Alumni, Class of 1988

During the winter of 2009, two Riverside High School buddies, also former marines, helped some homeless veterans in Painesville by supplying them with coats and sleeping bags.  Thus was the idea for Sub Zero Mission born. One of those men, Del Bethel, a 1988 graduate, is a co-founder and chairman of the board and faithful volunteer of Sub Zero Mission.  Its mission is to make sure the homeless survive the brutal winter weather by providing the gear to help them.  Important to the mission is getting whatever is needed—coat, sleeping…

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2022 Riverside Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Dinner

The induction ceremony and dinner for the 2022 Hall of Fame honorees was held on November 5, 2022, at the Holiday Inn Mentor. The complete biographies of the honorees are found in this edition of the Winter Online Log. Each honoree received a plaque and an honorary lifetime membership in the association. A similar plaque for each honoree will be placed on the Hall of Fame wall within Riverside High School among the past Hall of Fame honorees. Photographs were taken by Debbie Sorber Rosch (Hall of Fame member 2019).…

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