Dr. Christopher Basich: 2021 Hall of Fame Athlete

Achieving a “personal best” is the driving force behind Dr. Christopher Basich’s life – for himself, for his students, for other teachers and for educational administrators. From his high school years at Riverside, graduating in 1999, through his collegiate days and his professional career at the Riverside Local School District, Chris has led by example in both athletic endeavors and academic preparedness. While at Riverside, Chris played football in the eleventh and twelfth grades. He was recruited by several schools, ultimately selecting The University of Mount Union as his final…

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Dr. Amy Bartholomew-Koepp: 2021 Hall of Fame Athlete

Amy Bartholomew knew she had to find a way to combine her love of sport and her desire for a professional career when she was in high school at Riverside. Amy graduated from Riverside in 1992. Today, she is a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine with several publications and presentations, and an accomplished marathoner (12 years running the Boston Marathon), swimmer, and triathlete–qualifying to represent Team USA in World Championships in 2019 and 2020. The love of sport also leads Amy to give extensively to her community, particularly as a certified…

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Colonel Christopher J. Sopko: 2021 Hall of Fame Alumni

Christopher Sopko, Class of 1997, is working at the Pentagon after being promoted to colonel in the Air Force and has also been promoted to captain with United Airlines. Chris has logged over 13,000 total hours of flight time in general aviation, the military and the airlines. His work at the Pentagon involves determining strategy with the Air Force’s Air Staff, also referred to as Air Force Futures, which is designated A5/7. Its mission is ensuring that the Air Force meets the needs of today’s warfighter to fly, fight and…

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Dr. Michael W. Dingeldein: 2021 Hall of Fame Alumni

Dr. Michael Dingeldein, RHS Class of 1995, is a pediatric surgeon and director of pediatric trauma at University Hospital Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital, having joined the staff in 2014. He is an assistant professor in surgery at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. Mike has board certifications in general surgery, surgical critical care, and pediatric surgery. His clinical interests include thoracic surgery, neonatal surgery, critical care, oncology, extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (via heart-lung machines), and trauma. He is an active faculty member of the UH general surgery residency and…

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Karen Berry: 2021 Hall of Fame Faculty/Staff

After 30 years of teaching, Karen Berry retired with a host of appreciative students, parents and fellow teachers cheering her work. Upon graduating from high school, Karen attended Bowling Green State University and graduated from Kent State University with a Bachelor of Science in Education degree in 1971. Karen first worked in the Willoughby-Eastlake system for four years and left to begin her family of a son and two daughters; and at the same time, she earned a master’s degree in Education from Lake Erie College as a reading specialist…

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