• 2019 Inductees

    Posted by Exeter Alumni on 11/10/2019


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  • 2018 Academic Hall of Fame Inductees

    Posted by Exeter Alumni on 10/21/2018
    Three enter Exeter Academic Hall of Fame


    Ellen L. Gallagher

    Two former teachers and one Exeter High School alumnus were inducted Saturday into the Exeter Academic Hall of Fame.

    Ellen L. Gallagher, a retired teacher, was inducted during a special ceremony in the Senior High School auditorium.

    Gallagher, who lives near Flying Hills, taught 31 years, 24 of them at Lorane Elementary, holds a bachelor’s degree from Millersville University and a master’s from Temple University.

    Her mission, she said, was to help students understand the delicacy and interdependence of life on Earth and the magnificence of the universe.

    Gallagher, a finalist in the Teacher in Space program, helped organize the district’s youth soccer league and wrote scripts for the Association of Parents and Teachers’ shows, a scholarship fundraiser.

    The other two inductees received the honor posthumously.

    Sara Jane Sechrist, who taught third grade in the district, died in 2017.

    Passionate about the outdoors and conservation, she was a founding member of the Pagoda Ramblers camping club and enjoyed hosting friends and family at her log cabin in Tioga County.

    The late Jarod Finley, a 1993 Exeter High School graduate, died in April.

    Finley earned a bachelor’s in math and physics from Alfred University, Allegany County, N.Y., and master’s and doctorate in physics from the University of Rochester, Rochester, N.Y.

    Finley was a faculty member at the University of Pennsylvania’s department of radiation oncology and director of the university’s Master of Medical Physics program.

    The academic hall of fame is a project of the Exeter Community Education Foundation.

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  • 2017 Hall of Fame

    Posted by Exeter Alumni on 11/24/2017

    The Exeter School District will induct two graduates, a retired teacher/graduate and a retired administrator into the district's Academic Hall of Fame for 2017.

    The district's Hall of Fame was started in 2005, said Kenneth P. Levan of Exeter Township, a 1963 graduate of the district and member of the selection committee. Typically, four to six inductees are selected each year by the committee, he said.

    This year's ceremony will be held Saturday, Dec. 2, in the high school auditorium prior to student inductions into the National Honor Society, Levan said.

    The 2017 Academic Hall of Fame inductees are:

    David A. Bivans, Class of 1966; Seth I. Corbin, Class of 1999; Sue Yoder, Class of 1970 and a retired teacher; and Philip M. Rabena, a retired elementary principal.

    Bivans was part of the team that developed the algorithm for the Viking Mars Lander's soil-analysis system. He also earned patents for Saran-coated films and the Aeropak plastic fuel tank for automobiles, Levan said.

    Corbin graduated from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law in 2006 and has been involved with a number of charitable activities in the Pittsburgh area, Levan said, most notably the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Pittsburgh. He has volunteered as both a Big Brother and a member of the agency's board of directors, serving as president in 2014-15.

    Yoder was inducted in 1996 into the Berks County Field Hockey Hall of Fame as an official. During her 30-year career as a health and physical education teacher and coach for the district, Yoder strove to have a positive influence on her students, Levan said.

    Rabena served 27 years as a principal at Lorane and Lausch elementary schools before retiring in 2002, Levan said. He was a champion of the prefirst program and helped design the new Reiffton school.

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  • 2016 Academic Hall of Fame Inductees

    Posted by Exeter Alumni on 11/6/2016

    Four new members have been inducted into the Exeter School District Academic Hall of Fame during a ceremony at Exeter Senior High School.

    Three of them are Exeter alumni, and the fourth is a former teacher. Inductees are selected based on three categories: former students who have brought honor to the school district; former educators who are deemed to have had a tremendous impact on students and the district; and community people who have made a lasting contribution to education at Exeter.

    They are:

    Richard S. Nye, a 1991 graduate, has established himself as a professional musician, performing on viola with area symphony and chamber orchestras. He also has enjoyed a fulfilling career in education at the secondary level as an orchestra director and string educator within the Pennsylvania public school system.

    Thomas L. Hanson was an Exeter teacher who came to education late. A superb naturalist, he found joy in working with young people. He loved and respected his students, and though his teaching career was cut short by a terminal illness, the years he spent at Exeter were said to be the happiest of his professional life.

    Lawrence W. Houp, a 1965 graduate of Exeter and 1969 graduate of Muhlenberg College, was a partner in Houp Brothers Farm. He served on the Exeter School Board, the Berks Career & Technology Center Joint Operating Committee board and the Berks Vocational and Technical School Authority. He has served as president of the Exeter Eagles Alumni Association and was one of the people over the years most responsible for founding the alumni association.

    Kristin L. Dreazen grad- uated from Exeter in 1991. Since graduating from Gettysburg College, she has spent her entire career in education, first in university admissions offices and then as a counselor in London. She is passionate about her work in assisting students’ transitions to higher education.

    Contact Matt Nanci: 610-371-5095 or mnanci@readingeagle.com .

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  • 2015

    Posted by Exeter Alumni on 12/31/2015

    2015 Inductees

    Peter Deluca -1978

    Bob Fleck -  Retired  teacher

    Dr. Glenn Corbin

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  • 2014 Academic Hall of Fame

    Posted by Exeter Alumni on 11/9/2014

    Exeter inducts 4 into Academic Hall of Fame

    Sunday November 9, 2014 12:01 AM

    An educator who teaches teachers, a journalist and college instructor, a high school teacher and athletic coach, and a businessman from Pakistan who is known on a first-name basis across Berks County - those were the four new members inducted into the Exeter School District's Academic Hall of Fame during a Saturday event at the high school.

    Inductees are selected based on three categories: former students who have brought honor to the school district; former educators who are deemed to have had a tremendous impact on students and the district; and community people who have made a lasting contribution to education at Exeter.

    Honored this year:

    • Mark Letcher, a 1990 Exeter High School graduate who has degrees from Millersville University, Southern Illinois University and Ohio State University. A northwest Indiana resident with a wife and three children, Letcher currently works as a teacher educator, specializing in adolescent literacy, and trains preservice English Language Arts Teachers.
    • John Fidler, a 1970 graduate of Exeter and president of the student council who wrote for the school newspaper. He has degrees in English from Ursinus College and the University of Chicago. An award-winning columnist and copy editor with the Reading Eagle, Fidler also teaches writing and literature at Reading Area Community College. His writing has appeared in the Washington Post and the film journals Senses of Cinema and Cineaste.
    • Karen McElhattan, a 1974 graduate of Susquehanna University with degrees in mathematics and Spanish who taught for 33 years in the Exeter School District, at both the junior and senior high. McElhattan also coached basketball and cheerleading for 15 years.
    • Hamid Chaudhry, who emigrated to the United States from Pakistan in 1988 and owns multiple businesses throughout Berks, including Dairy Queens in Exeter and Kenhorst and the Lukoil station in West Reading. Chaudhry has donated considerable time and money over the years in support of education in Exeter and the Berks community as a whole.

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  • 2013 Academic Hall of Fame Inductees

    Posted by Exeter Alumni on 1/4/2014

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