Canon-McMillan School District Inducted Three New Members Into Hall of Honor

The new Canon-McMillan Hall of Honor members
Posted On: Friday, September 9, 2022

(Pictured from left to right: Representing Luke Blanock are his wife Natalie, father Kurt Blanock and mother Janice Blanock, Mr. George O'Korn and Mr. Jim Reynolds at the Friday September 2nd football game.)

The Canon-McMillan School District's Hall of Honor recognizes individuals who through their accomplishments or contributions have distinguished themselves in Academia, Athletics, Arts, Citizenry or Valor. On Friday, September 2nd three new members were inducted into Canon-McMillan School District's Hall of Honor Class of 2022: 

Mr. Luke Blanock Mr. George O'Korn Mr. Jim Reynolds

Mr. Luke Blanock,

Honoring Athletics, Valor

Mr. George O'Korn,

Honoring Athletics

Mr. Jim Reynolds,

Honoring Academia, Athletics and Citizenry

Click here for a brief video about the Hall of Honor Class of 2022 and click through the album below for photos from the Football Game and luncheon ceremonies:

(from left to right) Natalie Blanock, Kurt Blanock, Janice Blanock representing their son Luke Blanock, George O'Korn and Jim Reynolds Jim Reynolds and his nominator Chelsea Geist Kurt and Janice Blanock representing their son Luke Blanock and his nominator Connor Helinski Connor Helinksi speaking at the plaque revealing luncheon on Saturday, September 3 Connor and the Blanocks unveiling their son's plaque Kurt and Janice Blanock with Connor Blanock and their son's plaque that will be hung in the atrium of the high school Mr. Ken Crowley speaking on behalf of Mr. Chris Fee, who nominated Mr. O'Korn and could not attend Daughter Riley O'Korn and brother Frank O'Korn unveiling George O'Korn's plaque Daughter Riley O'Korn and brother Frank O'Korn unveiling George O'Korn's plaque Mr. Frank O'Korn and Ms. Riley O'Korn speaking on behalf of George O'Korn Mrs. Chelsea Geist, who nominated Mr. Jim Reynolds Jim Reynolds and Chelsea Geist unveiling the plaques Mr. Jim Reynolds and Chelsea Geist with Mr. Reynold's plaque Mr. Jim Reynolds (from left to right) George O'Korn's daughter Riley O'Korn, brother Frank O'Korn, Jim Reynolds, Janice Blanock and Kurt Blanock (from left to right) Mr. Falvo, Mr. Reynolds, Mr. Fee and Mr. Helinski Natalie Blanock, Janice Blanock and Kurt Blanock Connor Helinski, Natalie Blanock, Janice Blanock and Kurt Blanock Connor Helinski, Natalie Blanock, Janice Blanock and Kurt Blanock The Blanocks with their family and friends Mr. O'Korn with his daughter Riley O'Korn Riley O'Korn, George O'Korn and his nominator Chris Fee George O'Korn with his family and friends George O'Korn with his family and friends Laura Reynolds and Jim Reynolds Laura Reynolds and Jim Reynolds Jim Reynolds and his nominator Chelsea Geist Laura Reynolds, Jim Reynolds and Chelsea Geist Jim Reynolds with his family and friends The Blanocks with their family and friends The Reynolds with their family and friends Mr. Reynolds with his family and friends Mr. Reynolds with his family and friends Mr.O'Korn with his family and friends Mr.O'Korn with his family and friends

 

Click here to nominate someone for the Hall of Honor Class of 2023!

There were a total of 24 nominations for this year, since some were carried over from 2018 and 2019 while the process was on pause during COVID. Out of the 24 total nominations four of them declined the nomination and some of them declined being recognized on Canon-McMillan's website and social media. The district felt that since there were so many amazing nominations the community would want to know who they were. The very fact that they have been nominated makes them standouts and leaders in the community.  It is our hope that they will continue to “stand and deliver” in their chosen fields and they will continue to honor their family, themselves and their community with their great works and efforts on a daily basis. Below are only some of the list of people that were nominated for the Hall of Honor Class of 2022. The three new members mentioned and pictured above will have plaques in Canon-McMillan High School's Atrium along with the rest of the current Hall of Honor members soon.

Listed below are some of the Class of 2022 nominees in alphabetical order. 

Mark Angle

Mr. Mark Angle,

Nominated for Athletics

Affiliation with CM: 1995 graduate

Contributions to the CM Community: 1995 PIAA State Champion PIAA Outstanding wrestler, 5x national freestyle champion, freestyle world silver medalist, HS record 148-3, 3x division I All-American (Clarion)

Chris Antypas

Mr. Chris Antypas,

Nominated for Citizenry

Affiliation with CM: 2003 graduate of CMHS and current resident of NSTWP, 2 children attending CMSD


"Thank you for your consideration. I proudly serve my community and hope to inspire students to become pharmacists and shape the future of pharmacy practice " - Mr. Chris Antypas

Rick Bell

Mr. Rick Bell

Nominated for Academia, Athletics

Affiliation with CM: Retired teacher and coach


"I am truly honored and humbled to be nominated for the Canon-McMillan School District Hall of Honor! All I ever aspired to do was to make a positive difference in the lives of my students and players. This nomination goes beyond my wildest dreams. Thank you!" - Rick Bell

 

B0b Chuey

Mr. Bob Chuey

Nominated for Citizenry

Affiliation with CM: Administrator/School Psychologist from February 2001 to retirement in September of 2021

"I always attempted to provide the 'best' programming and equipment for our kids. If our kids needed an adapted chair for appropriate seating, I got the best I could find and didn't waste time trying to 'make do'. Same with computers, program development, extended school year services, placement options, transportation services, consultants, etc. Bottom line is that I spent money 'hand over fist' - as noted above - to get kids and families what they needed. I was told a number of times 'don't buy a Cadillac when a Chevy will do.' The analogy is not appropriate. Kids aren't cars, budgets come and go, and money invested in kids and services is returned exponentially in ways you can't predict at the time. Doing what is best for the kids you serve endures." - Bob Chuey

Mr. Ronald Anthony D'Amico

Mr. Ronald Anthony D'Amico,

Nominated for Athletics, Citizenry

Affiliation with CM: Affiliation with CM: Resident, PTA service, school athletics, booster foundation president (board member)'

Contributions to the CM Community: 1. President of Rec basketball program, 2. President of golf boosters, 3. Proud father of Anthony D'Amico (2016 CM Grad), 4. Proud Alum, class of 1972 CM, 5. Board member of CM Horizon Foundation

Jami Dantry

Ms. Jami Dantry, 

Nominated for Citizenry

Affiliation with CM: 1995 graduate

Contributions to the CM Community:  She contracts with Canon McMillan, through Michelle Carbone, as an Occupational Therapist. She works with students at Borland Manor, North Strabane Intermediate and the high school. She spends three of her days each week at Borland. From her first day, she always felt very welcome and at home in this building.

 

"This form was challenging to complete and I did consider turning down the nomination. The purpose of "Our Borland Community'' was to build a stronger community in the school, not for personal gain or recognition. However, after a lot of thought, I decided that this may be a way for other schools in the district to hear about what we were able to accomplish this year at Borland. I was nominated under Citizenry and “collectively” I would love to see this expanded across all buildings in CM. COVID has forever changed true and genuine interpersonal relationships. Our common purpose in the educational setting is helping children. We are only able to truly do this by helping each other so that we can best serve the children. I would love to see what we were able to accomplish at Borland Manor implemented in other buildings in order to build a stronger CM community. Times are challenging and we need the support of one another to face the challenges of each new day. I hope, if chosen, this will allow a stronger community throughout all of Canon McMillan School District. Thank you for your consideration." - Ms. Jami Dantry

Anthony George

Mr. Anthony George,

Nominated for Athletics, Citizenry, Valor

Affiliation with CM: 1. 4 letter athlete 2. 2x WPIAL Wrestling Champ 3. State champ wrestling 1943 4. Track 5. Cross Country 6. WPIAL All-Area Football

Contributions to the CM Community: Left high school early after turning 18 to join the Marines, died for his country in Okinawa during WWII.

Bill Haney

Mr. William B. Haney,

Nominated for Athletics, Citizenry

Affiliation with CM: Affiliation with CM: Student 1965-1977, English Teacher 1983-1997, English Teacher/Dean of Students 1998-2011, Dead of Students 2012-2019

 

"My work and contributions to Canon-McMillan School District and community are more along the lines of consistency, dedication and longevity, My 32 years of coaching at CM and in the community ranged from various sports to a wide range of ages (5 yrs to 19 yrs.) This gave me the opportunity to mentor/teach several young people throughout the district. Additionally my responsibilities as Dean of Students included the safety and well being of students, staff and faculty during the school day. This role would continue at several athletic events during my time at CM when I would assume the job of Site Manager. this position required me to put in many long arduous days as I would move from teaching/dean work to coaching (practice) to another sporting event as site manager. Although these days could be 13-16 hours long, I found them to be rewarding.
I am proud of my time at CM and the various roles/jobs I was able to have there. I was honored to spend 36 years of my career serving the district and community where I raised my family." - Mr. William B. Haney

Sally Jeswilkowski

Mrs. Sally Jeswilkowski,

Nominated for Academia 

Affiliation with CM: Graduate of Canon-McMillan and currently teaches kindergarten at Wylandville Elementary School

 "I am very touched to be nominated for this honor. I have had the opportunity to work with some amazing educators and administrators over the years and they have helped me to grow professionally. I am lucky to have a career that i LOVE!" - Mrs. Jeswilkowski

Dr. Bryan Patrick Matusic, D.O., MBA

Dr. Bryan Patrick Matusic, D.O., MBA,

Nominated for Academia, Athletics, Citizenry

Affiliation with CM: Attended CM Schools from first through twelfth grades. Education was highlighted by effective instruction taught by master teachers.

 

"I am blessed to be married for 16 years to my wife Lorrie. We have 2 children Rocco and Capri. We are extremely involved in the South Fayette community. I try to install many of the tenants of learning, communicating, and serving the community that I learned at Canon-McMillan. My days at CM have certainly shaped many facets of my life."  - Dr. Bryan Patrick Matusic

Mr. Gerardus VanDerLee & Mrs. Elise VanDerLee

Mr. Gerardus VanDerLee & Mrs. Elise VanDerLee

Nominated for Citizenry

Affiliation with CM: Lifelong residents of CM since they arrived in the US in 1956

Contributions to the CM Community: Parents of 17 children who all attended CM - anyone who attended CM may have graduated with a VanDerLee

Edward P. Yorke Jr.

Mr. Edward P. Yorke Jr.

Nominated for Academia, Athletics, Citizenry and Valor

Affiliation with CM: 1973 graduate, School Director - 13 years, Lifelong resident of Canonsburg

Contributions to the CM Community: Served on School board - 13 years, represented school board on the intermediate Union Board, served as treasurer, VP and President of the IU board, served CM as President of WCTC, Presently serving as a Canonsburg Councilman and PA State Constable





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