Wall of Honor committee announces Class of 2018

The Southington High School Wall of Honor Committee recently announced this year’s inductees, and the Class of 2018 includes SHS grads that have gone on to make a contribution to medicine, business, the media, and the military.

Since graduating with honors from New York College of Osteo Medicine at New York Institute of Technology in 1998, Craig Bogdanski, MD, has served the local community for over 20 years. Bogdanski is affiliated with many hospitals, including The Hospital of Central Connecticut, Bradley Campus and John Dempsey Hospital.

Barry DePaolo is a well-known chef and restaurateur, but he’s even better known for his charitable work throughout the community.

Since graduation from Southington High School, Dawn Donorfio has gone on to be a successful pioneer in the insurance industry, and she has received several significant business awards.

Matt Galka, an award-winning TV journalist, has covered news and politics from the Florida panhandle to Phoenix, Ariz. Galka is currently a journalist at Fox 10 in Arizona.

The committee will also honor seven World War II veterans who gave their lives in the service of their country. Anthony Pasquale, Francis Gura, Stanley Putala, John Ziemba, John Calvanese, Paul Flynn, and John Folcik will form the first wave of World War II casualties.

The Wall of Honor at the Southington High School commemorates the bravery, innovation, creativity, intelligence and strengths of nearly 50 SHS graduates. The wall that current students pass in the auditorium atrium serves as an inspiration and a reminder of what students can achieve in their lives.

The committee decided to hone in on World War II veterans who were killed-in-action for this year’s nominees. Most of the veterans who served at that time are no longer around. The committee plans to honor even more WWII casualties in the upcoming years.

There will be a brief ceremony on Tuesday, April 9, 2019 at the high school, in front of the auditorium. Family and friends are invited to the ceremony, which is free and open to the public. Detailed biographical information on these honorees will be released later.

There are five criteria for selection. In addition to graduating from Southington schools (with the exception of those who gave their lives during wars), criteria includes community service, humanitarian work, career or lifetime achievement, or significant awards received.

The committee plans to begin fundraising for a Wall of Honor upgrade, alumni association and gala dinner soon.

Anyone with questions or new nominees can contact Bob Brown at chopin7777@aol.com or (860) 621-0416.

Wall of Honor to celebrate local WWII casualties

Nominations for the SHS Wall of Honor will be accepted through May 1

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