Westlake Schools announced four new members to the district’s Hall of Fame last week.
The honorees are Robert Clancy (1965), Mike Antonyzyn (1968), Dr. Jennifer Psota Dougherty (1990) and faculty member Jon Thompson.
The new Hall of Famers were introduced at halftime during last Friday’s Demon basketball game against North Olmsted. The incoming class will be officially inducted during homecoming weekend in the fall.
Distinguished Hall of Fame
Mr. Robert Clancy, 1965, served as a Westlake Police officer for 38 years. He is the well known Officer Clancy from safety town and he was the Community Service officer for many years. He is still the WHS Key Club advisor and remains very active in many facets of the community.
Mr. Mike Antonyzyn, 1968, served 27 years as the Head Wrestling coach at WHS. 32 of Coach Ant’s wrestlers earned berths as state qualifiers and he helped thousands of kids over the years in addition to producing over 225 career victories. He is well known for his motto, “Better Today Than Yesterday”
Athletic Hall of Fame
Dr. Jennifer Psota Dougherty, 1990, was a standout in three sports at WHS (soccer, basketball and track), earning the SWC MVP in soccer in 1989 and also being named a High School All American. She went on to play at the University of Dayton
Jon Thompson, Westlake teacher for 36 years and Teacher of the year in 1987, Mr. Thompson was also a Martha Holden Jennings Scholar and best known for his establishment of the Civil War Ball with Burneson 8th graders, an event held for over 25 years.
Also introduced at the halftime ceremonies were several past inductees to Westlake’s various Hall of Fame.
Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame
Marilyn Demaline and Les Demaline, owners of Willoway Nursery and active in many community and city programs. Marilyn and Les are both from the Westlake High School class of 1954.
Glen Jenkins, noted local businessman, active in many community programs and lifelong Westlake resident , Glen is a 1947 grad of the old Dover High School.
Mary Beth Schneidler, outstanding educator, athlete and dedicated to Westlake community and its youth, Mary Beth is a member of the Westlake High School class of 1970.
Athletic Hall of Fame Inductees
Ray Winkler, a four sport athlete (Football, Basketball, Baseball, Track), Ray was State Hurdle Champion and a member of the Dover High School Class of 1946.
Honorary Alumni Hall of Fame
Tom Hill – Choir and Band Director in the Westlake Schools for 33 years –
Larry Nickel – Westlake High School Guidance Counselor, Head Track Coach, Instrumental in Establishing the Fellowship of Christian Athletes at WHS
Al Smith – Distinguished service as an administrator, educator, coach, and community leader. Al is former Westlake Schools Asst. Supt.
Congratulations to all!