8 Springfield alums to be honored today

A local school district will honor a group of alumni today that includes academic leaders, lawyers and former sports stars.

Springfield City Schools will host its 12th annual Alumni of Distinction Award Program at 6:30 p.m. at the Joseph C. Shouvlin Center on the campus of Wittenberg University, 737 N. Fountain Ave.

Eight alumni will be honored at the event, and a dinner will be provided to attendees made possible by the Alumni of Distinction Award Steering Committee.

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Activities are also planned in the morning during school hours in order to give high school students a chance to interact with honored alumni.

The Springfield Board of Education established the Alumni of Distinction Award program in 2005 to honor former students who have distinguished themselves through exemplary professional success or community service.

Contributions for the program have come from Clark County businesses and alumni.

The alumni who will be honored include:

  • Robert L. Ater, a graduate of the Class of 1953, has worked as a principal in upstate New York and has held leadership positions in schools all over the world. He serves on two non-profit boards for the homeless and volunteers for a poor and homeless program at his church.
  • Robert O. Bronston, a graduate of the class of 1951, was involved in sports during his high school days, earning All Ohio in football. He served as the Dean of Students at North High School form 1972 until his retirement in 1985. He has worked with the Jeff Wyler Care is for Kids Committee and has been keeping busy during his retirement years.

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  • Cassandra Collier-William, a graduate of the Class of 1975, started her own law firm in 1999. Since 2013, she has served as a judge in the Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court.
  • Angela Brule, a graduate of the Class of 1975, worked as a Health Care Advisor of the Executive Office of the President at the White House. She has worked at various government agencies, including the Department of Justice and the U.S. Attorneys Office. She has received numerous awards for her physician work.
  • Jayson Todd Gee, a graduate of the Class of 1984, was an All Ohio basketball star and led the Wildcats to the Ohio AAA state poll championship in 1984. He played for Charleston, West Virginia, and was inducted to the college’s sports hall of fame in 2000.
  • Giles R. Norrington, a graduate of the Class of 1953, served in the U.S. military form 1954 to 1988. He was POW in Vietnam and was one of the last POWs to arrive home on March 14, 1973, during Operation Homecoming.
  • Dan Switzer, a graduate of the Class of 1965, is recognized as an outstanding businessman. He was the co-founder of the Springfield Select Soccer Club and has volunteered for Dayton Children’s Medical Center. He passed away on February 1, 2015.
  • James Valentine, a graduate of the Class of 1955, is a lifetime resident of Springfield. He has served in the Navy and formed the Ohio Pressed Steel Company. He also supports many Springfield community projects.

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