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Distinguished Alumni

The Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame

Shirley Bowser

 

 Shirley Dunlap Bowser, 2018 Inductee

 

Shirley Bowser was born, raised, and has lived in the Westfall School District all her life.  She graduated from Williamsport High School in 1953 in a class of 11 students. She went on to earn an education degree from the Ohio State University in 1956.  She was married to fellow Williamsport High School graduate Cliff Bowser for 58 years. Shirley has served as a school board member, a member of several boards of trustees, instrumental in developing a community foundation, and numerous other philanthropic endeavors.  Throughout her life, Shirley Bowser has embodied the the spirit of giving back. Her work has impacted countless individuals. Though my remarks on Shirley may be short, that in no way reflects her contributions to the Westfall district, the county, the state, and the nation. 


Charles Eric "Rick" Metzger

 

Charles Eric "Rick" Metzger, 2018 Inductee

 

Rick Metzger grew up on his family’s farm in Pickaway County.  His family has always valued two things above all else: education and farming.  Rick’s life’s work is a testament to those values. After graduating in 1974 from Westfall High School, Rick attended the Ohio State University where he majored in Agricultural Education.  He received his Bachelor’s degree in 1979. He went on to earn his Master’s Degree in 2000 from Ashland University.  


Upon graduation from the Ohio State University, Mr. Metzger began his teaching career at Southeastern Schools where he took on a struggling program with just 22 students.  After a successful year there, Mr. Metzger moved to Westfall where he would spend next 34 years. During that time, Rick Metzger was highly active at the local, regional, and state levels while working with leaders to modify the state’s agricultural education curriculum.  He was an early adopter of technology in the classroom. He could always be found on the cutting edge of what was available. In fact, his classes went online well before anyone else. Mr. Metzger was instrumental in moving Ag science courses towards the CASE (curriculum for agricultural science education) curriculum.  With this CASE curriculum came the opportunity for ag courses to be counted as a science credit for students. Mr. Metzger implemented a cloud based student record keeping system called the Agricultural Experience Tracker. He helped secure a $25,000 grant through Monsanto’s American Farmers Grow Rural Education program.  This grant supplied the Ag Ed program with much needed technological updates that benefit students even today.  


In addition to his time as a valued educator, Rick was very active in his service to his community.  Much of his service was done through his involvement with the Westfall FFA. Each year, he and his officers would choose a number of community service activities. His impact on students is difficult to quantify.  An easy way to put it might be that Rick Metzger has impacted thousands of students in ways that even he doesn’t know.  His FFA chapter held Superior ratings from 1980-2014. It even achieved a top 10 ranking in 1996 under his leadership. The chapter was rated a 2 Star National Chapter in 2014.  Four members achieved 1st place on state agriculture projects. Two students achieved Gold ratings at the national level. 47 students received State FFA Degrees. Many of those went on to earn an American Degree.  4 Ohio FFA Association State Officers. Countless proficiency awards for SAEs. One National Star Farmer. 2 national proficiency award winners. Project Growth Award for largest increase in FFA membership in the State of Ohio.  


It might be easy to say that these recognitions are those of the students, but everyone here knows that these levels of achievement would not have been possible if it were not for the dedication and guidance of an excellent instructor.  As such, he was recognized by the Ohio Educational Service Center with their Lifetime Achievement Award in 2015. Also in 2015, Mr. Metzger was awarded an honorary State FFA Degree. In 2018, Mr. Metzger was recognized by the Ohio Association of Agricultural Educators with their Lifetime Achievement Award.


Mr. Metzger was always striving to be a better teacher, example, and mentor.  He quietly and humbly led by example. Rick Metzger has proven himself to be an exemplary role model for students and colleagues throughout the years.  He continues to be active in his community schools by substituting regularly. He can still be found using the most up-to-date best practices even in retirement.  


 Judy Wolford, 2017 Inductee

Judy Wolford is a lifelong resident of Pickaway County, born and raised in Perry Township. A 1977 graduate of Westfall High School, she went on to The Ohio State University and received a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture with a major in Dairy Science.

Judy attended law school at Capital University, graduating in 1993. She has served as an Assistant County Prosecutor and as an Assistant City Law Director. In March, 2006 she became the County Prosecutor and has served in that capacity since that time. Recently, Judy has taken it upon herself to help combat the heroin addiction problem in Pickaway County by getting involved in the County Heroin Coalition. She works with law enforcement, judges, doctors, and other leaders throughout the community on methods to combat this terrible addiction. She has also been selected to sit on the Ohio Prosecuting Attorneys Association Legislative Committee. Earlier this year, Judy accepted an appointment with the Supreme Court of Ohio to serve on the Commission on the Rules of Practice and Procedure. These are just a few of Judy’s accomplishments over her nearly 24 years of practicing law in Ohio.

Outside of her duties and obligations associated with the law, Judy is also active in production agriculture with the Silver Mist Holsteins, a family dairy farm located in Madison Township. When she isn’t milking cows and shoveling manure, Judy is active in our local community. She is active in the Circleville Noon Rotary club where she has served as President. She is a member of the Board of Directors for the Circleville Pickaway Corporation and is a member of the Advisory Council for Berger Hospital. She is a past member of the Haven House Board of Directors. Additionally, she is active with Farm Bureau and the District 5 Holstein Club and was appointed by Gov. Taft to serve on the Ohio Ag Financing Commission.

Her colleagues speak of how impressed they are with her exemplary character, integrity, and willingness to give back to her community. These qualities and her commitment to her work and community make Judy a prime example of what we would like students to strive to achieve. It is in that spirit that Westfall High School would like to name Judy C. Wolford as the 2017 recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award.

 Gary Sharpe, 2016 Inductee

Gary Sharpe has come a long way since he was one of the first to walk the newly built halls of Westfall High School. Gary was the first president of the student council and a member of the first graduating class of Westfall High School in 1965. He graduated from The Ohio State University with a degree in geography. He received his MBA from Xavier University. In 2016, Xavier presented Mr. Sharpe with an Honorary Doctorate of Humanities. Mr. Sharpe is the founder and Chairman of the Board of Health Care Logistics with its world headquarters located in Circleville, Ohio. This multi-million dollar healthcare supply company started in the spare bedroom with the garage as the warehouse and manufacturing facility. Health Care Logistics has grown into 4 locations across Central Ohio. Mr. Sharpe, and Health Care Logistics, remain fervent supporters of Pickaway County and the Westfall community. Westfall High School is proud to count Mr. Sharpe among its graduates and honored to have him designated as the first recipient of the Westfall High School Distinguished Alumni Award.

About the Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame

 
 
Purpose
 
The purpose of the Westfall High School Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame is to recognize Westfall graduates who have distinguished themselves in their chosen field or occupation. These individuals have also contributed to the Westfall community and society as a whole.
 
Criteria
 
A nominee for the Westfall High School Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame should:
 
    1.    be a graduate of Westfall High School after having attended a minimum of 2 years;
    2.    have graduated from Westfall High School a minimum of 10 years prior to the year of nomination;
    3.    be free of any felonious convictions;
    4.    be able to attend the induction ceremony and related activities which are held on a date during the month of May.
    5.    be successful in his/her field of endeavors as determined by the selection committee and demonstrated by:
               a.    accomplishments worthy enough of being shared with current Westfall High School students as an example of success;
               b.    personal characteristics recognized by society as acceptable, appropriate, and worthy enough to  support a designation as a role model;
               c.    being a positive influence on others;
               d.    participation in community organizations or community service;
               e.    high school, college, and/or industry honors, recognition and activities.
 

Nomination

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