During the 2018-19 school year, the Patchogue-Medford Hall of Fame conducted as series of presentations to the 6th grade research classes around the Patchogue-Medford School District. One unit of study, as part of the course curriculum, centered around students identifying a person of interest and developing a research paper about that individual. The 6th grade research classes and the Hall of Fame have developed as strong working relationship and we were able to connect students with their person of interest and conduct skype interviews with the Hall of Fame Inductees from their homes around the country and one interview with an Inductee who was in England, at the time of the interview. Needless to say, the project was a success and was deeply enjoyed by both students and honorees.
This year, the Oregon Middle School 6th grade research class selected 38 past and present HOF inductees, teams and honorees, to conduct their research projects over. I truly believe, based on their responses, that the HOF Inductees and Honorees are more excited about the project than even the students are. We hope to share some live feed video conferences here on the web page in the near future.
HALL OF FAME HAPPENINGS 2020
Exciting ties are ahead here at the Hall of Fame. As we prepare for our 5th Annual Induction Ceremony and Dinner, the Hall of Fame Booster Club continues to be active around the community.
HALL OF FAME CLUB AT PATCHOGUE MEDFORD HIGH SCHOOL
This year, a Hall of Fame Service Club was organized at Patchogue-Medford High School, under the supervision of Advisor Chryse Sacco. Currently, 19 students from grades 9-12, have joined to be of service to the Hall of Fame Booster Club. Students have taken an active role, assisting the Hall of Fame at past Induction Ceremony and Dinner events.
Some Projects the student club will be taking on this year include:
Students working with the Hall of Fame receive community service credit for participation in any HOF activity.
On behalf of the PMHOFBC Board of Directors, I would like to wish everyone a very Happy Holiday season and a Healthy New Year. I am honored to announce that the HOF Induction Class for 2020 has been selected and the names will be revealed shortly on our Facebook Page, here on the web page and on all Patchogue-Medford related pages. The Induction Class of 2020 is, once again, a powerhouse lineup of graduates and staff from Patchogue-Medford School District. Included with this outstanding group of individual inductees is a former New York State Championship Boys Spring Track Team.
Among Individual inductees include two successful business persons, a number of prominent former educators, a husband and wife combination, and one athlete whom many consider to be the best “All Around Athlete” to ever come out of the Pat-Med athletic program. The 2020 Inductees are no strangers to devoting time and giving back to their communities and have volunteered countless hours of their time on the global stage, as well as at home.
Four members of the Induction Class of 2020 will be honored posthumously and two of these members made the ultimate sacrifice, giving their lives to serve and protect others. Their sacrifice will be memorialized here in the Hall of Fame for future generations to learn about their sacrifice and service. Collectively, the Induction Class of 2020 continues to demonstrate “Raider Pride” and “Raider Strength” through their actions and deeds.
Congratulations to the PMHOF Induction Class of 2020. We are proud to include your names with those who came before you, as we honor your achievements.
As we prepare for the upcoming selection of candidates for the Induction Class of 2020, we here at the Hall of Fame are anticipating another banner year. 26 applications were submitted this year, providing our Selection Committees with numerous, outstanding candidates. Needless to say, we have our work cut out for us.
We have been asked, on a number of occasions, if we are concerned about running out of potential candidates. Well, after witnessing the number of applications we received this year, I don’t think that will be a problem. Applications were sent to us from as far west as Wisconsin and as far south as the Carolinas.
Another concern voiced to us is that it must be difficult and time consuming to complete the nomination application. Once again, based on the high number of applications we have received, I do not believe that to be the case. Those who took the time to develop a nomination application packet for a friend or family member, did so as a labor of love and with such attention to detail. So, with that said, if you have someone who you feel truly warrants consideration for selection into the Hall of Fame, download an application and submit their name. This is really an easy task to complete and we are always available to answer any questions you may have.
Happy Veterans Day and Happy Thanksgiving Day to all of our friends and followers
2019 was an exciting year for the Patchogue-Medford Hall of Fame. The largest group of inductees were part of the Class of 2019, with quite a diversity in backgrounds. Now, as we prepare for the 2019-2020 Hall of Fame season, we welcome aboard 8 new members to the Hall of Fame Team, as we say good bye to some very important and influential original members.
A very special thank you goes out to Ms. Pat Sweeney for all of her efforts and hard work, chairing our Fine Arts Selection Committee. To Mr. Paul Mazzola, 2016 inductee and member of our Sports Selection committee, thank you for all of your support and assistance with the development of our annual journal. Finally, but in no terms last, Mr. John Papanek, 2016 Inductee, Trustee, Chairperson of the Heritage Selection Committee and editor of our annual journal. You have helped shape the direction of the Hall of Fame and made the project that much more professional. John will continue to edit the journal for us.
Welcome aboard to the following new members: Garrett Comanzo, Tara Cataldo, Dr. Tania Dalley, Kathy Daly, Peggy Felouzis, Sari Liddell, Linda Schaefer and Chrissy Sacco. You all will be major assets to the team.
As we celebrate the fourth annual Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, I reflect back to the start of this amazing journey and all the great things for our community that have transpired since. Each year we marvel at and celebrate the many outstanding individuals and team members who have walked the halls of Patchogue-Medford High School, leaving their indelible footprints for future generations of Pat-Med students to follow. The 2019 Patchogue-Medford Hall of Fame Induction Class, the largest group to be inducted soar, continues the now time-honored tradition of exhibiting those qualities of achievement and service that the Hall of Fame serves to recognize and hold up as inspiration to students of today, tomorrow, and forever into the future.
To the members of the Hall of Fame Induction Class of 2019, I offer my congratulations and gratitude for all the excellent work you have accomplished, both during and after your time in Patchogue-Medford, and for the positive impacts you have made in your communities, wherever they may be. You have shown the way for the next generation, of what it means to be “Raider Strong” and “Raider Proud”. The Hall of Fame wishes you continued success in your future endeavors, and we hope you take with you tonight an indelible sense of the gratitude and pride you helped to establish, through your words and deeds, for those whom you touched this evening and for the future generations of Pat- Med students who will eventually see and hear all about you in the future Hall of Fame Wing and Learning Center.
With warmest regards,
President, Patchogue-Medford Hall of Fame
Check out this month's message presented in a video found here on YouTube.
As we prepare for the 2018-19 Hall of Fame Season, we here at the Hall of Fame are proud and excited to announce we have established a scholarship, which will be given to a graduating Senior, from Patchogue-Medford High School in June of 2019. This scholarship is in the amount of $500.00. Please contact the Patchogue-Medford High School Guidance Department for further details after October 25, 2018.
NEW SELECTION COMMITTEE
The PMHOF is proud to announce that a new candidate selection committee has be formed, to identify potential candidates for induction into the Hall of Fame. This committee, made up of one HOF Trustee and three HOF Team members, will research possible HOF candidates, who have faded from memory and/or have no one to nominate that individual for consideration for induction. The committee will select one person yearly, in this category, and submit that individual’s name to the HOF Board of Trustees for final approval. We welcome suggestions for possible candidates in this category. If a nominee does have people available to nominate said candidate, then that person must go through the traditional nomination process.
PMHOF HOSTS COMMUNITY SERVICE CLUBS “RECOGNITION NIGHT”
On Thursday, November 8, 2018, the PMHOF, along with the Greater Patchogue Chamber of Commerce and local Elected Officials, will be hosting a “Community Service Club Recognition Night”. We will be honoring and applauding the efforts of our Service Organizations such as the Lions Clubs, Rotary, Kiwanis, Knights of Columbus, Moose, Elks, Pilot and Woman’s Club of Patchogue. These wonderful organizations do so much for our students and community at large, with very little fanfare. We at the HOF believe it is time for our outstanding Service Clubs and Organizations to finally be recognized for their efforts and volunteerism. Please join us at Patchogue Medford High School Auditorium starting at 7:00 pm sharp.
As we prepare for the 2018-19 Hall of Fame Season, we here at the Hall of Fame are proud and excited to announce we have established a scholarship, which will be given to a graduating Senior, from Patchogue-Medford High School in June of 2019. This scholarship is in the amount of $500.00. Please stay tuned for further information.
After a successful, Third Annual, Induction Ceremony and Dinner event, I reflect back on our organization’s impact on Patchogue-Medford and School District. Accolades have poured in from around the country, sharing the excitement and joy our honorees and guests experienced on April 13, 2018. Needless to say, the evening was a rousing success.
Members of the Patchogue-Medford Community, including individuals, families, local businesses, and past inductees continue to enthusiastically support the Hall of Fame Project and our efforts to eventually construct a Hall of Fame wing and Learning Center onto Patchogue-Medford High School. Fundraising has been extremely slow, but the Hall of Team continues to work aggressively, searching for ways to fund this project.
Once completed, the Hall of Fame wing will house information about how the Hall of Fame idea came about and the people who helped to make the Hall a reality. Sponsors will be mentioned as well as all student volunteers who helped to produce successful Induction Ceremonies and Dinners. Interviews with guests and honorees, as well with members of the Patchogue-Medford Communities will also become part of the Hall of Fame Learning Center archives. This phase of the project will be completed with the help of our 6th Grade Research Classes from Oregon Middle School, Saxton Middle School and South Ocean Middle School.
Nominations are now open for candidates for the Induction Class of 2019. The deadline for applications is October 1, 2018. Please check this web site for the application for nominating a person or team. Finally, put May 3, 2019 down on your calendar for the 4th Annual Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Dinner. Until next time.