is a life-long resident of Flemington and has been a lacrosse and football coach at Hunterdon Central for 13 years. He has also worked for 12 years as a drug and alcohol counselor with the Hunterdon County ESC and is a role model to countless young people in the community. Tom was a star athlete in his years at Hunterdon Central, and has been a strong advocate and positive influence for many young people struggling with addictions, emotional and social challenges.
Click to view: An Interview with Tom Bill
is a distinguished veteran of the Vietnam War, where he served three tours of duty in the U.S. Navy. He is active in numerous veterans’ organizations and was the project manager in charge of the construction and dedication of the Hunterdon County Veterans Memorial in Flemington, dedicated in 1997. He was also instrumental in the construction of the New Jersey Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Holmdel, New Jersey.
Click to view: An Interview with Mike Vecchio
, deceased this past year, was famous as a member of Bruce Springsteen"s E Street Band; but for many, he was the music and the rhythm of Flemington. Raised on Pennsylvania Avenue, the first Battle of the Bands held at Hunterdon Central featured his band. After making it to the top of the Rock and Roll world, he never forgot Flemington, and did a benefit concert in 2002 for the Hunterdon Central Foundation, which raised $18,000. This remains the largest fundraising initiative in the Foundation's history.
Click to view: Remembering Danny Federici
J. Kirby Fowler is the President of Downtown Partnership of Baltimore, Inc., where he is credited with being a driving force behind the successful redevelopment of Baltimore’s long-struggling west side. As CEO, he is responsible for creating a downtown area that is both conducive to residential living and commercial activity. With Fowler at the helm, Baltimore’s west side is outperforming the rest of downtown Baltimore – even the waterfront – on jobs and other measures of economic vitality. An attorney with experiences in both the public and private sectors, he has served as President of the Partnership since 2004. He is also active with the South Baltimore Homeless Shelter, Station North Arts & Entertainment District, Hands on Baltimore, Belvedere Square Action Group and the Maryland Consumer Council. After his graduation from Central in 1984, Fowler graduated from Dartmouth in 1988 and from New York University Law School in 1991.
Click to view: An Interview with J. Kirby Fowler
Lieutenant Colonel Lance Pilch, USAF, is considered among professionals to be one of the top fighter pilots in the world. Following his graduation from Hunterdon Central, Lt. Col. Pilch was a scholar-athlete at the U.S. Air Force Academy and an All American in Baseball for two consecutive years. He received a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering and was commissioned upon graduation from the Air Force Academy in 1993. Currently stationed at Langley Air Force Base, he flies the F-22 Raptor fighter planes and was named the Commanding Officer of the 27th Fighter Squadron. Lt. Col. Pilch was among the very first pilots in the country to fly the F-22 and was featured on the History Channel’s program about F-22 planes. In 2007, he was inducted into the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s All-America Hall of Fame for excellence in academics, athletics, career achievement and community service.
Click to view: An Interview with Lance Pilch
Russell K. Riegel
was Hunterdon Central’s first Athletic Director; he held the position for 35 years. Coach Riegel was also the wrestling coach, a cheerleading coach, a football coach and a cross country coach during his 35 years at the high school. In 2002, he was inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame and is the winningest wrestling coach in the nation with 821 wins and still counting. He currently coaches wrestling at Harrison High School in Kentucky.
Click to view: An Interview with Russell K. Riegel
Joan and Fred Wolsiefer
have given a lifetime of dedicated service to Hunterdon Central. Joan began as a guidance counselor in 1955 at Flemington High School and became a counselor and Head of the Guidance Department in 1956 at the newly opened Hunterdon Central where she met her future husband, Fred in 1958. Over the years, Fred Wolsifier served as the high school’s Guidance Department Chair, Assistant Superintendent for Buildings & Grounds and in 1979, became Hunterdon Central’s Superintendent following Claude Schmitt. Joan worked as a guidance counselor at Delaware Valley High School for 22 years and has served on the Hunterdon Central Board of Education for 12 years.
Click to view: An Interview with Joan Wolsiefer
was Hunterdon Central'd Superintendent from 1990-2000 and is credited with moving the district into a leadership position locally, nationally and internationally in the use of technology. Ray was the New Jersey Superintendent of the Year and was at the helm when Hunterdon Central was named as the First Star School in New Jersey, as well as the first school in New Jersey to garner the National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence.
Click to view: An Interview with Ray Farley
Dr. Judy Gray was employed with the district from 1988 – 2007 serving as a teacher, vice principal, assistant superintendent and twice as acting superintendent. Most notably while at Hunterdon Central, Judy was involved in the early integration of technology into the school district while working as the assistant superintendent to superintendent Ray Farley. Judy oversaw the important Asbury Park partnership in the mid 1990’s and was the driving force behind the development of Hunterdon Central’s still thriving ETTC – In House Teacher Training Academy.
Click to view: An Interview with Judy Gray
graduated from Hunterdon Central in 1997 and is the pioneer for Women’s Lacrosse at Hunterdon Central and beyond. She is a two time All American and Academic All American in her stellar career at the University of Maryland where she attended on a full Lacrosse scholarship and now serves as the Head Women’s Lacrosse Coach. Upon graduation is 2001, Quinn was named to the International Federation of Women’s Lacrosse Association – the highest level of lacrosse and she was the youngest player ever named to the USA Team. Quinn comes back to Flemington each year and runs lacrosse camp for local girls.
William Sondervan g
raduated from Hunterdon Central in 1967 after a very difficult family life and overcoming many obstacles as a young man. He was drafted into the United States Army and served in Vietnam. He served his country for 22 years in the United States Army Military Police Corps from 1972-1994. He served as the Director of Professional Development for the American Correctional Association which consists of 20,000 corrections professionals in the U.S. and Canada. He taught for 18 years at the University of Maryland as a Professor of Criminal Justice and has dedicated his life to improving prisons and the criminal justice system.
Click to view: An Interview with William Sondervan
is the only athlete from Hunterdon Central to reach the highest competitive level, playing in the National Football League. Darrin played two seasons with the Seattle Seahawks, making the team as a non-drafted, free agent linebacker. While playing for ahead of the much highly publicized Brian Bosworth. Prior to his professional career, he played for the Tennessee Volunteers for four years. While a student athlete at Hunterdon Central, Darrin is remembered as being an unselfish, generous, caring teenager especially to others who were younger and looked up to him as a role model and remains fiercely supportive of the rights of those who are often overlooked and unappreciated.
Hunterdon Central Legacy Members– all have buildings/or space on campus in their names and will be inducted as a group:
Reva and Harry Kazman devoted their professional careers to the HCRHS drama department. Their work and dedication helped develop the HC theater program into one of the most successful and respected programs in the state. With their guidance, the Hunterdon Central auditorium was renovated to provide a modern, comfortable venue for school productions. Over the years, both have been recipients of numerous awards as Best Director and for Best Production, and students received Best Acting Awards for theater competitions.
Click to view: An Interview with Reva & Harry Kazman
Timothy Martin is a graduate of Hunterdon Central who has gained widespread fame in the art world. In February 2011, Martin’s paintings hung in the windows of Paris’ Hermes flagship store. Additional works of Martin’s have been featured at the Mona Bismarck Foundation in Paris, at the Philadelphia Flower show, Macy’s Flower Show in New York City and by Steinway & Sons. Prior to his break into the art world in 1993 from Tiffany’s in New York City, Martin worked as a teacher at his alma mater – East Amwell – as well as an illustrator in advertising.
Click to view: An Interview with Tim Martin
Jennifer Spieker enjoyed a career that spanned 16 years as a teacher in the Physical Education department and 21 years as Vice Principal at Hunterdon Central. She served as a coach for Girls’ Basketball and Girls’ Gymnastics at Hunterdon Central and as an officiant in Field Hockey, Basketball and Lacrosse. Spieker has been honored with numerous awards for her commitment to advancing sports and has led her teams to more than 400 wins on the basketball court. She participated in developing critical safety initiatives at the high school and in Hunterdon County, and was instrumental in organizing Hunterdon Central’s response to Hurricane Katrina.
Click to view: An Interview with Jennifer Spieker
The 1972 Boys Lacrosse Team will be honored for their undefeated season. This is the first time, an athletic team will be inducted into the Hall of Fame. All team members and coaches will be recognized at the annual dinner.
The late Dr. H. Samuel Case, Class of 1959, will be inducted posthumously for his distinguished career in academia, athletics, public service and community activities. His foundation at Hunterdon Central prepared him for a future in academia, where he ultimately reached the position of Provost and Dean of the Faculty at Western Maryland /McDaniel College.
Thomas Biolsi, former Hunterdon Central Board of Education member, will be honored for his thirteen years of service to Hunterdon Central. During Mr. Biolsi's tenure on the Board, an extensive renovation project and a focus on expanded and rigorous curriculum provided our community's children with state of the art educational facilities.
Donna Anderson Mummert, a 1993 graduate of Hunterdon Central will be recognized for her contributions to the sport of golf, as the high school's first female golf team athlete and also for her work with the United States Golf Association (USGA). She has continued to pave the way for other female golfers in her role as Director of the U.S. Girls’ Junior Championship and as Manager for the USA Curtis Cup Team.