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Highland Alumni Committee

Alumni Assn LogoHighland Alumni Committee
The purpose of the Highland Alumni Committee, in partnership with The Highland Foundation, is to engage, solicit and establish a Highland alumni donor base, as well as to enhance the presence of this group in the Highland community. The goal is to resonate the importance of Highland community pride and perpetual support from its members – past, present and future. The committee works to increase alumni participation in The Highland Foundation events and charitable giving and maintain and foster collaborative relationships for future initiatives.

In 2017, the committee hosted its first annual Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame. Although we have much work to do, we are confident that the Hall of Fame will become a way to recognize and promote the legacy of Highland Local Schools for past and future generations. 

Current honorees are Highland graduates who have achieved success in their careers and/or have made significant contributions in their fields, as well as to society, the state and/or on a global scale. 

Questions about the Highland Alumni Committee should be directed to Rebecca Smith at rebecca.smith@highlandfoundation.org.

Committee Inducts First Group into Highland Alumni Hall of FameAlumni Hall of Fame Inductees
MEDINA, OH (OCTOBER 6, 2017) -- The Highland Alumni Association, in partnership with The Highland Foundation for Educational Excellence hosted the Inaugural Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame on October 6 at Highland Middle School. The committee honored the first Hall of Fame class and recognized the 50th Anniversary of the Class of 1968. It was a special evening, as Highland Board of Education member Chris Wolny read each inductee’s impressive list of accomplishments. 

Congratulations to the following Halll of Fame inductees:

  • Dr. Roger Chaffee is a graduate of the class of 1976.  Academically, he was at the top of his class and was the lead in the high school musical. He played basketball, baseball and was a co-captain of the football team. He earned his undergraduate from Ohio Wesleyan where he also played basketball and baseball.  He earned his medical degree from The Ohio State University. Dr. Chaffee is the chair of Summa Health System’s Department of Cardiovascular Disease, medical director of an Akron free clinic and the recipient of the Dr. Carl E. Krill Sr. Award.
  • Barbara J. (Khoenle) Dzur, a 1959 graduate, was just as active in high school as she is now in the Medina County community. In high school, Barbara was class president, active in yearbook, the Girl's Athletic Association and Future Teachers of America. She was also a Homecoming attendant. She holds a bachelor of science in Secondary Education/English and Psychology, a Masters of Education in Guidance and Counseling and postgraduate studies doctoral program in School Administration. 
  • William S. (Bill) Konyha is a 1966 graduate. He played football and baseball. Bill attended Kent State University and Ball State University. He has been active in a number of community development projects including rural community and rural economic development efforts. Bill has had an exemplary political career as he has worked in the Indiana Economic Development Association and served as the Chair of its Legislative Committee. Bill was awarded the highest award an individual may receive for service and leadership in Indiana. 
  • Dr. Jeffrey Pay is a 1994 graduate. While at Highland, Dr. Pay was a member of the National Honor Society and was a National Merit Finalist. He played football, golf, basketball and baseball and was also a member of the concert band. Dr. Pay is an accomplished ER doctor, youth football coach, dedicated husband, father and Highland community member. 
  • Dr. Charles R. Pfister, 1973 graduate, is a well-known and respected orthodontist working in our community. Dr. Pfister earned his undergraduate degree from the College of Wooster and his dental degree from Case Western University. Dr. Pfister remains an active member of the dental community and the Highland community. He has been a youth athletics coach and supporter of various Highland groups including being a key sponsor and supporter of The Highland Foundation.

The event was catered by alumni John Kolar, Executive Chef/Owner of Thyme 2, and Chef Jennifer Englehart-Starcher of Eclectic Edibles Catering. 

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The Highland Foundation 3880 Ridge Road
Medina, OH 44256