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Troy Robinson, Class of 2011

The National Football Foundation named Hobart College senior wide receiver Troy Robinson (Johnson City/Johnson City, N.Y.) a semifinalist for the 2014 William V. Campbell Trophy, presented by Fidelity Investments®, college football's premier scholar-athlete award. The 167 semifinals from all three NCAA divisions and the NAIA are also candidates for the NFF National Scholar-Athlete Awards.

A chemistry major with minors in health care professions and environmental studies, Robinson is a Druid (Hobart College's senior class honor society) and a team captain. He has been named to the Dean's List four times and is a two-time Liberty League All-Academic selection. Robinson was an inaugural recipient of the Statesmen Scholar-Athlete award at the 2014 Block H Awards Dinner. He has also earned membership in the Orange Key and Chimera honor societies. The 2013 Capital One Academic All-District selection received the Gordon L. Richardson '33 Memorial Prize given to a Hobart junior premed student with strong academic credentials and a concern for humankind.

On the field, Robinson earned second team All-Liberty League honors as a receiver last season, pulling in 24 passes for 366 yards and four touchdowns. He also received first team All-Liberty League recognition as a return specialist, leading the conference in punt return average (8.9 yds/ret). Robinson caught three passes for a season-high 127 yards and two TDs against WPI. His 89-yard touchdown catch against the Engineers is the longest pass play in Hobart history.

Slowed by injury this season, Robinson has six catches for 55 yards. In 34 career games, he has 43 receptions for 542 yards and five touchdowns. Robinson and his classmates have led the Statesmen to a 33-4 record during their time on campus, including three straight Liberty League Championships, back-to-back undefeated regular seasons, and three appearances in the NCAA playoffs.

Currently 4-0 (1-0 Liberty League), Hobart is ranked No. 9 in the nation by both the American Football Coaches Association and D3football.com. The Statesmen travel to WPI (1-3, 0-1) on Saturday, Oct. 4. Kickoff at Alumni Stadium is scheduled for noon.

The NFF Awards Committee will select up to 16 recipients of the National Scholar-Athlete Award, and the results will be announced via a national press release on Thursday, Oct. 30. Each recipient will receive an $18,000 postgraduate scholarship, and they will vie as finalists for the 2014 William V. Campbell Trophy, presented by Fidelity Investments and hosted at the New York Athletic Club, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2014. Each member of the 2014 NFF National Scholar-Athlete Class will also travel to New York City to be honored Dec. 9 during the 57th NFF Annual Awards Dinner at the Waldorf Astoria where their accomplishments will be highlighted in front of one of the most powerful audiences in all of sports. One member of the class will be announced live at the event as the winner of the Campbell Trophy.


Brad Walker, Class of 2012

Brad Walker, a former Johnson City football player, won $100,000 in tuition money on December 1, 2012 as part of the Dr. Pepper Tuition Giveaway by completing the most football throws into an oversized replica of a Dr. Pepper can. The event took place at Lucas Oil Field stadium in Indianapolis and was shown on national TV during halftime of a Big 10 Championship Football Game.

Brad entered the contest by submitting a video online at DrPepper.com explaining why he deserved to win the tuition money and how he would like to use his education to make an impact on the world. He believes his ambitions to better his community ultimately made him stand out from the other 3,500 entrants who submitted videos.

"I want to be part of rebuilding our community, so I incorporated the flood and all the families and businesses that were driven out because of the flood. They really liked my story and how I wanted to be part of my community, and rebuild my community," he said.

Brad won the competition against a fellow grand prize finalist by completing 15 football throws in 30 seconds, while his opponent scored 11 throws.


Dr. Lance Holbert, Class of 1987

Dr. Lance Holbert was named the Mass Communications Teacher of the Year for 2012 at Ohio State University where he is an associate professor in the School of Communication. After graduating from Johnson City, Lance attended the University of Rochester where he received a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and History. He received his master’s degree from Syracuse and went on to earn a doctorate degree in mass communication from the University of Wisconsin.

Lance is the son of former Johnson City Deputy Superintendent and teacher, Bob Holbert and JC alumna Sally Holbert (Tapp).


Troy Robinson, Class of 2010

Troy Robinson, a 2010 alumnus of Johnson City and biochemistry major at Hobart, was among eight members of the college Statesmen football team to be selected as part of the 2012 Liberty League All-Academic Team. To be eligible, a student-athlete had to have a cumulative grade point average of 3.2 or higher and be at least a sophomore.

In 2012, Troy competed on a team that completed its first undefeated regular season since 1957 and produced a school record 12 wins and just a single loss. The Statesmen advanced to the NCAA quarterfinals for the first time in program history. Hobart won its eighth Liberty League Championship with an unblemished 7-0 record.

Troy is the youngest of three brothers who also played for the Hobart Statesmen. He is the son of Kelly and Dave Robinson. Dave is a business teacher at the high school.


Eric Grundman, Class of 1982

Johnson City alumnus Eric Grundman served his 12th year in 2012 as the head basketball coach at Marywood University. In November 2012, Eric returned to the area with his basketball team to take on Binghamton University. Prior to coaching at Marywood, Eric served as a student assistant for the Binghamton University basketball team from 1985 to 1991. He went on to assist the mens team at Broome Community College for two seasons before becoming the head coach at Lackawanna where he earned three Coach of the Year honors. Grundman also serves as the assistant director of athletics at Marywood and coaches golf.


Charlene Meehl (Cook), Class of 1994

Charlene Cook was among seven Binghamton University graduates inducted into the 2012 Athletic Hall of Fame at the school’s 17th Annual Induction Ceremony in October.

Charlene was the star pitcher of a softball program that was nationally-ranked all four of her collegiate seasons (1995-1998). A three-time all-region selection, she still holds the program record with 54 career wins and ranks second in both strikeouts (352) and earned run average (1.60). She also led the Bearcats to the 1995 SUNYAC championship and to four straight NCAA Division III tournaments. She was a two-time ECAC Upstate All-Star (1996, 1997), a two-time All-New York State Selection (1995, 1997) and a BUAC Citizenship Award recipient in 1998. Prior to attending college, Charlene pitched on Johnson City’s 1991 state championship team and state-runner-up team the following year.

Her brother, Brad Cook is also a noted athlete and is an assistant baseball coach for the Polk State Vikings in Florida.

Charlene currently resides in New Hampshire with her husband Mike and their two sons, Zachary and Grady.


Michaela Sherwood (Bell) and Sean Sherwood - Class of 2004

Michaela and Sean both graduated with Bachelor degrees from SUNY Oneonta in 2008. In June of 2012, the couple were married after dating over nine years. Sean initially proposed to Michaela at their high school graduation ceremony in 2004. He is a resident hall director at Binghamton University and is working on his Masters degree in Student Affairs. Michaela is a certified chiropractic assistant in Endwell.


Denise Roberts Hurlin, Class of 1980

Denise Roberts Hurlin is a 1984 graduate of the Conservatory of Dance at Purchase College, where she earned a BFA in Dance. As a dancer, she was a founding member of Parsons Dance in 1987. She performed for six years with the Paul Taylor Dance Company and was featured in the PBS/WNET Dance in America special "Speaking in Tongues." In 1991, Denise co-founded Dancers Responding to AIDS as a vehicle to help friends and fellow dancers who had become gravely ill. Denise remains in her role as founding director of Dancers Responding to AIDS, a program of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. She leads the program's efforts to continue providing a safety net of social services for the dance community and those across the country struggling with HIV/AIDs and other life-threatening illnesses. Denise also is an inaugural member of the advisory council for The Dancers’ Resource, a program of The Actors Fund founded by actress Bebe Neuwirth. She is married to Broadway Cares Production Manager Nathan Hurlin. They are the proud parents of Catherine and Henry Hurlin.


Laura Runyon, Class of 2007

Laura Runyon continued her education at Broome Community College and received a Bachelors degree in Health and Wellness Management with a minor in Health Science from Oswego University. She is now employed with the Broome County Health Department working for a Department of Health program as a public health educator.


Phillip Matich, Class of 2004

Phillip Matich graduated “summa cum laude” and first in his class from the University of South Carolina, Columbia with a BS in Biology (specialty marine biology). He is now at Florida International University as a PhD candidate in Marine Sciences (Biology).

In 2011, he was the recipient of the Elton Prize, awarded by the British Ecological Society each year for the best paper in the Journal of Animal Ecology written by a young author.

Philip's research interests focus on the roles animals play within their ecosystems and how changes in biotic and abiotic factors can influence the spatiotemporal pattern of predator effects. He is currently investigating the habitat use and foraging ecology of juvenile bull sharks in the Shark River Slough of the Florida Coastal Everglades.

A short PBS film about his research entitled “Coastal Carnivores” can be viewed at the following link:

http://video.wpbt2.org/video/2252471153


Taylor Ritlinger, Class of 2011

On May 14, 2012, Johnson City alumna Taylor Ritlinger joined seven other students from Oral Roberts University for a 30-day missions trip to the jungles of Panama. While there, they spent time with the Wounaan people, an indigenous tribe. The students spent long days cleaning up the community, conducting church services, mentoring, ministering to the youth and running a vacation bible school.

Taylor took part in numerous construction projects to improve the quality of life for the people. She helped build composting latrines for the village in an effort to combat disease. The endeavor took several days and involved transporting 100 bricks, 800 lbs of cement and 1000 lbs of sand and gravel up a mountain in hot, tropical weather.

In addition, Taylor and the other students went from house to house praying for the Wounaan people. She noted her favorite part of the trip was spending time with the children of the village. Another memorable highlight was being on a fishing boat on the Pacific Ocean during a thunderstorm.

Taylor is a missions major at Oral Roberts University. Service to others is her passion, and she believes in reaching others by meeting their practical needs first and their spiritual needs second. Her plan is to become a full-time missionary to a foreign country.


Michael J Millward, Class of 1986

Lieutenant Colonel Michael J. Millward is a 1986 graduate of Johnson City High School and recent retiree of the U.S. Army. In his 25+ years in the Army he has had the honor of serving from the foxhole to the White House. In October 1986, he enlisted in the United States Army as a 71L, Administrative Specialist. His first assignment was to the Defense Intelligence Agency, The Pentagon, where he served as a Special Intelligence Courier. He was then selected for assignment on President George H.W. Bush’s National Space Council, The White House, where he served as an Administrative Assistant. While on active duty he attended college at night and weekends and in 1991 he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Information Systems Management from Park University. After successful completion of Officer Candidate School he was commissioned as a Field Artillery Second Lieutenant in January 1993. In 1999, he received a Master of Arts degree in Management from Troy State University and a Master of Arts in Computer Resources and Information Management from Webster University in 2001.

LTC Millward is a graduate of the US Army Officer Candidate School (OCS), Field Artillery Officer Basic Course, Signal Officer Branch Qualification Course, Signal Officer Advanced Course, Combined Arms and Service Staff School, resident Command and General Staff College, Airborne School, and the Jumpmaster Course.

A combat veteran and recipient of many awards and decorations, he was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for “exceptionally meritorious service while serving as the Joint Task Force J6 while engaged in ground operations against the enemy during Operations WINTER STRIKE, CONTINUED STRIKE and ENDURING FREEDOM.” He also served as a fully qualified Presidential Communications Officer for both President George W. Bush and President Barack Obama, traveling globally on 63 Presidential missions.

He is married (18 years) to the former Kelly Ann Williams and has one son, John Patrick “JP”, age 14.


Brad Cook, Class of 1998

Johnson City graduate Brad Cook is currently an assistant coach for the Polk State Vikings in Florida. Before joining the Polk State staff, he served as a pitching coach at Florida Southern College.

Prior to Florida Southern, Cook returned to Johnson City as the head baseball coach of the varsity team for two seasons, leading his team to the Class A State Championship game in 2007. During his tenure, he coached a First Team All-State Pitcher and the Class A Player of the Year. He also served as a collaborative math teacher for JC.

As a player, Cook was a Junior College All-American at Keystone Junior College in La Plume, Pennsylvania before transferring to Division I Marist College in Poughkeepsie, NY. While at Marist, he led the team in Earned Run Average (ERA) in 2002, helping Marist claim the fourth best ERA in the nation. Following his collegiate career, he played two seasons with the Elmira Pioneers of the independent Northeast League.

Brad received his Bachelor's Degree in Special Education from Marist College in 2003 and earned his Master's degree in Middle School Mathematics from Walden University in 2007. He has been a special education teacher for the Polk County School District for three years and currently resides in Winter Haven, FL.


Corey Lewis, Class of 2011

Former Johnson City student and 2011 graduate, Corey Lewis, was recently honored by the Keystone College athletic department as a student-athlete who has excelled in the classroom. He was among 48 student-athletes to attend the school's annual Athletics Academic Excellence Luncheon, recognizing those who have compiled a grade point average of 3.5 or better. Corey is a member of the school's golf team and is majoring in sports & recreation management.

We would like to congratulate Corey on his fine achievement and for continuing to make Johnson City proud.

Michael Lishman, Class of 1978

The District received an email in the fall of 2011 from Michael Lishman, a former Rotary exchange student from Australia who visited the high school during the late 1977-early 1978 school year.

Michael shared many fond memories of his time spent at Johnson City.

“I stayed with the O’Buckley, Rohland, Coddington, Sampson and Carle families and remember arriving in January 1977 to one of the worst blizzards for many years,” he said.

Michael recalled having a small part in the school’s musical production of “Carnival” and playing a leading role in “Charlie’s Aunt”. Other highlights included taking part in the Drama Club’s trip to New York City (where they saw Yul Brynner in “The King and I”) and the Ski Club’s trip to Mt. Killington in Vermont.

He also remembered the theme song of the 1977 prom was “Stairway to Heaven” by Led Zeppelin.

After returning to Australia, Michael attended law school and became a lawyer in 1983. He has returned to the United States on numerous occasions and took part in the Advanced Management Program at the Harvard Business School in 2002. He is currently a partner with a large law firm.

Michael is married and has two daughters ages 23 and 21.


Jerod Edmonson, Class of 2002

Jerod Edmonson is currently playing first base and center field for the Pittsfield Colonials baseball team.

In August 2011, the official statistician of the Canadian American Association of Professional Baseball, better known as the Can-Am League, selected Jerod as the ‘Pointstreak Batter of the Week’. In six games, Jerod hit .520 with four home runs and 10 RBI, collected 13 hits, scored eight runs, and walked three times. He also had an on-base percentage of .571 and a slugging percentage of 1.080.

Jerod was also named the ‘Rawlings Batter of the Month’ for the month of August. He hit .351 with seven home runs and 29 RBI in 27 games; collected 40 hits, including nine doubles and two triples; scored 29 runs, and stole eight bases. He also had a slugging percentage of .649 to go along with a .392 on-base percentage.

The 27-year-old began his professional baseball career in 2007 playing for the Brockton Rox and Nashua Pride. He has also played with the New Jersey Jackals and the American Defenders of New Hampshire.


Christopher M. Jones, Class of 1984

Christopher M. Jones is Professor of Political Science at Northern Illinois University. He directs NIU’s Honors Program as associate vice provost of university honors. He has served as the department’s  director of undergraduate studies, assistant chair and chair. His research and teaching specialties are U.S. foreign policy and national security policy, with an emphasis on the domestic determinants of such policies. He has a particular interest in the role of bureaucratic organizations and politics within the U.S. defense and foreign policy process. His books, journal articles, and chapters have examined a range of subjects, including arms control, export control policy, leadership accountability, weapons procurement, intelligence, NATO enlargement, organizational change within the foreign policy bureaucracy, and the future of American foreign policy. Professor Jones has been recognized for teaching excellence by student organizations, the American Political Science Association, The National Political Science Honor Society, Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers, and three universities. He is also a recipient of NIU's Great Professor Award and NIU's Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award.  Dr. Jones is past president of the Foreign Policy Analysis Section of the International Studies Association.

Dr. Jones received his PhD from the Maxwell School of Citizenship & Public Affirs, Syracuse University.

Tim Meade, Class of 1977 & Jill Meade (Faciszewski), Class of 1978

Tim Meade is a West Point alumnus and husband to fellow JC graduate Jill Faciszewski. He served in the army for five years; worked 14 years for the International Paper Co.; and was a division manager for Carustar in Atlanta, makers of industrial strength cardboard tubes from recycled paper. In 2009, he became an executive vice president for Interstate Resources, but due to the poor economic climate, decided to pursue other options. In August 2011, Tim and Jill opened a franchise painting business: CertaPro Painters, in Jefferson Township, Pennsylvania. They subcontract or hire painters who can provide high quality house painting.

Tim and Jill have three daughters.

Stephen Tokos, Class of 2007

Stephen graduated in May 2011 from Syracuse University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering. He is currently working as a structural engineer for Dutchland Inc., near Philadelphia.


Nicole Balles, Class of 2004

Nicole graduated from St. Bonaventure University in May 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology. She is currently working as a legal assistant and will pursue her master’s degree in Counseling in fall 2011.  


Danielle Balles, Class of 2007

Danielle graduated magna cum laude from SUNY Oswego in May 2011 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business. She is currently applying for an internship in Business Administration.


Patrick Murphy, Class of 2002  

Patrick Murphy was among four Vanderweil architects recently recognized for helping design the winning submittal for METROPOLIS magazine’s Next Generation Design Competition. The national competition received nearly 80 entries and focused on the proposed retrofit of a 1960s-era federal office building in downtown Los Angeles. With the collaboration of 11 HOK architects, the winning design included numerous energy strategies as well as the breakthrough use of a modular system of algae tubes along its façade for sustainability.


Morgan Edmonson, Class of 2008

Morgan Edmonson attends LeMoyne College and is the starting catcher for the girls softball team. She lead the team during the 2010-11 school year in hits, doubles, runs scored, runs batted in, on-base percentage and slugging percentage. She had the second-best team batting average; was one of only three team members to start all 40 season games; and was named to the second team of the Northeast-10 all conference teams.

Morgan is the sister of Jerod Edmonson (Class of 2002), a four-time all-conference baseball player and current Can-Am league professional player, and Chris Edmonson (Class of 2006), a Lemoyne College All-American and all-region player and school record holder for career home runs.


Doug Criscitello, Class of 1980

Doug Criscitello was sworn in as HUD’s CFO on February 16, 2010, bringing with him 25 years of experience in government budgeting and finance. As CFO, Doug oversees the Department’s financial management activities by playing two primary roles: 1) Chief Accountant and Budgeteer – aimed at ensuring HUD properly budgets, controls, and accounts for taxpayer dollars; and 2) Financial Manager – directed at executing the Department’s financial management program, including analytically focused work involving the Department’s credit and insurance, rental assistance, and grant programs.

The common thread of his career is public sector financial management. Within government, he has served in a number of financial positions at both the federal and local levels. Before HUD, his most recent position in the public sector was as the founding Director of the New York City Independent Budget Office (IBO), a municipal government agency modeled after the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) to provide nonpartisan, objective research and analysis of NYC’s budget. Prior to IBO, Doug spent a number of years as a career civil servant in the federal government focused on financial management and budgeting at the Small Business Administration where he lead the establishment of that agency’s CFO office, the Office of Management and Budget where he served as a budget examiner in the Housing, Treasury, and Financial Institutions Division, and at CBO where he worked as a budget analyst in the Budget Analysis Division.

From 2000 until his appointment at HUD, Doug worked in the private sector as a consultant and service provider to the federal government. At PricewaterhouseCoopers, he helped establish a public sector financial services practice to support federal financial stabilization initiatives. From 2003-2008, Doug worked in JPMorgan's Governments Institutions Group, where he provided relationship management and operational, investment banking, and financial advisory services to U.S. government agencies and related entities along with multilateral development banks based in Washington DC.

Doug is a Johnson City, New York native. He holds a Master of Science degree in public policy analysis from the University of Rochester.


James Diston, Class of 2006

From the Press & Sun-Bulletin:

BU graduate joins research group

A Binghamton University graduate of the biological sciences and pre-medical studies programs has been accepted into a university research group run by Dr. Kathleen Horwath.

James Distin is currently in the process of applying to medical school and is taking post-graduate classes as well as participating in the research group. The group is working on the study of anti-freeze proteins and their recrystalization process.


Zarni De Wet, Class of 2007

Zarni De Wet will graduate from the Berklee School of Music in 2011. She was the recent winner of the Scott Benson Scholarship, the highest songwriting award given by Berklee. She also holds the distinction of drawing the largest crowd ever at Cyber Cafe West during the Songwriter Showcase in January 2010.

Zarni is a performing singer-songwriter and will soon release her second album, Straight Forward. To learn more, visit her website at: www.zarnimusic.com


Dr. Joseph Boyer, Jr., Class of 1975

Dr. Joseph Boyer is a cardiac surgeon at Central Florida Hospital. Boyer performed Central Florida's first complete robotic surgery on the heart. The technique eliminates the need to have a large incision on the chest and shaves four to six weeks off the patient's recovery time. He received his medical training at numerous institutions including the University of Scranton, State University of New York Upstate Medical University and Loyola University Medical Center.  


Cameron Gunn, Class of 2007
Cameron Gunn completed his final season in 2011 as a member of the Broome Community College Hockey Team. He was selected as the Player of the Year by the National Junior College Athletic Association; is a First Team All-American; and was named to the All-Conference Team. Cameron finished the season with 28 goals and 27 assists in 22 games. He also plays lacrosse for the BCC Hornets.


Matt Roe, Class of 2008
College junior Matt Roe was recently selected to be the head drum major for the Notre Dame marching band. Roe is a 2008 JC graduate and was the school’s head drum major when they won the NYS Field Band Conference Championship-Small School Division III in 2007. He is currently majoring in pre-med and piano performance at Notre Dame and has been a member of its marching band for three years. Roe’s goals are to be the best head drum major he can be and to attend medical school after graduating, specializing in the field of ophthalmology.


Alison Hovancik, Class of 1992 -salutatorian
Alison Hovancik Gioconda is Senior Director of Finance for A&E Television Networks. She is also a published author of three books under the pen name Alison James including the best-selling breakup survival guide I Used to Miss Him...But My Aim is Improving. She is a graduate of Princeton University and The London School of Economics. She lives in New York City with her husband.


Richard Lucas, Class of 1980
Richard Lucas published his first book in 2010 entitled Axis Sally: The American Voice of Nazi Germany. He has also written for World War II magazine.

Lucas earned a bachelor’s in Government at Hamilton College and went on to receive his master’s in Political Science from Binghamton University. He works as a programmer at a financial firm in New York City and is a freelance writer and lifelong shortwave radio enthusiast. He is married with two sons and lives in Short Hills, NJ.


Sean Coots, Class of 2009
Rochester Institute of Technology sophomore Sean Coots was named “RIT Sportsman of the Year” for men’s soccer in 2010. He received an honorable mention on the all-conference team for the Empire 8 division and was also named to the Empire 8 Presidential List for academics.

Sean graduated from Johnson City in 2009 and was one of three valedictorians.


Jeff Martinez, Class of 2009
2009 JC graduate Jeff Martinez has maintained an impressive record as one of the best runners in the state. After earning the New York state title in the 3200 meters his senior year, Jeff signed with Binghamton University, becoming part of its cross-country and track teams.

The BU sophomore has racked up an impressive college record including finishing third in the 3000 meters at the America East Indoor Meet in February 2010. He won the 10,000 meters at the America East Outdoor Championships in May 2010 and was named ‘America East Outdoor Track Rookie of the Meet.’ In May 2010, Jeff won his heat in the 5000 meters at the IC4A Championships and most recently recorded a team-best fifth-place at the America East Cross Country Championships. He has earned all-conference honors six times during his track and cross-country careers.