The annual Purple and Gold Celebration, put on by the Morrison R. Waite High School Alumni Association, was held in late April. During the celebration, six outstanding alumni who have distinguished themselves in their chosen fields were honored. As David M. Yenrick, Class of 1974 and the chairman of the alumni association, explained, "We celebrate their achievements while recognizing that it is at Waite High School where they began their jouneys."
Here are biographies of the six inductees:
Antonio A. Castillo/Class of 2000 (Honored for the field of Technology and Community Service)
Antonio Abel Castillo was born on Saturday. June 26, 1982, the oldest of seven children in a second generation East Toledo family.
He is the son of Joan Manin, Waite Class of 1978, and Abel Castillo. Five of the seven Castillo children in Antonio's immediate family are Waite gradua tes, as are several aunts, uncles and cousins. Prior to enrolling at Waite, Antonio attended Franklin Elementary School and East Toledo Junior High School, where he was active in Student Council. It was at the junior high where his marketing skills took root as he helped run the school store and the first-ever concession stand at after-school athletic events with two fellow students.
Antonio's graduating class at Morrison R. Waite High School was very active in student organizations and was focused on community service. While a student, Antonio held several leadership positions. His senior year. he served as student government president and was named editor-in-chief of the student newspaper. He was a class officer for his freshman, sophomore and junior years. Antonio was also a contributing member of the National Honor Society, the Jefferson-Madison Leadership Team, the Superintendent's Leadership Team, the Indian Leadership Team and the Science Club.
He received several academic and community service awards, including the Steve G. Contos Activities Award and the Coca Cola National Scholarship. Antonio was the valedictorian of Waite's Class of 2000 - the first Hispanic valedictorian in school history.
The college scholarships Antonio received, totaling more than $100.000, allowed him to attend the Rochester Institute of Technology, a private college in Western New York. There, he explored his broad interests and studied Information Technology, Information Design, Japanese Language and Culture, and Gothic Architecture. For four years, Antonio was a student assistant in the Office of the Vice President for Government and Community Relations. He served as editor of RlT's weekly magazi ne, The Reporter, for three years. Twice he chaired the Student United Way Campajgn and was a resident advisor for one year.
As a college student, Antonio received funding to start his first on-line business where he learned about entrepreneurship and marketing in RJT's Student Business Incubator. He graduated magna cum laude from RJT in 2006 with a bachelor of science degree.
After college, Antonio accepted a full-time position with Steel in the Air, Inc., a consulting company based in Fort Myers, Florida. As its first employee in the web department, Antonio helped build the company's website into an industry leading resource. W hile employed at Steel in the Ai , he learned about search engine optimization and internet marketing. In May, 20I0, Steel in the Air became the first client of his new consulting business, New Example Internet Marketing.
Antonio's clients include national and international retail brands that require Internet marketing strategy services. He and his team at New Example are Google Partners, experts in online advertising and technology consultants for multi million dollar businesses.
Antonio is proud to be the youngest member inducted into the Distinguished Waite Alumni Hall of Fame.
"Never take for granted the moment in time you are a student and what is unique and happening around you," he says. "I was a student at Waite when computers were first being added to every classroom. I had creative teachers and amazing mentors who encouraged me to explore new interests and opportunities that did not exist for a Waite student before my time. Everything that I have achieved so far in life started at Waite High School."
Shirley 'Jean' Varwig Clark/Class of 1965 (Honored for the field of Education and Community Service)
Shirley 'Jean' Clark was born January 7, 1947, in Toledo to Russell and Shirley Varwig and is the oldest of four children. She attended Raymer Elementary and is a proud 1965 graduate of Waite. Because of some very caring and dedicated Waite teachers, like Jack O'Connell and Maxine Cosgray, who recognized her work ethic and desire to learn and helped to arrange scholarship assistance, Jean attended the University of Toledo. Inspired by these educators, she became a teacher and earned a Bachelor of Education degree in 1970 and a Master's of Education degree in 1983.
Her 35-year career as an elementary teacher with Toledo Public Schools began in 1970 at Riverside Elementary School. After spending 26 years at Raymer Elementary School, Jean was named the Teacher-in-Charge at Heffner School. Jean served in a variety of roles for the Toledo Federation of Teachers from Building Committee Member to Building Representative.
She also served on State of Ohio Language Arts and Social Studies committees. In addition to being named a Martha Holden Jennings Scholar in 1988, Jean's innovative and succesful teaching techniques were recognized through the Career Ladder Program. She worked in the Lighthouse Program to reach 'at risk' children through positive behavior goals and her desire to improve the teaching profession led to her sharing best teaching practices in a series of workshops for other professionals.
Her role as a mentor to new teachers began with associations with the University of Toledo and Bowling Green State University and led to becoming an intern consultant for the Toledo Plan, where her skills in giving common sense advice and guidance in pedagogy were acknowledged. In April, 2001, Jean received a Martha Holden Jennings Foundation Master Teacher Award for consistently demonstrating the skills, abilities and attitudes of an outstanding teacher. She is the only Toledo Public Schools teacher to ever merit this prestigious honor, which included a $7,000 monetary award.
Jean retired from teaching in 2005 while on the staff at Garfield Elementary School. Throughout her career, she shared her passion for learning with hundreds of pre-frist, second and third grade East Toledo children. In 2010, the East Toledo Family Center recognized Jean with a Richard J. Fisher Educator of the Year Award.
Jean has been very active in her community. She has served as a Girl Scout leader. a softball coach and as a volunteer for the East Toledo Family Center, the East Toledo Historical Society and several elementary schools in East Toledo. She also served on the board of directors for the East Toledo Senior Center. Jean is only the second woman in its 70-year history to be on the board of the University of Toledo Downtown Coaches Association. In 2017, she will be president of the organization. Because of her continued support of the University of Toledo, the UT Athletic Department chose her to be the 12th Man on November 6. 2012, when she was honored at a UT home football game.
As chairman of the Morrison R. Waite Alumni Association from 2008-2015, Jean was instrumental in the renovation, remodeling and restoration of Waite High School. She championed the drive to restore the Alumni Auditorium and helped to raise $138.000. She spearheaded the campaign to acquire Optimist Park and served on the committee to design and raise funds for the new Mark B. Welker Athletic Complex. As a member of the Alumni Association, she is co-chairman of the scholarship committee.
Jean is married to Robert David Clark, a Distinguished Waite Alumnus and fellow 1965 graduate who has been recognized for his numerous contributions to the field of education and to the community. He is the love of her life and mentor. Her daughters are Melissa Lodge and Amy Charles.
She feels that among her greatest accomplishments was to influence both of her daughters to become excellent teachers.She has two special sons-in-law, Scott Lodge and Mat Charles. Her grandsons, Cameron and Ethan Lodge, are her joys and she looks forward to them becoming men who reflect good character and success in their fields of endeavor.
Howard H. Pinkley/Class of 1945 (Honored for the field of Business and Community Service)
Howard H. Pinkley was born to Harold and Carrie Pinkley on April 20, 1927. He grew up in the Point Place area with his younger brother, Donald C., Waite Class of 1947. Howard was involved in many activities throughout high school. In addition to being involved in student council, he served as vice president of the Quill and Dagger Literary Society.
Being from Point Place, Howard became very interested in sailing at an early age and began organizing activities in the early 1940s by co-founding the Eureka Yacht Club for teens. While in the sixth grade, he built his first iceboat and, a year later, he gaff-rigged his first saiIboat. In 1946, he co-fou nded the Jolly Roger Sailing Club.
After graduating from Waite in 1945, Howard enlisted in the United States Navy and served a shortened term until World War II ended. He was then drafted into the United States Army for the Korean War and was honorably discharged in 1953. Shortly thereafter, he met his wife of 55 years, Mary A. Fox, Waite Class of 1950. Together, they raised three daughters, Lauri, Heidi and Wendy. When their daughters were school age, Howard and Mary were very involved at the girls' school.
Howard volunteered and held oflice with several boat clubs in Western Lake Erie. For more than 25 years. he served as commodore, executive secretary and board member with various yacht clubs. For more than 50 years, he was an Inter-Lake Yachting Association delegate.
Always proactive with enhancing the beauty and history of the local waterways, Howard hosted the first meeting of the Western Lake Erie Historical Society in the living room of his Edgewater Drive home. He served as president of the organization and helped with the acquisition of the Willis B. Boyer Museum ship. which is now docked on the Maumee River and restored as the Colonel James M. Schoonmaker.
Howard spearheaded an effort to secure a grant of $1 million for construction of a boat launch for paddle-type small craft on the Ottawa River later named Howard Pinkley Landing. The Northwest Ohio River Runners organization was formed to promote canoe, kayak and rowing shell activities, encouraging family activities on the river.
Howard's love and vision of Point Place did not end there. In 1960, he opened Flag Sales and Repairs with the intention of manufacturing boat racing flags. Soon, he branched out and began producing American flags and numerous other banners. In 1998, with $150.000, he bought an historical building, a former volunteer firehouse on Summit Street and continued his patriotism through his business. There, with the help of his daughter, Wendy, he promoted the flying of the American flag, made custom flags, installed flagpoles and proudly sought funding to have flags flying along Summit Street. He was instrumental in beginning the annual 4th of July parade, still held in Point Place every year.
As an anchor of the area business community, Howard was affectionately referred to by many as the unofficial Mayor of Point Place. For a number of years, he was the leader of the Point Place Business Association, and for a time, he headed the National Independent Flag Dealers' Association. Before his death in 20I2, he lobbied the city of Toledo to develop an area at the tip of Bay View Park with a nautical village ambience: a pier, a seaplane base and a park atmosphere for public enjoyment which he was unable to see to fruition. He was able to secure a $100,000 investment from the city for a scenic pathway through the area near the Point Place Lighthouse. On Friday, September 13, 2013, the 1.2 mile Howard H. and Mary A. Pinkley Memorial Trail was dedicated.
Jack L. Smith/Class of 1966 (Honored for the field of Education and Community Service)
Jack L. Smith was born in Middlesboro. Kentucky, on June 25, 1948. He was the second of eight children bom to Marion and Betty Smith. The family relocated to Toledo in 1951 .As a youngster, he attended Oakdale Elementary School and graduated from Waite in 1966. While in high school, Jack played on the football team for four years and on the baseball team for two years. He was a school newspaper staff member for three years and a member of the Forum Literary Society for three years. He was elected to serve as junior class president. During his senior year, Jack was a member of the Boys' W Club.
lmmediately following his high school graduation, Jack enlisted in the United States Marine Corps with five other Waite graduates under the Buddy Plan. He served four years active duty until August of 1970. From February, 1968 through March, 1969, he was stationed in the Republic of South Vietnam. He reenlisted in the United States Marine Corps Reserve in 1979 and was activated for Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm in December, 1990 and served on active duty until August, I991. While in the Marine Corps, Jack served in Vietnam, Korea, Japan, the Philippine Islands and Norway.He was awarded a Combat Action Ribbon, two Presidential Unit Citations, two Naval Unit Citations. two Meritorious Unit Citations and a 3 Star Good Conduct Medal. Jack also was recognized with a Selected USMC Reserve Medal, two National Defense Service Medals, a Vietnam Service Medal, a Southwest Asia Service Medal, a Navy Sea Service Deployment Medal, an Armed Forces Reserve Medal and a Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal. He also received a Vietnam Cross of Gallantry Unit Citation as well as a Republic of Vietnam Civil Action Unit Citation.
For three years, Jack participated in a volunteer program to assist those veterans suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) as a result of serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. The program involved assigning a Vietnam veteran with an Iraq/Afghanistan veteran for mentoring and open communication of issues and support. In 1996, Jack retired as Chief Warrant Officer 4.
In March, 1973, Jack was appointed to the Toledo Police Department. He graduated in 19975 from Owens Community College with an associate's degree in Law Enforcement Science. During his tenure on the police force, he also studied in Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, enrolling in the Civilian Bomb Tech Training Course. He travelled to Richmond, Kentucky, to participate in the Drug Enforcement Administration's Drug Enforcement Training Course and also completed the FBI Law Enforcement Specialist Training Course in Quantico, Virginia.
As a member of the TPD, he was assigned to the Field Operations Bureau, the Metropolitan Drug Unit, the Vice/Narcotics Unit and the Communications Section. For 22 years, Jack served as Commander of the Northwest Ohio Bomb Squad. He also was Commander of the Investigative Services Section and Field Operations Watch Commander at both the Scott Park District Station and the Northwest Precinct Station. He was District Station Commander at the Scott Park District Station. On January 4. 2006, Jack was sworn in as Chief of Police. He retired in August, 2006, after more than 33 years of service. His department awards include a Medal of Valor, a Meritorious Service Medal and a Professional Career Service Medal. Jack is also a two-time recipient of the Lucas County Safety Council's Heroism Award.
Jack is the father of eight children. He is married to Debra A. (Kurkiewicz) Smith, a retired TPD sergeant and they have been blessed with 22-year-old twins, a son and a daughter. They recentl y moved to Port Charlotte. Florida.
Andy F. Toth/Class of 1964 (Honored for the field of Education and Community Service)
Andy F. Toth was born on May 22. 1946, at II0 Birmingham Terrace, where his parents, Dorthy (Cole) and Andrew F. Toth, Jr., resided. The second of four children. he attended Garfield Elementary School and graduated from Waite in 1964. His three sisters, Lynnette (Class of 1961), Cindy (Class of 1974), and Pamela (Class of 1975) are also proud Waite graduates.
While at Waite, Andy was a member of the Forum Literary Society his sophomore, junior, and senior years and of the Boys' W Club his junior and senior years. His senior year,he was active in H i-Y and served on the Senior Baccalaureate Committee.
An accomplished place kicker, Andy "Golden Toe" Toth co-captained the 1963 City League championship football team, receiving All-City honors as an offensive end. He also earned two varsity letters for his contributions to the Indians baseball team.
Andy received a football scholarship to the University of Toledo but he decided to concentrate on baseball. He played fours years for the Rockets and earned two varsity letters. In 1969, Andy graduated from the University of Toledo with a bachelor of education degree. He majored in mathematics and had minors in the biological and physical sciences.
For 30 years, Andy was employed by Toledo Public Schools. While instructing in the classroom, he was a popular, well-respected teacher of mathematics and auto mechanics at Calvin M. Woodward High School, the former Irving E. Macomber Vocational Technical High School and Roy C. Start High School. During that time, he was an applicant for the Teacher in Space program. He also served on the Board of Directors for the Toledo Federation of Teachers. In 1988, he was named the Ohio Auto Mechanics Teacher of the Year.
Andy was the chess coach at Woodward for six seasons, guiding the team to the Greater Toledo Chess Federation Championship two consecutive years. He loved baseball and enjoyed coaching the sport for 13 years within the Toledo Public Schools district. Andy retired in 1999 as the school district's Vocational Director of Trade and Industry.
Andy married Elaine M. George (a Woodward graduate) in 1971. They were married for 32 years. For many years, Andy helped his father at A.T.'s Auto Service, which was located at the corner of Navarre Avenue and Oak Street in East Toledo. In the mid-1970s, he was involved in drag racing and played pool. With other team members, local pool tournamen ts were won and Andy went on to play competitively in tournaments in Las Vegas. He also enjoyed playing Texas Hold'em Poker.
In 2003, Andy had a serious accident that paralyzed him from the neck down. Friends of Andy conducted many events to raise funds to help Andy be more mobile in and out of the house. After a number of complications attributed to his paralysis, Andy passed away at the age of 59 from cardiac arrhythmia on Wednesday, August 31, 2005.
Andy was inducted into the Morri son R Waite H igh School Athletic Hall of Fame in 2004. On October 17, 2008, prior to the varsity football game against the Rogers Rams, the dedication of the Andy "Golden Toe" Toth Press Box in Mollenkopf Stadium took place. Family, friends and fans gathered to pay tribute to a talented Waite alumnus who was alway proud of his East Toledo upbringing and his days at old Waite High.
Adam N. Ueberroth, MD/Class of 1995 (Honored for the field of Medicine and Community Service)
Adam. the third of three boys, was born on July 6, 1977, to Pete and Eileen Ueberroth. From St. Thomas Aquinas Elementary School, he followed in the footsteps of his grandfather, George Ueberroth, who graduated from Waite (Class of 1935), and his brothers, Marty (Class of 1988) and Matt (Class of 1990). While at Waite, Adam was recognized for numerous achievements including being named First Team All City for tennis his junior year and graduating as the Class of 1995 valedictorian. He served as president of the National Honor Society and as senior class treasurer and was a founding member of the Great Lakes Marine Biology Club. In addition to playing varsity tennis for four years, Andy was also a contributing member of Student Council, the Indian Leadership Team and the Calculus, Red Cross and Russian clubs.
After high school, Adam went on to study at the University of Dayton, graduating magna cum laude with a degree in Chemical Engineering in 1999. He was inducted into the Tau Beta Pi engineering honor society and was awarded a National Science Foundation Undergraduate Research Fellowship. During his time as an undergraduate, he developed an interest in medicine and completed a senior thesis in the field of biochemistry, studying the effect of medication on liver enzymes.
His interest in the field of medicine took him to Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. It was at this time when he became interested in the field of neurological conditions and spent some time pursuing research in the field of Alzheimer's disease. In 2003, Adam received his medical degree and was awarded the American Academy of Neurology Medical Student Prize for Excellence in Neurology.
Adam spent the next five years of his medical training at the Cleveland Clinic (from 2003 through 2008), being named Chief Neurology Resident during his last year of residency. His last year in Cleveland was spent as a Clinical Neurophysiology Fellow, becoming an expert in the electrophysiologic study of peripheral nerves and electrical activities of the brain.
In 2008, Adam moved to Columbus, to join Neurological Associates, which became part of the OhioHealth organization as OhioHealth Neurological Physicians. He practices general neurology with a subspecialty expertise in electromyography [EMG] and the electroencephalography [EEGj. He also participates in the stroke telemedicine program, bringing emergent stroke treatment to patients in central Ohio. Adam has served on the board of the Columbus Medical Association and as Chair of the Section of Neurology at Riverside Hospital, the premier Neuroscience Center in central Ohio. He is currently the Neuroscience System Chief of Patient Experience and Access, leading the effort to provide patients with compassionate, empathetic and timely care. He regularly teaches a course on physician-paticnt communication to fellow physicians throughout the OhioHealth organization.
Adam met his wife. Katie, while they were both undergraduate students at the University of Dayton. They were married in 2003 and currently reside in Upper Arlington, Ohio, with their two children, Natalie and Miles.
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