Dr. John Walker - 2018 Alumni Hall of Fame Inductee
Dr. John Walker is the 2018 Washington-Nile Alumni Hall of Fame recipient. He graduated from Washington High School as Valedictorian in 1955. Dr. Walker then graduated from McMicken College of Arts and Sciences, receiving honors with a B.A. in zoology. After graduating from McMicken, Dr. Walker attended the University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine where he received his physicians doctorate.
He had a private practice in urology from 1968-1999. During this time he served as Chief of Staff at Mercy Hospital in 1973-1974, and served on the hospital's Board of Trustees from 1975 until it's merger with Scioto Memorial Hospital. He was also president of the Scioto County Medical Society in 1991. Certified by the American Board of Urology in 1972, he is also a member of the American College of Surgeons continuing with a senior membership to present day.
In the community, Dr. Walker has been a member of the Portsmouth Rotary Club since 1968. He served as team physician for Portsmouth West from 1968-1982 and then at Portsmouth High from 1983-1999. He was awarded the Ohio Outstanding Team Physician Award in 1995 by the Ohio State Medical Association and the Ohio High School Athletic Association. Dr. Walker was honored with star on the Portsmouth flood wall in 2000, and received the Outstanding Physician Award in 2005.
Congratulations Dr. Walker in all of your outstanding achievements and awards and in being a 2018 Washington-Nile Hall of Fame recipient!
Mr. Kenneth Rapp was inducted into the Alumni Hall of Fame at the Portsmouth West Alumni Banquet this past August. Mr. Rapp graduated from Washington Local High School in 1943. This was the first class to complete four years at the new high school. A veteran of World War II, he served as a combat medic with the 7th Army during the Battle of the Bulge and later the 3rd Army under General George Patton. As the war came to an end, Mr. Rapp was present when the Allied forces liberated the prisoners that were held at the Dachau Concentration Camp. The experience at Dachau left a lasting impression that he carries with him always.
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Ms. Janice Suverkrop, a musician accomplished in piano and opera, was the 2014 Alumni Hall of Fame recipient. She attended Friendship Elementary from 1961-1969 and was a 1973 graduate of Portsmouth West High School. She graduated with honors from the University of Cincinnati, receiving a Bachelor Degree in Piano and Music Education in 1977. In the early 1980s, she was a coach at the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria. Ms. Suverkrop later attended Butler University where she earned a Master in Music in Conducting.
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Ms. Patricia Ciraso has dedicated her life to the Washington-Nile School District. During her tenure at West she was a: teacher at Dry Run Elementary, 1964-77; principal, Jenkins Elementary from 1977-85; assistant superintendent from 1985-89; and Superintendent Washington-Nile, 1989 to her retirement in 2011.
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For thirty-three years, Mr. Orville Reiser was an integral part of West High School. He began teaching at West High in 1952 as the shop teacher, educating students in the classroom for the next seventeen years. Mr. Reiser then became the high school Guidance Counselor, assisting students in achieving success in both high school and what awaited them upon graduation. His involvement in many school activities and projects enriched both students and the school. He spent many hours dedicated to class room sponsorship, as a chaperone, helping with special projects, plays, and proms. A sponsor for the Honor Society, he was later responsible for transitioning the Honor Society to the Beta Club.
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