DV High School Hall of Fame picks honorees

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  • Jo Benson

  • Henry Arneberg

— The Delaware Valley High School Hall of Fame Committee has chosen the late Henry Arneberg, Jon Almquist, Jo Benson and Kim Pearce as its 2012 inductees.

The new members will be honored at a banquet to be held at the Riverview Inn in Matamoras on Sunday, Oct. 7. A reception will take place at 4 p.m. with a dinner and induction ceremony to follow at 5 p.m.

The public is invited to be part of the celebration. Adult tickets are $40, and tickets for children under age ten are $15. Tickets are available by calling Wanda Holtzer at the high school at 570-296-1864.

Henry Arneberg, coach and mentor

Henry Arneberg was a member of the Class of 1931 of Milford High School. A natural athlete, he starred in basketball, track and baseball, captaining all three teams.
In 1935, he earned his bachelor’s degree in health education at East Stroudsburg University, and then called State Teacher’s College, where he was a member of the football and track teams all four years. He was football captain his senior year.
His first teaching position was in a one-room school in Dingmans Ferry in 1935. After a year, he was hired to be the physical education teacher at the Greene-Dreher school in Newfoundland.
He assumed coaching duties in 1936 and was given the task of organizing a basketball team. His first basketball team had an even record of six wins and six losses, but from that point on, his teams always had winning records. He also coached the baseball team.
From 1942-1945, he served as a sergeant in physical training in the U.S. Army Air Forces in Florida and Colorado. On June 6, 1951, he received a master’s in education from New York University. He continued teaching health, physical education and science in Newfoundland until the high school was consolidated into the Wallenpaupack Area High School, where he taught and coached the golf team until his retirement. In 1995, he was inducted into the Wayne Area Sports Hall of Fame.
He was active in community organizations including the American Legion, and the Rotary Club where he served as president. His greatest contributions came as a coach and mentor. Former athletes tell of their admiration and respect for the lessons they learned from him.

Jon Almquist, athletic trainer

Jon Almquist was a member of the Class of 1975 of Delaware Valley High School. His interest in athletic training and sports injuries led him to Pennsylvania State University where, in 1982, he earned a bachelor of science degree in health, physical education and recreation with an emphasis in athletic training. His career in athletic training began in 1983, when, as a certified national athletic trainer at George C. Marshall High School, he administered a comprehensive health care program for all student athletes.
In 2001, he was named chair of a National Athletic Trainers Association task force to study appropriate medical care for secondary school-aged athletes. In that capacity, he dealt with issues that included exertion heat illness and sudden cardiac arrest. Since 2003 he has served on the Virginia Board of Medicine Advisory Board on Athletic Training, where for the past six years he has been chair.
He serves on a multitude of committees that include the Editorial Board for Training and Conditioning, the Virginia High School League Sports Medicine Advisory Committee. He is a legislative member of the Virginia Athletic Trainers Association, and serves as manuscript reviewer for the Journal of Athletic Training. He is also a member of the Center for Neuroscience and Regenerative Medicine. Additionally, he is an Adjunct Professor at George Mason University.
Since 1999 he has served as administrator for the Fairfax County Public Schools Athletic Training Program, a position that coordinates the athletic training health care services for more than 23,000 student-athletes within 25 high schools. He is a Hall of Fame member of both the Mid Atlantic Trainers Association and the Virginia Athletic Trainers Association and was named Athletic Trainer of the Year by the Northern Virginia Sports Medicine Association.
He has coordinated research grants to study traumatic brain injuries in high school lacrosse players and computerized neuropsychological testing procedures. He is the author and coauthor of numerous articles dealing with issues that include head, face and eye injuries, concussions and post-concussion symptoms, and guides for the appropriate medical care of sports-related injuries.

Jo Benson, film prop supplier

Jo Benson is a 1983 graduate of Delaware Valley High School. Among her many high school activities, she was a four-year starter for the girls' field hockey and softball teams, and received the Michael F. Doty Memorial Scholarship. She earned a bachelor of arts degree in 1987 in art and history from Bloomsburg University where she was a member of the National Honor Society and president of the student art association. She won that university's Director's Award for Fine Arts Achievement.
In 1988 she graduated magna cum laude from Bloomsburg University with a master of arts degree and taught graphics, photography and art history to undergraduates while a graduate assistant. She was employed by world-renown concert pianist Claudio Arrau as art restorer, conservation framer and document preserver for his distinguished museum and private art collection.
She owns and operates Western Stage Props, a leading company in Western arts equipment, which has provided technical knowledge and materials to numerous motion pictures, television, stage ,and live action shows. She has worked with countless celebrities, including Roy Rogers, James Garner, Academy Award winners Sir Anthony Hopkins, Ben Johnson, Ernest Borgnine, Jodie Foster, Halle Barry, and Clint Eastwood. Her expertise in props and their usage has brought her on the set of major films both in Hollywood and on location. She has been a member of the National Stuntmen’s Association (American and Canadian) Safety Council, a voting member of the Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists. She was the national director and one of the founding members of the Wild West Arts Club from 1990 to 2007. She received the Will Rogers award in 2002, named to the Old West Living History Foundation Hall of Fame in 2003, and selected as one of the grand marshals in the annual Will Rogers Days Parade in Oklahoma in 2005.
For the past two years, she has been assistant producer for the Tournament of Roses Equestfest for the annual Rose Bowl Parade and is production coordinator for Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show in Springville, California.

Kim Pearce, artist and teacher

Kim Pearce was a member of the Class of 1974 of Delaware Valley High School. An honors graduate of the Art Institute of Philadelphia, he received an associate’s degree in commercial art with a focus in advertising. He continued his education at the State University of New York at Oswego, earning a New York State teacher’s certification.

He began his career as account manager and designer for Keystone Graphics System. He later became director of the art department and the supervisor of departmental personnel for Matthew’s International Corporation. Since 1985 he has served as instructor of commercial art with a focus on graphic art at the New York State Correctional Facility in Fishkill, N.Y. During his tenure he was nominated for Teacher of the Year. Respect and admiration for him come from numerous sources. A deputy director at the correctional facility called him “a genuinely compassionate person who cares about people and about his work.” This director said Pearce teaches several times each month in the Regional Medical Unit, bringing a sense of joy and accomplishment to these patients.

The vocational education supervisor noted that Pearce’s understanding has had a profound effect on his students, as he shares with them his exceptional skill and professionalism. A former student from the terminally ill unit noted his patience and understanding. "Guys up here actually can’t wait for his next class…a good man, fine instructor, great communicator, and a very caring teacher. Throughout his life, Kim has been ever-mindful of his deep roots to his community," he said.

His paintings depict the beauty of the tri-state area. His portraits capture the strength and nobility of local residents. Understanding the pain and suffering parents feel at the loss of a child, Kim, without recompense, quietly and thoughtfully creates personal remembrances for them as a tribute to their loved ones. In that same spirit, he has depicted caring and beautifully rendered portraits of numerous deceased friends and relatives, including local firefighter Doug Miller, who perished during 9/11. The prints of his stirring rendition of the iconic photo of flag-raising actions of firefighters at Ground Zero helped raise over $16,000 for the Miller family.

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