Hall of Fame 2019

Hall of Fame 2019

Barberton Schools Academic Hall of Fame Class of 2019


Lawrence A. Frazee, Class of 1986


Frazee graduated from Barberton High School in 1986 and received both his Bachelor’s and Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of Toledo in 1991 and 1993, respectively. While there, he was awarded the Dean’s Outstanding Male Senior and Sandoz Outstanding Doctor of Pharmacy Candidate Award.


Starting his career as an intern at Aultman Hospital in Canton, he also worked at Children’s Hospital Medical Center in Akron, Columbia Mercy Medical Center and at Northeast Ohio Medical University. Many presentations and publications are authored or co-authored by him, covering a variety of medical topics.


Frazee currently resides in Barberton with his wife, Cheryl and their four children, Micah, Sarah, Zachary, and Hannah.  He is the Pharmacotherapy Specialist, Internal Medicine and PGY1 Pharmacy Residency Program Director at Cleveland Clinic Akron General where he has worked since 1998.

 

Harry E. Heskett, Class of 1936


Heskett graduated from Barberton High School in 1936, after which he received his Bachelor of Science from Case Western Reserve and The University of Wisconsin is where he earned his Master’s in Physics and Math in 1942. 


It was during his pursuit of his Doctorate, that he was summoned into the atomic bomb project. While that was very important work and will forever be tied to that, his interests ranged from rose gardening, reading German books and travelling. It is unknown when he started playing the French horn but he would hold practice sessions in his home, spending hours discussing the masters and playing their music.


Heskett passed away in Denver, Colorado in 1999, where he had lived for the past 30 years. He never married, nor had children but certainly left a legacy of his love and passion for music with the Denver Philharmonic. He left much of his estate to Case Western Reserve who gave him a scholarship so very long ago, hoping to give others the same opportunities he was given.


William B. Judge, Class of 1994


Judge earned his Bachelor’s in Accounting from Heidelberg College in 1999 after graduating from Barberton in 1994 where he participated in football, track and Key Club. He then went on to receive his Masters in Political Science from the University of Akron and Master of Business Administration from Ashland University. 


His work experience took him from a supervisor of the Money Market Department at McDonald Investments, Key Corp to Fiscal Officer with the County of Summit while also serving the City of Barberton as Councilman for Ward 2 and as an At-Large Council representative. Some of the boards he is on are, Barberton Community Foundation, Lake Anna YMCA, Barberton Community Development Corp and Mayors Association of Portage, Summit and Stark Counties where he has been the Treasurer since 2017. 


He is currently residing in Barberton where he lives with his wife, Sara and two children, Emma and William. Judge is the current Mayor of Barberton, overseeing the operation for the city which includes a $65 million budget, over 250 employees, 27,000 residents, within 9 square miles.


Dale J. Sungy, Class of 1965


Sungy earned his Bachelor’s degree in International Studies at The Ohio State University in 1972. After graduation from Barberton High School in 1965, he enlisted in the Army and attended the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, California for Russian Language training. He went on to Infantry Officers Candidate School and Airborne training at Ft Benning, Ga and completed Special Forces training at Ft Bragg, NC. He later earned the Ranger Tab at Ft Benning.


After earning his “Green Beret” he was assigned to the 10thSpecial Forces Group (Abn) in Bad Tolz, Germany. Some of his missions included Submarine Insertion and Extraction in Italy, NATO Prisoner of War Interrogation in Denmark (conducted in Russian) and NATO Winter Warfare exercises in Norway with the Norwegian Special Forces. But it was as the Detachment Commander and member of Operational Detachment A-8 (ODA-8) that Sungy was to leave his mark. In Zaragosa, Spain in 1968 ODA-8 conducted what was at the time new and controversial High Altitude Low Opening (HALO) Parachute training becoming the first HALO detachment of the 10thSpecial Forces Group and one of the first Special Forces HALO detachments in the U.S. Army. The following year ODA-8 led 2 Mobile Training Teams (MTTs) to Greece to train the Greek Raiding Forces (now Greek Special Forces) in HALO operations. During his tenure, ODA-8 became the first and only Special Forces Detachment ever to make three HALO jumps of over 20,000 ft in a single day (3 different occasions) including one day from 25,000, 26000 and 27,000 feet.


Sungy currently resides in Akron, retiring as a Real Estate Appraiser after working at BF Goodrich in International Marketing. He and his wife Mary Beth have been married for more than 30 years and his family includes a daughter Kathy McKay (Shawn), step-children Jennifer Rogofsky (Ted), John Rector (Lisa) and Julian Rector (Kim), 11 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren.


Jason Ondrus, Class of 1991

 

Ondrus graduated from Barberton High School in 1991, after which, he graduated from The University of Akron with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education in 1995 and his Master’s in Education Administration in 2000.  


He was hired by the Barberton City Schools in 1997 and began his teaching at U. L. Light Middle School as a 6th Grade Teacher. From there he quickly moved through the ranks to become Principal of U. L. Light Middle School in 2004. Ondrus successfully led the U.L. Light school community through the school improvement process earning a Certificate of Commendation from the State Board of Education and the State Superintendent of Schools.  He is very proud of the achievements and work by the teachers, staff and students during his time at U.L. Light Middle School.  


In 2007, Ondrus became Principal of Woodford Elementary School where he remained for two years before moving to Central Office to become the Director of Personnel for the district. In 2015, he was promoted to Assistant Superintendent of Business Operations and Personnel. 

As Assistant Superintendent, he takes great pride in making business & employment decisions that positively impact the students of Barberton City Schools.  He ensures that the students of the Barberton City Schools remain the main priority as staffing and business decisions are made.  


He is very grateful for the opportunity to serve in the schools and community.  He believes there needs to be a strong external connection between the schools and community.  He has demonstrated this throughout his career by serving in a leadership capacity in the following community organizations: Barberton Sports Hall of Fame, Easter Ryan Shoe Fund, K. Jack Greynolds Memorial Classic, Magic City Kiwanis, Magical Theatre Company and the Tuscora Park Health & Wellness Foundation.  


Ondrus currently resides in Barberton.  He and his wife, Stephanie, a 1990 graduate of BHS, have two children, Emma 16, and Carly 13. 

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