Vernon C. Hull, Class of 1926, Distinguished Hall of Fame
Vernon sharpened his skill for choosing quality cattle to become an internationally respected breeder, herdsman, showman and judge. While managing Lee’s Hill Farm in New Jersey, his knowledge and expertise in selection and breeding of the Brown Swiss cow produced stock that dominated the dairy industry from 1938 to 1976. Vernon’s cows won national champion titles 16 times. Produce from his breeding program was exported throughout the world, impacting the evolution of his dairy breed. Vernon judged cattle shows all over the United States and in Central and South America. In 1941, he was the first Brown Swiss breeder to win the Klussendorf Trophy. He received a Pioneer Award posthumously from the National Dairy Shrine in 2001. Vernon passed away in 1992.
H. Russell Adams, Class of 1930, Distinguished Hall of Fame
Russ combined his life work as a farmer with a long, distinguished career in public service. While growing potatoes and raising hogs, Russ served his community as a Perry Township trustee for 40 years and became involved in many local and county-wide organizations. An advocate of planned growth, he supported the establishment of zoning that helps the area maintain its agricultural roots while introducing diversified business interests. A past president of the Kiwanis Club, the Lake County Trustees and Clerks Association and the Lake County Farm Bureau, Russ remains active on his farm and continues to serve on the Perry Township Zoning Board of Appeals. He has received a number of local, state and congressional recognitions for his dedication and commitment to his community.
Nancy Watson Brown, Class of 1965, Distinguished Hall of Fame
Nancy took the special talent she discovered in high school and turned it into a growing business. She is the founder and president of Ladies and Gentlemen Salon and Spa in Mentor. Nancy combined her desire to teach with her expertise in cosmetology and opened the Brown Aveda Institute of Cosmetology in 1997. Mrs. Brown’s civic involvement has included serving as a president of the Mentor Area Chamber of Commerce, as a member of the Lake County Mental Health Board and as a trustee on Leadership Lake County’s board of trustees. She devotes considerable time and resources to assisting students in pursuit of their educational goals.
Dr. Rebecca Moroose, Class of 1971, Distinguished Hall of Fame
Rebecca is the medical director to the Florida Hospital Cancer Institute at the Walt Disney Memorial Cancer Center in Orlando. She is a board-certified doctor of internal medicine, hematology and oncology. Rebecca’s work includes participating in clinical research trials, teaching medical professionals, working on her hospital system’s cancer and blood programs, and helping to enhance the lives of her patients. Active in professional and civic organizations, Rebecca was honored in 1993 with the Summit Award by the Women’s Resource Center for her contributions to women and family issues in Central Florida.
Dr. Loyal Tillotson, Class of 1972, Distinguished Hall of Fame
Loyal has used his research and medical skills in fighting cancer. Since earning his medical degree and doctorate of philosophy in cell and developmental biology, Loyal has taught in medical schools at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Harvard Medical School while continuing his cancer research and seeing patients. His work has identified and characterized hormonal pathways by which certain gastrointestinal tumors grow and become aggressive. He has published many articles in professional publications pertaining to his work and research. Loyal provides medical treatment to patients at the Rapid City Medical Center in South Dakota.
Ben Johnson, Class of 1940, Athletic Hall of Fame
Ben was an outstanding athlete who played three varsity sports at Perry. As a football player, Ben was chosen runner-up MVP. He later played college football and basketball at Oberlin College.
Richard Palmer, Class of 1942, Athletic Hall of Fame
Rich earned 11 varsity letters in four sports (football, basketball, baseball and track) during his high school career at Perry. He received the Gold Football Award and All-League honors his senior year. In baseball and basketball, he received All-League honors. He was instrumental in organizing and coaching Boys’ Little League and Girls’ Softball Leagues in Perry.
Cindy Cecconi Allen, Class of 1989, Athletic Hall of Fame
Cindy excelled in volleyball and softball while at PHS. She earned a total of seven letters, three in volleyball and four in softball. Cindy was named to the OHSVCA District First Team and was ESC MVP. She helped the team to State Regionals in 1987 and 1988 where they were the Regional Runner-up in 1988. In softball, she was named First Team News-Herald as a junior and senior. After a stellar high school career, Cindy went on to attend Slippery Rock University where she lettered in volleyball.
Bret Born, Class of 1990, Athletic Hall of Fame
Bret participated in three varsity sports as a student athlete at Perry. Bret found most of his success in wrestling. He finished his high school wrestling career with a record of 120-16 capped by a 34-1 senior season. He qualified for the State wrestling tournament twice, finishing second his senior year. He received a wrestling scholarship to Ohio University where he compiled a 78-18 record over the course of three seasons. He left OU with a degree in special education and now serves as a teacher and wrestling coach at Sherwood High School in Oregon.
Darrell Allen, Class of 1992, Athletic Hall of Fame
Darrell completed an exceptional high school athletic career at Perry by participating in football, baseball and track. He was a two-time All-Ohio Second Team Running Back, three-time ESC First Team Running Back, and two-time Lake County Touchdown Club Offensive Team. He represented Perry in the North-South All-Star Game. He scored 55 career touchdowns and gained over 1,000 yards in both 1990 and 1991. In baseball he never batted below .300 and was a four-year starter. He was twice named to the ESC First Team as a centerfielder. He went on to Ashland University where he played football for two years before transferring and earning his undergraduate and graduate degrees from The Ohio State University.
Tom Flenner, Class of 1992, Athletic Hall of Fame
Tom completed an exceptional high school athletic career at Perry by participating in football, basketball and tennis. He was First Team ESC in 1999 and received the National Scholar Athlete Award. He played singles on the tennis team and was the 1992 MVP. Tom went on to play football at Grove City College where he was a wide receiver. In his senior year of college, Tom was captain of the team, Team MPV and Offensive Player of the Year.
T.J. Rockwell, Class of 1992, Athletic Hall of Fame
T.J. was an exceptional athlete who participated in three varsity sports earning 10 varsity letters over the course of his high school career at Perry. He started three years as quarterback for the football team, compiling a 25-5 record. He led Perry to two straight ESC titles. He was a starter in basketball and played #2 singles in tennis. T.J. went on to play football at Grove City College where he started his junior and senior seasons. T.J. is the Athletic Director at West Geauga High School.