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Colonel, inventor, jazzman enter WYHS Hall of Fame

Ceremony set Feb. 8 at school

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Whitehall-Yearling High School has been rolling out the red carpet for more than two decades now -- and will do it again Feb. 8 for three outstanding alumni recently named this year's 2014 Hall of Fame inductees.

This is the 23rd year for the annual honor.

The school and the district have recognized more than 60 graduates over the years who have demonstrated outstanding accomplishments in athletics, business, education, humanitarian pursuits or service to their school or community.

The 2014 Hall of Fame inductees are Col. Scott Harrison (class of 1978), Mitchell J. Joseph (1965) and Dave Powers (1982).

They will be formally inducted into the Hall of Fame at 7 p.m. Feb. 8 between the junior varsity and varsity basketball games at Whitehall-Yearling High School.

After the ceremony, their photos will hang in the new Whitehall-Yearling High School as a tribute to their service and careers.

 

Col. Scott Harrison

A 1978 graduate of Whitehall-Yearling High School, Harrison now lives in Apollo Beach, Fla., but continues to give back to the Whitehall community. He returned to his alma mater last year to donate a large statue depicting two rams -- the school's mascot -- honoring students, teachers, staff and administrators who have served in their nation's defense. It was constructed in India last summer, traveled through China and landed in New Jersey in October before making its way to its new home at Whitehall-Yearling in November.

Harrison has been a member of the U.S. Army Reserve since 1978 and currently is assigned to the Army Reserve Medical Command as the director of logistics, providing support to 125 medical units and 7,000 soldiers. He also has served in Afghanistan, Iraq, Qatar, Kuwait and at the NATO Joint Forces Headquarters in Brussels, Belgium.

He has received numerous honors throughout his military career, including the Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service and Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal, and the Joint Achievement Medal.

He earned a bachelor of arts degree in social behavior science from Ohio State University and a master's degree in business administration from the University of Dayton.

He is a graduate of the Army Command and General Staff College and the Navy War Command and Staff College.

Harrison enjoys playing golf and collecting silver-dollar coins.

 

Mitchell J. Joseph

A 1965 graduate of Whitehall-Yearling High School, Joseph followed in the footsteps of his great-grandfather, who was a bottler of soft drinks in Ohio. Currently the chairman and CEO of the Joseph Co. and West Coast Chill Pure Energy Drink, Joseph lives in Irvine, Calif., where he continues to develop and expand his companies.

Joseph is the inventor of the world's only self-chilling soda can. Five cans were taken into space with Sen. John Glenn.

Joseph is the recipient of a number of accolades for his invention, including the Global Beverage Award in 2013 and 2014, the Ellis Island Businessman Award in 1999 and the United States Environmental Protection Award in 1998. He and his businesses have appeared on the cover of World Beverage magazine six times.

Joseph served as chairman for the Orange County California Abused Children Society and the Breast Cancer JCI for Southern California.

He is a graduate of Youngstown State University and was accepted into the Ohio State University School of Law.

He enjoys playing golf, volunteering, fishing and traveling the world.

 

Dave Powers

As a 1982 graduate of Whitehall-Yearling High School, Powers has enjoyed music and entertaining for more than 34 years. Powers is a two-time Emmy Award-winning composer and performer, and is known for his role in the Columbus music scene as a pianist, keyboardist, vocalist, entertainer and educator.

Although he still lives in the Columbus area, Powers has traveled and performed nationally and internationally. He is a consultant and a frequent guest of the public television series The Piano Guy and has taught a series of master classes with the show's host, Scott Houston.

Powers also is an adjunct faculty member of the Ohio State University School of Music.

He has performed with a number of noted entertainers, including Steve Allen, George Benson, Rusty Bryant, Buddy DeFranco, Mark Farner (of Grand Funk Railroad), Eric Gale, Terry Gibbs, Ernie Krivda, Wilbert Longmire, Johnny Lytle, "Blue" Lou Marini (of the Blues Brothers), Joan Rivers, Arturo Sandoval and Grover Washington Jr.

Powers is associated with the Jazz Arts Group of Columbus and performs with the Columbus Jazz Orchestra. He also hosts a jazz concert series titled "The House Jazz Concert Series."

He has participated in various outreach programs in the public schools through a venue called "Jazz Is Spoken Here," using music to teach human behavior to young students. He also has donated his time and talents to the 2011 and 2013 Jefferson Awards, which acknowledge outstanding public service to individuals in the local community.

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