Gahanna Lincoln High School will induct three alumni into its Hall of Fame, and the Gahanna-Jefferson Education Foundation will recognize three builders of excellence with Cornerstone Awards.

Gahanna Lincoln High School will induct three alumni into its Hall of Fame, and the Gahanna-Jefferson Education Foundation will recognize three builders of excellence with Cornerstone Awards.

The recognition ceremony that's open to the public will begin at approximately 1:15 p.m. Friday, May 13, in the GLHS auditorium, 140 S. Hamilton Road.

The Hall of Fame inductees are Jack Barckhoff (1947), Cynthia Gibbons (1971) and Chip Ingram (1972). They're the ninth group of inductees to receive the recognition, said Dale Foor, director of community services.

The Cornerstone recipients are Jennifer Block, Wanda Dworkin and Louise Siegel. To qualify for the award, recipients must be associated with the school district for at least 10 years as an employee or in other official support roles.

Foor said it's difficult to select Hall of Fame winners because there are so many alumni who've been successful in many areas.

Barckhoff, a certified professional engineer, developed and copyrighted the Total Welding Management System (TWMS) and launched his company, Barckhoff Welding Management. His business offers a broad spectrum of technical consulting and training services, as well as managerial welding-related services to make clients more productive, competitive and profitable.The Victoria, Minn., resident has published two books and has also written many articles and technical papers about his management system.

Foor said Barckhoff, who's in his 80s, still returns to Ohio as an adjunct professor to teach his TWMS.

"What a testimony to promoting excellence," Foor said.

Gibbons served 22 years in the U.S. Army Reserves in three combat support hospitals and a medical group throughout Ohio and Michigan.

"Cindy was a role model on campus as a registered nurse in the military that helped students see the value of what nursing within the military had to offer," said Dr. Mildred Horodynski, of Michigan State.

For the past seven years, Gibbons has worked as a nurse case manager in military and civilian sectors, and she now has a position at the Veterans Administration Ambulatory Care Clinic in Columbus.

"She spoke about her military role at our Veterans Plaza a couple years ago," Foor said.

Ingram, of San Jose, Calif., is a pastor, author, coach and teacher. He currently serves as senior pastor of Venture Church in Los Gatos, Calif.

In the mid-1990s, his dream became a reality when he went on the air with the first radio broadcast of Living on the Edge Radio Ministries.

He's televised on the National Religious Broadcast Network and is heard nationwide each week on 850 radio stations, with nearly a million listeners.

"I was an assistant principal when he was a student," Foor said. "I can see how his enthusiasm and positive personality has allowed him to become recognized as a national and international spiritual leader."

The Hall of Fame recipients' names will be engraved on a permanent plaque that's displayed outside the high school's auditorium lobby.

Cornerstone recipient Block spent 28 of her 30 years of teaching with the G-J schools. She retired as a kindergarten teacher at Royal Manor Elementary School in 2005.

"I cannot think of a better way for a kindergarten student to begin their educational journey than by being in Mrs. Block's class," said Dan Rotella, former Royal Manor principal. "Students were exposed to a nurturing atmosphere, a kind and gentle soul and to great academic explorations."

Dworkin was hired in 1976 by the Franklin County Board of Developmental Disabilities, where she still works.

Her involvement with G-J began as a Lincoln Elementary School room parent in 1986 and continued throughout the years as she assisted with creating the High Point Elementary PTA board. She helped establish the first walk?a?thon fundraiser in the district.

In 1992, Dworkin served on Gahanna Middle School East's PTO board, and assisted and organized school-related activities.

"Wanda was instrumental in successfully organizing the school and PTO fundraising efforts, teacher support efforts, extracurricular and academic events and always making certain that the needs of all of our students were addressed," said Hank Langhals, former GMSE principal.

Siegel spent more than 35 years teaching seventh-grade language arts and history at Gahanna Middle School West (GMSW).

"One of the things that contributed to her success in the classroom had to do with her insatiable desire to learn and grow professionally," said James Bailey, retired principal of GMSW.

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