The Whitehall-Yearling High School Hall of Fame added three new members to its ranks during an induction ceremony Saturday, Jan. 30, at the school, 675 S. Yearling Road.

The Whitehall-Yearling High School Hall of Fame added three new members to its ranks during an induction ceremony Saturday, Jan. 30, at the school, 675 S. Yearling Road.

The new members are Michael Shade, class of 1975; Dr. Brian Hunter, class of 1985; and Monica Day, class of 2000.

The trio's induction into the Hall of Fame, which opened in 1990, increased its numbers from 69 to 72.

"I was surprised when I'd learned I was selected ... it was a fun and exciting evening," said Day, adding she had the opportunity to reconnect with several people who had been at the school while she attended, including Deputy Superintendent Mark Trace, equipment manager and Athletics Hall of Fame member Dan Gartner, and Van Gregg, today a Whitehall City Councilman.

"It was a lot of fun (and) the first time I saw the new high school," said Day, the weekend anchor for WCMH-TV (Channel 4).

Day was Miss Ohio in 2008 and named Miss Congeniality at the Miss USA Pageant.

Shade is retired from the Gahanna-Jefferson Public School District, where he taught health for 36 years. He is a graduate of Capital University, where he played baseball; in 1999, he was inducted into Capital University's Athletics Hall of Fame.

Shade has been head coach of the Gahanna Lincoln High School varsity baseball team since 1992, leading the Lions to a pair of Ohio Capital Conference championships, seven district championships, two regional championships and two state Final Four berths.

Hunter is a medical examiner in Genesee County, Mich., specializing in forensic pathology at Hurley Medical Center in Flint.

He has a bachelor's degree from Miami University and graduated in 1994 from medical school at the University of Cincinnati.

The three newest Hall of Fame members were selected from a list of nominees that the district solicits from the public.

A selection committee chooses the inductees and includes the president of the school board, the district superintendent, the principal of Whitehall-Yearling High School, the school's athletics director and guidance counselor, the president of City Council, the presidents of the academic boosters and athletics boosters, and several others, said Ty Debevoise, director of communications and marketing for Whitehall schools.

Nominees must be out of school at least five years; a maximum of three members are inducted each year.

The selection criteria includes outstanding accomplishments, honors and recognitions in extracurricular activities, education, humanitarian pursuits and service to school and community, Debevoise said.