MTAA Distinguished Alumni Nominations
** The Manheim Township Alumni Committee and the Manheim Township Educational Foundation have decided to postpone the presentation of the Distinguished Alumni Award for 2020. We have not yet determined our exact process but can ensure you that the nominees will be considered for the award presentation next year. The committee recognizes how important it is for the winners to speak to the graduating seniors and to be recognized at this event. Therefore, rather than do an online event, we decided to postpone the presentation until 2021. Thank you for your understanding. **
Manheim Township Alumni Association accepts nominations for the annual Distinguished Alumni Award from January 1 to March 1 of each year. Since 1997, MTAA has bestowed the Distinguished Alumni Award on graduates who have achieved noteworthy and outstanding accomplishments in their chosen fields, have served their communities, and will serve as role-models for students district-wide.
Award winners address each year’s graduating class at commencement rehearsal and are honored with a reception following the event.
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View the list of past Distinguished Alumni Award recipients.
Manheim Township Names 2019 Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients
On June 5, 2019, the Manheim Township Alumni Association presented the Distinguished Alumni Award to Dr. Michael Hagy, PhD class of 1967, Brooke Shaden, class of 2005, and Janet Zimmer, class of 1967.
The award winners addressed the 2019 graduating class during commencement rehearsal. Michael Hagy spoke about types of motivation and said he recognized that the current generation is pro-socially motivated in that they care about the environment and the community. He also shared a bit of a history lesson with the class and quoted Winston Churchill by stating, "Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning." Brooke Shaden was unable to attend due to a previous commitment but she sent a video to share with the class. In the video, she encouraged the class to pursue their passions, follow their curiosity and share their greatest self with others. Brooke's mother, Diane Mastromattaeo, accepted the award on her behalf. Janet Zimmer shared that she felt very prepared for college and her career after graduating from Manheim Township. She encouraged the graduates to follow their dreams, to dream big, to believe in themselves and expect to succeed at their endeavors. Janet also said that sometimes your passion can be found through volunteer jobs and community service.
Following the presentation, a reception was held to honor the selected alumni. The Alumni Association would like to thank Calvary Church for hosting this event and the following companies for sponsoring this year's award presentation - Bath Fitter, Kitchen Saver, and Homespire Windows LLC. If you would like to make a donation in honor of one of the candidates, please forward it to MTAA, 450A Candlewyck Road, Lancaster, PA 17601.
Pictured are James Mastromatteo and Diane Mastromattaeo (parents of Brook Shaden),
Janet Zimmer, and Dr. Michael Hagy
Manheim Township Names 2018 Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients
On June 6, 2018, the Manheim Township Alumni Association presented the Distinguished Alumni Award to R. Gene Eichelberger, class of 1958, Heather Lafferty, class of 1993, and P. Edward Lovelidge, class of 1978. The award winners addressed the 2018 graduating class during commencement rehearsal. Gene Eichelberger was unable to attend the event due to illness, so his sister, Alta Scheurich accepted the award on his behalf. Ed Lovelidge shared with the students a few tips for their future. He stated that family and friends should come first in their life and that service brings happiness. He accepted the award in honor of the entire class of 1978. Heather Lafferty shared a message for the students via a video about her experience at MTHS, her work with Habitat for Humaity, and her passion for working in the nonprofit sector. Heather's parents, Jim and Alice Lafferty accepted the award on her behalf. Following the presentation, a reception was held to honor the selected alumni. If you would like to make a contribution in honor of the Distinguished Alumni, please forward it to MTAA, 450A Candlewyck Road, Lancaster, PA 17601.
Pictured left to right are (standing) Dr. Robin Felty, MTSD Superintendent; Jenny Germann, MTEF Executive Director; Kate Norton, MTEF Board;
Edward Lovelidge '58; Jim Lafferty; Sandra Orndorff, MTEF Board; (seated) Alta Scheurich '62; and Alice Lafferty.