Six inducted into MC Alumni Hall of Fame

By on April 15, 2015

Six Manheim/Manheim Central alumni have been inducted into the Manheim Central Hall of Fame. The 14th annual induction ceremony was held on Saturday, April 11.

The Hall of Fame honors accomplishments of individuals who have brought recognition, honor, distinction and excellence to the Manheim Central school community. This year’s inductees are Dan Barthold, the late Diana Denenberg Durand, Jere Gish, Matt Schwartz, Mike Shenk and Nancy Gingrich Shenk.

Manheim Central Hall of Fame nominees are alumni of Manheim or Manheim Central or those who have made significant contributions to the Manheim Central school community over the course of at least 10 years. Names of those inducted into the Hall of Fame are on plaques that are displayed in two places in Manheim Central High School.

For more information about the Hall of Fame or to obtain a nomination form for next year’s class, contact Mike Clair at 665-3232.


Dan Barthold

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Artist Dan Barthold is a 1969 graduate of Manheim Central High School. He holds a degree in visual communications from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh. Among his accomplishments, he illustrated a book published for the United States’ bicentennial entitled “History Trails of Lancaster.” In the early 1990s, Barthold pioneered a technique that allowed him to enhance traditional pen and ink illustrations by adding color without losing detail. This technique was used to create a series of limited edition prints of Manheim, Lititz, Doylestown and Lancaster County.

The Manheim Historical Society honored Barthold with a year-long art exhibition at the Manheim Railroad Station in 2011. During that same year, the Manheim 250 Committee asked him to submit a logo design for the anniversary celebration in 2012. His logo was selected from a field of nearly 30 entries to become the official Manheim 250 logo, and he became the official committee artist.

In conjunction with Manheim’s 250th anniversary, Dan released a series of seven original drawings presented as limited edition prints and collectable post cards. Using Barthold’s logo design, the Manheim post office created an official Manheim 250th Anniversary cancellation stamp that was available to the public.


Diana Denenberg Durand

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The late Diana Denenberg Durand is a 1963 graduate of Manheim Central High School and a 1967 graduate of Millersville State College with a bachelor of science in mathematics. At Manheim Central, she was a class officer, a member of the student council and National Honor Society and class valedictorian. At Millersville, she was an editor of the weekly newspaper, a member of the field hockey team, and a member of Women’s Community Association. Diana was inducted into three honor societies.

She joined the CIA (Central Intelligence Agency) as a mathematician in 1967 and was assigned to the National Photographic Interpretation Center. In 1973, she was assigned to a CIA, “special project” where she met Don, the man she eventually married. In the 1980s Durand helped to remove Soviet-planted bugs in U.S. Embassy in Moscow, and served as her husband’s staff chief during a year-long special project in Moscow.

In 1989, Diana was diagnosed with breast cancer and began an 18-year battle with the disease. She passed away in 2007, but left a legacy of hope and inspiration. Even as she struggled with breast cancer, she volunteered as a driver for the American Cancer Society, driving others to chemotherapy and radiation treatments.

Durand also trained and volunteered as a Wildlife Rescue representative and monitored the Metropolitan DC Wildlife Rescue Hot Line and volunteered with the Meals On Wheels. In 2007 Millersville University instituted a Breast Cancer Awareness Program. The following programs were initiated in honor and memory of Durand: The Diana Denenberg Durand Spirit Garden; Diana’s Dreamers: Determined to Defeat Breast Cancer; The Diana and Marsha Breast Cancer Awareness Center; The Annual Breast-a-ville for Breast Cancer Awareness and Prevention.


Jere Gish


A 1993 graduate of Manheim Central High School and a 1997 graduate of Penn State University with a degree in broadcast journalism, Jere Gish is currently a news anchor and reporter at WGAL News 8 in Lancaster.

In high school, he was a member of the student council and National Honor Society. He lettered in baseball and tennis and was the number one player on the tennis team his senior year. He was also involved in the theater program, appearing in both plays and musicals during his high school career.

His broadcast career began at WGAL in 2002 where he was a morning anchor and reporter before moving to KMBC in Kansas City, Miss., for five years. He has also worked at WENY in Elmira, N.Y; WJAC in Johnstown; and WTAJ in Altoona. Gish returned to WGAL in 2009 and teamed up with Lori Burkholder on News 8 Today. He has covered everything from Supreme Court hearings to hurricanes including the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans.

He’s received several Associated Press Awards for his reporting as well as an Edward R. Murrow award for “Troubled Waters,” a series of reports on the cleanup effort of the Chesapeake Bay, and also won an Emmy award for “Open for Business,” a series of reports in which Gish followed three Susquehanna Valley entrepreneurs as they opened new businesses in the middle of a slow economy. He serves as master of ceremonies at area banquets and was the keynote speaker in 2014 for Manheim Central’s commencement program.


Matthew Schwartz

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Matthew Schwartz is a 1992 graduate of Manheim Central High School and a 1996 graduate of Messiah College with a degree in health and physical education. He earned his masters in sports management from Millersville University in 2005.

At Manheim Central, Matt earned nine varsity letters participating in Soccer, Basketball, and Track & Field. He was a four-year varsity starter in soccer and a three-year All-Star. In his senior season he was named the Section’s Most Valuable Player and was named to the PA Soccer Coaches Association (PSCA) All-State Team. Schwartz set Manheim Central and L-L League career goal scoring records with 79 goals. He also set the MC record for single-season goals with 29 goals. Both school records still stand today. He was Manheim Central’s first eight-Year Presidential Physical Fitness Award winner. He also participated in concert, marching and stage bands, concert choir, and pit orchestra for spring musicals.

While at Messiah College, Schwartz was a four-year starter on the soccer team and played in all 85 games over his four years. At graduation, he was eighth in career assists. His coaching career includes one year as JV coach at Pequea Valley and three years as JV coach at Manheim Central before becoming the Barons head coach in 2000. He continued as the head coach for the next 13 years and accumulated a career record of 174-90-7.

His teams were section champions in 2006, 2007 and 2009. They qualified for the L-L League playoffs 10 times and were runner-up in 2006. His Barons also qualified for the District Three playoffs seven times, winning titles in 2000 and 2006, while finishing third in 2005 and 2007s. A four-time PIAA State qualifier (‘00, ‘05, ‘06, ‘07) his teams won a silver medal in 2006 and made it to the semifinals in 2007.

Schwartz was named the L-L League Coach of the Year in 2006 and 2007. In 2006, he also was named the PSCA Coach of the Year and the National Soccer Coaches Association of America/Adidas PA Coach of the Year.


Mike Shenk

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A 1975 graduate of Manheim Central High School and a 1979 graduate of Penn State University with a B.S. in Math, Mike Shenk has created nearly 10,000 crossword puzzles in his career. While attending Penn State, he created a crossword for “The Daily Collegian,” the Penn State student newspaper. He went on to make five daily puzzles each week over the next three years. That output far exceeds that of professional crossword-puzzle creators.

After graduation he taught math for a year at York County Vocational Technical School. During his year of teaching, Mike began submitting puzzles to “Games Magazine,” a publication he described as being for “obscure, tricky” puzzles rather than the typical “dry, educational” variety. The connection to Games proved to be pivotal; his work came to the attention of a rising enigmatology superstar, Will Shortz, the only academically-accredited enigmatologist in the country.

When the magazine expanded and needed to hire more editors in 1981, Shortz, one of the editors, threw Shenk’s name into the mix. After a trip to New York City and an interview, he had a job in the world of puzzles. He created and edited puzzles for the bimonthly magazine until it folded in 1990. He found work elsewhere, including a six-month stint at Dell magazines as a puzzle editor. A year later, “Games” returned, as did Mike’s job. He continued to produce fresh puzzles for the next five years before the company officials decided to move operations to Blue Bell, in 1996.

In 1997, Mike helped to form a puzzle-writing company called Puzzability. He worked with Robert Leighton and Amy Goldstein, who had also been editors at Games Magazine. All three are still partners in the company, making puzzles for anyone who needs them for use in magazines, books, and online. Shenk became the first puzzle editor for “The Wall Street Journal” in 1998 when that newspaper added a crossword. Since then, his workload has grown, his puzzles have strengthened, and his craft has become his life.

He regularly serves as a judge at the annual American Crossword Puzzle Tournament, which is run by New York Times crossword editor Will Shortz. Today, in an average week, Mike creates three to four crosswords and edits about three more.


Nancy Gingrich Shenk


Nancy Gingrich Shenk is a 1968 graduate of Manheim Central High School. Her educational background includes Rittner’s Floral School, Boston, Mass. (1969), Dutch Masters’ Design School, Lisse, Holland (1983) and Praktijkdiploma (Diploma) from Stoas College, Hertogenbosch, Holland (2000). From 1982 to 2009 she operated Nancy Gingrich Floral Design and from 1989 to 1994, The Mansion House School of Design, both located in Lancaster.

Nancy began as a Floral Design instructor at Longwood Gardens, Kennett Square, in 1994, and continues in that position today. She developed Longwood Garden’s two-year certificate course in Floral Design. She has been involved in shows and has given lectures at floral industry shows throughout the country for the floral industry She’s also participated in shows and classes and has been a featured lecturer at art museums and universities including Dallas Museum of Art in Dallas, Texas; Walters Gallery in Baltimore, Md.; Philadelphia Museum of Art in Philadelphia; Penn State University; and Ohio State University.

Some of Gingrich Shenk’s more notable accomplishments include floral designs for Queen Beatrix’ personal birthday party, Royal Palace, Holland in 1983; being a member of the floral design team in 1985 for Ronald Regan’s Inauguration in Washington D.C.; and a member of Liberty Weekend committee, New York City, N.Y. in the 1986 Statue of Liberty unveiling. She was also a member of the design team responsible for podium and other celebratory floral installations for the 1987 World Figure Skating Championship in Cincinnati, Ohio; and was the design coordinator for the George H. W. Bush Inaugural Balls in Washington D.C. in 1989.

Her work has been featured in many national magazines ads and feature stories. In 2008, Gingrich Shenk was named Teacher of the Year by the North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture. She is a member of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society and the Society of American Florists, and past member of the Royal Horticultural Society, United Kingdom.

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