Meet the MC Hall of Fame Class of 2018

By on April 11, 2018

The Manheim Central Hall of Fame committee recently announce the Class of 2018. Eight individuals that have brought distinction and pride to our school and community will be permanently recognized at the 17th Annual Hall of Fame Day banquet, to be held Saturday, April 21 in the cafeteria of Manheim Central High School.

The banquet will begin at 4 p.m. with a social in honor of the Class of 2018. At 5 p.m., dinner will be served with the award presentation following dinner. The purpose of the Hall of Fame is to honor distinguished alumni Manheim Central High School.

The banquet is open to anyone that wishes to attend. For reservations and ticket information, contact Mike Clair at 717-665-3232.

The Manheim Central Hall of Fame Class of 2018 includes:

John ‘J.B.’ Brubaker

John “J.B.” Brubaker is a 2002 graduate of Manheim Central High School. While attending Manheim Central, J.B. played varsity tennis grades 9-12 and was the MVP of the tennis team his senior year. He also played soccer his freshman and junior years, and ran cross-country his sophomore year. He participated in video yearbook and was awarded the “most talkative” senior superlative from his classmates.

J.B founded August Burns Red, along with high school friends Matt Greiner and Brent Rambler, in March of 2003. August Burns Red played their first show in March of 2003 in a woodshop in Manheim by the Manheim library. Soon after, Matt, J.B., and Brent began writing their own songs and playing shows in the Pennsylvania region.

John is the primary songwriter and lead guitarist for the two-time Grammy nominated band. The band has since released eight full-length records, two of which debuted in the top 10 of the Billboard Top 200 sale charts, and two others in the top 20.

In their 15-year career they have sold over 750,000 records, and performed over 1,750 times in over 45 countries across six continents.

J.B. and his wife Katelyn live in Manheim, and recently gave birth to their first child, Beckett Roads. In his spare time he enjoys watching sports, traveling with his wife, and listening to podcasts.

Matt Greiner

Matt Greiner is a 2004 graduate of Manheim Central High School.

He founded August Burns Red along with high school friends J.B. Brubaker and Brent Rambler in March of 2003.

According to his mom, Matt began playing drums at a much younger age, at six months old. When he was a little older, he would take pots and pans out of the cabinet and set them up on the kitchen floor and play drum beats. Because of his mom’s diligence and insight, Matt took piano lessons from age 10 until he was 15. Although he didn’t enjoy taking weekly lessons at the time, Matt was told he would benefit from it in more ways than he could imagine later on down the road. After five years of piano lessons, Matt convinced his parents at age 15 to allow him to buy a snare drum.

Matt’s dad told him that if he stuck with it and was still playing on that snare drum after a year, that he would be allowed to purchase his first drum set. At age 16, Matt bought a used Pearl Export with a glitzy chrome wrap.

Matt enjoys hiking, hunting, landscaping, farming, spending time outside, and practicing drums. Most of all he enjoys teaching other drummers what practice methods he has used in his private practice time, which got him to where he is today.

He plays drums for his church and enjoys spending time with his wife, Megan; dog Finley; cat, Miles; and his incredible siblings, parents, and friends.

Brent Rambler

Brent Rambler is a 2003 graduate of Manheim Central High School. He was involved with the high school newspaper and participated in track and field. After high school, Brent attended Middle Tennessee State as a recording industry major, but transferred to Millersville University after one semester.

During Brent’s senior year at Manheim Central, he founded August Burns Red along with high school friends Matt Greiner and J.B. Brubaker.

Brent is a guitarist for the contemporary Christian Metalcore band.

In 2005, during Brent’s sophomore year at Millersville, the band was signed to a Solid State Records in Seattle, Washington. August Burns Red recorded their first full-length record in Nashville. They began touring in November of 2005 and toured for up to nine months out of the year for several years. In addition to Solid State, they have recorded with record labels Fearless Records, CI Records and Hassle Records.

Brent and his wife, Lindsay, live in Lancaster. They have a son, Nash.

Andrew Mack

Andrew Mack is a 1975 graduate of Manheim Central High School. After graduation Andrew moved from Elm to Tucson, Ariz., to attend the University of Arizona and explore western Mexico. After a year at the university, he took time off to work and travel, touring the U.S. west, Costa Rica, Ecuador, and Peru.

In 1980, Andrew began work at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia and was promoted to collections manager of birds. This was the sixth largest and oldest ornithological collection in the United States.

Andrew graduated from the University of Delaware in 1985 and enrolled in the Tropical Biology PhD program of the University of Miami. While enrolled he began studies in Papua, New Guinea (PNG) in 1987 and in 1989 founded the Crater Mountain Biological Research Station. Andrew lived until 1993 studying cassowaries, which is the world’s third largest species of bird. Completing his PhD in 1995, he went to work for Conservation International.

Andrew then moved back to Papua New Guinea, working for the Wildlife Conservation Society until 2007. While in PNG, he led many expeditions to remote areas and led a number of research programs, including two research stations. Andrew developed a training program and mentored dozens of PNG students who are now some of the top biologists in their country.

Returning to the United States in 2007, Andrew moved to western Pennsylvania to work for the Carnegie Museum of Natural History. In 2011 he left Carnegie to write a book, “Searching for Pekpek: Cassowaries and Conservation in the New Guinea Rainforest,” and wrap up some programs in PNG. This came to a close in 2017 when he joined Penn State University.

Andrew is a Fellow of The Explorers Club, the International League of Conservation Writers, and the American Ornithological Society. He is a Research Associate at the University of Kansas and the Academy of Natural Science of Drexel University. New species of mahogany, frog, and louse have been named in Andrew’s honor.

George Male

George Male is a 1960 graduate of Warwick High School and a 1968 graduate of Western State College in Gunnison, Colo., where he earned a degree in health and physical education.

During his years in high school, George was a three-sport athlete, lettering three years each in football, basketball and baseball. As a senior, he was a first-team all-star end in football, earning the coaches award, while scoring 55 points; a first-team all-star center in basketball, again winning the coaches award and averaged 23 point per game; and played first base in baseball, with a batting average of .400. George also participated in glee club for three years, and student council two years, serving as vice president his senior year.

He student taught at Abraham Lincoln High School. Prior to his return to college in 1965, George attended Millersville State College for one year and lettered in basketball. After marrying his wife, Leslie Reinhart, in March of 1962, they had their first child, Andy, in 1964.

After teaching P.E. for a half year in Denver, Colo., George returned to Lancaster County and began his career with the Manheim Central School District in 1969. George and Leslie welcomed their second child, Katy, in March of 1970.

He spent the next 30 years at Manheim Central, the first three as a physical education teacher at the elementary level, and the remaining 27 as a health and P.E. teacher at the junior high school.

George coached football at Manheim Central for 12 years. He spent two years as a junior high assistant and four years as the junior high head coach. In 1975 George became Manheim Central’s seventh high school head coach.

In his very first season, he guided the Barons to their first outright section title with a 7-3 record. He was named the Lancaster-Lebanon League’s Coach of the Year. He produced back to back 8-2 season in 1978 and 1979 before coaching the Barons to their first-ever 10-0 season in 1980. George was again named the L-L League Coach of the Year. He served two years as president of the Lancaster-Lebanon Quarterback Club and finished his career with a six-year record of 44-15.

After his teaching career, George worked for 13 years as driver education instructor for AAA, as well as teaching the driving improvement program to adults.

George and Leslie continue to live in the Manheim area. With over 55 years of marriage, they enjoy traveling and spending time with their friends and family, including five grandchildren.

Debra Seibert

Debra Seibert is a 1978 graduate of Killingly High School and a 1982 graduate of Delaware Valley College of Science and Agriculture, Doylestown, where she earned a bachelor of science degree in Animal Husbandry. Deb’s emphasis of study was in both science and hands-on practical aspects of animal husbandry species of beef cattle, sheep and swine livestock. She participated on the Intercollegiate Livestock Judging Team, Block and Bridle Club and Collegiate FFA. She was a varsity softball letter winner and senior year team captain.

In August of 2012, she earned her PA Department of Education masters equivalency certification, and in 2013, her learning technologies master of science from Harrisburg University.

Deb has had a 33-year teaching career at Manheim Central, beginning in 1985 as an agriculture education instructor and young farmer advisor. In 1990 she became the agriculture department instructional facilitator and lead teacher. Her role as instructor of students in the agriculture education program includes administrative skills, marketing of program, organizational and coordination techniques, curriculum research and writing, record keeping and budget preparation.

Deb provides supervision of student agriculture projects outside the classroom setting and is the advisor of the 100-plus members of the Manheim Young Farmers program, while offering ag literacy support to the Manheim community.

She is a certified college board AP environmental science instructor, adjunct professor at Harrisburg Area Community College in ag business and co-curricular science, and tech ed and ag course development using learning focused school. Deb is also Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education CASE (STEM Inquiry) certified and is a teacher of Natural Resources and Ecology (NRE) and Animal and Plant Biotechnology (APB). She oversees student management of greenhouse heirloom tomato plant propagation and the Landis Valley Herb Faire plant sale, as well as supervising students with livestock SAEs and the Manheim ag program show team.

Deb has been a director of the Manheim Community Farm Show for 32 years and currently serves as vice president. She facilitated design and construction of the Manheim Central Baron Grove student memorial area and the Manheim Farm Show volunteer park. She volunteers for the Manheim Central food pantry and Chiques Creek Watershed Association service projects.

Deb holds six agriculture and education industries certifications. She is a member of the National and Pennsylvania Association of Agricultural Educators, serving as NAAE marketing committee chair in 2011, Region VI secretary 2011-2014, representative to the National Council for Agriculture Education 2015-present, and NAAE finance committee secretary 2016 and 2017.

She has been honored by the PA Department of Agriculture, Lancaster Chamber of Commerce, received the PA Rotary State Community Service Award, Lancaster County Conservation District Outstanding Environmental Educator, Manheim Community Farm Show: Service Award and Hall of Fame, and many more.

Rick Smith

Rick Smith is a 1981 graduate of Manheim Central High School and a 1985 graduate of Millersville University with a bachelor of science degree in business administration, and a concentration in management. He participated in student council and stage crew for high school musicals while at Manheim Central.

Rick was a three-year, three-sport athlete, lettering in football, basketball, and track. As a junior quarterback for the Barons, he ranked fifth in passing in the Lancaster-Lebanon League. As a senior, Rick was a captain and led the Barons to their first undefeated season in 32 years under Hall of Fame coach George Male. The 10-0 Barons captured the 1980 Section Two championship. Rick guided the Barons on a key game winning drive in the first game of the season with a perfect 27 yard touchdown strike to Eric Shank with 17 seconds left to secure a 6-2 win over power house Milton Hershey. The team finished the season with a win over the previously unbeaten Columbia team on the last game of the year.

Rick was named first team quarterback on the Lancaster County All-Star team. He also had a record six interceptions playing defensive safety his senior year. Manheim Central went 26-4 in Rick three years of high school football.

Rick was also one of Manheim Central’s top scorers in track competing in long jump, javelin and relay teams. He was a state qualifier his senior year in javelin.

At Millersville University, Rick participated on the Marauder football team, including their Eastern Football championship in 1981. One of the Millersville’s top javelin throwers, Rick helped the Marauders win a championship in 1985.

He owned and operated Rick’s News for 25 years, serving downtown Manheim and surrounding areas. During that time, he sponsored and coached many youth sports teams. The store dedicated a special section to support Manheim Central athletes by selling Baron gear for MC sports team booster Clubs.

After college, Rick started coaching football with the Manheim Midgets B team, winning the 1985 title, and one year coaching the A team. He joined the middle school coaching staff in 1987 as the offensive coordinator under head coach Jerry Cunfer. Rick became the head coach for the Junior. Barons in 1997. Overall, he has had seven undefeated seasons. At the end of the 2017 football season, his career coaching record stands at 111-29-3. 2018 will be his 32nd year coaching the middle school football team, working with quarterbacks, receivers, and defensive backs, and 22nd as the junior Barons head coach.

Rick is in his third year coaching middle school track and field at Manheim Central, where he works with the girls and boys throwing events, including shot put and discus.

He is currently employed as a warranty and returns supervisor for HVAC Distributors Incorporated at their central distribution center in Mount Joy.

He lives in Manheim with my wife, Lisa. Together they have three children: Jennifer (Todd) Wenger, Michael, and Julie (Mark) Cassel; and one granddaughter: Reagan Wenger.

Jay M. Witman

Jay M. Witman was a 1971 graduate of Manheim Central High School. Prior to his high school graduation, in the fall of 1970, he graduated at the top of his class from Reppert School of Auctioneering in Indiana. In 1976, Jay graduated from Stevens Trade School in Lancaster where he studied real estate appraising.

Jay’s ensuing career as an auctioneer was vast. He started his career in 1971 with Wilbur H. Hosler. In 1973 he was co-founder of Hat and Gavel Auction Company, Lititz. Jay was also a partner in the J. Omar Landis Auction Company in Lititz. Later he was the founder and owner of Witman Auctioneers, Inc. and Tents for You, both in Manheim. Jay also sold for several automobile auctions, including Bel Air Auto Auction, Garden Spot Auction, NADA Auto Auction, and the former Dutchland Collector Car Auction.

Jay conducted many public sales throughout the area. He was also known for the many charitable auctions he called, reaching from Boston to Florida. Perhaps most notable was the Atlantic Northeast District Church of the Brethren Disaster Relief Auction he co-founded in 1977. In 1994, he went on to assist the Shenandoah District in Harrisonburg, Va., in establishing a similar auction. He also volunteered his professional ability with the Mennonite Central Committee Disaster Relief Auction in Harrisburg and at the Sarasota Christian School in Florida.

Jay was also connected with several specialty auctions, including the Dutchland Toy Auction, Lancaster; a Hummel auction; and a biannual equipment auction. He was the first to hold a Winross collectable auction. He was a member and past secretary-treasurer of the Pennsylvania Auctioneer Association.

Jay was a member of White Oak Church of the Brethren and a member of Gideons International. He was instrumental in organizing the Manheim Area Prayer Breakfast. Early in his life, he was a 4-H leader in the Penryn area. Jay also served as a Northeast Advisory Board Member of the former Lititz Springs Commonwealth National Bank. He was a member of the Rotary Club of Manheim and was a Rotary Paul Harris Fellow. He conducted many Rotary International auctions through the years.

He was a past member of both the Lancaster and Manheim Area Chamber of Commerce. Jay was a member and presiding president of the Manheim Historical Society. He was also a member of the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America. In addition to collecting antiques, he enjoyed cooking and he also took pleasure in maintaining a weed-free flower garden.

Jay is being inducted posthumously, having passed away on June 7, 2009 at the age of 56.

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