Manheim Central Hall of Fame will induct six

By on March 22, 2017

Six people who have made significant contributions to their communities will be honored during the 16th annual induction banquet for the Manheim Central Hall of Fame.

The Hall of Fame Day banquet will be held Saturday, April 1, 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 2017. At 5 p.m., dinner will be served by Rettew’s Catering, with the award presentation following dinner.

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

The purpose of the Hall of Fame is to honor distinguished alumni of Manheim Central High School. Those being inducted this year are:

Van Adams

Van Adams

Van Adams, MD

Outstanding Medical Career

Van Adams is a 1976 graduate of MCHS. During his senior year, Van quarterbacked the Barons to Manheim Central’s first outright Section title, passing for 813 yards. He was also a quarterback for the winning Lancaster County All-Star team.

He attended Temple University School of Medicine for his Doctorate of Medicine, graduating in 1984 and completed postgraduate training appointments at the Penn State University Hospital.

He is Board Certified in Anesthesiology and is a member of the American Society of Anesthesiologists and the Pennsylvania Society of Anesthesiologists. Van contributes to United Way and American Heart Association, and volunteers as a counselor to those pursuing careers in medicine. He is a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society.

Shirley Brubaker Eshelman

Shirley Brubaker Eshelman

Shirley Brubaker Eshelman

Outstanding Visionary Accomplishment

Shirley Brubaker Eshelman is a 1961 graduate of MCHS. During her years at Manheim Central she was known for her talent in track and the school chorus.

Shirley and her husband, Glenn, are known as the co-founders of Lancaster County’s Sight & Sound Theatres. Shirley and Glenn started Sight & Sound in the summer of 1974, with a 10-week multimedia show, “The Wonder of It All,” in an auditorium rented from Lancaster Bible College. Based on that success, they built the Sight & Sound Auditorium in July of 1976, now the Living Waters Theatre.

In March of 1991, the entrepreneurs built the 1,200-seat Sight & Sound Entertainment Centre within a mile of the Living Waters Theatre to present live, large-scale productions.

A fire destroyed the Entertainment Centre in 1997, but just a year later, Sight & Sound reopened. The new facility was a 2,000-seat Millennium Theatre. In May of 2008, a twin theatre was built in Branson, Mo. Today Sight & Sound Theatres is the largest faith-based live theatre in the country with nearly a million people from around the world coming to experience a production at one of Sight & Sound’s locations in Lancaster and Branson. The Lancaster County location is one of the top three theatre destinations in the country.

Bob Hershey

Bob Hershey

Robert “Bob” Hershey

Outstanding Wrestler, Woodcarver

Robert “Bob” Hershey is a 1970 graduate of MCHS. While in high school, he was a two-year letter winner in wrestling, finishing with a 44-6 career record. He went on to become Manheim Central’s 12th State Runner-up and currently ranks sixth all-time in winning percentage at MC.

When Bob’s father died in 1982, he took up his father’s woodcarving tools and started a hobby which has become his life’s passion. At the age of 57 Bob retired from his day job at Air Products and has since devoted his life to the art of sculpting wood.

Eight years ago Bob began entering local and national competitions and has amassed hundreds of ribbons. Last year the Caricature Carvers of America honored him with their Certificate of Merit Award, which is not only for carving, but also for significant contributions to the art of caricature carving.

Bob has donated numerous carving to the MCFEE Auction. Carving a variety of subjects, his favorites are animal caricatures and his unique cottonwood bark theme houses. He is currently working on his fifth article for Woodcarving Illustrated. He also teaches classes.

Daniel Ibach

Daniel Ibach

Daniel Ibach

Outstanding Military Career

Sergeant Major Retired, Daniel Ibach is a 1995 graduate of MCHS. He retired from the US Army in 2015 after over 20 years in Army Special Operations, including seven years with the 1st Ranger Battalion and over 13 years as an Operator in the Army’s National Mission Unit. He has over 900 real world combat missions hunting high value targets and conducting hostage rescue operations.

During his military career, he served with Ranger, B Co., 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, Hunter AAF, GA, where he served as a Rifleman through Squad Leader. Dan was also a Special Operations Forces Operator, out of Fort Bragg, N.C.

Becoming an Assault Team Leader in 2007, Dan led, trained and managed an Assault team during special operations training events and over 100 combat operations. The last two years of Dan’s military career were spent as a Combat Development Directorate C41 Sergeant Major. .

After retirement, Dan now works as an Independent Contractor for the Air Force (ACC) Para-Rescue (PJ) training where he is Head Instructor.

Bill Loercher

Bill Loercher

Bill Loercher

Outstanding Athlete, Coach, Educator

Bill Loercher is a 1960 graduate of MCHS, and graduated in 1966 with Bachelor of Science in Education from Millersville State College. He was hired as a science teacher at Donegal High School. He also started coaching tennis at that time. He was the head coach for boys tennis for 35 years.

In 1984 Bill earned his Secondary Principal’s Certificate from the University of Pennsylvania and was appointed assistant principal at Donegal High School. He received the National High School Coaching Award in 1987.

In tennis, Bill was the number one ranked player in the Middle States 35 and over, and 60 and over. He was groundskeeper and tournament director for the Manheim Tennis Club for over 20 years and retired in 2016 after 55 years as the club’s secretary-treasurer. He was inducted into the Lancaster County Tennis Hall of Fame in 2003.

One of Bill’s hobbies is electronics and computers. In 1984, Bill developed a computer program to create crossword puzzles on the Apple computer. In 1986, he developed a computer program in Visual Basic that balanced complex oxidation/reduction equations in chemistry. It was published in the Journal of Chemical Engineering.

Frederick D. Swarr

Frederick D. Swarr

Frederick D. Swarr

Outstanding Career in Art

Fred Swarr is a 1965 graduate of MCHS, where he participated in plays and musicals, both acting and creating scenery. He was a member of the track team and played drums in MCHS Band and Dance Band.

Fred was an art teacher at Hatfield Elementary School and North Penn High School, North Penn School District. He taught children and adult evening classes in Montgomery County, Lancaster County and Lebanon County. Beyond his teaching career, Fred was a screen printing manager for an advertising specialties company, as well as a creative design director and packaging designer for a local corrugated company.

Fred has been an active freelance artist, illustrator, painter since 1969. He has also exhibited paintings in various galleries, art shows, theaters and restaurants across the country. He has paintings in permanent collections, universities, churches, businesses, and with private individuals. Fred donates artwork and paints LIVE for non-profit organizations as fundraisers. His mission in art education is to share this form of expressing ‘music through art’ with students of all ages. His personal goal is to portray through his paintings, a visual image of the music we hear and feel through our hearts and minds.”

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