1990's

Alumni from the 1990's

Class of 1990

Reunion Organizer: Jeff Petry (541-556-5404)
The River Valley class of 1990 will be celebrating their 20 year class reunion on July 24th, 2010. They are still looking for people to help organize it! Please find us on Facebook (RVHS Class of 1990 - 20 yr Reunion) and join the fun!
[posted 5/19/10]

Thomas Dunn: Since graduating from the University of Akron (BA English/Philosophy '93), I have squandered my youth on sundry pilgrimage through paradise and ravaged exotic lands, searching for the American dream. Afflicted with a chronic case of wanderlust, I abbreviated my graduate studies at Indiana University to return to Ohio before migrating south to Atlanta, Jacksonville, and the whirlwind of New Orleans. Excess got the upper hand, at which time I retreated to the north. The virus of fiction took me down. Somehow, the remnants of accidental contact resulted in the memories to write what I saw, scratching out a novel between stints as a computer consultant until last year when a company for which I worked was acquired. The resultant monies were stipend enough to permit me wonder and reflection, vast travels and time, to quit work and move closer to the eye of the hurricane, the bayou where I split time between my fair lady Elizabeth, her two sons Xia and Sabastian, our expected daughter Echo (due in early March), the bar and the venom, the paper, the pen.
<1/2/01>

Since 1/2/01, a few things have changed in Tom's life. He's now living in Delaware, Ohio with his daughter, Echo, who will be 3 in Feb. 2004. He is writing for Pearson Education in Columbus as well as various websites and magazines. The completed his first novel (that is not yet published) and he's working on his second. He has been able to extensively travel throughout North America with articles/editorials out of Las Vegas, New Orleans, Atlanta, and good ol' Ohio. Tom's email address is: tdunn4@columbus.rr.com.

Jenni (Gaston) Hypes graduated from OSU in 1994 with a Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education. She is currently employed by River Valley as the District Technology Coordinator. As a tech. coordinator, she is involved in purchasing hardware and software for the district and troubleshooting and maintaining the equipment. She also helps to develop technology-related staff development for River Valley and creates and maintains the River Valley District web pages. Jenni was married in 2000 to Tom Hypes of Columbus. Tom and Jenni opened The Shepherd's Nook, a Christian bookstore, in Marion in May, 2002 and are started The Shepherd's Fellowship, a contemporary, non-denominational church in the Marion area in February 2004. They live in Waldo, Ohio. She can be reached at: jhypes@rvk12.org
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Dave Goerlich graduated from Grove City College (www.gcc.edu) in May '94 with a BS in Computer Systems/Business Administration/Industrial Management. In June, 1996 Dave married Lynne, his college sweetheart, after her graduation from GCC. Lynne was a music major and now teaches private piano lessons. They are living in North Olmsted, Ohio. Their daughter Samantha was born in June 2005. After working in the IT industry both in-house and as a consultant for 12 years, Dave joined a long time friend as a full partner in Designing Interactive (www.designinginteractive.com), a web development and consulting business, fulfilling his biggest career goal of self employment. The whole family is quite involved in their church, Harvest Ridge Assembly of God (www.harvestridge.net). Lynne plays keyboard and sings on the worship team, Dave has taken the volunteer position as the Media Ministry Director, and Samantha is an active member of the nursery. While there isn't much of it, when Dave does get some spare time you can find him in the garage, working to finish the restoration of his 1971 Plymouth Road Runner. Dave does try to get back to Marion when the alumni band marches, at least as much as his schedule allows. You can reach him via email at: bbeep71@ix.netcom.com or dgoerlich@designinginteractive.com
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Michael Hess graduated from the University of Toledo in 1995 with a Bachelor's Degree in Mechanical Engineering. He moved up north to southfield MI to work for an Architect-Engineering firm (Giffels Associates). While working for Giffels, he took classes for his MBA at Lawrence Technical University. After working for Giffels for 4 years, he left to go to DaimlerChrysler as a plant engineer. He just moved to Kokomo, IN to be closer to the transmission plant that he has been assigned to. His new address is: 479 Bradford Circle, Kokomo, IN 46902. He can be reached at: (765) 453-6627 or via email at: mhess33brd@aol.com or mbh5@daimlerchrysler.com
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Brian Hoffer is still living in Marion and working at Whirlpool for the last 4 years. Before Whirlpool he worked for Sears Automotive and at one point owned and operated his own business; Rocket Automotive. At this time in his life he is planning his wedding to Nicole Carpenter from Bucyrus and remodeling his grandparents home that he and Nicki now own. Their wedding is being planned for Sept. of 2000. Brian can be reached via email at: bnnhoffer@aol.com
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Christie (Leffler) Bell
: I graduated from the University of Akron in 1995 with a major in Graphic Design. It was at an intramural flag football game that I first laid eyes on my future husband, Tony. About 4 years later, we began dating and got engaged after only 2 months! Not only do I not have 2 great stepchildren, Joshua, 13, and Kassie, 9, but our little baby girrl, Macie Marie was born October 26, 2000. We live in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio and I am an Art Director at Malone Advertising in Akron.

I missed out on our class reunion, but would love to see some friends from back in the day! I visit Marion quite often to see my family, but haven't had much luck running into anybody. Where does everyone in Marion hang out these days, anyway? Miss you guys! I can be reached at christieb@malonead.com.
<11/8/99, updated 8/5/02>


Jeff Petry - I graduated from Oberlin College with a BA in Economics and Environmental Studies in 1990. I then went west and earned a MS in economics, with a minor in Environmental Science, at the University of Wyoming. I am now living in Eugene, Oregon with my wife Jossi. We got tired of the traffic and hectic lifestyle of Philadelphia and needed a change. We now are in a medium sized city that is an hour away from the Pacific Ocean and Cascade Mountains. Work keeps us busy during the week, but we spend a lot of our free time in the outdoors. We even joined a local rowing club and have become avid crew members. I can be contacted at bucknhawk@comcast.net.
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Matt Sims graduated from The Master's college (Santa Clarita, CA) in 94 with a History Major and like all wise history majors he said to himself "Self, what can you possibly do with a history major?" After that introspection he went out and found a job in the airline industry (he was not a flight attendant). In his last year of college he had found himself the love of his life. Unfortunately for his family and college friends she was from even further away.... Alaska. When she was finished with college she returned home and he packed up his life, bought a dog sled and is now living in the Great White North. He is currently selling telecommunications equipment for a local company in Anchorage. His wife, Aimee, is a second grade teacher for the Anchorage School District. They currently have no children because twenty second graders is the best form of birth control available. Matt and Aimee can be reached at: (907) 258-1352. Their address is: 1556 G. Street, Anchorage, AK 99501. Matt can be reached via email at: simsx2@gci.net
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Stacey L. Walter: I'm currently in my third year of medical school at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. After graduation from RV, I completed a BA in International Studies and an MA in Linguistics at Ohio University in 1995, taught at the university for a while, then spent two years overseas working at a camping shop in London and teaching English in Taiwan. I came back in 1997 to do pre-med work at OU, where I met my husband Keith Wilde, an artist and Kenyon grad. We got married in May 2001, and just welcomed our first child, Reuben James Walter-Wilde, on November 14, 2002. (Stacey's email address is: slw16+@pitt.edu
<4/27/2001, updated 12/20/02>

Class of 1991

Reunion Organizer: unknown

Jeff Azaroff: After graduating in 1991, I joined the Marines. I went to bootcamp at Parris Island, SC; then to NC; Okinawa for a year; South Korea for one month during my time in Okinawa; and spent the remainder of my 4 years at Camp Pendleton, CA. After the Marines, I started working at the Marion County Juvenile Detention Center and did so for about 4 1/2 years. I then went to work at the new jail in Marion (back in 1999 or 2000) and it was horrible. Luckily, I was offered a supervisory position back at the detention center and took it. All the while, since getting out of the Marines, I have attending school at OSU, pretty much off and on. I have 5 more classes in order to get my Bachelor's in Criminology. After working as a supervisor in detention for about a year, I decided that I really wanted to be a juvenile probation officer. I sent many resumes and got lucky. I am currently working for the Hancock County Juvenile Court in Findlay, OH. I really enjoy my job and have been here for the last 6 plus years. I met my beautiful wife, Claudia, in 2003. We dated for nearly a year and then got engaged. We were married on 9/17/05. We are expecting our first child (a boy) in October of 2007. I hope that this message finds everyone healthy and happy. I can be reached at fuzzymunky4@aol.com.
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Rob Bowers: I graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University in 1995 with a major in Accounting and a minor in Economics Management. I often saw fellow RV graduates Brad Gerfen, Tom Hering and Shannon McGuire on campus as they also attending Ohio Wesleyan. I am currently employed at AHP (formerly Drypers) in Marion as the Plant Accountant. I married (for the second time - woops) on April 8, 2000. I have a 5 year-old daughter and two stepdaughters ages 7 and 11. I can be reached at dr.bowers@earthlink.net.
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Craig Reinwald: After graduation I attended the University of Toledo before joining the U.S. Air Force. I served from 1993-1999 training drug and bomb detection dogs in several different countries. Today, I work for Ford Motor Company in Dearborn, Michigan as a material planning analyst. I'm married with two daughters, Avery and Katherine, and spend most of my time with them on the softball fields. I can be emailed at creinwal@ford.com.

Arthur VanVoorhis: I graduated from The Ohio State University in 1995 with a degree in Civil Engineering and I am currently employed with a miscellaneous steel company located in Delaware, Ohio. I have a daughter, Brittani, who is currently 6 years old. I was recently married on February 14, 2005. Sports are still a large part of my life with basketball, volleyball, and softball leading the way. And, remember the HAWK will forever soar in the hearts of whom he has enchanted. I can be reached at hawk32@msn.com.
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Class of 1992

Reunion Organizer: Michelle (Petry) Rawlins

Tracie (Bender) Mavrogianis: Yes, I am one of the Bender twins and I am doing absolutely wonderful. I am very happily married and currently live in Warren, Ohio where I am a Human Resources Manager at AVI FOODSYSTEMS, Inc. AVI is the largest independently owned food service company in the United States. We provide dining as well as vending machine service for all the large corporations throughout the nation.

After graduating from RVHS, I went on to Youngstown State University where I played four years of volleyball, on a full-ride athletic scholarship -- which I truly owe all to Coach Mullins and RVHS -- and I majored in Speech Communications with an emphasis in Organizational Communications (Human Resources). I started working for AVI my senior year and have been there since. This is where I met my wonderful husband, Nick. With gaining Nick, I have also gained a wonderful daughter who is 9 years old, named Sofia. She is a remarkable little girl. She smiles almost as much as I do.

I try to make it back to Marion often to visit my family. I try to also keep in touch with all of my high school buddies. We try to get together during the highlights of our lives, weddings, baptisms, showers, etc. Please keep me updated on all the events going on with River Valley. I am really interested in everything that is going on. Take care and I hope to hear from you and everyone else soon. You can email me at: traciemav@aol.com.
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Kathryn (Cartwright) Benson Kathryn graduated from Capital University with a degree in Professional Writing and from The Ohio State University with a degree in Accounting. Kathryn is a Certified Fraud Examiner. She is married and has three beautiful daughters. You can reach her at kacb2004@yahoo.com.
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Jake Cvetan: I am happy to report I finally found some who thinks I am worth being married to. I now have a wife, Carly Cvetan (Williams), and a step son who I think of as my own, he might as well be his dad hasn't seen or wrote to him in three years now. I am still working full time as a fire fighter and paramedic, currently enrolled in a Fire & Explosions Investigation Course. I am a month and a few days from my 35th birthday, as a present to myself I quit the Marion General Emergency Room and now only work one job and teach occasionally. About a year and a half ago I bought my first house in Marion across from the New Harding High School. I can tell you this much, home ownership is like having another job... always something to fix or remodel. So who is heading up the 15 yr reunion, been that long hard to imagine. I can be reached through email at: engine112@hotmail.com. God Bless America. To Darrin Keirns: Your memory will never be lost or forgotten. Rest in Peace.
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Heather (Darnell) St. Jean is currently working as the Sales Coordinator for a consulting company in Nashville, TN where she has lived for 4 years. She returns to Ohio about 4 times a year for her quarterly visit to family and friends. She married Jon A. St. Jean from Westerville, Ohio, who graduated from Westerville South in 1990. They are expecting their first child on August 15th, 2000. Heather can be contacted at stjean2@bellsouth.net.
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Eric Detwiler lives in North Carolina and works as a Sr. Project Manager tracking global financial assets for Nortel Networks. He has been with Nortel for about 3 years. He recently had a son named Mason Brice in Oct. '99. He is Eric's pride and joy. You can email Eric at ericdetwiler@yahoo.com.
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Rick Eastman is now living in Knoxville, Tennessee and managing a family entertainment complex in the big tourist town of Pigeon Forge. He has a 22 month old son with his high school sweetheart, Kelley Reynolds (class of '94). He really misses the good times and friends that he had at RV. If anyone is interested in getting in touch, please email at: bristoldaddy@webtv.net.

Matt Fisher is teaching for the Columbus Public Schools starting in the 2000-01 school year. He has taught for previous two years at St. Timothy School in Upper Arlington, where he taught Science, Physical Education, and Health. Matt graduated from The Ohio State University in 1998 with a B.S. in Education and received his Masters Degree in Education in 1999. He is currently in the College of Policy and Leadership at The Ohio State University where he is working on his Principal's Certificate. He also coaches basketball in Dublin at Davis Middle School. Matt Fisher can be reached at bballcoachfisher@aol.com.
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Darrin Keirns started his law enforcement career at the Marion County Sheriff's Department and also worked for the 1st Consolidated Fire District. In about 1999 he was diagnosed with cancer shortly after getting married and being hired by the Hillard Police Department. He lost his battle with cancer in 2001 and was laid to rest in Caledonia Cemetery with Full Police and Fire Honors. He will be missed, but not forgotten.
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Rachel (Koehler) Langebrake: I live in Indiana and work at a local hospital doing Medicaid billing. I recently got married (Oct. 2005) to a wonderful man (Dave). We had a first child, a beautiful little girl named Megan on April 5, 2006. I would really like to hear from some of my classmates and they can email me at rachel@gngent.com.
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Phil Laird graduated from the University of Cincinnati in 1996, majors - finance and accounting. He married in May of 1998 to Maggie Lackner (now Laird) who is currently a computer teacher at a local elementary school. He worked in Cincinnati while in college for American Financial Corp., still with company in Sanford, FL working as a senior bond underwriter. In his spare time, he is co-founder and vice-president of Angryfans.com, a sports related internet site, formed early in 2000. You can email Phil at laird@aaicbond.com.
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Teresa (Martin) Taylor lives in Marion and has been working for Verizon (formerly GTE) for 13 years as a customer service advisor for business customers. In 1993 she married Jim Taylor (a 1990 Harding graduate). She has a beautiful 6-year old girl named Meghan and a handsome 3-year old son named Dallas (after the Dallas Cowboys). She would love to hear from fellow classmates and she can be reached at taylormemories2000@yahoo.com.
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Melissa (Murphy) Bollinger now works at the Alterra House as a nursing assistant and is in the nursing program at Marion Technical College. Melissa and her husband, Mark, have two sons, Bryce and Carson. You can contact Melissa at mbollinger@hotmail.com.
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Michelle (Petry) Rawlins graduated from Kent State University in 1996 with a BS in Conservation. She continued on and worked with wastewater for a year and a half and then worked for NaChurs Alpine Solutions for a year testing soil and plant tissue for farmers. While coaching Prospect's 11 and 12 year-old softball team, she decided she wanted to go back to school to become a teacher. She attended Ohio State to work towards that goal. She is currently employed by Tri-Rivers Career Center and is teaching science (chemistry, anatomy and physiology, and general science). She has 2 children, Eli and Addie, who go to River Valley. She married Dave Rawlins (Elgin Class of '93) in 1997. She would love to hear from any of her old friends and can be contacted at: meadrawlins@yahoo.com.

Troy Schwemley: After graduating from River Valley High School in 1992, I went on to earn a B.S. in Math Education from Indiana Wesleyan University in 1996. I have been employed at Ridgedale (1996-2000), River Valley (2000-2001), Columbus Grove (2001-2006), and currently at Shelby High School. My wife (Gwen Hurley) and I have three children Uriah (2000), Elijah (2005) , and Eve (2007). We enjoy playing sports, being outdoors, and spending time together. I am currently pursuing an administrative license also through Indiana Wesleyan University. I have some great memories of being a "Viking" and time spent with friends. You can reach me at troyschwemley@gmail.com.
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Mark Yannitell went to Hocking Technical college in 1992, then came back to teach video production there until 1998. He has four children, and is married to Sabrina Yannitell (Anderson). Currently Mark is a self employed computer programmer in San Antonio, TX. He can be contacted at: marky555timer@yahoo.com.
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Class of 1993

Robert (Bob) Amrine went to Wright State University after high school and earned his Bachelor's degree in Political Science. He began Law School at The Ohio State University in 1997 and he is graduating in May 2000. He has accepted an appointment with the United States Air Force and he will become a JAG Office (yes, just like the TV show "JAG") after he passes the Bar Exam. If anyone wants to track him down, he can be reached via email at: ramrine@yahoo.com
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Sheila (Collins) Plant: I graduated with a double major in zoology and psychology from Miami University in May 1998. In June, I married a fellow "Redskin" in a beautiful outdoor wedding in the formal gardens of the Miami University campus. My husband and I moved to North Carolina where I have been working towards my PhD in Neurobiology at the University of North Carolina. As a grad student, I obviously make little to no $$$ but am supported by my husband, a computer network engineer in the Research Triangle Park. We absolutely love the NC weather and welcome visitors to this gorgeous area, especially in the spring. All of our "spare" time is currently consumed by our two Australian Shepherds. I can be reached at srplant@med.unc.edu.
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Jennifer Dickson: Upon graduating from RVHS, I attended Bowling Green State University. I graduated with my B.S. in Education in 1997. I had the ubiquitous Gen-X experience to live at home after graduation. During that time I worked at St. Mary Grade School, teaching 4th grade. In 1999, I moved to the Toledo area and returned to the university. After one year in northwest Ohio, I crossed the border, accepting a kindergarten teaching position in Dearborn, Michigan. I currently teach 3rd grade in Detroit Public Schools. In January, I finally become a true blue Michigan Wolverine when I begin work on my Master's degree at the University of Michigan. Go Blue!
<12/13/02>

Scott Kirkton: I discovered a passion for studying biology while doing research on damselfly behavior at Denison University. After graduation, I started working on my Ph.D. in the biology department at Arizona State University. My current work focuses on how absolute insect body size might be limited by their respiratory system. I should finish in about a year and plan to become a professor. As Mr. Jones correctly predicted, my political views are much more liberal now than in high school. In fact, the only political issues that currently motivate me are protecting the environment and keeping evolution in the public school curriculum. Although I miss Ohio (especially the seasons), I have really enjoyed getting to see the West through backpacking trips. A few years ago, I married my college sweetheart who works as a forensic chemist in the local police department. My email address is: kirkton@asu.edu
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Tobin (Toby) Lovell: I graduated from OU in 1997 with a double major in political science and psychology. I began a doctoral program in clinical psychology at Wright State University in the fall of 1997. I finally graduated with my doctorate in clinical psychology in July of 2002. After participating and speaking at my graduation ceremony at Wright State University, I began my first "real" job (about time!) in September 2002 at Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, Georgia (not far from Savannah). I am presently employed as a psychologist at the Counseling and Career Development Center at Georgia Southern University. I would love to keep in contact with my classmates and can be reached at: tlovell@gasou.edu. If you're ever down south, stop on by!
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Andrew Malone attended Ashland University where he majored in Economics and Business Management. Following graduation from A.U., he went into the field of retail management. However, he is currently enrolled at Capital University Law School where he started this fall. He looks forward to completing this program and will pursue his career from there. He would love to hear from RV Grads. It's been a while, but he would love to catch up. He is currently living in Columbus and can be reached at: amalone@law.capital.edu or armalone@core.com.
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Munnette (Smith) Langhorne: After graduation, I moved to Oklahoma to await my fiancé's discharge from the Air Force. In September of 1993 we moved back to Ohio. In April of 1995 we were married and later in December we had our first child. In January of 1998 we had our second child. Now I have two beautiful boys ages five and three. I am currently employed at Bank One. I would love to hear from RV graduates and catch up. I can be reached at nettece1@yahoo.com.
<5/25/01>

Class of 1994

Reunion Organizer: unknown

Mike Vaughn worked several jobs after graduation until he found his calling as a firefighter. He worked as a volunteer firefighter with 1st Consolidated Fire District until 1998. In 1998, he decided to enter the United States Navy. He married Dorinda Taylor (a Harding graduate of 1995). Then they moved to Norfolk, Virginia where he is currently stationed. He is on the amphibioius landing ship dock USS GUNSTON HALL (LSD 44). He is up for promotion this month of March. He will become a Damage Controlman third class. Before he left for Damage Control "A" school, he put on petty officer third class. He went to school as a class leader and section leader. He graduated with a "B" average. After school, the navy sent him to another ship. USS BATAAN (LHD 5). It is an amphibious assault ship. They get to carry all the helicopters and Harrier Jump Jets. He is not sure when he will leave the service, but he is sure to return to the Marion area. Mike's new email address is: dc2rules2002@aol.com
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Class of 1995

Reunion Organizers: Sara Axline and Mikki (Leonard) Paxton

Eric Bratt, after graduation, packed up and headed for the Windy city, home of 'Da Bears, 'Da Bulls, and 'Da Cubs - three of 'da best professional sports teams in history. He earned a Bachelor's degree in Finance with a minor in Political Science upon graduating in June of 1999 from DePaul University. Eric played club baseball for two years and took an active role in the Greek system there, helping found the Illinois Delta-Pi chapter of Sigma Alpha Epsilon International Fraternity. After collegiate life, he began working for an international management consulting firm, Hewitt Associates, LLC located in Lincolnshire, IL as a pension plan analyst - turned project manager. Today, Eric lives near downtown Chicago, yet spends most of his time on the road as he is a senior consultant with a private enterprise/human/customer resource management software development firm located in Boston, MA called Incentive Systems, Inc. He still loves coming home to Marion to visit. Eric's email address is: eric_bratt@hotmail.com
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Shane Klingel was a starting tackle for Ohio Wesleyan shortly after graduating. Unfortunately, Shane hurt his back late in the season and gave up football.
<3/8/99>

Class of 1996

Reunion Organizer: Mike Augenstein (340 Hane Ave., Marion, OH 43302, 740-375-5697, maugens1@mvnu.edu Please email Mike with your contact information so you can be given information about reunion plans.

Nicole (Osborne) Hummel can be reached at bnhummelfam@hotmail.com
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Class of 1997

Reunion Organizers: Audra (Chard) Hemmert and A.J. Hensel (email: rivervalley97@yahoo.com)

Michele (Adams) Arnett got her master's degree in Social Work in 2006 from Ohio State University. She worked at North Central Ohio Rehabilitation Center (NCORC) in Marion for a little over 8 years. She is a therapist for juvenile felony offenders. Michele also works part time at Dr. J.T. Spare's office as a substance abuse counselor. She was married in 2007 to the father of her son, who was born in November 2006. If anyone would like to contacting Michele, she can be reached by email at michelearnett2007@yahoo.com

Penny Forster is the Assistant to Sales and Corporate Marketing for the Cleveland Indians. She works with the Indians' Corporate Sponsors in areas such as in-park signage, radio, and print. She also plans special events (game hospitality and team trips) for the sponsors. New contact info: 20100 Lorain Road #309, Fairview Park, OH 44126 Work info: Penny Forster, Assistant to Sales and Corporate Marketing, Cleveland Indians, 2401 Ontario St., Cleveland, OH 44115-4003, (phone) 216.420.4415 Email her at: pforster@cleindians.com
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Korie Wetzel - I can be reached at: kwetzel@countrystar.net.
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Kezhong "Ed" Zhao
- As you can see from my last name, I immigrated from China and I was the only Chinese in RV at my time there. Because of the language difference and lack of time to study English, I was a zero to my classmates and I felt indebt to them not to express myself. I was voted the quietest boy when I graduated. The main reason was that I was afraid of speaking because I didn't speak well. Even though I still don't speak well, I understand life better.

I am currently a graduate student in OSU, majoring in electrical engineering and as a graduate research associate in electroscience lab, one of the world-wide known labs in the electromagnetic community. In there I feel I have found myself after so many years' doubt on what I'm capable of. I am going to have my Master's degree by Spring 2003, and will continue on my ph.D study.

I bet a lot of classmates would be surprised to see how I turned out. Some of them might think I have returned to China. There have been so many challenges in my life so far and my new life began at River Valley. I still remember and will remember the encouragement from my classmates and from all the teachers, especially Mrs. Mally. I can be reached at zhaoed@yahoo.com.
<5/20/02>

Class of 1998

Reunion Organizers: Joe Catera and Mariah Williams
The River Valley class of 1998 celebrated their 10 year class reunion on August 9th, 2008. Please contact Angie (Criswell) Vent at venta@ohiohealth.com or Lori (Parthemore) Peterson at lorilou51@hotmail.com.
[posted 4/23/08, updated 8/14/08]

Andy Drake: I'll be graduating in December from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, with a double major in English and Political Science and a minor in Journalism. I've been writing for the school newspaper, and plan on finding an internship with a local paper following graduation.

This summer, I was fortunate enough to play baseball with Chad Curtis, a former major leaguer with the Angels, Tigers, Indians, Dodgers, Yankees, and Rangers. He's been living in the Grand Rapids area since retiring from the Rangers in the spring of 2002, and took up the offer to play on our summer team. Playing catch in the outfield, taking soft-toss, and just talking baseball with someone who played in a World Series was something I'll probably never be able to do again (at least, until next summer when we come back to defend our city championship.)

While doing the journalism internship this spring, I'll also be returning as head JV baseball coach at Creston High School. Last year, we had our struggles, but improved every game. Playing and coaching baseball are two things I love to do and hope to continue to do.

I know the girls will be disappointed, but I've been dating a girl named Lindsay for the last three years. She's from Quincy, Michigan, played softball and basketball at Calvin, and is a red-head just like me. She's a small-town girl, wants to teach English in high school, and makes me want to be a better person every day.

I'm excited about the reunion coming up. I've been in Michigan for five years now, but I still feel Viking pride whenever I check up on football scores or pull out the old baseball jerseys from my drawer. My email address is the same: andydrake05@hotmail.com.

Nicki Fosnaugh is currently attending the University of Toledo and working on a bachelor's degree in computer science and engineering. She's also working every other semester at SDRC, a software company in Cincinnati, as part of the co-op program at her school. Nicki's email address is: nfosnaug@eng.utoledo.edu
<11/7/00>

Chad Gompf was a starting defensive back for the Capital University Crusaders.
<3/8/99>

Julie Kientz is currently a Ph.D. student in Computer Science at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, Georgia. She graduated from the University of Toledo in 2002 with a Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science and Engineering. During her time as an undergrad, she did internships at various places around the country, including Intel in Arizona, UC Berkeley in San Francisco, Argonne National Lab in Chicago, and Compaq in Massachusetts. If you'd like contact information, visit her website at http://www.cc.gatech.edu/~julie
<11/30/00, updated 10/27/03>

Seth Klingel played football for the Capital University Crusaders. He was a starting center. Seth's email address is: meat_daddy77@hotmail.com
<3/8/99>

Megan Williams: Megan is currently a senior at Muskingum College finishing her English major with minors in music and business. She is a member of the Alpha Sigma Alpha sorority, and president of the Order of Omega honorary. She is also active in flute ensemble, the Muskie Spirit Band, and Tri-Beta. Email Meg at: meganw@muskingum.edu
<6/6/01>

Class of 1999

Reunion Organizer: Ann Concepcion Morris (740-383-9913)
The River Valley class of 1999 held their 10-year class reunion on September 25-26, 2009. They attended the RV Home Football game on Friday night and then gathered at Trotter's on Saturday.
[posted 8/13/09]

Jerrand (Randy) Claes is currently studying music at Malone College in Canton, OH. He hopes to earn a degree in Music Education and teach music at the high school level. At Malone he is in the marching band, jazz band, and is helping to start a string orchestra. Randy's email address is: jerrand@hotmail.com
<10/18/99>

Ann Concepcion Morris graduated from Capital University in May 2003 and is currently the copy editor for The Marion Star. She married Sean Anthony Morris in July 2005 and they reside in Marion with their 3 year old son, Caden. They are expecting their second child in July.
<4/20/06>

Deric Dennis signed a letter of intent to attend Malone College on a golf scholarship.

David Fay is currently attending Bob Jones University in Greenville, South Carolina. He is currently a Bible Major but plans on returning to Marion the second semester in order to attend Marion Tech. He plans on going into Business Tech. and hopes to one day open his own business in Marion. He can be contacted at: friendlypsychopath@yahoo.com
<12/2/99>

Bryon Harger
signed a letter of intent to attend Xavier University on a gold scholarship.
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