Monday, February 2, 2009

Dianne Garrett Reports. Whitehall Yearling High School Hall of Fame Inducts Three

Sharon Heise Bukowski (1976) Jeanne Federer and Julie Adkins, accepting for son and brother, Joseph Federer (1971), Stephen Jones (1978).

In 1990 WYHS began recognizing outstanding graduates with a Hall of Fame ceremony. The twentieth annual Hall of Fame Induction was an event January 31, starting with a reception for honorees to mingle with old friends, school board members and city officials. Each was then introduced during a ceremony between the junior varsity and varsity basketball games.

Bexley resident Stephen Jones (1971) is an attorney. He earned his undergraduate degree in 1975 from Otterbein, his master's in 1977 from the University of Michigan, and law degree in 1981 from Capital University.

Jones has been previously recognized by "Law and Politics" and "Cincinnati Magazine" as an Ohio Super Lawyer. Also, he was voted as one of central Ohio's leading lawyers by his peers in "Business First". The well-decorated Jones is currently a partner with Roetzel and Andress in Columbus, specializing in litigation, information technology, real estate and intellectual property.

Jones is also a member of the Defense Research Institute, Columbus Bar Association's Computer Law Committee and Mothers Against Drunk Driving.

Sharon Heise Bukowski (1976) still resides in her hometown, and is a much-appreciated volunteer at her alma mater. She has served as a room volunteer, and is currently a special education teaching assistant. Bukowski is also an active volunteer with the high school theatre department and Whitehall Instrumental Music Boosters Association, which she has served since 1996.

She worked along side her inlaws, Norma and Jim Bukowski, to successfully campaign for the recent bond issue, which passed in November so that Whitehall will receive five new schools. In 2000 she received the Whitehall Education Association's Friends of Education Award for her outstanding service to the district. She is an active member and volunteer at New Life Community Baptist Church, and co-owns a catering business.

Joseph Federer (1978) resides in Missouri. Due to a father-daughter dance, he was unable to attend the event. His mother, Jeanne Federer, and sister, Julie Adkins, accepted on his behalf.

Federer is the director of infrastructure at Express Scripts, a pharmacy benefits management company. He earned his bachelor's degree in systems analysis from Miami University and master's in business administration from Wright State University, His background also includes health care, accounting and finance systems, and credit card processing.

He has volunteered in his community as a coach for multiple sports and is active in his church. Federer and wife, Cathy, have fostered nearly 70 children. He also serves on boards for TierFleet Technology, Changepoint Software, University of Missouri (St. Louis) and Community Health-in-Partnership Services.

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