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May 01, 2017

Saint John Vianney High School Hall of Fame and Honor Dinner

On Saturday, March 4, Saint John Vianney High School (SJVHS) held its annual Hall of Fame and Hall of Honor Awards Dinner at Piazza di Roma in Aberdeen. This year’s Hall of Fame inductees included: the 1988 Girls’ Tennis Team, SJVHS Baseball Coach Mike Morgan, and Scott Fitzgerald ’78.

The Saint John Vianney Athletic Hall of Fame, established in 1994, recognizes the achievements of alumni and coaches who excelled in their chosen events. The Hall of Fame was also established to recognize those alumni who have gone on to attain honor or fame during their post high school career.

This year’s Hall of Honor inductee was Brian Muscarella ’78, who has dedicated his life to helping others that have been afflicted with a disability. He suffered a rare spinal stroke that rendered him paralyzed six years ago.

The Saint John Vianney Hall of Honor was established to recognize the achievements of alumni and staff who have excelled in their professional and Christian Service accomplishments during and after their time at SJVHS.

This year’s inductee into the Wall of Excellence was William “Butch” VanPelt, who has been the official photographer of SJVHS for over 25 years. He has spent countless hours taking pictures of the SJVHS athletes. When not at an SJVHS athletic event, he is very involved in the Holmdel Kiwanis Club, flying planes, and spending time with his wife, children, and grandchildren. He is also in the Hall of Honor for his dedication and service to SJVHS.

To be inducted into the Wall of Excellence, you must be inducted in either the Hall of Fame or Hall of Honor first. The Wall of Excellence award is given to inductees that have continued to exemplify the school motto of “Knowledge, Commitment, Involvement.”

SJVHS “Mother of the Lancers” Sister Bernadette Larson, MSC, received a Lifetime Achievement Award for all of her years of dedication to the students of SJVHS. Sister Bernadette has been at SJVHS since 1969, when the first students walked through the doors. She has served in various positions, from dean of students to bookkeeper to guidance counselor to her current position of Student Information Systems Manager. Sister Bernadette has been a permanent fixture at SJVHS. In 2016, she celebrated her 60th anniversary as a Sister in the Marianites of Holy Cross.

The awards dinner was a success, with 120 alumni, faculty, and friends attending. Piazza di Roma of Aberdeen provided the amazing food, Cozy Cookies Kitchen of Howell provided the favors, and Beacon Awards and Signs of Middletown provided the awards.