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Meet the Central Valley Hall of Fame Class of 2019

The Central Valley Hall of Fame proudly honored six new members at the annual luncheon on Saturday, March 9 at Francesca’s Banquet Hall in Ilion. In addition to recognizing honorees at the luncheon, the district  permanently displays a plaque honoring each person on the Hall of Fame wall at Central Valley Academy.
 

Dr. Charles J. Diss

—Distinguished Alumnus—Humanitarian/Community Service Achievement—Professional/Career Achievement

  • Graduated Ilion Academy – 1897; Long Island College Hospital
  • Honored by the Medical Society of New York State for 50 years in the medical profession
  • Active in the establishment of Ilion Hospital. Was first physician to treat patient in 1908
  • Major financial contributor to Ilion Central School. Diss Athletic complex named in his honor


 

Brian Lynch

—Distinguished Alumnus—Professional/Career Achievement

  • Graduated Ilion Central School – 1980; St. John Fisher BS Management; Rochester Institute of Technology MBA
  • President of Carter’s Inc., the largest branded marketer of baby and children’s clothing in the United States
  • Vice President Strategy & Concept Development, Merchandise, Food and Imaging at Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
  • Director of Merchandising at Champion Products Inc.


 

Joseph Vespasiano “Mr. V”

—Distinguished Educator—Teacher

  • SUNY Oswego BA Industrial Arts; SUNY Albany MA Guidance
  • Sergeant in United States Army 1943-1945
  • Mohawk Central School – Industrial Arts Teacher from 1955 to 1987 – 32 years
  • NYS Industrial Arts Association “Regional Teacher of the Year” 1981
  • Friend and mentor to all. Provided guidance and support to all his students


 

Martin Manion “Monk”

—Distinguished Educator—Teacher/Coach

  • Utica College of Syracuse University, SUNY Oneonta
  • Served US Army 11th Airborne Division during Korean Conflict
  • Ilion Central School – Social Studies Teacher from 1958 to 1997 – 38 years
  • Longtime football and wrestling coach at various levels
  • A teacher and coach who bonded with his students and athletes


 

Bertram and Janelle Bookhout

—Distinguished Educators—Teachers

  • Mr. Bookhout: Orange County Community College; Ithaca College School of Music
    Mrs. Bookhout: Eastman School of Music of the University of Rochester
  • Mohawk Central School teachers: Mr. Bookhout: 1978 to 2002 – 24 years; Mrs. Bookhout: 1974 to 2005 – 31 years
  • Founders and sole directors of the Mohawk Central School District Marching Band
  • Music students were winners of numerous NYSMAA, All-County, All-State, and Marching Band Competitions – 2 time New York State Field Band Champions
  • Inspired student success in school and life through their love and passion for music