Cardinal to Host 2nd Annual Alumni Hall of Fame Banquet

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The Cardinal Huskies will hold their 2nd Annual Athletic and Alumni Hall of Fame Induction Banquet on Saturday, September 19, at Bistro 608 at Grandview Golf Course. Doors open at 5 p.m. with dinner starting at 6 p.m. Tickets for the event are $30 a piece and are available now through the Cardinal High School Athletic Department.

The following nine individuals will be inducted into the Hall of Fame this year: 

Matt Dulka, Class of 1979 – Athletic Hall of Fame

Matt Dulka was a member of the state championship wrestling and won a state title himself in 1978. He was the state runner-up in 1979. Dulka also participated in football and track while at Cardinal. He lettered all four years in football and was an all-league punter as a senior. After graduation, Dulka continued his wrestling career at Cleveland State University.

Cara Edwards, Class of 1964 – Athletic and Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame

Ms. Cara Edwards, Class of 1964, is an inductee to both the Athletic and Distinguished Alumni Halls of Fame.  She participated in the Girls Athletic Association and was GAA Athlete of the Year in 1964.  While in high school, Edwards participated in track, bowling, and golf and was also active as a softball player.  Following her graduation from Cardinal, Edwards attended The Ohio State University, where she played field hockey and fast pitch softball.  She had a distinguished athletic career at Ohio State and also played semipro softball in Warren, Canton, and Columbus for many years.  In 2006, Edwards was among 167 female athletes who were recognized for playing on OSU teams prior to 1975, and is a member of Ohio State’s “Varsity O,” the women’s athletic alumnae society.

After graduating from Ohio State, Edwards had a distinguished career with the Columbus City Schools as a teacher, coach and administrator.  Edwards was instrumental in integrating girl’s athletics at Briggs High School after the passage of Title IX.  She coached volleyball, basketball, softball, and was a cheerleading advisor for many years.  In 1982 her softball team went to the Final Four of the OHSAA playoffs.  Edwards served on the Board of Directors for the Ohio Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance from 1992-1994.  She also oversaw the development of the Health and Physical Education curriculum for the Ohio schools and served as Supervisor of Physical Education and Health for the Columbus City Schools.

Col. Mark Giardina, Class of 1984 – Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame

Colonel Mark Giardina graduated from Cardinal High School in 1984, where he played football, basketball, and baseball.  He received a commission from the Kent State University ROTC (distinguished graduate) as an Engineer Officer in 1989 and then continued his combat engineer training and graduated from the U.S. Army Ranger School.  During his military tenure, Col. Giardina served as a platoon leader, executive officer, trainer, and battalion commander.  In 2012, Col. GIardina graduated with a Master’s Degree from the U.S. Army War College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.  In September 2013, he was promoted to the rank of Colonel, and on November 8, 2014, he was promoted to Brigade Commander of the 302nd Maneuver Enhancement Brigade.  Col. Giardina also holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance and Economics from Kent State (1988) and a Master’s Degree in Accounting from the University of Colorado-Denver (1989).  In addition to his military duties, Col. Giardina is also a Certified Internal Auditor and a Vertified Public Accountant in the State of Ohio.

David Lucht, Class of 1961 – Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame

Starting out as a “student firefighter” with the Middlefield Fire Department, David Lucht graduated from Cardinal in 1961 and attended the Illinois Institute of Technology on a full scholarship.  He graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Fire Protection and Safety Engineering. Over the course of a long and distinguished career, Lucht served as State Fire Marshal for Ohio, authored the first Ohio Fire Code, and drafted fire safety provisions for the Ohio Building Code.  In 1974, Lucht was appointed by President Ford and confirmed by the Senate as Deputy Administrator for the U.S. Fire Administration.  He was later reappointed by President Carter.  In 1978, Lucht stepped down to take a position at Worchester Polytechnic Institute in Massachusetts, as the director of the Center for Fire Safety Studies.  Lucht led the program for 25 years, helping WPI become a worldwide leader in fire protection engineering graduate education.

Honors and recognitions include the SFPE President’s Award (1988), Harold E. Nelson Service Award (1993), the John J. Ahern Award (2000), the Arthur B. Guise Medal and Prize (2002), the New England Chapter Person of the Year Award (2004), and the David Rasbash Memorial Medal from the Institution of Fire Engineers (London, 2006). In 2005 the SFPE created the prestigious David A. Lucht Lamp of Knowledge Award in his honor.

Nick Marcu, Community Supporter – Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame

Nick Marcu was a community leader and pioneer of organized youth baseball, basketball and other sports at Cardinal.  A World War II veteran and recipient of the Purple Heart and Bronze Star, providing kids with the opportunity to participate in sports was Marcu’s passion.  His greatest contribution was the positive impact he had on thousands of kids that played youth sports in the Cardinal School District.  Between 1960 and 1988, Marcu volunteered his time to run the Middlefield youth baseball program, where his leadership directly impacted the success of many individuals and teams at Cardinal High School.  Along with Richard A. Moss and Paul Verno, Marcu was instrumental in the creation and development of the Cardinal Athletic Booster Club.  He has also been inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts, as an official of high school games.

Tom Moss, Class of 1962 – Athletic and Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame

Tom Moss was one of the best athletes in Cardinal school history playing football, basketball, and baseball during his 4 year career.  In fact, Moss still holds records for most rushing touchdowns in a game (5) and in a season (21), and he rushed for 1230 yards his senior season.  After graduating from Cardinal in 1962, Moss went to Wilmington College to continue his education and football careers.  Upon graduation, Moss returned to Cardinal as an educator where he served as a principal and middle school athletic director.  As girls athletic director in the 1970s, Moss was instrumental in getting girls sports to be recognized at Cardinal.  Mr. Moss is being inducted into both the athletic and alumni halls of fame.

Tom Neikirk, Class of 1989 – Athletic Hall of Fame

Tom Neikirk has one of the greatest athletic careers in the history of Cardinal High School.  He qualified for the state wrestling meet of each of his four years in high school, to make him Cardinal’s only four-time state qualifier in any sport.  Neikirk was a two-time state champion (1987 and 1988) and was the state runner-up in 1989.  His overall record while wrestling at Cardinal was 120-16.  After graduating from Cardinal in 1989, Neikirk wrestled for The Ohio State University varsity and club teams.  Neikirk is now a vice president of the Middlefield Banking Company and a branch manager.

Scott Shipman, Class of 1992 – Athletic Hall of Fame

A 1992 graduate, Scott Shipman enjoyed an excellent athletic career at Cardinal High School.  He played football (lettering twice), ran cross country (earning a letter), and was a four year letter winner in wrestling.  He qualified to the District Wrestling Meet in each of his four years at Cardinal.  After graduating from Cardinal, Shipman excelled in college wrestling where he was a four-time Division II All-American.  He was also a three-time member of Team U.S.A., an Olympic Team Trials qualifier, and a World Team Trials qualifier.  Shipman has served as an assistant and head wrestling coach at The Ohio State University, West Virginia University, and Gardner-Webb University.

 John Visser, Class of 1970 – Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame

John Visser is a internationally recognized podiatric surgeon who graduated from Cardinal High School in 1970 and attended, Hiram College (1974, magna cum laude) and the Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine (1978). He is a Diplomate with the American Board of Podiatric Surgery and with the American Board of Podiatric Medicine, and a Fellow at the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons. Dr. Visser has served as President of the Missouri Podiatric Medical Association (1985-1988) and of the Missouri Board of Podiatric Medicine (2008-2012).  He was appointed to the Missouri State Board of Podiatric Medicine in 1988 and continues to serve in that capacity.  Dr. Visser was also named Missouri Podiatrist of the Year in 1995 and received the American Podiatric Association’s Meritorious Service Award in 1997.

Inductees will also be honored before the home football game on Friday, September 18.

Please contact Athletic Director Andy Cardinal at 440-632-0261 ext. 5007 or Andy.Cardinal@cardinalschools.org with any additional questions.

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