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Published: Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013 1:15 a.m. CDT
Newman Central Catholic High School's second Academic Hall of Fame induction ceremony was Feb. 1 at the school gymnasium in Sterling. Pictured are inductees or their representatives (from left) Jim Hermes, the father of Rachel Hermes, 1999 graduate; Tom McGinn, 1947; Catherine Crisham, 1992; the family of the late Dr. John Ebersole, 1943; and Nicol Hill Hooker, 1995. Photo submitted by Janet Jarvis.

STERLING – Catholic Schools Week was celebrated Feb. 1 with an annual Mass and the second induction into the Academic Hall of Fame at Newman Central Catholic High School.

The Rev. Ken Wasilewski, a past academic inductee, was among the more than 1,000 people attending.

The Rev. Bruce Luedke, pastor of Sacred Heart Church, was the Mass celebrant.

The Rev. Louis Tosto, pastor of St. Mary in Polo, gave the homily.

After Mass, five alumni were admitted into the hall of fame. They are:

■ The late Dr. John Ebersole, Class of 1943: He graduated from Indiana Medical School, and had a 24-year career in the Navy Medical Corps. He assisted at President John F. Kennedy’s autopsy in 1963. After retiring, he created and directed the John Hale Steinman Cancer Center, the first radiation treatment center in the United States. He died in 1993.

■ Thomas McGinn of Arizona, Class of 1947: He was with General Electric for 36 years, and then founded Thomas A. McGinn and Associates, a human resource consulting firm. He taught at the University of Virginia and Piedmont Community College, and co-authored the book, “Harassed – 100 Women Describe Inappropriate Behavior in the Workplace.”

■ Catherine Crisham, Class of 1992: She graduated magna cum laude from George Town University with a Juris Doctor degree. In 2007, she became the Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Washington in Seattle. She is a mentor at Seattle Girls’ School and a board member for Girls on the Run, Puget Sound.

■ Nicol Hill Hooker, Class of 1995: She completed her Doctorate of Education degree at Loyola University. She is a mathematics teacher at Loyal Academy, where she also is the faculty adviser for student service trips in the summer. She and her husband developed an annual immersion trip to Kenya and Tanzania.

■ Rachel Hermes, Class of 1999: She graduated cum laude from Harvard University and earned her master’s degree from Columbia University in New York. She spent 2 years with the Peace Corps in Togo, West Africa, and worked for Catholic Relief Services in the Zambia and Darfur region of Sudan. She now serves CRS in Haiti.

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