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INDUCTED — Weirton Madonna inducted the newest members of its Hall of Fame during a dinner and ceremony Nov. 5 at Williams Golf and Country Club. Pictured are, in front from left, Rebecca Garan and Patty Boniti, accepting on behalf of the late All Boniti, and Katie Deter Dahlheim, and in back, Dr. Samuel Licata, Craig Rumora and Dr. John Przybysz. Not pictured is Ronald Rogowski. — Contributed

WEIRTON – Six new members were inducted into the Weirton Madonna High School Hall of Fame during a ceremony held Nov. 5 at Williams Golf and Country Club.

The Class of 2022 has the distinction of being the first class comprised entirely of Madonna alumni.

Lisa Conti, a 1975 graduate and 2020 Hall of Fame inductee, served as host for the ceremony, reading biography highlights of each new member, which was then followed by a video presentation.

The Madonna High School Hall of Fame exists to recognize outstanding alumni and school supporters for their achievements and contributions to Madonna High School.

This year’s inductees included:

Athletic achievement: Craig Rumora, Class of 1975, who was a standout athlete in basketball and baseball. He was named to the All-OVAC First Team in basketball and baseball, the Catholic State Basketball All-Tournament Team, and earned West Virginia All-State First Team recognition. He also played baseball at James Madison University and West Liberty University, earning WVIAC First Team All-Conference honors and serving as team captain in 1979.

Public service: Katie Deter Dahlheim, Class of 2000, who founded the non-profit organization Lend-A-Hand Appalachia in 2005. In 2017, she began the Lowcountry Blessing Box Project to help with food insecurity in Charleston, S.C. The project began with six blessing boxes and has grown to more than 250 in the Charleston area, and more than 400 throughout South Carolina. She is the author of “Building a Kindness Army.”

School service: the late Al Boniti, Class of 1969, who was part of the Catholic State runner-up football team in 1966, the OVAC AA championship team in 1967, and the Catholic State championship team in 1968. He was principal of St. Joseph the Worker Grade School beginning in 1987, and served as interim principal at Madonna in 1988. Boniti helped coach at Madonna from the late 1970s into the early 1980s, serving as assistant and head baseball coach, assistant football coach and assistant basketball coach. He also was the Junior Dons athletic director and head coach of Junior Dons football. He was a sportscaster on WEIR radio for 25 years. Boniti’s induction was accepted by his wife, Patty, and niece, Rebecca Garan.

School service: Dr. Samuel D. Licata, Class of 1982, served as the team physician for almost 20 years, working on the sidelines during games, setting up annual physicals and providing advice to coaches. He served a similar role when a group of Madonna students took a trip to Europe. Over the years, numerous Madonna students and graduates have shadowed Licata in the operating room, and he has provided recommendations for many who have pursued the medical field as a career.

Lifetime achievement: Dr. John Przybysz, Class of 1968, is a leader in the field of superconductivity. His expertise in physics has led to 42 U.S. patents in semiconductors, superconductors, nanotechnology and quantum information, including one which is the basis for the U.S. Standard AC volt. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Electronic and Electrical Engineers and current president of the IEEE Council on Superconductivity. He and his wife, Lauri, have been invited twice to the Vatican to consult with the Pontifical Council on the Family and served as moderator of the English language discussion group for the 2015 Synod on the Familly.

Lifetime achievement: Ronald Rogowski, Class of 1969, had a 44-year career in medicine, research & development in water, sports drinks, and food product development and technical management. He began his career with Culligan USA, where he performed research on removing chlorohydrocarbons from drinking water supplies. He was a member on the U.S. Drinking Water Advisory Council to Congress. He also spent 24 years with Quaker Oats, becoming vice president of research and development, supporting Quaker and Gatorade research activities in product development, engineering, packaging nutrition, quality assurance and sports science.

Financial support for the induction was provided by Michael and Robin Nogay and Trinity Health System.

Nominations for the Class of 2024 will be accepted beginning in the fall of 2023.

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