POMEROY — The Meigs Local Alumni Association recently honored this year’s Distinguished Alumnus during their Homecoming/Alumni Weekend.
This year’s honorees included long time teacher and coach Tom Cremeans; Chrissy Weaver, who is the food services director for Meigs Local Schools; the late Dr. James L. Schmoll; and Jo Ellen Diehl Yeary. Receiving the Distinguished Service Award was longtime teacher and coach, Dale Harrison.
Tom Cremeans is a 1994 graduate of Meigs High School. As a senior at Meigs, he took the nursing assisting class and obtained his state tested nursing assistant accreditation. Tom worked as a nursing assistant while attending Hocking College nursing program. After working seven years as an LPN, Tom went back to Hocking and received his nursing degree.
He worked 10 years in the emergency room at Pleasant Valley Hospital prior to returning to Meigs High School to teach the nursing assistant class. He was also member of the Pomeroy Volunteer Fired Department and Emergency Squad for 11 years. He coached for nine years for the Middleport Youth League. He has been golf coach for the middle school and school programs for seven years, winning three straight TVC golf championships as the head coach of the varsity team.
Tom and his wife, Amy, have one daughter.
Chrissy Weaver Musser is a 1992 graduate of Meigs High School. She attended Ohio University before moving to Texas in 1994, where she furthered her education at Victoria in Victoria, Texas. While in Texas, Chrissy and her husband operated a restaurant for more than 10 years before returning to Ohio in 2009.
In addition to her current role as food service director for Meigs Local School District, she also services as the southeast Ohio regional director for the School Nutrition Association. She also spends time coaching both junior high and youth volleyball.
Chrissy and her husband, Kevin, have three children; a fourth child passed away in 2003.
Dr. James L. Schmoll was a 1973 graduate of Meigs High School and a 1981 graduate of The Ohio State University College of Optometry. Dr. Schmoll operated Schmoll Optometrics for 33 years in his hometown of Middleport and was a beloved eye doctor for many in the tri-state area. He retired after being diagnosed with glioblastoma brain cancer in February 2014.
Dr. Schmoll was a longtime member of Trinity Church in Pomeroy, where he held various offices within the church and also held village offices in the village of Cheshire. Schmoll passed away July 14, 2015, after a courageous battle with brain cancer.
He hand his wif,e Debbie, have two daughters, Jamie and Lauren, and a granddaughter.
Jo Ellen Diehl Yeary is a 1972 graduate of Meigs High School. Jo Ellen was a founding member and retired vice president and general counsel of Northeast Natural Energy. Mrs. Yeary earned her B.A. in English and economics from Marietta College and her J.D. from Capital University Law School.
Mrs. Yeary commenced her natural gas industry career in 1981 following a judicial clerkship with the Ohio Fourth District Court of Appeals. She was a member of the law departments of Columbia Gas Transmission and Columbia Natural Resources, and was vice president, secretary and general counsel of Triana Energy and Chesapeake Appalachia.
Mrs. Yeary serves on the board of Star USA Federal Credit Union, the board of counselors of Capital University Law School and the board of trustees of Marietta College.
Jo Ellen and her husband, John, live in South Charleston, W.Va., and have one son.
This year’s Distinguished Service Award went to Harrison, who graduated from Pomeroy High School in 1956 and served in the U.S. Navy for four years, receiving training in the field electronics. He worked for 11 years as a radio and television repairmen for Elberfeld’s Department Store in Pomeroy.
In 1970, Harrison was hired by the Meigs Local School District to establish the trade and industrial electronics class and to teach senior electronics. He also served as instructor for the Meigs Rod and Gun Club, coached elementary and junior high basketball for 25 years, and worked with students who were members of the Vocational Industrial Clubs of America.
Harrison coached baseball at Meigs. In 1976, he led the Marauders to the state semifinals, where Meigs lost a 1-0 game in which there was only one hit by either team in the contest to the eventual state champions. In 1997, Harrison coached the Marauder softball team to a one-loss regular season and an undefeated conference record in winning the TVC title.
For more than 30 years, he ran the clock and scoreboard for high school basketball games and, in all kinds of weather, he took tickets for football games at the old Bob Roberts Field for 40 years.
He retired from teaching in 1997, however continued to coach volleyball and serve other capacities until 2012.
He and his wife, Marlene, have been married 53 years.