Pennsauken and Merchantville Natives Inducted Into CCHS Hall Of Fame

On Saturday, April 29 Camden Catholic High School, Cherry Hill, will induct the 11th class of inductees into its Hall of Fame for academic, arts and athletic accomplishments. Several Pennsauken and Merchantville natives will be inducted this year into the Green and White Hall of Fame for Athletics as part of the 1993 Girls Swim Team:
  • Vicki Branca Moyer, Pennsauken
  • Amy Brancato, Pennsauken
  • Dawn Sexton, Pennsauken
  • Coach Mike Parker, Pennsauken
  • Beth May Renouf, Pennsauken
  • Gwen Mayo Waggoner, Pennsauken
  • Lori Henderson, Pennsauken
  • Maureen O’Brien Fauty, Pennsauken
  • Adrienne Huffman, Merchantville
  • Kristi Tropp Furness, Merchantville
  • Gwen Wolfinger, Merchantville
  • Natalie Wolfinger, Merchantville

The 1993 CCHS Girls Swim Team, coached by the unmatched Mike Parker, one of the winningest swim coaches in New Jersey, consisted of a key group which led the Irish to years of domination in the pool. Most Valuable Swimmers Gwen Mayo and Dawn Sexton, in addition to Ann Czeriakowski, were named All-South Jersey with Mayo taking home the title of “Swimmer of the Year.” The team won State Titles in 1990, 1991, 1993 and 1994. Several students were recruited to Division I programs: Ann Czeriakowski, University of Connecticut; Gwen Mayo, University of Virginia; Beth Mayo, Villanova University; Dawn Sexton, University of Kentucky; Natalie Wolfinger, University of Pennsylvania.

In addition to the swim team, leading scorer in Irish girls basketball history Rashidat Junaid; track and field star Andy Mancini; Irish boys basketball standout Karl Sartor; and Irish wrestling great Bobby Stinson will be inducted into the Green and White Hall of Fame for Athletics. Three of these inductees will be installed in the Emerald Hall of Fame for Academics and Arts: entertainment agent Thomas Lizzio, pediatric nurse practitioner and researcher Julia Purdy, and respected physician Dr. John Tedeschi. Corporal John Michael Reid, USMC will be inducted posthumously into the 1887 Special Recognition category.The Sisters of Mercy, who founded Camden Catholic High School and remained an integral part of its growth for the past 129 years will also be inducted into the 1887 Special Recognition category.

“We are proud to announce the 11thclass of inductees into the Camden Catholic High School Hall of Fame for 2017,” said Hall of Fame committee chairperson Jack Wixted ’72. “The Hall of Fame event celebrates what makes, and has made Camden Catholic one of the finest educational institutions in the tri-state area. The accomplishments of our Hall of Fame alumni are evidence of the fine education and well-rounded formation which the Sisters of Mercy and school faculty instilled in all Camden Catholic students, a tradition which continues today.”

“The annual Hall of Fame event is true celebration of Irish pride,” said Mary Whipkey, Camden Catholic president. “The inductees are a tremendous example to both fellow alumni and current Camden Catholic students. Their success in business, religious service, military service and athletic endeavors encourages all of our students to strive for greatness in the tradition of honor, faith and loyalty.”
Funds raised at the Hall of Fame event benefit scholarships for current CCHS students who are selected by the Hall of Fame committee based on a submitted essay, leadership qualities, determination, and Camden Catholic spirit.
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