Suzanne Styers Boundy, Dental Hygiene ’60 and B.S. ’61 was judged a winner in the year-long Horticulture Tournament of the Bethlehem Pennsylvania Garden Club; she won second place over-all in the 150 member club. Her yard has been certified as a Backyard Wildlife Habitat by the National Wildlife Federation since 2005 and as a Monarch Butterfly Waystation by the University of Kansas.
August 20, 2016 by Maureen Zambito
WEST LIBERTY, W.Va., Aug. 20, 2016 — WLU Alumnus Dr. William Mercer, medical director of the Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department, was honored last night by the board of directors of Youth Services System Inc. Mercer was named the 2016 Good Samaritan. Mercer is a Wheeling a native and a member of WLU’s class of 1975.
The Good Samaritan tribute dinner took place at Wheeling Park’s White Palace ballroom at 5:30 p.m., Aug. 19. Mercer was celebrated for his work in public health, with students in Ohio County Schools and with the homeless in the community.
Alumnus Marc Abraham, former chairman of the YSS board of directors and a member of WLU’s Foundation Board, said Mercer is being honored for caring “about the health of our children and the health of the homeless population of our community.”
WLU Vice President of Institutional Advancement Jason Koegler is the current chairman of the YSS Board. John Moses, YSS executive director, said Mercer exemplifies the virtues and principles of the biblical Good Samaritan.
“What moves me the most is it’s all about his personal choice … The homeless are often the ill-favored, often the forgotten. He does the unexpected, and it’s personal. He doesn’t have to come up here (to the Winter Freeze Shelter). He chooses to do so,” Moses said of Mercer.
A family physician in private practice, he also is a member of the Community IMPACT Coalition and is spearheading an effort to provide naloxone to reverse opioid overdoses. He leads a regular medical outreach to the homeless and conducts clinics for homeless people staying at YSS Winter Freeze Shelter in the Hazel Atlas Building. He also is well-known for the Joe Too Cool to Smoke campaign in local schools to encourage children to avoid tobacco use.
Emcee, Bob Gaudio (also a WLU alumnus) greeted guests and thanked Mercer for his many contributions to the community. Gaudio was assisted by WLU Vice President of Institutional Advancement Jason Koegler who thanked all sponsors and presented additional awards.
Mercer also is a 1979 graduate of West Virginia University School of Medicine and was recognized as the West Virginia Family Physician of the Year in 2008.
AUGUST 18, 2016 BY MAUREEN ZAMBITO
WEST LIBERTY, W.Va., Aug. 18, 2016 — West Liberty University assistant football coach and alumnus Zach Amedro was recently inducted into the Ohio Valley Athletic Conference (OVAC) Hall of Fame, sponsored by Robinson Automotive Group. The annual induction ceremony was held at WesBanco Arena in Wheeling on Saturday, Aug. 13.
“It was an incredible honor and blessing to be inducted into the OVAC Hall of Fame. It gave me a chance to really pause and appreciate the tremendous support I’ve always received from my family, my coaches and my teammates. They’ve all had a part in this and I’m extremely grateful,” Amedro said.
A two-time NCAA Division II All-American and a finalist for the 2009 and 2010 Harlon Hill National Player of the Year Awards, Amedro is now in his third season on the Hilltopper coaching staff. The second-leading passer in NCAA Division II history whose 14 consecutive 300-yard passing games and 14 straight 300-yard total offense games still stand as all-time NCAA Division II records, Amedro was brought on board as the Hilltoppers’ first quarterbacks coach and is also sharing special teams responsibilities with safeties coach Angel Estrada this season.
The record-setting signalcaller passed for a then-NCAA Division II record 14,733 yards during his four seasons (2007-10) at West Liberty. The Hilltoppers led the nation in scoring and total offense in 2009 and 2010 – the only NCAA Division II team ever to do so in back-to-back seasons.
West Liberty won a WVIAC championship in 2009 and advanced to the NCAA Division II playoffs for the first time in school history. With Amedro at the helm, the Hilltoppers made it all the way to the NCAA Division II national quarterfinals and finished the season ranked No. 9 in the AFCA national Top 25.
A native of Moundsville, W.Va., Amedro enjoyed a record-setting high school career at John Marshall High School. The three-year starter completed 426-of-761 passes for more than 6,000 yards and 53 touchdowns. A first-team All-State selection, he finished fourth in the state-wide Kennedy Award balloting as a senior and was named captain of The Intelligencer’s All-Valley “Big School” Team.
Zach and his wife, Jonni Jo, reside in Wheeling.
Wheeling Police Sgt. John Schultz recently won his second “West Virginia PRO of The Year Award” from the State Division of Justice and Community Services in the past three years.
Schultz is a 1981 graduate of Wheeling Park High School, and an alumnus of the former West Liberty State College. Schultz first won his first “PRO of the year” award in 2014.
Proclamation from the city of Euclid for hirer contributions to the City of Euclid Adult Women’s Softball. After playing many years in the recreation women’s league, she organized the Vintage Players in 2005. The Vintage Players is open to women 45 years of age and older. The first year there were 24 ladies playing, in 2016 there are 108 ladies playing. Many of these ladies also participate in various senior women’ s softball tournaments throughout the year. Players are looking forward to participating in the 2017 National Senior Games in Birmingham, AL. Fischlin has also been honored by the Benjamin Rose foundation – selected as a ‘Mythbuster’ in 2013, proving a person can be active at any age. In 2014, she was inducted into the Ohio Senior Olympic Hall of Fame for her contributions as a player and promoter of the Senior Games.