Pat Lose, honored as a Bellmont High School Distinguished Graduate, displays the plaque awarded her by the BHS National Honor Society. With her is Alysha Helmrich, co-chairperson of the program for the NHS, and Superintendent Wylie Sirk. (Photo by Deb Shannon)
Bellmont High School's National Honor Society (NHS) has honored a pair distinguished graduates for their work: Pat Lose and Anthony A. (Tony) Frey.
Lose, who graduated with the class of 1971, obtained her Master's degree from Ball State in 1978. She started her career as a substitute teacher before getting a half-year job at St. Joseph School in Decatur, then became a fifth grade teacher in Centerville for 11 years before returning here to work as a fifth grade teacher at Monmouth Elementary.
She retired in June of 2008 after 31 years of teaching and is now a substitute teacher at North Adams.
The NHS said Lose feels as though her most rewarding achievement is staying in contact with her previous students as they become young, successful adults.
She was honored at a recent basketball game.
Frey, son of John and Kathy Frey, graduated with the BHS class of 1984. He attended Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, with a full scholarship from the ROTC program. He has served as a P-3C Orion Naval Fighter Officer, US government civil servant and commanding officer.
He was recently promoted to the rank of captain in the US Navy, as was highlighted in the Decatur Daily Democrat, the NWS said.
Active in his community, Frey has served as a piano teacher and Boy Scout Leader, has taught Sunday School at his church and played the organ.
Frey now lives in Orange Park, Florida, with his wife and five children. His three sons are honored Eagle Scouts and one is currently in Armenia on a missions trip.
The distinguished graduate award, suspended for several years, was brought back this year by the National Honor Society. Students and teachers nominated candidates this year.
Michelle Houser, National Honor Society advisor for BHS, said the group is hoping to form a committee with two or three community members and two or three faculty members to help the NHS committee with the process in ensuing years. Anyone who would like to serve on the committee or wishes to nominate someone is asked to contact Michelle Houser at the school.