Mr. Kenneth Rapp was inducted into the Alumni Hall of Fame at the Portsmouth West Alumni Banquet this past August. Mr. Rapp graduated from Washington Local High School in 1943. This was the first class to complete four years at the new high school. A veteran of World War II, he served as a combat medic with the 7th Army during the Battle of the Bulge and later the 3rd Army under General George Patton. As the war came to an end, Mr. Rapp was present when the Allied forces liberated the prisoners that were held at the Dachau Concentration Camp. The experience at Dachau left a lasting impression that he carries with him always.
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Ms. Janice Suverkrop, a musician accomplished in piano and opera, was the 2014 Alumni Hall of Fame recipient. She attended Friendship Elementary from 1961-1969 and was a 1973 graduate of Portsmouth West High School. She graduated with honors from the University of Cincinnati, receiving a Bachelor Degree in Piano and Music Education in 1977. In the early 1980s, she was a coach at the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria. Ms. Suverkrop later attended Butler University where she earned a Master in Music in Conducting.
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Ms. Patricia Ciraso has dedicated her life to the Washington-Nile School District. During her tenure at West she was a: teacher at Dry Run Elementary, 1964-77; principal, Jenkins Elementary from 1977-85; assistant superintendent from 1985-89; and Superintendent Washington-Nile, 1989 to her retirement in 2011.
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For thirty-three years, Mr. Orville Reiser was an integral part of West High School. He began teaching at West High in 1952 as the shop teacher, educating students in the classroom for the next seventeen years. Mr. Reiser then became the high school Guidance Counselor, assisting students in achieving success in both high school and what awaited them upon graduation. His involvement in many school activities and projects enriched both students and the school. He spent many hours dedicated to class room sponsorship, as a chaperone, helping with special projects, plays, and proms. A sponsor for the Honor Society, he was later responsible for transitioning the Honor Society to the Beta Club.
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