by Sylvania AdVantage Staff

Lawrence Wilk, Larry Morrison, Ryan Creech, Dr. Stephen Shall, Gus Mancy and Carol Contrada were honored at Highland Meadows on March 16.

Lucas County Commissioner Carol Contrada, oral and maxillofacial surgeon Dr. Stephen Shall and attorney Lawrence Wilk, Sylvania High School graduates, and restaurateur Gus Mancy, Northview graduate, were inducted into the 2018 Sylvania Schools Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame on March 16. The event, presented by The Sylvania Schools Academic Excellence Foundation, was held at Highland Meadows Golf Club. Ryan Creech, Northview fine arts teacher and the 2017-18 Sylvania Teacher of the Year, was also honored at the event.

Larry Morrison, former assistant principal at Burnham Junior High School and Sylvania High School, and principal of Arbor Hills Junior High School and Northview High School received the 2018 Legacy Award.

The 2018 Kathleen A. Babiak Award for extraordinary volunteer service within the school and community was given to Northview student Ben Bostater and Southview student Hudson Chester.

Hall of Fame Inductees
Contrada graduated Cum Laude from Denison University and earned her Jurisdiction Doctor degree from The University of Toledo College of Law. She began her public service serving as a member of the Sylvania School Board, and later as a Sylvania Township trustee prior to being elected a Lucas County commissioner. She and her husband, Charles, are partners in the law firm Contrada Associates.

Mancy earned a business degree from The Ohio State University and after three years working for another restaurant company, returned to the Sylvania area to join the family business. He and his two brothers and two cousins own and operate six restaurants in northwest Ohio along with a catering business and banquet facility. He has served as the co-chairman of The Taste of the Nation 22 of the past 23 years. He and one of his cousins have seeded the Mancy Family Scholarship at OSU for a northwest Ohio student in the hospitality school. He is a founder and trustee of the Northwest Ohio Restaurant Association Scholarship Fund.

Dr. Stephen Shall completed his undergraduate and graduate degrees from The Ohio State University, earning a Bachelor’s Degree in zoology and a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree. He completed an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery residency at the University of Kentucky and returned to open his practice in the Sylvania area. He serves as Anesthesia Chairman for the Ohio State Dental Board, COR Chairman at the Toledo Dental Society, Dental Section Chief at St. Vincent, St. Anne, St. Charles, ProMedica Flower and Toledo hospitals. Eight years ago, he initiated the “Miles for Smiles,” 5K race to raise funds for the Dental Center of Northwest Ohio to help treat an underserved dental population.

Lawrence Wilk and several students helped form the Sylvania High School Soccer Club two years before he graduated. His senior year, he and the team won the city championship. He continued to play soccer at Indiana University where he was a walk-on and played on Indiana’s first varsity soccer team. He graduated from the Arizona State University Law School. He and a partner, Gary Jaburg, formed the law firm of Jaburg & Wilk, which has grown to a full-service commercial firm of 34 attorneys. The partners decided giving back to their community was a priority and formed a foundation that has contributed over three-quarters of a million dollars to local causes.

Ryan Creech received his B.S. in art education at Miami University and his Master’s of Education from The University of Toledo. He has taught in the Sylvania School system for 21 years. He served as the Northview Men’s varsity soccer coach for 15 years. He also has partnered with the Northview administrative team to spearhead the NV Leadership Academy.

Larry Morrison graduated from Anthony Wayne High School and Bowling Green State University where he earned a B.S. and Masters in education. He received an Education Specialist degree from The University of Toledo. In addition to his teaching and administrative career, he coached football, basketball and baseball. He served as president of the board of the Ohio High School Athletic Association and commissioner for the Northern Lakes League. He has also served as president of the Ohio Association of Secondary Principals and served on the National Association of Secondary School Principals board.