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Exeter Township School District will induct four into the district’s Academic Hall of Fame in a ceremony on Saturday, Dec. 8 at 3 p.m. just prior to the National Honor Society Induction. The 2012 inductees are alumni G. Craig Conrad, Jennifer Gillespie, Matthew Goldstan and Terry Francis.
Conrad, class of 1975, was an outstanding student and athlete who went on to distinguish himself after graduation as a nationally-known author, lecturer and television host. He is the author of the book “Unstoppable!”, creator of the inspiring The Unstoppable You program, and beginning this year, host of the television series Wyoming’s Call of the Wild on the Sportsman Channel. During his 26-year innovative educational career, he was the first-ever teacher in the U.S. honored with the prestigious “Tradition of Excellence Award.”
Gillespie, class of 1998, was an all-around outstanding student at Exeter High School. She served as student council president, class president and Berks County Junior Miss. She graduated magna cum laude and with special honors from the George Washington University, with a B.A. in International Affairs. She received her Juris Doctorate (J.D.) degree from the University of Maryland School of Law. She is currently the owner of the Gillespie Law Firm, LLC.
Goldstan, class of 1966, graduated from Colgate University and taught fifth grade in the Exeter School District for 34 years, from 1970 to 2004. He taught at Jacksonwald, Lorane, M.L.Lausch and finally at the Reiffton School. He strove to help students experience the magic in good books, learn not only what - but ask why, aim high and remember the importance of humor.
Francis, class of 1957, distinguished himself during his long-time work with the Exeter Fire Department serving as a paid driver, Reiffton Fire Chief and township fire marshal from 1989 to 2005. He became synonymous with fire safety in the township and developed numerous fire prevention programs for the school district.
The Academic Hall of Fame committee includes Linda Misterkiewicz, Ken Levan, Jeff Keller, Matthew Goldstan, Robert Fleck, Roy Underhill, Peggy Hart and William Cain.