JACKSON TWP. The Jackson Alumni Association inducted four new members to the Jackson High School Wall of Fame. The association held a reception on Jan. 19 for Philip Kiko (1969), Zachery Meissner (2002), Tricia (Plum) Hawke (19920 and Shawn Lutz (1991).
Each inductee has a plaque mounted on the wall and each received a plaque to take home. The new inductees were presented their plaques during halftime of the varsity boys basketball game.
The Wall of Fame started as the Hall of Fame in the mid to late 1970s. At the time, it was meant to honor outstanding athletes who graduated from Jackson Local Schools. In 2002, the Alumni Association took over and opened the recognition to outstanding athletes and citizens who graduated from the district. To date, there are more than 80 members displayed on the Wall of Fame which is in the hallway of the gymnasium.
Selections are based on six categories including athletics, community contributions, professional accomplishments, political leadership, humanitarian contributions or education leadership. This year’s inductees were excited and honored to be selected. Below are their profiles and statements about the experience.
Philip Kiko, Class of 1969
While at Jackson, Kiko participated in football and wrestling, but it is his accomplishments after leaving JHS that he was selected for the Wall of Fame.
After graduation from Mount Union College and George Mason University School of Law, he became a member of the D.C. Bar and the Virginia State Bar. Since 1979, Kiko has held numerous positions in Washington D.C., such as chief of staff and general counsel for Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner; Departments of Education and Interior; Science Committee Deputy Staff Director (working with the International Space Station); served as principle House negotiator on the Patriot Act; and Staff Committee on House Administration and the Select Committee on Benghazi.
Most recently, he was sworn in as permanent chief administrative officer of the House of Representatives by Speaker Paul Ryan.
Kiko has been an active community member working with Boy Scout Troop 624, president of the St. Charles PTO and chairman of its Board of Regents.
"This is a highly personal honor, I would never have thought I’d be standing here for induction onto the Wall of Fame," Kiko said. "I’m grateful for the honor. I have a lot of friends and family here this evening and it’s great to have them here to receive this honor. It’s the first time I’ve been in the new high school and it’s very impressive," he added.
John Konovsky presented Kiko his plaque.
Zachery Meissner, Class of 2002
Meissner earned his spot on the Wall of Fame as an outstanding wrestler at Jackson and at Ashland University. He was 2002 State Wrestling Champion, 2002 Co-Wrestler of the Year, three-time All Federal League and three-time All-County at Jackson High School. Meissner was a four-time letter winner and a three-time national qualifier while attending Ashland University and also placed in many tournaments.
He was named to the Stark County Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2012 and is head wrestling coach at Northwest High School and a middle school physical education teacher in Canal Fulton. In addition, he has coached several state place athletes from the school.
"I started going to school at Jackson in the second grade and started wrestling in the eighth grade, this honor is a blessing and I appreciate being recognized for the accomplishments I was happy to have made while wrestling at Jackson," Meissner said.
Dan Michel was Meissner’s presenter.
Tricia (Plum) Hawke, Class of 1992
Hawke was a four-year member in basketball, four-year member in volleyball, four-year member of the Purple Army marching and concert bands and is listed in Who’s Who of American High School Students.
Hawke went on to play four years of college basketball at Wilmington College. For the last 22 years, she has been Jackson’s athletic trainer, spending many hours attending games, taping athletes, evaluating injuries and helping with treatment and rehab. She also devotes many hours to the community volunteering her trainer services at different events.
"I’m surprised and honored at the same time to be inducted on the Wall of Fame, I’m blessed to be able to work at Jackson Local Schools and at Aultman West and for being able to contribute to my community," Hawke said.
Margaret Peters presented the plaque to Hawke.
Shawn Lutz, Class of 1991
During his junior and senior years at Jackson, Lutz was an outstanding athlete, excelling in football and basketball. In football, he was a two-year letter winner, part of two Federal League championships, named All Federal League and All County in 1989, then in 1990 he was named All Federal League, All County, All Inland, All Northeast Ohio, All State, played in the North-South All Star Game and led the county in receptions and broke the school record in catches.
He went on to play football and was a three-year letter winner at West Virginia University. In basketball, Lutz was a two-year letter winner, two-year All Federal League, All County and among the top five rebounders in school history. Shawn is the head football coach at Slippery Rock University after many years as an assistant coach for the school.
"My former coaches and teammates have shaped my entire life and receiving this honor is all about the influence my coaches have had on my life, especially Elmer Scheutz, my work ethic and relentless attitude is because of him," Lutz said. "This is also my first time in this high school and I’m very impressed. The tradition here speaks for itself and it has helped me in my adult life."
Elmer Schuetz presented Lutz his plaque.