Attending members and coaches of the 1996 football team gathered for pictures outside of the main gym. By Andrew DeCredicoHomecoming weekend is a weekend in which the high school recognizes its alumni and their great achievements while in school and after. On Sunday October 22, 2017 Ocean City High School recognized its athletic alumni and inducted members into the Ocean City High School Sports Hall of Fame.The inductees included Phil Birnbaum, Jen Blizzard, Leon Brown, Ralph Carson, Mike Naples, Kevin Sinclair, Abbey Woolley, and the 1996 Football Team. All those inducted were more than grateful, and wished to thank their past coaches, friends, and teammates.Accepting her induction into the sports hall of fame, Jen Blizzard makes jokes and gets emotional when speaking.“I look upon today,” said an emotional Jen Blizzard “as a highlight of my life.”It was noted that, though they were not being honored for this specific event, three of the four men who share the Ocean City High School 100m dash record were in attendance, including Leon Brown who was inducted into the Sports Hall of Fame. “Ocean City has meant a lot to me,” said Brown “and if I weren’t here I don’t know where I would be.”Hall of Fame member Leon Brown speaking from the heart to give his thanks to all of those who helped him to be where he is now.In addition, the two coaches who have guided these men to their record were also there, so the opportunity for a picture was too good to pass up.Record holders in the middle and coaches on either side. From left to right: Coach Wayne Coleman, Leon Brown, Josh Rolls, Kevin Sinclair, and Coach Matt Perdue.Not pictured is Patrick Tolomeo, who also shares the 100m dash record.As mentioned, the 1996 Ocean City Red Raiders football team was honored as well. Though not all of the men were in attendance, the honor still radiated through the men and their coaches who were also there. Head Coach Gary Dagenhardt was in attendance to speak on behalf of his team.Head Coach of the 1996 football team Gary Degenhardt accepting the honors on behalf of his team.After the ceremony, a luncheon was held in the school’s Cafeteria. Many in attendance bought tickets and ate together one last time.Member of the 1996 football team and now Sports Hall of Fame Nicholas Bailey helps his son Walker with food, while his wife Gina helps their daughter Bella get a bite to eat.
Marilyn E. Wilder, age 89, passed away Saturday, May 28, 2016 at her home in Batesville, IN. Born June 11, 1926 in Carlstadt, NJ she was the daughter of Charles & May (Hoffman) Prince. She married Ford Wilder on November 27, 1948 in Wood-Ridge, NJ.Marilyn is survived by her husband Ford Wilder, her daughter Cathy Wilder of Kokomo, IN, and her sons Keith Wilder of Batesville, IN and Glenn Wilder of Edinburg, IN. She will also be missed by her 8 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sons Gary & Craig Wilder and sisters Doris Fuller & Edna Ketschke.Private services were held at Meyers Funeral Home. Online condolences at www.meyersfuneralhomes.com
Morris hopes the district re-open schools “and scrap distance learning. You failed my children.”Several board members agreed with the need for better online offerings.“I don’t think it can be a free-for-all where in many cases, kids were on their own,” Board member Laurie Rich Levinson said. “It’s important our kids be educated every single day.”School district officials offered several options for reducing the number of students and promoting social distancing.However, board members now believe the best option is for all students to attend at least two days a week.One option would have some students attend Mondays and Tuesdays, and others on Thursday and Friday, with cleaning and disinfecting occurring on Wednesday.Other School Board members believe schools should be open to students every day, with cleaning and disinfecting taking place on nights and weekends.On the other hand, board member Donna Korn suggests a compromise in which schools could be open a half-day to students Wednesday, with the other half to be used for cleaning and teacher planning and professional development.School district officials plan to further discuss the options throughout the summer. The plans could also depend on how severe the coronavirus is in Broward County at the beginning of the school year.UPDATED: School Systems Consider Twice-a-Week School, Other Options for Fall Students in Broward would return to campus two to three days a week this fall, with improved at-home education offered on the remaining days, according to a proposal that School Board members outlined this week.The plan, is under development, attempts to balance the preferences of parents and students.All of the board members said they wanted students on campus as much, and as safely as possible, when the school year starts Aug. 19.However, parents and students are divided on the matter. A recent survey found that a third of parents and students prefer a full-time return to school, while another third want a hybrid online and in-person experience. A quarter of them want education to stay online, and the rest were unsure.Many parents and students have criticized the online instruction that was offered during the spring, as lockdowns went into effect due to the pandemic.They said teachers put course materials and assignments online and often did not cover the material or have contact with students.“Your lack of assigning appropriate teachers to provide online instruction is negligence,” Parkland parent Tammy Morris told the School Board. “I am now spending the summer teaching my children the appropriate math and English lessons they did not receive. I am not a teacher; I am a mother.”