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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Indian Hill Boosters Celebrates Annual Hall of Fame Inductions

 Friday, January 26 marked the occasion of Indian Hill High School’s 2018 Hall of Fame Inductions, which took place during half-time of the Boys’ Varsity Basketball Game against Reading.  Indian Hill Alum Tyer McMullen served as Master of Ceremonies as the following athletes were recognized for their leadership and athletic accomplishments: Gary Rogers, Class of 1989; Amanda Smith, Class of 2007; and Bo Cordell, Class of 2009.

2018 Hall of Fame Inductees Amanda Smith, Gary Rogers and Bo Cordell
At the conclusion of the game, family, friends and supporters joined the inductees for a special reception in the auditorium lobby, where they shared their perspective how their time at Indian Hill High School has shaped their futures.  Tyler McMullen did a superb job of asking thought-provoking questions that often elicited laughter from a standing-room-only audience. 

Stated Gary Rogers, “I owe much of my success to the endless support of my parents.  My dad attended every game during my football career, regardless of where it was played.  My mom wrote many, many letters that encouraged me and motivated me to give my best in all areas of my life.” Amanda Smith echoed that sentiment, stating that her family members provided the most important support throughout her swimming career.  Bo Cordell added that “it’s important to remember that your parents always want the best for you, even if you can’t appreciate it at that point in time.”

Special kudos to the dedicated football coaches at Indian Hill who had the opportunity to work with Gary Rogers and Bo Cordell.  Many were on hand to savor the memories and re-connect with the generations of students whose lives they shaped.  Congratulations to all three athletes on receiving well-deserved honors!

Gary Rogers and Steve Innis celebrate with former clasmates
Gary Rogers, Class of 1969:
Gary was a three-sport athlete, excelling in football, basketball and track. After graduating, Gary attended Vanderbilt University on a full football scholarship. He played six seasons professionally in the Canadian Football League for the Saskatchewan Roughriders and Montreal Alouettes.  Gary currently resides in Florida, where he oversees his start-up company “Check Your Game,” a business that helps encourage young athletes to make good decisions in the “game of life.”

Amanda Smith celebrates with members of her family
Amanda Smith, Class of 2007:
Amanda was a four-year varsity swimmer during her years at Indian Hill High School.  She attended Indiana University and University of Southern California, where she had an outstanding athletic performance, qualifying for the Olympic trials in 2012.  After graduating, Amanda coached Division I swimming at Ohio State and Florida Golf Coast University.  She is currently earning her masters degree in education from University of South Carolina and will be married in May 2018 to fiancée Zack Melnik.

Football coaches Kevin Siple and Larry Ely visit with Bo and former  players
Bo Cordell, Class of 2009:
Bo was a three-year varsity starter at quarterback during his years at Indian Hill High School.  Named 2009 CHL Athlete of the Year, and received IHHS’s 2008 Male Outstanding Athlete Award.  Bo also played varsity baseball, where he was a four-year starter and two-time All-CHL. Bo attended Tusculum College, where he was a four-year starter at quarterback, setting 15 NCAA Division II and SAC Career Records with 16,265 passing yards, 112 Passing TD’s.  Bo is currently employed as a regional sales manager for Landair Transport in Atlanta and will be married to fiancee Katie Capel in September 2018.

IH Boosters board member Kristin Innis visits with Bo Cordell

John Cordell, Katie Capel, Bo Cordell, Cindy Cordell

Bo Cordell visits with the Vanatsky family

Steve Innis, 2014 Hall of Fame inductee, with wife Kristin Innis

Gary Rogers shares memories with Carol and Lou Finkelmeier. Lou was one of Gary’s youth football coaches
Kristin Innis visits with Debbie Horton Alf, 2004 IH Hall of Fame Inductee

IH staff and bus driver Debbie Friend was on hand to sell game tickets and hand out programs

Brad Dewey and daughter Alyssa Dewey with Patty Gerah Dewey, 2015 IH Hall of Fame inductee

Bo Cordell receives his Hall of Fame Award from Master of Ceremonies Tyler McMullen
Kristin Innis, Amanda Smith, Gary Rogers, Bo Cordell, Tyler McMullen

Debbie Alf and Tracy Barton Ramirez (2004 IH Hall of Fame Inductee) reminisce with Isabel, Grace and Caroline Ramirez

Dr. Tim Kremchek, Cliff Hern, Ken Schneider and Hilary Kremchek

Tom the Hawk celebrates with Amanda Smith

Tom the Hawk celebrates with Bo Cordell

Tom the Hawk gets acquainted with Gary Rogers and former team mates

Gary Rogers shares his life perspectives as Amanda Smith and Bo Cordell look on

Gary Rogers celebrates with the Rogers clan

IHHS alum and football coach Dan Topping visits with former team mate Gary Rogers

Gary Rogers and Steve Innis celebrate with former clasmates

Bo Cordell (center) celebrates with former team mates

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