A quartet of local legends was recently honored at Induction Dinner

MATAMORAS — The Delaware Valley High School Hall of Fame induction banquet took place at the Riverview Inn in Matamoras on Sunday, October 7, 2012.

A reception for the inductees began at 4 p.m., followed by dinner and the induction ceremony.

Entertainment was provided by the Delaware Valley Drama Club.


Jon Almquist from the Class of 1975 was first to be inducted.

A graduate of Pennsylvania State University, Almquist is the Administrator for the Fairfax County

Public Schools Athletic Training Program. This is a position that coordinates the athletic training healthcare services for more than 28,000 athletes.

He was named Athletic Trainer of the Year by the Northern Virginia Sports Medicine Association and is an adjunct professor at George Mason University.

The late Henry Arneberg was second to be inducted.

A graduate of Milford High School and East Stroudsburg State College, Arneberg excelled in basketball and football before beginning his legendary coaching career.

His daughter, Bliss Arneberg Ireland, accepted her father's award. A testimony to his influence on his young charges was demonstrated when a number of athletes whom he coached over 40 years ago attended the ceremonies.

Jo Benson, from the Class of 1983, was the third inductee.

Benson owns and operates Western Stage Props, a leading company in western arts equipment; in addition she is the assistant producer of the Equestrian division of the Rose Bowl Parade and production coordinator of Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show.

She is active in her Sandy Valley, Nevada community and has donated much time and effort to a school for Native American children.

The final inductee was Kim Pearce from the Class of 1974.

An honors graduate of the Art Institute of Philadelphia, Pearce teaches art at the New York State Correctional Facility in Fishkil.

As a local artist, his beautifully rendered paintings depict the intrinsic beauty and uniqueness of our Tri-State area; his portraits capture the strength and nobility of local residents.

Deeply involved in his community, Kim has created numerous works honoring those whose lives were lost on September 11, 2001.

He also creates portraits for parents who have suffered the loss of a child.

The special evening ended with closing remarks by Dr. Peg Schaffer, Director of Elementary Education.