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HATBORO-HORSHAM HIGH SCHOOL TO INDUCT SEVEN NEW MEMBERS TO HALL OF FAME ON APRIL 29
HORSHAM – The Hatboro-Horsham High School inducted seven new people into its Hall of Fame during a special ceremony held April 29, in the auditorium of the high school, 899 Horsham Road in Horsham.
The seven inductees for this year are:
· David Abernethy – Class of 1978 – Science
· Donna Barbano – Class of 1972 – Federal Service
· Donald Beck – Class of 1968 - Business
· Greg Erwin – Class of 1988 – Sports/NASCAR
· Captain Steven Labows – Class of 1984 – Military Service
· Connie Malatesta – Education
· Captain Kenneth Seliga – Class of 1980 – Military Service
At the ceremony, each inductee received a plaque, and their names were added to the high school’s Hall of Fame wall. Hatboro-Horsham High School alumni, along with some non-alumni, are nominated for the Hall of Fame every two years. A nominating committee of principals, teachers, former Hall of Fame members and parents decides who is chosen for the Hall of Fame, which began in 1990. Brief bios of the inductees follow below:
David Abernethy – Class of 1978 – Science
Mr. Abernethy is being inducted for his contributions to science, specifically in the field of space technology. He graduated magna cum laude from Franklin and Marshall College with a degree in physics and was named a Kershner Scholar in Physics. Abernethy received a master’s degree in astronautical engineering from Stanford University. He recently received a NASA award for his contributions to space technology. He currently is the Director of Systems Engineering for Tracking Data Relay Satellites in the Boeing Space Division in Los Angeles.
Donna Barbano – Class of 1972 – Federal Service
Ms. Barbano is being inducted for her contributions in federal service. She graduated from Millersville State College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in French in 1976 and also spent a year abroad studying French at the University of Montpellier in France. Donna graduated from the Federal Executive Institute in 1998. Previously she taught French and Spanish at the secondary level. Ms. Barbano began her career with the National Security Agency (NSA) as a French Language Intern in 1978. From there she served as a French and Portuguese Language Analyst where she oversaw various analytic organizations within the NSA Directorate of Operations. She has been Special Assistant to the Chief of Staff of the Director of NSA, Production Manager for International Security Issues, and Deputy Special US Liaison Officer in London. Currently she is a Special US Liaison Officer for NSA in Ottawa, Canada.
Donald Beck – Class of 1968 – Business
Mr. Beck is being inducted for his business accomplishments. His undergraduate degree was from Eastern University and he received a Masters Degree in Media from West Chester University. Mr. Beck taught in the Hatboro-Horsham School District from 1972-1984. He retired from teaching at the age of 34 to manage his real estate portfolio and start other business ventures. Beck has authored and published, “Down to Earth Landlording,” an investor’s guide to successful property management. He is a national speaker on landlording and property management issues. Beck owns Debek Management Company, oversees Multi-Media Productions, Legend Travel Service, Inc. and MMP-ATM, Inc.
Greg Erwin – Class of 1988 – NASCAR
Mr. Erwin is being inducted for his accomplishments on the NASCAR circuit. Mr. Erwin graduated from Clemson University with a degree in automotive engineering. He was offered his first NASCAR job with Diamond Ridge Motorsports in 1995 and worked as an engineer for the team. From there he has worked for Team SABCO Racing, Richard Childress Racing and Robby Gordon Motorsports. Mr. Erwin’s first crew chief position was at Robby Gordon Motorsports in 2005, where he was able to help the team qualify for the most races ever. In 2007, Mr. Erwin was hired by Roush Fenway Racing as the crew chief (aka “Boss”) for Greg Biffle’s #16 car in the Sprint Cup Division of NASCAR.
Captain Steven Labows – Class of 1984 – Military Service
Captain Labows is being inducted for his military service. Capt. Labows graduated from Cornell with a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and also received a master’s degree in Aeronautical Engineering at Naval Postgraduate School, followed by US Navy Test Pilot School. Some of his assignments/duties have included: deployment for Desert Shield/Desert Storm, H-46 Instructor Pilot in San Diego, H-60 Helicopter Manager/Lead Engineer for all Atlantic Fleet operations, Lead Developmental Test Pilot for all Navy H-60 programs, Executive Officer for the Army 2 Star General in charge of logistics in Baghdad, Iraq. Currently, Capt. Labows is Commanding Officer of the Defense Contract Management Agency in Philadelphia. Capt. Labows has been awarded the Bronze Star for his service during Operation Iraqi Freedom, the Navy Test Wing Atlantic Test Pilot of the Year in 1997, and the Outstanding Thesis Award.
Constance Malatesta – Education
Mrs. Malatesta is being inducted for her contributions in education. Mrs. Malatesta was a teacher, assistant principal, and principal at Hatboro-Horsham High School for 35 years. She was chair of English department for 20 years, taught AP English for 20 years, helped develop and expand the writing program at the high school, introduced the summer reading program in the English department, and was instrumental in organizing and developing block scheduling. Mrs. Malatesta was advisor for the Hat Chat for 15 years, Yearbook advisor for 4 years, and National Honor Society advisor for 20 years. Mrs. Malatesta received the district’s Champions of Learning award twice. She was instrumental in seeing that Hatboro-Horsham High School was recognized by Redbook magazine as an outstanding school in April of 1996.
Captain Kenneth Seliga – Class of 1980 – Military Service
Capt. Seliga is being inducted for his military service. Seliga graduated from Temple with bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, National Defense University. He earned his aviator wings and was selected to become a P-3 pilot. Some of his assignments/duties have included: VP 49 served as Aircraft Division Officer and NATOPS Officer and deployments to Signonella, Bermuda and Keflavik, VP 30 as Aviation Safety Officer and Pilot Training Officer. Capt. Seliga was also assigned to Carrier Group ONE in San Diego as Flag Secretary. Capt. Seliga deployed to Japan as Maintenance Officer and then to the Arabian Gulf as part of a flying combat mission. He has been a Joint War Fighting Analyst, and was awarded a Defense Meritorious Service Medal, two Merit Service Medals, three Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals, a Joint Service Achievement Medal and two Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals. Currently, Capt. Seliga is stationed at NAS Norfolk where he is Chief of Staff for the Commander, Patrol and Reconnaissance Group.