John Wareham/News Five Fredericktown alumni were inducted in the Hall of Honor at Fredericktown High School on Wednesday, including, from left, Terry Divelbiss, Thomas Carter, Jeremiah Friend, Jeremy Freer and Rebecca Mitchell.
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Five Fredericktown alumni were inducted in the Hall of Honor at Fredericktown High School on Wednesday, including, from left, Terry Divelbiss, Thomas Carter, Jeremiah Friend, Jeremy Freer and Rebecca Mitchell.


FREDERICKTOWN — The Fredericktown High School District Board of Education and Distinguished Alumni Hall of Honor Selection Committee honored five FHS graduates Wednesday and inducted them into the Hall of Honor at Fredericktown High School.

Thomas Carter (Class of 1976), Terry Divelbiss (1966), Jeremy Freer (2000), Jeremiah Friend (1995) and Rebecca Mitchell (1979) were all introduced and inducted by separate people and then presented with plaques that will hang in perpetuity in the entrance of the high school building.

The five 2019 inductees join the previous seven — Julie Cochran (1959), John Fisher (1964), Weston Miller (1996), Roger Davis (1961), Betty Boyd Caroli (1956), Dr. William Elder (1972) and Robert Levering (1932) who were honored in the previous two ceremonies that have occurred since 2013.

Betty Weller, one of the three people on the Honor Committee that includes Dr. Elder and Chris Well, explained the nomination process.

“People have to write (potential nominees) up and turn in the applications and then the committee, of three this year, we go over the application. Then, according the guidelines we set in 2013, we can induct three to five people,” Weller explained. “It’s not for athletics, since we already have one of those.”

Carter earned his Bachelor of Science-Architecture degree in 1981 and is a licensed architect in the state of Texas. He is currently a partner and senior executive with Top-Tier Development Companies and Retailers and has over 26 years of experience in real estate and developing. He was the developer of Phase II of the Easton Town Center and he helped revamp Worthington Mall and, with his firm, was one of the leads in designing and developing the new Bob Evans Farms headquarters in New Albany. Locally, he created, financed and developed the Taylor Street condominiums in Fredericktown.

Former teacher and school superintendent Dan Humphrey introduced Divelbiss, who is known for founding the village-based company Divelbiss Corp., which designs and manufactures industrially hardened electronic control solutions. Divelbiss has been the Chairman of the Board for the Community Foundation of Mount Vernon and Knox County and has been part of the Fredericktown Community Development Foundation — including as president. After high school, he graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering from the Indiana Institute of Technology.

Freer, the youngest of the group, was introduced by Weller, a committee member as well as a former teacher.

A graduate of the class of 2000, Freer became Fredericktown’s youngest volunteer fireman in 1997 and earned his paramedic credentials three years after. His pursuit of a profession in healthcare took him to Arizona, where he became a flight paramedic and then while working, he graduated Summa Cum Laude with a bachelor’s degree in BioMedical Sciences from Midwestern University in Glendale, Arizona. At 25 years old, he launched the company Angel MedFlight Worldwide Air Ambulance, then acquired Aviation West Charters afterward, where he purchased and operated a fleet of learjets to use in medical transportation services — on a worldwide scale.

Friend is an electrical engineer whose work with NASA at the Glenn Research Center in Cleveland brought him national attention.

He was a Senior Electrical Engineer for Zin Technologies when he designed, developed and tested a Pump Motor Inventor Unit for the Ares I Upper Stage rocket as part of the Constellation Program contract proposal where the plans are to the Ares I spacecraft for a return trip to the moon in 2020. He was also the lead electrical engineer for the Zero Boil-Off Tank Experiment, which was an International Space Station research project.

He graduated from North Central State College in 1997 with honors in ASSET and then graduated Cum Laude from Ohio State University with a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering with specialization in Circuits, Control, Power and Digital Design. He also earned a master’s degree in Electrical Engineering, specializing in Power Electronics.

Mitchell is an assistant professor for Undergraduate Nursing at The Breen School of Nursing, Ursuline College, where she is course coordinator and instructor for Evidence-based Professional Nursing Practice. She is also clinical instructor for Holistic Nursing practice.

Prior to her experience at Ursuline, she taught nursing research and before being named assistant professor, she taught nurse pharmacology and pediatric nursing at two places and has written several articles about topics such as migraine headaches and mitochondrial disease associated with autism.

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