The following alumni were honored in the 6th annual Uniontown high school Academics, Arts, & Athletics Hall of Fame on September 1, 2018.
Dr. Eric Fee graduated from Uniontown Area High School in 1981 and has been inducted into the Uniontown Hall of Fame for his outstanding academics. Throughout school, Dr. Fee played sports and worked hard in school. For four years he attended Harvard College with Economics as his field of interest and was a member of two Ivy League Football Championship teams. After that, Dr. Fee earned a doctor of medicine degree from Pennsylvania State University School of Medicine and completed his post-graduate in family and community medicine at Wake Forest University. For the past 28 years, Dr. Fee worked as a Board Certified primary care physician and currently is employed by Bayview Medical Center in Norfolk, Virginia.
Chorbishop John P. Faris was born in 1951 and graduated form Uniontown in 1968. He began to study at Saint Vincent College but later transferred to Sacred Heart Seminary to pursue formation to priesthood. After Chorbishop Faris graduated in 1972, he had been sent for theological studies in Rome and studied at the Pontifical Gregorian University and the Pontifical Alphonsian Academy. Chorbishop Faris was ordained into priesthood in 1976 by Archbishop Francis M. Zayek for service in the Eparchy of Saint Maron. In 1977 Chorbishop Faris was sent to Rome for doctoral studies in canon law at the Pontifical Oriental Institute, where he earned a doctorate in Eastern Canon Law in 1980. Since 1985, at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. wher Chorbishop Faris has been a professor of Eastern Canon Law. In 1988, he was given the title of Chaplin to His Holiness and received the tittle of Chorbishop by Archbishop Zayek in 1991. In 2009 he was awarded the highest honor of the Order of the Holy Sepulchre the “Golden Palm.” Chorbishop Faris has written and edited several books and is currently working on co-editing a commentary on the Cod of Canons of the Eastern Churches.
John P. Gismondi graduated from Uniontown in 1971. He has been inducted into the Uniontown Hall of Fame, also for his academics. He amazingly has has earned the tittles from his hard work and lots of schooling, Trial Attorney, Bar Association President, and Law School Professor. Mr. Gismondi has been recognized as one of the best courtroom attorneys in all of Pennsylvania, and has spent his career representing victims in personal injury litigation. Mr. Gismondi has had a wide variety of high profile cases which have been featured on many nationally shown programs such as the ABC News, Good Morning America, CNN, and many more. One of the nation’s most recognized reference source for lawyers, Martin-dale-Hubble gives Gismondi an A/V rating, which is their highest rating for both legal ability and personal qualities. The nation’s oldest legal journal, “The Legal Intelligencer,” honored Gismondi with a “Lifetime Achievement Award.” In 1987, Gismondi opened up a law firm with another Uniontown native Dave Margolis who later left and the law firm was changed from “Gismondi and Margolis” to “Gismondi and Associates.” Gismondi believes strongly in giving back to the community and has established The Gismondi Family Foundation, which has made several generous donations to UAHS and the entire Uniontown community.
For his excellence in Arts, Trini L. Massie has been inducted into the Uniontown Hall of Fame. Mr. Massie graduated from Uniontown in 1992 and started singing at a very early age of just four years old. Mr. Massie has traveled all over the United States, Canada, Europe, Micronesia, and the Caribbean performing in concerts. Currently he is the Minister of Worship at the Mt. Ararat Baptist Church in Pittsburgh. Mr. Trini is also the founder and executive director of 4 The Caz of Christ Ministries and Productions.
Also inducted to the Uniontown Hall of Fame for her talent in arts, is Nonny Price. She graduated from Uniontown in 1993 and began her dancing career at just the very young age of just three years old. She has choreographed three world tours for Aaron Carter, has appeared in many television shows and commercials, music videos, and has performed with many talented actors. Also Michael Jordan hired her to direct and choreograph his celebrity golf tournaments. For over 20 years she has been a teacher in the art of dance and has been given the honor to have been chosen to become a member of Dance Educators of America and is also, the creative director of the dance school “Just Dance Bahamas.”
The final inductee for their talent in the arts is, Robert Hensley. He graduated from Uniontown in 1996 and is a writer and director based out of Los Angeles. He began his career as a costume designer but later transitioned to makeup and special effects, but now he works in film-making. He first self-published the YA novella “Leo’s Love Story”, which was nominated for the YA Fiction Award at the Los Angeles Book Awards in 2013. “The Taste of Salt” is one of his most award-winning short films, was screened in five festivals in five months and has won five awards. Currently he has been directing another short-film “Homewrecker” which is currently in post production and is hoping for a Halloween premiere.
Pete Smith has been inducted into the Uniontown Hall of Fame for his incredible achievements in athletics. He graduated from Uniontown in 1963 and was outstanding player in both football and basketball. While attending Uniontown, he achieved many athletic achievements. He was a member of multiple championship basketball teams and a member of the 1962 W.P.I.A.L championship football team and also a member of the 1963 PA Big 33 Team. In 2009 he was elected into the Fayette County Sports Hall of Fame as a member of the U.A.H.S. State Basketball Championship Team, and then once again he was elected in 2014 as a member of the 1962 Football Team.
Wilfred R. Minor graduated from Uniontown in 1966 and is also being honored for his athletics here at Uniontown. He was an amazing quarterback on the Red Raider 1965 W.P.I.A.L. Football Championship Team and also a starting basketball guard on the 1966 W.P.I.A.L. basketball Championship Team. Some of his most noticeable achievements are he held the record for the W.P.I.A.L. longest scoring play of the 1965 season, ranked in the top ten scoring in the 1965 W.P.I.A.L. Class AA, and was named to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Newspaper 1965 all W.P.I.A.L. Class AA Football Team.
John T. “Bandit” Unice graduated from Uniontown in 1961 and is the final inductee for his athletics for the Uniontown Hall of Fame. John Unice earned the nickname “Bandit” because of his amazing ability to come up with steals on the basketball court. He played on some incredible Uniontown teams in the 1960’s, with the 1959-60 team, the Raiders went on a 25 game winning streak and then again in the 1960-61 season, finishing with a 23-2 record. His senior year, he scored 274 points with an average of 11 points per game and was named to the All Section 5 teamand garnered Honorable Mention All State honors.
Tim Collier graduated from Uniontown in 1984 and has been inducted into the Uniontown Hall of Fame for vocational technical. He attended Fayette Area Vocational Technical School, graduating from the culinary program and then joining the United States Army in 1988 as a Food service Specialist. For over 35 years, Tim has served in the food industry and has even been general manager for for many multi-million dollar businesses.
For his legendary ability as a coach, Joe Everhart has been inducted into the Uniontown Hall of Fame. He graduated from Uniontown in 1970 and has been a phenomenal coach for the Uniontown cross-country team. This year marks the 100th anniversary that an Everhart has been coaching and Joe learned his amazing coaching ability from his father. He has coached five W.P.I.A.L. gold medalists and is closing on an estimated 500 career wins, which includes 25 section championships.
As a special recognition, John Samuel “Bus” Albright Jr. has been inducted into the Uniontown Hall of Fame. He graduated from Uniontown in 1925, and stood a six foot four, which was considered a big man for his era of basketball. He was the sixth man on Uniontown’s famed 1925 squad, that won both the W.P.I.A.L. and P.I.A.A. championships. In the 1942-43 season, John took over head coaching duties for Uniontown High School basketball team, and in his first season, Uniontown won the Section 9 championship, the following year, they finished second in section play, and in 1945, they finished third. In 1946, they held a record of 11-1, and captured the section title, in 1947 he resigned as head coach.
The 1965 WPIAL Football AA champions earned the highest numerical index ever in Dr. Roger B. Saylor’s Pennsylvania scholastic football rating. They defeated many of the WPIAL’s strongest teams in the regular season, then came from behind to conquer Butler 14-7 in the title game at the University of Pittsburgh stadium.
Special thanks to the Raider Production student staff who assisted in filming, photography, writing and editing including Andrew Schoener, Rori Price, Bridger Cameron, Samuel Jubin, Jeffrey Malaspino, Andrew Rider, Kaylena Harrell, and Jared Carpeal.
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