Almost 400 attend Lancer Legacy Banquet

Posted on May 30, 2017, in Academics, Events

Almost 400 guests attended the 9th Annual Lancer Legacy Banquet last week.

The Distinguished Alumni Award was presented to Emily McCracken Shears (‘97). Shears is the Hospital Epidemiologist and Director of the Infection Prevention, Quality Improvement and Regulatory & Accreditation services departments at UPMC Hamot in Erie. She earned her Master of Public Health in epidemiology from the University of Minnesota and her Bachelor of Science in Biology. Before UPMC, Shears worked for the Department of Infectious Diseases, Epidemiology and Immunology at Children’s Hospital of Minnesota and the Minnesota Department of Health in the division of Acute Disease Investigation and Control. She is also a volunteer for ServeErie.

The Lancer Legacy Award for Distinguished Service to the General McLane School District was presented to Dan Berlin, and the Lancer Legacy Award for Distinguished Service to the General McLane Athletics was presented to Jay Macho.

Berlin taught at General McLane School District from 1969 until 2003. He taught high school math and served as an advisor to Student Council and math team Competitions. He also established and advised the National Honor Society. Berlin is involved with his church, serving as a deacon, church/youth group leader and member of the church choir. He is the president of Pro Rege Christian School Board and is an elected auditor of Rockdale Township. He and his wife Kathryn reside in Cambridge Springs and have 12 grandchildren.

Macho was employed as a middle school Language Arts teacher within the General McLane School District from 1974 through 2011. He coached middle school football, basketball and cross country. He also coached high school football and track and field. During Macho’s first year as head track and field coach, Macho led the girls track team to the PIAA State Championship, which was the school’s first state championship. Macho currently volunteers with the Erie Philharmonic and officiates track meets at Olmsted Falls HS.  He and his wife Diana reside in Edinboro.

Following the presentation of the Distinguished Alumni and Lancer Legacy Awards, the Annual Academic Awards Ceremony for students took place. More than 350 high school students were recognized for achieving Honor Roll at least three terms during the 2016-2017 School Year. Students who received an Academic Letter were also recognized.

The General McLane High School Academic Letter Program is designed to award excellence in academic performance by its students. Implemented in the 1990s and proposed by students, students may accumulate points on a yearly basis for Principal’s Honor Roll,  Honor Roll, National Honor Society, Academic Challenge Team, School Sponsored Competitions and Non-Athletic Activities. To earn this award, freshmen must accumulate 8.0 points and all other students 10.5 points during the defined year.