Lancer Legacy Banquet

Posted on May 27, 2016, in Academics, Events


The 8th Annual Lancer Legacy Banquet took place Thursday, May 26 at McLane Church. This year’s banquet honored John Samol (‘93), Dan DeFigio (‘87), Martha Kosiorek and Martha Knuth.

Samuel and DeFigio received the Distinguished Alumni Awards.

DeFigio is currently the owner of Basics and Beyond, a fitness and nutrition company that offers personal training, nutrition counseling, bootcamp classes, and physical therapy in Nashville, Brentwood, Franklin, and Antioch TN. He is the author of numerous books including Beating Sugar Addiction For Dummies, Beach Games for Kids (an Amazon Bestselling children’s book), The Two Week Transformation and Beyond Smoothies. DeFigio has appeared on CNN’s Fit Nation, The Dr. Phil Show, SELF Magazine, Personal Trainer Magazine,, Woman’s World, and is the former host of the television series Fitness Basics and Beyond. Dan DeFigio was named one of Nashville’s top entrepreneurs in 2013 and was a contributing editor of the official publication of the National Federation of Professional Trainers.

Samol currently is an obstetrician-gynecologist for Group Health / Tri Health in Cincinnati, Ohio. He is also the current Associate Chairman of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Bethesda North Hospital. He has been in practice for 11 years. Samol received his undergraduate degree from John Carroll University, where he was also a 4-year letter winner on Varsity Basketball team, a senior captain and namesake of the program’s John Samol Class Act Award, given annually to a member of the basketball team. He then continued his education at University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, where he received his medical degree.

Knuth received the Lancer Legacy Award for Distinguished Service to the General McLane School District. Knuth taught English and Reading at James W. Parker Middle School for twenty-two years. She served as the JWPMS newspaper advisor for 14 years, the JWPMS yearbook advisor for three years and Spelling Bee advisor for 15 years. During her service to the District, Knuth also was involved with many different projects, including the student of the month recognition, Japanese penpal exchange, 6th grade autobiography project and 8th grade dinner dance. She pioneered block scheduling in language arts and literacy education activities in sixth grade.

Kosiorek received the Lancer Legacy Award for Distinguished Service to the General McLane Athletics. Kosiorek taught English at General McLane High School for thirty-four years. She held positions such as Drill Team Coach, 11th Grade Sponsor, Literacy Magazine advisor, Assistant Curriculum Coordinator of Language Arts and Language Arts Departmental Lead Teacher. She is being recognized, however, as a pioneer of the GM Girls Basketball program, as she was the first Head Coach when the program started in 1977.

These awards are presented during the Lancer Legacy Academic Banquet of Excellence. After the presentation of the Distinguished Alumni and Lancer Legacy Awards, the Annual Academic Awards Ceremony for students took place.