VHS Historical Committee Names New Leaders, Endeavors

VINELAND - The Vineland High School Historical Committee has new leadership, with Keith Petrosky recently elected as president and John Casadia Jr. as vice president for 2016.
"Both men have deep ties to the community and are highly regarded for their commitment to the high school," said Dr. Thomas McCann, VHS principal. "We are so excited to have Keith and John lead this group. This is certainly going to help the committee to keep moving forward."
The VHS Historical Committee consists of VHS administrators, faculty, staff, and students, as well as community representatives, according to Petrosky.
"I have observed a renewed energy with the committee as we begin to branch out into meaningful projects," said Petrosky. "And I am grateful for the fantastic support of Dr. McCann."
The group's recent accomplishments include:

  • Coordinating the VHS South building's 50th-Anniversary Re-Dedication Ceremony in 2013

  • Honoring long-time faculty and staff with induction on the "Wall of Warriors"

  • Advocating for the naming of the new VHS athletic fields in memory of Anthony DiTomo, the VHS pool in honor of founding swim team coach John A. Casadia Jr., and the VHS South foyer in honor of Chalky Ottinger

  • Installing a display case to honor former VHS student-athlete/teacher/coach Clarion Cosh

  • Placing a plaque in the VHS North library to note the longevity of the late former librarian Yolanda Pignatello

  • Assisting with the Athletic Wall of Fame program

  • Setting up a case to display VHS artifacts in the Gerald J. Barry Conference Room

  • Conducting an inventory of VHS yearbooks from past years and selling them to help fund various projects

"In the near future we are involving our students more to embark on a project [in order] to have a written and video history of Vineland High School," said Petrosky. "I am really excited about the student involvement. It appropriately links the current students with all that has come before in the proud history of VHS."
Petrosky added, "The students involved with [teacher] Mr. Dan Kuzma on this project are sophomores and we want them to work on it for the next three years. Additionally, we have requested the Board of Education to name the VHS varsity soccer field in honor of the founding soccer team coach, Richard Klimek, and we have endorsed the effort of board member Brian DeWinne to name the VHS North building in memory of the late teacher/coach/administrator Dennis Tanner."
Petrosky said that he is aware that VHS history stretches "far beyond our current collective memories, and we need to keep naming honors and efforts in perspective so we don't overlook the contributions of people that may have recently been forgotten."