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Medina Schools athletic Wall of Fame to go digital

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    Todd Hodkey, Medinas athletic director, talks to the school board Monday about the athletic Wall of Fame.

    BOB FINNAN / GAZETTE

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Todd Hodkey, Medinas athletic director, talks to the school board Monday about the athletic Wall of Fame.

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MEDINA — Medina Schools’ athletic department is in the process of digitalizing all the sports plaques on its athletic Wall of Fame and others not displayed.

Medina Athletic Director Todd Hodkey said there are almost 650 plaques that bear the pictures of individual athletes or successful teams. There just isn’t the wall space to display all of them, and many are stacked up in the athletic director’s office or in storage areas.

He said he heard a presentation from Illinois-based Touchpros.com and decided that was the route Medina should take. The TouchWall — an interactive, digital display — hangs in the hallway outside the gymnasium.

The $15,000 came out of the athletic director’s budget, Hodkey said. The Medina Athletic Booster Club has pledged to help with future costs, as well as pay for the yearly storage fee.

“Ultimately, the boosters are going to give some of that money back,” Hodkey said. “The Wall of Fame is part of what the boosters do.”

The Wall of Fame is a source of pride for the school, high school Principal Jeff Harrison said.

“It was a project we started many years ago,” he said. “It’s a large endeavor.”

Harrison, the former athletic director, said it’s a ton of work keeping the Wall of Fame updated. He said each plaque costs about $100, which the boosters covered.

“That dollar amount racks up quickly,” he said. “We were running out of space.”

He said the plaques are displayed for several years before they are taken down. Some will never come down, such as Final Four teams, state champions, All-Americans and other noteworthy accomplishments.

“We don’t have room for 650 (plaques),” Hodkey said. “We’re starting to get calls from people asking, ‘Why isn’t my son or daughter up there?’ It’s become a logistical nightmare.”

All the information has yet to be entered into the database for the TouchWall.

“We’re not ready to launch anything yet. It’s just not ready yet,” he said.

Once it is complete, people will be able to access it on their mobile devices at medinaathletics.touchpros.com.

“You don’t just have to be here,” Hodkey said. “You can take it with you.

The project is expected to be complete this summer, he said, and the plan is to give the old plaques back to the athletes or their families.

“The plan is to invite them back to games and present them to them at halftime,” Hodkey said. “Give them back to the alumni. It will give them the recognition they deserve.”

New president

Becky Parkhurst was elected president of the school board Monday night.

“I think she’s going to be a fantastic board president,” said Doug Eastwood, who stepped down as president.

She was sworn in by school district Treasurer David Chambers.

“It’s truly and honor and privilege,” Parkhurst said. “I want to thank the community for voting for me in the fall.”

Her husband, Jon, and two sons, Jake and Nick, were on hand as she was sworn in.

“These are big shoes to fill,” she said, referring to Eastwood. “Thanks for setting the bar high.

“I’m excited for the direction our board is heading. I look forward to serving my community.”

Ron Ross was elected vice president.

Course offerings

Principal Harrison said among the new courses that could be offered for the 2018-19 school year are Digital Arts and Photography, Industrial Tech, Home and Repair Maintenance, Intro to Computer Science, Intro to Aerospace, French I and Financial Literacy.

Contact reporter Bob Finnan at (330) 721-4049 or rfinnan@medina-gazette.com.

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