Jason Chappell (Class of 1992), Public Service
Jason has served this county since he graduated from RHS. For the last 20 years he has worked for the Dept of Social Services, the Employment Security Commission, and Job Link, helping others gain employment. He served on the Trans. Co. School Board for six years and has been a county commissioner for 12 years. He also serves on numerous county advisory boards. Jason’s commitment to the betterment of Trans. Co. is well evident and makes him worthy of being inducted.
Jerry Ihme, Athletic Achievements
Jerry retired from Trans. Co Schools where he taught drivers ed, math, and PE. He coached football and girls and boys basketball. In 1988, he coached the state runner-up boys basketball team, as well as making it to the playoffs numerous years. He served as athletic director for eight years, helping to expand the middle school athletic programs by adding wrestling, track, baseball and softball. He also oversaw renovations to the Silversteen stadium and new field house construction. He continues to use his coaching skills in his work at the Job Corp.
Berlis Owen (Class of 1963), Inspirational Experiences
Berlis has received numerous degrees and certifications, demonstrating his desire to be a life-long learner. During his educational career, he taught science and math, but is most remembered as being a counselor at six different schools. Many people remember him for the advice he gave them. In his retirement, he breeds and crossbreeds hundreds of varieties of day lilies. He currently volunteers for the board of elections and as music leader at Rosman Baptist Tabernacle. His humble devotion to his church, his family, and community is an example to all.
Rick Pangle (Class of 1974), Career SuccessRick became director of Trans. Co. Parks and Recreation at the age of 23 and retired after 35 years. Under his tenure the county expanded the park system and added many opportunities for citizens of all ages. A few of the major accomplishments in his career include constructing the current rec department facilities, starting the Senior Games, completing the Rosman Park and ball fields, and founding the Trans. Youth Council. Rick has never wanted credit for the work he accomplished, he merely wanted to make life better for those around him.
Bill Ragland, Contributions to RHS
Bill moved to Transylvania County from Alabama to work for the government surveillance tracking station. When it closed he decided to raise his family here and open his own electrical business. When his boys were old enough, Bill began to help with their football teams. This is his 43rd year as the announcer and “Voice of the RHS Tigers”. He has missed fewer than five games in all those years. His dedication to RHS football never wavers and he is one of their biggest supporters
Rosman High School is extremely appreciative of donations from the following individuals and businesses that helped sponsor this evening: In memory of Tommy Morgan, Jarrett’s IGA, Petit’s Heating and Air, Satellite Connection, Toxaway Grading, and Zaxby’s.