The Johnston High School Walk of Fame is almost complete.
“There are always those finishing touches needed in order complete such a project and we’ll be getting to that within the next few days,” said Gary Mazzie, the Panthers’ co-director of athletics.
Once work is complete, the Walk of Fame will be ready for its official dedication on Saturday, Dec. 8. The dedication will be culmination of two years of work by Mazzie, a former JHS teacher and coach, who founded the school’s Athletic Hall of Fame.
The Walk of Fame dedication ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. in front of the Edward L. DiSimone Gymnasium where the brick way has been installed. Invitations have been sent to each member of the Johnston Town Council and School Committee, and light refreshments will be offered following the brief ceremony.
“We especially want to honor each and every person who bought a brick,” Mazzie said. “We are very pleased with the way the project turned out.”
Mazzie launched the Walk of Fame idea in late 2011 as another way to help support the school’s newly created Athletic Hall of Fame. The brick program also afforded Panthers a way to honor family members and loved ones who participated in athletics or have since passed away.
“The Walk of Fame turned out to be a great success on two fronts,” Mazzie said. “First, we sold 86 bricks that was a big boost for our Athletic Hall of Fame in general. We’ve also started receiving orders for next year.”
Mazzie says the price of the bricks will be the same next year. Each brick costs $50, containing up to three lines of engraving, each with a maximum of 15 characters.
If anyone would like to purchase a brick, they may do so by calling the JHS Athletic Department at 233-1920 ext. 2123 or log on to jhshalloffame.com and click on the brick program. People may also email Mazzie at firstname.lastname@example.org and he will send prospective buyers an order form.
“We are pleased with every phase of this project. We’re so optimistic that we’re hoping that it really takes off in 2013 and that we double the amount of bricks we sold this time. We have plenty of room left, as people will see if they attend the Dec. 8 dedication.”
JHS sports enthusiasts will see the work of Gerald St. Angelo and Mike Giammarco, both Johnston residents who have children in the town’s school system, who installed those 86 bricks last Saturday morning.
“We began at 8:30 a.m. and were finished by one o’clock,” Mazzie said. “Gerry actually laid the bricks with help from Mike. That was one happy moment for me and our Athletic Hall of Fame Committee. It has been a long time coming.”