Hall of Honor Class of 2021 Announced

Hall of Honor Class of 2021 Announced

Delone Catholic High School is pleased to announce the selection of its Hall of Honor Class of 2021. This class, comprising five members, brings the total number of inductees to 30 in six induction classes. The Class of 2021 will be inducted in a virtual ceremony on Thursday, April 29. The ceremony will be available on the Delone Catholic Broadcast Network (DCBN), Delone Catholic’s YouTube channel. 

The Hall of Honor inducted its inaugural class in conjunction with the celebration of the school’s 75th Anniversary on Sept. 19, 2015. The Hall of Honor recognizes individuals who have made a significant contribution to the school through consistent contribution of time, effort and/or financial resources, or who have improved the school and its reputation through significant professional or community achievements.

Members of the Class of 2021 are:

Barbara A. Buehler – A member of the Delone Catholic faculty and administration from 1977 until her retirement in 2003. She was a member of the science department, including serving as its chair, for many years until she left the classroom to serve as a guidance counselor. In addition to her outstanding work in the classroom, she impacted students and colleagues in countless ways, serving on numerous committees and as moderator of student clubs. She moderated such activities as the Delonian yearbook and student council, as well as service and spiritual organizations and activities, including the Interact Club, the Diocesan Search retreat program, the Delone Catholic retreat program, and service trips to Appalachia. Since her retirement, she has stayed involved through service as a hotline volunteer and board member for Survivors, an organization assisting victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.

Robert B. Kenworthy ’54 – A three-year sports editor of Delonews, the junior class and student council president and the member of his class voted most likely to succeed. These three data points proved to be prophetic for Bob Kenworthy’s life. He went on to study at Gettysburg College and never left, serving as the college’s first Sports Information Director for 40 years until his retirement in 1999. He was an award-winning trailblazer in that field, and has community service awards named for him by both the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Association Sports Information Directors Association (ECAC-SIDA) and the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). He has been inducted into at least four halls of fame, including CoSIDA and the South Central Chapter of the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame. Aside from his professional accomplishments, he has lived a life of service and leadership at Gettysburg College, St. Francis Xavier Church in Gettysburg and Delone Catholic High School. He was a member of the Delone Catholic Board of Directors and served as campaign chair for Delone’s Diamond Decade Initiative Phase I. His four children and his grandson are all Delone Catholic alumni.

Diane M. (Neiderer) Livelsberger ’65 – A former member of the faculty and a pioneer in girls’ sports at Delone Catholic. Her four children are Delone Catholic alumni. She taught physical education from 1969-1979. During this time, she became an advocate for girls’ participation in high school athletics, coaching the first varsity teams in field hockey, basketball, and volleyball. Despite the boys’ sports having a 30+-year head start, the groundwork she laid has developed into 11 sports with a storied tradition of their own, providing opportunities for young women to compete for their school and grow as individuals. Five of Delone Catholic’s seven team state championships have come in girls’ basketball (four) and girls’ volleyball (one). Following a hiatus from teaching to raise her family, she spent another 22 years in the gyms of our local Catholic elementary schools until her retirement in 2012. Outside of school, she was also actively involved in scouting with her children.

Donald B. Smith, Sr. ’46 (1928-2012) – A businessman and philanthropist whose financial gifts to and efforts on behalf of organizations have improved the lives of people throughout the Adams/Hanover area for generations. Nine of his children and many of his grandchildren are Delone Catholic alumni. He was the founder of Donald B. Smith Roofing, Inc., and Conewago Contractors, Inc. Both of these businesses, and later, Conewago Enterprises, Inc., have employed thousands over the years and have built strong reputations locally and beyond for outstanding work. He served on numerous boards, providing counsel on building projects for the Hanover Area YMCA, the Diocese of Harrisburg and its parishes, and Delone Catholic High School among many others. He served as the Honorary Chair for Delone’s Diamond Decade Initiative Phase I. He set an example which his family has followed in business, and they continue his legacy of service to Delone Catholic and countless other organizations.

John W. Smith ’47 – A volunteer at Delone Catholic for parts of eight decades. His two children and three grandchildren are Delone Catholic alumni. He began as a volunteer in the 1950s, and has served a wide variety of roles in nearly every sport offered at Delone Catholic. He has lined fields in preparation for football, field hockey, baseball, and softball. During games, he has served on the chain crew for football, and as a scoreboard/clock operator for football, basketbal,l and wrestling. Outside of Delone Catholic, he served as a youth baseball umpire in McSherrystown for many years.

The Hall of Honor Nomination Committee invites nominations for the Delone Catholic Hall of Honor Class of 2022. For eligibility requirements, nomination forms, and biographies of previous inductees, please visit our Hall of Honor page​​​.  Anyone without access to a computer who wishes to make a nomination may contact the Office of Advancement at 717-637-5969, Ext. 211. Any nominees who were not selected for the Class of 2021 will be considered by the committee for the Class of 2022. Nominations must be received by Sept. 1, 2021 in order to be considered for the Class of 2022. Any nominations received after that date will be considered for the Class of 2023.