Receiving distinguished alumni awards were:
Dave Hoffman, who is manager of the Gavin Plant, second largest in the AEP system. He graduated from Meigs High School in 1982 and Ohio University in 1986 with a degree in electrical engineering. In 2006 he was promoted to manager of the Gavin Plant, the second largest plant in the AEP system. In 2009 under his leadership, the plant was recognized for performance records in unit and plant electric generation production.
Jan Michael Long, former State Senator and current Pickaway County Juvenile and Probate Judge, who graduated from Meigs High School in 1970 and The Ohio State University in 1974. He then went on to Capital University Law School receiving his juris doctorate from there. From 1986 to 1997, he served in the Ohio Senate as a representative of Meigs and seven other Southeastern Ohio counties. He was recognized for his outstanding leadership roles in state and local government.
Morgan Mathews, a 2000 graduate of Meigs High School and a 2006 graduate of Ohio University with a bachelor’s degree in therapeutic recreation. Over the last decade she has been a strong advocate and dedicated volunteer for “Lifeline of Ohio.” In February she will celebrate the 10th anniversary of her own liver transplant. Morgan is currently employed at the Ohio State University’s Dodd Hall as a certified therapeutic recreational therapist with a specialization in brain injuries.
Evan Shaw, a 2002 graduate of Meigs High School and a 2007 graduate of Ohio University’s College of Communications, currently employed as director of multimedia marketing for Ohio University Athletics. He recently won an Emmy and National Silver Telly award for his video production showcasing Ohio University’s 2009 football season, He also won an Emmy in 2009 for Outstanding Sports Photography and has received two Platinum Level National Empixx Awards for Videography and Sports Feature.
The distinguished service award went to Rita Slavin, who along with her husband, the late Jack Slavin, taught at Meigs High School for over 50 years. Mrs. Slavin’s biology classes were known to be difficult but were also known to be the premier courses to prepare students for college and give them a true appreciation for science. Many of her students have excelled in various fields of science.
Equally remembered is the unique ability of her husband who encouraged and developed the creativity and work ethic of students in his art classes. For their demonstrated dedication to Meigs Local, Mr. and Mrs. Slavin were honored with the distinguished service award.
Making the presentations were Rusty Bookman, Meigs Local Superintendent; Barbara Musser, Meigs Local Board of Education president; Steve Ohlinger, Meigs High School principal; and Amy Blake, vice president of the Meigs Local Alumni Association.