ACADEMICS INDUCTEE: Barbara Holtzople Nash, Class of 1963
Since 1998, Barbara Nash, Academics Honoree, has been the principal of Waverly Elementary School in Frederick County. She began her career 30 years ago as an elementary teacher at Parkway Elementary, Green Valley Elementary and, later, Kemptown Elementary School. Prior to her current position, Mrs. Nash was the assistant Principal at South Frederick Elementary School and then Principal of Carroll Manor Elementary School. Adults all over this area remember Mrs. Nash as their favorite.
Mrs. Nash graduated with a Bachelor of Science at Towson State University in 1967. She returned to Towson State in 1988 to receive her Specialist Certificate in Education for Administration and Supervision of Elementary and Middle Schools, as well as her Masters of Education in 1989.
Part of the first graduating class of Linganore High School in 1963, she was the soloist at her graduation ceremony. In high school, she kept very busy as a member of the National Honor Society, Band, Drama and SGA. She played both softball and basketball. Barbara Nash is very involved in her community and the Frederick County Public School system. She is a life-long member of Libertytown United Methodist Church and a long-time member and volunteer with the Elks Club and several
other service organizations.
ARTS & HUMANITIES INDUCTEE: Michael Tully, Class of 1992
Michael Tully is a film director, script writer, and actor. He is also the head editor of HammerToNails.com, a website that shines a spotlight on indie films. He wrote and directed the acclaimed film, Ping-Pong Summer. It was filmed in Ocean City, Maryland and released for distribution in January 2014. This movie hit features a young boy who, while on a family vacation, finds his passion for Ping-Pong.
Mr. Tully graduated from the University of Maryland Baltimore with a BA in Visual Arts Film Production and an extended minor in creative writing. He has gone on to use these degrees to their fullest potential. In addition to Ping-Pong Summer, Mr. Tully directed Cocaine Angel in 2006, Silver Jew in 2007 and directed and acted in his film Septien in 2011. Septian features a man who returns to his family after having disappeared for 18 years.
Mr. Tully’s film Ping-Pong Summer received the Terry Porter Visionary Award as well as the Audience Award at the Sarasota Film Festival. Michael Tully was named one of Filmmaker Magazine’s 25 New Faces of Independent Film. Today Michael Tully lives with his wife Holly in Texas. His skills and love for tennis and basketball from high school have carried into the present. Mr. Tully also enjoys reading, specifically words on paper, as he finds inspiration for his next big film.
ATHLETICS INDUCTEE: Ryan Green, Class of 1997
Mr. Ryan Green is the head wrestling coach at Catoctin High School. He is also the Founder and Head wrestling coach for Mason-Dixon Mat Hawgs in Thurmont. Prior to this, Mr. Greene was an assistant coach at Linganore.
Mr. Green played football and wrestled all throughout high school. He was the MD state wrestling champion at 152 lbs. and in 1996 was on Linganore’s state champion football team. This past winter his team at Catoctin won the County Wrestling Championships. Mr. Green has coached three NHSCA open All- Americans, four Maryland state champions, three state runner ups and over 16 state place winners. In 2009, the Frederick News Post awarded him Coach of the Year.
Ryan Green is a Journeyman Steamfitter for Control Sources LLC in Baltimore. Prior to this, Mr. Green began his career as the owner and operator of Green Quality Solutions in Fairfield Pennsylvania. With the help of his studies at an Apprenticeship Program at the Local Union #486 in Baltimore, he is a licensed Plumber, Journeyman and CFC. Mr. Green currently lives in Pennsylvania with his Wife Danielle (a Linganore graduate from the class of 1998), and their three children Gavin, Micah and Presley.
BUSINESS INDUCTEE: Tom Rinker, Class of 1998
Tom Rinker loves all things cycling. He is founder and president of the Frederick Bicycle Coalition since 2009. He owns The Bicycle Escape in Frederick. His father Roger, grandfather Victor and Tom share three generations of a love of cycling. Prior to this, Mr. Rinker was the manager of All American Bicycles in Damascus where he honed his craft during high school and for years after graduation.
Mr. Rinker received a BA from Hood College in 2003. He was inducted into the Psi Chi National Honor Society in 2003 and his business was awarded one of “America’s Best Bike Shops” by the National Bicycle Dealer Association in 2013. Mr. Rinker has a Size-Cycle certification from Serottle International Cycling Institute and is a suspension specialist from the Specialized Bicycle Component University.
Above all other avocations, Mr. Rinker enjoys life on two wheels. He lives in Frederick with his wife and 1998 graduate, Danielle, and their two children Geoffrey and Olive. They hope their children will be the fourth generation of cyclists in the Rinker family.
PUBLIC SERVICE INDUCTEE: Crystal Thompson, Class of 1997
Crystal Thompson received a BA in Social Work and Sociology at Hood College and then a Masters in Social Work at UMBC. Ms. Thompson began her career as a foster care social worker in Frederick in 2003. Through the Peace Corps she traveled to Madagascar as a Community Health Promoter and Documentation Consultant for an education non-profit. Since then, Ms. Thompson has been Special Program’s Manager for the US Department of State and the Madagascar Program Manager for Madecasse LLC. She has also worked as a translator.
Among her many volunteer activities, Ms. Thompson was the lead coordinator of the Ramadan food drive and school supply drive for the US Embassy. She frequently applies her talents to the care and coordination of help for those who are disadvantaged. Ms. Thompson received the Meritorious Honor Award from the US Embassy in both 2010 and 2012. She also received a grant from the Kirby Simon Trust to support a school for orphans.
While at LHS Miss. Thompson played field hockey and participated in band. She enjoys playing the French horn which she played as a member of Hood College’s wind ensemble. Today she is a member of the International Running Club in Antananarivo. She completed a 60 Km ultra-trail course through the mountains of Madagascar, as well as two marathons, including one in Frederick, MD.
SCIENCES INDUCTEE: Adam Plesniak, Class of 2001
Adam Plesniak is the Principal and Vice President in Product Engineering and Design at Amonix, Inc. in California. He is also the Founder and President of Quickgit.
His success began his junior year in high school where he received the Rensselaer Medal and Scholarship to the Rensselaer Polytechnic University for his promising talent in math and science. In the summers, he was inspired to become a real “rocket scientist” as an intern at NASA Goddard and the NASA Jet Propulsion Lab.
Mr. Plesniak received a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He earned his Master’s in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University and earned a Certificate in Systems Engineering from the California Institute of Technology.
He was a Test Engineer and Chief Product Designer of the Solar Energy Program at The Boeing Company in California. Since 2010, Mr. Plesniak has worked with Amonix, Inc. in their research and development labs. He lends his expertise as a commentator and conference chair for SPIE and as a consultant and proposal reviewer for the US Department of Energy.