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Five new members were inducted into the Edgewood High School Hall of Fame Tuesday in conjunction with the EHS Class of 2012 commencement ceremonies the same day.

The five newest members of the Edgewood High School Hall of Fame are: Retired Maj. Gen. George H. Harmeyer of the Class of 1961; Retired FBI Special Agent Geoffrey A. Glover of the Class of 1962; Mountain Christian School Principal Nadine Haas Wellington of the Class of 1972; former Navy nurse and current cancer patient advocate/Jazzercise franchisee Mary Porterfield Johnson of the Class of 1975; and bank vice president M. Scott Elliott of the Class of 1983.

An induction assembly was held at the school where each of the five prospective Hall members was introduced by a student ambassador. Guests of the inductees, selected students and staff members and invited members of the community will attended the ceremony, which will featured a visual presentation highlighting each of the inductees.

The new Hall members were each presented with plaques and medallions from the school and Edgewood High School Alumni Association, as well as with awards from community and government leaders.

Plaques representing an image and accomplishments of each of the inductees will join the 15 already on display on the Hall of Fame Wall, located in a central area of the school's first floor.

Biographies of this year's five inductees follow:

U.S. Army Maj. General (Retired) George H. Harmeyer, Class of 1961 - An original student as a sixth grader at the fledgling Edgewood High in 1954, Harmeyer was a member of the National Honor Society and captain of the football and basketball teams as a senior.

He was graduated from Western Maryland (now McDaniel) College in 1965, where he played on the football team; and earned an M.A. from the University of Washington in 1975. The future general was commissioned an Armor/Cavalry officer as a Distinguished Military Graduate of Western Maryland in 1965 and served in the Vietnam War in 1968-69 as a troop commander and squadron motor officer.

He taught at theU.S. MilitaryAcademy at West Point from 1975-77, and commanded an Armor Brigade during Desert Storm as well as having served in various capacities in Europe and stateside through 1996. Harmeyer's distinguished military career culminated in his being named Commanding General of the U.S. Army Armor Center and Fort Knox in 1996, a position he held until his retirement from active duty in 1999. He spent the next 10 years as an executive in the defense contracting industry where he led up to 150 personnel conducting training in operations and logistics, managing annual budgets of up to $35 million.

The 68-year-old retired general is now an independent consultant, and serves as Chairman, National Armor & Cavalry Heritage Foundation focused on building the new National Armor & Cavalry Museum at Fort Benning, Ga. He also supports various Wounded Warrior programs for our Wounded Heroes. Harmeyer has been married for 41 years. He and his wife, Phyllis, have one son, Will, 29. They have homes in Texas and Virginia.

Geoffrey A. Glover, Class of 1962 - A state cross country and track and field champion as a senior at Edgewood High, Glover established the state record in cross country and in the one-mile run in track and field. He was also a starting guard on the Rams basketball team.

At Towson State College, he was cross country conference champion, track conference champion in the two-mile, and MVP Athlete of the Year in 1962-63. After having served as a captain in the U.S. Air Force (1967-71) during the Vietnam War with the Strategic Air Command in Army Intelligence, he earned his bachelor's and master's degrees from Memphis State University in 1974. While at Memphis, he established the school records in one-, two- and three-mile runs; and ran cross country.

From 1972 through 2000, Glover served as an FBI special agent at five locations, at one point acting as special agent in charge in Juneau, Alaska. He was chosen to pose for the G-Man Statue in 1985, which has been used in raising many thousands of dollars for charity; and received the Minnesota Distinguished Merit Award in 1992. Glover has worked tirelessly for a variety of charities such as Turkey Trots in Chicago (raising funds for children with illnesses, 1975-78); Racquets for Research (childhood leukemia in Minneapolis, 1979-92), Shriners Children's Hospital Law Enforcement Golf Tournament (Spokane, 2001-08); and has been chair/leader in the G-Man Golf Tournament (Palm Springs, 2001-2012, raising more than $1 million to fund scholarships for children of FBI Agents killed in the line of duty).

He ran 185 miles in five days to raise money for the University of Minnesota Foundation (October 1985); and 500 miles in 21 days from the North Dakota/Montana border to Polson, Montana, raising $200,000 for the Leukemia Foundation (July, 1987). For the past three years, he has been a committee member for a golf tournament in Spokane which raises money for a battered women's shelter.

He currently volunteers for Meals on Wheels and hospice programs in his community. Glover, 68, is a Native American who lived on a reservation until he was five. He and his wife, Margie, live in Mead, Wash. They have two grown sons and three grandchildren.

Nadine Haas Wellington, Class of 1972 - A career educator who serves as principal of the Mountain Christian School in Joppa, as a student at Edgewood High Wellington was captain of the field hockey team, president of the Pep Club, cheerleader, member of the Homecoming and Prom courts, and won several choral awards.

She was also a member of the National Honor Society and student representative to the Girl Scouts of Central Maryland, as well as serving as President of the Harford County Regional Association of Student Governments and a page to the Maryland General Assembly.

After high school, she was named Miss Harford County and has performed in community theater for over 25 years as an actress, vocalist, and member of the boards of the Children's Playhouse of Maryland and the Dundalk Community Theatre. She currently performs with the Harford Jazz Ensemble and the Harford Community Band.

Wellington earned an AA degree from Harford Community College, a bachelor's from Towson University, a master's from Johns Hopkins (summa cum laude), and has done graduate work at the University of Connecticut and Lincoln Bible College. During her 35 years as an educator, Wellington has been a middle school science teacher, an assistant principal, and served as principal of Joppatowne Elementary School for five years in 1992-97.

She has also been the Drug Education Coordinator for Harford County Public Schools and Instructor/Professional Development Center Coordinator for Stevenson University in 1999-2002. For the past 10 years, she has been Director of School Ministries (Principal) at Mountain Christian and is the District Representative for the Association of Christian Schools (for Maryland, Delaware and D.C.).

She has been a member of Mountain Christian Church for 40 years where she has been a member of the Chancel Choir, Children's Choir Director, and Drama Director. Largely through her efforts, Mountain Christian achieved full accreditation in 2010 for the first time in the 30-plus year history of the school. Twice, in 2007 and 2011, she has traveled to Kenya on mission trips in partnership with Hope Missions International, serving in a school in the slums of Mathare, where she conducted leadership conferences for local school administrators and helped renovate a library/refurbished school offices. Wellington and her husband, Charles, have one son, Spencer. The couple lives in Forest Hill.

Mary Porterfield Johnson, Class of 1975 - A 32-year Registered Nurse, Johnson graduated fourth in her class at Edgewood High, where she was also named Outstanding Senior Girl Graduate.

She was a member of the National Honor Society and the Homecoming Queen, as well as President of the Varsity Club and a Varsity cheerleader while also taking part as a member of the Varsity tennis and track teams. She was Student Council Secretary, page to the Maryland General Assembly, DAR recipient, and received the Optimist Service award among her many honors.

Johnson, 55, earned her B.S. in nursing from the University of Delaware (1979) where she received many awards including membership in the Sigma Theta Tau National Nursing Honor Society. She was in theU.S. Navy Nurse Corps (1979-83), and was named Junior Officer of the Year for 1980. During her nursing career, she worked in surgical, medical-surgical, pediatrics, orthopedics and oncology. In 1979, Johnson received the Mary K. Carl Award for Most Human Responsiveness in Professional Nursing.

She is currently Breast Cancer Educator for the Naval Health Clinic Hawaii in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, where she helps newly diagnosed breast cancer patients through their care continuum. She also cares for Navy/Marine Corps patients in the Asia/Pacific area who receive services at Tripler Army Medical Center. Johnson is facilitator of a monthly breast cancer support group and is mentor to nursing students from the University of Hawaii and Hawaii Pacific University. In addition, she has been franchise owner of Jazzercise for 22 years and serves as Quality Coordinator for Jazzercise in Hawaii, training, mentoring, coaching and maintaining standards for the organization. She conducts Jazzercise/Kids Get Fit programs free of charge in local schools, Girl Scout troops, and other youth organizations.

Johnson volunteers at charitable races and walks for groups seeking to raise funds for health care. She is married to former Navy Submarine Captain Kevin Johnson. The Johnsons, who live in Honolulu, Hawaii, have three children, Matthew Johnson, 28, Dr. Katherine Johnson, 26, andU.S. Navy LTJG Mark A. Johnson, 25. Johnson joins her older brother,U.S. Navy Rear Admiral (Retired) Richard B. Porterfield, as a member of the Edgewood High School Hall of Fame.

M. Scott Elliott, Class of 1983 - While at Edgewood High, Elliott was a consistent honor student, member of the National Honor Society, National Merit Award winner, and a three-sport letterman in soccer, basketball, baseball, where he was team captain in baseball and soccer. He was named All-County in soccer and baseball for multiple years, All-Metro in baseball, and held the Edgewood High School single season soccer scoring record when he graduated. As a sophomore, he got the winning hit in the baseball state championship game for Edgewood and was a member of the 1982 Regional championship soccer team.

He attended Georgetown University to play Division I baseball and earned a B.S. in business administration with a minor in Sociology, graduating with a 3.5 GPA. Elliott was on the National Dean's List and was nominated by Georgetown as an Academic All-American baseball player. He made the Baseball All-Big East Conference team and played minor league baseball for one year. Elliott earned his master's degree from Johns Hopkins University in Business Administration with a finance concentration.

He is vice president ofPeople's Bankin Bel Air in charge of Business Development. Elliott was a "Harford's Most Beautiful People" award winner in 2010-11 in recognition of his dedication to volunteer work in the county. He is the founder and a board member of the Community Foundation of Harford County which made more than $69,000 in grants to area non-profits in 2011.

Elliott is founder of "Homeruns for the Homeless," an annual home run hitting contest held at Ripken Stadium which raises $20,000 each year for homeless families in Harford. He is coach of two Arena Starz baseball teams and two Bel Air basketball travel teams. Elliott has been an Edgewood High School Academy of Finance Advisory Board member since 1999, sponsoring job shadowing opportunities for students and funding summer internship programs as well as serving on various committees for the Academy. He is a member of the Edgewood High School Alumni Association. Elliott, 47, is married to fellow Edgewood High alumna Valerie Kellagher. They live with their two children, Ian, 14, and Max, 11, in Bel Air.

The Hall

In addition to the special afternoon assembly, the 2012 inductees were honored at a dinner given in their honor at the school. They were likewise honored in caps and gowns as stage guests during the school's 2012 commencement exercises Wednesday night.

The five newest inductees joined the Hall of Fame's 15 charter members who were inducted last June during the inaugural year of the program which honors the extraordinary contributions of alumni, former staff, and community supporters.

A joint project of the school administration and the Edgewood High School Alumni Association, the Hall of Fame seeks to recognize those who have brought honor to the school through their outstanding achievements at Edgewood High, in their chosen careers, and in their communities. In addition, the program aims to enhance the image of Edgewood High School as reflected in those highly successful people who were students or staff members there, or who have supported the school in exceptional ways.

An eight-person review committee that includes alumni, community members, school leadership and student members, as well as the previous year's inductees, voted on those who were inducted into the Hall of Fame this year.

Nomination forms for the 2013 Edgewood High School Hall of Fame program are available by visiting http://www.hcps.org or by e-mailing dmorrison2008@comcast.net and requesting the forms.

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