One of the events I am looking forward to attending this spring is CV’s annual Distinguished Alumni program. Each year, the district honors three to five alumni who have found success since graduating from CVSD.

This year, we are honoring three members in a ceremony on April 6. These three individuals demonstrate CV’s motto of Character, Community, Commitment. The three honorees for the 2017-2018 school year are (in order of graduation years):

  • Jill Brensinger Trimbath, Class of 1988. Before taking on her current role as director of admissions at Veritas Academy, Trimbath worked as a genetic counselor with some of the top names in medicine. Trimbath served as a genetic counselor at Johns Hopkins, where she also served as a faculty member responsible for publishing articles in the New England Journal of Medicine. She was also involved in the White House Colon Cancer Initiative. Trimbath has publically spoken about her work, including being interviewed on Good Morning America alongside Francis Collins, Head of the Human Genome project. In her spare time, Trimbath serves as a Sunday School teacher at Westminster Presbyterian Church and teaches music to children.
  • Tyler Benedum, Ph.D., Class of 1994. Benedum is the Vice President of CMC Development for Avid Radiopharmaceuticals. Avid Radiopharmaceuticals developed Amyvid, a ground-breaking medicine used to detect Alzheimer’s Disease in living patients. Before Amyvid, the disease could only be officially diagnosed after deceased patients underwent an autopsy. Benedum joined Avid Radiopharmaceuticals as its second employee after earning his Ph.D. as a research chemist and played a key role in expanding the company and developing the Amyvid compound. Benedum is also active in his sister’s nonprofit organization, Today is a Good Day.
  • David Groff, Class of 2000. Groff began working at Clark Associates in 2004 and today serves as president of the WEBstaurant Store division, which employs more than 580 people at distribution centers in five states, including a $5 million, 52,000 square foot headquarters in Lititz. Groff also served on the board of the Strasburg Jaycee Park and lead a campaign to build a new playground

This year’s Distinguished Alumni are invited to participate in our career education program on Friday, April 6, 2018 at GHMS. Following the career program, there will be a reception where we will present the alumni with their award.

Though this year’s alumni are chosen, we are accepting nominations for next year. You can nominate any number of alumni for consideration on our website, HERE. Criteria are listed there as well. Our committee meets at the end of every school year to review the nominations. If you have any questions, contact Kendal Gapinski at kendal_gapinski@conestogavalley.org.

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