Bishop Hendricken Hall of Fame ceremony is March 18
The Bishop Hendricken Hall of Fame will be holding an induction ceremony at the school on Sunday, beginning with a 10 a.m. Mass followed by the ceremony at 11 and a luncheon afterward.
Among the honorees are: Power Kanga, Brother Thomas R. Leto, Thomas Dorgan, Robert Preston, William Flynn, Eileen Kohler, Jamal Gomes, Michael Rooney, Rocco Baldelli, Alfred Baker, and the 1962 Suburban League Football Champions.
Kanga is the winner of the 2012 Freshman Alumni Scholarship, awarded to a deserving, well-rounded member of the freshman class each year. It is $1,500 per year for four years.
Leto led Hendricken as the school’s president for 11 years, helping the community to grow spiritually, socially, academically, athletically and artistically.
Dorgan, ’62, was a three-year co-captain of the football team and a member of the first graduating class of Hendricken. He scored the first touchdown in school history.
Preston, ’76, served the Hendricken community as president of the Parent’s Council, vice chair of the Board of Directors Executive Committee and chair of the Major Gifts Committee, which funded school expansion, including the theater and classroom additions.
Flynn, ’63, graduated as class salutatorian and was named Hendricken Man of the Year. He credits Hendricken’s Holy Cross Brothers as a major influence in his choosing a career in social work.
Kohler will soon retire from her position in the school’s guidance office, where she has served as a “secretary, receptionist, computer ‘geekress,’ student advocate, parent support and faculty ‘go-to’ person extraordinaire.”
Gomes, ’91, accumulated many accolades as a Hawk basketball star, setting the single season scoring record with 696 points, in addition to receiving All-City, All League, and First Team All-State honors as well as in 1991 being named the Gatorade Player of the Year, The USA Today RI Player of the Year, Atlanta Tip-Off Club Player of the Year, McDonald's All-American Honorable Mention and a Converse All-American, all while being an Academic All League player.
Rooney has been the Hawks soccer coach for 33 years, winning 12 division titles, four state championships and five state finalists in that time. He also holds the record for most wins in high school soccer history.
Baldelli, ’00, was drafted sixth by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in the 2000 Amateur Baseball Draft. In 2002, he was selected as Minor League Player of the Year. Throughout his limited MLB career (due to health issues), he was able to play in the 2008 World Series and hit a home run to tie Game 5.
Baker, ’80, won the R.I. State Championship and Outstanding Wrestler Award, going on to place second in the New Englands in his senior year. His record while at Hendricken was 93-3, winning both the Metropolitan League Championship and the R.I. All Star Championship from 1978-80.
The ’62 Suburban League football team earned the school its first football championship title in only its fourth year, and began a long tradition of continued athletic success.