The OACS Alumni Hall of Fame Committee will honor the Class of 2022 during an Alumni Hall of Fame Weekend on October 15 at 6 p.m. in the OACS High School Cafeteria . The 2022 OA HOF inductees are:
- Daniel Gilbert – Class of 1987
- Dr. Cory Merkel – Class of 2005
- Gary Nanni – Class of 1973
On Saturday, October 15, 2022, there will be a community dinner and ceremony (held in the cafeteria of OACS High School) to induct our newest members. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. The event will start at 6:00 p.m.
Tickets are on sale until October 1 and are available at the following addresses:
- Oakfield-Alabama Elementary School (7001 Lewiston Road, Oakfield NY 14125)
- Oakfield-Alabama Middle and High School (7001 Lewiston Road, Oakfield NY 14125)
- Oakfield Family Pharmacy (40 Main Street, Oakfield NY 14125)
- By contacting committee member Liz Conway at: [email protected]
- By mailing a check (made out to “Dollars for Scholars”) to:
OA Hall of Fame, PO Box 35, Oakfield NY 14125
Note: Be sure to add “HOF Tickets” to the memo line of your check and include your email address so your order confirmation can be sent.
Ticket prices: $30 for adults (11 and older), $15 for children (4 to 10), and free for 3 and under.
The Hall of Fame recognizes outstanding OACS alumni who have distinguished themselves in life and chosen a field after high school through significant contributions to their career, community, or personal achievement; offer incentives to current and future students.
Looking forward to seeing you again on Saturday, October 15, 2022!
Daniel Gilbert ’87:
Dan was a leader, coach and teacher, on the playground, in the classroom and in the community.
Joining the faculty of his alma mater in 1998, he preached “confidence, not arrogance” as he made the Hornets a dynastic force on the baseball field. His teams won 12 Genesee Region League baseball titles and Division V championships in 2000, 2001, 2003, and 2009. In each of those Division title years, he was also honored as a Division V coach of the year.
When Hornet softball needed a coach in 2011, Dan stepped up and led that team to a section title, and was honored as the Genesee Area Coach of the Year.
Dan amassed a 284-58 record coaching baseball, softball, joint venture and college football and modified basketball.
At Oakfield, he taught health and physical education, creating and shaping the district’s adaptive physical education curriculum for students with special needs.
In the community, he coached little league baseball and youth football.
Dan’s memory lives on in his players, students, wife and children, as well as in Dan Gilbert Field, the OACS baseball field.
Dr. Cory Merkel – Class of 2005:
Cory is an internationally recognized figure in brain-inspired computational research.
After earning his Ph.D. in Microsystems Engineering at Rochester Institute of Technology where he also earned his master’s and bachelor’s degrees, Cory spent three years in the Air Force Research Laboratory before joining the RIT faculty in a research position. and teaching.
His RIT research lab focuses on “brain applications” – artificial intelligence security, improving accessibility for “intelligent assistants” like Apple Siri, Amazon Alexa, etc. for the deaf and hard of hearing; and design integrated circuits that replicate the functionality and behavior of the human brain. Cory chairs the Department of Computer Engineering’s Social and Awards Committee, which recognizes promising students for academic excellence above and beyond their teaching and other supports for the department. He also teaches courses in the areas of digital integrated circuit design and brain-inspired computing.
He has been involved in a number of outreach programs such as the Project Fibonacci STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics) conference, which engages college-to-college students in intensive workshops to foster and cultivate the interest in STEAM disciplines. .
At the time of his induction, Cory held three US patents, published more than 50 peer-reviewed research articles, and advised dozens of students on their master’s and doctoral research.
Cory met his future wife while at OACS; they married in 2012. In his spare time, he continues his passion for percussion – he has been part of musical groups since the age of 12 – and sports, notably kung fu and karate.
Gary Nanni – Class of 1973:
Gary began his professional career mowing and landscaping at Carl Petronio Construction in Albion, where his father worked. At the time of his retirement, he was president of Allied Builders, the $35 million company that Petronio had become, with Gary playing a major role in its success and expansion.
His career capping project was the Richard C. Call Athletic Facility and the $21 million Student Success Center at Genesee Community College. The company’s accomplishments, even in western New York, are too numerous to list, but include tennis courts and other renovations at OACS, Oakfield’s wastewater treatment plant. , several projects for US Gypsum; plus Western Region Off-Track Betting Casino and Thurman Thomas Sports Bar in Batavia, Roberts Wesleyan’s Life Fitness Center, RIT’s Imaging Science Center and at least 14 school districts in Genesee, Orleans, Wyoming and Monroe counties.
Under Gary’s leadership, in 2002, Allied was ranked #2 in the Rochester Business Alliance/Democrat and Chronicle list of fastest growing companies and Buffalo Business First’s list of top ten private companies.