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Phoenixville Area School District Announces Wall of Fame Inductees

The Phoenixville Area School District announced this week that two unique individuals will be inducted into the Phoenixville Area School District Wall of Fame.

The public is invited to attend the induction ceremony on Tuesday, May 5, 2009 in the front lobby of Phoenixville Area High School starting at 7:00 PM.

The first inductee will be Thomas R. Ramsey Jr. Mr. Ramsey was born and raised in Phoenixville, and graduated in 1970 from Phoenixville Area High School.

After high school Mr. Ramsey attended West Chester State College and worked 20 years for the United States Postal Service.

In 1995, Mr. Ramsey began his current occupation as a video professional with Pottstown Community Television. Since then he has gone on to establish television programming in the Phoenixville community, most notably "Poking Around Phoenixville," "For the Health of It," and the "History of the Phoenixville Steel Company."

In 2002 Mr. Ramsey was instrumental in helping to establish and develop Phantom Television, which is broadcast from the high school throughout the year.

Mr. Ramsey has received several awards for his service to the Phoenixville community. These awards include the Chamber of Commerce Award, Champion of the Community Award, and the Lauretta Woodson Award.

Mr. Ramsey also serves on the Schuylkill River Heritage Center as a board member and the Donald J. L. Coppedge Scholarship Committee.

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The district’s second inductee is also a long time resident of Phoenixville. Leo J. Scoda was born in Pittston Pennsylvania, and graduated from Pittston High School in 1959. Mr. Scoda then attended Penn State University, graduating in 1963 with a teaching degree in science.

For the next 35 years, Mr. Scoda taught biology at Phoenixville Area High School, and continues to serve as the boys’ tennis team head coach. It was during this time the boys’ tennis team won 11 Chest-Mont tennis championships, 22 consecutive PAC 10 tennis championships, and the establishment of a winning streak of 196-0 in PAC 10 play.

In 2001, Mr. Scoda was named National High School Tennis Coach of the Year, and was inducted into the Middle States Tennis Association Hall of Fame.

In 1998, Mr. Scoda was elected to his first term as mayor of Phoenixville, and continues in that position today.

Besides his teaching, coaching, and political accomplishments, Mr. Scoda is a man who believes in developing student-athletes into men and reinforcing the importance of giving back to one’s community.

The Phoenixville Area School District encourages all friends, family, and former students to please join us in honoring Mr. Ramsey and Mr. Scoda for their unselfish service to the greater Phoenixville community and its residents.

Immediately following the induction ceremony, a reception honoring the inductees will be held in the high school cafeteria.

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