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PCHS Hall of Fame

PULASKI COUNTY — Pulaski County High School is proud to announce the inductees into the PCHS Hall of Fame for 2008.
The following graduates have been selected:
•Brian Clymer, class of 1998
•Dr. Rodell Cruise, class of 1981
•Joseph Guthrie, class of 1985
•Mark Hanks, class of 1979
•Robert Hoback, class of 1990
•Lori O’Dell, class of 1993
•Dr. John Sadler, III, class of 1983
•Joel Sayers, class of 1991.
Clymer graduated from West Point in 2002 and was the number one ranked cadet in his class. He served in the U.S. Army, with tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, and earned two Bronze Star Medals for valor in combat. Currently, he is doing graduate work at Harvard and expects to receive his MBA in 2009. Capt. Clymer also continues to serve in the U.S. Army Reserve.
Cruise has returned to his hometown of Pulaski County to practice medicine. His new clinic will be within sight of PCHS. Cruise serves as an elected member of the Pulaski County School Board and is a board member of the Radford University Waldron College Council.
Guthrie is a Pulaski County farmer, who is the sixth generation of his family to own and operate a farm in the county. Guthrie won many awards while at Virginia Tech, including a Fulbright Scholarship, and he continues to be a leader in Pulaski County and Virginia farming. He is currently president of the Virginia Cattlemen’s Association and is also a commissioned lay pastor for Peaks Presbytery (Presbyterian Church, U.S.A.).
Hanks is a math teacher and head basketball coach at PCHS. Before returning to Pulaski County, he led his Liberty High School team in Bedford to two state titles and one runner-up. Hanks has won district, region and state “Coach of the Year” awards. His Cougar basketball teams are 98-54 and have made four regional appearances.
Hoback was working for the National Secret Service in Building Seven at the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001. He helped evacuate and lead workers to safety before the collapse of the Twin Towers. He continues to serve in the Secret Service and is presently assigned to the protection detail for Vice President and Mrs. Dick Cheney.
O’Dell, of Modesto, Calif., coaches and choreographs for a national gymnastics team, while teaching more than 40 students at her piano studio. She has been in the public eye in her role as an Oakland Raiderette cheerleader for more than five years. As a Raiderette, she has participated in numerous civic projects and charity events. She also took part in AFE tours to Japan and South Korea. In early 2008, she worked on the Pro Sports MVP Super Bowl Tour, visiting U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Sadler is a founding partner of Primary Care Associates in Roanoke. As a student at Medical College of Virginia, Sadler participated in several research projects with Dr. Jacob A. Lohr and authored “Hospital Acquired Urinary Tract Infections,” which was published nationally in Pediatrics, Volume 83, Number 2, February 1989, pages 193-199. Sadler is also a board member of the Roanoke Valley Academy of Medicine. He is an elder at Raleigh Court Presbyterian Church, where he serves on several committees and is a Sunday school teacher.
Sayers, of Mobile, Ala., won national accolades for his heroic rescue operations as a member of the U.S. Coast Guard during Hurricane Katrina. Petty Officer Sayers helped organize the helicopter rescue of 167 people in New Orleans. He was personally responsible for saving 65 flood victims. Sayers was selected to represent the Coast Guard at President Bush’s State of the Union Address in January 2006. He also represented the USCG on ABC News as “Person of the Week” and later as “Person of the Year.”
The eight honorees will be inducted into the PCHS Hall of Fame on Monday, Sept. 29. They and their families will be honored at that time with a banquet and induction ceremonies.

These induction ceremonies will serve as a prelude to the Investments in Learning assembly, which is scheduled for the morning of Tuesday, Sept. 30, and is held annually to honor PCHS students for academic achievement, and to challenge the entire student body to put forth their best efforts in school and community. The school’s “Most Valuable Cougar” is also named each year at this assembly.

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PCHS Hall of Fame

PULASKI COUNTY — Pulaski County High School is proud to announce the inductees into the PCHS Hall of Fame for 2008.
The following graduates have been selected:
•Brian Clymer, class of 1998
•Dr. Rodell Cruise, class of 1981
•Joseph Guthrie, class of 1985
•Mark Hanks, class of 1979
•Robert Hoback, class of 1990
•Lori O’Dell, class of 1993
•Dr. John Sadler, III, class of 1983
•Joel Sayers, class of 1991.
Clymer graduated from West Point in 2002 and was the number one ranked cadet in his class. He served in the U.S. Army, with tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, and earned two Bronze Star Medals for valor in combat. Currently, he is doing graduate work at Harvard and expects to receive his MBA in 2009. Capt. Clymer also continues to serve in the U.S. Army Reserve.
Cruise has returned to his hometown of Pulaski County to practice medicine. His new clinic will be within sight of PCHS. Cruise serves as an elected member of the Pulaski County School Board and is a board member of the Radford University Waldron College Council.
Guthrie is a Pulaski County farmer, who is the sixth generation of his family to own and operate a farm in the county. Guthrie won many awards while at Virginia Tech, including a Fulbright Scholarship, and he continues to be a leader in Pulaski County and Virginia farming. He is currently president of the Virginia Cattlemen’s Association and is also a commissioned lay pastor for Peaks Presbytery (Presbyterian Church, U.S.A.).
Hanks is a math teacher and head basketball coach at PCHS. Before returning to Pulaski County, he led his Liberty High School team in Bedford to two state titles and one runner-up. Hanks has won district, region and state “Coach of the Year” awards. His Cougar basketball teams are 98-54 and have made four regional appearances.
Hoback was working for the National Secret Service in Building Seven at the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001. He helped evacuate and lead workers to safety before the collapse of the Twin Towers. He continues to serve in the Secret Service and is presently assigned to the protection detail for Vice President and Mrs. Dick Cheney.
O’Dell, of Modesto, Calif., coaches and choreographs for a national gymnastics team, while teaching more than 40 students at her piano studio. She has been in the public eye in her role as an Oakland Raiderette cheerleader for more than five years. As a Raiderette, she has participated in numerous civic projects and charity events. She also took part in AFE tours to Japan and South Korea. In early 2008, she worked on the Pro Sports MVP Super Bowl Tour, visiting U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Sadler is a founding partner of Primary Care Associates in Roanoke. As a student at Medical College of Virginia, Sadler participated in several research projects with Dr. Jacob A. Lohr and authored “Hospital Acquired Urinary Tract Infections,” which was published nationally in Pediatrics, Volume 83, Number 2, February 1989, pages 193-199. Sadler is also a board member of the Roanoke Valley Academy of Medicine. He is an elder at Raleigh Court Presbyterian Church, where he serves on several committees and is a Sunday school teacher.
Sayers, of Mobile, Ala., won national accolades for his heroic rescue operations as a member of the U.S. Coast Guard during Hurricane Katrina. Petty Officer Sayers helped organize the helicopter rescue of 167 people in New Orleans. He was personally responsible for saving 65 flood victims. Sayers was selected to represent the Coast Guard at President Bush’s State of the Union Address in January 2006. He also represented the USCG on ABC News as “Person of the Week” and later as “Person of the Year.”
The eight honorees will be inducted into the PCHS Hall of Fame on Monday, Sept. 29. They and their families will be honored at that time with a banquet and induction ceremonies.

These induction ceremonies will serve as a prelude to the Investments in Learning assembly, which is scheduled for the morning of Tuesday, Sept. 30, and is held annually to honor PCHS students for academic achievement, and to challenge the entire student body to put forth their best efforts in school and community. The school’s “Most Valuable Cougar” is also named each year at this assembly.

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