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Arthur L. Johnson Alumni Association Announces 2017 Hall of Fame Inductees

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William Duffy, Arthur L. Johnson High School Class of 1967, will be inducted in the school's Alumni Association Hall of Fame. Credits: Susan R. Bonnell
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Wayne Graczyk, Arthur L. Johnson High School Class of 1966, will join the school's alumni "Hall of Fame." Credits: Facebook
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Kenneth Petren, ALJ Class of 1981, is the Dean of the McMicken School of the Arts and Sciences at the University of Cincinnati. He will join the ALJ Alumni Association's Hall of Fame. Credits: LinkedIn
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CLARK, NJ -  The Arthur L. Johnson High School Alumni Association recently announced its 2017 slate of inductees to the organization's Hall of Fame. This is the organization's fourth annual induction, and the recipients will be recognized at a dinner to be held at the Gran Centurions on May 18.

Joining the Association's Hall of Fame are:

Natalino S. Carrea (Class of 1958) – Crusader Pride

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As an ALJ Ssnior, Carrea composed the music and wrote the lyrics for the ALJ Alma Mater – “O Regional” which is now “O Johnson High.”  Attended Montclair State University: Bachelors of Art 1962, Master of Arts 1970 and Rutgers University, Doctor of Education 1984. Carrea taught vocal and instrumental music in the Clark publics schools grades K-8 from 1962 to 1973. Director of adult education and principal of middle school grades 7-8 from 1974 to 1998. United States Coast Guard Captain 100-ton licensed master 1999 to present. Owner of Marine Management & Education, Inc., a marine services company specializing in the delivery of vessels from Maine to the Bahamas. Married with six children and 11 grandchildren.

Frank Spaziani (Class of 1965) – Accomplished Professional  

Spaziani played college football at Penn State University before beginning his coaching career as a graduate assistant at Penn State. He became an assistant coach at the U.S. Naval Academy and then moved to the University of Virginia and becoming the defensive coordinator from 1985 to 1990. He then moved to Boston College serving as the defensive coordinator for ten years before becoming head coach for five years. 

Wayne Graczyk (Class of 1966) – Accomplished Professional

Graczyk became a sportswriter for the "Japan Times" in 1974 and continues to write a column for the paper to this day.  In 1977 he also became the sports editor of the "Tokyo Weekender" and continued in this position until 2004.  For the past 40 years, Graczyk has published and edited the "Japan Pro Baseball Fan Handbook and Media Guide." In addition to his writing, Wayne is well regarded broadcaster in Tokyo serving as the play-by-play broadcaster for the Tokyo Giants.

William Duffy (Class of 1967) – Community Contributor 

After serving in the U.S. Army, William Duffy began a career with the Clark Police Department in 1972 promoted to the rank of captain in 1989.  He retired from the Clark Police Department in 2000.  Duffy made it his passion to research the "Clark Fallen Heroes" in 1972 as a way to remember all those from Clark who gave their loves protecting our country.  Duffy has continued with his research honoring these men to this day. Duffy coordinates the Clark Township Memorial Day and Veteran's Day services and presents his information on the fallen heroes in the schools and to various organizations. 

Kenneth Petren (Class of 1981) – Accomplished Professional

Petren received his undergraduate degree from Princeton in 1985 and his Ph.D. from the University of California-San Diego in 1994. He has been a professor at the University of Cincinnati for the past 16 years and founded the Petren Lab on the campus which advances the work of Charles Darwin through the use of modern technology.  Petren is currently the Dean of the McMicken School of the Arts and Sciences at the University of Cincinnati. 

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The ALJ Alumni Association was founded in 2009 as a result of the Class of 1959 reunion efforts. What began as a simple website has grown to an organization of nearly 1,300 registered members.  The organization raises funds throughout the year in order to award scholarships to graduating Arthur L. Johnson High School seniors. 

For more information about joining the alumni association, visit its website at aljalumni.org.  

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