Arthur L. Johnson Alumni Association Inducts Hall of Famers; Awards Scholarships

ALJ Principal Rick Delmonaco introduces Hall of Fame inductee William Duffy (l) with ALJ Alumni Association President Art Lundgren. Credits: Arthur L. Johnson High School Alumni Association
Bob Bailey accepting for Arthur L. Johnson High School Hall of Fame inductee Wayne Graczyk who died in April of this year. Credits: Arthur L. Johnson High School Alumni Association
Don Storms and Ray Williamson Credits: Arthur L. Johnson High School Alumni Association
Frank Spaziani was inducted into the ALJ Alumni Hall of Fame, Class of 2017. He is a 1965 graduate of the school. Credits: Arthur L. Johnson High School Alumni Association
Dr. Kenneth Petren graduated from ALJ in 1981 Credits: Arthur L. Johnson High School Alumni Association
Cameron Hund accepts an ALJ Alumni Association scholarship Credits: Arthur L. Johnson High School Alumni Association
2017 graduating seniors accept ALJ Alumni Association scholarships. Credits: Arthur L. Johnson High School Alumni Association
Natalino Carrea, ALJ Class of 1958 Credits: Arthur L. Johnson High School Alumni Association
Members of the Williamson and Varrios families. Credits: Arthur L. Johnson High School Alumni Association

CLARK, NJ - The Alumni Association of the Arthur L. Johnson High School recently held its annual Hall of Fame induction ceremony at the Gran Centurions in Clark.  The Hall of Fame recognizes outstanding achievement among the school's alumni and past faculty.  

The Hall of Fame sprang from the development of an active alumni association in 2009 by Class of 1959 members Tom McManamy and Art Lundgren.  The mission of the Arthur L. Johnson High School Alumni Association is to “... provide educational, instructional, and financial support to the students at ALJ." The association currently boasts 1300 registered members.

In addition to its annual Hall of Fame induction, the association awards scholarships to deserving ALJ graduates.  In 2017, six graduates will earn the financial awards.

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This is the fourth slate of inductees in the the Hall of Fame:

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

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. 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 had published and edited the "Japan Pro Baseball Fan Handbook and Media Guide." In addition to his writing, Wayne was a well regarded broadcaster in Tokyo serving as the play-by-play broadcaster for the Tokyo Giants.

The Hall of Fame honor was awarded posthumously to Graczyk, who died in April, 2017 at age 68

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. 

Earning ALJ Alumni Association scholarships in 2017 are graduating seniors:

  • Matthew Gallo - Kenneth ‘63 and Patricia Hauswald ’63 Medical and Nursing Scholarship
  • Cameron Hund - ALJ Alumni Scholarship
  • Janelle Pyar - Susan (Bakum) Carovillano Memorial Scholarship
  • Marcela Valenzuela - Ralph Marano ’65 Scholarship
  • Alessia Vorrius - Ralph Marano ’65 Scholarship
  • Raymond Williamson - Donald Storms ’59 Scholarship

ALJ Alumni are encouraged at join the Alumni Association by registering at their website

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