SCOTCH PLAINS-FANWOOD, NJ – Six alumni were inducted into the Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School Hall of Fame on Tuesday, Nov. 15. This year's inductees included:

  • Michael Antal, Jr., Class of 1965, (deceased), a distinguished professor and the first Endowed Chair of Renewable Energy Resources in the world at University of Hawaii.
  • Moria Cappio, Class of 1998, Vice-President for Early Childhood Programs at The Children's Aid Society and one of the "40 Under Forty Rising Stars" by the New York Non-Profit Media
  • Dr. Christian Lambertsen, (deceased) Class of 1934, a Major in the U.S. Army Medical Corps from 1944-46, Lambertsen invented the Self-contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus (SCUBA). He is distinguished as the Father of U.S. Combat Swimming & SCUBA.
  • John Bernard Riley, Class of 1971, an accomplished American Jazz drummer and three-time Grammy Award winner
  • Cynthia Sayer, Class of 1974, an international jazz banjoist, vocalist, concert and recording artist and entertainer who performed at the White House. Readers polls have named her “Favorite Living Banjo Player.” 
  • Marc Shaiman, Class of 1974, a Grammy, Emmy, Tony-winning (Best Musical Score for "Hairspray."), and multi Oscar nominated composer and lyricist for films, TV, and theater.

Dozens of family members, friends and local residents attended the celebration in the Multi-Purpose Room of Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School.

The SPFHS Alumni Association was formed with the purpose of encouraging scholarship, sportsmanship, recreation and education, and leadership of students attending the high school. Two $1,000 scholarships are annually awarded to applicants who have demonstrated not only excellent grades, but have made contributions to the school system in volunteer service. is Scotch Plains-Fanwood’s only free daily paper. Sign up for our daily eNews and follow us on Facebook and twitter @SPF_TAP.