SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – South Plainfield High School alumni Howard Fidler, D.C. (Class of 1988) and Georgeann Larsen (Class of 1989) have been selected as 2018’s ‘Hall of Fame’ and will be officially recognized on Monday, June 4.
The ‘Hall of Fame’ was established at South Plainfield High School to honor graduates for their achievements in academics, professional accomplishments, volunteer and community service, and government/military experience. Acknowledging these successful graduates and recognizing them as leaders in their fields also provides current and graduating high school students with positive role models from within their community.
To be eligible, all Hall of Fame candidates must have graduated from South Plainfield High School at least 15 years prior to nomination, and they must have achieved a prominent position in their careers or made a significant contribution to the world/community. Acknowledging these successful graduates recognizes them as leaders in their fields and also provides current high school students with positive role models from their own community.
A luncheon celebrating this year’s inductees will be held at Flanagan’s Restaurant & Pub at 11:30 a.m. on June 4. Later that evening, Fidler and Larsen will be officially inducted into the Hall of Fame during a ceremony preceding the high school’s annual Senior Scholarship Awards Program; the scholarship event will begin at 6 p.m. and take place in the SPHS auditorium. The Hall of Fame and luncheon are sponsored annually by the Boyle Memorial Foundation and the South Plainfield Education Foundation.
Howard Fidler, D.C.
After graduating South Plainfield High School in 1988, Howard Fidler, D.C. went on to attend West Chester University and Cleveland Chiropractor College – Kansas City.
Dr. Fidler served three terms with the Minnesota Board of Chiropractic Examiners, was the chiropractic representative to the Minnesota Workers Compensation Research Institute Committee (2009-2013), and an appointed member of the Health Care Advisory Board (2003-2009). In 1999, he was named ‘Young Practitioner of the Year’ by the Minnesota Chiropractic Association and, in 2008 earned the honor of being named ‘One of the Most Influential Chiropractors Under the Age of 40.’
In 1996, while still a student, Dr. Fidler worked under the medical director for U.S.A. Fencing at the 1996 Olympic Games. He was also head chiropractor for the 2017 Maccabiah USA National Team in Israel and is currently the head physician for the U.S.A. Women’s Bandy Team. Dr. Filder has also served as medical director for the Minnesota Whitecaps professional hockey team; team chiropractor to semi-pro football teams, the WWE, and boxing; and has been the personal chiropractor to such athletes as Mike Tyson, Tony Richardson, and various Mixed Martial Arts world champions.
Dr. Fidler currently resides in Minnesota with his wife, Jodi, and their two daughters, Maddi, 15, and Callie, 13. He was nominated by former classmate and South Plainfield resident Nadine Sacco.
"I’m truly humbled and honored to have been nominated and inducted into the South Plainfield High School Hall of Fame," said Dr. Fidler. "To be recognized by my peers is the greatest compliment I could have ever gotten."
A lifelong resident of South Plainfield and member of the high school’s Class of 1989, Georgeann Larsen earned a bachelor’s of science degree in business management from Fairleigh Dickinson University.
Since 2017, she has worked for PowerBack Rehabilitation, a division of Genes Healthcare; last April, Larsen helped open and staff the Piscataway-based location and, following its opening in July, has worked as the center’s human resource manager.
On a local level, Larsen has been a cheer coach at South Plainfield High School for 25 years year. During the 1989-99 season she worked to establish the high school’s Co-Ed Competitive Cheer Team and, in 2001, coached the team to its first national cheer title. Additionally, during her senior year, Larsen worked with SPHS administrators to establish Project Graduation.
Larsen also served as a Girl Scout troop leader from 2005 to 2007 and worked with handicapped children at the borough’s Department of Recreation Summer Parks Program. For the past 15 years, Larsen has run the Department of Recreation’s summer cheer program and, since last year, has coached the Hive’s All Star Team.
Larsen and her husband, Jaime, are parents to two daughters, McKenzie, 19, and Harlee, 12. She was nominated by her friend and Riley Elementary School teacher Angela Hajduk.
“I am honored to be nominated and recognized among those before me,” said Larsen of her induction. “ I am especially honored to be on the Hall of Fame with a very special lady, my mom Georgeann Cochrane.”
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