SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – South Plainfield High School alumni Linda Dashuta (Class of 1971), William Price (Class of 1984), Chrissy Buteas (Class of 2000) were officially inducted into the South Plainfield “Hall of Fame” on June 5th at the South Plainfield High School.
The “Hall of Fame” which is sponsored by the South Plainfield Education Foundation and the Boyle Memorial Foundation, was established to honor graduates for their achievements in academics, professional accomplishments, volunteerism /community service and government/military experience. To be eligible, one must have graduated from South Plainfield High School at least 15 years prior to nomination and 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 own fields and also provides current high school students with positive role models from their own community.
Linda Dashuta was a 1971 graduate and went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in Education from Kean College. She is currently the supervisor of the Middlesex County passport office in New Brunswick. Dashuta was a member of the Junior Woman’s Club, a Ponytail Softball Coach, CCD Instructor for 20 years and active with the South Plainfield United Way.
Dashuta was a Councilwoman from 1988 to 1993 and served as council president for two years. “I’m grateful that the committee thought I was worthy of receiving this great honor,” said Dashuta. “South Plainfield may not be on my driver’s license anymore, but it will always be in my heart.”
Chrissy Buteas was a 2000 graduate and went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in law and justice from Rowan University and a master’s degree in public administration from Rutgers. She is currently president and CEO of Home Care & Hospice Association of NJ. Buteas is a board member of the Executive Women of NJ, president of the Woman’s Political Caucus and a Councilwoman from 2009 to 2011. She received the Hazel Frank Gluck Award for community leadership in 2016 and was named as one of the 50 most powerful people in New Jersey Health Care in 2017.
“Athletics played an important role in preparing me for life,” said Buteas. “It laid the groundwork for everything I do.” Buteas told the class of 2017 to” take risks in life and learn from each experience.”
William Price was a 1984 graduate and went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in communications from Trenton State College. Price is Editor-in-Chief of NHL.com and was a sports writer for the New Tribune, Sports Editor for the Courier News and the New York Daily News. Price was a recreation coach for softball, baseball, soccer and basketball, 3rd Degree Knight for Knights of Columbus, Eucharistic Minister for Sacred Heart and a member of Kelly’s Heroes, a charity fighting/raising awareness for pancreatic cancer.
Price was not able to attend the luncheon or awards ceremony due to a work obligation that required him to be at the Stanley Cup finals in Nashville. His mother, Marjorie Price was on hand to accept his award. “I’m very proud of Bill and happy to accept this award on his behalf,” said Price. “I know he would have loved to be here.”