Inducted - 1997
Special Honorary Achievement
Art Fesemyer and his wife Jane live in Ravenna. They have seven children - all graduates of Ravenna High School. Art is a graduate of Donora High School in Pennsylvania. He attended North Carolina State University on a football scholarship. He graduated Magna Cum Laude with degrees from Kent State University and the University of Pittsburgh. Although he worked in other school districts, Art began and ended his career in Ravenna. He served students in many capacities - as a Teacher, Coach, Athletic Director, Work Study Coordinator, Guidance Counselor, High School Principal and Director of Secondary Education. He was rewarded for his outstanding work when he received the prestigious "Doer’s Award" given by the Ohio Education Association. Art introduced computer technology to Ravenna Schools. He continues giving technology presentations at national and state educational conferences, as well as publishing articles that deal with technology. He has been instrumental in obtaining numerous government and foundation grants that are used to fund Ravenna School and community projects. Art is a voracious reader and an avid bicyclist. Art’s personal mission statement is a reflection of his life: I will live each day with integrity and courage. I will maintain a positive attitude and a sense of humor in everything I do. I will devote a significant amount of time to improving my personal and professional competency. My strongest commitment, however, will be to live fully, to love deeply, to learn continually and to leave a positive legacy to my family, my friends and to the world.