By CHRIS MORRIS
FLOYDS KNOBS —
The Floyd Central Alumni Association announced its 2014 Hall of Fame Inductees.
The fifth class to enter the Hall of Fame includes four former students, recognized for achievements and contributions to their communities in the years since they graduated from Floyd Central.
The inductees include: Ann Riddle Riedling, class of 1970; William Esarey, class of 1975; Michael Nevitt, class of 1986; and Todd Sharp, class of 1987.
The annual Hall of Fame event will be held at 6 p.m. April 26 at Floyd Central High School. The program includes a silent auction, dinner and the presentation of awards to the inductees. The event is open to the public, and admission to the event is $35 per person.
Reservations can be made by visiting the FCHS Alumni website at http://www.floydcentralalumni.com/hof-banquet.html or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
“This is our fifth hall of fame class and for the first several years, we elected quite a few coaches and teachers. As we grow, the association we will try to recognize more students and their accomplishment,” said Bryan Condra, president of the Floyd Central Alumni Association.
The following are short biographies of this year’s class:
WILLIAM EDWARD ESAREY
Esarey is an internationally recognized landscape architect with his firm, wee landscape architecture, in Lexington, Ky.
He graduated from Purdue University in 1981 and began his professional career in Houston. While there, Esarey worked on projects throughout Texas as well as New York, Kansas City and Los Angeles. A move to St. Louis truly sparked his career.
There, he helped design the defense department’s masterplan for the Space Shuttle launch complex, along with projects in Egypt and Saudi Arabia. During his time in Missouri, Esarey won his first of many American Society of Landscape Architects awards for his design of the Union Electric corporate headquarters located in downtown St. Louis.
He then moved to Lexington in 1988. There, Esarey developed the landscape architecture and civil engineering department for the largest architecture firm in Kentucky. He has designed some of the state’s highest profile horse farms.
His clients include Kentucky Derby winners and kings of foreign countries. Additionally, Esarey has designed more than 50 projects in China.
Nevitt began his career journey as a seventh-grader at Floyd Central Junior High. Lacking acting talent, he instead joined the lighting crew in the theatre, at that time located in the school’s cafeteria. The following year, Floyd Central opened its theatre and Nevitt found his calling, participating in scenery and lighting design for every production until his graduation in 1986.
He received his bachelor’s degree in theatrical design from University of Evansville and his master’s degree in theatrical lighting design from UCLA. Over the next 17 years, he built a successful lighting career in Los Angeles, accruing multiple motion picture credits to his name, including “The Grinch,” “Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas,” “Miss Congeniality” and “Batman & Robin.”
Both a designer and an automated lighting programmer, Nevitt also has been involved in several research and development projects for technical manufacturers. These industry-leading moving light and control system products appear in the background on numerous theater, television and concert events, including the Salt Lake City Olympics.
He is a senior partner at Crossfade Design LLC. Serving as lighting director for HBO boxing, his lighting can be seen on HBO television on select Saturday evenings.
ANN RIDDLE RIEDLING
Riedling is an internationally recognized expert in online and distance learning. She received her doctorate in Information science and distance education from the University of Louisville. She taught at numerous universities throughout her career as an educator, including Spalding, Mansfield, Saint Leo, St. Petersburg and University of South Florida, among others.
Riedling conducted the majority of her teaching online while focusing on her area of expertise. Over a 15-year period, Riedling authored 13 text and trade books and recently completed her 14, to be published this summer.
A four-time Fulbright Scholar/Specialist, she garnered scholarships in Bahrain, Yemen, Egypt, Oman and Pakistan. During her Fulbright tenures, she taught and also helped to build libraries in these countries.
Sharp is the coach with the most victories in FCHS history.
As the head coach of the Floyd Central Dazzlers, he has taken his squads to competitive success and national recognition during his 20-year coaching tenure. Sharp led his Dazzlers teams to 10 consecutive UDA National Championships, from 2003 through 2012, as well as six IHSDTA state competition titles.
The FC Dazzlers’ success led to their feature on the cover of Dance Spirit Magazine, and the team under Sharp made several appearances on ESPN2 television during their various competitions. In addition to FC’s varsity squad, Sharp also coaches FC Junior High and JV Dazzlers, leading them to numerous first-place national titles as well.
Sharp took the helm of the University of Louisville Ladybirds dance team in 1998 and coached them to multiple national titles.