Our 2020 Inductees

Elaine (Markopoulos) DePue

Graduating from Woodward High in 1956 Elaine (Markopoulos) DePue returned to Woodward to teach. For many of her students Mrs. DePue was a mentor, advisor, and role model. Mrs. DePue taught English, Journalism, AP English classes as well as advising both the Tattler, and cheerleaders.

Paul Nieft

Graduating from Woodward High in 1970 Paul went on to earn a B.A. and M.A. from the University of Toledo specializing in Music, Psychology and History. Paul is a published author, recording artist and honored teacher. He has developed four teaching products for music and started his own music publishing company.

Dr. Elizabeth Pilliod PhD

A 1972 graduate of Woodward High Elizabeth studied at The Ross School of Business. Elizabeth is currently with the Fine Arts Department, Rutgers University-Camden. Dr. Pilliod is highly respected in her field overseeing and working on numerous museum exhibitions. Elizabeth is a published author with three books to her name and three more in the works.

Rita (Simon) Sheely

A 1978 graduate of Woodward.  Rita was the editor of the Saga, awarded the Tattler Achievement Cup, Top 10 in her graduating class and an athlete. Rita worked for Columbia Gas for 34 years and in her spare time coached Volleyball and was awarded the CYO Adult Contributor Award. In her memory her family has created The Rita T. Sheely Memorial Fund for Ovarian Cancer Research at the University of Toledo Medical Center.

Keary Sarabia

Keary graduated from Woodward in 1991. Keary is the founder, CEO and President of RFS Behavioral Health. RFS Behavioral Health was started in October of 2013. RFS provides mental health and addiction services to at-risk youth. RFS provides services to 82 schools, and 14 school districts.

Robert Leonard

-Former Asst. Principal- Mr. Leonard as Assistant Principal was instrumental in establishing the Polar Bear 200. Known for his work ethic, he was a mentor to many students. Keary Sarabia one of this year’s inductees said of Mr. Leonard “simply put Mr. Leonard saw something in me that I did not see in myself”. Mr. Leonard was active in his church and volunteered with “Homeraisers” building homes for people in need.

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