Congratulations to Nancy Schoonover Rhinehart '53, Andrew Novak '04 and Bonnie Childs who were honored for our 2019 Alumni Awards.

Nancy Schoonover Rhinehart '53 was born June 24, 1935. She moved to the “country” of Northampton Township at age 6 to gain weight after a bout of strep throat. She went to Northampton Grade School through 8th grade before she was awarded a scholarship to attend Old Trail School for her high school years. She continued on to Smith College and after she graduated in 1957, was hired by B.F. Goodrich as a materials engineer designing small airplane tires. It was at this job where she met her husband Clay Rhinehart, and they were married in 1962. Three days later they moved to The Hague, where they lived for 3 years. Clay’s job kept them traveling for many years to Tehran, Iran; Melbourne, Australia; and eventually back to Akron to their home on Overwood Road. Clay retired in 1992 and passed away in 2018, so Nancy is currently adjusting to her new lifestyle. Nancy was honored with the Lifetime Trustee award in Spring 2006. She has been a dedicated volunteer to Old Trail, serving on the Board of Trustees and on the Alumni Council. Nancy volunteered for the Alzheimer’s Association for many year and belongs to two garden clubs, in addition to working in her own garden.

Andrew Novak ‘04 is a 2008 graduate of Walsh Jesuit and 2012 Graduate of Miami University's Farmer School of Business with a Bachelor's in Marketing. After graduating from college, Andrew dove into the world of start-up technology companies. He has spent time in the transportation industry as well as medical and educational software. Most recently, he spent the past 3 years working with an Israeli rehabilitation and therapy software company located in Bounce Innovation Hub called Timocco. In 2016, Andrew also co-founded Summit Sports & Social in downtown Akron with the hopes of engaging young professionals through recreational and competitive sports leagues. The pilot league drew 8 teams to a sand volleyball court behind Canal Park, and quickly grew in size and scope, now programming multiple sports and offering multigenerational events and activities. In 2017, Andrew's social venture was a finalist in the John S. and James L Knight Foundation's Knight City Challenge grant competition. Although Summit Sports & Social was not chosen to win a grant in 2017, Andrew and his business partner (Logan Jennings) carried on resolutely and continued collaborations with the Downtown Akron Partnership and Akron Civic Commons. In April of 2019, The Knight Foundation and Ohio and Erie Canalway Coalition announced a $155,000+ grant to Summit Sports & Social to build a brand new 4-court sand volleyball facility downtown, connecting the Towpath Trail and opening up space to the public outside the organization's programmed activity. The new facility will be called The Canal Courts. Summit Sports & Social will bring over 400 unique individuals together to play downtown with teams from core institutional companies such as Goodyear, First Energy and Gojo solely through its volleyball offerings. Andrew has lived in the Highland Square neighborhood of West Akron the past 6 years with his partner, Brittany, and they claim to have the cutest rescue dog in the world, Soleil. He loves traveling the world but also cherishes Akron as his home base, enjoying regular hikes and runs in the Cuyahoga Valley, as well as often attending local live music concerts.

Bonnie Childs grew up in the Kenmore area of Akron. After graduating from the University of Akron in 1969, she began working for the Green Local School teaching 6th- and 4th-graders for five years, as well as working as a house parent to twelve boys for the Children’s Service Board. She taught a 4/5 split at a small private school and then became a house parent at a shelter in Schenectady, New York for two years. After returning to Akron, she taught 4th grade at St. Anthony’s School and then in Stow School District before adopting her two boys, John '94 and Aaron '98. Bonnie joined the Junior League of Akron in 1980 and became an active volunteer on numerous committees and in the community. In 1989 she received the President’s Award and in 2013 the Sustainer Inspiration Award. She was invited to join the Women’s Board of Akron Children’s Hospital in 1998, where she is still involved and continues to serve on various committees.
Bonnie, who was a Trustee of Old Trail School from 1989-1995, began working at Old Trail School in 1996 and retired as Director of Parent Relations and Events in 2014. Bonnie and her husband, John, travel as often as they can in and out of the country.

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  • Visit Our Campus

    OTS Alumni in College and High School

    Visit Old Trail School when you have a day off from school; walk the hallways, see former teachers, or we can find a way to put you to work in a classroom to earn service hours.

    (Please give us a head’s up when you’re coming!)
  • Alumni Awards - Descriptions & Past Recipients

    The Old Trail School Alumni Award program recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the School, their communities and others.

    Peter G. Wilson Rising Star Award
    The Peter G. Wilson Rising Star Award is presented to an Old Trail alumnus from 1982 and later.  The recipient has shown professional and community leadership and exhibited appreciation for Old Trail School. The Award is named in honor of Peter G. Wilson, former Old Trail Headmaster.

    Award Recipients:
    2005 Elizabeth Sheeler '87
    2006 Tony Troppe '81
    2007 Peter LeVan '84
    2008 Jessica Rohlik '93
    2009 Katie Keith Dettling ‘95
    2011 Major Robert C. Bender ‘90
    2012 Alison Spitzer ‘94
    2013 Andrew Freeman ‘93
    2014 Jackie Rohrer ‘94
    2015 Rachel Rubin ‘95
    2017 Evan C. Delahanty ‘99
    2018 Spencer Case '99

    Lincoln Gries Distinguished Alumni Award
    The Lincoln Gries Distinguished Alumni Award is presented to an Old Trail alumnus who has made an important contribution or given extraordinary service to others in some field, as a professional or as a volunteer. It is named after Lincoln Gries, a former parent, board member and board chair who provided exemplary service to Old Trail School.

    Award Recipients:
    1980  Betty Looker Jaycox '30
    1981  Dorothy Seiberling Steinberg '39
    1982  Dorothy Hoyt Mollin '32
    1983  Christine Dietrich Freitag '52
    1984  Bonnie Stewart Mikkelsen '50
    1985  Suzanne McCormick Rickards '50 
    1987  Judy Bear Isroff '54
    1988  Betsy Frost '34
    1989  Mary Laub Babcox '45
    1990  Barbara Brooks Smoyer '33
    1991  Peggy Jett Pittenger '40
    1992  Susan Akers George '52
    1993  Sarah Mabry Born '58
    1994  Frances Seiberling Buchholzer '52
    1995  Susan Bruggemeier Kruder '49 & Jeanne Schulman Leventhal '38
    1996  Rachel Ober Burrell '46
    1997  Cheryl Gates McFadden '66
    1999  Mary Catherine "Kitty" Guinther Brown '42 & Rebecca Knight '79
    2000 Virginia Brown Sperry '43 & Anne Alexander Sperry '45
    2001 Lucretia Leonard Romey '51
    2002 Jane Johnston '52
    2003 Karin Lewald Clumpner '53 & James Figetakis '79
    2004 Marilyn Buckey '64 & Marjory Wheeler '39
    2005 Deborah Wince Smith '68 & Sonya Haddad '54 (posthumously)
    2006 Esther Sans Takeuchi ’71
    2007 Suzanne Rogers '49
    2008 Leland P. Smith ‘77
    2009 Kim Paradis Coryat ‘75
    2011 John Frank  ‘54
    2012 Coralie Munroe ‘68
    2013 Katherine Merseth ‘63
    2014 Amy Freitag ‘81
    2015 Elisa Drumm Van Aucken ‘80
    2016 Sandra Korman Auburn, Ph.D. '63
    2017 Lucinda Faxin Weiss ‘67
    2018 Melissa Merryweather '79

    Alumni Association Honorary Alumni Award
    The Alumni Association Honorary Alumni award is presented to a person who has made an important contribution or given extraordinary service to Old Trail School.

    Award Recipients:
    1981  J. Penfield Seiberling
    1982  Nora Hamlen Robinson
    1983  Lincoln Hays Gries
    1984  Beatrice York Allen
    1985  Ruth Courtney & Edwin L. Mollin (posthumously)
    1986  Thomas R. Merryweather
    1989  Margaret Cameron & Donna Lord
    1990  Marion Schell Garnish & Alice Mae Pierce
    1991  Gertrude Foutz & Jan B. Parry
    1992  Jeanette Williams Homeier  
    1993  Hope Chandler Gates
    1994  Alice Wilson
    1997  Anne Saalfield Macdonald
    1998  Bernard Tolan
    1999  John F. Seiberling
    2000  Peter G. Wilson
    2001  Kathleen "Boo" Whitmer & Jerry Whitmer
    2002  Ann Hubiak
    2003  Julia Shepard Gregory
    2004  Joe Henninger & Olive "Ollie" Townsend (posthumously)
    2005  George Parry
    2006  Carl Hay
    2007  Karen Patterson
    2008  Sandra Haslinger
    2009  George and Sue Klein
    2011  Ron Allan
    2012  Robert Briggs
    2013  Judy Brookhart
    2014  Sam Yannerilla
    2015  J. Michael Hochschwender
    2016  Terry L. Squire
    2017  Drew and Nancy Forhan
    2018 Mike Duff
Old Trail School is a private day school for preschool through grade eight students located in Cuyahoga Valley National Park.