2007 Hall of Fame Inductees

Eloise Marinos
Class of 1977

An advocate of lifelong study in the arts and sciences, Eloise has degrees in Architecture, Building Science and Environmental Design, with graduate studies in Fine Arts and Structural Engineering.  Her career and passion is architecture as the built-environment.  A practicing architect in New York and Connecticut, Eloise’s career path has spanned work on public-use and non-profit urban community projects, historic preservation, and commercial high-rise buildings.  In 1992, she founded Eloise Marinos Architect Studio in Connecticut.  She teamed with her husband, Steven F. Meo, Esq. to develop a model residence and studio, utilizing sustainable practices for passive solar design, hybrid structural systems, geoexchange, natural daylighting, and non-toxic materials.  The firm’s work fosters integrative processes to promote socially and environmentally responsible design.  Eloise is committed to making a positive difference during her journey on Earth; she encourages everyone to embrace their inherent creative processes to seek balance, greater understanding and compassion through travel and exploration beyond perceived boundaries. 

Andrew T. Vincent
Class of 1981

While at Benton, Drew served as class president, participated in multiple clubs and activities, lettered in three sports, and was selected to the PA All-State Soccer Team.  After graduating from Bloomsburg University, he was commissioned in the Air Force and earned “Distinguished Graduate” honors during Navigator Training.  He spent thirteen years as an Instructor WSO in F-111 and F-15E fighter aircraft including combat missions over Iraq and Bosnia-Herzegovina and was responsible for training hundreds of students.  Drew spent the final years of his career working on the development of GPS-guided weapons then exploiting National Capabilities at the Space Warfare Center.  At one point he oversaw the development and fielding of seventeen weapons programs worth $3.5B.  Major Vincent retired in 2005 as a Master Navigator with 2000 flight hours.

Christine Stackhouse Thomas
Class of 1983

After earning her BSN in 1987, Chris cared for adults with cardiopulmonary diseases in the critical care and rehabilitation settings.  As a preceptor for nurse graduates, she found her passion for teaching.  She earned her Doctoral degree from Widener University in December 2004.  As a nursing faculty member at West Chester University she teaches baccalaureate nursing students the art and science of the nursing practice.  As a nursing scholar, Chris conducted research investigating adherence of patients with heart failure.  She writes for nursing journals and books to share her expertise.  To maintain practice standards, she has written test questions for the national licensing exam for RNs.  Chris remembers her time at Benton High School fondly and how her family, teachers, and classmates provided encouragement and support for her abilities.

Richard Sibly, Honorary Inductee

Richard Sibly was a devoted teacher who spent his forty-one year teaching career in the Benton area, first in the old Sugarloaf School and then in the Benton Elementary School.  He received his Teaching Certificate from the Bloomsburg State Normal School, his Bachelor’s Degree from Bloomsburg State Teachers College and his Master’s Degree from Bucknell University.  At the time of his retirement in 1971, he was the elementary school principal in the Benton Area School District.  He continued teaching sixth grade after being named principal.  Ever dedicated to teaching, he continued to tutor students after retirement.  He firmly believed in giving extra academic help to the students so they could succeed after they left the school system.

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