Since 2014, the Cardinal School District as been awarding the hall of Fame induction honor to qualifying Cardinal alumni. To date, more than 40 former Cardinal students have been inducted.
The 2018 Athletic Hall of Fame Inductees are: Paul “Chip” Porter (1987) A three-sport athlete, Paul Porter was a member of the football, wrestling and track teams at Cardinal, earning a total of eight varsity letters. He was an All Geauga County selection in football his senior year and also won the State Title at 155 lbs. in wrestling. Paul was also a part of the school record holding 3200 meter relay team in 1987. As a senior, he was awarded the Johnny Smallwood Award which is given to Cardinal’s top male athlete. After graduation, he attended Ashland University on a wrestling scholarship. Since college, Paul has competed in numerous bodybuilding competitions, duathlons and 5K’s with much success. He opened his own fitness studio, Fitness Plus, in Middlefield in 1992.
Kenny Bevington (2005) While at Cardinal, Kenny excelled in baseball, football, and wrestling. As a four-year letter winner in football, in 2004, he set the school record for rushing yards in a season with 1306. He is second all time with 17 rushing touchdowns in a season and has the second most rushing yards in a game (301). His accomplishments that year earned Kenny the 2004 Chagrin Valley Conference Most Valuable Player Award. In wrestling, he earned 2nd Team All CVC honors three times. After graduation, Kenny continued his football career at John Carroll University where he was a two-time All American at defensive end.
Rebekah Shipman (2001) Rebekah was a standout three-sport athlete at Cardinal. She earned 10 varsity letters while playing basketball, softball and volleyball. As a senior, Bekah earned All State Honorable Mention and league MVP in both basketball and volleyball. In 2000, she was the District II, Division III Player of the Year in volleyball. Throughout her career she was named Player of the Week by the News Herald and Plain Dealer numerous times. As a senior, she was awarded the Jo Harris Award for the most outstanding female athlete at Cardinal. ebekah continued her volleyball career at Division I Coastal Carolina and then went on to play 2 on 2 Beach Volleyball for seven years.
Nick Adams (2003) Nick Adams was a student-athlete who graduated from Cardinal High School with eight varsity letters while playing football, basketball and baseball, earning CVC All-Academic Team honors in all three sports and was a three-year member of the National Honor Society. For his merits on and off the field, Adams earned the 2003 Johnny Smallwood Award. In football, Adams was a three-time letter winner and captain of the 2002 football team that finished with a school record 11 wins and the program’s first state playoff berth. In 2002, Adams set the single season record for passing touchdowns (22) and passing yards in a game (305). Full football accolades include: 2001: CVC Honorable Mention, District Honorable Mention; 2002: CVC First Team, Geauga County First Team, District First Team, All-Ohio Honorable Mention. In basketball, Adams was a three-time letter winner and captain during the 2002-03 season. Basketball awards include: 2000-01: CVC Honorable Mention; 2001-02: CVC Second Team, All-Ohio Honorable Mention;
2002-03: CVC Second Team, News-Herald Classic All-Star, District First Team, All-Ohio Second Team. In baseball, Adams was a two-time letter winner while playing shortstop and pitcher. Baseball accomplishments include: 2002: CVC Honorable Mention; 2003: CVC Second Team, News-Herald Division III Honorable Mention, Star Beacon Classic All-Star. Following his high school career, Adams attended Westminster College in Pennsylvania earning five varsity letters while playing football and basketball. In his senior season playing basketball, Adams earned PAC Honorable Mention honors. As a starting small forward, Adams helped Westminster to their first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance in 2007. After his academic career, Adams has gone on to work in the NBA for more than a decade with the Orlando Magic, San Antonio Spurs and Cleveland Cavaliers. In 2016, Adams earned an NBA Championship ring with the Cavaliers.
The 2018 Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame Inductees are: Marcella Ann Trybus Tabor (1977) – Dr. Marci Tabor, Class of 1977 Valedictorian, is a rare combination of family doctor and businesswoman. While at Cardinal, Marci earned a Varsity letter in Golf competing on the boys team and played the forward position on the basketball team. She participated in numerous musicals and plays, and was a member of the Cardinaires. She also earned First Chair Flute standing in the Orchestra. Marci was named Miss Cardinal in the Maple Queen court and received the NCTE Honor of Excellence in writing.
After graduation, she continued her education, earning degrees from the University of Notre Dame and Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. Marci went on to do her residency at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and then became an assistant professor at the College of Medicine at MUSC (Medical University of South Carolina.) Along the way she has earned many certifications including Family Medicine, Patient Centered Medical Home Quality Assurance, and National Committee for Diabetes, Heart Attack and Stroke. One of Marci’s biggest accomplishments came when she joined a small practice in South Carolina. With her leadership and vision, it expanded from one office to more than thirty locations in the county. Today, Marci continues to provide medical care to her large number of patients. “She is truly a professional woman but has remained true to her dream she had as a child.”
Terrance J. White Jr. (1991) – T.J. White (Terrance James White, Jr.) has 26 years in the stunt and film industry, starting out as a stuntman and stunt driver, and eventually progressing to stunt coordinator, 2nd Unit Film Director, and is also the CEO of his own production company. T.J. began doing stunts when he was 18 years old, but also decided to pursue a chiropractic career and attended Life University in Atlanta, Georgia. After 10 years in Chiropractic practice, T.J. sold his business in 2006 and returned to the film industry full time, starting his own production company, T-Minus Productions. Since then, he has stunt coordinated more than120 music videos and films, TV shows, print jobs and commercials. In 2017, T.J. came to Cleveland to film scenes for the “Acts of Violence” movie featuring Bruce Willis. The movie’s director allowed T.J. to assist in casting the stunt acting parts from local talent, and he chose a Cardinal High School student and a 1990 Cardinal graduate for roles in the movie.
Elizabeth Noreika (2002) After graduating from Cardinal High School, Elizabeth attended Ohio University where she earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Political Science and Telecommunications and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and overnment/Communications. Elizabeth has achieved popularity as a news reporter and anchor in West Virginia, Massachusetts and now Cleveland. Since becoming a news anchor and reporter, Elizabeth has been nominated for several awards including Associated Press Reporter of the Year (2011, 2013), WVBA West Virginia Broadcaster Association Best Anchor and Best Reporter (2014). In 2016, she was nominated for an Emmy by the National Academy of Arts and Science Lower Great Lakes. In March 2016, Elizabeth joined WJW-TV Fox 8 News in Cleveland, Cleveland where she Anchors the 7 p.m. newscast and reports for the 4, 5, 6, and 10 p.m. newscasts.