Teacher, parents among Hendricken Hall of Fame inductees

Warwick Beacon ·

Bishop Hendricken High School added seven to its Hall of Fame at an on-campus induction ceremony Sunday.

“Through time, talent and treasure, all of this year’s inductees have made significant contributions to the growth of Bishop Hendricken and the school’s pursuit of its mission: to bring each member of its community closer to God – Father, Son and Holy Spirit – by educating the total person – heart, mind, body and soul,” Hendricken President John A. Jackson, ’71 said in a statement.

The ceremony started with a Mass in Dr. Daniel S. Harrop Theater, and an awards presentation and reception.

Those inducted are:

l Richard D. Price who was inducted in the Arts category. Price chaired the Fine Arts Department at Hendricken from 1987-1997. His contributions include bringing several Hendricken bands to award winning status at notable competitions including the Boston College Jazz Festival, the Berklee College Jazz Fest and winning the top award with the Parade Band at the 500th anniversary of Columbus discovering America at the Columbus Day Parade in Providence in 1992. Price, a beloved teacher and an accomplished trumpet player, has performed at the White House several times and toured with jazz great Lionel Hampton and the Count Basie Orchestra. Price recently performed with the Deep Blue “C” Studio Orchestra for former president George H.W. Bush and Mrs. Bush on the lawn of their home in Kennebunkport, ME.

l Jeanne Babula was inducted in the Distinguished Faculty Award category. Mrs. Babula has taught at Hendricken for the past 20 years and is the current chair of the Science Department. Her extensive involvement in student activities includes Student Council Moderator, the award winning Academic Decathlon team, the Science Fair and Junior Class Moderator. Her list of career highlights includes being named to “Who’s Who Among American Teachers.” Popular among her students and respected by fellow faculty members, Mrs. Babula epitomizes teaching excellence among her peers.

l Ray and Carolann Denkewicz were inducted in the Volunteer Service category. The Denkewiczs have been fixtures on campus since their son Ryan ’09 began at Hendricken in 2005 and continue to support the school even after their son Andrew graduated in June 2016. Their sons were Valedictorian and Salutatorian respectively. The couple was a member of the Parent Council for 8 years and held the titles of President and Vice President. In addition, they have been members of the Blue Ribbon Committee, Parent Ambassadors, and Admissions Committee. Ray was also a member of the Board of Directors. As Class Chairs they then took on the role of Annual Fund Chairs from 2014-2016 and hold the honor of raising the most money for the Annual Fund in the school’s history. The couple is currently chairing the Alumni Parent Committee.

l Gil Guillemette was inducted in the Honorary Alumni category. Gil began working at Hendricken in 1992 when he took over for his retiring father, Jerry Guillemette, himself a Hall of Fame Inductee. Gil owned an automotive business and did repairs on the Christian Brother’s cars and replaced bus engines in the Hendricken parking lot. He would save the school money by fixing school vehicles for far less than the local garages. The Brothers took a liking to him and soon realized they had found a fitting replacement for his father. Gil’s focus has always been on saving money for the school. As a highly skilled craftsman, he has done that and more. Realizing the many needs of Hendricken’s facilities, Gil asked to work summers when told he would have summers off upon hiring. There isn’t a job Gil can’t handle and saved the school thousands. Gil is the current Buildings and Grounds Supervisor.

l Steven F. Pagliarini ’76 was inducted in the Alumni Service category. Pagliarini was very accomplished as a student at Hendricken: Captain of the football and wrestling teams. All-state wrestling, all city football, Spring track team, Bike and Photography Clubs, Varsity Club, Prom Committee, Honor Roll and the RI and National Honor Society. But it’s his work outside of Hendricken that garnered him induction into the Hall of Fame. Pagliarini designed and implemented Hendricken’s Prayer Garden and Memorial Garden, assisted the building and grounds committee in 2004, and assisted in the landscape development of the new gym construction as well as several campus wide projects. He has been a selfless and supportive contributor to his alma mater for years and many projects would not exist if it were not for his hard work and vision. Pagliarini is currently on the Board of Directors for Hendricken and is Vice President and Owner of Central Nurseries.

l Martin J. Doblmeier ’69 was inducted in the Distinguished Alumnus category. Doblmeier is the founder and president of Journey Films, a film and television production company in Alexandria, Virginia with a focus on religion, faith and spirituality. He holds degrees in Religious Studies, Broadcast Journalism, and two honorary degrees from Providence College and Andrews University. He has the proud distinction of owning an Emmy and is a three-time winner at the US/International Film Festival, and a seven-time winner of the prestigious Gabriel Award for best film on a topic of religion in America. He has produced more than 30 award-winning films and many became best-sellers. His films have aired mostly on PBS but also on ABC, NBC, the BBC and the History Channel and around the world. He has filmed in more than 50 countries and profiled numerous Nobel Prize winners, leading religious figures and heads of state. His latest film, CHAPLAINS, has already won both the Wilbur Award and the Gabriel Award for best film on a topic of religion and is currently airing nationally on Public Television. He is proud to still be working at the age of 65.

l Robert A. Indeglia, Jr. ’82 was also inducted in the Distinguished Alumnus category. Indeglia was a four-year member of the Hendricken football and baseball teams and won state championships in both in 1981. He is already a member of the Hall of Fame 1981 state championship football team and played defense on the team that surrendered only 20 points in their championship season. He graduated 3rd in his class and was President of the National Honor Society. As a graduate of the College of the Holy Cross with a B.A. in Political Science and from the Columbus School of Law at Catholic University, Indeglia practiced law in Washington, D.C. and Providence focusing on labor and employment law in the hospitality industry. In 1998 he founded Magna Hospitality Group, a Rhode Island based hospitality real estate investment and hotel management firm. Today, Magna employs over 30 corporate professionals in its Warwick office and over 1,500 employees nationally. Magna owns and/or operates 25 hotels across the country with over 5,000 hotel rooms in inventory and over $1 billion in assets under management. Indeglia’s community contributions are vast as a past board member and current advisory member of the Women’s Resource Center of South County, a contributor to the Children’s Friend Center in Providence and a Blood Drive Sponsor for the Rhode Island Blood Center. His generosity to his alma mater has also been substantial both to the facilities and the students, with his most recent support being the establishment of a special Book Award for a graduating senior. The award has been given annually for the past 5 years to fund books for a student in need for all four years of college.

Bishop Hendricken also recognized three students with awards. Bryan Garcia ’19 was an Alumni Scholarship recipient; Cameron Murray ’19 received an Alumni Grant Award and Ahnyia Phrasathane-Estacio ’19 received the Alumni Book Award. The awards were selected by the Alumni Scholarship Committee and are given annually to deserving, well-rounded students, guided by the mission of Bishop Hendricken High school.