BCS graduation set for Friday night

BCS graduation set for Friday night
Posted on 05/23/2023
Spencer Reames

The Bellefontaine High School Class of 2023 will graduate Friday night.

The ceremony starts at 7 o’clock at AcuSport Stadium.

This year’s BHS Distinguished Alumni are Spencer Reames (Class of ’64), Alison Marker (Class of ’00), and Jeff Wiley (Class of ’01).

Reames is the commencement speaker.

Mr. Reames graduated from Bellefontaine High School in 1964. He knew from his freshman year of high school that he wanted to become a teacher. After high school graduation, Reames continued his education first at Bowling Green State University receiving a Bachelor of Science in Education, being the first in his family to attend college. He then went on to Ball State University for his Master’s Degree in Science. Spencer spent the next several years continuing his education through workshops and other classes to build his impressive resume.

Reames started his teaching career at Benjamin Logan High School and has been teaching there for 55 years. While teaching his high school students, Spencer also taught science courses at Urbana University and Ohio Northern University for multiple years. Throughout his time as an educator, he has been a part of multiple professional memberships. This includes, but is not limited to, the American Society for Biochemistry, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the National Association of Biology Teachers, and the Ohio Education Association. He was also recently presented with an Honorary State Future Farmers of America (FFA) Degree.

Mr. Reames continues his dedication to his students every day by sharing his excitement for science and spurring his pupils to become involved in various extracurricular activities, including the annual school science fair. Spencer also has an impressive list of students who have qualified for various science fairs from the State Science Day to the National Junior Academy of Science and the International Science and Engineering Fair.

Several years ago, Mr. Reames’ attention ventured towards alpacas after visiting a friend’s farm. He started his own operation called October Skies Alpacas and specializes in show-quality Huacaya alpacas. Spencer’s son, Aaron, a 1992 graduate of BHS, was a 2015 BHS Distinguished Alumni recipient as well.

Alison Marker graduated from Bellefontaine High School in 2000, attended Miami University, and received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Bachelor of Arts in Women’s Studies. Alison then continued her education at The Ohio State University earning her Master’s Degree in Clinical Social Work. After spending 10 years in the mental health industry, she left her career as a private practice psychotherapist to join Marker Construction in 2012 and continue the family’s legacy. In her current role as President and CEO, Alison carries on the values and ethics that Marker has been known for throughout their 67 years.

Even with her career and busy family of five, Alison continues to stay active within the community through volunteering and philanthropy. She has volunteered her time for numerous organizations, including the Builders Exchange of Central Ohio, Associated Builders and Contractors, Community Shelter Board, the United Way of Logan County, and Huckleberry House.

Alison is known for being an empathetic, thoughtful, and progressive leader who focuses on people over profits. Under Alison’s leadership, Marker is known for their efforts to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion in the construction industry, and the strides they are making with workforce development. She has received multiple awards and recognitions for her career achievements and impressive community service, including the Columbus CEO HR Excellence Award, Columbus Business First’s 40 Under 40 Award, and she was recently selected as a Women WELDing the Way 2024 Calendar Honoree, an award which recognizes women in Central Ohio who are high impact leaders that support the leadership development of other women.

Jeff Wiley graduated as valedictorian from Bellefontaine High School in 2001. He then continued his education through Ohio Northern University and received his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering with High Distinction. Mr. Wiley also received his Master of Business Administration from Stetson University.

In 2008, Jeff began his career at Walt Disney Co. with the Design and Engineering - Modeling Simulation and Training Tools Team. Wiley started his journey in a graduate internship and worked his way up to become Staff Systems Engineer.

Jeff has an extensive history of volunteering and helping the community around him. Through The Walt Disney Co., he has been heavily involved in STEM Education Volunteering which has helped students ranging in age from elementary to college. He has also mentored multiple interns through Walt Disney, including a previous BHS graduate. Throughout the years, Wiley has been an active church member and youth group leader.

Jeff is the son of a longtime pharmacist, Keith Wiley, and previous teacher and gifted program administrator at BCS, Cathy Wiley. Jeff’s sister, Kim, also graduated from BHS. She has a successful career for Disney in Orlando as well.

Wiley recently celebrated 10 years of marriage to his wife, Nellie Jo, who worked in entertainment at Walt Disney World before transitioning to be a full-time stay-at-home mom to their kids, Caleb, 6, and Nellie Marie, 3.

The 2023 BHS Valedictorian is Kirsten Hand.

Mason DeLong is the salutatorian.

You can watch Friday night’s ceremony at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JxXp1YJvVOg

The livestream will start around 6:45 p.m.

Congrats to the graduates and their families!

Photos: Spencer Reames

Alison Marker

Jeff Wiley

Alison Marker

Jeff Wiley
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