The Orrville High School Alumni Association’s Board of Trustees recently chose four graduates for recognition as Outstanding Alumni. Selected for this honor were the following:
Robert Hershey ’44
Dr. Donald Orr ‘62
Kathy Tschiegg ‘74
Lt. Colonel Michael Landers ‘77
Hershey worked with his father at Hershey Insurance Agency retiring in 1998 as president. He has been involved and served in leadership positions with the Jaycees, the YMCA, United Way, Orrville Campus Foundation, Children’s Services Board of Wayne County, Orrville Library Board, the Orrville Chamber of Commerce, OrrViews Board, Dunlap Community Hospital and Christ United Church of Christ. A World War II veteran, he was named Orrville’s Outstanding Young Man of the Year in 1957, was the Paul L. Powell Citizen of the Year in 1991, and along with his wife Jess received a United Way Lifetime Achievement Award in 1994. Hershey was honored as a Founders Society member by The University of Akron Wayne College for his work in bringing a branch campus to Orrville. Whenever something was needed in the Orrville community or a goal was to be met, Hershey was one of the first to be sought out for leadership, and he always came through. He and his wife are the parents of four daughters and one son.
Landers received a B.S. in Biology from The University of Akron and an M.B.A. from Benedictine College. He has served in the U.S. Army for 25 years and is currently serving with the 1st Infantry Division, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. His combat experience includes tours of duty in Afghanistan and Iraq. He is a graduate of training in counterinsurgency; command and general staff officers course; U.S. Army Jumpmaster course; and Pathfinder, Ranger and Airborne courses. Landers has held leadership positions including Director of Cultural Influence and Counterinsurgency, Team Chief, Commandant, and Commander. His teaching experience includes School of Command Preparation where he acts as a facilitator specializing in Battle Command at the tactical level, and Senior Platoon Trainer in Ranger instruction. Landers has received two Bronze Stars and numerous other medals and badges. He and his wife Lisa have two daughters.