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Feature Stories March 24, 2011  RSS feed

Hoops Star Among Six Who Get Call To CK Hall Of Fame

Volunteer, Cemetery CEO Among Honorees
by Robert Pozarycki


The 2011 inductees to Christ the King Regional High School’s Hall of Fame are (clockwise from top left) Bruce Giarraffa, Class of 1973, video editor for ABC News; Susan Vitale Lipman, Class of 1973, education advocate; Susan Quinn, long-time Christ the King staff member and former school librarian; Daniel C. Austin Sr. of All Faiths Cemetery; Ryan Gunning, Class of 1993, president of the Glendale Volunteer Ambulance Corps and Chamique Holdsclaw, Class of 1995, a member of the WNBA’s San Antonio Silver Stars who won basketball championships at Christ the King and at the University of Tennessee. The 2011 inductees to Christ the King Regional High School’s Hall of Fame are (clockwise from top left) Bruce Giarraffa, Class of 1973, video editor for ABC News; Susan Vitale Lipman, Class of 1973, education advocate; Susan Quinn, long-time Christ the King staff member and former school librarian; Daniel C. Austin Sr. of All Faiths Cemetery; Ryan Gunning, Class of 1993, president of the Glendale Volunteer Ambulance Corps and Chamique Holdsclaw, Class of 1995, a member of the WNBA’s San Antonio Silver Stars who won basketball championships at Christ the King and at the University of Tennessee. A championship basketball player and the president of a local volunteer ambulance corps are among alumni of Christ the King Regional High School who will be inducted into the Middle Village institution’s Hall of Fame at a dinner next month.

As announced by the school’s Alumni Association, the event will take place on Saturday night, Apr. 16, at 7 p.m. at the school located at 68- 02 Metropolitan Ave.

Leading the six inductees into Christ the King’s Hall of Fame this year is Chamique Holdsclaw, a member of the Class of 1995 and Christ the King’s championship women’s basketball team, who is currently a member of the San Antonio Silver Stars of the WNBA.

Upon graduating from Christ the King, the Astoria native went to the University of Tennessee, where she won three NCAA Women’s Basketball championships under the direction of head coach Pat Summit. After being drafted by the Washington Mystics of the WNBA in 1999, she would go on to win a gold member as part of the U.S. Olympic Women’s basketball team at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney.

Holdsclaw would play with the Mystics until 2004, then moved onto the Los Angeles Sparks. After retiring briefly in 2007, she made a comeback with the Atlanta Dream in 2009 and signed with San Antonio the following year.

Also getting the call to Christ the King’s hall is Ryan Gunning, president of the Glendale Volunteer Ambulance Corps and chairman of the New York State Volunteer Ambulance and Rescue Association.

A graduate of the Class of 1993, Gunning—a Glendale resident—is in his 15th year as a member of GVAC, which has more than 50 members providing volunteer paramedic services to residents of the neighborhood and surrounding areas. He is also an active member of the Kiwanis Club of Glendale and the Glendale/104th Precinct Civilian Observation Patrol.

Two members of Christ the King High School’s Class of 1973 are also being inducted into the Hall of Fame next month: Bruce Giarraffa, who currently serves as video editor for live operations at ABC Sports and ABC News; and Susan Vitale Lipman, an advocate for children and education and a former president of the New York State Parent Teacher Association.

Rounding out the list of Hall of Fame inductees are a long-time staff member at Christ the King High School are Susan Quinn, a long-time member of the school’s staff who served as its librarian from 1981 to 1995; and Daniel C. Austin Sr., chairman, president and CEO of the nearby All Faiths Cemetery.

Christ the King High School established its Hall of Fame in 1983 to provide a venue to recognize alumni, faculty, staff and members of the community who have worked to carry on the ideals, principals and mission of the high school.

Tickets to the event are $65 per person, $50 per current CK student or $125 per couple. There are also special prices for those interested in purchasing a table for 10 or placing an ad in the official Hall of Fame Journal.

For more information, call Christ the King’s alumni office at 1-718- 366-7400, extension 272, or send an e-mail to alumni@ctkrhs.org.