FREDERICKTOWN — Three accomplished products of Fredericktown Local Schools were feted Friday as the first graduates named to the high school’s Distinguished Alumni Hall of Honor. Judge John Fisher, attorney Weston Miller and the late Julie Cochran were selected for the honor by a committee of FHS graduates. The honorees were received warmly by nearly 200 family members, neighbors and guests, as well as current seniors.
Mickey Cochran accepted on behalf of his sister, Julie, who was a member of the FHS Class of 1959. Judge Fisher, a member of the Class of 1964, returned to Fredericktown for the event from his home in the Washington, D.C., area. A 1996 graduate, Miller was back for a Knox County visit from New York City.
First to the podium was Mickey Cochran, who related his sister’s inspiring story of achievement in the face of adversity. Rendered a paraplegic by polio, Julie spent more than a year in the hospital before she could complete high school. She then turned The Ohio State University upside down as a pioneering crusader for a barrier-free campus. With help from members of the Delta Chi fraternity, she navigated a campus that had virtually no accommodations for her wheelchair.
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