Outstanding Alumni
 
Mr. K. Ray Mahan

Mr. K. Ray Mahan is a 1958 graduate of Bristol as well as life-long resident of the community. He is the owner/operator of Mahan Packing Company, a meat processing facility. For over 25 years, Ray has served the community as a member of the Board of Directors for Cortland Banks. He was also a member of the Bristol Board of Education. Throughout the years, Ray has been a proud, continuous supporter of the school.
 Mr. Brian Hawkins

Mr. Brian Hawkins graduated from Bristol Local High School in 1993. He was interested in Chemistry and Chemical Engineering so a college education was a must. He was admitted to The Ohio State University Honors Program in Columbus, Ohio. Click here to read more.
 Mr. Dennis Bowers

Mr. Bowers is a Bristol Local School District Alumni from the graduating class of 1972. After his education from United Electronics Institute in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio he traveled the world and worked in positions of increasing responsibility. Click here to read more.
 Dr. Logan Strohm

Dr. Logan Strohm is originally from Bristolville, Ohio. He is a Bristol Local School District Alumni from the graduating class of 1998. He completed his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees at Ohio University in 2003 and went on to attend veterinary school at The Ohio State University, graduating in 2010. Dr. Strohm’s interests include both large and small animal medicine, and he has a specific interest in orthopedic surgery. Dr. Strohm and his wife, Jennifer, have a daughter, Elliott.
 Mr. Benjamin Brugler

Mr. Ben Brugler was recently inducted in the "Forty under 40" class of 2011 by Crain's Cleveland Business. Mr. Brugler graduated from Bristol in 1995 and from Kent State University in 2000, later joining the Akhia Agency in Hudson. Son of David and Rebecca Brugler, Ben and his wife Theresa have two children, Kendall and Leia.  Click here to read the news release on his award.
 
 Mr. Joseph Thomas

The 2013 Trumbull County Hall of Fame honoree graduated from Bristol in 1939. After starring on the basketball team at Bristol, Mr. Thomas went on to become an assistant football coach with the Baltimore Colts, later coaching the Los Angeles Rams before coaching in the Canadian football league. In 1972, Mr. Thomas became the General Manager of the Baltimore Colts and began rebuilding the team. In 1977, he was hired by Eddie DeBartolo as GM of the San Francisco 49ers where he stayed until the end of the 1978 season. Overall, he helped build four franchises into highly respectable organizations: the Minnesota Vikings, Miami Dolphins, Baltimore Colts, and San Francisco 49ers. Since no family could be found in the area, the Trumbull County Commissioners presented the school with a special proclamation and trophy.
 
Lieutenant Colonel Andrew Holko
 
Lt Col Andrew Holko is originally from Bristolville, Ohio. He is a Bristol Local School District Alumni from the graduating class of 1954.  While at Bristol, he was active in sports and the band. He completed his Bachelor’s Degree in geography at Kent State University in 1958.  While at KSU, he joined the U.S. Air Force ROTC and learned to fly.  Upon graduation he went on to serve his country for twenty-eight (28) years.  With his wife, the former Donna Jean Hluchan, moved and lived throughout the country during his military tours.  A highly decorated pilot, he served his country in southeast Asia and throughout the world flying the Air Force’s KC-135 Tanker/Refueler.  While still in the Air Force, the Holko’s starting planting Christmas trees in 1968. The family would grow and sell Christmas trees, later diversifying into ornamental and shade trees until closing the Thompson Clark business in 2013.  The family relocated back to Bristol for good in 1987 upon Lt Col Holko’s retirement from the PA Air National Guard.  He organized the yearly Memorial Day ceremonies in Bristol Twp’s cemeteries and town square for over two decades, serving as “Officer of the Day.”  Lt Col Holko was an active member of the Bristol Historical Society and Bristolville Church of the Brethern.  Lt Col Holko has three children, Sheryl, Andrew III and Kurt.  Sadly he passed in November 2017.
  “From West Farmington to the World”  Stephanie Drotos, PhD., a 1988 graduate of Farmington High School, received her Bachelor’s degree at Ohio University, and a master degree from the Ohio State University.  Stephanie attained a doctorate in Educational Policy and Leadership from the Ohio State University in 2011.  Most recently, Stephanie worked with the Ministry of Education in Kosovo at the University of Prishtina to create and manage a 36-member team to design and implement a national training program for over 400 teachers.  This program was funded by both the Bureau of Educational Cultural Affairs at the US Department of State and Kosovo.  Her area of research is in educational policy and international development as well as educational equality and equity.  Her research articles have been published in various professional journals like  Comparative and International Higher EducationEducation and Urban Society .  Stephanie has presented her educational research all around the world including at Peace Corps Orientations, in Kosovo, Ukraine, Hungary, Albania, Canada and here in the United States.  

 
  

“The Heart of It All”  Dr. Joshua Stern, DVM, PhD, DACVIM, is a 1999 graduate of Bristol High School.  He received his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the Ohio State University and then completed a residency at North Carolina State University in cardiology.  Recently, he finished his PhD at Washington State University focusing his study and research on the genetics of familiar subvalvular aortic stenosis in dogs.  Josh’s primary research is studying inherited heart disease.  He has successfully identified a mutation that is responsible for the development of congenital heart disease in Newfoundland dogs, in addition to identifying another mutation responsible for the sudden death and long QT syndrome (which cause fast, chaotic heartbeats that can cause fainting spells, seizures, and death) in English springer spaniels.  Josh also conducts research using golden retrievers and Rottweilers, cats, racehorses and Alaskan sled dogs.  He has helped develop many of the current tests available for genetic heart disease.  Josh is currently an assistant professor at UC Davis Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital in California.  He has authored or co-authored more than 40 publications.  

 
 

Bristol Class of 2002 Valedictorian Dr. Helmick serves as Director of Bands and Associate Professor of Music at Slippery Rock University. Part of his responsibilities include directing the Slippery Rock University "Marching Pride", the Wind Ensemble and Concert Band, and teaching assigned courses in Instrumental Conducting, Brass Methods, Marching Band Field Charting and Design, Secondary Methods, and Applied Euphonium.

Dr. Helmick holds the Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Conducting from The University of Southern Mississippi. Jonathan earned a Master in Music degree in Euphonium Performance with a cognate area in Music Theory from The University of Akron in Akron, Ohio. Both his Bachelor of Music in Music Education degree and Bachelor of Arts in Business and Organizational Communications degrees were received from the University of Akron, with honors. Prior to his college teaching career, Dr. Helmick taught in the public schools of Ohio and Mississippi, most recently the All-Superior Sweepstakes Award winning Oak Grove Band program. He has also served as Assistant Conductor and member of the Board of Trustees for the Freedom Brass Band of Northeast Ohio and performed as a member of the Brass Band of the Western Reserve on euphonium and baritone.

Prior to his position at Slippery Rock University, Dr. Helmick served as the Director of Bands and Low Brass Instructor at Jones County Junior College in Ellisville, MS. At Jones, he conducted the Jones County Junior College Symphonic Band and was the Director of the "Maroon Typhoon" Marching Band. Courses he taught included applied trombone, euphonium, and tuba in addition to Music Fundamentals and Music Appreciation. During his time at Jones, the marching band gained national attention when invited to perform in the 2015 McDonald's Thanksgiving Parade in Chicago, IL. Under his direction, students have had the opportunity to work in both performance and masterclass settings with national and international performing artists such as Tucker Jolly, Dr. Richard Perry, the Maniacal 4 Quartet, and Travis Scott. Most recently, he served as co-founder and site coordinator of the "Roger Bobo Festival of Brass," a summer brass symposium featuring international brass pedagogue and tubist Roger Bobo as clinician. 

Active as a musician and educator, Dr. Helmick has served as a guest clinician, artist, and adjudicator in Mississippi, Ohio, Michigan, Florida, Sicily, Austria, and the Czech Republic. Professional memberships and honors have included: The World Association of School Bands and Ensembles, The College Band Director's National Association, The National Band Association, The Mississippi Bandmasters Association, The Mississippi Junior and Community Colleges Band Association (Secretary 2014, Vice-President 2015), Pi Kappa Lambda, Tau Beta Sigma, and Honorary Membership in Kappa Kappa Psi. 

 
  “Balancing a Full Life” Dr. Barnhart (Suzanne Brown) grew up in Bristolville and attended Bristol from 6 grade through graduation.  She graduated from Bristol High School in 1992 as valedictorian of her class.  She then attended Mount Vernon Nazarene University where she double majored in Biology and Medical Technology and minored in Chemistry, graduating summa cum laude.  She obtained her M.D. degree from the University of Toledo Medical School in Toledo, Ohio.  She then moved to Indianapolis where she did her internship and residency at the Indiana University Medical Center, where she was the Administrative Chief Resident in a program of 40 residents.  She moved to Lancaster, Ohio, just south of Columbus, in 2009, to join Drs. Froman and Santino and is now a co-owner of her practice OB/GYN Associates of Lancaster, Inc.  Dr. Barnhart is board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology (ABOG) and a fellow of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.  She is also a member of AAGL, a society that promotes minimally invasive gynecologic techniques.  Her special interests include minimally invasive gynecologic procedures, including total laparoscopic hysterectomy, operative hysteroscopy, tubal sterilization, and endometrial ablation as well as all aspects of obstetrics, infertility, and adolescent health.  She is married to Erin, a financial wealth advisor, and has 2 children, Grace and Addyson.  The Barnhart family is very active in their community, hospital, and church.  Dr. Barnhart serves on several hospital committees and just finished a term as chair of the OB/GYN Department at Fairfield Medical Center.  She also continues to be active musically and plays her flute annually in her hospital physician Christmas ensemble.  You can read more information about Dr. Barnhart’s practice at their website, www.obgalslancaster.com
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