Washington CH Schools Adds to Academic Hall of Fame

posted by Mike Smith - 


Washington Court House City Schools has inducted new members to their Academic Hall of Fame.


Dennis J. Denen, a 1964 graduate of Washington High School, served our nation as a member of the United States Air Force’s Strategic Air Command from 1965-1969.  Throughout his professional career, Dennis served as president or vice president of seven electronic technology companies and was awarded over 40 patents by the United States Patent Office and five international patents for an array of electronic technological devices and concepts.  Mr. Denen generously shared his vast knowledge with graduate students at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and The Ohio State University, including fabricating and providing custom electronic equipment to The Ohio State University’s Electronic Engineering Laboratory.  

His posthumous award was received by his wife, Mrs. Laura Denen, who shared heartwarming stories about his professional achievements, service to our country, and commitment to a lifetime of learning.


William T. Junk, a 1972  graduate of Washington Senior High School, was recognized by the community for his scholarship, leadership, service and athleticism,  earning the 1972 Clarence A. Christman Award, as well as the 1972 National Football Foundation Central Ohio Scholar Athlete Award.  Following his high school career, Mr. Junk graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University in 1976 and earned his Juris Doctorate in 1979 from The University of Cincinnati College of Law.  Mr. Junk returned home, serving his community as an attorney at law alongside his father and grandfather.   

His dedication to our community includes serving as President of the Fayette County Bar Association, as well as a member of the Fayette County Charitable Foundation, Fayette County Memorial Hospital Foundation, Huntington National Bank Advisory Board, Fayette County Free Clinic Board, Fayette County Cancer Society Board and the Gardner Park Stadium Committee.

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