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Hal Colston visits his hometown of York, Pa., several years ago. He has been fighting poverty in Vermont for decades.

York County high school grads teach lessons in achievement on national stage

Hal Colston, a York native who has become a leader in the anti-poverty movement in Vermont, judges greens in a February 2008 cookoff. The event took place at Hannah Penn Middle School, where he attended before matriculating to William Penn Senior High School. Update: Colston, a consummate volunteer, was named Vermonter of the Year in 2014. Background posts: All celebrities posts from the start and All York County people posts and William Penn: People mag features York native Hal Colston as a ‘Hero Among Us.’
The recent high school graduation season provided an impetus to gather links to national achievers who received their sheepskins from York County secondary schools.
These are just a few of hundreds and hundreds.
Just consider this a history lesson from the blogs:

– Central, other local grads make good on screen, stage. Click here.
– Hanover High School: Academy Award-winning costume designer Ann Roth graduated from Eichelberger in 1949. Click here.
– Susquehannock High School: Duke and Randy Edsall make national sports news. Click here.
– Central York: Engraver’s work keeps his name in circulation. Click here.
– York Suburban: Three Rhodes Scholars call York County their boyhood home. Click here.
– Dover Area: John Kuhn: ‘He is able to grasp things very quickly.’ Click here.
– William Penn: Class of 1941 – Ode to part of York County’s Greatest Generation. Click here.
– William Penn: Ernest Lefever – York native writes about laws, limericks. Click here.
– Red Lion: Scott Fitzkee ranks as York/Adams Greatest Athlete. Click here.
York County Academy: Who was Edgar Fahs Smith of York City middle school fame? Click here.

– Eastern York: Jon Witman started as fullback for Penn State and the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Military achievers
– Spring Grove: Former Gitmo leader hails from York County. Click here.
– William Penn: Naval Reserve officer, a York High grad, to become admiral. Click here.
– York Suburban: York native captains new carrier USS Bush. Click here.
– York Catholic: Maj. Gen. assumed major role in guarding post-9/11 D.C. Click here.

-William Penn: Marine intel colonel promoted to brigadier general. Click here.