2014 Cherokee Award Winner
Tim Laushey - Class of '67


The nominees for this honor must be someone who has taken the "Love and Honor," that is Conrad, into the community through their job or their volunteer efforts. No one does that quite the way our 2014 award winner does.

Tim Laushey has been an integral part of what has been a historic piece of Conrad's legacy. Tim's contribution to the community is that he never lets people forget what a great school Conrad was and is.

In 1983 he helped put the Redskin Band back on the street with the formation of The Conrad Alumni Band. The band performed at many of the events it used to along with a momentous trip to Dublin, Ireland to perform in their St. Patrick's Day parade. It continues to perform at most Conrad class reunions.

Tim has had an exciting career in the music business and worked with many well known artists, not the least of which was his idol, Gene Krupa.

   Tim Laushey with Alumni President Jeff Nichols

Even with his busy schedule he still finds time to come back to new Conrad Schools of Sciences. He has been involved with their music program. He helped in the recruitment of the current band director, Mr. Healy, who wrote, "The Love and Honor" of Conrad has a rich, deep history that is consistantly demonstrated by Tim Laushey. I have used Tim as a constant source to help connect the band program of today to the band program of the past. This has allowed me to build on the rich tradition of the past while helping to define our future. His time and resources have enabled the current program to grow and is a driving force in helping to keep the band program very relevant in a science focused school."

When the original high school was being dismantled, many valuable memorabilia were being tossed into the trash. Pictures, yearbooks, statues, trophies. Tim saved a huge amount of these treasures, which are now on display in the Conrad Museum adjacent to the current school library.

In Tim's own words he, "Continues to love and honor this building, its teachers, past and present, his friend and mentor, David Casto, and all things Conrad. Conrad never died, even when others thought it had."

Tim's life is a lifetime of teaching. Educating and introducing the world of music to children of all ages, guaranteeing music for many years to come. He has been lovingly referred to as "Mr. Conrad". But for this, we call him our "2014 Cherokee Award Winner!!"

Conrad Alumni 2014 Teacher of the Year Award Winner
Melissa Tracy


Melissa was selected this year because of her hard work, talent, and dedication to the school, her students, and the community. She goes to great lengths to reach every child and engages students in interactive lessons. Her classroom is describes as "Student-Centered," she operated as a facilitator to student learning. Her students' advanced placement scores in U.S. Government and Politics, Comparative Government, and Human Geography have been amongst the highest in our district. She is an instructional Leader and model teacher for Red Clay.

In addition to her teaching assignments, Melissa had contributed to Conrad many other ways. She has served as the Model United Nations advisor for six years and Youth In Government advisor for the past four years. She was recently selected to serve on the prestigious Rodel Teacher Council where she has the opportunity to weigh in on educational reform initiatives in the state. She has participated in numerous law-related professional development activities including the Gilder Lehrman Seminar on American Foreign Policy, the World Affairs and F.P.R.I. conferences, The Democracy Project, and most recently, she wrote a substantial unit about Islam and Democracy for the Delaware Teacher Institute. She has also completed her national board certification and teaches AP Geography via blended learning in the Conrad Distance Learning Lab.

   Melissa Tracy with Alumni President Jeff Nichols

A quote from Mark Pruitt, principal at Conrad Schools of Science, "Although Melissa's professional qualities stand on their own merit, I'd like to mention her friendly and conscientious personality. Her teaching talents, leadership, and intellectual curiosity make her a most valuable member of the Conrad faculty."

The award was presented to Melissa at our annual Conrad Alumni Dinner Dance, November 2014.

The Results Are In! The recipient of the Edward Malin Memorial Scholarship for 2014 is
Beatrice Marie Fontano.


The 2014 Conrad Schools of Science Edward Malin Memorial Scholarship was awarded at the CSS Academic Awards Night on May 12, 2014 to Beatrice Marie Fontano.

This annual award is sponsored by the Henry C. Conrad Alumni Association in memory of the late Dr. Edward Malin.  This competitive scholarship is awarded to a graduating CSS High School Senior.

Dr. Malin was a 1949 honors graduate of Henry C. Conrad High School.  Ed went on to become an award winning teacher, a coach and an assistant principal at Conrad.  He earned a Ed.D. and taught at Wilmington University.  Ed also was recognized for his humanitarian efforts and community service.

As the winner of this 4th annual award, Bea Fontano receives a $2,500 college scholarship and an award plaque.  A separate perpetual plaque is maintained and displayed at CSS.

The requirements for this award include a minimum 3.0 GPA, keen interest in science, and a strong community involvement.

Bea Fontano is graduating with a 4.58 GPA (rounded).  During her CSS High School career, she has been on the varsity basketball and soccer teams, and also on varsity cheerleading.  Her volunteer community service included Key Club, Filipino Athletic Association of DE, Filipino American Youth Association of DE, Christiana Care Explorer’s Post, and St. Margaret of Scotland Religious Education Teaching.  Bea has been on Student Council since 2010.

In her essay, Ms. Fontano cites an important lesson learned in dealing with medical professionals when her mother experienced a life threatening illness, “Science is a basis of life, and failure to understand science was a failure to understand life”.

Bea Fontano will attend Seton Hall University as a nursing major.  Her long-term goal is to become a Ph.D. nurse anesthetist, and possibly become a medical doctor.

Ms. Fontano exemplifies the essence of the qualities and character of a Malin Scholarship Award recipient.
Outstanding Teacher and Outstanding Alumnus Awards

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Jesse M. Malin Honored


The decision to honor one of our most prestigious alumni was an easy one for the Conrad Alumni Association. Through the tireless efforts of Jean (Phillips) Skelly '64, and a unanimous vote by the Red Clay School Board, we will be renaming the gymnasium, the Jesse M. Malin Gymnasium. The formal ceremony will take place at the Conrad Schools of Science Homecoming, Sat., October, 6, 2012.

He was presented with the honor at the school's Athletic Awards ceremony on May 21, 2012. We were able to keep this a complete surprise. Mr. Malin thought he was at the ceremony to impart some of his wisdom to the students. The table was turned when two students appeared on stage with a large sign showing the planned re-naming of the gym. For those of you who may not know Mr. Malin's history, he was born in a house across the street from the high school. As a student, class of '47, he was a high achiever, class president for two years, a National Honor Society, Press Club, Spanish Club, and Student Council member. And, as you can imagine, he was a Three Letter Man for football, basketball, and baseball.

He returned to the school in 1956 as a Biology teacher, and true to form, became involved in many activities. He coached football, was the Varsity "C" advisor, and ultimately became the Athletic Director.

He remains active in the school and the Alumni Association, how fitting that the gymnasium that he helped to design will now bear his name.

Please join us at the formal ceremony to celebrate a man who has been described as a "Walking Encyclopedia on Conrad's Athletic History," and who, I believe, has Scarlet and Grey flowing through his veins, JESSE MALIN.


We are looking for the "Alumni Contact" person of each graduation class for the purpose of gathering class news such as reunions, social functions, memorials, etc. Please e-mail any information to Joan (Sparks) Stratton, Secretary at
The Conrad Schools of Science and the Henry C. Conrad Alumni Association are recruiting volunteers.
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