Hall of Fame
KEVIN SLAUGHTER HALL OF FAME
Outstanding alumni student-athletes are chosen by their peers for the honor of being included in the Kevin Slaughter Memorial Hall of Fame. Candidates must meet the following criteria: received their diploma or postgraduate certificate from Cheshire Academy; earned at least two varsity letters, either in one sport or two letters in two different sports; earned outstanding recognition in their sport such as captain, M.V.P., all league, all New England, or All-American at Cheshire and/or at college; been active in one or more non-athletic endeavors; and agree to attend the Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony to receive the award unless ill health precludes travel.
The 2018 inductees, pictured above, are Deron Rippey ’93, Chad Nelson ’93, and Robert LoRicco ’78.
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Four inducted into Kevin D. Slaughter Memorial Hall of Fame
A former WNBA player, two former boys’ basketball teammates and a standout lacrosse player are the 2018 Cheshire Academy Kevin D. Slaughter Memorial Hall of Fame inductees.
Nare Diawara ’03, Chad Nelson ’93, Deron Rippey ’93 and Robert LoRicco ’78 were inducted into Cheshire Academy’s athletic hall of fame on Saturday during Reunion Weekend.
Diawara came to Cheshire Academy from Mali, Africa and made an immediate impact on the basketball court. She led the Cats in scoring and rebounding during her two seasons and set the school’s single-game scoring record with 47 points in a game during her senior season.
She averaged a triple-double that year (24 points, 19 rebounds and 11 blocks), led the Cats to a 19-3 mark and was named a McDonald’s All-American nominee. After a stellar collegiate career at Virginia Tech, Diawara was selected 30th overall by the San Antonio Silver Stars 30th in the 2007 WNBA draft.
Nelson, a postgraduate, came to Cheshire Academy following a successful high school career at Carlsbad High School in San Diego, California. In his one season with the Cats, Nelson, a guard, was voted co-captain of the team and earned first team all-tournament honors during a prep-school basketball tournament in Montreal. Nelson went on to a stellar career at San Diego University finishing with 1,225 points, 412 assists, and 174 steals. He averaged a double-double for three consecutive seasons for the Aztecs.
“I still, to this day, don’t know what you saw in a 5-foot-9, blond-haired, curvy, 150-pound kid,” said Nelson looking at his former coaches Bill Hrasky and Bill Casson during his induction. “I’m sure there were quicker, taller guys you saw, but it all worked out for our team. Thank you for what you did for me.”
His teammate, Deron Rippey, led the Cats in scoring during his two seasons at Cheshire Academy. He finished his career with over 1,000 points and helped the Cats to their first Montreal Holiday Tournament title. Rippey was a McDonald’s All-American nominee and an All-NEPSAC selection. Rippey went on to play at East Carolina and Eastern New Mexico.
“You came down to New York and gave me an opportunity to come to Cheshire Academy,” said Rippey, thanking his coaches. “I was a young kid going through a lot in Brooklyn, overcoming obstacles. Through basketball, I became successful. Everything I learned here guided me to my successes now.”
LoRicco was a talented multi-sport athlete at Cheshire Academy. He was a four-year football player, four-year varsity swimmer and four-year standout lacrosse player. He twice earned All-New England honors for lacrosse.
“There’s a heck of a tradition here,” LoRicco said. “I appreciate this award. It’s an honor to be selected into the hall of fame.”
2018 Kevin Slaughter Athletic Hall of Fame: Deron Rippey ’93
2018 Kevin Slaughter Athletic Hall of Fame: Chad Nelson ’93
2018 Kevin Slaughter Athletic Hall of Fame: Robert LoRicco ’78
ARTS AND LETTERS HALL OF FAME
The Arts and Letters Hall of Fame was established to recognize Cheshire Academy Alumni who have achieved the highest standard of success in their respective fields of artistic expression both at Cheshire Academy and in their professional field. Recipients must have made an active and positive contribution in Arts and Letters while at Cheshire Academy, be considered a leader in the arts and have had significant influence within their profession.
To nominate a candidate for the Athletic or Arts and Letters Hall of Fame please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The inaugural 2018 inductee, Andrew Fezza ’72, is pictured above with inductees Deron Rippey ’93, Chad Nelson ’93, and Robert LoRicco ’78.
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Andrew Fezza ’72 inducted into inaugural Arts & Letters Hall of Fame
Andrew Fezza ’72, an award-winning menswear designer, has been honored as the first inductee of the Cheshire Academy Arts & Letters Hall of Fame.
Fezza was inducted on Saturday at the inaugural Arts and Letters Hall of Fame ceremony during Reunion Weekend on the campus of Cheshire Academy.
“It’s really an honor to be the first recipient of the Arts and Letters Hall of Fame,” said Fezza, who grew up in Hamden. “As a student, I really didn’t realize the impact Cheshire Academy would have on me at the time.”
Retail stores such as Barney’s, Saks Fifth Avenue and Bergdorf Goodman picked up his fashion line in the early 1980s, which led to the formation of Andrew Fezza Ltd. Fezza soon became instrumental in the formation of the Designer’s Collective and had earned a number of awards, including the coveted CFDA Award for Menswear, the Coty Fashion Award, and two Cutty Sark Awards for excellence in Menswear design. The business rapidly grew through licensing and joint ventures.
Fezza has been described by some as the Giorgio Armani of America.
At Cheshire Academy, he was an active member of the Rolling Stone Yearbook Committee, Horizons Arts and Literacy Magazine, the school newspaper and vice-president of the Art Club. Fezza helped organize the first Arts Weekend at Cheshire Academy in 1972, inviting many musicians and artists to campus to perform for the student body.
“Cheshire helped me see the world,” said Fezza during his hall of fame induction speech. “There were students here from all over the world. I was surrounded by kids who spoke different languages, came from different cultures and had different life experiences. It changed me. It changed who I was and shaped me as a person.”
The Arts and Letters Hall of Fame was established to recognize Cheshire Academy alumni who have achieved the highest standard of success in their respective fields of artistic expression both at Cheshire Academy and in their professional field. Recipients must have made an active, positive contribution in Arts and Letters while at Cheshire Academy, be considered a leader in the arts and have had significant influence in their profession.
2018 Arts and Letters Hall of Fame: Andrew Fezza ’72