• Distinguished Alumni Class of 2016

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    The members of the Distinguished Alumni Class of 2016 are, from left, R. Samuel McMichael, Valerie Gray Francois, James W. Fite, Jr. and Greg Deaver.

    R. Samuel McMichael, Class of 1965

    After graduating from Oxford, Mr. McMichael attended Lincoln University and Temple School of Law, where he graduated cum laude. After graduation he was a trial attorney with the Chester County District Attorney's Office until he opened a private practice in Oxford.

    Greg Deaver, Class of 1974

    Greg H. Deaver is a man of great successes. During his time at Oxford Area High School, he was Senior Class President, MVP of the varsity soccer team and PIAA Sectional and District wrestling champion and state qualifier.

    From there Mr. Deaver gained an internship at the Virginia Highway and Transportation Research Council and conducted research into innovative methods to held reduce erosion resulting from transportation projects. He then moved to Greenhorne and O'Mara Engineers where within six months of being hired he was selected as lead engineer for nationwide engineering assessment of community appeals of FEMA's Flood Insurance Studies.

    James W. Fite, Jr., Class of 1985

    James Fite Jr. graduated from Oxford Area High School in 1985. He studied accounting at Goldey Beacom College and joined the U.S. Navy, serving as a Russian linguist.

    Mr. Fite was selected by President Bill Clinton as the lead interpreter of Project Sapphire, an operation to transfer uranium from Kazakhstan to the United States. He now lives in Georgia with his wife Karen and daughters Mary and Rose.

    Valerie Gray Francois, Class of 1989

    Since graduating from Oxford, Valerie Gray Francois has been helping organizations realize their vision for strategic communication success. She has led many non-profit organizations, including schools, to succeed and thrive. Ms. Francois currently works as Director of Strategic Partnership and Constituent Communications for the New Jersey Department of Education.