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Honored RHS alumni Fred Wentland, left, and Bruce Kostic, far right, with superintendent Dan Creps at the Friday night football game.
Two distinguished RHS alumni honored
Reaching from the ends of outer space to high rise offices in the Big Apple, Rossford High School graduates are enjoying prestigious careers.
Two distinguished RHS graduates– one a space flight controller and the other a national magazine advertising executive–were honored at this year’s Homecoming celebration.
The Rossford School District presented its 2014 Awards of Distinction during a September 26 ceremony to Bruce Kostic and Fredrick Wentland, for their significant contributions to society.
Mr. Kostic, a 1970 RHS graduate, is the senior regional sales manager for the Beverage Information Group based in Norwalk, Connecticut. He has nationwide sales responsibilities specializing in the beverage alcohol industry.
Previously, he was the national accounts director for the Maxim Group, headquartered in New York City.
During his career in advertising, Mr. Kostic served as director of advertising partnerships at Business Week magazine for 14 years and category manager at Time magazine for 14 years.
He earned a bachelor of arts degree in psychology from Oberlin College and completed graduate studies at Florida State University.
Mr. Kostic was the recipient of the Alfred P. Sloan Scholar award from Oberlin College as well as the Southern Scholarship Foundation Scholar award from Florida State University.
Mr. Kostic was selected by Advertising Age magazine as one of the top 100 media sales representatives, as worldwide salesman of the year 1988 by Time, and salesperson of the year 2002 by Business Week.
He is a member of the Advertising Club, Financial Communications Society, International Advertising Agency and New York Athletic Club.
He has served on the Wilton board of directors as well as the Wilton Boosters board of directors for numerous sports organizations such as football, baseball, soccer, basketball and wrestling.
He is married to Kathie Kostic, and they have three children. They have lived in Wilton, Connecticut for 26 years. Fred Wentland
Mr. Wentland was born on December 26, 1938, to Fred and Jane Wentland in Rossford. He is a 1956 RHS graduate.
Mr. Wentland has had a colorful career with the federal government for about 50 years in the telecommunications, spectrum management, and manned and unmanned spacecraft command and control.
He also has worked seven years in the private sector and currently heads Freedom Technology Inc. in the Annapolis, Maryland office.
As senior vice president, he guides the firm’s work as a subcontractor to Exelis Inc. in support of the U.S. Department of Defense.
Mr. Wentland enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in 1957 as an administrative specialist. He was given a full scholarship by the Air Force and obtained a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Oklahoma State University.
The Air Force provided him with a commission, and he became a second lieutenant.
He supported command and control of the Department of Defense unmanned satellite systems at the Vandenberg Air Force base tracking station for two years, as well as satellites at the Manned Space Flight Center in Houston, Texas.
He spent three years in Houston working on NASA’s Gemini and Apollo program.
On a number of the Gemini missions, he was a flight controller for the unmanned Agena vehicle used by the Gemini spacecraft for docking purposes.
His last mission at NASA was a flight controller for systems on the lunar module for the Apollo 12 lunar mission.
Mr. Wentland was one of the flight controllers when Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong stepped on the moon on July 21, 1969.
He currently resides in Bowie, Maryland. He and his wife, Bobbie, have been married for 55 years. They have two children, Kathy and Dan, and six grandchildren.
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Rossford lies at the heart of the Crossroads of America, an area experiencing tremendous economic growth, located at the crossroads of Interstate 75 and the Ohio Turnpike. The city's population of approximately 6,000 is primarily a mix of descendants of Polish, Czechoslovakian, German and Ukrainian workers who came from Pennsylvania to work at the glass plant, now Pilkington.
Rossford was incorporated as a village in 1939 and as a city in 1971. The City is a municipal corporation which operates under its own charter and is governed by a mayor and seven-member City Council. Rossford is served by full-time police and part-time fire departments, dispatched from the neighboring Village of Walbridge.
The City maintains a Community Recreation Center and three parks, one of which,Veterans Memorial Park, features a seasonal marina along with picnic areas and diamonds and courts for baseball, tennis, basketball and volleyball.
Rossford has three elementary schools, Glenwood, Indian Hills and Eagle Point, a junior high and high school and All Saints parochial school for grades pre-kindergarten through eight.
The city boasts a public library and many service and community organizations such as the Rossford Business Association, Lions Club and Veterans of Foreign Wars. Its Rossford Community Service League sponsors annual activities such as a Valentine's Day Dance, Easter egg hunt, Halloween, Memorial Day parades and their Christmas tree lighting.
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