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HHS to induct four to Hall of Fame

A successful Division 1 college basketball coach, a high-ranking Episcopal bishop, a longtime Henderson County School Board member and a sports journalist will enter the Hendersonville High School Alumni Association Hall of Fame during the annual Induction Ceremony at 5 p.m. Friday at the HHS auditorium.


Here are the inductees:

  • Chris Ferguson, class of 1975, distinguished himself as one of the most talented multi-sport athletes to graduate from HHS. Ferguson continued this legacy by becoming as one of the most respected assistant basketball coaches in Division 1. He is a role model and represents the type of individual that makes HHS and its history so important. Ferguson continues to be a Bearcat through and through.
  • Rt. Reverend James Magness, class of 1964, served in the U.S. Navy, graduated from Western Carolina University, and continued serving in the Navy and serving in the Episcopal Church. Since then he has become the second highest bishop in the Episcopal Church in the United States. Magness is also active in civic activities including working with the homeless, those in prison and those in need overseas. He continues to be a proud Bearcat.
  • Melissa Maurer, class of 1978, owns a custom frame shop and has been an active member of the community through many civic activities. These include being a Girl Scout leader and volunteering with the Red Cross and Boys and Girls Club. Her commitment to education includes service on the Henderson County School Board for 16 years. In 2014 Maurer was the recipient of the Clifton Shipman Award from the Hendersonville Merchants Association for her long service to Henderson County in business, education and civic life.
  • Lee Pace, class of 1975, received his degree in journalism from the University of North Carolina. He is the author of several books, including three about the Pinehurst Golf Course. Pace is also active with the UNC sports program and its Athletic Department, especially Carolina football. He represents the best of Hendersonville High School.

The induction ceremony is open to the public. The inductees will also be recognized at halftime of the homecoming football game against Avery County High School later Friday night.


Taylor Wright, a senior at Hendersonville High School, is a 2015-16 intern with the Hendersonville Lightning.