The Hall of Fame

Date published: March 7th, 2017 | By Matthew

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Here's something new. Maddie has tallied all the summers that every person has spent at Longacre Leadership Camp since 1975, our first summer.

First, she organized people into five categories, with some people falling into more than one. Then, she ranked everyone. Below are her top ten lists.

Today, we are proud to unveil our BRAND SPANKING NEW Hall of Fame.

You ready for this?

Here are our five categories:

  1. Farmers. The first category is Farmers (we call our campers “farmers”). This category is the most obvious one. It includes every farmer who’s ever been here, including MiniCampers (the 8-12-year-olds in Session 3).
  2. Big Kids. The second category is Big Kids (we call our counselors “Big Kids”). This includes staff and CITs but not owners.
  3. Farmer + Big Kids. The third category is a combo. It includes anyone who's been both a farmer and a Big Kid. Exclusive group, this one.
  4. Family Members. Here’s one you probably hadn't thought of: family members. This category groups together families — often extended families — and then counts the number of members in them.
  5. Owners. The fifth category is owners. There have been nine of us total. The original six were Biff, Muggs, Mel, Chris, Sue and Rog. Besides Louise and me, there was Megan, who was here for 13 years from the 90s through to the 10s.

So now we have records! And record-holders.

Some of these records will hold up for a long time, I think. Jon and Cordelia (Allen) Jensen, for example, lead the Farmer + Big Kid category, tied at 14 years apiece (they're the two pictured above). There's nobody nipping at their heals currently, so they're safe for a while.

Other categories could be disrupted very shortly. Here are three possibilities:

  • Farmers. The current record is 7 years. In 2013, though, we created a MiniCamp for 8-12-year-olds. That means that farmers can now start four years earlier than they could before. This record will definitely fall; it's just a matter of time. One potential record-breaker is a girl who will be here in 2017 for her fifth summer — and she’s only 12-years-old. Watch out, Deanna.
  • Big Kids. Louise’s husband, Jake, has been marching up the Big Kids ladder since 2008. This summer will mark his tenth year, tying him for third place with Carmen (Byerly) Bornstein. The record is 14, so he could take over as soon as 2022.
  • Family Members. On this list, there are nine families with at least four members. Because it's a top ten list, we have to include families with three members (of which there are eleven). What this means is, when just one more families make it to four members, we'll have a top ten list without any three-member families, so those eleven families will fall off. (You can get bumped from the Hall of Fame, I guess. Easy come, easy go!)

Onto the rankings. 

A few quick notes though:

  1. To be clear, these are not subjective rankings with opinions or voters or anything like that. We're only taking into account summers at the farm.
  2. We’ve included maiden names where appropriate.
  3. Next to people’s names we’ve included the years they attended. Where necessary, we’ve indicated whether the years are for CIT, Big Kid or Owner.
  4. You’ll notice more than ten people on some lists, because of the ties. As anyone who follows sports can tell you, in the event of a tie, you include everyone.
  5. Also regarding ties, we listed people in chronological order, then alphabetical order by last name. Hopefully, this makes it easier to read.

Oh, and one more thing. If you notice any errors (or omissions!) please tell us. You can reach me at 717-567-3349 or matt@longacre.com. Specifically, I’m nervous about Family Members, because in our old database (ahem, index card box) we didn’t record relationships, so that category was done from memory.

That’s it!

If you’ve ever spent even one summer on the farm, chances are you’ll know folks on the lists below. Enjoy your trip down memory lane!

Warmly,

Matt

Farmers

7 Years

Deanna Mittleman (09-15)

6 Years

Nathan Shulman (98-03) 
Scott Posilkin (02-07) 

5 Years

Jonathan Miller (84-88) 
Davey Jones (89-93) 
Jon Jensen (91-95) 
Jessica Rochester (93-97) 
Sam Freedman (94-96, 98-99) 
Chris Cassidy (95-99) 
Alex Smith (95-98, 00) 
Anne Waring (97-99, 01-02) 
Ali Ascherio (00-04) 
Alex Beilenson (01-05) 
Zachary Ramirez-Brunner (03-07) 
Alex Roppolo (04-08) 
Charlie Katzman (04-08) 
Michael Kligerman (06-10) 
Nicholas Kavanau (06-10) 
Sarah Slaymaker (10-12, 14-15) 
Gwen Vandivere (11-12, 14-16) 
Shannon McGuire (12-16) 

WOW!

Big Kids*

14 Years

Colleen "Fitz" Fitzpatrick (96-99, 01-02, 04-09, 11-12)

12 Years

Cordelia (Allen) Jensen (98-05, 07-08, 14)

10 Years

Carmen (Byerly) Bornstein (95-04)

9 Years

Kevin Hortens (77-78, 80-86)
Jon Jensen (00-08) 
Jacob Warner (08-16) 

8 Years

Matt Scafidi-McGuire (97-04)

7 Years

Megan Flaherty (91-97)

6 Years

Davey Jones (97-02)

5 Years

Danny Strauss (81-85)
Joanne Pinaire (82-86) 
Brooke Evans (86-87, 89, 91-92) 
Liz Stam Kelly (98-02) 
Brad Bernstein (98, 00-01, 03, 05) 
Maddie Caplan Fortelka (11-13, 15-16) 

HOLY COW!

* Excluding owners

Farmer + Big Kids*†

14 Years

Jon Jensen (91-95 + BK 00-08) 
Cordelia (Allen) Jensen (93-94 + BK 98-05, 07-08, 14) 

11 Years

Davey Jones (89-93 + BK 97-02)

10 Years

Nathan Shulman (98-03 + BK 07-10)

8 Years

Danny Strauss (76-78 + BK 81-85) 
Becky (Talmadge) Fischer (85-88 + BK 91, 93-95) 
Brad Bernstein (90-92 + BK 98, 00-01, 03, 05) 
Liz Stam Kelly (91-93 + BK 98-02) 
Ali Ascherio (00-04 + BK 13-15) 
David Roth (04-07 + BK 09-12) 

CAN YOU BELIEVE IT?

* Excluding owners
† BK = Big Kid Years

Family Members*†

11 Family Members

Jensen + Allen + Tisue + Landry + Solomon + Salett 
Jon Jensen (91-95 + BK 00-08) 
Cordelia (Allen) Jensen (93-94 + BK 98-05, 07-08, 14) 
Julia Allen (95, BK 03) 
Darcy Tisue (03) 
Anna Landry (03-04) 
Alyssa Solomon (04-05) 
James Landry (04, 06) 
Cody Solomon (06) 
Amelia Salett (14-15) 
Lily Jensen (14-16) 
Tate Jensen (14-16) 

5 Family Members

Eigen + Zucchi + Eigen-Zucchi 
Alessandra Zucchi (11) 
Camilla Eigen-Zucchi (11-12, C 13-14) 
Theo Eigen-Zucchi (12) 
Anika Eigen-Zucchi (13-14) 
Stefan Eigen (BK 16) 

Gill + Glezos + Mildwoff + Walsh 
Laura Gill (BK 05-07) 
Charles Gill (BK 07-08) 
Elsie Walsh (06-09) 
Malaya Glezos (14) 
Maddie Mildwoff (14) 

Van Houtte 
Florence van Houtte (85-86) 
Jean van Houtte (85-86) 
Adriana van Houtte (15-16) 
Cecile van Houtte (15-16) 
Pierre van Houtte (15-16) 

4 Family Members

Gillespie 
Michael Gillespie (11) 
Stephanie Gillespie (11) 
David Gillespie (11-12) 
Brittany Gillespie (11, 13) 

Kavanau 
Michael Kavanau (77-80 + BK 82) 
Debbie Kavanau (80) 
Alexandra Kavanau (06-09 + BK 14) 
Nicholas Kavanau (06-10) 

Kozma + Vilar 
Evan Vilar (14-16) 
Reed Vilar (14-16) 
Diego Kozma (14-15) 
Nora Kozma (15)

Ramirez + Ramirez-Brunner 
Leah Ramirez (76) 
Kate Ramirez (78-79) 
Sebastian Ramirez-Brunner (03-06) 
Zachary Ramirez-Brunner (03-07)

3 Family Members

Altman 
Brian Altman (85-86) 
Mike Altman (87-90) 
Sara Altman (91-94) 

Beilenson 
Valerie Beilenson (99-01 + BK 06) 
Alex Beilenson (01-05) 
Jacob Belenson (13) 

Curran + Poruks 
Taylor Poruks (09) 
Jack Curran (14-16) 
Liam Curran (15-16) 

Delaney 
Liz (Petri) Delaney (BK 97-98) 
Hank Delaney (15) 
Graham Delaney (15) 

Fischer 
Becky (Talmadge) Fischer (85-88 + BK 91, 93-95) 
William Fischer (14-16) 
Matthew Fisher (15-16) 

Hortens + Pinaire 
Kevin Hortens (BK 77-78, 80-86) 
Joanne Pinaire (BK 82-86) 
Claire Hortens (00 + BK 09) 

Kovacs 
Aline Kovacs (03-05 + BK 12-13) 
Gavi Kovacs (09-12) 
Eli Kovacs (10-12) 

Miller 
Jonathan Miller (84-88) 
Zac Miller (90-92) 
Rebecca Miller (87-90) 

Prentice + Homer
Phoebe Prentice (78-79) 
Zeke Homer (14) 
Zoe Homer (14-16) 

Rosen-Gomez + Gomez 
Rebekah Rosen-Gomez (81-83) 
Jacob Gomez (09) 
Aliza Gomez (12-13) 

Steiner 
Leslie Morgan Steiner (79-80 + BK 86-87, 00) 
Morgan Steiner (11-14 + C 15-16) 
Tallie Steiner (14-16)

I DON’T BELIEVE IT!

* Excluding owners
† C = CIT Years; BK = Big Kid Years

Owners*†

Biff Houldin (O 75-82) 
Muggs Merwin (O 75-83) 
Chris Mathna (O 75-90) 
Mel Bornstein (O 75-95) 
Roger Smith (O 76-81) 
Susan Smith (O 76-15) 
Megan Gantt (BK 97-99, 02, 04-09 + O 10-12) 
Louise Warner (BK 06-09 + O 10-present) 
Matthew Smith (93-94 + BK 03, 06, 08-12 + O 13-present) 

* In chronological order
† BK = Big Kid Years; O = Owner Years

So that’s it!

After each summer, we’ll try to update the Hall of Fame as quickly as possible. Hope you enjoyed it!

Thanks for reading :) :)

Matt