by Dr. Mabel George Howard
For generations, Uniontown Area High School (UAHS) in Uniontown, PA has represented a plethora of multi-talented graduates and personnel demonstrating high achieving standards in various disciplines. The UAHS Hall of Fame acknowledges, highlights, and honors the accomplishments of Uniontown’s outstanding individuals, teams, and organizations that have excelled throughout the years in Academics, Athletics, and Arts. These distinguished Inductees have brought attention and recognition to UAHS through their exceptional achievements while promoting a sense of unity and pride in the school and community. On September 1, 2018, this year’s Inductees were honored at a banquet and presented with an award plaque at Uniontown High School. They graced the audience with inspiring speeches of memorable life events and how experiences at UAHS positively influenced their personal growth and development. Among the Inductees, the UAHS Hall of Fame unanimously chose two very deserving Lebanese Maronite Catholics originally from St. George Maronite Catholic Church in Uniontown, PA: Chorbishop John Faris and Mr. John Unice.
Chorbishop Faris was selected for the Academic award based upon his impressive education and varied religious services. Faris graduated from Sacred Heart Seminary in Detroit, Michigan, and later earned a degree in Sacred Theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, Italy. Faris was awarded a Doctorate of Eastern Canon Law from the PontificalOriental Institute in Rome. In 1976, Archbishop Francis Zayek ordained Faris to the priesthood at St. George Maronite Catholic Church in Uniontown, PA. Archbishop Zayek also ordained Faris a Chorbishop in 1991. Presently, he serves as Professor of Eastern Canon Law at the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. Chorbishop was elected President of the Canon Law Society and has been a member of the canon law societies in various countries. He is a Knight Commander with the Star of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem and was the recipient of its highest order, the Golden Palm, in recognition of his dedication and services to the Christians in the Middle East. Chorbishop is now serving St. Anthony’s Church in Glen Allen, VA and is the editor of The Maronite Voice.
John Unice was selected for the Athletic award in light of his extraordinary athletic and coaching abilities. Playing on the varsity squad, Unice took Uniontown High School basketball to the WPIAL finals during two seasons. He received all-state honors and was given the nickname John “the Bandit” Unice by sports announcers for his aggressiveness, agility, and lightning- fast “steals” on the court. During his four years at Washington & Jefferson College, Unice was the starting guard in every game for the Presidents. He was the two-time MVP and twice earned All-Conference and All-District All-Star honors. In 1976, Unice returned to his collegiate Alma Mater to become the Presidents’ head basketball coach. During his coaching career, he was named the (PAC) Presidents’ Athletic Conference coach three times and small college district Coach of the Year after leading W&J to their first NCAA Division III Tournament. Unice twice earned the Washington-Greene County Coach of the Year, and was inducted into the Washington-Greene Chapter of the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame and the W & J Hall of Fame. Unice also held the positions of Student Activities Director, Campus Center Director, and Associate Dean of Student Affairs at W & J.
Also, a brunch prepared by the Ladies Guild was held at St. George Church to celebrate Faris’ and Unice’s awards. We appreciate and admire their service, dedication, expertise, and personal contributions in Academics and Athletics. Congratulations!
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