PARSIPPANY — Parsippany High School will be inducting their 2018 Hall of Fame Class on Tuesday, February 13, at 5:00 p.m. in the Media Center. PHS would like to invite community members, alumni, parents and students to celebrate with us at this year’s induction ceremony. This year’s induction class consists of two impressive members.
Andrew Ladas (1994)
Andy Ladas graduated from PHS in 1994. A strong student in addition to a being a tough wrestler and an outstanding soccer player, Andy was super-involved while at PHS and was loved by his classmates and teachers for his sense of humor, kindness and competitiveness. He was one of five Ladas children to attend Par High including (in order) his twin brother Stephen and his sisters Vanessa, Cindy and Christina (also a Par High Hall of Famer).
Andy attended Central Connecticut College with his brother Stephen where they played soccer for four years. After college Andy began his extensive commitment to community service. He is a Board Member of the Parsippany Education Foundation which provides educational grants that benefit Parsippany students and teachers. In honor of his father, Tom, he also awards two scholarships each year (one to each high school) through the Tom Ladas Memorial Scholarship Fund.
A lover of sports, Andy is also a Board Member of the Parsippany Soccer Club where he volunteers countless hours as a coach and serves as Treasurer and Co-Director of the Parsippany Pride Soccer Tournament.
Andy has also been heavily involved in Christian Youth programs in the community. He currently runs the middle school youth group for Christ the King Church and opens up his own home twice a month for meetings, fun activities and to plan service projects. Andy has also led three high school mission trips to Cap Haitien, Haiti, delivering supplies and providing meals for the local impoverished families. He even organizes soccer clinics for the children.
Michael Yesunas (1969)
Mike Yesunas was a mainstay at Parsippany High School for over 30 years as a student, an athlete, an educator, a coach and a mentor. As a student, Mike excelled in the classroom and on the athletic fields, participating in Football and Track & Field. After graduating from PHS, Mike attended East Stroudsburg University where he majored in Physical Education and Health. Upon his graduation, he returned to his alma mater and started his career as a Health and Physical Education teacher at Par High.
As a teacher, Mr. Yesunas was positive, encouraging, organized and caring. He worked hard every day to make sure his students were getting the most out of themselves and developing a life-long love of fitness. Mike served as the Head Football Coach from 1984-1989 after serving as an Assistant Coach for many years prior. He was also an Assistant Coach for Wrestling and a Throwing Coach for Track & Field.
After finishing up his coaching career, Mike served as the Athletic Site Coordinator at PHS where he quickly became a steadying presence in our Athletic Department. From readying fields, to coordinating officials, to organizing equipment, Mike was an asset to administrators, coaches and athletes and served as a great ambassador for Parsippany High School.