The 2023 Wall of Fame awards ceremony was held on November 16th in the high school auditorium. The recipients were: Dr. Nicholas Kalynych (Class of 1977), who currently resides in Florida, and Glenn Hetrick (Class of 1990), who currently resides in California.
The Saucon Valley High School Student Council assisted with welcoming guests, the school provided refreshments, and the high school choral ensemble opened the ceremony with the singing of the National Anthem and the SVAA High School Alma Mater. SVAA President, Ken Bloss, provided opening remarks before introducing the Wall of Fame Chairman, Ron Reichard.
Ron welcomed those present and congratulated the new inductees. He provided a summary of Glenn Hetrick’s accomplishments as an actor, special effects make-up artist, and CEO and owner of Alchemy Studios. Glenn received a number of awards, including an Emmy in 2019 for Outstanding Prosthetic Makeup for a Series for his work on Star Trek Discovery.
Glenn was on location in Toronto filming the latest Star Trek Discovery show and connected to the presentation/recognition via Zoom. He thanked the SVAA for this recognition and hopes to be able to return to Saucon Valley High School soon to provide a seminar for interested students.
Ron then introduced Dr. Nicholas Kalynych and provided a summary of his accomplishments. Dr. Kalynych has been in the healthcare service for over 48 years. His career It began in high school, when he became one of the youngest Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT) and volunteer junior fireman for the Dewey Fire Company. Following graduation, he pursued honorable service in the United States Navy for 23 years. He is a fully credentialed and Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA), and he is the founding and managing partner and Chairman of the Board for Sunbelt Health Solutions/Sunbelt Anesthesia Services. He is considered to be an ambassador for healthcare quality, change, and implementation of initiatives at local, state, and federal levels.
Dr. Kalynych thanked the SVAA for this recognition and thanked his family for their support over the years.
Jaime Vlasaty, the Superintendent of the Saucon Valley School District, congratulated the recipients, thanking them for their many achievements and bringing recognition and honor to the Saucon Valley School District.
A luncheon was provided by the school following the ceremony.
The Saucon Valley Alumni Association is very grateful to the Saucon Valley School District, the Saucon Valley Student Council, the high school choral ensemble, and the dining services staff for their assistance and participation in this annual event.
Glenn Hetrick had an impulse for horror films and sci-fi/fantasy for all things genre-related during his junior and senior high school years. He worked on various theatre projects as both actor and make-up artist. After graduation, he attended York College and landed his first acting role in a horror film. He also secured a position as a special effects make-up artist and began creating multitudinous gags on his first films. After graduating with a BA in Speech Communication, he worked on an array of projects, including collaborating with world renowned musical acts, such as Type-O-Negative and the Misfits, horror punk icons.
Glenn then made his move to Hollywood to facilitate his acting, writing, and make-up career. He landed his first job at Optic Nerve and was a lab technician, fabricator, painter, sculptor, and designer on several seasons of Buffy, Angel, and X-files to name a few. He worked at other studios as well, working on Pitch Black: Chronicles of Riddick and Bioshock. He also landed acting roles in The Shield, Committed, Charmed, Scrubs and Heroes, as well as various other projects, including the first Pirates of The Caribbean film.
Glenn then returned to Optic Nerve as CEO, reinventing the business and artistic perspectives of the studio from the ground up with a focus on cross training core crew in adapting easily to multiple production schedules. After more than a decade of amazing shows, Glenn evolved the shop even further into the newly renamed Alchemy Studios, expanding services including 3D Conceptual Design and cutting-edge 3D Printing Techniques and seamless integration with CGI Visual Effects. He has personally supervised many projects, including hundreds of forensically accurate make-ups and corpses for Crossing Jordan, Hugh Jackman’s body replicas for The Prestige, all the make-up illusions and prosthetics for Heros and CSI: NY, the surreal effects in Sony’s Legion, and the list goes on all the way through Star Trek Discovery.
In 2018, Glenn was nominated for an Emmy award on Star Trek Discovery. In 2019, Glenn won the Emmy award for Outstanding Prosthetic Makeup for a Series on Star Trek Discovery.
Dr. Kalynych has been in the healthcare service for over 48 years. It began while in high school being one of the youngest Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT) and volunteer junior fireman for the Dewey Fire Company. Following graduation, he pursued honorable service in the United States Navy for 23 years.
Dr. Kalynych is a fully credentialed and Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA), and he is the founding and managing partner and Chairman of the Board for Sunbelt Health Solutions/Sunbelt Anesthesia Services. He is considered to be an ambassador for healthcare quality, change, and implementation of initiatives at local, state, and federal levels. He has been in continuous practice in clinical anesthesia academics, research, and in support of mental health practice. He is an adjunct clinical instructor and research mentor, and he actively mentors the University of North Florida Nurse Anesthesia Program (NAP) and Doctorate (DNP) students.
Dr. Kalynych also has both clinical and various senior executive level duties with Revitalist, providing on-site monitoring, management, and oversight of protocols during the micro-dosing of ketamine with assisted psychotherapy for patients meeting clinical indications for depression, anxiety, suicidality, postpartum depression, chronic pain syndrome, and other mental health conditions resistant to traditional therapy. He has participated in the development and implementation of therapeutic interventions to address the nation’s veteran suicide crisis with the use of integrative multi-discipline therapeutic modalities and the use of known organic and emerging psychedelic agents.