Carmel High School Hall of Fame Inductees Announced


Ted Allen and Gregory Lentz will be inducted into the Carmel High School Hall of Fame and honored at the annual alumni banquet on April 16, 2012, at the Ritz Charles in Carmel. Pictures of the honorees will be added to the “Wall of Fame” in Carmel High School.

The Hall of Fame has been in place for over 10 years and is the highest honor Carmel High School (CHS) can bestow on a graduate. Inductees were selected based on the following criteria:

•             Nominee is a graduate of Carmel High School for at least ten years

•             Nominee has displayed exemplary achievement in the nominee’s area of specialization

•             Nominee has received recognition, honor, and awards on the local, regional, national, or international level

•             Nominee has demonstrated service in the community in which they live or have lived

•             A personal statement of 250 words or less by the nominator illuminating the nominee’s impact and contributions that warrant the nominee’s selection to the Carmel High School Hall of Fame

The CHS Hall of Fame committee is comprised of nine high school students, sponsored by Dave Bardos, and seeks CHS graduates who have made significant contributions to their community and profession.   Full biographies of the two inductees are below.


Mr. Ted Allen

Ted Allen graduated from CHS in 1983 and began his career with Lerner Newspapers and then became a senior editor for the Chicago Magazine focusing on topics in the culinary world. In addition, Allen has been a contributing editor for Esquire Magazine, published articles in Bon Appetite, Epicurious, and Food Network, and nominated for two national magazine awards.  Allen is currently a fixture on television networks like, Bravo, the Food Network, and PBS and has won an Emmy Award in 2004 for the show, Queer Eye for the Straight Guy.

Allen’s exemplary community service includes recently hosting the “Taste of the NFL, Super Bowl 44” that benefited food banks in other NFL cities and serving as spokesperson for Dining Out for Life from 2007 to the present, which raises several million dollars for local HIV/AIDS service organizations.


Mr. Gregory Lentz

Gregory Lentz graduated from Carmel High School in 1977 as valedictorian.  Since then, Lents has provided financial management services to Carmel for 30 years and is currently the Vice President/ Senior Loans Relationship Manager at First Merchants Bank.

Over the years, Lentz has immersed himself in the Carmel community through his beloved high school sport, baseball, and in service to organizations such as Carmel Dad’s Club, the Carmel Babe Ruth Baseball Organization, and the Indiana High School Athletic Association. One of Lentz’s most notable community services was his influential role in the relocation of the community Babe Ruth and American Legion baseball programs to Badger Park and Matt O’Malia Field in 1987.

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