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A Zanesville native, Wayne is a devoted and enthusiastic role model. He graduated from Zanesville High School in 1962, taught in the Zanesville City Schools for 30 years, and for more than 40 years has been instructor of the Devilettes, a unit he also originated.

After graduating ZHS, Wayne furthered his education at Ohio University, from where he graduated in 1966 with degrees in English and French. Wayne then began his teaching career as a French teacher at ZHS.

During his tenure, Wayne was the sole founder of the Devilettes dance drill team. He started the team in 1966 and is still going strong as its leader. As the instructor, he has served as both director and choreographer. Wayne staged 30 state championship shows and coordinated performances nationally in Hawaii and Orlando as well as internationally in Japan, London and Paris.

Among Wayne's accomplishments are the creation of Pro Football halftime shows for the Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland Browns and Chicago Bears. He has choreographed halftime shows for the Peach Bowl (1988 and 1989) and the Fiesta Bowl (1990 and 1991); the opening production number for the NBC Fiesta Bowl Parade in 1990; and the Zanesville Community Theatre production of "A Chorus Line."

For 28 years, Wayne was active as co-owner of ShowStoppers Inc., director/instructor at ShowStoppers summer dance camps throughout the Midwest (1979 to 2004), and instructor for the Statue of Liberty Drill Team in New York City (1986). He produced and directed the original Miss Southeastern Ohio Scholarship Pageant for more than 25 years, and is a Lifetime Member of Dance Drill Team Directors of America.


In September 2016, Wayne Carpenter, Class of 1962, celebrated 50 years as Director of the ZHS Devilettes. In recognition of this achievement, ZAA and former Devilettes established the Wayne Carpenter Scholarship Fund. Recipients of the Wayne Carpenter Scholarship have been Chasity Ann Ford, Jenna Lane Tysinger, Brianna Norris, and Mia McCarthy.