• 2009-2010...

    PRHS Competition Cheerleading Team Earns Recognition
    & PRMS Competition Team Competes for First Time

    The Pine-Richland High Competition Team earned a bid to compete the Universal Cheerleaders Association (UCA) High School Nationals in Orlando, FL February 13-14.

    The team earned that bid by taking first place in the small varsity division at the UCA Regional Competition at Slippery Rock University Dec. 5-6, 2009.

    The team also took first place at the Pennsylvania State Cheerleading Competition in Johnstown Nov. 21 and named state small varsity champs.

    The team could be seen in Season 10, Episode 27 of MTV's reality show "MADE". The program was about cheerleaders from the Shikellamy Cheer Team in Sunbury, PA, who wanted to be "MADE" into a high school competitive cheer squad.

    The PRHS team is shown during a cheerleading competition in Beaver, PA, which took place August 23. The PRHS Competition team was shown doing parts of the routine and winning the competition.

    Congratulations to the cheerleading squad and coaches Daniella DeRenzo and Danielle Hitson.

    For the first time ever, the middle school has a competitive squad. The Pine-Richland Middle School competition squad took second place at the state competition in Johnstown, PA and first place in the UCA Regional Competition at Slippery Rock. Congratulations to the newly formed competition squad and coaches Caitlin Bogosta and Sheria Mason.


    School Board Unanimously Approves Pine-Richland High School Principal

    The Pine-Richland School Board unanimously approved John Pietrusinski as principal of Pine-Richland High School.

    Pietrusinski had been serving as interim co-principal long with John Mayberry since September. Prior, Pietrusinski served as an assistant principal at the high school since July 2007 and assistant principal of Pine-Richland Middle School since 2004. He was originally hired as an eighth grade math teacher in 1996. In addition to math, Pietrusinski served as a technology resource teacher.

    Notably, Pietrusinski helped to work with Pine-Richland Middle School Principal Dr. Kathy Harrington and Staff Development Director Dr. Laura Davis, who previously served as PRHS principal, to institute the first-ever Pre-AP program in eighth grade social studies and language arts.

    Pietrusinski hopes to provide a student-first culture to continue develop and implementing a learning agenda that includes high expectations for the development of all students.

    "Creating a positive culture that always places student progress first and fosters open communication with staff, students, parents and members of the community will help strengthen the learning agenda," said Pietrusinski.

    One of the leading initiatives that he will oversee in his new role will be the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) program, an instructional approach that utilizes interdisciplinary activities. Pietrusinski says hands-on activities and aligning the curriculum will help students see the interrelated nature of various disciplines.

    "Through aligned problem solving activities in mathematics and science, students can develop a greater understanding of how math and science concepts are relevant," said Pietrusinski. "Hopefully students will develop a greater interest and confidence in these curricular areas. Maintaining student interest will continue to leave options open for students, as they determine the post-secondary pursuits."

    In the past, Pietrusinski has taken on roles as mathematics chair, a middle school soccer coach, track and field coach and webmaster.

    Prior to coming to Pine-Richland School District, Pietrusinski was a long-term substitute at the middle and upper schools at Winchester Thurston School in Pittsburgh in 1996 and in the Seneca Valley School District from 1994-1995.

    He earned a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and Computer Science with a minor in Secondary Education from Westminster College in New Wilmington, PA and a Master of Education from University of Pittsburgh. He earned his mathematics certification for grades seven through 12 and K-12 principal certification from the University of Pittsburgh.

    Pietrusinski, who will begin his new post Dec. 1, lives in Adams Township with his wife Shannon and three daughters and son.


    PR Director Retires After Eight Years of Service

    After eight years of serving the Pine-Richland School District, Gary Deschamps is retiring. Nov. 17, 2009 was Deschamps' final meeting. He began serving the district in 2001. In 2003 and 2004, Deschamps served as vice president and as president in 2006 and 2007.

    Deschamps, who currently serves on the operational services committee, has helped contribute to maintaining the current millage rate for the last five years.

    Deschamps served nearly all of his time on the board, while Dr. James Manley served as superintendent of Pine-Richland School District. Manley, who retired in June, describes Deschamps as an individual who always focused on creating a high performing school district by delving into student achievement.

    "Gary Deschamps' contributions to the school district over the past eight years have been numerous and significant," said Manley. "He displayed the keen ability to provide a balance between the needs of children and the concerns of the taxpayers.  I admire your thought provoking insights into dealing with complex problems and issues."

    Superintendent Dr. Mary Bucci expressed her appreciation of Deschamps ability to really look at the heart of a matter.

    "I'm impressed with Gary's analysis and the ability to get at the heart of an issue," Bucci said. "We are going to miss his contributions to the collective wisdom."

    Deschamps and his wife Patricia, who live in Richland Township, have five children. Pine Township resident Jeffrey Banyas is taking Deschamps seat in December. Banyas is an ear, nose and throat specialist.


    Pine-Richland School Board Directors Honored for Years of Service

    Two Pine-Richland School Directors are being honored for their 16 years of combined service to public education.

    The Pennsylvania School Boards Association officially recognized board president Stephen Hawbaker and school director Gary Deschamps for eight years of service each at the state wide educational conference held in Hershey this fall.The two are being added to the PSBA "Honor Roll of School Board Service". The Honor Roll is the association's way of saying thank you to those individuals who exemplify leadership and give unselfishly of their time and talents for the future of public schools.

    "School directors continually are spending more of their personal time on school-related activities," said PSBA President Frederick Botterbusch, II. "That shows a real commitment on their part."

    In addition to serving as president, Hawbaker, who lives in Richland Township with his wife Tamela, has served as vice president and on numerous committees. Hawbaker and his wife have three children.

    Hawbaker began serving as a director in 2001. That was the same year, that Deschamps began serving.  In 2003 and 2004, Deschamps served as vice president and as president in 2006 and 2007. 

    Deschamps, who currently serves on the operational services committee, is retiring from the board.

    Both Hawbaker and Deschamps have contributed to maintaining the current millage rate for the last five years.

    Deschamps served nearly all of his time on the board, while Dr. James Manley served as superintendent of Pine-Richland School District.  Manley, who retired in June, describes Deschamps as an individual who always focused on creating a high performing school district by delving into student achievement.

    "Gary Deschamps' contributions to the school district over the past eight years have been numerous and significant," said Manley. "He displayed the keen ability to provide a balance between the needs of children and the concerns of the taxpayers.  I admire your thought provoking insights into dealing with complex problems and issues."

    The board meeting on Nov. 17 was Deschamps' last meeting. Deschamps and his wife Patricia, who live in Richland Township, have five children.

    Pine Township resident Jeffrey Banyas will take Deschamps seat in December. Banyas is an ear, nose and throat specialist.


    PRHS Teacher Named 2010 PA Teacher of the Year

    (Gibsonia, PA) Pine-Richland School District honored Michelle Switala at the Nov. 17 PR School Board Meeting. The board officially congratulated Switala.

    Switala was issued citations from Senator Jane Orie's and Senator Mike Turzai's offices. Fellow teachers and administrators showed up to celebrate her accomplishment.

    On Oct. 27, 2009, the Pennsylvania Department of Education announced Switala was the 2010 Teacher of the year.

    Switala has been with the Pine-Richland School District since 1995 and teaches mathematics at the high school. She has taught all math courses at one time or other offered by PRHS and is dually certified in physics.  She also serves as the PRSD Math Department Chair.

    PRHS Teacher Michelle Switala will travel to Dallas Jan. 26-31 for the National Teacher of the Year Annual Conference. During that trip, the National Teacher of the Year will be announced. She will also have a chance to travel to Washington, DC.

    "Students come to me and either love or hate math," Switala said. "It's my job to help them break it down and show them math can be reachable."

    TV and newspaper reports are buzzing about the 2010 PA Teacher of the year. Click here for the TV & Newspaper articles.

    See the 2010 PA Teacher of the Year Awards presentation right here on PR-TV. The presentation is airing 7 p.m. on Wednesdays and 4 p.m. on Sundays.

    Earlier this year, Switala was named a finalist along with Hance Elementary School teacher Barb Cornibe, also in the Pine-Richland School District.  They were two of only 12 state finalists and the only finalists in southwestern Pennsylvania.   

    In March, Switala and Cornibe were named semifinalists along with Pine-Richland School District's Elementary School's Kelly Heckert, who is a teacher at Richland Elementary School.


    Pine-Richland School Board Approves New Assistant Superintendent

    The Pine-Richland School Board unanimously approved Dr. David Foley as the district's new assistant superintendent at its meeting on Tuesday, October 06, 2009.

    Superintendent Dr. Mary Bucci said she was extremely happy to have another talented member join the Pine-Richland School District administrative team.

    "I'm excited that we've found this talented person to join our team," said Dr. Bucci. "Dr. Foley comes highly recommended and has been described as a go-getter."

    Since 2003, Dr. Foley has been serving as the principal of Hillview Intermediate Center in the Grove City School District in Grove City, PA. That's where he oversees 700 students and 75 staff members and is in charge of designing and aligning curriculum. Prior, he served as the assistant principal of GCSD's George Junior Republic School.

    He has been serving since 2007 as an adjunct professor at Edinboro University in Edinboro, PA, where he teaches graduate level principal certification and masters in educational leadership courses.

    From 2001-2003, Dr. Foley served as a technology facilitator at Seneca Valley Intermediate High School in Harmony, PA. From 1994-2001, he served as a social studies teacher at Seneca Valley Middle School.

    He is in the process of writing a book that outlines the connections between formative assessment data and improvements in classroom instruction.

    Dr. Foley has presented at several state and national conferences including the Pennsylvania Association of Elementary & Secondary School Principals Conference and the National Staff Development Council.

    He earned an Administrative and Policy Studies Doctorate and an Instructional I Teaching Certification from the University of Pittsburgh, a Principal Certification from Slippery Rock University, a Master's Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Gannon University and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Westminster College.

    Foley and his wife Amy live in Grove City with their three children.


    National Merit Scholarship Program Names Eight PRHS Students 'Commended'

    The National Merit Scholarship program is naming eight Pine-Richland High School students as Commended Students in its 2010 program.

    Co-interim principals John Mayberry and John Pietrusinski will present the following seniors  "Letters of Commendation": Nicholas Donnelly, Derek Feger, Anne Graszl, Jennifer Jokl, Michelle Marano, Jennifer Soracco, Lauren Stanley and Alyssa Whittington.

    About 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise. They placed among the top five percent of more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2010 competition by taking the 2008 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.

    In September, three students were named Semifinalists in the program. They included: Ann Jacob, Geoff King and Curtis Mahoney.

    These academically talented high school seniors have the opportunity to continue on in the competition for some 8,200 National Merit Scholarships and were among 16,000 Semifinalists nationwide.


    PR Honors Memory of 1987 RHS Graduate Nov. 10.

    Pine-Richland honored the memory of 1987 Richland High School graduate on Nov. 10, 2009, during a special ceremony outside Pine-Richland High School in Gibsonia.

    Warrant Officer 4 Michael Slebodnik, an Army helicopter pilot, was killed in combat in Afghanistan on Sept. 11, 2008 - the seventh anniversary of the 9/11 hijackings.

    The American Legion and Slebodnik's family were on hand at the ceremony, along with Pine-Richland parent and community member Col. Dwight Pearson, who presented two flags he had flown over Army Headquarters in Baghdad, Iraq on May 8, 2009. He donated those flags in memory of Slebodnik to be placed at the high school and middle school.

    The district purchased and unveiled a plaque in memory of Slebodnik. Pat and Willie Sleobodnik and their daughter Jodie Deems were on hand.

    A PRHS small band ensemble, under the direction of Band Director Brian Scott, participated in the ceremony.

    Pine-Richland High School students Daniel Green, Hunter McCabe, Joseph McKeon, Ross Orler and Peter Pearson and eighth graders Patrick Pearson and William Misback, under the direction of PRMS teacher Joseph Bailey, raised the flag with the help of the American Legion's Jerry Gogolin.

    Slebodnik joined the Army after graduation and served mainly as a helicopter pilot for most of his enlistment.

    Slebodnik was assigned to Fort Campbell, Ky., and lived in Clarksville, Tenn. with his family.

    In 1994, PRHS replaced a plaque that was originally dedicated in 1967 in memory of Marine Private Neil Riley, the first Richland High School student to lose his life in Vietnam. At that time an additional plaque was placed in memory and recognition of all Pine-Richland residents who served and died for their country.

    Graduates who have lost their lives serving our country include:

    Gary Johnston - Class of 1964
    Neil Riley - Class of 1965
    Herb Weltz - Class of 1966
    Richard Smyth - Class of 1971
    Michael "Mickey" Slebodnik - Class of 1987

    School Board President Stephen Hawbaker and director Aafke Loney were on hand. Superintendent Dr. Mary Bucci and Director of Communications Rachel Hathhorn welcomed the community.

    For more information on the program, please contact Communications Director Rachel Hathhorn at 724-625-7773, ext. 6202 or via email at rhathhorn@pinerichland.org
    PRSD Board to Honor Seven Retirees

    The Pine-Richland School Board will honor seven retirees at its meeting on Monday, May 18, 2009 at 7:30 p.m. The board and administration will acknowledge the hard work of our educators who have made a difference in the lives of children.

    Retirees to be honored include:

    • Louise Amann, Wexford Elementary School Para-Educator
    • Dr. Susan Frantz, Pine-Richland Middle School Teacher
    • Debra Maguire's PRHS Business Education Teacher
    • Dr. James C. Manley, Pine-Richland School Superintendent
    • Joseph Rivosecchi, Pine-Richland High School math teacher
    • David Santory, Pine-Richland High School guidance counselor
    • Dorothy Tatrn, Hance Elementary School (Added to List May 14)

    Friends, family and colleagues are invited to attend to wish them well.


    PRSD Earns Four 'Awards of Excellence' in State Awards Program

    Pine-Richland School District earned four "Awards of Excellence" from the Pennsylvania School Public Relations Association (PenSPRA) in its 2009 "Excellence in Education" Awards Program.

    Judges gave the PRSD's Annual Report "Celebrating 50 Years of Excellence" the highest rating of an "Award of Excellence." Only three other districts and one intermediate unit earned the distinction in the state. Locally, Fox Chapel Area School District was the only other district to earn this award in this category.

    In addition, PRSD earn and "Award of Excellence" for its public relations program surrounding the district's 50th Celebration. PRSD was the only district to earn this rating in the state for this category.

    The district also earned an "Award of Excellence" for its Eden Hall Upper Elementary School brochure. PRSD was the only local district to earn an Award of Excellence in the special purpose category and one of four in the state.

    The district earned an "Award of Excellence" for its Calendar "Blueprint for Success". North Allegheny School District also earned the same rating in this category. In all, only five districts earned this rating in this category state-wide.

    Schools and Community Relations Coordinator Rachel Hathhorn accepted the awards at the PenSRA Awards program this spring.


    PRSD Appoints New Superintendent

    (Gibsonia, PA) The Pine-Richland School District (PRSD) Board of Directors appointed a new superintendent at its meeting May 5, 2009.

    The board appointed Dr. Mary Bucci, who is not new to PRSD. She began serving as the assistant superintendent/elementary May 1, 2007.

    "I am honored and excited to serve Pine-Richland as the next superintendent of schools," Dr. Bucci said. "My two years in the district have been the most invigorating and inspiring of my career. This is a special place, because of the special people who live, work, and learn here. We have a dynamic community with the hallmarks of excellence at every turn: excellence in the arts, in athletics, in academics and in our relationships."

    As an assistant superintendent, Dr. Bucci directed the K-6 academic program including all curriculum, instruction and assessments, professional development and the integration of technology.

    Since her appointment at PRSD as assistant superintendent/elementary, Dr. Bucci has tackled several initiatives, which include:

    • Adding enrichment and advanced reading for first through sixth grades
    • Co-Chairing the World Language Task Force with Teacher CC Kelly (PRSD now has an after-school world language program for K-6)
    • Overseeing standardized elementary handbooks
    • Working with Special Education Director Paula Schmitt to provide researched-based reading interventions for struggling readers (Foundations & Spell Read)

    She also taught a course in the Masters of Curriculum program during two summer sessions in 2007 and 2008 for Penn State University, Beaver Campus in Monaca, PA.

    Prior to Pine-Richland, she served as assistant superintendent at New Brighton Area School District, where she was responsible for many areas including the K-12 academic program. There, she also served as director of curriculum and instruction.

    She also served as coordinator of general studies at the Hillel Academy of Pittsburgh and was a curriculum specialist, staff development leader and teacher for the Rhema Christian School in Moon Township, PA. In addition, she served as a teacher in New Castle at Shenango Elementary School.

    Dr. Bucci earned a Doctor of Education from the University of Pittsburgh, a Master of Arts in Education from Regent University in Virginia Beach, VA and a Master in Education and a Bachelor of Science in Education from Slippery Rock University.

    Dr. Bucci and her husband Rick, who works for Hewlett Packard, will celebrate their 34 th wedding anniversary this month. They have three grown/adult children; Melissa is the General Manager for Ulta in Pittsburgh; Jeff works for Full Service Network in Downtown Pittsburgh; and Keren works for Lender Service International in Moon. All three live in the area.

    Dr. Bucci will be filling the shoes of Dr. James C. Manley, who will retire in June of 2009, after serving PRSD for nine and a half years.

    "It is my intention to preserve this culture of respect and achievement," she said. "Dr. Manley, you have set the bar high. As a team, we will build upon the strong reputation that you, this board, and those who have served before us have worked so hard to establish."


    Dr. James C. Manley Earns 2009 Excellence in Educational Leadership Award

    The University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA) awarded Dr. James C. Manley with the 2009 Excellence in Educational Leadership Award. 

    The award was established to provide a national recognition to practicing school administrators who have made significant contributions to the improvement of administrator preparation. The University of Pittsburgh faculty and dean presented Dr. Manley with the award at the Pitt School of Education reception at the Pittsburgh Athletic Association in Oakland April 23, 2009.

    UCEA is a consortium of major research universities with doctoral programs in educational leadership and policy. The dual mission of UCEA is to improve the preparation of educational leaders and promote the development of professional knowledge in school improvement and administration.

    In November, Dr. Manley was named the Pennsylvania Superintendent of the Year by the Pennsylvania Association of School Administrators.


    PRMS Earns $9,000 Highmark Healthy High 5 | School Challenge Grant

    Pine-Richland Middle School has earned the Highmark Healthy High 5 School Challenge grant of $9,117 to implement a nutritional and fitness program aimed to promote healthy habits among children. Studies illustrate that the health habits children develop at a young age will continue with them through adulthood. The grant will support PRMS' efforts in introducing programs that will ultimately create healthier, more successful students.

    PRMS will be using the grant to support fitness equipment and nutritional materials for the Middle School Wellness Challenge in grades seven through eight.

    "The goal of this program is to provide both educational resources about the importance of making healthy nutritional choices and opportunities for additional fitness activities," Teacher John Haddad said.

    Haddad, who applied for the grant, says there is a team of staff members who are involved with the Pine-Richland Middle School Wellness Challenge. In addition, to Haddad, members include: teachers Karen Halliday, Sherry Warrick, Rachel Lancaster, Zack Mazur and student teacher Sara Wolowicz.

    Since 2007, the Highmark Foundation, through the Highmark Healthy High 5 School Challenge, has awarded a total of $3.5 million in grants to 496 schools in 47 counties across Pennsylvania for programs that address bullying prevention and self esteem, improve nutrition education, enhance nutrition choices and provide opportunities for physical activity.

    "The Highmark Healthy High 5 School Challenge Grant Program is geared toward helping schools address their unique health and wellness challenges," said Yvonne Cook, president of the Highmark Foundation. "This grant provides PRMS with the resources and told to implement an innovative program that will help their students establish lifelong, healthy habits."

    For more information on the Highmark Healthy High 5 School Challenge grant program, visit www.highmarkhealthyhigh5.org.


    Eighth Grader to Participate in the National Geographic Bee
    Pine-Richland Middle School eighth grader Paul Notarangelo qualified to move on to the state level of the National Geographic Bee April 3, 2009 at Penn State University at University Park. The winner of that competition will represent Pennsylvania in the national finals at the National Geographic Society headquarters May 19-20, 2009. The first place winner of that competition will earn a $25,000 college scholarship and will travel to the Galapagos Islands with "Jeopardy!" host Alex Trebek and the "Jeopardy!" Clue Crew. The winner will experience geography firsthand through up-close encounters with the wildlife and landscape of Galapagos.

    Senior Wins Pittsburgh Brain Bee
    PRHS 12th Grader Ryan Nussbaum won the 2009 Pittsburgh Brain Bee sponsored by the Pittsburgh Neuroscience Society. Nussbaum then competed at the 2009 National Brain Bee Championship at the University of Maryland at Baltimore during Brain Awareness Week March 20-21 2009. The program consisted of four parts which involved naming the parts of a brain, spelling, a written portion and a group activity. While the program was grueling, Nussbaum finished in the top 15 of more than 35 participants across the country. Nussbaum's father Paul said the program was a phenomenal experience for Ryan.
    "Pine-Richland prepared Ryan well for the competition," Paul said.
    Ryan plans on majoring in biology and pre-med when goes away to college this fall. In addition to academics, Ryan excels as an outfielder on the baseball team.


    Student Spells S-U-C-C-E-S-S
    Pine-Richland Middle School seventh grader Lauren Brown earned second place in the 59th Annual Western Pennsylvania Spelling Bee held at the University of Pittsburgh on March 21, 2009. The matchup lasted 21 rounds and three hours. Brown battled initially with 108 spelling bee champions from across Western PA in the semifinal round and then took on 30 spellers in the final round. Bethel Park eighth-grader Kyle Barron earned the Western PA crown. He will move on to the national spelling bee in Washington, DC. "Lauren Brown did a great job representing Pine-Richland Middle School at the Spelling Bee held at the University of Pittsburgh," said Gregg Somerhalder."  There were 108 spelling bee champions from all across Western Pennsylvania that competed in the semi-final round. Some of Brown's words in the final tiebreaker round were: florulent, tetracycline and urceole.

    Somerhalder says PRMS spelling bee was the most competitive in recent memory. Seventh and eighth grade students first competed separately in a preliminary spelling bee. The top six spellers from the seventh and eighth grade then competed together to find the PRMS champion. It took 11 rounds to declare a PRMS champion this year. PRMS winners included first place winner seventh grader Lauren Brown, second place winner eighth grader Emily Williams and third place winner seventh grader Sydney Brooks.


    PRHS Swimmer Sets Record
    Pine-Richland High School senior Caitlin Molloy, who won the silver medal at AAA WPIAL swimming Championships in the 500 Freestyle in a new school record time of 502.31. At the PA State Championships, she set a new school record in the 200 Freestyle with a time of 154.38. Molloy received All-State Honorable Mention status from the PA coaches association in both events this year. Congratulations to the entire PR Swimming and Diving Teams on a great season. In addition to Molloy, the following students participated in the WPIAL Championships: Isabel Ahrendt, Sean Bohan, Amy Carto, Amanda Doerr, Larsen Engberg, Kayla Haskins, Alex Lee, Sophie Macon, Adam Mobley, Rebecca Mobley, Sammi Rutter, Everett Sargent, Spencer Sargent, Stephanie Schlegel, Alex Sharer and Lauren Stanley.


    Penguins Name PRHS Hockey Player as Player of Month
    The Pittsburgh Penguins named Pine-Richland High School Hockey Defenseman Matthew Lohman as PIHL Player of the Month for February. Lohman is a senior and is credited with five assists within four games. Lohman is expected to play club hockey when he goes off to college in the fall. Lohman earned four tickets to the Penguins- LA Kings games on March 20. He was recognized during intermission. 

    Junior Named PIHL/Pittsburgh Penguins
    December Player of Month

    Pine-Richland High School junior Bryan Watt was named the PIHL and Pittsburgh Penguins December Ice Hockey Player of the Month. Watt earned this award for his tremendous efforts during the month of December. Bryan averaged three points per game, including a six-point game against Seneca Valley. He is the leading scorer for the varsity ice hockey team. While only one player can earn this award every month, coaches agree that the whole team deserves to be congratulated for a well-played season.


    Three PRHS Students Chosen for PMEA All-State Choir: A First for PRSD

    For the first time in Pine-Richland School District's history, three students have been selected to Pennsylvania Music Educator's All-State Choir in Philadelphia to be held April 22 -25, 2009. Choral Director Lee Rickard says that seniors Sarah Ceurvorst, Samantha Bergman and Michael Weakland auditioned for the choir at Regional Choir the weekend of February 21, 2009 at Derry Area High School and placed within the top six of their section to qualify for the All-State Event. In addition to qualifying for All-State, Sarah Ceurvorst earned the additional distinction of placing first in her section.

    PR Musical Cast, Crew & Orchestra Earn Four Gene Kelly Awards

    The Pine-Richland High School musical cast, crew and orchestra earned awards for "Best Costume Design", "Best Lighting Design", "Best Direction" and "Best Musical" (Budget Level III) in the Civic Light Opera's 20th Annual Gene Kelly Awards for the production of "Children of Eden".

    Students performed in the awards ceremony, which was held at the Benedum Center for the Performing Arts.

    Earlier this month, students made history because they received nominations in all 13 categories in the awards program, a first for any high school.  

    "This is the first time any school has ever received such an honor in the 20 plus years of the Gene Kelly Program," said "Children of Eden" producer Carole Rost.

    The cast, orchestra and crew were nominated for Best All Student Orchestra, Best Choreography, Best Costume Design, Best Scenic Lighting, Best Crew/Technical Execution, Best Direction, Best Ensemble and Best Musical (level III).  Tenth grader Jeff Burgess was nominated for Best Actor. Tenth grader Raychel Shipley was nominated for Best Actress. Eleventh grader PJ McMahon was nominated for Best Supporting Actor, and 10th grader Katie Colosimo was nominated for Best Supporting Actress.

    PR Hires Air Force Junior ROTC Instructor

    Pine-Richland School District is welcoming Major Michael Lynn Morrison as a Senior Air Force Junior ROTC Instructor.  The PR School Board approved Major Morrison at its May 24th meeting.

    Major Morrison received a Master of Science Degree in Aerospace Management from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, FL and a Bachelor of Science in Liberal Studies from the University of Central Florida in Orlando, FL.  

    He served in the US Air Force from 1984-2004.  During that time, Major Morrison flew as a Weapon Systems Officer (WSO) totaling over 2800 hrs in RF4C and F15E fighter aircraft. 

    Serving at several locations across the U.S., Europe and Mid-East, he most recently organized and oversaw the execution of 24 flights and managed an extensive training program as an Aviation Operations Manager while based in Goldsboro, NC. From 1996 to 1999 he worked as a Strategic Planning Division Manager while based in Hampton, Virginia for the Air Force. He developed strategic and master company plans and provided planning guidance to staff and was able to implement a database to track fiscal plan compliance and accountability for a $6 Billion Budget.

    From 2004-2008, he was a senior aerospace science instructor for Marion County Schools in Fairmont, West Virginia. 

    Major Morrison will begin August 2.   The Pine-Richland JROTC program will include many different areas of citizen building for the students.  Major Morrision says academics pertaining to aerospace science and life skills will be taught along with character enhancing activities. 

    "Students will engage in community service, fund raisers, summer leadership schools, after school activities and a host of leadership opportunities," said Major Morrison. 

    The program is available to ninth through 12th grade students. Major Morrison encourages students to visit their counselors to enroll.

    Major Morrison resides in Ross Township with his wife Megan, who is originally from O'Hara, Township and their two children.


    PR School Board Appoints Assistant Principal
     
    The Pine-Richland School Board appointed Matthew Delp as Pine-Richland High School Assistant Principal. Currently, Delp is serving as an assistant principal at Freedom Area High School.

    Prior, Delp was an AP Biology teacher at Seneca Valley Senior High School from 2004-2008. While there, he served as the Science Department chairperson and coach of the junior varsity golf team. He also taught at Seneca Valley Intermediate High School as a Biology teacher from 2003-2004. In addition he served as a science teacher at Seneca Valley Middle School from 2002 to 2003.

    He is currently a member of the Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development.

    Delp earned a Master of Public Management Degree with a concentration in Educational Leadership and a K-12 Administrative Certificate from Carnegie Mellon University. In addition, he earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor of Science in Biology with a minor in Economics from Allegheny College.

    Delp is expected to begin his post in July. He will join the high school administrative staff which includes Michelle Welter, who is an assistant principal at Eden Hall Upper Elementary School. She also was appointed as an assistant principal of the high school on April 26 and will begin her post July 1. Delp and Welter will work with John Pietrusinski who was appointed in November as principal of the high school. He took over for Dr. Laura Davis who was named Pine-Richland School District Director of Staff development. Pietrusinski previously served as an assistant principal at Pine-Richland Middle School.

    Delp hopes to help facilitate the development of the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) initiative within the high school through a collaborative effort with the faculty and staff. In addition, he hopes to build strong relationships with the community and students.
    PR Hosts Act 34 Hearing on High School Expansion Project

    Pine-Richland hosted an Act 34 Hearing on May 19 for the community. The purpose of the hearing was to share details of the Pine-Richland High School Expansion Project with the community.

    Pine-Richland Superintendent Dr. Mary Bucci began the session explaining the history leading up to the expansion project and alternatives that were considered by the PR School Board. 


    Project Manager Cassandra Renninger of Eckles Architecture and Engineering took time to explain the expansion design. The session was wrapped up by Director of Finance and Operations Dana Siford's presentation, which outlined capital costs, financing methods and the budgetary impact of the project.

    PR Baseball Team To Take on NA in WPIAL AAAA Championship Finals

    The Pine-Richland High School Baseball Team will take on North Allegheny High School in the WPIAL AAAA Championship Finals on Tuesday, June 1 at 7:30 p.m. at Console Energy Field. Tickets are $6 for adults and $4 for students. Click here for directions. The team beat Upper St. Clair, 11-0, in the WPIAL Class AAAA baseball semifinals. Read More: http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/valleynewsdispatch/s_683002.html.

    Shortstop Pitcher Named WPIAL Class AAAA Player of the Year

    Pine-Richland High School senior shortstop/pitcher Matt Berezo was voted as Class AAAA Player of the Year by the WPIAL Baseball Coaches and will be honored at an Awards Banquet on June 11, 2010 at the Airport Marriott.

    PRMS Choir Earns Top Awards
     

    The Pine-Richland Middle School choir earned top awards in an Ohio choir festival. Directed by Heather Flora, the seventh and eighth grade choirs traveled to Cincinnati, Ohio. The choirs competed in "Music in the Parks" Choir Festival. PRMS was one out of 23 choirs that competed that day. Both, the seventh grade choir and A Capella took first place in their category with a rating of
    "Excellent." The eighth grade choir was awarded first place with a rating of "Superior," and the choir was named "Overall Junior High/Middle School Choir." The choir had the highest score amongst any age level in the competition.

    University of Pittsburgh Educator Award

    Pine-Richland Middle School principal Dr. Kathleen Harrington was awarded the University of Pittsburgh's School of Education's Pre K-12 Educator Award.  The award is the University of Pittsburgh School of Education's highest designated honor for educators.  Recipients for this award exhibit great professional achievement, commitment to the continued success of the University of Pittsburgh and the School of Education and commendable public service to the advancement of the educational field.   She was honored at a reception on April 29.

    PA Teacher of Year 2011 Finalist & Semifinalists

    Judges selected Pine-Richland High School French Teacher Thomas Joyce as a finalist in the 2011 Pennsylvania's Teacher of the Year program. Joyce, who has been working for Pine-Richland School District since 1994, was notified along with 11 other finalists from across the state.  In addition to Joyce, Pine-Richland High School teacher John Dolphin and Hance Elementary School teachers Carin Liberati, Jennifer Pavlin and Kimberly McCoid were named semifinalists. In the 2010 program, PRHS Teacher Michelle Switala was named PA Teacher of the Year.

    Board Vice President Earns Award

    Pine-Richland School Board Vice President Richard Herko is being honored by the University of Pittsburgh's College of Business Administration with the "Award for Best Teaching in a Core Course for 2009." This is the first time that a doctoral student has earned this award. Herko, who is earning a doctorate in Strategy with a secondary emphasis in Methodology from the Katz Graduate School of Business, teaches two sections of the Strategic Management Course. The class is a capstone course for seniors and some juniors which allows for the application of what they learned from their economics, finance, human resource and management courses.  Previously, Herko earned an MBA from the Katz Graduate School of Business in 2003 and a Bachelor of Science in Economics degree from Penn State in 1992. While earning my MBA I was invited to join Beta Gamma Sigma, the honor society for business students.  Herko was recognized at the CBA Graduate Recognition Ceremony May 1 at Heinz Hall in Pittsburgh.

    PRTV Students Earn Film Awards

    PRTV's Video Production III junior Samantha Shipeck won first place in the Documentary Category for her film entitled "Green Burial" at the Sixth Annual Creating Awareness and Understanding of our Surrounding Environment (CAUSE) Challenge High School Film Festival presented by Bayer Corporation, Carnegie Science Center and Pittsburgh Filmmakers. It was held at the Carnegie Science Center April 22. For taking first place, Shipeck received $300 cash prize, a director's chair, Carnegie Science Center passes, Three Rivers Film Festival Tickets and a $1,500 check made out to PRHS. Other PRTV finalists included:
    • Juniors Tanner Davis and Eric Holmes - "Pittsburgh Pollution"
    • Senior Taylor Drake - "Pittsburgh Black, Gold & Green"

    PRTV students also earned awards on April 13 at the 2010 Robert Morris University's Annual TVT Film Festival. Students were challenged to plan, shoot and edit videos from various categories. The students earned four awards, which is the most PRHS has won at one TVT Festival.

    Winners included:

    • Taylor Drake (PRTV & Video III Senior) - PSA/Commercial "Don't Txt & Drive"
    • Samantha Shipeck (Video III Junior) - Animation "Tape Adventure"
    • Maureen Hilton (Video III Senior) - Imaginative "Painting the Boxes"
    • Senior Alex Martin & the PRTV Crew - Sports Events "Winter Classic - North Allegheny Versus Pine-Richland"

    PRHS Thespian Society Inducts New Members Four Members Earn International Thespian Awards

    The Pine-Richland High School Thespian Society made it official. On April 28, 24 new members were the first to be inducted into the International Thespian Society, Troupe #7468 at PRHS.  They will now join two million thespians such as Tom Hanks and Pine-Richland's own Jeff Calhoun. 

    In March, four PRHS seniors were awarded the International Thespian Society Award. The award was presented by Richland High School graduate and now famous director and choreographer Jeff Calhoun. PRHS seniors earning awards included: Annelise Gaus, Jenny Sorraco, Mariah Ray and Geoff King.  

    Gaus is an active member of the high school plays and musicals. She also has appeared in local theater performances such as, "The Pied Piper" at the Comtra Theater.  At PRHS she is a member of the National Honor Society, Chamber Singers and National Foreign Language Society and has earned the Girl Scout's coveted Gold Award.

    Sorraco has worked as a costume and makeup designer for PRHS musicals. Sorraco also is a violist in the Three Rivers Young People's Orchestra and the Pittsburgh Philharmonic.  She will be attending Carnegie Mellon in the fall.

    Ray was the stage manager for the PRHS Thespian Society premier fall production, "Almost Maine" and was student assistant stage manager for multiple PRHS musicals. Ray is a member of the PRHS Choir and treasurer of the PRHS Thespian Society. Ray will be attending York College of Pennsylvania in the fall.

    King is an award-winning pianist. He has played as a soloist with the Pittsburgh Civic Orchestra. King is also part of the Pittsburgh Concert Society's Young Artist Competition Winner's concert. At PRHS, he is a member of the marching band, jazz ensemble, wind ensemble and is very active in the musicals as he is part of the pit.  He recently composed the score for the PRHS Thespian Society's production, "Almost Maine."

    Since graduating from Richland High School in 1978, Calhoun has been a tremendous role model for PRHS students. He is an award-winning director and choreographer and a thespian member. Calhoun has directed and produced many on and off Broadway shows. The new Thespian Society, Troupe #7468 named Calhoun an honorary member.

    The Pine-Richland Opportunities Fund awarded the society $2,000 to begin its inaugural year. PROF generates scholarships and teaching grants in order to enrich learning and foster education.

    PR Thespian Society Booster Club President Stacy Burris has been working with Thespian Sponsor John Dolphin to bring opportunities to the society throughout the year.


    Pine-Richland Middle School Hosts Cultural Celebration

    (Gibsonia, PA) Students at Pine-Richland Middle School traveled around the world without leaving campus on April 30.

    They experienced a unique opportunity to immerse themselves in a variety of cultural activities including games, dance, art, language and dining.

    "The cultural celebration is an excellent opportunity for students to gain cultural awareness and realize that in order to be well-rounded citizens we must be able to accept and appreciate other cultures of the world," said PRMS student teacher Jeff Hahn.

    Some of the cultures students experienced included: American, African, Ancient Egyptian, Ancient Greek, Asian, Australian, English, French, German, Indian, Italian, Latin American, Mexican, Native American and Spanish.

     Students learned a few dancing techniques including salsa and line dancing and worked on art projects together.  In addition, students immersed themselves in a language station by participating in a World Team Feud Game Show.

     The PRMS Student Government Association, along with the Parent Staff Association, sponsored the Cultural Celebration. 

    The entire PRMS staff contributed to the project in some way. 

    The Parent Staff Association also sponsored a special Teacher Appreciation "Lunch in the Caribbean".

    The event was geared toward rewarding the middle students for their hard work on the PSSAs.


    PR School Board Appoints Assistant Principal of PRHS

    The Pine-Richland School Board appointed Eden Hall Upper Elementary Assistant Principal Michelle Welter as high school assistant principal.

    She will join John Pietrusinski who was appointed in November as principal of the high school. He took over for Dr. Laura Davis who was named Pine-Richland School District Director of Staff development.

    Although Welter has taught all levels of physical education and health since arriving at PRSD in 2001, Welter mainly taught at PRHS and Hance Elementary.

    She served as acting high school assistant principal and acting middle school principal before being appointed as the Eden Hall Upper Elementary assistant principal in 2008. She served as an administrative intern at PRHS from 2005-2006.

    From 2001-2003, she served as an assistant coach for the girls varsity basketball, girls junior varsity basketball and track teams.

    Welter, whose favorite quote is: "Every Difficult Climb is Always worth the View", says she's looking forward to working with the high school team.

    "I am excited to work with Mr. John Pietrusinski and the high school staff on the new endeavors for our high school students," said Welter, who officially begins her new post July 1.

    Many do not know, but Welter had the unique opportunity to work at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta providing athletic training and security services for athletes at the Olympic village and venue sites.

    Welter is working on her Superintendent's Letter of Eligibility and doctorate at the University of Pittsburgh in Administrative and Policy Studies. She received her principal K-12 certification from Westminster College, where she earned her Master's of Education degree. She earned a Bachelor of Science of Health and Physical Education degree from Slippery Rock University and a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from Penn State University and is certified K-12 in health and physical education.


    PRHS Students Score in Top 20th Percentile in National Financial Challenge

    Several Pine-Richland High School students placed in the top 20th percentile in the National Financial Capability Challenge sponsored by the US Department of Treasury April 9.

    Organizers say the National Financial Capability Challenge is an awards program designed to increase the financial knowledge and capability of high school aged youth across the United States, so they can take control over their financial futures.

    In all 42 students in the Personal Finance Course participated. Of those 42, 34 placed in the top 20th percentile. They were measured against 76,000 students from across the nation. Bret Boyle, Daniel Cole, Marcus Colella, Shaine Coon, Shelbi Duncan, Alex Fetterman, Chadwick Fitzgerald, Alexander Grant, Angad Guglani, Jacob Harper, Kathryn Henry, Hunter Heymann, Matthew Hrydil, Alexander Hughes, Vincent Karr, Justin Kallams, Michael Koller, Samantha Lang, Anthony Machi, Matthew Marsico, Matthew McCarthy, Brandon McCuen, Joshua Noble, Grant Pampiks, Ronald Reha, Kathleen Riley, Robert Schell, Jesse Shore, Austin Schlotterbeck, Tyler Schlotterbeck, Ryan Snowden, Erick Sovich, Emma Walker and John Willard.

    Cole, Guglani and Harper earned a perfect score on the assessment. The national average score was 70 percent. Of the 42 students being assessed at PRHS, 40 scored above the national average. Teachers Joseph Domagala and Brian Davis gave the assessments in their Personal Finance classes.

    National Merit Scholarship Program Names Three PRHS Students 'Finalists' in 2010 Program

    The National Merit Scholarship program is naming three Pine-Richland High School students as "Finalists" in its 2010 program.

    Seniors Ann Jacob, Geoff King and Curtis Mahoney are now receiving word of their "Finalist" status. The three were named "Semifinalists" in September 2009.

    All "Finalists", who are part of only a pool of 16,000 students nationwide, will be considered for National Merit Scholarships in the coming months.

    "Letters of Commendation" were issued earlier this year to: Nicholas Donnelly, Derek Feger, Anne Graszl, Jennifer Jokl, Michelle Marano, Jennifer Soracco, Rebecca Stabile, Lauren Stanley and Alyssa Whittington.

    These students make up a pool of 34,000 "Commended" students throughout the nation.

    "Finalists", "Semifinalists" and "Commended" students are recognized for their exceptional academic promise each year. They placed among the top five percent of more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2010 competition by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.


    Pine-Richland High Varsity Wrestlers Participated in WPIAL Finals

    Pine-Richland High School Varsity wrestlers placed in sections and went on to wrestle in the WPIAL finals March 4-6 at Canon McMillian High School. Seniors who placed and qualified for the WPIALs included: Jordan Brennan, Harrison Maxwell and Ross Orler. Sophomores who placed included: Ben Ballish, Luke Esswein and Andrew Wood.  

    Section championships were held at Fox Chapel High School. The team is coached under the direction of Head Coach David Fiore, and first Assistant Coach Stephen Joseph and second Assistant Coach Robert Densmore. The team had a 12-10 season.


    Pine-Richland School District Receives Good Marks

    Cottrill Arbutina and Associates, Beaver County's largest public accounting firm, was pleased to announce that Pine-Richland School District received a good marks in the latest audit. Cotrrill Arbutina serves as the independent auditor for the Pine-Richland School District.  According to state law, each school district in Pennsylvania is required to have an independent audit performed by a certified public accountant.  Recently legislated audit standards require auditors to gain a thorough understanding of the district's internal control system regarding the ways in which financial transactions are processed by the District.  Weaknesses detected in the internal control system are required to be reported in writing as audit findings.  "We are pleased to announce that Pine Richland School District was recently issued an unqualified audit report for the 08-09 school
    year with no related findings," said P. Joel Martin, certified public accountant.

    Eden Hall Upper Elementary Fourth Grader to Sing National Anthem at Pirates Opener

    Eden Hall Upper Elementary School Fourth Grader Jackie Evancho will be singing the National Anthem at the Pirates Home Opener on April 5.

    The nine-year-old has been invited by conductor/composer Tim Janis to perform with him at The Carnegie Music Hall in 2010.

    On October 24, 2009, Evancho performed in concert with the David Foster and Friends Concert Tour as a regional finalist in his Hitman Talent Search Contest. In August of 2009, she was signed to WonderWorld TV as their first entertainment artist.

    Those who know her talents best say, she can perform to perfection in many different musical genres. Evancho aspires to a singing career in one of the fastest growing genres in the recording industry, Classical Crossover.

    She has earned numerous awards including first place in the eight to 18 age category and the "Judge's Choice Soloist" Award at the USA World Showcase in Las Vegas in 2009.


    Pine-Richland Middle School Redesignated as 'School to Watch


    The Pennsylvania Don Eichhorn Schools to Watch Selection Committee is redesignating Pine-Richland Middle School as a School to Watch in its 2010 program.

    DuBois Middle School was also redesignated officially today (March 1, 2010). Both DuBois and Pine-Richland were originally designated in 2007.

    Dr. Harrington, PRMS principal, says the selection committee described PRMS as an "exciting, electric environment for learning inspired by a hardworking staff," the first time around and that's no exception for this redesignation phase.

    "This is a team award," Dr. Harrington said. "I am really proud of the middle school. The staff gives 110 percent every day. The kids are marvelous. That's because of the parents. This starts with the central administration and the school board. They've been really supportive."

    The program is a recognition program developed by the National Forum to Accelerate Middle-Grades Reform in partnership with the Pennsylvania Department of Education, the Pennsylvania Middle School Association, Duquesne University, Edinboro University, Lehigh University and Horace-Mann.

    Each school was selected by state leaders for its academic excellence, its responsiveness to the needs and interests of young adolescents, and its commitment to helping all students achieve at high levels. In addition each school has strong leadership, teachers who work together to improve curriculum and instruction, and a commitment to assessment and accountability to bring about continuous improvement.

    "We congratulate these schools for being places that do great things for all of their students," said Dr. John Harrison, past president of the National Forum. These schools demonstrate that high-performing middle grades schools are places that focus on academic growth and achievement. They are also places that recognize the importance of meeting the needs of all of their students and ensure that every child has access to a rigorous, high-quality education."

    Selection was based on a written application that required schools to show how they met criteria developed by the National Forum. Schools that appeared to meet the criteria were then visited by state teams who observed classrooms, interviewed administrators, teachers, and parents, and looked at achievement data, suspension rates, quality of lessons, and student work. Schools are recognized for a three-year period, and at the end of three years must repeat the process in order to be redesignated. Unlike the Blue Ribbon recognition program, "Schools to Watch" requires schools to not just identify strengths, but to also focus on areas for continuous improvement; thus the three year redesignation.

    PRMS Teacher Anne Harris Crowe says that Schools to Watch are schools that demonstrate:

    • Academic Excellence: challenge students to use their minds well
    • Developmental Responsiveness: schools sensitive to the unique developmental challenges of early adolescence
    • Social Equity: schools are democratic and fair, providing every student with high-quality teachers, resources, and supports
    • Organizational Structure/Process: high performing schools establish norms, structures, and organizational arrangements to support and sustain their trajectory toward excellence.

    "We are pleased that our Schools to Watch program has shown that schools can meet high academic expectations while preserving a commitment of healthy development and equity for all students," said Dr. Deborah Kasak, National Forum Executive Director. "These Schools to Watch are indeed special; they make education so exciting that students and teachers don't want to miss a day. These schools have proven that it is possible to overcome barriers to achieving excellence, and any middle-level school in any state can truly learn from their examples."

    The National Forum sponsors the Schools to Watch along with the National Association for Elementary School Principals, the National Association of Secondary School Principals, the National Staff Development Council, and State Schools to Watch affiliates.

    The National Forum to Accelerate Middle-Grades Reform is an alliance of 65 educators, researchers, national associations, and officers of professional organizations and foundations dedicated to improving education in the middle grades.


    PRHS Senior Chosen to Represent State at National High School Honors Orchestra

    One of Pine-Richland's own is participating in the National High School Honors Orchestra from February 16- February 20, 2010 in Santa Clara, Calif.

    The American String Teachers Association selected Pine-Richland High School senior Adam Janssen to play the trombone during the program, which is held in conjunction with the association's annual national convention.

    Janssen was only one of three students statewide to be selected and one of only 120 groups nationwide.

    The National High School Honors Orchestra will be perform under the direction of Maestro Scott Speck, who has selected Mahler's Symphony No. 1 in D Major, "Titan".

    The mission of the National High School Honors Orchestra is to competitively select the most talented young musicians from school orchestras in each state to assemble biennially and perform in a national showcase, playing music from the professional orchestral literature under the direction of an internationally recognized conductor.

    The students working toward excellence in the NHSHO are inspired to carry that excellence back to their own schools and on to a musical future.


    Elementary School Teacher Earns Excellence in Teaching Award

    The Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania awarded Hance Elementary School Teacher Debbie Lokay with the Betty Abbott Excellence in Teaching Award. The award is given to a teacher in southwestern Pennsylvania that inspires his or her students to take care of the earth through environmental education.

    Lokay, who was most recently serving as a second grade teacher and previously as a fourth-grade teacher at Hance Elementary, is also one of the founders of "Hance Habitat", a project that gives children a hands-on opportunity to learn how to care for the environment.  Lokay, who began teaching in 1974, will be retiring at the end of June. She is a 1970 Richland High School graduate.

    In retirement, Lokay hopes to continue her work with the environment.

    "I want to continue with my passion of environmental education for children, perhaps by becoming more involved with the Beechwood Farms naturalist program and investigating other avenues for reaching out to children in this area," Lokay said.

    The habitat is located on school grounds and holds many Pennsylvania native trees, grasses, and plants for the animals. There is a butterfly garden and a section where the children plant vegetables and a Native American Three Sisters area. Lokay and her children garden the natural way, no pesticides or herbicides, and use compost to keep the plants strong with less competition from weeds.

    "She is an unsung hero," said Hance Elementary School Teacher Debbie Grant. "She has put many hours after school, on the weekends and in the summer in the habitat."

    Students Qualify for  National Technology Competition

    Two Pine-Richland High School technology teams qualify for nationals. In April, Evan Clark's manufacturing technologyTechnology Student Association. PRHS students, Jarret Gustivoch, Brandt Ruszkiweicz, Nick Standford, Bryan Tenfelde, Mike Rio's, Zach Abbott, Eli Krebs, Steve Hudac, Alex Cikovic, Jordan Brennan, Jon Rice, Ashley Schantz, Peter Hrydil and Kellen McGrath designed three models and took second and fifth place.

    The class was divided into teams of five to design a virtual car. Once the virtual car was created, the students sanded and painted a hands-on model.

    Besides receiving second and fifth place, teams Revo racing and Quantum racing qualified for nationals this summer. However, due to prior obligations the teams will not be able to attend.

    The tournament was sponsored by companies such as, Red Bull, Marbury Farms and Multiscope Imaging Services.
    class traveled to Harrisburg to attend a statewide tournament hosted by the