Board Honors Students & Recognizes Retiree

Retiree Recognition
The Pine-Richland School District  is congratulating Ms. Melissa  Lupetin Sullivan for 13 years of service to the children and families of Pine-Richland.  For six of those years, she was a guidance counselor at Richland Elementary School. Later, she served in the same role at Eden Hall Upper Elementary School. Some of her most memorable highlights include several outreach projects, which she spearheaded, including projects supporting Operation Troop Appreciation and the United Children’s Fund and relief projects that helped those put out by natural disasters such as tsunamis and hurricanes.  In 2001, she earned the School Specialist of the Year Award for her work with adults and children in New York City following 9/11. She says she will miss the children and the wonderful friends she has made through the years at Pine-Richland. Click here to read her bio.

Student Recognition
Congratulations to the Class of 2015. Nearly 380 seniors became graduates on June 12, 2015. Senior Julia Herrle, who plans on attending Princeton University this fall, was named class valedictorian; Ryan Mann, who plans to attend Duke University, was named salutatorian; and Andrew Aukerman, who plans on attending the University of Pittsburgh, was named tertiary.  2015 seniors earned a total of nearly $8.5 Million in merit scholarship money, which include two national merit scholarships and one Nordenberg Scholarship, which covers full tuition. This is an increase of nearly $900,000 over last year's total.

The Asian American Heritage Committee of the Federal Executive Board of Pittsburgh awarded junior Emma Kapoor as a finalist and honoree for the 2015 Outstanding Indian-American Student of the Year Award and junior Hyunwoo Kim with the 2015 Outstanding Korean-American Student of the Year Award. Committee members say that students who earn these awards have outstanding academic records and exemplary extracurricular and community service activities on their resume. The committee honored students during its Asian American Heritage Celebration on May 1, 2015 at Station Square in Pittsburgh.

Junior Joseph Kelly qualified to compete at the New Balance National Outdoor Championships at North Carolina A &T University in Greensboro, NC this past weekend.  He earned sixth place in the men’s pole vault at the state Championships this spring. Senior Katherine Quigley also qualified for nationals but did not compete. She finished third in the state in both the women’s 100 hurdles and the 300 hurdles.

The US Figure Skating Program Development Committee is honoring senior Hannah Sharrer with a silver level award, which is given to graduating seniors. The awards program honors those student athletes who have worked hard to pursue figure skating, while maintaining academics. Students who earn awards have showed their tireless dedication to the sport. 

The Midwest Scholastic Rowing Association honored junior Joseph Wieder with the MSRA Academic Athlete Award. This award honors high school juniors who meet strict academic criteria and who have competed in rowing events at a high level. Joseph is one of only 26 to earn the award. 

Eleventh grader Alena Zappa was selected to take part in the Keystone State Music Theater’s professional summer season. She has been working backstage during Always.. Patsy Cline as an apprentice. The production took place in June. She is also part of the ensemble ofPinkalicious, The Musical, which showcased June 19 & 20. The shows were hosted at the Cranberry Township Community Park Rotary Amphitheater.

The 2015 Second Annual Summer Event Series will run through September 2015 at Chatham University’s Eden Hall Campus in Richland Township. The series brings a variety of musical and theatrical performances, farm-to-table events and sustainability-themed workshops. The next event on stage is the Bluegrass Jam on Saturday, June 27 at 7:30 p.m. Check out the list of events by visiting