Student Recognition Update

Top3 Student Recognition Update

More than 370 Pine-Richland High School seniors became graduates on Friday, June 13.  Senior Jennifer Lott was named valedictorian, Carrie Leibensperger salutatorian and Kyle Pomerleau tertiary. This year’s class boasted 14 national merit or national achievement scholars. More than 330 seniors will be attending 108 different colleges and universities in 23 different states this fall. The class of 2014 earned $7.5 million dollars in merit scholarships.

Pine-Richland High School sophomore Evan Stephenson has been accepted into Carnegie Mellon University’s Pre-College Program for the National High School Game Academy.  He will be pursuing the computer programming track at CMU’s Entertainment Technology Center for seven weeks this summer. In addition, Evan has been accepted into the PA Governor’s School of Global Entrepreneurship at Lehigh University next summer.

Several Pine-Richland High School students participated in the National French Exam known as the Le Grand Concours sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of French.  Junior Carolina Celedon, sophomore Sarah Dawson, and ninth grader Julia Solomon had the highest scores from PRHS. Celedon ranked eleventh in the Western PA region, and Dawson and Solomon tied for 15th. All students were students in Dawn Herbst’s French II class.  More than 23,000 students took the exam nationally.

Pine-Richland’s Track and Field Team concluded an outstanding season. Sophomore David Kelly tied for ninth in the state in men’s pole vault.  Senior Luke Regan, who holds the school record in the 3200-meter run, finished in the top 25 in the state in the same event. Junior Kat Quigley became the first Pine-Richland track athlete to bring home two state medals from the state meet.  She finished fifth in the state in the women’s 110 high hurdles and second in the state in 300 intermediate hurdles.

Congratulations to several students who were recognized by the A.W. Beattie Career Center this year. Seniors Amanda Maynard and Katie Given earned awards including the Culinary Arts awards. Andrew Rudolph earned the Outstanding Community Service and Emergency Response Technology awards. Senior Jeremy Fowkes was named 2013-2014 Senior of the Year.

Several Pine-Richland Middle School students won awards at the 75th Annual Pittsburgh Regional Science and Engineering Fair which was hosted at Heinz Field and the Carnegie Science Center in Pittsburgh.  PRMS students competed in the intermediate division which included seventh and eighth graders.  Eighth grade student James Baxter completed a project titled “Distracted Driving Alarm,” which earned him a sponsor award from FedEx Ground, Inc., along with an honorable mention award in the Engineering/Robotics Category.  Seventh grade student Ryan Farbacher also received a sponsor award from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration for his project titled “Tides Turning Turbines.” Three students earned Certificates of Merit for their projects including Farbacher and seventh grader Devin Golla and eighth grader Mahak Sethi. More than 1,100 students in grades 6-12 participated in this year’s event.