Pine-Richland honors six retirees
Wednesday, May 29, 2019 | 12:01 AM
Pine-Richland School District recognized six staff members who are retiring at the end of the year, and the honorees were also treated to a menu item prepared by one of Eden Hall Upper Elementary’s top young chefs.
Fourth grader Tessa Lutz, who won this year’s Sodexo Future Chef Challenge, prepared her winning Apple Taco Tastic dish for the retirees, whose combined service totals more than 90 years with the district, as well as members of the school board at the May meeting.
Custodial supervisor Craig Schomaker retires after 18 years, followed by middle school math teacher and multisport coach J. Robert Utz, who will retire after 17 years. Para educator Debbie Dee, who also founded the Baker’s Dozen Academy teaching adults and children baking and dessert preparation in Conway, retires after working for the district since 2003. Also retiring are maintenance mechanic Thomas Hurley, high school custodian Janet Eveleth and Wexford Elementary Secretary Jan Hoffman.
• Six high school students won awards at the Pennsylvania Future Business Leaders of America state competition, including seniors Mahika Sampat and Radha Patel, who took first place in business ethics. Juniors Payton McGee and Jenna Hassett won sixth place and seniors Tresa Coon and Jordan Labuda earned 10th place in graphic design.
• High school junior Sedona Rocher earned a national honorable mention for Aspirations in Computing, awarded by the National Center for Women Information Technology. Rocher, who is a member of the Girls of Steel FIRST robotics team through Carnegie Mellon, was honored in April at the 20th Century Club in Pittsburgh.
• The high school’s television club earned two nominations from the 2019 National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. PRTV juniors Sean Barr, Tommy Frey and Harrison Gonzalez earned a nomination in the commercial category for “Personal Paparazzi.” Junior Jonah Ansell and seniors Caleb Grogan and Darren Geissler were nominated in the animation/graphics/special effects category for their video “Unnatural.”
• A.W. Beattie co-salutatorian Victoria Compernolle won the gold medal at the Pennsylvania Association of Family Career and Community Leaders of America competition in Seven Springs in the early childhood category and will go on to compete nationally in Anaheim, Calif. Junior Annalee Demitras earned second place in the state competition cake decorating category.
• Ninth-grader Erina Fortune placed third in the individual documentary category at the PA State National History Day competition and will move on to compete at the national program in Maryland. Sophomores Anthony Hartwick, Joshua Rembe, Michael Allessi and Victor Williams were second in the group performance category.