18th Annual USC High School Halls of Fame
Eleven individuals were inducted into the Upper St. Clair High School Halls of Fame on Friday, Oct. 20, 2017. Nine alumni and two former staff members were honored at the annual induction ceremony and recognized at the Homecoming football game.
The 2017 Halls of Fame inductees include:
Academic Hall of Fame:
- Deanna Baird, Retired World Language Teacher
- Kristen Clendaniel Clark, Class of 1986
- Richard D. Crowley, Class of 1975
- Lindsay Orchowski, Class of 1999
Arts Hall of Fame:
- Susan Matteson Carringer, Class of 1979
- Duppy Demetrius, Class of 1989
- Leanne Ford, Class of 1999
- Eleni Romanias, Class of 2010
Athletic Hall of Fame:
- Ernie Koontz, Retired Chemistry Teacher & Girls’ Basketball Coach
- Dean Astorino, Class of 1992
- Mack McGuire, Class of 2012
Academic Hall of Fame
Deanna Baird, Retired World Language Teacher
Frau Deanna Baird was a member of the Upper St. Clair High School faculty for forty-three years. She is a graduate of IUP (B.S. in German) and Middlebury College (Master’s Degree in German Languages and Literature); the latter, she completed in Mainz, Germany on a Fulbright study grant. She has also completed coursework in supervision at Duquesne University. Frau Baird started her career in Upper St. Clair in 1973 at Boyce and Fort Couch; in 1975, she continued teaching German at Fort Couch and joined the staff at the High School. From 1981-2016, she taught exclusively at the High School, teaching all levels of German and the International Studies elective. In addition to teaching, she spent decades serving as the K-12 World Language Curriculum Leader.
In the early 1990s, Frau Baird initiated a partnership with Lise-Meitner School in Leverkusen, Germany. Every two years since, Upper St. Clair students and faculty have traveled to Leverkusen as part of GAPP (German American Exchange Program). Frau Baird has also been elected to leadership roles on several local and state organizations, including serving as the President and board member of the Cultural Communications Alliance through the University of Pittsburgh and board member of PaCIE (Pennsylvania Council for International Education). Most recently, she was an appointed member of a state-level task force related to language and cultural education legislative work in Harrisburg. During her career in Upper St. Clair, Frau Baird was always the champion for all things global!
Kristen Clendaniel Clark, Class of 1986
Kristen Clendaniel Clark, Class of 1986, is the founder and president of Bouquet Garni Consulting, a management, strategy and marketing consulting firm. During her high school years, Kristen was a member of the Choir, Chanteclairs, Pantherettes, Yearbook, and a member of the National Honor Society. She graduated with honors from the University of Delaware in 1990, earning a B.S in Business Administration. She then earned her MBA at the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University in 1997.
From 2001 to 2014, Kristen was employed by the HJ Heinz Corporation, where her positions included Senior Vice President and Chief People Officer, President of Heinz Canada, Chief Strategy Officer and Vice President for Strategic Partnerships, Group Vice President Heinz North America, Vice President / Director Marketing, Senior Brand Manager, and Brand Manager.
Kristen enjoys working with nonprofit organizations, with whom she shares her business knowledge and experience. She is a currently a trustee for the Pittsburgh Public Theater. Outside of work, Kristen enjoys attending plays and other arts performances, as well as cheering on Pittsburgh sports teams. She plays golf and enjoys spending time by the beach.
Richard D. Crowley, Class of 1975
Richard D. Crowley, Class of 1975, was a class valedictorian and National Merit scholarship finalist. In addition to his academic excellence, he was a member of the 1974-1975 WPIAL championship golf team. Richard continued his education as a scholar at The University of Notre Dame, where he earned a B.S. in Business Administration. His Master’s Degree of Management was conferred with honors at Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management.
Richard currently serves as the Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer & Treasurer at Intersil Corporation. He has previously served as Chief Financial Officer for three publicly-listed semiconductor companies in Silicon Valley. Richard has been recognized by Treasury Magazine for innovative corporate treasury practices.
Lindsay Orchowski, Class of 1999
Dr. Lindsay Orchowski, Class of 1999, was a member of National Honor Society, Student Council, Wind Symphony and a variety of other extracurricular clubs. She shared her spirit for USCHS as a member of the cheerleading squad, pep club and dance team. Dr. Orchowski completed her undergraduate degree at Dartmouth College, majoring in Psychology with High Honors in Women's Studies. She completed her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at Ohio University, followed by a Clinical Internship at Brown University. Following a fellowship funded through the National Institutes of Health, she was appointed to the faculty at the Alpert Medical School of Brown University, where she is currently an Assistant Professor of Research, and the Deputy Title IX Director for the Medical School.
As a licensed clinical psychologist, she maintains a therapy practice at Rhode Island Hospital, primarily serving victims of trauma. She has published extensively on violence prevention programs, and is nationally recognized for her work developing violence prevention approaches for middle school, high school, college and military populations. Her research is funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Institutes of Health, and the Department of Defense. She is an Associate Editor for Psychology of Women Quarterly, and her book entitled "Sexual Assault Risk Reduction and Resistance: Theory Research and Practice" will be published by Elsevier in 2017.
Arts Hall of Fame
Susan Matteson Carringer, Class of 1979
Susan Matteson Carringer, Class of 1979, was a member of the Combo, Chanteclairs, Marching and Symphonic bands, Wind Symphony, Westinghouse Science Leaders Institute and National Honor Society. She was also an accompanist for the Pantheon Choir, a member of Girls Chorus and a participant in the musicals. Susan earned a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering at Penn State. Upon graduation, she worked for Procter & Gamble (Cincinnati, OH) in information technology, manufacturing, sales, and advertising. Following a move to Texas, Susan began contributing to Arts in Education, using fine art, glass art, and culinary arts to illustrate classroom concepts to at-risk youth.
For the Jesuit Dallas Museum (JDM)--a 500-piece fine arts collection on the campus of the Jesuit College Preparatory School--Susan designed, built, and grew a docent program that has been impacting students for 10 years. A lasting strategic partnership with the Perot Museum of Nature and Science inspires scientific curiosity through loans of the JDM’s fine art collection so people of all ages make visual connections between art and science. Inspired by her interest in hot glass, Susan helped launch Art Reaching Out, a non-profit whose purpose is to involve at-risk students in creating art glass installations using STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math).
Sharing her skills as a chocolatier, Susan provides hand-on training for youth released from the juvenile justice system, in partnership with a non-profit that helps youth reach their greatest potential by teaching them the full range of restaurant responsibilities. She is currently pursuing a Diploma in Pastry at Le Cordon Bleu, Paris, France.
Duppy Demetrius, Class of 1989
Duppy Demetrius, Class of 1989, was a member of Junior Achievement and the Westinghouse Science Leaders Institute during his time at USCHS. Duppy earned a Bachelor of Arts from Duquesne University. He is currently the Executive Producer of the television series Major Crimes. Duppy holds many professional awards including the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) nomination for best video game screenplay (24 in 2006), a Writers Guild of America Nomination for Best Dramatic Television Series (24 in 2007), a Writers Guild of America Nomination for Best Video Game Screenplay (WET in 2009), and a PRISM award nomination and commendation.
Aside from professional awards and accomplishments, Duppy has been a guest speaker on television screenwriting and production at the American Film Institute, the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, the Danish Film Institute in Copenhagen, and the Paley Center for Media. In addition, he contributed to the book Small Screen, Big Picture: A Writer’s Guide to the TV Business.
Leanne Ford, Class of 1999
Leanne Ford, Class of 1999, was the captain of the Lacrosse team and Field Captain of the Pantherettes during her time at USCHS. She is now an acclaimed interior designer. She gained national attention for the 1907 schoolhouse-turned-home that she gutted and designed in her hometown. It was this first personal project where she established the "white on white" signature aesthetic for which she is now known. Featured in Country Living magazine, the house launched her career as an interior designer, leading to projects in Pennsylvania, New York, and Los Angeles.
Her work has been featured on HGTV, Architectural Digest, Elle Decor, Country Living, Domino, GQ, Lonny, Elle Decor, Martha Stewart, Better Homes and Gardens, Redbook, MyDomaine, Refinery 29, the New York Times, and more; her bathroom design has been featured on the cover of Bright Bazaar’s latest interiors book, Dream Decor. She currently co-stars, along with her brother and contractor Steve Ford, in Restored by the Fords on HGTV, which follows the siblings as they turn some of Pittsburgh's most dated buildings into magazine-worthy homes.
Eleni Romanias, Class of 2010
Eleni Romanias, Class of 2010, participated in the Upper St. Clair Marching Band as a member of the colorguard, for which she served as the captain during her senior year. She was also a member of the National Honor Society. Eleni is a published author, actress and filmmaker who lives in Los Angeles. As an actress, she became a member of SAG-AFTRA (Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists). In 2016, Eleni wrote and published her anime style graphic novel, “Greek Goddess,” which is available at Barnes and Noble and on Amazon. The novel has been published internationally and since adapted into a live action feature film.
Eleni started her own film production company, Little Pudd Productions, LLC, and through her company wrote, produced and directed the feature film. She was also honored to play the main character, Athena, in “Greek Goddess,” who is the first young plus-sized action hero ever to be seen on screen. The film was submitted to the Sundance Film Festival. Whether or not it is accepted, it will be released and distributed in 2018.
Eleni has also been recognized by ACT Magazine, GeekMom, IN Magazine, The Almanac, and has appeared as a guest on Comics Now to talk about her journey that led to “Greek Goddess” and owning her own company.
Athletic Hall of Fame
Ernie Koontz, Retired Chemistry Teacher & Girls’ Basketball Coach
Ernie Koontz was a member of the Upper St. Clair High School faculty for thirty-six years. During this time he taught both Chemistry and Physics. Mr. Koontz earned undergraduate degrees in Chemistry, Physics, and Nuclear Science and a Master’s degree in Chemistry and Physics.
Over the course of his career, Mr. Koontz coached girls basketball (29 years as head coach), freshman girls basketball (5 years), freshman boys basketball (7 years), freshman football (5 years), and track (13 years). In addition, he sponsored the recycling club (6 years) and was an active member of the American Federation of Teachers and the American Chemical Society.
As head girls basketball coach, Mr. Koontz compiled a 535-232 record. His teams were in the WPIAL playoffs 23 times and the PIAA playoffs 14 times, garnering five WPIAL titles in seven finals and winning one PIAA championship in 1999. He was named Coach of the Year fourtimes by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, and received many other coaching honors, including induction into the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame in 2017. Forty-six of Mr. Koontz’s players have gone on to play college basketball.
Dean Astorino, Class of 1992
Dean Astorino, Class of 1992, was a 3-year letterman in soccer (1989-1991), recording 22 goals and 24 assists. In 1991, he was voted Almanac/Advertiser All-Section as well as Pittsburgh Press/Post-Gazette All-WPIAL All-Star. He was voted the Almanac/Advertiser Rookie of the Year in 1989. In 1992, Dean lettered in volleyball and was voted Most Improved Player. Additional high school activities included German Club and Student Government. Dean says the highlight of high school was “beating Mt. Lebanon 4 times in one year!”
Dean attended the University of Pittsburgh on an athletic scholarship, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications in 1997. While studying at Pitt, he was a 4-year letterman, received an internship at Pitt Magazine, and was a member of Delta Tau Delta National Fraternity.
Since 2008, Dean has been employed as a Business Development Manager at American Express in Global Corporate Payments. Dean enjoys spending time with his wife, Sloan, and their two children, Elle (10) and Easton (6). He is currently coaching his son’s U8 soccer team. In his spare time, Dean enjoys snowboarding and traveling.
Mackenzie “Mack” McGuire, Class of 2012
Mack McGuire, Class of 2012, was a highly successful high school wrestler, placing in the top four spots at WPIALs in all four seasons. In his junior year, Mack was the state runner-up and WPIAL champion. As a senior, he won both the WPIAL championship and PIAA state championship. He went 138-9 in his high school career.
Upon graduation from high school, Mack attended Kent State University, where he majored in Speech Pathology and Audiology. During his collegiate career, he was a four-time NCAA qualifier. He has 109 career victories and ranks 13th among Kent State all-time leaders. Mack was named the MAC Distinguished Scholar Athlete (2015, 2016), was named to both the Academic All-MAC Team and the NWCA All-American Team three years in a row (2014, 2015, 2016). He also placed third at the MAC Championships in those years.
Currently, Mack is a graduate assistant at Cleveland State, where he is pursuing a Master’s in Business while simultaneously supporting the work of current undergraduate wrestlers. Mack has three siblings--Mike, Meghan, and Mason. In his free time, Mack is a culinary enthusiast and enjoys hiking and sand volleyball.