Tenth Annual USC High School Halls of FameUpper St. Clair School District
Friday, October 2, 2009
The purpose of the Halls of Fame is to identify and to honor those who have distinguished themselves in academics, the arts or athletics at the high school, collegiate or professional level and who, in so doing, have contributed to the pride and prestige of Upper St. Clair High School.
The Athletic Hall of Fame inductees for 2009 are Douglas Pringle Harmon, Chris McIntyre, and Leigh Sulkowski.
The Arts Hall of Fame inductees for 2009 include Douglas Roth and Rhonda Schaffler.The Academics Hall of Fame inductees for 2009 are Dr. Terrence Kushner, Arlene Brown Baratz, Melanie Brown Fukui, Julie Scheib Martin, Christina Greenwell Mullins, Anne B. Newman, and Vida Lynn Tyc.
Enjoy some of the "digital memories" of that day and read the short "bios" of each inductee!The Athletic Hall of Fame inductees for 2009 are Douglas Pringle Harmon,
Chris McIntyre, and Leigh Sulkowski.
Douglas Harmon, Class of 1981, was an exceptional student who was a newspaper sports editor, attended Westinghouse Institute, and a member of the National Honor Society. He was active in several sports, but he excelled in soccer. Doug was the defensive backbone of the team. The team made the PIM Playoffs for three of the years that he played. As a senior captain, he led the team to the WPIAL Championships and the PIM Playoffs. Doug played every minute of every game when he was a junior and senior. In 1980 he was named to the All Sectional Team and All WPIAL Team. He was the YMCA Soccer Athlete of the Year and the USCHS Athlete of the Year. Doug went to Colgate University where he was named the Most Valuable Player for three years. He is a member of Colgate's Soccer Hall of Fame. He has competed in numerous prestigious soccer leagues throughout his postgraduate training at the Kellogg School of Business at Northwestern University and Oklahoma University Graduate School. Since his graduation Doug has worked for a variety of banks in New York City; Greenwich, Connecticut; and Cleveland, Ohio. He and his family lived in London for four years when he worked for the Royal Bank of Scotland. Currently he lives in Darien, Connecticut and is the managing director of Global Banking and Marketing. Doug is married to Elizabeth who is a marathoner and they have three children. All three children play soccer, and Doug coaches the two younger ones.
Chris McIntyre, Class of 1994, was a two-sport athlete at USC. He was a starting pitcher for the baseball team. Chris was a left-handed pitcher with many off-speed pitches. As a senior he was 6-0 as a starting pitcher. Chris was also an exceptional football player. When he made two interceptions as a junior linebacker, he became famous as a defensive player. As a senior Chris made two interceptions, six sacks, and over 130 tackles for the Panthers. He was 1st Team All Conference and selected for the Fabulous 22 Team. Chris also played offense for all 13 games. As a tight end, he had 20 receptions for over 300 yards and four touchdowns. An outstanding student, Chris was a member of the National Honor Society. He was awarded full athletic scholarships to Boston University and Hofstra University. At Boston University and Hofstra University, he led the BU defense in sacks in1996 and 1997. He was 1st Team All-Conference and defensive MVP in 1996. He was 1st Team All-Conference and 2nd team All-American, and all ECAC for Hofstra in 1998. Since he was graduated from Boston University, Chris has been working in sales and living in Pittsburgh.
Leigh Sulkowski, Class of 2002, was an outstanding student and athlete at USCHS. She was a member of Student Council and of the National Honor Society and a nominee for Student of the Year. Leigh was a four year varsity member of the Quad A basketball team. For her excellence on the team, Leigh was the recipient of the KDKA Extra Effort Award and the YMCA Scholar Athlete Award; she was named a Roundball Classic Western PA All Star and a member of the Western PA Girls' Basketball 2001 -2002 All Academic Team. When she attended Washington and Jefferson College, Leigh was a member of the varsity basketball team all four years. The team was the PAC Champion for two seasons and played in the NCAA Division III Tournament during two seasons. Leigh became W&J Women's Basketball All Time Leading Scorer with 2034 points. She gained individual honors by being named to the D3Hoops.com All Decade Team, the Division III All America Team for four years, and the Kodak All America Team for two seasons. Leigh was also a President's Athletic Conference Freshman Player of the Year, an ECAC Great Lakes Player of the Year, and an ECAC South Region Player of the Year. As a senior she was a nominee for the 2006 Jostens Trophy Award that goes to the national player of the year. After she earned her BA in Business Administration from W&J, Leigh attended Duquesne University where she earned an MS in Education. Currently Leigh is an elementary teacher for the Mt. Lebanon School District. She also is a member of the Easter Seals Society Cotillion Committee and a volunteer for Special Olympics and Toys for Tots.
The Arts Hall of Fame inductees for 2009 include Douglas Roth and Rhonda Schaffler.
Douglas Roth, Class of 1989, left USCHS with a full tuition undergraduate honor scholarship to the University Of Cincinnati College Conservatory Of Music. While he was there, he was on the Dean's List and a member of the student governing body and a scholastic honorary. In his senior year Doug was chosen by the music faculty to receive a full scholarship for study at the Goethe Institute in Boppard, Germany. He was graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor in Music in 1993. For the next few years, Doug held various non-academic positions working for the Greater Cincinnati Council on World Affairs, Stereo Lab, and Circuit City in management training. At the same Doug was a choir member of various opera groups, church choirs, and vocal arts ensembles. In 1998 Doug went to Arizona State University as a site manager where he designed and led training sessions for Service Learning Centers for Interns. The following year he became the Program Coordinator. Meanwhile he earned his Masters in Music in Vocal Performance. In 2000-2002 he was awarded a full tuition scholarship to Indiana University. In 2002 Doug was awarded the Norvelle Scholarship for academic excellence from Indiana University where he earned his second masters- a M.A. in Speech-Language Pathology. Doug became a Graduate Student Researcher of Communication Science and Disorders at the University of Pittsburgh. Doug is currently a Ph.D. student who expects to earn his degree in spring of 2010. Doug has contributed to numerous publications; he has done dozens of oral presentations, and dozens of opera and solo performances. Doug Roth IS certainly a voice of USCHS that deserves to be heard.
Rhonda Schaffler, Class of 1981, was a sports editor for the yearbook, a member of the Quill and Scroll Honorary, a member of Student Council and Thespians. She was selected for the National Honor Society. Rhonda was graduated with distinction from Penn State University with a B.A. in Journalism and Political Science. She was the News Director of Penn State's student-run radio station. Rhonda was a member of the Golden Key and Kappa Tau Alpha National Honor Societies. After college she pursued her interest in financial news. She has worked as a correspondent and an anchor for several international news networks including CNN, Bloomberg, and Dow Jones. Rhonda was working for CNN's financial network at the time of 9/11 . She anchored the reports of major economic, corporate and stock market events during that crisis. In 2002 she was awarded an Emmy for this coverage. Rhonda has been a Senior Correspondent for the New York Stock Exchange and a Chief Investment Officer at Bloomberg. She has hosted numerous roundtable discussions and is a frequent anchor of Open Exchange. During 2005-2006 Rhonda took a sabbatical and worked at the United Nations as a consultant on an international micro-finance project. Currently Rhonda is working as a reporter for Reuters Television in New York.
The Academics Hall of Fame inductees for 2009 are Dr. Terrence Kushner, Arlene Brown Baratz, Melanie Brown Fukui, Julie Scheib Martin, Christina Greenwell Mullins, Anne B. Newman, and Vida Lynn Tyc.
Dr. Terrence Kushner earned his M.A. in Mathematics from Colgate University, his M.A.T., Mathematics Certification, and Ph.D. in Curriculum and Supervision from the University of Pittsburgh. Terry began his career as a mathematics teacher at Moon High School where he also served as the head football coach. After ten years he moved to Peters Township High School both as a math teacher and head football coach. In 1981 Terry became the Assistant Principal and head coach at Trinity High School. Terry was the Vice Principal at Baldwin High School from 1984-1986. Finally Terry joined the Upper St. Clair family in 1986 as an Associate Principal. In 1993 he became the High School Principal and in 2004 the Assistant Superintendent. Under his leadership Upper St. Clair High School earned three Excellence in Education Awards from the Department of Education and the New American High School Award in 2000. Terry developed the unified resource center, co-chaired the Facilities Committee for the USC Strategic Plan, and directed the high school construction project. Terry's integrity and kindness led him to initiate and direct various committees promoting student decorum and discipline. He co-chaired a Mentor/Advisor Program and a Classified Staff Development Program. As a member of the WPIAL Board of Control, Terry was involved with all of USC's athletic programs. For all of his accomplishments, Terry received the Distinguished Principal Award from the University of Pittsburgh Principals Academy. Terry's favorite memories include many WPIAL and PIAA Championships, many National Merit Finalists, and many fine and performing arts events. Now that he has retired, Terry has some time to teach SAT Prep courses, Duquesne University classes, and to usher at church. He also looks forward to spending time with his wife Pam and his children and grandchildren.
Arlene Brown Baratz, Class of 1976, was an editor of the newspaper, a member of Pantheon Choir, and a member of the National Honor Society. She was a valedictorian and a National Merit Scholar. Arlene was awarded a four year Westinghouse Family Scholarship that she used to attend Bryn Mayr College. In 1980 she earned an A.B. Cum Laude with honors in Biology. In1984 Arlene was graduated from the University of Pittsburgh Medical School. She became an Obstetrics and Gynecology Intern at Magee Women's Hospital and then a Radiology Resident for four years, She was the Chief Resident her final year. Arlene became a specialist in Mammography and Breast Radiology. She has worked at Magee-Women's and Shadyside Hospitals. Since 2001 Arlene has been a Breast Radiologist at AIIegheny General Hospital and a Clinical Instructor of Radiology for Drexel University of the Health Services. As an advocate for women's health care issues, Arlene has researched, published, presented and taught to further the need for a comprehensive care program as well as innovative approaches and treatment. As a Pink Ribbon Round Up Board Member of the Susan Komen Foundation, she helped to raise $100,000 for breast cancer research. During her medical school and residency years, Arlene married Mark Baratz and had three children. They moved to Upper St Clair where they have reared their children and became boosters and band parents. In addition, Arlene has become an advocate for people affected by rare developmental disorders, Arlene has participated in creating a guideline for individuals who have the disorders and a handbook for parents, Arlene Brown Baratz continues to contribute in an exemplary way to the Upper St Clair Community.
Melanie Brown Fukui, Class of 1978, was an editor for the newspaper and the yearbook and was in three musicals. As a senior she was the president of National Honor Society. Melanie was graduated from Bryn Mayr College Cum Laude in Biology in 1982. At the University of Pittsburgh Medical School, she earned honors in Pediatrics, Surgery, Radiology, Surgery Electives, and Anesthesia. After active internships in Internal Medicine and Surgery, Melanie did a residency in Diagnostic Radiology at UPMC. During her last year she was Chief Resident. After a fellowship in Neuroradiology, Melanie became an Assistant Professor at UPMC in1992. She remained at Pitt and ultimately became Chief of the Department of Neuroradiology and an Associate Professor. In 2001 Melanie became the Director of the Division of Neuroradiology, the Program Director of the Neuroradiology Fellowship Program, and later the Program Director of Diagnostic Residency Program at Allegheny General Hospital. Currently she is the Vice Chair of her department and a Professor of Radiologic Sciences at Drexel University School of Medicine at the Allegheny Campus. For the past two years Melanie has been named the Teacher of the Year for the Department of Radiology. In addition to her teaching and mentoring, Melanie has written dozens of papers and made numerous presentations around the country in the field of neuroradiology. Melanie has earned numerous awards and grants for research in this field. Melanie married Felix Fukui, and they live in Fox Chapel with their daughter and son.
Julia Scheib Martin, Class of 1997, excelled as a scholar and an athlete. She was a member of Student Council and of the National Honor Society. She was awarded the Superintendent's Academic Excellence Award for earning a 4.0 grade point average all four years. Julie was a varsity tennis player who as captain led the WPIAL Championship team. She won the Tribune Review Scholar Athlete Award. After her graduation Julie attended St Mary's College at Notre Dame, Indiana. She was the valedictorian of her class and earned her B.A. in Psychology and Certification in Secondary and Middle School Social Studies. During her student teaching, Julie received the Outstanding Future Educator Award for the state of Indiana. Julie was also invited to become a member of four different academic honor societies. After college Julie returned to the Pittsburgh area and became a social studies teacher at South Fayette High School. She has taught classes in Advanced Placement United States History, Civics, Psychology, and Sociology. In 2007 Julie was recognized as the Pennsylvania Teacher of the Year in Social Studies. Meanwhile Julie continued her education at Duquesne University in the field of guidance and counseling. Last year she earned her M.S. in Education from Duquesne University; now she is a National Certified Counselor (K-12). While she has been teaching at South Fayette, Julie has initiated and sponsored the Young Women's Society, and she has even sponsored the prom! Julie married Scott Martin, a fellow member of the USC Class of1997, and they are the proud parents of six-month old Griffin Martin.
Christina Greenwell Mullins, Class of1996, was an editor of the yearbook, the president of Forensics Club, and a member of National Honor Society. She was a valedictorian of her class. Christina went to Case Western Reserve University where she earned a B.S. in Chemical Engineering Summa Cum Laude in 2001. She was a member of Tau Beta Pi Honor Society, the president of American Institute of Chemical Engineers, and was awarded AIChE leadership Distinction. Upon graduation Christina became a chemical engineer for Rogers Corporation in Rhode Island. She also joined the United States Army Reserve in December 2001. As a captain in the army, Christina was deployed to Baghdad, Iraq from December 2003 to March 2005. When she returned home, she continued to work for Rogers Corporation. She married in June 2005. In 2007 Christina was a finalist in the ULI Gerald D. Hines Student Urban Design Competition. In August of 2007 she was deployed to Kuwait where she served another year. For her service Christina was awarded the Bronze Star Medal of Honor and the Meritorious Service Medal. She resigned her commission in 2009. After her second tour, Christina entered the MBA Program at Harvard University where she earned her degree in June 2009. Currently she works as a Contract Specialist with the United States General Services Administration as a member of a public buildings service group. She and her husband live in Strafford, PA and are involved with home renovation and interior design.
Anne Newman, Class of 1973, is one often children who were raised in Upper St. Clair. She was a National Merit Semi-Finalist who went on to the University of Pittsburgh where she was graduated Summa Cum Laude in Biology in 1978. She earned her M.D. there in1982 and her Masters in Public Health in 1985. Anne is an epidemiologist and geriatrician. She is an internationally recognized expert in the epidemiology of aging with a particular focus on cardiovascular disease, sarcopenia, and disability. She is a Professor of Epidemiology and Medicine and the Director of the Center for Aging and Population Health at the University of Pittsburgh. Anne has conducted numerous population studies of disease and disability in older adults. She has developed protocols to assess functional outcomes and important geriatric syndromes in Pittsburgh's Cardiovascular Health Study. She is also a principal investigator at the Pittsburgh Field Center of the NIA-funded study of Health, Aging, and Body Composition and of the Pittsburgh Field Center for the Lifestyle Interventions and Independence for Elders (LIFE) Study. She has published over 300 articles in top medical journals such as the Journal of American Medical Association (JAMA) and the Journal of Gerontology. Because of her expertise, Dr. Newman has served on numerous expert panels including the White House Conference on Aging in 1995. She is an elected member of the American Epidemiology Society and the Delta Omega National Honor Society for Public Health. Anne and her husband Frank Kirkwood have three children and live in Wexford, PA.
Vida Tyc, Class of1978, was a cheerleader and a member of National Honor Society. Vida won the Westinghouse Young Scientist Award, the Junior Academy of Science State Award, the St. Clair Hospital Volunteer Scholarship, and the USC Women's Club Scholarship. When she went to Allegheny College, Vida was an Alden Scholar and was graduated Cum Laude in Biology and Psychology. Vida earned her M.A and her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at the State University of New York. While earning those degrees, she did a Clinical internship and a Postdoctoral in Pediatric Psychology at Brown University. Vida also served as a teaching assistant, instructor, and unit coordinator for the Department of Psychology for SUNY at Binghamton. Vida became a Clinical Psychologist at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, TN in 1989. At the same time she became an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University Of Tennessee College Of Medicine in Memphis. She went on to become the Director of Training of the Division of Behavioral Medicine, an Associate Professor, the Deputy Chief, and the Acting Chair and Professor. Vida's research interests are in assessment of health behaviors in pediatric populations; development of health-promotion/smoking interventions for pediatric cancer patients and long-term survivors of cancer; pain and symptom management in pediatric patients with chronic illness. The results of her studies have led to dozens of presentations and publications reporting her findings. Vida currently has five active grants from the National Cancer Institute. Dr. Vida Tyc has certainly made a very meaningful contribution in her field and has passed this knowledge on to her students.