• Fifteenth Annual USC High School Halls of Fame

    Upper St. Clair School District
    Friday, September 26, 2014


    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, crestcollegiate or professional level and who, in so doing, have contributed to the pride and prestige of Upper St. Clair High School.

    The Arts Hall of Fame inductee for 2014 is Amelia Guarino.

    The Academics Hall of Fame inductees for 2014 are Susan Froetschel, Lisa Hernandez, John Irwin, and Laura Rosenberger.
     
    The Athletic Hall of Fame inductees for 2014 are Scott Freund, Elizabeth Kline, and Amanda Lohman.  
     
    See below to read the brief bios and to enjoy some of the "digital memories" of that day!
     

    Listed below are brief bios about all of our inductees.
    At the bottom of the page, there is a photo gallery and a link to more pictures.

    The Arts Hall of Fame inductees for 2014 are:
     
    Amelia Guarino, Class of 1998, began her interest in creating jewelry during her four years taking arts classes at USCHS. Amie particularly enjoyed Mrs. Watts’ jewelry and metals classes. After high school she enrolled at West Virginia University and earned a BA in Family and Consumer Science and Fashion Merchandising. In 2004 Amie completed courses in Fashion Styling and Fashion Events Planning at the Fashion Institute of Technology School of Continuing and Professional Studies. She has also continued her studies online through the Gemological Institute of America. Amie has pursued her interest in designing and selling jewelry through her family’s business, Louis Anthony Jewelry. She is a designer who founded her own jewelry line, Amelia Jewel, in 2010. She also does designs for private clients. As a stylist and co-buyer for the store, Amie is highly involved in jewelry trends and merchandising practices. She communicates these talents through columns in industry publications such as InDesign, Instore, and National Jeweler. Amie also writes a regular column for Peters Township Magazine. She recently did a presentation of ongoing trends in fashion at a national trade show in Chicago. Amie is an active member of Women’s jewelry Association, the Gemological Institute of America, and the American Gem Society. Amie has put her skills and creativity to work for two national foundations. She has designed bracelets to raise money and awareness for Alex’s Lemonade Stand which works to raise money to find a cure for childhood cancers and also for the Movember Foundation which works to raise awareness of prostate cancer.
     
    The Academics Hall of Fame inductees for 2014 are:
     
    Susan Froetschel, Class of 1974, was an exceptional student who was 13th in a class of 478. Because she was also very active in Girls’ Chorus, Choir, Speech and Debate, and French Club, Susan was elected to the National Honor Society. Outside of school she was a regular volunteer and worked part-time at Kane Hospital. Susan went on to Penn State where she earned a BA in journalism in three years. Susan put to use her interests by reviewing books for the Collegian and by earning a varsity letter in Speech and Debate. After graduation she moved to New York City where she worked for Self, House Beautiful, and Esquire magazines. When she moved to Alaska, she reported for a daily newspaper and won numerous national and state press awards. Susan enrolled in Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government where she earned her MPA. She has written about business, environmental protection, nonprofits, and health care. She has taught writing classes at Yale and magazine writing and literary journalism at Southern Connecticut State University. Since 2005 Susan has written for and edited the YaleGlobalOnline, a public-interest magazine based at Yale University that explores globalization defined as the interconnectedness of our world through people, products, and ideas. One of her main interests is writing mystery novels that explore public policies that are often taken for granted. Her latest novel Fear of Beauty is currently nominated for a national mystery award. Although she currently lives in Michigan, Susan Froetschel recently returned to USCHS to speak to social studies classes and another time to speak to English classes. Susan continues to serve her alma mater.
     
    Lisa Hernandez, Class of 1993, entered USCHS in the middle of her sophomore year. She became actively involved in the St. Clairion, Speech and Debate Club, and the Clairvoyant. For her outstanding academic performance and her service, Lisa was selected to the National Honor Society. After high school Lisa earned a BA in International Relations from the University of Pennsylvania and then a JD from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. While she was at Penn, Lisa served as a volunteer with cancer patients for whom Spanish was their first language. She assisted patients and doctors with diagnostic and treatment information. This was just the first example of how Lisa became a true advocate for the under-represented and the victims of social injustice. Directly out of law school, she became a part of a Labor & Employment Group with Reed Smith. During this time Lisa developed a significant pro bono practice involving immigration and family matters. She left corporate law to clerk for a federal district court judge and two state court judges. She gained experience researching and drafting opinions and orders on civil, criminal, and domestic matters. After a brief time as a public benefits attorney for the Neighborhood Legal Services Association in Pittsburgh, Lisa was made a Senior Attorney for the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission where she has served from 2006 to the present. In this capacity Lisa manages litigation issues, conducting investigations of employment discrimination and compliance with terms of settlement, and mediating conciliation agreements. She also frequently speaks to develop an understanding and cooperation with the EEOC mission. In her free time, Lisa volunteers at a school for Spanish-speaking students who need help with language, acculturation, and education.
     
    John Irwin earned a BS in Physics from Grove City College and later a MEd from the University of Pittsburgh. He taught physics for four years at Waynesboro Area High School. In 1980 John came to USCHS to teach Honors Physics. He proved to be a superior classroom teacher because of his strong knowledge of the content, his effective instructional skills, and his solid classroom management practices. During his final years John also taught International Baccalaureate Physics. Because he was teaching an honors course to outstanding students, he introduced the students to the rigors of college study and motivated them to perform at a higher level. John sparked their interest in science by making the subject relevant to them. He won the respect of his students who appreciated his patience and his unlimited efforts to help them achieve. He was committed to the implementation of technology such as the Wiley Plus Program. John was a strong supporter of staff development initiatives such as “assessment for learning.” Mr. Irwin valued “working with such a dedicated and professional group of individuals throughout the entire district for the benefit of the students and the community.” Therefore he contributed to the district in a new area during his final eight years of his teaching. John assumed leadership as the President of the Upper St. Clair Education Association. In this capacity, John brought respect, productivity, and collaboration to the educational initiatives of the district. As a strong advocate for the teacher and the teacher’s critical role at USC, John led the union through successful contract negotiations and labor relations. John Irwin was an exceptional teacher who contributed to the excellent program offered at USCHS.
     
    Laura Rosenberger, Class of 1998, demonstrated her academic excellence and her interest in serving others at USCHS. A National Honor Society member and a valedictorian, Laura served as a Natural Helper and a Big Sister to a middle school disadvantaged student. She went on to the Shreyer Honors College at Penn State from which she was graduated summa cum laude with a 4.0 GPA and with a triple major. A member of Phi Beta Kappa, Laura was awarded ten undergraduate academic awards. Her activities and volunteer work were focused on addressing the root causes of conflict and violence in our society. She served on committees for Women’s Affairs, Domestic Violence and Rape, Sexual Violence, and Race and Ethnic Relations. Laura was a founding member of Peace Works. When the attack of September 11, 2001 occurred, Laura decided to pursue a Masters in International Peace and Conflict Resolution at American University’s School of International Service. Her studies took her to post-conflict Kosovo where she wrote her Master’s Thesis on promoting ethnic relations. In 2004 Laura began a two-year fellowship at the United States Department of State which launched her into a decade of government service. She has worked on human rights and refugee programs as well as nonproliferation and arms control in North Korea. She managed a team charged with developing and implementing strategies and policies for managing US-China relations. Laura received three Department of State Awards for her efforts in these two areas. Since 2013 Laura has been a Senior Advisor to the Deputy National Security Advisor at the White House. She develops strategies and policy recommendations on all issues related to US policy toward China and the Korean Peninsula.
     
    The Athletic Hall of Fame inductees for 2014 are:
     
    Scott Freund, Class of 1987, earned 11 varsity letters in four different sports, the most letters ever earned by an USC athlete. In the fall he was a three year letterman in soccer and a two year letterman in football. In his senior year Scott had several game winning goals and several game winning kick. During the winter Scott was a two year letterman and captain of the varsity basketball team. As a senior he led the team in points and in assists. In the spring Scott was a four year letterman in tennis with a cumulative record of 47 wins and 5 losses. He was a member of two WPIAL Championship Teams. As a senior Scott won the section, the WPIAL Championship, and was second in the state. Scott was named co-senior athlete of the year with Nick Cullen in 1987. Scott was also an exceptional student and citizen. A member of the National Honor Society, Scott was 24th in a class of 373. He took pride in representing his team, school, family, and community. Upon graduation Scott went to Virginia Tech University where he lettered as a place kicker/punter/and holder. He earned academic honors as a member of the Athletic Director’s Honor Roll, the Winners’ Circle, and the Dean’s List. Scott earned a BS in Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Engineering Science and Mechanics. He began his career in investment banking and worked for several banks including Wheat First Butcher Singer, Morgan Stanley, and Bank of America. In 2005 Scott founded Family Office Research to manage and coordinate all aspects of wealth. After college Scott continued to excel athletically in tennis, platform tennis, and golf. He has won 25 platform tennis championships and numerous Congressional Club single and double championships. Currently Scott lives in Bethesda, Maryland with his wife Emily and their four children. He coaches his daughter’s soccer and basketball teams.
     
    Elizabeth Kline, Class of 2009, earned the USCHS Tri-Athlete Award for her performance in soccer, indoor track, and outdoor track. A four year varsity letter winner in indoor track, Elizabeth was a four-time qualifier at the Indoor Tri-State Track and Field Coaches Association Championships, and a four-time qualifier at the PIAA Indoor State Championships. In 2008 and 2009 she was a medalist in the PIAA State Championships in the 60m hurdles. Elizabeth was also a four year varsity letter winner in outdoor track and field. She competed at the top levels of the 100m hurdles and the 300m hurdles all four years. As a senior she was the WPIAL Champion in these events and earned third place in both events in the PIAA State Championships. In 2009 Elizabeth was a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Athlete of the Week and a WTAE Playbook Athlete of the Week. A member of the National Honor Society, she was Senior Student of the Year in 2009. She was a four year letter winner on the University of Pittsburgh Division I Track and Field Teams. A qualifier for the Big East Championship team, the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference Indoor Championships, and the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference Outdoor Championships, Elizabeth won 9 Big East Medals including three first place championships. In 2013 Elizabeth was a Blue-Gold Award winner at Pitt and was an Academic All-American. A four-year member of the Dean’s List and a two-time winner of the Pitt 4.0 Award, Elizabeth earned a BA in Applied Developmental Psychiatry and a ME in Instruction and Learning. She is certified to be a special education teacher in Pre-Kindergarten to Grade 8.
     
    Amanda Lohman, Class of 2008, was the first and only three-time All-American swimmer or diver on the USCHS Swim Team. She was a four year letter winner, a two-time AAA WPIAL Champion, and a three-time PA State finalist. Amanda was the team captain in 2007 and 2008. The Almanac awarded her the diving MVP three times. Amanda still holds USCHS team and pool records. As a senior high honor roll student, Amanda was recruited to dive on the University of Michigan’s Swimming and Diving Team. During her four years there, she became a true student athlete who was the number one diver on the team. She was a three-time finalist at the All-Big Ten Women’s Championships in the one meter and three meter springboard and the platform contest. Amanda won the NCAA All-American Honorable Mention twice and the UM Athletic Academic Achievement Award three times. She was a seven time Big Ten Diver of the Week and an eleven time Big Ten Finalist. As a senior Amanda was the team captain who was named the 2012 National Collegiate Strength and Conditioning All-American Athlete of the Year and the 2012 Women’s UM Swimming and Diving Team MVP. A four year varsity letter winner, Amanda is the All-Time Record Holder in the three meter board. Amanda’s coaches attributed her excellence in diving to her work ethic, her dependability, and her courage in challenging herself to perform dives with a high degree of difficulty. Amanda Lohman was truly an asset to her team because of her competitive spirit and her commitment to her team.
     

     
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