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High School Seniors Equipped with Skills for Success in Future Endeavors

The start of summer means sunshine, swimming and vacations, but it’s also the time when recently-graduated seniors start to plan for the next steps along their academic and career paths.

Thanks to all of their hard work and dedication, BSD’s graduating class of 2017 is poised for success. In particular, three students have shown just how important a solid academic and athletic foundation is as they look forward to the next step in their path to success.

Opportunities Grow for BSD Students and Grads

While most look at the young people arriving at Burrell High School each day as students, Westmoreland County businesses see them a bit differently.

As potential employees.

And a coalition of educators, business leaders, and community advocates has decided it’s time to bridge the gap between those two realities.

Makerspace Library Making Hands-On Learning a Hit

High school students are embracing a creative take on learning, thanks to the new Makerspace library now available to all students and teachers in the building.

Makerspace is an interactive workshop to which all high school classrooms have access, much like a regular library. Whenever they see fit, teachers can sign out a class period for their students to visit the Makerspace library as a supplement to traditional lessons in a classroom setting.

High School Cross Country Team Has High Hopes for WPIAL Championship

With the WPIAL Championships just around the corner, the 18 members of the high school cross country team are putting in some serious work, running five days a week and logging up to 20 miles per week. And all that hard work has already started to pay off.

Tradition of Excellence Continues

As educators and coaches here at Burrell, we take great pride in the academic, athletic, and artistic achievements of our talented students. Continuing a tradition of excellence in diverse areas, we are pleased to be able to share with parents and the community the accomplishments of our students.


BHS Senior Earns Eastern Choral Honor

BSD Student Receives National Recognition

Emma Hough isn’t exactly one in a million.

But statistically speaking, she’s pretty close.

The Burrell High School senior was recently named a Commended Student as part of the 2016 National Merit Scholarship Program. She earned the distinction by scoring among the top 5 percent of more than 1.5 million students who took the 2014 Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test, making her eligible for scholarships from businesses and corporations that are affiliated with the program.

BHS Show Choir — Back by Popular Demand!

Kathy Grabigel spent more than 30 years performing, from community theater productions to one-woman shows, before having a son and taking on her most important role: working mom.

But she may saved her best performance for this past spring, when she stepped in to lead the Burrell High School show choir. In a matter of weeks, Grabigel guided a group of 26 students through four rehearsals that culminated with a rousing performance at the annual Alle-Kiski Show Choir Festival.

Senior Spotlight

On June 1, the Class of 2015 represented the 50th to graduate from Burrell High School. Among the 125 graduating seniors were students who excelled in academics, sports, the arts and other extracurricular pursuits. Here, we chat with two of those seniors about their experiences, memories and the lessons they’ll take with them.

Richelle DeBlasio

BHS Welcomes Dr. Cuccia and His Powerful Message

As Burrell High School principal, Dr. John Boylan is committed to providing every student in grades nine through 12 with the best education possible. As an educator, he knows that some of the most important lessons are learned outside a traditional classroom environment.

That’s why Boylan welcomed Dr. Gary Cuccia to the high school in February for an assembly about dating violence. Cuccia’s 16-year-old daughter, Demi Brae, was killed by her ex-boyfriend in 2007. Since then, Cuccia has worked to prevent similar tragedies through an educational organization he founded in his daughter’s memory.

The Reviews Are In!!! BHS’s ‘Grease’ A HIT!

Having directed musicals at Burrell High School for eight years, Martin Connolly finally decided it was time to stage “Grease.”

“Looking at the roster of kids, I got the feeling this would be a good year to do it,” Connolly says of the popular musical, set in the 1950s at fictional Rydell High School. “We had a lot of talent and kids who fit the roles.”

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