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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.”

BSD’s Meghan Nese Earns Prestigious Award

When students, faculty and administrators gathered for an assembly on Jan. 14 in the high school gymnasium, ninth-grade English teacher Meghan Nese wasn’t entirely certain why they were there. Noting the presence of Pennsylvania’s acting Secretary of Education, school board members and even Lower Burrell Mayor Donald Kinosz, Nese suspected only that the school was about to be recognized for excellence.

“I thought we were getting some kind of grant,” she says.

3-D Modeling Debuts at BHS

Great ideas are taking shape in Ron Zanella’s Engineering courses, thanks to the recent addition of two new 3-D printers acquired as a result of a $6,000 EITC grant.

The new 3-D modeling technology interfaces with the school’s CADD software, Autodesk Inventor, to produce actual small scale 3-D models from ABS plastic materials, the same plastic used in the construction of LEGOS.  “I wanted my Engineering classes to be able to actually begin creating the things that they were drawing,” says Mr. Zanella.  “This is what the engineering and manufacturing industries are turning towards, and now Burrell students can experience it as part of their high school curriculum.”

Volunteer Profile: Father Meletios Zafaran

Many of the enrichment opportunities and extracurricular programs at Burrell would not be possible without an actively engaged network of caring parents and community volunteers.  Father Meletios Zafaran is a shining example of how district volunteers selflessly dedicate their time and talents to expand learning opportunities at Burrell.

Senior Portfolios Go Digital

On May 28th and 29th, Burrell seniors presented their portfolios to family, friends, and the community just as their predecessors have done for the past several years, with one very notable difference – there wasn’t a binder in the bunch.

The Class of 2013 was the first group of Burrell seniors to present a totally digital portfolio as their graduation requirement.  All future portfolios in the Burrell School District will be digital as well.

Burrell Introduces “Pathways to Success” program

If the spiraling cost of higher education and record levels of student loan debt aren’t enough to concern today’s high school students and their parents, here are some other facts to consider: The most popular major for college freshmen is “Undeclared.” Nearly 40 percent of college freshman do not complete their FIRST year, and half of college grads take 6 years to complete a 4-year degree.

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