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Mt. Lebanon High School
2009 GREAT ALUMNI AWARDS

The Great Alumni Award developed from a project generated by the Mt. Lebanon High School Student Council in 2004 as an extension of the former Distinguished Alumni Award Program. Administrators, faculty, students, and alumni serve on the selection committee. The recipients of the Great Alumni Award are selected based on exceptional work in at least one of the following areas: improvement in the lives of others; involvement in community service; or achievement in a professional field.


WILLIAM CRITSER
            CLASS OF 1946
Over the past five decades, Bill Critser has shared his passion for music with hundreds, if not thousands, of Mt. Lebanon’s finest woodwind, piano and guitar students. In addition to teaching private lessons at his Royce Avenue music studio, Critser has provided countless volunteer hours supporting bands and orchestras at both the Senior High and Middle School levels, as well as with the South Hills Junior Orchestra, where he has been an associate conductor for twenty-four years.   The last two movements of his “North Star Suite” were performed by the Mt. Lebanon High School Orchestra at the “Music for All” National Festival in Indianapolis in March 2009. 

DEBRA LON FITZGERALD          CLASS OF 1982
Debra Fitzgerald is a CPA and Ernst & Young’s Pacific Southwest Advisory Managing Partner.  She leads a practice of 300 professionals, providing Fortune 1000 companies Advisory Services focused on risk and business performance.   A four year letter winner and senior captain for Mt. Lebanon Cross Country and Track, Fitzgerald was on the 1982 WPIAL Spring Track Championship Team and a three time winner of the Molleneur award.   A strong supporter of Mt. Lebanon girls’ cross country and track for over twenty years, Fitzgerald in 2006 established the Coach Schreiner and Coach Wentzel Awards, given to a girl each season who demonstrates positive attitude, hard work and a strong commitment to the team.   

MAJOR CHRISTOPHER D. MARCHETTI               CLASS OF 1995
Major Christopher D. Marchetti is a veteran of three consecutive combat tours in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF), and is a recipient of the Military’s Bronze Star Medal.  Currently serving as a military strategist at the Pentagon, Major Marchetti was one of four Army Officers awarded a scholarship to attend the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, earning a M.S. in Public Administration in 2009.  He was instrumental in the planning and execution of over one hundred U.S. military strikes.  On his third tour of duty in Iraq, Major Marchetti returned home with 100% of his 150-soldier company. Today, he counsels local young men and women who want to pursue a military career.  

SUSAN FLEMING MORGANS         CLASS OF 1965
Susan Fleming Morgans is a life-long resident of Mt. Lebanon.  She taught English and journalism at Mt. Lebanon High School for five years prior to taking a maternity leave and eventually returning to her first love, journalism.  Since 1997, Morgans has been Mt. Lebanon’s Public Information Officer, and in that capacity, serves as the editor-in-chief of Mt. Lebanon magazine, is a member of Mt. Lebanon Municipality’s senior administrative staff and is responsible for all municipal publications, special events, community and media relations, the municipal web site, cable channels and the new LeboAlert notification system.  She is the winner of seven Golden Quill Awards for journalistic excellence from the Press Club of Western Pennsylvania and has won numerous other awards. 


COMMANDER ROBERT  E. SMITH, USN       CLASS OF 1984
U.S. Navy Commander Robert Emmett Smith, U. S. Navy, is one of two recipients of the 2008 Vice Admiral James Bond Stockdale Award for Inspirational Leadership. Commander Smith was recognized for his time in command of SEAL Team TWO and is the first Navy SEAL to receive this recognition.  While attending Mount Lebanon, Commander Smith was team captain for both football and wrestling and a member of the 1983 WPIAL football championship team.  A 1989 graduate of the Naval Academy, Commander Smith has received numerous personal and unit awards for his deployments to Afghanistan, Iraq, and Africa in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom.  

DR. DONALD W. STECHSCHULTE, JR.                     CLASS OF 1964
Don Stechschulte has been the medical director of the Student Health Service and an Adjunct Professor at Bucknell University in Lewisburg, PA since 1992.   The Bucknellian “Person of the Year” in 2008 in recognition of his contributions to the campus community, Dr. Stechschulte has traveled to Nicaragua with the “Bucknell Brigade” 22 times since Hurricane Mitch displaced thousands of families in 1998, helping to build two clinics and treat thousands of patients.  He has received numerous awards for his volunteer work.  Prior to moving to Lewisburg, Dr. Stechschulte practiced Family Medicine in Mt. Lebanon for ten years.  As the Medical Director at Bucknell, he has continued to interface with Mt. Lebanon High School graduates who attend Bucknell. 

DR. ANN M. VALENTINE                                             CLASS OF 1989
Ann Valentine is an associate professor of inorganic and biophysical chemistry at Yale University.  Her research explores the use of metals in nature and the development of potential titanium-based anticancer drugs.  She was awarded the American Chemical Society Dreyfus Lectureship Award in 2007 and the Saltman Award for Metals in Biology in 2009.  A varsity swimmer while at Mt. Lebanon, Valentine was a four year varsity swimmer at the University of Virginia where she was an Echols Scholar and member of Phi Beta Kappa.  She received her Ph.D. in Chemistry from M.I.T.  Valentine credits her high school biology teacher, Ada Margaret Hutchinson, with encouraging her love for science.

HAROLD H. WILSON, Jr.                                              CLASS OF 1947
Hal “Brooms” Wilson has been an avid sports historian for more than six decades. His strongest interests include scholastic and collegiate athletics, the Olympic Games, and world soccer. His collections of programs, tickets, pins, mascots, related books, and other items are among the finest in the world. Wilson has attended twelve Olympics including the U.S., Canada, Europe, the Far East and Australia. His collections will eventually become part of the Special Collections at the Paterno Library at Penn State. Wilson was a medalist on Mt. Lebanon’s 1946 WPIAL champion cross country team. He was also part of the gold-medal four man Mile Team Race champions at the 1947 WPIAL Relays. Wilson has been a devoted fan and supporter of Mt. Lebanon High School athletics for 70 years.

 


 

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