Pat Vernon

  “Over the years, I taught many wonderful, smart and good kids.”   In his 35 years in technology education—34 of those at

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2024 Maroon and Gray Celebration Pat Vernon

In his 35 years in technology education—34 of those at State High—Pat Vernon has seen and taught through a lot of changes, as you’d imagine. “There certai

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2024 Maroon and Grey Celebration Lynne Sanders

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In her 38 years in education—31 of them in SCASD—Lynne Sanders was a classroom teacher, a reading specialist, and a principal, and helped to start an award-winning internship program for student teachers. “I loved working in the school district,” Lynne said. “And I guess you could say I had longevity.”  After teach

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2024 Maroon and Grey Celebration Loretta “Laurie” Jeffreys

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As a parent of children and grandchildren who went through the State College Area Schools, with a decade of service on the school board and a decade in the classroom as a teacher, Loretta “Laurie” Jeffreys says she was proud to be a part of this excellent school district. The Jeffreys moved to State College in 1965, but Lau

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Maroon and Gray Celebration 2024 Leah Mueller ’08 & Jared Yarnall-Schane

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In the heart of State College, Leah Mueller and Jared Yarnall-Schane are carrying on the 65-year legacy of performing arts education at their studio on Pugh Street, which they purchased in 2022. Their journey highlights their shared aspirations and a commitment to nurturing young talent through the vibrant world of musical theater.

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Maroon and Gray Celebration Charles “Doc” Loviscky

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Charles “Doc” Loviscky grew up in Greenville, a small town in western Pennsylvania. After graduating from high school, he attended Thiel College where he met his wife of 57 years, Barbara. He earned a degree in Business Administration with a minor in Education while working 20 hours per week. Doc earned an M.A. in Sociology and D.

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Maroon and Gray Celebration Katie Gallagher (1986-2022)

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Katie Gallagher, an artist at heart and a designer by profession, bloomed from her central Pennsylvania roots to make a bold statement in the world of fashion. Her journey, tragically cut short, left behind a legacy that continues to inspire. Born on August 15, 1986, in DuBois, Katie moved with her three sisters, Gwen, Lara and

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Maroon & Gray Society Class of 2024 Ginger Breon ’77

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Ginger Breon ’77 was the first in her family to go to college—a decision she made thanks to her favorite teacher who she said, “saw more in me than I saw in myself,” and set the course for her career. “Mr. Jim Williams inspired my love for accounting and the critical thinking needed to validate an entity's fiscal heal

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Maroon & Gray Society Class of 2024 Rick Bryant ’75

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Rick Bryant’s elementary and secondary education was entirely within the State College Area School District. “I went to Radio Park Elementary and Park Forest Junior High when both schools were brand new. When I was in the 8th grade my class was one of those that got to experience split sessions. Westerly Parkway Jr. High students w

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Maroon & Gray Celebration Profile David Weintraub ’76

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David Weintraub ’76 said State College was a great place to grow up. “I still have close friends from 1st grade at Panorama Village Elementary School. And my teachers there were wonderful: Mrs. Guild, Mrs. Foster, Mrs., Breon, Mrs. Sunday, Mrs. Trostle,” he shared. “Of course, at the time, I had no idea what sacrific

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Maroon & Gray Society Class of 2024 Dean Phillips ’69

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Being part of the Maroon & Gray celebration is especially meaningful to Dean Phillips ’69 because of this year’s beneficiary: the Mental Health Matters Fund. He’s candid in sharing his mental health journey that began around the time he moved with his family from Pullman, Washington, to State College in 1964. “I was

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Maroon & Gray Society Class of 2024 James Bloom ’71

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James Bloom ’71 looks back fondly on his days at State High, but that doesn’t mean he’d do it all over again. “I made friends, enjoyed sports and clubs, and thoroughly treasured representing State High as the Little Lion mascot. Those good memories will linger for a lifetime,” he said. “So will memories of two teachers who

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How donors make a difference: The impact of fall 2023’s grant awards

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What kind of exciting things are happening this school year thanks to donor support for the Mardi Lowry McDonough ’87 Student Opportunity & Grant Fund? The fall awards cycle funded a wide range of requests that will, as always, impact students

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Donor-driven grant program making an impact on current and future students

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The Mardi Lowry McDonough ’87 Student Opportunity Fund & Grant Program has grown significantly since its first round of grant awards in the fall of 2018. The most recent awards this fall totaled more than $32,000 for 37 projects spanning every school in the district and impacting students in every grade. These grant awards were s

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How your donations are fueling a unique partnership critical to student mental health

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  The mental health and well-being of students continue to be a top priority in our schools and a top funding priority for the Education Foundation through the Mental Health Matters Fund. The district’s partnership with Penn State’s Herr Clinic is supported by this fund to fulfill a critical need: delivering direct, on

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Maroon & Gray Society Nominations are open for Class of 2024

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  Do you know of an exceptional alum, standout retired educator, or memorable team or student group worthy of induction into the Maroon & Gray Society? Let us know! Nominate a deserving honoree for 2024’s Maroon & Gray Society at 

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Mount Nittany Health Professional and Organizational Development Team Provides Educational Opportunity to State College Area High School Students

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  Mount Nittany Health is fortunate to have incredible departments who go above and beyond for patients, and who continually make a positive difference in the Centre County community. This past May, Clinical Educators Dwain Pegues, RN; Pam Timlin, RN; and Lindsay Reiter, RN, Professional and Organizational Development, tau

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Mount Nittany Health Provides Athletic Training to SCASD Student-Athletes

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Did you know Mount Nittany Health Orthopedics provides comprehensive athletic training support to SCASD? The athletic trainers are on-site every day to reduce the risk of injury for the athletes they serve, and when an injury does occur, they immediately assess, treat, and refer injuries for specialized care. After an injury, a

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Another generous round of grants benefit students

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The spring cycle of the Mardi Lowry McDonough ’87 fund awarded more than $28,000 for projects across the district, thanks to generous support from Education Foundation donors.

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Jane Snowdon ’77 talks matching gifts, the impact of donor support and her recent trip of a lifetime

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Jane Snowdon ’77 is a powerhouse in the field of health and human services. She was inducted into the SCASD Education Foundation’s Maroon & Gray Society as part of the 2020 class (at the 2022 celebration) and she is a strong supporter of the organization. Recently Jane made a generous contribution to the Mardi Lowry McDonough �

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