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By The The Tribune-Review
Sunday, April 13, 2008
 


From the president

Today we look beyond the troubles often reported by Trib Total Media's newspapers and Web sites. Instead, we look to Western Pennsylvania and focus on the achievements of our youth.

The dedication of these youngsters to academics, community service and extracurricular activities is unfailing. Their youthful energies seem endless. Within these pages are some of the best, the brightest and the most giving group of individuals Western Pennsylvania has to offer.

The North Hills News Record launched the Outstanding Young Citizen Awards 16 years ago in the North Hills of Pittsburgh. Over the years, Trib Total Media has expanded the program and introduced it into the east, south and west suburbs, along with Tarentum and Greensburg. It has been very well received.

We are proud to have the opportunity to give these students the recognition they deserve.

We have in the past honored those who went on to become doctors, teachers, entrepreneurs and scores of other notable roles in the community. We expect no less to come from this fine group of people.

I would also like to congratulate the many parents, teachers, coaches and mentors who have helped guide these young people and contributed to their successes.

Those adults are often unrecognized for the many hours of loving assistance they have invested. We salute you and thank them for guaranteeing all of us a better tomorrow by encouraging the development of our youth.

Our Outstanding Young Citizens will all be honored at a banquet. The event promises to be a success.

Finally, I would like to extend my thanks to you, the reader. Without you, none of this would be possible. And I ask that if you know of any of those highlighted here, you would please take a moment to congratulate them for setting an example and working hard to ensure our future.

We believe that the treasured young citizens we honor today will be the lights of the world tomorrow.

Ralph Martin President & C.E.O. Tribune-Review Publishing Co. -- Westminster Holdings, Inc.


East

Keynote speaker

Paul Alexander brings over 20 years of experience covering Pittsburgh sports. He serves as a reporter and anchor covering local sports for FSN including the Pittsburgh Pirates, Penguins and Steelers. Alexander also covers athletic contests and programming from the University of Pittsburgh, West Virginia, and the WPIAL. He started his career as reporter for WTAJ in Altoona where he was the recipient of numerous awards including Best Media Market Sportscast and AP Spot News Award. After 15 years with WTAJ in Altoona, he moved to KDKA TV and Radio in 1998, serving as the morning anchor before moving to the sports department in 2001. Alexander is a graduate of Penn State University where he majored in Broadcast Journalism. He resides in Monroeville with his wife Susan and three children Taylor, Kendall and Sam.

Judges

David Soltesz , a lifelong resident of Pittsburgh, attended the University of Pittsburgh and is in his 10th year with the Pittsburgh Penguins organization. He is currently vice president of sales and marketing and oversees the operations of the corporate sales, ticketing, marketing and game entertainment departments. He also is the chief marketing officer representing the club in meetings held to determine NHL marketing initiatives. Soltesz was an original "Pittsburgh Founding Champion," former president and founding member of the Western Pennsylvania Youth Basketball Association. He sits on the Advisory Board for the Tickets for Kids Foundation and created Penguins University in conjunction with Rick Winter, dean of Katz Graduate School of Business. He resides in the eastern suburbs with his wife Rosemary. They have three children and six grandchildren.

Ben Elisco is founder, agency principal and CEO of Elisco Advertising.

He has been in advertising for 40 years, working mostly as a writer and creative director. Elisco has worked on national, regional and local accounts including Trib Total Media, ALCOA, PPG, USX, H.J. Heinz, Sears, Westinghouse, Ryobi Power Tools, Respironics, Kennywood, Idlewild, AmeriServ Financial and Conemaugh Health System. He has won advertising awards in TV, radio, outdoor, print ads, direct mail and corporate videos. He has written fiction and TV sitcoms. Elisco is a graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania and lives in Murrysville with his wife, Mary Ann.

Sherri Bett is the Director of Admissions at Seton Hill University. She graduated from Marshall University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Studies. Sherri decided to further her education at the University of Maryland where she received an MBA. She has worked for a higher education institution in the Office of Admissions for more than 10 years.

Sheri has worked for a variety of institutions such as: Mountain State University, Argosy University, University of Maryland, Penn State, and now Seton Hill University. Working in the Admissions office is very rewarding to Sherri because she is able to watch students come into college as young freshmen and watch them grow and mature over the next four years. The most rewarding moment for Sherri is watching those students walk across the stage at graduation and knowing that she played a role in helping them reach their goal of graduating from college.

Students

To view the individual pages of the Outstanding Young Citizen Awards in alphabetical order by last name in Acrobat .PDF format, click on the images below.

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Tarentum

Keynote speaker

Keynote speaker Longtime viewers of WTAE-TV Channel 4 Action News are undoubtedly familiar with the name Sally Wiggin . For 24 years, she has been at the station. She started as a reporter and became the anchor of the 6 and 11 p.m. weeknight newscasts. Now, she can be seen on the noon and 6 p.m. shows. Born in Kalamazoo, Mich., she graduated from the University of Alabama with a bachelor of arts degree, and the University of Michigan, where she received a master's degree in Asian studies. An avid animal lover, she has two dogs and a horse. She enjoys golfing, skiing and trap and skeet shooting. Judges Allan Walzak is the president of the StrongLand Chamber of Commerce and the StrongLand Foundation as well as executive director of Kiski Valley Enterprises, a state-sanctioned industrial development corporation. The StrongLand Chamber services more than 400 members in 17 municipalities, which comprise the northern Westmoreland and southern Armstrong County areas of the Alle-Kiski region.

Judges

Allan Walzak is the president of the StrongLand Chamber of Commerce and the StrongLand Foundation as well as executive director of Kiski Valley Enterprises, a state-sanctioned industrial development corporation. The StrongLand Chamber services more than 400 members in 17 municipalities, which comprise the northern Westmoreland and southern Armstrong County areas of the Alle-Kiski region.

Patricia Brady joined Penn State New Kensington in 1979 and has held a variety of positions within the university -- admissions officer, academic advisor, marketing director and English faculty member. In July 2000, she was appointed as the director of Enrollment Management and oversees the daily operations of both the admissions and financial aid offices. Some of her community work includes serving on StrongLand Chamber of Commerce's education committee and as an elder and mission team member for Cross Roads Community Presbyterian Church in Leechburg. In her spare time, she likes to play tennis, jog and cook. She and her husband, Neill, have three daughters -- Sarah, Claire and Anne.

Michael Thomas is president of Thomas Tours Inc., which is located at the Giant Eagle Plaza in New Kensington. He is on the board of directors for the StrongLand Chamber of Commerce and is a member of the Lower Burrell Rotary. He is married and the father of two teenage daughters. His interests include travel, hunting, fishing, gardening and cheering on the Penguins.

Students

To view the individual pages of the Outstanding Young Citizen Awards in alphabetical order by last name in Acrobat .PDF format, click on the images below.

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South/West

Keynote speaker

Erin Kienzle is the newest member of the Weather Watch 4 team of meteorologists. She joined WTAE-TV Channel 4 in June 2006, moving to the Pittsburgh area from Charleston, S.C. Although Erin loves the daily challenge of forecasting and meeting new people in the community, her proudest achievement to date was covering hurricane Isabel as it slammed into the coast of North Carolina.

Judges

Bill Grattan has been affiliated with the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Pittsburgh for 30 years. He initially became involved with the charity as a founding member of the Board of Directors in 1977. Grattan became executive director of Ronald McDonald House Charities in 1994 upon the completion of the second house. A native of Pittsburgh, he is a graduate of Duquesne University with a B.S. in Business Administration. He and his wife, Janice, reside in Bethel Park.

John Elisco is the managing partner of Elisco Advertising, one of the region's most unique ad agencies. Elisco's Creative Cafe is a prime example. Housed in a restaurant-like storefront in the heart of avant garde Lawrenceville, the Creative Cafe has become a hub for all forms of creativity. Clients can count on being served fresh ideas daily and lunch once a week. During his career, John has worked as both an account manager and writerl.

A 36-year veteran with AXA Advisors and the Equitable, Tom Duddy began his career in April 1971. Prior to that he served with the U.S. Marine Corps from 1966-1968 and then graduated from Robert Morris College. He has served on the Boards of two United Way agencies -- Three Rivers Youth and currently the Greater Pittsburgh Council -- Boy Scouts of America. Tom and his wife Debi reside in Sewickley Heights with their son, Connor.

Students

To view the individual pages of the Outstanding Young Citizen Awards in alphabetical order by last name in Acrobat .PDF format, click on the images below.

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North

Keynote speaker

Frank Coonelly was introduced as President of the Pittsburgh Pirates on Sept. 13 and is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the organization. Previously he served as Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Labor in the Office of the Commissioner of Baseball, where he negotiated and administered collective bargaining agreements with the Major League Baseball Players Association and the World Umpires Association. Frank led a staff of attorneys who represented the Commissioner and the 30 clubs in the litigation and arbitration of labor disputes. Prior to joining the Commissioner's Office, Frank practiced as a Partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius. A large part of Frank's practice consisted of the representation of Major League Baseball as outside counsel. Frank and his wife Debbie have four children -- Erin, Tara, Kelley and Kyle.

Judges

Kitty Julian is director of marketing for Carnegie Museums of Art & Natural History, where she oversees efforts to encourage museum attendance, including advertising, public relations and special promotions. Before joining the Carnegie Museums staff in 2005, she served as PR officer for the Wilkinsburg School District, home to many Outstanding Young Citizens. She also was an advertising and media relations consultant to the Retirement Fund for Religious, the largest collection annually conducted by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, which funds health care and housing for elderly religious people. She previously worked for The Pittsburgh Zoo, and as communications director for The Pittsburgh Foundation. She and her husband, John Riegert, an artist, and her daughter, Fiona, live in Lawrenceville, where they are restoring an old house.

Marsha Gavula joined Stern Advertising in 1989. As Vice President, Group Media Director of the Pittsburgh office, she is responsible for the planning and supervision of media for all Pittsburgh office clients.

As the Director of McDonald's Media Service, she is responsible for the supervision of all of the media purchased for McDonald's by the Agency and also serves as the Agency's representative to the Corporate McDonald's Media Directors Forum. Marsha has over 20 years experience in buying/planning for local and national retail accounts. Prior to joining Stern Advertising, Marsha was the Senior Media Planner/Buyer at another Pittsburgh agency where she was responsible for accounts such as Sears, Servistar, Kennywood, Arby's and Long John Silver's in markets throughout the Northeast and Midwest.

Mary Ann Heneroty has served as the CEO of the Catholic Youth Association of Pittsburgh for the past four years. Prior to that she was the Association's controller. Previous accounting positions were with Elizabeth Seton Center, the Myasthenia Gravis Association, the Spina Bifida Association and Sisters Place. She received a Bachelor's Degree in Social Services from Marywood University and a master's degree in Public Administration from the University of Pittsburgh. She has been married to Michael Heneroty for 30 years and has two grown children, Kate and Tim. Mary Ann serves as the President of both the St. Joseph Church pastoral Council and the Pittsburgh chapter of the Marywood University Alumni Association. She is also a volunteer for the United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania serving as the chairperson of an allocation review committee.

Students

To view the individual pages of the Outstanding Young Citizen Awards in alphabetical order by last name in Acrobat .PDF format, click on the images below.

APRIL 13, 2008
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Westmoreland

Keynote speaker

Paul Alexander brings over 20 years of experience covering Pittsburgh sports.

He serves as a reporter and anchor covering local sports for FSN including the Pittsburgh Pirates, Penguins and Steelers. Alexander also covers athletic contests and programming from the University of Pittsburgh, West Virginia and the WPIAL.

He started his career as reporter for WTAJ in Altoona where he was the recipient of numerous awards including Best Media Market Sportscast and AP Spot News Award.

After 15 years with WTAJ in Altoona, he moved to KDKA-TV and Radio in 1998, serving as the morning anchor before moving to the sports department in 2001. Alexander is a graduate of Penn State University where he majored in Broadcast Journalism.

He resides in Monroeville with his wife Susan and three children Taylor, Kendall and Sam.

Judges

Sandra Heymann , SCMD received her BA degree in Speech Communication, Human Relations from the University of Kansas and embarked on her shopping center career in 1987.

Before her latest career advancement dropped her luggage off in Pittsburgh, she served as ICSC Kentucky State Director from 2001 to 2004.

She is a member of the Kentucky/Tennessee Idea Exchange Committee and has been a past instructor, round-table leader, panelist and moderator for many ICSC programs, including the 2007 Fall Conference.

This MAXI and Merit Award Winner earned her CMD designation in 1997 and obtained her Senior Level Designation (SCMD) in 2000. She served as a training assistant to Dr. Phil McGraw from 1989-1993, and sits on various boards for the arts, The Citizen Police Academy and Medical Society for non-medical professionals.

Sandy is now the Regional Marketing Director of the Pittsburgh Region at CBL and Associates Properties, Inc., where she manages 11 marketing teams and malls.

She has also become the CBL Pittsburgh Regional office's resident fashion guru. Her team openly admits to looking better every day and agrees fashion must be her second mission in life, right behind keeping all of their retailers in the black.

Basic Black. Preferably with pearls, thank you very much.

As delightful punctuation to her fast-paced career, Sandy happily confesses that she is also proficient juggling ... somehow managing to find the time to raise three wonderful children.

Wendy Mackall is the Director of Media Relations and Community Affairs at the University of Pittsburgh. She graduated from the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg in 1992 with a degree in English Writing. Before accepting her current position at the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg, she worked for 12 years in print journalism, including almost 10 years at the Tribune-Review in Greensburg.

Justin R. Meyer is the Director of Operations and Donor Development for The Western Pennsylvania Hospital-Forbes Regional Campus, Health Foundation. Meyer's focus at the Foundation is on improving the quality of healthcare for Allegheny and Westmoreland County residents through philanthropy. Prior to joining Forbes Regional Hospital, Meyer was the Director of Program Resources and Development for the American Red Cross, Westmoreland County Chapter. He is also a Rotary member and an active member of the Owensdale United Methodist Church. Meyer resides in Scottdale with his wife Miranda.

Students

To view the individual pages of the Outstanding Young Citizen Awards in alphabetical order by last name in Acrobat .PDF format, click on the images below.

MAY 11, 2008
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