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Halls of fame taking 26 members

The Upper St. Clair School District will induct 26 members to its three halls of fame in a public ceremony this afternoon.

Those names make a total of about 120 people honored by the district for their academic, athletic and arts achievements.

“It’s almost like a three-step process: that they’ve been an outstanding person during their high school years, during college and during their formative years,” said Joe DeMar, assistant principal of Upper St. Clair High School and chair of the Hall of Fame Steering Committee.

The district has three separate halls of fame, all with displays in their respective arts, athletic or academic wings of the high school, DeMar said.

It’s just the fourth year for the halls, and district officials are making up for some 35 years of achievements, DeMar said. While about 30 people have been inducted each of the last three years, the district is likely to restrict that to about five a year in upcoming years, DeMar said.

Candidates are nominated through forms published in USC Today, the township’s quarterly magazine. The nominees then are discussed by subcommittees, which ultimately choose the inductees.

Among the inductees are William A. Pope, the district’s superintendent from 1989 through last year, and William D. Froehlich, a writer, producer or director of 11 TV movies, five feature films and several TV episodes over 27 years.

The event at the high school starts with a reception at 3 p.m., followed by a 4 p.m. ceremony in the school theater. At 6:50 p.m., the inductees will be paired with cheerleaders who will lead them to the high school stadium to be announced before the crowd gathered for the football game.

Upper St. Clair’s new superintendent, James Lombardo, said the halls of fame can act as inspiration to today’s students.

“Certainly, one of the hopes is not only to inspire but to reflect on the fact that our students and community members go on to do many wonderful things, in not only their lives, but for the betterment of the world in many areas,” Lombardo said.


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