Congratulations to the Allegheny Valley School District's Alumni Hall of Fame 2019 Inductees:
Donald E. Grinder (attended 1968-1981) - Donald E. Grinder graduated from Springdale High School in 1981. He went on to attend Indiana University of Pennsylvania, graduating with a degree in Criminology in 1987. He began working with the Arlington County Police Department, advancing through the department and serving in many capacities from patrol officer to detective to Police Lieutenant, Special Operations. Grinder worked with the Department of Homeland Security, assisted the Secret Service in the protection of the President, provided services for the State Department to protect international dignitaries, and was invited to help arrange security preparation for the 2018 Seoul Winter Olympics. He was also a first responder to the Pentagon on 9-11 and helped to establish a group that created SWAT training schools. Grinder has been published numerous times in industry-specific publications and served as an instructor for the Arlington Citizens Police Academy. Through his writings and his teaching, he has inspired many people in public safety. Grinder was awarded medals for heroism and bravery in the line of duty, including the Medal of Valor, Meritorious Service, and Purple Heart from the Arlington Police Department. Grinder’s life has been dedicated to service in the local, national, and international communities.
Jeannine Hurley McCutcheon (attended 1971-1984) – Jeannine Hurley McCutcheon graduated from Springdale High School in 1984, honored as Salutatorian and May Queen. She went on to secure a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education from the University of Pittsburgh. McCutcheon was hired by the King George, Virginia then the Deer Lakes School District to begin a teaching career. Leaving the position to raise her family, McCutcheon continued her profession tutoring students in math and science and developed a focus on service to her community. She created a newsletter that reaches hundreds of individuals each week, providing readers with prayer and item requests, devotionals, and volunteer opportunities throughout the area. Homemade meals are made, money is donated, and numerous families in need have been supported. McCutcheon is also the co-founder and director of Fun and Feedom Youth Sports Springdale Day Camp, a multi-sport Christian Day Camp for area students, involving over 150 campers and 100 volunteers each summer. In addition, she hosts breakfast each month in her home for 30-50 high school students for conversation and fellowship. She has been recognized for her community service activities by the Lions’ Club, the Allegheny Valley School District, and the United States Marines. McCutcheon demonstrates love through acts of service.
Emilio Saldari (attended 1940-1943) - Emilio Saldari attended Springdale High School and was drafted to serve in WWII in 1943. He was dispatched to France, traveling to the Ardennes Forest and the Rhineland, and fought in four major battles, including the Battle of the Bulge. Upon being honorably discharged, he returned home to Harwick, working at Edgewater Steel and the Harmar and Harwick mines. Saldari was never content to just be another employee. He took a leadership role with his endeavers, working as a representative with the United Mine Workers Union and serving as President of the Local 4426, fighting for benefits for miners and their families. He has also volunteered with the Springdale Township Volunteer Fire Department, Little League, and Our Lady of Victory Church. He has dedictated his life to help others. For his service, Saldari has been honored with four Bronze Stars, campaign medals, and - at the age of 90 - the Chevalier Award from the French Government, making him the equivilant of a British Knight. Saldari has served his country, community, and profession with dedication and, above all, kindness.
® 2016 Allegheny Valley SD, all rights reserved.