Perk Valley School Board honors Retirees and Music Students

The following is a press release from the Perkiomen Valley School Board

COLLEGEVILLE – The Perkiomen Valley School Board honored retiring employees during a reception and as part of the regular business meeting held on June 10. Those in attendance were thanked for their years of service and commitment to the district. The employees included:

• Deborah Dugan, third-grade teacher at Skippack Elementary School

• Joanne Keith, part-time food service assistant at Perkiomen Valley High School

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• Sandi Kreidler, special education secretary at District Office

• Sharon Kurylo, instructional paraprofessional at Evergreen Elementary School

• Kathy Lepore, first-grade teacher at Skippack Elementary School

• Gerald Long, custodian at Perkiomen Valley Middle School East

• Ruth Macoviak, secretary at Perkiomen Valley Middle School East

• Barbara Martin, instructional paraprofessional at Perkiomen Valley Middle School West

• Richard Maxwell, biology teacher at Perkiomen Valley High School

• Maria Monopoli, part-time food service assistant at Perkiomen Valley High School

• Mary Ellen Mooney, special education teacher at Perkiomen Valley Middle School West

• Diane Raspen, gifted teacher at Evergreen Elementary School

• Linda Suhl, Spanish teacher at Perkiomen Valley High School

• Pamela Walsh, math teacher at Perkiomen Valley High School

The Board also recognized Perkiomen Valley High School students who represented the district at a number of different levels at Pennsylvania Music Educators Association (PMEA) festivals this year. Students must be selected to participate in these events through a rigorous audition process that involves competing against students from other high schools in our area for a limited number of spots. The students included:

• Benjamin Basalik, who was selected for the district, regional and all-state band. He placed first out of all the tuba players representing the six regions in our state in the all-state festival. Benjamin also went on to be selected for the All-Eastern Orchestra festival, which took place in Connecticut. He was one of 12 students to be selected from Pennsylvania for this event. Overall, Benjamin has auditioned and been accepted into more PMEA festivals than any other PV student in the last 20 years.

• Sarah Fonda, who was selected for the district and regional bands

• Marissa Kerbel, who was selected for the district and regional chorus

• Victoria Lang, who was selected for district and regional chorus

• Tyler Lohr, who was selected for district chorus

• Lillian Swei, who was selected for district and regional orchestra

• David Wang, who was selected for district orchestra

• Danielle Wynne, who was selected for district and regional chorus