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  • TULPEHOCKEN TIMESTULPEHOCKEN ACADEMIC ALUMNI HALL OF FAME

    The Tulpehocken Academic Alumni Hall of Fame began with the 2012-2013 school year. The goal of creating the Tulpehocken Academic Alumni Hall of Fame is to recognize successful former students, who have contributed to their profession and community while practicing character qualities such as perseverance, self-discipline, curiosity, honesty, responsibility, etc. This serves as an example for current students and former graduates as well as all of the community.

    The ultimate honor to be bestowed upon a Tulpehocken Area School District graduate shall be induction into the Tulpehocken Academic Alumni Hall of Fame. These individuals will have achieved extraordinary accomplishments and/or excellence in their chosen profession.

    The awards were presented during homecoming week at the Tulpehocken Academic Hall of Fame Banquet. A large and diversified group of people became aware of good character. Students saw how successful one can be if the principles that are taught in the Tulpehocken School District are practiced. Although rewards are public recog-nition, self-satisfaction is the true reward. A plaque will be displayed in a high traffic area for students and commu-nity members to see frequently.

    A banquet was held in the High School on Thursday, October 4, 2012 to honor the inductees. Each inductee was able to share with the audience their successes and what role Tulpehocken High played in their lives. All those pres-ent shared in the great honor of the newly formed Hall of Fame. On Friday, October 5, 2012 the inductees had a tour of the facilities and then were able to share their experiences with the Junior and Seniors of the High school.

    DAvID S. DEgLErMr. Degler was a Bernville resident

    until high school graduation Tulpe-hocken Class of 1977.

    He received his BS degree Aerospace Engineering, Penn State 1981. Graduate physics study at Utah State 1985.

    He then began his career in north-ern Utah in June of 1981 working for Thiokol Corporation. He was the Manufacturing engineer for the Space Shuttle Program from 1981-1983 and Manufacturing engineer for Peacekeeper and Trident Missile programs from 1984-1985.

    He then moved to Newark, Delaware and then Elkton, Maryland to work for Thiokol (Elkton Division) from 1985-1989. He worked as a ballistics and thermal analyst on many space and military rocket motor programs, including missile defense.

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    Dr. ALISA MUNIz CrIMDr. Alisa Muiz Crim graduated from

    Tulpehocken High School in 1992. Dr. Muiz Crim was awarded the Bausch and Lomb Science Award scholarship in her senior year of high school to attend the University of Rochester.

    Dr. Muiz Crim was a cum laude gradu-ate with a double major in the Bachelor of Arts Program at the University of Roch-ester in 1996 in Biology and Psychology. She studied abroad at the University of London, England in 1995 and worked at The Priory Hospital in London during that same time. Alisa received the Academic All-American Field Hockey Award at the University of Rochester in the years 1995 and 1996 and was a varsity field hockey player during her sophomore through senior years. She was also named the Panhellenic Academic Woman of the Year in 1996 and was the Scholarship Chair for Phi Sigma Sigma in 1994-1995.

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    FrANCIS g. gErbErICH, PH.D.Dr. Gerberich graduated from Tulpe-

    hocken High School as a member of the Class of 1967.

    After attending one year at Delaware Valley College, he transferred to Lehigh University where he received a BS (Bach-elor of Science) and PhD (Doctorate of Philosophy) degrees in chemistry.

    He was subsequently appointed as a Post-Doctoral Research Associate in an internationally known research group at the University of Georgia.

    In 1979 he joined Monsanto Company as a Senior Research Associate at their world headquarters in St. Louis where he progressed in his career to Research Specialist, Research Manager, Director, and Vice President. During his 28 years at Monsanto/Solutia, he led international research and development, and new busi-ness development groups within several business units. Many of the technolo-

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    TULPy WELCOMES NEW STAFF!

    Left to Right: Derek Herr JSHS Emotional Support Brittany Lear Bethel Long Term Substitute for Second Grade Diane Bidelspach JSHS Autistic Support Victoria Schifalacqua JSHS Long Term Substitute for Emotional Support Heath Grogg Bethel Long Term Substitute for Third Grade Heather Stoy Bethel Long Term Substitute for Fifth Grade Absent from the Picture: Stephanie Erb PennBernville Nurses Assistant Katie Johnson JH Long Term Substitue for English

    Mr. Degler (continued)He relocated to Huntsville Alabama

    from 1989-1992, still working for Thiokol (Huntsville Division). He worked on Patriot and Hellfire missile programs and large solid rocket motors for launch ve-hicles (Delta and Atlas). He moved back to Utah briefly from 1992 - 1993 when the Huntsville Division closed.

    He moved to Pittsfield, Massachusetts from 1993-1996 to work for a Lockheed Martin research division. He performed analyses and testing of gas generators (air bag inflators) and 155mm artillery.

    He then moved to Princeton, NJ in 1996 to work on Lockheed Martin spacecraft thermal control systems, and then relo-cated with the company to their present site near Newtown, PA 1997 to present. Current satellite projects include GPS navigation, GOES weather, commercial television and broadband communica-tions, military communications, and components for various missions includ-ing Mars exploration. Mr. Degler is also a Certified skydiver and general aviation pilot.

    Alisa J. Muniz Crim (continued)Alisa received her medical degree at

    Georgetown University School of Medicine in Washington D.C. in 2001. She took a one-year leave in 1999-2000 to learn Span-ish and participated in medical missions throughout Central/South America, Asia, and Africa. Dr. Muiz Crim was the co-chair of the Georgetown University Ameri-can Medical Womens Association from 1997-1998 and received a grant through the American Medical Students Association to travel on a medical mission to Morocco in 1998. Dr. Muiz Crim completed her Pedi-atric Residency at Tufts Medical Center in 2004 and a fellowship in Pediatric Gastroen-terology at Massachusetts General Hospital in 2007, both in Boston, MA. She also completed a masters degree in Clinical Re-search at the Institute for Clinical Research and Health Policy Studies at the Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences at Tufts University in Boston, MA in 2007.

    Dr. Muiz Crim served as an Assistant Professor in Pediatrics at Massachusetts General Hospital for Children / Harvard Medical School, from 2007-2008. Dr. Mu-iz Crim is board certified in both General Pediatrics and Pediatric Gastroenterology. She currently resides with her husband and four children, ages 6 months to 6 years, in Miami, Florida where she practices Pediatric Gastroenterology at Miami Childrens Hos-pital. Dr. Muiz Crim dedicates this award tonight in loving memory of her father and biggest fan, Edward Crim.

    Francis g. gerberich (continued)gies and new products that were devel-oped and introduced under his leader-ship are still being used today. He led the technical development of a higher performing, higher quality, and lower cost safety glass interlayer that remains the world leading technology today. It is more familiar to you as the safety com-ponent in the windshield of your car.

    He was a member of the worldwide business leadership team responsible for the interlayer business having annual sales of $900 M (million).

    Frank retired from Solutia in 2007 to pursue his entrepreneurial spirit. He joined several of his business colleagues in starting a new business to recover and recycle carbon black and other products from tire shreds. Frank is currently pursuing his interest in education as a Visiting Lecturer in Chemistry at West-ern New England University.

    We Look Forward

    to Seeing the 2013 Hall of Fame

    Inductees!

    Welcometo the

    Hall of Fame!

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    SUPERINTENDENTS CORNERGreetings,The 2012-2013 school year is off to a great start. The staff was prepared by giving

    many hours of preparation time during the summer; especially during the last few weeks of the summer. The custodial staff once again did a remarkable job having the buildings cleaned and polished, and the office personnel were prepared with their work as well. This year we had some changes in two key areas. Wendy Fisher, in addition to her duties as the Administrative Assistant at Bethel Elementary, also assumed the duties as the Transportation Coordinator. She has done a remarkable job with this additional

    responsibility. The first few days went without any glitches due to her hard work and extra efforts. Tina Klopp has also taken on a new role as the Food Service Coordinator. She too has been very successful in this new role. Both these ladies were a tremendous asset to the success of the new school term. This year we are faced with many challenges; and one of those challenges is the Special Education cyclical

    audit. Lisa Kiss, our Director of Special Education, along with teachers and staff will be very busy preparing for this audit that takes place in December. We will also continue working on the common core curriculum which is headed up by Mrs. Barb Davis. She continues to work closely with all staff members to make this transition an easy one.We are also in an exchange program with China. An Administrator from China will be in our distric

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