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The Gateway To The World

For more than a quarter century, well-respected architect Gregory Etter ’72 has been involved in construction projects across a broad arc of the globe. During many of those years, he designed and developed buildings in the Middle East and North Africa, all during a period of intense turbulence for that region. Working and traveling in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Oman, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Jordan, Lebanon, Egypt, Tunisia, Yemen, and Syria, he’s been an observant witness to the beauty and hardship of a fractured part of the world in the process of remaking itself. Along with his keen interest in language, Greg’s career as an architect continues to allow him to pursue his quest for lifelong learning, a passion he first acquired at Sewickley Academy.

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An Entrepreneur and an Environmentalist

An environmentalist at heart, Dr. Robert “Bob” Hedin ’74 didn’t anticipate starting his own business. As a scientist, he was used to studying the environment and enjoyed working for the government. That was until he realized he didn’t want to just study things, he wanted to take action and build things. As one of the leading authorities on the treatment of mine drainage and the restoration of streams polluted by mine drainage, Bob took matters into his own hands and founded Hedin Environmental in 1994.

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Exploring Sewickley: Helping Others Find A Place To Call Home

Making a house a home is never easy; it’s an ongoing process. Part of the “home” feeling comes from the town or village one resides in. So how do you market a town and make it feel like home? That’s where Jennifer Markus ’89, co-founder of Explore Sewickley, steps in.

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Drexel University Goes Green

The very first morning after returning to Drexel University as a sophomore, I got up and went for a run. As I rounded the corner on 33rd Street to head down Chestnut Street toward the Schuylkill River Trail, I nearly ran into a group of freshmen standing in the middle of the sidewalk – as the story goes – and as I passed this group I noticed two of them holding reusable takeout containers. I thought to myself, “It happened. It really happened. They implemented one of my programs.”

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Breaking All the Rules: Smith Brothers Agency

Ask the Smith Brothers about their approach to the advertising business and they’ll tell you it’s simple: you have to know the rules well enough to break them. Having returned to Pittsburgh from Manhattan to start their own firm back in 2002, their smart and provocative work (think “Making Bar Fights Safer” for Iron City Beer’s new aluminum bottles or “Fruit Undressed” for Del Monte’s Fruit Naturals) quickly set their clients apart from their competitors and their company on a path to becoming one of Pittsburgh’s most successful advertising agencies.

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Tom Droney's Remarkable Journey on the Court

Tom Droney ’10. The name is a staple to many in the Sewickley Academy community. His basketball skills set him apart on the court, and his drive for greatness has propelled him in sports and in life. He’s talented, determined, and passionate both on and off the court. And in his post-professional career, he’s taking on the role of coach and mentor, setting youth up for success by paying it forward.

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Alumni Reflections: From Small Towns to The Big Apple - Sam Klaber '14

Currently a summer intern at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) in New York City, Sam Klaber ’14 is studying accounting and financial management at Bucknell University. When it came to finding his own path at both the Academy and Bucknell, Sam said that learning from the success of others and creating his own individual plan has been most important in his growth as a student and future professional.

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Alumni Reflections: Stepping Outside Her Comfort Zone - Melina George ’14

“I’ve made it a huge point to make myself comfortable with being uncomfortable, something that I think is very important both in my work life and personal life,” Melina George ’14 said, reflecting on her journey at Miami University and beyond.

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Alumni Reflections: From SA to UGA - Mackenzie Pryor '14

A Sewickley Academy lifer Mackenzie Pryor ’14 is currently studying wildlife biology and anthropology at the University of Georgia. When it came to finding her calling, Mackenzie was inspired by experiences with teachers who showed their dedication to science, both at the Academy and UGA. “I have always been interested in science, and I am so grateful for the science teachers I had at SA. Each of them were so passionate about the classes they taught, and that gave me the desire to find an area of science that I was as passionate about as they were with their respective subjects.”

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Sewickley Academy Science Superstars

Inspiring! That is the best word to describe both the accomplishments and the remarks of our first three Sewickley Academy Science and Technology Hall of Fame inductees. On October 2, 2015, Reunion Weekend kicked off with the induction of Mark E. Shafer, Ph.D. ’75, Carolee T. Bull, Ph.D. ’81, and Beth Willman, Ph.D. ’94 into the Hall of Fame in Rea Auditorium, with Middle and Senior School students in attendance. Mark, an inventor, engineer, and entrepreneur speaking about his work, shared one of his favorite quotes: “The master has failed more times than the beginner has even tried,” highlighting the fact that if one is truly stretching boundaries and venturing into uncharted territory, one will not get things right every time; one will fail. The key is to keep trying and to learn from failure.

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