Graduate Features

Graduate/Staff Feature: Melissa Holland

by Lynn Fuini-Hetten on August 4, 2017

Name: Melissa Holland

Graduation Year: 1999

Description of your current occupation: Instructional Assistant at WSE in learning support K-3

What did a Salisbury education mean to you? Salisbury taught me to be an independent learner and leader. I decided to be an educator because I had such great examples at Salisbury! As a Falcon, we support one another and continue to grow into contributing citizens of our communities. I am so happy to be back at the school that has made me who I am today!

What do you remember about a favorite staff member? I never had Mr. Yelenko as an English teacher, but I remember every day he would copy the word puzzles out of The Morning Call and hand them out during homeroom to anyone who was interested. I would complete the cryptoquotes during my free time and I still love doing them today!

What memorable learning experience do you remember? My fondest learning experience was the 6th grade outdoor science program. It was so much fun to explore all the area has to offer, right in our backyard. We were able to see how each subject could be applied to an environment outside the classroom. I continue to love
the outdoors and still remember some of the experiences as I walk through the Parkway today!

Alumni Wall of Honor!

by Lynn Fuini-Hetten on April 13, 2017

IMG_2756This year, we inducted five Salisbury graduates into the Salisbury Township Wall of Honor. These inductees span graduation years from 1978 through 2003, and they have all made us Falcon Proud!

The criteria is:

  • Nominees must be a graduate of Salisbury Township School District
  • Nominees must be at least 25 years old.
  • Nominees are evaluated on the following criteria:
    • 1. A commitment to learning
    • 2. Accomplishments in his or her chosen career
    • 3. Accomplishments related to volunteer work/service to others
    • 4. A positive impact on people or contributions to others
    • 5. Special recognition or awards

Matthew Haldeman is a Lieutenant in the United States Navy and an anesthesiologist resident.  He has won multiple medals and distinctions including the Navy Commending Medal and Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal.  His commitment to ongoing learning, his service to our country, and contributions to community organizations make us Falcon Proud.

Katherine Hilgert is the President and CEO of ArtsQuest and a graduate of the Class of 1989.   She has received multiple leadership distinctions including: Lehigh Valley Business 2015 Women of Influence Honoree and Girl Scouts of Eastern PA Take the Lead Honoree. Through Katherine’s volunteerism on multiple boards including Boy Scouts of America and Discover Lehigh Valley, panel participation for multiple agencies as well as her personal mantra of “There is no limit to how far a man can go if he doesn’t care who gets the credit,” she makes us Falcon Proud.

Alissa Burkholder is an educator at the Stanford University dSchool who teaches creative problem solving through design thinking. Through Alissa’s extensive acts of service with the design team in Myanmar, her positive contributions to others around the world, special recognitions such as the FastCo Design and IDSA Idea Winner, she has made us Falcon Proud. 

Dr. Kevin Strauss  is a graduate (and former commencement speaker) for the class of 1986. He is a medical director for a Clinic for Special Children. He has received the Bock Prize for Innovation in Developmental Disabilities Research. Through his extensive publications and contributions to the medical field, his service to our community, and his long-standing commitment to education, Dr. Kevin Strauss has made us Falcon Proud.

Russell Zulick, a graduate of the class of 1978,  is a private helicopter pilot who served extensively in the US military.  He has received many awards including the Distinguished Flying Cross and Coast Guard Commendation and Achievement medals.   Through his dedication of his life to service to his country and fellow citizens, and his positive impact on others, Russell has made us Falcon Proud.