PITTSBURGH—Holy Family Academy is a private, college-career preparatory Catholic high school in Pittsburgh. The Academy opened in 2014 to support highly qualified urban students who lack access to a rigorous STEM curriculum that culminated with the unique education model of working one day a week during the school year. These workstudy jobs are placements within more than 50 of the region’s prestigious companies.
Additionally, another day of the week is reserved for field based learning classrooms at education partner sites. Holy Family Academy currently has 115 students in grades 9 to 11, with a cohort moving to 12th grade in 2017. The students learn for the future with bold expectations that connect the whole child—self, work, community, health and spirit. Visit http://www.hfa-pgh.org for more information.
Holy Family Institute and the Pittsburgh Steelers announced the recipients of the 24th Annual Courage House Awards. The awards celebrate and recognize a Holy Family Institute alum, as well as a current Pittsburgh Steeler, who have demonstrated extraordinary courage in overcoming challenges in their lives.
Former Holy Family Institute resident Eric Usselman received the Courage House Award for demonstrating perseverance in overcoming challenges. Usselman came to Holy Family Institute at age 12 from a foster home and lived on campus until he graduated high school. He has overcome many challenges caused by the disadvantages of his early years. Usselman was placed in a foster care situation that could not address his needs, and had poor reading, writing and math skills. Despite these and other challenges, he has achieved great success in his life. Usselman sought special tutoring to overcome his literacy disabilities, and today is a CDL Driver for Republic Services. Usselman is married with children.
Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey received the Steelers Ed Block Courage Award, which is presented annually to a Steelers player who has fought back from an injury or tough circumstances to return to the field.
Pouncey missed the entire 2015 season due to a leg injury that he sustained during the 2015 pre-season. He returned to practice during the team’s 2016 off-season and he has stayed healthy while starting all games at center to date.
Steelers Head Coach Mike Tomlin presented the honorees with their awards at the 24th Annual Arthur J. Rooney Sr. Courage House Luncheon on Nov. 15.
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