The Chartiers Valley School District Distinguished Alumni program recognizes alumni who have made outstanding contributions to society at the local, state, national and global levels. The program is based on three fundamental ideas:
· Outstanding contributions made in their chosen profession
· Characteristics of academic, professional or business achievements
· Community or civic consciousness
Community members are encouraged to nominate an exceptional alumnus by clicking on the link below. Nominees are required to have graduated from CVHS or Bridgeville High School a minimum of ten (10) years prior to the date of presentation.
Nominations for the Distinguished Alumni Class will be accepted through the first week of December. Inductees will be selected in February and asked to speak during the Spring awards ceremony. A Distinguished Alumni wall honoring each inductee will be located in the new Chartiers Valley High School.
While there were several highly qualified and impressive candidates, Commander Jason Deichler was ultimately chosen as the 2019 Distinguished Alumnus. After graduating from CVHS in 1995, Deichler went on to earn a degree in Mathematics from Carnegie Mellon University.
He was commissioned in the Navy and went through the Navy Nuclear Propulsion program as a submariner. His career took him to the USS West Virginia, then to Charleston, S.C., where he served as an instructor of a prototype training unit. Commander Deichler has been all over the world, serving in various capacities, from engineering officer to most recently, the Commander of the USS Pittsburgh.
Commander Deichler was nominated by high school teacher Frank Brown who has followed his former student’s career over the years. Deichler is a true ambassador not only for the United States Navy, but for Chartiers Valley too. He credits much of his success to the strong foundation he received at CVSD.
Commander Deichler recalls his football coach Gus Marquis telling him he could be a leader in the military, and math teacher Richard “Dick” Schubert sharing stories from his submarine days in World War II.
“It’s a reflection of how great Chartiers Valley is as a school,” he said of all he’s done. “And for me to be able to spread that word globally is great.”
As Commander Deichler was on assignment during the 2019 Academic Excellence Celebration, his sister Kristin Deichler accepted the award on his behalf.
The District is accepting nominations for Distinguished Alumni. Please use the link above to complete a nomination form before December 6, 2019. The selection committee will announce the 2020 Distinguished Alumnus in February 2020 and the honoree will be recognized during the Celebration of Excellence Ceremony.