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EASTERN Recognized 171 Students at May Awards Ceremony

On Wednesday, May 22, 2024, EASTERN held its annual Awards Night, at Upper Moreland High School. This year, 170 students were recognized with $49,000 awarded for academic and technical achievement. EASTERN is grateful to the EASTERN Foundation for their fundraising efforts, and to all EASTERN staff, award sponsors, contributors, advisory committee members, and local businesses for helping EASTERN honor its outstanding students.

Upper Moreland High School’s Auditorium was filled with EASTERN student award recipients, friends, family, award presenters, and participating school administrators. Dr. Cathleen Plesnarski, EASTERN’s Executive Director, kicked off the awards ceremony by welcoming all the families and supporters. She was followed by Mrs. Carolyn Riley, EASTERN Joint Operating Committee President. Mr. Joe Greb, EASTERN’s Assistant Director, was the MC for the ceremony, and Mr. Gerry Rooney, EASTERN’s Supervisor of Career and Technical Education, provided final remarks.

“Each year our Awards Night continues to be a highlight of our school year,” said Dr. Cathleen Plesnarski.  “There are so many students headed to college, into apprenticeships and careers, and getting ready to serve in the U.S. military.  We feel fortunate to be part of their pathway to a successful future.”

Student awards are provided by the EASTERN Foundation, and supported by EASTERN staff, our business and industry partners, community organizations, alumni, families of alumni, and individual donors. The purpose of EASTERN’s Foundation is to recognize EASTERN student achievement and success by assisting students as they transition to post-secondary education or directly into the workforce. Our business and industry partners inspired this effort and continue to support it extensively. A full list of student award recipients can be found at

If you are interested in making a financial contribution to the EASTERN Foundation to support student awards, checks can be made payable to the “EASTERN Foundation” and mailed to EASTERN at 3075 Terwood Road, Willow Grove, PA 19090. The EASTERN Foundation now has an online contribution link: