Miriah Rutledge - Class of 2009Posted by Methacton School District on 9/24/2021
As a 2009 graduate of Methacton High School, Miriah Rutledge had her aspirations set on a career in teaching as she pursued an English Education degree from Penn State University. Miriah recalls being shy and uncertain about her academic abilities during her high school years. However, she credits her AP English teacher, Ms. Welsh -- who also served as the Theater Director at the time -- with providing Miriah with the self-confidence and belief in herself to be successful. Miriah said that Ms. Welsh provided perspectives that took into consideration the attention to life’s many moral and ethical considerations.
“Ms. Welsh had the compassionate ability to demand high-quality work in a supportive way. She saw me, believed in me, and inspired me to be a better person.”
Miriah also has a fond appreciation for how involved parents, teachers, school administration, and our community were in creating such a positive Methacton experience, especially around Post Prom time. “Methacton was where I started to learn my purpose and I feel grateful for that,” she said.
Having been the first in her family to graduate from college, Miriah most recently decided to pursue a career in counseling after earning a Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy from La Salle University. She is now a successful entrepreneur who serves as a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist at her private practice Choosing Change Counseling in King of Prussia.
“I've been particularly proud of my work with providing pro bono and reduced rate services to individuals and families in need during the pandemic.”
She is looking forward to expanding her business with upcoming events in the community and at her practice this Fall.
Michelle Konkoly - Class of 2010Posted by Methacton School District on 8/26/2021
Our inaugural inductee into the Superintendent’s Alumni Spotlight is Michelle Konkoly.
Michelle is a 2010 graduate of Methacton High School, and currently a first-year Resident Doctor at DuPont Children's Hospital. This two-time High School All-American in Swimming, Swim Team Captain, and National High School Honor Society inductee credits Methacton AP Biology teacher Jeremy Walton for igniting her love of Biology. Michelle credits Methacton teacher and Swim Coach Ben Yoder for teaching her how to compete, which ultimately led to swimming at Georgetown University and later becoming a member of the Team USA Paralympic Team. When asked what advice she has for students at Methacton, Michelle says she encourages students take advantage of the many curricular and extra-curricular opportunities that Methacton offers such as our various competitive sports teams, AP classes, clubs, technical school, theater, and music.
Having competed in the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games for Team USA and winning four medals (two Gold, one Silver and one Bronze), she now finds herself in the national spotlight once again – as a commentator for NBC in the Tokyo Paralympic Games, beginning on August 24, 2021. While we will celebrate as we get to see an alum featured on a national stage, I am certain that we will continue to see many great things from Michelle Konkoly as she pursues her career in medicine.
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