Calling all CT Alumni! We are so proud of all that you have accomplished since graduation. Please join our registry to reconnect with Conemaugh, and allow us to highlight your achievements.
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For the past 75 years, we have been educating students who’ve used the skills they learned at CTASD to succeed in life. We are very proud of our graduates and want to extend an invitation to them to reconnect with former classmates, network with current and retired professionals, and influence the next generation coming out of Conemaugh.
Each month we will showcase the successes of our alumni by highlighting a different graduate or graduating class. While success looks different in different situations, we want to create an opportunity to acknowledge the thread that ties them all together.
Paul Yoder graduated from Conemaugh Township Area Middle School/High School in 1992. After graduating high school, Paul immediately knew he wanted to be a pilot. To follow his career choice, he attended both Geneva College and the Community College of Beaver County. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in business administration and an associate’s degree in professional piloting.
With his associate’s degree, he began working as a flight instructor. As a flight instructor, he taught new pilots how to fly planes. Paul then got a job as a charter pilot, where he would fly private planes on specific routes.
Mr. Yoder was then hired by a commuter airline. Once hired by this company, he began building his hours in order to fly larger planes with more passengers. Currently, he is a pilot for American Airlines. Paul has been with this company for six and a half years. He flies internationally, mostly to European destinations. He has only recently reached the international level and has enjoyed this type of traveling, so far.
When asked about his job choice, he responded, “It’s a beautiful world we live in, and I get the best view of it from my office window.”
Looking back at his high school years, he recalls Miss Risch, a science teacher, was his favorite. He said, “I enjoyed her science classes, but enjoyed spending time in her room during study halls and sometimes having lunch with my friends even more.”
Paul has many good memories from high school, but his athletics experiences stick with him as the best. He was a member of the basketball and football teams with many of his friends.
Paul married Lisa Grunden in 1997 and has two children. His son, Caleb, is sixteen and his daughter, Brooke, is thirteen. Paul and his family currently live in Etters, Pennsylvania, which is just outside of Harrisburg, PA.
When asked what his greatest life accomplishment has been so far, he responded, “I cannot say I have had any great life accomplishments. I have been blessed with a loving, supporting family and many good friends who were by my side supporting and helping me through my struggles in life.”
Conemaugh Township Area School District celebrates a proud tradition of excellence as we strive to create leaders of tomorrow. If you would like to nominate an alumnus who continues to promote this tradition that began at Conemaugh Township Area Schools many years ago and who continues to serve as an outstanding citizen, leader, athlete, musician, teacher, or mentor, please complete our nomination form below.