Pittsburgh Public Schools honors top students with breakfast ceremony ahead of graduation

PITTSBURGH — Just a few days before graduation, Pittsburgh Public Schools honored 72 of its top students Monday with a breakfast ceremony.

The district thanked them for their hard work and dedication over the last few years, despite difficult circumstances, including COVID-19 and virtual learning.

“I just feel like it shows how much hard work pays off. If you just put in the work and hours of studying, it’ll all come through for you,” said Nasir Crownie. He was among the top soon-to-be-graduates who were honored.

He’s graduating from Obama Academy and will attend Carnegie Mellon University in the fall.

Alderdice senior Hanna Lowden was also honored Monday. She’s set to attend the University of Richmond in the fall.

“I’ve gotten so many amazing opportunities at Alderdice,” she said. “I’ve had some many fabulous teachers and I’ve gotten to take classes that really challenge me, and I’ve met so many amazing people that push me to be my best.”

Mayor Ed Gainey spoke at the ceremony. He said the difficulty that students faced over the past few years will prepare them to handle anything in the future.

“I wanted them to understand that even when you fall, you can be at your best as long as you learn and get up,” Gainey said. “That was my message today: ‘Be your best every day. Be great every day.’”

PPS graduation ceremonies are scheduled for this weekend.