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Keystone Oaks Students Raise $1,500, Honor Cranberry's Shawn O'Donnell

The nonprofit Cranberry CUP's 2011 "inspirational" person, O'Donnell was a longtime teacher at the high school.

With the memory of two beloved teachers in mind, Keystone Oaks teachers and staff played a charity volleyball game Monday to raise money for a scholarship fund.

The game raised more than $1,500 for the David Armitage & Shawn O'Donnell Future Teacher Scholarship Fund.

Competition was tough, but friendly. Team O'Donnell won the match in four games: 25-12, 25-9, 23-25 and 25-17.

Previously called the Future Teacher Scholarship, the fund was renamed by the Keystone Oaks Education Association to honor the two teachers.

Now in its eighth year, the fund has raised more than $12,000 for Keystone Oaks High School graduates who pursue careers in education.

A Cranberry resident and a married father of four, O'Donnell—who students nicknamed OD—was a longtime social studies teacher at Keystone Oaks High School.

Along with his family, O'Donnell also was the a nonprofit dedicated to helping local families.

He died last November after battling inoperable liver and colon cancer, but not before first seeing his Pinehurst neighborhood claim victory at the CUP's annual August softball tournment.

To watch the moving speech O'Donnell gave to the crowd before the 2011 event, click here.

 

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