• McKeesport Area School District is pleased to announce Talent Search in our 6-12 buildings! 


    The Penn State Educational Talent Search Program, a federally-funded program through the U.S. Department of Education, was introduced at McKeesport Area School District in the fall of 2016, and intends to positively impact the students in grades 6-12. The grant which is responsible for funding this program will be up for renewal every five years, and looks forward to a long and prosperous relationship with McKeesport Area School District. Educational Talent Search is a college and career readiness program that strives to encourage students to graduate from high school on time and enroll in a post-secondary education program of any kind, such as a four year college, vocational school, certificate program, or community college. While new to McKeesport Area School District, Penn State Educational Talent Search has been operating in Pennsylvania schools for over twenty years. Experience has shown us that compared to peers not involved in the program, Educational Talent Search students are 30% more likely to graduate from high school, 25% more likely to attend college, and 2.4 times more likely to complete college. As a new program to the district, we would like to encourage you to enroll your child in the Educational Talent Search Program and contact us with any questions or concerns you may have. 

    Some of the services and benefits of joining McKeesport Area School District’s Educational Talent Search Program include:

    ·       Individual meetings to discuss personal progress and grades

    ·       Individual time spent with a counselor to make future plans

    ·       Assistance with SAT and/or ACT preparation and registration

    ·       Two SAT fee waivers AND Two ACT fee waivers

    ·       Assistance with scheduling next year’s courses

    ·       Assistance choosing career(s) and/or major(s)

    ·       Assistance with the college search process

    ·       Information about college and their acceptance procedures

    ·       College Application fee waivers

    ·       Field Trips to College Fairs

    ·       Field Trips to Colleges/Universities/Industries

    ·       Field Trips to Cultural Events

    Please contact an Educational Talent Search Counselor to receive more information:


    Autumn Lusk
    Grade 7-9 PSU Educational Talent Search Counselor
    McKeesport Area School District 
    (412) 664-3688/ ALusk@mckasd.net

    An educator by trade, Autumn received her Bachelor of Science degree from Clarion University for secondary education and her Master of Education degree in middle and secondary education from Edinboro University. She is currently certified to teach social studies and English 7-12. Previously, she served Lenape Tech through AmeriCorps and Kiski Area as an intermediate building substitute. No matter the setting, her passion lies in working with teenagers to see them be successful students and citizens. Autumn resides in Applewold, PA, Armstrong County with her husband, Dave, and their robust tabby cat, Gravy. Outside of a school setting, she enjoys being in the outdoors or the kitchen.

    Angela Selembo
    Grade 10-12 PSU Educational Talent Search Counselor
    McKeesport Area School District 
    (412) 664- 3650 ext. 8299/ ASelembo@mckasd.net


    Angela received her Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 2004 and her Master of Education degree in school counseling from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 2006. She is a K-12 certified school counselor.  For the past 6 years, she was a counselor for the Educational Talent Search program at Seton Hill University working with students in grades 7-12. Angela enjoys spending time with her husband and 4 children on their family farm in the Delmont area.