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Patty Metropulos & David RichterBrookfield Central graduate Patty Metropulos ('84), and Brookfield East graduate, David Richter ('87), are the recipients of the District's 2017 Alumni Excellence awards. These awards will be presented as part of the Engaged in Excellence Awards event on Monday, May 22, at the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center.

Patty Metropulos was nominated as the CEO of Kathy's House, a hospital guest house in Wauwatosa for families who need to travel to Milwaukee for medical care, including cancer treatment. Its mission is to keep families together during a medical crisis by providing affordable lodging, serving over 1,400 people each year. Click here to read the full alumni spotlight profile on Patty Metropulos.

David Richter works for Merck Pharmaceuticals and was nominated for his commitment to service in the Elmbrook Community. Since he was the varsity basketball manager in 6th grade, Richter has channeled his service efforts to supporting the Elmbrook Schools. Today, with children at Wisconsin Hills and Brookfield Central, Richter is the President of the Brookfield Central Booster Club and attends all school sporting events, often running the scoreboards and playing the role of announcer at the games. Click here to read the full alumni spotlight profile on David Richter.

Congratulations to Patty and David for being named the 2017 Alumni Excellence Award winners!

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Dave Richter PhotoBrookfield East Class of 1987

David Richter is a 1987 Brookfield East graduate whose dedication to the Elmbrook community has earned him the nickname "the Mayor of Brookfield" among his colleagues and friends.

David's time in Elmbrook began at Fairview South Elementary before proceeding to Burleigh Junior High, and ultimately Brookfield East. He managed the varsity basketball team from sixth grade on and while at East, actively participated in Spartan baseball and Key Club. Richter expressed extreme gratitude for his teachers and coaches, namely his second grade teacher, Mrs. Howard, English Literature teacher and coach, Mr. Kroening, and Coach Luebstorf, his basketball coach.

"The opportunities that I received in my Elmbrook education really prepared me well for my advancement into college," said Richter. "Even more so, the district gave me lifelong friends in my peers and instructors alike."

After his graduation from BEHS, Richter continued on to the University of Wisconsin - Whitewater where he completed his undergraduate in Marketing in 1991. During his time in higher education, he coached baseball for Brookfield Central High School. Following his college education, Richter worked in sales in the Milwaukee area and has been a member of the Merck Pharmaceuticals team for 17 years.

Through the years Richter coached countless Elmbrook students, to include current Brookfield East Principal and Spartan alum Andy Farley. "I love the sports and the people, and most importantly I think it's important to stay connected and give back to the community," said Richter. He has been the President of the Brookfield Central Booster Club since 2015 and attends all school sporting events, often running the scoreboards and playing the role of announcer at the games. David continues to run the highly-successful Drive for Your School by Soeren's Ford of Brookfield fundraiser, which raises several thousand dollars each year for Brookfield Central, and among other projects has been working with the district's new LAUNCH program to promote business collaboration with local education.

Today, David is happily married to Mary Richter, a first grade teacher at Swanson Elementary, and together they have three children, Elizabeth who attends Wisconsin Hills Middle School, and John and Matthew, who both attend Brookfield Central.

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Tiffany Bianco Brookfield East Class of 2015

2015 Brookfield East graduate, Tiffany Bianco, was recently named an All-American with her 4x400 relay squad!

After moving from New York, Tiffany attended Pilgrim Park Middle School before advancing on to Brookfield East. "Elmbrook gave me so many incredible opportunities in and out of the classroom," said Bianco. "The ability they gave me to balance my academics and athletics was incredible." During Bianco's time as a Spartan, she was actively involved in Student Council, Gymnastics, Women's Cross Country, and Women's Varsity Track and Field. "Being a part of a variety of sports was very beneficial in helping me find balance with life and academics," Tiffany stated. "My teachers and coaches did a great job of holding me accountable for positively maintaining both my role as a student and an athlete."

Graduating from East in 2015, Bianco has since been attending the University of Wisconsin- Whitewater where she is majoring in Communication Sciences and Disorders with a Special Education minor. Today she is involved in the National Speech Language Pathologists Association (NSLA) and the UWW Women's Track and Field Team.

On March 11, 2017, Tiffany and her indoor relay squad ran their 4x400 relay with a time of 3.53.46, placing them seventh in the nation and making them the second-ever UWW indoor relay squad to earn All-American honors!

With an expected 2019 graduation, Bianco plans on continuing her education in pursuit of a Master's degree in Speech Language Pathology.

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Become a part of LAUNCH!

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LAUNCH is a collaboration of education, business, and community that is committed to providing Elmbrook juniors and seniors with unique, immersive experiences, resulting in highly skilled, adaptable, global innovators and leaders.

The program begins September 2017, and it needs YOU!

To ensure quality profession-based learning experiences, please consider engaging and investing by serving as a project champion/engaged coach, a professional training champion, guest instructor/speaker, by providing internships and/or mentorship/job shadow experiences, lunchtime storytelling / sharing your professional experience, and hosting site visits.

Click on any one of the opportunities mentioned to learn more and apply.


With Pride and Gratitude

The School District of Elmbrook is proud of its Brookfield Central and Brookfield East graduates! For over 50 years our students have made a significant and lasting impact on their local, state, national and international communities. From a Pulitzer Prize winner, to state legislators, business owners, professional athletes, and everything in-between, our graduates are prepared to succeed in whatever they choose to pursue beyond high school.

Connecting with our alumni is an important strategy to measure our long-term impact on our students. We are grateful to the alumni who responded to the 2013 survey and look forward to seeking input from others in the years ahead. To stay informed of reunions and general alumni information, like us on Facebook.

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