The G-20 summit has ended, and Pittsburgh could not have looked better. Of course, one extraordinary part of the summit was first lady Michelle Obama's visit to Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12, the creative and performing arts magnet of the Pittsburgh school district. CAPA continues to be the shining star of the Pittsburgh Public Schools. For 30 years it has been one of the finest schools not only in Pittsburgh but also in the state.
This year, Pittsburgh CAPA is one of two public high schools in Pennsylvania to be named a Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education. To be included as a stop in the summit schedule is one more achievement in the school's history.
Mrs. Obama and the spouses of those world leaders attending the summit came to Pittsburgh CAPA to see students in an educational arts environment. They could not have been more complimentary, gracious or kind. They were impressed with the caliber of students and the educational opportunities Pittsburgh CAPA offers and were very clear in their comments that CAPA is a world-class program.
As a faculty member at CAPA for a long time, I can say it was an unbelievable day at Pittsburgh CAPA. We were given the opportunity to let the world see our wonderful students and the achievements for which we strive each school year.
As each year demonstrates, Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12 continues to shine not only as an exceptional program of the Pittsburgh Public Schools, but now one that the region can celebrate as a high point in the summit.
I continue to be amazed that I have the great fortune to be a teacher at Pittsburgh's premier school.
RUSSELL A. KUEHNER