In nominating her family, senior Hannah Pio noted that she will be the 23rd member of her family and the fourth generation to earn a Pitt State degree when she graduates this spring.

“For as long as I can remember, my family has been Pitt State fans,” Pio wrote. “Their love and support for Pitt State goes back generations. My great grandpa, Elton Cline, was a chemistry teacher at Pitt. My grandma, Carole Jacques, worked in admissions and my grandpa, Richard Jacques, was a professor in the Department of Graphics and Imaging Technologies for 39 years.”

Pio, a biology major from Gladstone, Mo., said she has almost always known she wanted to come to PSU.

“I was a little girl and it was during one of the pep rallies in Gorilla Village that a cheerleader gave me her pom-poms and had me come and cheer with her,” Pio wrote. “From that moment on, I knew there was no other college for me.”

For the past three years, Pio has been a member of the cheerleading squad. She’s also a member of the Honors College, the Chemistry Club and the Phi Eta Sigma, Lambda Sigma and Omicron Delta Kappa honor societies.

Chad and Maureen Pio and their children, Hannah and Jack, were honored at Family Day ceremonies during halftime of the PSU-Northeastern State University football game on Sept. 17.