Seneca Valley Renames its Middle School after Sgt. 1st Class Ryan A. Gloyer

Sgt. 1st Class Ryan A. Gloyer

        Although they never meet, four Seneca Valley upperclassmen found a special way to honor a military alumnus.  Sgt. 1st Class Ryan A. Gloyer graduated from SVSD in the year 2000.  After graduation, he attended Thiel College in Greenville, Pa. He graduated with cum laude honors and earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology and elementary education.  In December 2004, Gloyer enlisted in the U.S. Army as an infantryman, completing basic training, advanced individual training and airborne school at Ft. Benning, Ga. 

       From 2005 to 2013, Sgt. 1st Class Gloyer was assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division, where he served as a squad leader and section leader in a heavy weapons company. He successfully completed the Special Forces Assessment and Selection Course and completed the Special Forces Qualification Course in September 2014. Tragically, Gloyer was killed in action on Nov. 3, 2016, in Kunduz, Afghanistan, in support of Operation Freedom Sentinel. 

        His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star with Valor device, Bronze Star, Purple Heart, two Meritorious Service Medals, two Army Commendation Medals, Army Achievement Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with Campaign Star, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Combat Infantryman Badge, Expert Infantryman Badge, Parachutist Badge, Ranger tab and Special Forces tab. 

        Gloyer’s story did not end there because others began to take note of his bravery.  Seneca Valley 2018 graduates Ryan Burglund, Jess Pollaci, Jenna Pollaci and SV Class of ’17 graduate Nate Koneizcka were moved and inspired by Ryan’s story.  They wanted his legacy to be remembered, so the foursome decided the best way to honor him was to rename the Seneca Valley Middle School after him.   

         They spent over a year conducting research, interviewing numerous military officials, and they even met with Ryan’s family.  This past February, the Seneca Valley School board unanimously agreed to rename Seneca Valley Middle School (SVMS) the Ryan Gloyer Middle School (RGMS).  The dedication ceremony was held on Thursday, June 7.  The Gloyer family was in attendance, and members from Ryan’s 10th Special Forces Green Beret unit, as well as fellow soldiers from the 82nd Airborne.   

          This middle school is home to Seneca Valley seventh and eighth graders.  It will open in 2018-19 school year under a new name.  The Ryan Gloyer Middle School honors a special Green Beret who loved his country and gave the ultimate sacrifice.  His memory and legacy lives on, and he will not be forgotten. 


 By Paula Green