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North Hills Monthly

New & Notable, Aug. 2014

Jul 30, 2014 11:47AM ● By Vanessa Orr
Glade Run’s Newest Addition
Glade Run announced the highly anticipated birth of their newest addition, BobbieSox’s calf. She was born on July 21, weighed 12 pounds, and will be named by the children at Glade Run.

Beriwal Named 2014 Presidential Scholar
North Allegheny School District graduating senior Surabhi Beriwal has been named as a member of the 50th class of U.S. Presidential Scholars. Only 18 students in Pennsylvania were named as semifinalists.

Western PA Montessori School Celebrates 50th Anniversary
Western Pennsylvania Montessori School, located at 2379 Wyland Avenue in Allison Park, is celebrating their 50th anniversary this year.

Girl Scout Troop 51339 Completes Bronze Award
Girl Scout Troop 51339 members Megan Allessi, Sydney Komoroski, Kyra Koch, Claire Nettleton and Ana Menchyk completed the Bronze Award in their second year as Junior Girl Scouts for repainting the scout cabin sign at North Park. The Bronze Award is the highest honor that can be earned as a Junior Girl Scout.

Nest Expressions New Gallery Location
In July, Nest Expressions unveiled its first gallery-style retail location at the Village at Pine in Wexford. Owners Bob and Janine Klein have owned and operated Nest Expressions since 1999, operating exclusively as a mobile shop-at-home flooring and window fashion business. The new location is an extension of that service with full-size displays. The business has received the Angie’s List Super Service Award for four consecutive years.

Hassett Honored by the College Counseling Association
La Roche College’s Executive Director of Global Engagement Thomas B. Hassett received the Delwin K. Gustafson Recognition Award from the Pennsylvania Association for College Admission Counseling. The award is presented annually to one of PACAC’s most outstanding members and is the highest honor given by the association.

Marsh Elected Chairman for Statewide Association
Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer of The Farmers National Bank of Emlenton William C. Marsh has been elected chairman of the Pennsylvania Bankers Association. Marsh will lead Pennsylvania’s largest banking trade association for a one-year term that began on July 1.

Chen and Mao Selected to Attend PA Governor’s Schools
North Allegheny School District high school students Songela Chen and Victor Mao have been accepted into Pennsylvania Governor’s Schools this summer. Chen has been accepted into the School for the Sciences at Carnegie Mellon University and Mao has been accepted into the School for Engineering and Technology at Lehigh University.,

Initiative to Boost Butler County’s Fire Safety
Plans for a collaborative project to enhance volunteer recruitment and improve fire emergency preparedness among residents in Butler County were announced at a news conference at Butler County Community College in July, and are set to be implemented as soon as next summer. Initiated by the Cranberry Township Community Chest, the initiative will involve the donation of a specially equipped fire safety trailer to BC3’s fire academy for use by any of the county’s 31 local fire companies in training local residents. Those who take the required firefighter essentials course and commit to two years of voluntary fire service will also be eligible for a $1,000 annual scholarship at BC3. The $500,000 initiative is CTCC’s Project of the Year for 2015.

St. Joseph High School Awards Centennial Scholarships
Saint Joseph High School has offered four competitive merit scholarships in the amount of $1,915, the year SJHS was founded, to incoming freshmen Giavanna Angelo, Annie Auvil, Laurel Wolfe and Allison Wygonik in recognition of its upcoming centennial celebration in 2015. The scholarships are renewable for the subsequent three years at SJHS for a total of $7,660 per recipient.

UPMC Receives Innovator and Most Wired Hospital Awards
The UPMC Technology Development Center has received the Innovator Award from Hospitals & Health Networks (the journal of the American Hospital Association) for its efforts to improve patient care by changing the way clinicians access and view data from electronic medical records. UPMC was also named one of the Most Wired health systems in the country, the only one in the nation to achieve that distinction for the 16th consecutive year. Additionally, for the seventh time, Kane Community Hospital, affiliated with UPMC Hamot in Erie, was recognized with the Most Wired-Small and Rural award.

NA Air Force JROTC Team Earns First Place
The North Allegheny Air Force JROTC academic team composed of Lionel Gumireddy, Brian Luebbert-Hill, Jonathan Caulkins, Joseph Caulkins and Michael Struk earned first place in the 2013-14 Air Force JROTC Academic Bowl Championship in April. The students are instructed by Maj. Frederick Schott and MSgt. Richard Denault.

Consortium Provides Life-saving Microchip Scanners
A consortium made up of Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen Zappala, Allegheny County Treasurer John Weinstein, Financial Advisor’s President Bob Fragasso, AAARF and Animal Friends has announced the purchase and distribution of free microchip scanners to every municipality in Allegheny County. These free, life-saving scanners will help reunite more pets with their families.

Perrin Named EY Entrepreneur of the Year
Edward Perrin, chief executive officer of Karndean Design Flooring, was selected as one of nine winners of the EY Entrepreneur of the Year Award in western Pennsylvania and West Virginia. Winners are eligible for consideration for the EY Entrepreneur of the Year national program.

FCAHS Students Place in National FBLA Competition
At the 2014 Future Business Leaders of America National Leadership Conference recently held in Nashville, Fox Chapel Area High School 2013-14 sophomore Vishal Soman and freshman Varun Parwani placed second in the team event, Mobile Application Development. Sophomore Jacob Kronman placed fifth in Introduction to Business and 2014 graduates Brendan Courson and Christopher Tran (a four-time national qualifier) and junior Will Kolbrener placed eighth in the team event, Network Design.

Kostewicz Named Principal of Mars Area Primary Center
Adam M. Kostewicz has been named as the new principal of Mars Area Primary Center. He will replace Dr. Elizabeth McMahon, who served as principal at the school since 2005, and has moved to the district’s newly created position of assistant superintendent for elementary education.

SSA Academy Students Earn AP Scholar Awards
Shady Side Academy Senior School students recently earned AP Scholar Awards. Rising junior Roy Navid qualified for the AP Scholar with Distinction Award, rising junior Isak Liden qualified for the AP Scholar with Honor Award, and rising juniors Connor Colombo, Carla Erb, and Adam Yunus qualified for the AP Scholar Award.

NASH Student Council Receives Award
For the seventh consecutive year, North Allegheny Senior High Student Council has been recognized by the National Association of Student Councils with the 2014 National Gold Council of Excellence Award. Including NASH, only 10 Pennsylvania high schools achieved this level of recognition.

White Receives 2014 AASLH Award of Merit
La Roche College 1997 graduate Thomas White is the recipient of an award of merit from the American Association for State and Local History Leadership in History Awards. AASLH is conferring 77 national awards honoring people, books, exhibits, projects and organizations this year.

FCAHS Students Honored by Asian Heritage Committee
Five Fox Chapel Area High School students were named winners in the Asian Heritage Committee of the Pittsburgh Federal Executive Board’s program that honors outstanding Asian American high school students. FCAHS 2014 graduate Erica Chang and 2013-14 junior Rama Godse each received the Dr. Sun Chun Highest Honor award. Graduate Yiyi Zhao and juniors Rishi Mirchandani and Simran Parwani each received the Dr. and Mrs. Shiono Honor award from the organization.

La Roche and Gannon Enter Software Engineering Agreement
This summer, La Roche College and Gannon University signed a new articulation agreement that will enable students to earn a bachelor’s degree in the fields of computer science and software engineering from both institutions within five years. La Roche College has expanded its dual-degree programs in an effort to create well-rounded graduates. 412-536-1272,

LeadersNow International Grants Scholarship to Bish
Emily Bish was awarded the Dolores Lang Memorial Scholarship by LeadersNow International for performing 788 hours of service to the community as a LeadersNow International Member. Bish is a graduate of North Allegheny Senior High School and plans to study business at Waynesburg University in the fall.

SSA Middle School Science Lab Renovations
Summer renovations are underway at two science labs at Shady Side Academy Middle School in Fox Chapel. Renovations to the sixth grade earth science classroom/lab and the eighth grade chemistry classroom/lab began in June, and will be completed by late August in time for the 2014-15 school year. The $215,000 renovations were made possible in part by a generous gift from previous Shady Side parents Sharon and Jim Rohr.

Wang Selected for U.S. National Chemistry Olympiad Team
North Allegheny School District 2014 graduate Derek Wang was named to the U.S. National Chemistry Olympiad four-member team that represented the United States at the 46th International Chemistry Olympiad held in Hanoi, Vietnam in July. The team competed against teams from more than 60 countries.

Donaldson Appointed Director
Jeff Donaldson of Cranberry Township has joined Burson-Marsteller in Pittsburgh as a director in the agency’s Consumer and Brand Marketing practice. He will be working with clients in manufacturing, wealth management, insurance and transportation.

DMS Students Teach Programming to Elementary Students
Fox Chapel Area School District’s Dorseyville Middle School eighth-graders Sanam Parwani, Annika Urban and Ziya Xu used their district-provided iPads over the summer to teach computer programming to elementary school students. They worked with the district’s Coordinator of Educational Technology Scott Hand to offer classes to third through fifth grade students.

NA Junior Classical League Wins 17th Consecutive State Championship
The North Allegheny Junior Classical League team, comprised of 73 students in grades 8-12, recently competed at the 63rd annual Pennsylvania Junior Classical League State Convention and now holds 17 consecutive state championships. In addition, ninth grade students Gunasheil Mandava, Julia Maruca, Remi Akindele, Kathryn Barancyk, Jane Venezia, and Eric Ricci comprised the Level I Certamen Team and earned first place in the state. Also, Mandava earned the Overall Academic Award and Ashwin Reddy won the Individual Over-all Champion Award. Latin teachers Angela Bergen, Beth Block, Robyn Hassinger, and Connie Ramsey are sponsors of the NA JCL team.

Mylan School of Pharmacy Administrative Appointments
The Mylan School of Pharmacy has appointed Dr. Bruce Livengood of Murrysville as assistant dean for professional programs; Dr. Janet Astle of Allison Park as assistant dean for student services; and Thomas Falcione of Allison Park as director of experiential education.

UV Robots Zap Germs at UPMC Hospitals
In July, UPMC unveiled its latest disinfecting robot, nicknamed Violet, which was donated to UPMC Passavant by the Passavant Hospital Foundation. UV robots are the latest high-tech tool helping to sanitize rooms and fight infections at UPMC hospitals. The health system has used UV robots in a pilot project at three of the hospitals since February and is considering them for additional hospitals.

NA Students Place at State Science Meeting
Fifteen North Allegheny School District middle and high school students won honors at the 2014 Annual State Meeting of the Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science. Nikhil Behari won First Place, Perfect Score and the Director’s Award for Computer Science, and Adelle Fernando, Eric Mi, Ashwin Reddy, Gabe Ren and Pranav Murthy won First Place, Perfect Score. First place awards also went to Terry Faber, Vibha Reddy, Nila Suresh, Siddarth Narayan, Pranav Cannanbilla and William Cheng, and second place awards went to Mohit Bhide, Zain Mehdi, and Shanelle Fernando.