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North Hills Monthly

New & Notable, Oct. 2014

Sep 30, 2014 05:27PM ● By Vanessa Orr
Riding for the Cure Donates $11,000 to BHS Foundation
In July, Riding for the Cure held its third annual motorcycle ride to benefit Butler County women with cancer. Ned and Linda Kerr presented a donation to Cheryl Schaefer of the Breast and Women’s Cancer Support Group and Anna Silverio, Butler Health System Foundation, in the amount of $11,000 for the Butler Breast Cancer and Women’s Support Group. In addition, money from the ride was donated to Lana’s Spirit, the Richard Laube Cancer Center, and cancer support groups in Armstrong County.

La Roche a Best Regional College
La Roche College has been named a “Best Regional College” by U.S. News & World Report in its 2015 edition of the Best Colleges Guidebook. La Roche ranked 33rd on the list of best regional colleges in the north.

Pellathy Named Hampton High School Assistant Principal
Dr. Stephen Pellathy replaces Jeffery Kattan as an assistant principal at Hampton High School. Kattan resigned in July to take a position in the Keystone Oaks School District.

Healthy Pet Products Named a 2014 Business of the Year
Healthy Pet Products in the North Hills received the Pet Age 2014 Business of the Year bronze award in the category of natural products by the trade magazine Pet Age. The business is owned by Toni Shelaske.

Campbell New North Hills Montessori School Director
Western Pennsylvania Montessori School in Allison Park announced the appointment of Jamie Campbell as incoming head of school, a position she began in August. Carol Miskell, current head of school, will officially retire in December.

Prosser Attends Summit
In July, 100 educators from across Pennsylvania were selected to participate in the Keystone Technology Innovators Summit on the campus of Kutztown University. Poff Elementary School Library Media Specialist Erin Prosser represented Hampton Township School District and was selected for her work in providing transformative classroom experiences to students. The summit was sponsored by the nonprofit Pennsylvania Association for Educational Communications and Technology with the support of Eduspire.

Literacy Council Names Volunteer Tutor of the Year
Sister Betty Sundry of the Sisters of Divine Providence was presented with the Outstanding Volunteer Tutor Award from the Greater Pittsburgh Literacy Council (GPLC). Sr. Betty teaches English as a second language to GPLC’s growing list of North Hills’ immigrants and refugees who need English to seek employment and U.S. citizenship. She has taught more than 100 students in her 20 years of tutoring.

Changes at Vincentian Academy
Ed Bernot has joined Vincentian Academy as its new principal. In building news, the academy opened a new chemistry lab this fall and installed a new security system. The academy’s foreign language curriculum has expanded to include French 1 and new features will be added to the Spanish curriculum.

SJHS and Aquinas Academy Named 2014 Schools of Excellence
Saint Joseph High School and Aquinas Academy have been recognized by the Cardinal Newman Society’s Catholic Education Honor Roll as 2014 Schools of Excellence. SJHS has received this distinction every year since 2006 and Aquinas Academy has received it every year since 2005.

La Roche College Receives $607,000 NSF Grant
La Roche College’s Chemistry and Math/Physics Departments received a $607,000 grant from the National Science Foundation through its Scholarships for Science Technology, Engineering and Mathematics program. The grant will be used to provide scholarships for academically talented, financially challenged undergraduate students who will be designated as NSF CheM Scholars.

BHS Recognized for Clinical Innovation
Butler Health System has been named a winner of the 2014 Clinical Innovation and Technology Accelerator Award for innovation with the Wellbe product, BHS Total Care, and was recognized in the Clinical Innovation Technology September issue.

Genesis Medical Associates Adds New Physicians
Genesis Medical Associates, Inc. has added four new physicians to three of its 11 practice group locations. The new physicians are Drs. Sydea Rizvi Shergill, Shailaja Parepally, Haranath Parepally and Eric Griffin.

Garret Named to 40 Under 40
La Roche College Director of International Student Services Dr. Natasha Garret has been named to the United Macedonian Diaspora’s 40 Under 40 list. Garret will be featured on UMD’s website and in an upcoming issue of UMD Voice Magazine.

New Program at Body Beautiful Laser Medi-Spa
Body Beautiful Laser Medi-Spa is now offering a new service package, the Body Rejuvenation Program, which includes four new procedures. The program was inspired by an increased amount of requests to repair earlobes and belly buttons, and also deep wrinkles, scars and stretch marks. Labiaplasty and vaginoplasty are also offered.

La Roche Design Division Co-sponsors Exhibit and Lecture
In September, the Design Division at La Roche College partnered with AIGA Pittsburgh and Big Press Little Press to host Behind the Platen, an exhibition celebrating the legacy of letterpress printing. It was held in the Cantellops Art Gallery on La Roche College’s main campus.

Bellin Debuts Young Adult Novel
In September, La Roche College English professor Joshua David Bellin, Ph.D., released his debut young adult novel, Survival Colony 9. The launch party was held at Mystery Lovers Bookshop in Oakmont.

DMS Honored as Common Sense Media Certified School
Dorseyville Middle School in the Fox Chapel Area School District has been certified as a Common Sense Media School, an award that is given to schools that educate students to be safe, smart, responsible and ethical digital citizens.

Spagnolo Honored with United Way Award
In September, the Butler County United Way honored Glade Run client Lauren Spagnolo with its 2014 Hero of Hope Award.

Behari and Urban Named Finalists in National Competition
Ingomar Middle School eighth-grader Nikhil Behari and Dorseyville Middle School eighth-grader Annika Urban have been named finalists in the 2014 Broadcom MASTERS STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) competition for middle school students. Only 30 students from across the nation were chosen as finalists by a panel of distinguished scientists and engineers from among 300 semifinalists and 2,054 applicants.

Fox Chapel Area Students Named 2015 National Merit Semifinalists/Commended Students
Nine Fox Chapel Area High School seniors have been designated as National Merit Semifinalists and 12 have been named Commended Students in the 2015 National Merit Scholarship Program conducted by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC). The semifinalists from Fox Chapel Area High School are Greta Altmeyer, Zoe Aridor, Anna Burns, James Docimo, Rama Godse, Frank Lou, Rishi Mirchandani, Elianna Paljug and Samuel Waxman. The Commended Students from Fox Chapel Area High School are Sonia Appasamy, Jacob Chajson, Gerry Chen, Frances Dean, Katherine Holland, Iza Lantgios, Simran Parwani, Kanika Sarma, Elizabeth Shneider, Shahwar Tariq, Anna Wang and Eleanor Zinn.

Graduates/Students Earn Scholarships from Central Blood Bank
Four 2014 Fox Chapel Area High School graduates and one 2014-2015 senior have been named scholarship winners by the Central Blood Bank. Graduates Chloe Artice, Sia Beasley, Clara Ruppert, and Savanna Soffer and senior Patrick Cullinan all received scholarships totaling $2,750. The Fox Chapel Area High School Student Government Community Outreach Committee held four blood drives for the 2013-2014 school year, and the students were awarded scholarships based on the number of blood drives in which they participated.