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North Hills Monthly

New & Notable, Nov. 2014

Oct 31, 2014 12:57PM ● By Vanessa Orr

CCAC Golfers Finish as Runners-Up in Two Championships

St. Brendan’s Hires Children and Youth Ministry Coordinator
Jill Halapin of Cranberry Township has been hired as a part-time coordinator of Children and Youth Ministry at St. Brendan’s Episcopal Church. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Pittsburgh and a teacher certification from St. Vincent College and brings more than 16 years of teaching experience to the position.

Genter Receives Girl Scout Gold Award
North Allegheny senior Abby Genter, of Girl Scout troop 50834, recently received her Girl Scout Gold award. Her project, STEM and Petals, Come Grow with Us was an afterschool program offered to girls in third to fifth grades at Hosack Elementary School, which took her more than 120 hours and six months to complete. The curriculum included learning activities in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math. Genter plans to pursue a major in science upon graduation.

McElhinny National Merit Semifinalist
Seneca Valley senior Eric McElhinny is one of the approximately 16,000 semifinalists in the 60th annual National Merit Scholarship program. The nationwide pool of semifinalists represents less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors and includes the highest scoring entrants in each state.

NASH Ensemble Selected to Perform at State Conference
The North Allegheny Senior High School Honors Wind Ensemble has been invited to perform at the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association All-State Conference that will be held in Hershey, Pennsylvania, in March 2015. The ensemble is under the direction of Todd Stefan.

Oury Named as Semi-Finalist in Broadcom Competition
Falk Laboratory School eighth-grader Nadine Oury was honored as a semifinalist in the fourth annual Broadcom MASTERS competition for middle school students. Broadcom MASTERS is a program of Society for Science & the Public. Semifinalists were selected from more than 2,054 applicants.

New Dek Hockey Rink Dedicated in Cranberry
A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held in October at Cranberry Township’s Graham Park to open a new 155’ x 75’ dek hockey rink. The rink was financed as part of a joint $2.3 million Power Play Initiative by Highmark and the Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation. Pittsburgh Penguins President and CEO David Morehouse and Executive Vice President of Highmark Dan Onorato participated in the ceremony.

Provenzano Named to National Board
President of Pain Diagnostics and Interventional Care Dr. David Provenzano was appointed to the board of directors for the American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine starting in 2015. Dr. Provenzano is also the scientific chair for the ASRA Fall 2014 pain medicine meeting this month in San Francisco.

NA Hall of Fame Inductees Named
The North Allegheny School District Hall of Fame Association has inducted the following: Meg Johns Alexander, Laurel Casten Beattie, Barry Bimbi, Todd Davidson, Scott DeAugustino, Carrie Hucko, Kim Jenkins Ken, Kelly Langhans, David Sloan, and Mark Yanni. In addition, the association honored Mark and Carole Shepard with the Joseph Drazenovich Award for Legendary Service, and bestowed Dr. Lawrence Bozzomo with the Bob Miller Award for outstanding support of NA athletics. Jim Sloan was given the Distinguished Coaching Service Award. The following individual and team PIAA state champions were also acknowledged: 2013 Girls tennis team, 2013 boys’ water polo team, and Zach Buerger for the 200-yard individual medley and 500-yard freestyle.

American Cancer Society Walk Raises $177,000
The American Cancer Society’s 5th annual Pittsburgh Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 5K Walk was held in October in North Park. The event, which involved 2,000 walkers, raised more than $177,000. Donations can still be made online at or 1-888-227-5445.

Liberto Receives National Nurse Educator Award
La Roche College assistant professor of nursing and department chair of nursing Terri Liberto, Ph.D., RN, has received The Educator with the Nurse’s Touch Award from the Assessment Technologies Institute. Liberto, of Sarver, was one of four educators selected out of 500 nominations across the country to receive this award.

CCAC Golfers Finish as Runners-Up in Two Championships
Community College of Allegheny County North Campus Golf Team, consisting of Austin Sicilia, John McCabe, Tom O’Toole, Nick Matelan and Justin Cormack, finished the season as runners-up at both the Western Pennsylvania Collegiate Conference Championship and the Pennsylvania Collegiate Athletic Association Championship. In addition, Sicilia, McCabe and O’Toole were named to the All-Conference, All-State teams for their athletic achievements. Individual player honors went to Sicilia, who tied for first place at the PCAA Championship and after the playoff, finished the event in second place. He finished third place at the WPCC Championship. McCabe finished second at the WPCC Championship and fourth at the PCAA Championship. O’Toole finished fourth at both the WPCC and at the PCAA Championships.

Emclaire Financial Corp. Names Varischetti to Board
Emclaire Financial Corp., the parent holding company of Farmers National Bank of Emlenton, has announced the appointment of Nicholas D. Varischetti to the board of directors of the company and the bank. Varischetti is an attorney at Burns White in Pittsburgh.

NA Speech & Debate Program Earns National Recognition
The North Allegheny Senior High School Speech & Debate Program has earned significant recognition from the National Speech & Debate Association. In October, the NASH program was named #9 out of more than 3,000 schools nationwide for the 2013-2014 school year. The NASH Speech & Debate chapter also earned membership into the Association’s Pinnacle Society. Sharon Volpe is the sponsor of the NASH program.

Elrifai Named to La Roche College Board of Trustees
Award-winning doctor, professor and research scientist Amr Elrifai, MD, MPH, has been elected to La Roche College’s board of trustees. Elrifai, a native of Egypt, has more than 30 years of experience in health care, research and education.

Augustin Named Semi-Finalist in Scholarship Program
North Allegheny School District senior Adia Augustin has been named a semifinalist in the 2015 National Achievement Scholarship Program, an academic competition for Black American high school students. Augustin is one of approximately 1,600 high school seniors who have been designated as semifinalists.

SV Students Win Ronald Reagan Awards
Seneca Valley Seniors Teresa Leatherow, Abigail Sledge and Bailyn Bench recently received Ronald Reagan Student Leader awards. The awards were presented by the Walter and Leonore Anneberg Presidential Learning Center, part of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation.

FC Students place in Regional Math Competition
Fox Chapel Area High School students won second place in the team competition for grades nine and ten in the regional CalcuSolve competition. They are sophomores Rohan Chalasani, Mihir Garimella and Suvir Mirchandani, and freshman Won Ho Kang. Senior Gerry Chen placed second in the individual category of the competition.

PRHS Students Earn AW Beattie Career Center Honors
Each year, the AW Beattie Career Center recognizes outstanding students of the month. The following Pine-Richland High School students earned recognition for September and October 2014: Advanced Computer Programming, Edward Kratochvila; Advertising Design, Kyrra Bosland; HVAC, Alexander Wilson.

PMAHCC Awards Scholarships
The Pittsburgh Area Metropolitan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce has awarded Jorge Rojas its first annual Rob Vega Memorial Scholarship in the amount of $5,000. Rojas is in his second year at Duquesne University School of Law and graduated magna cum laude from the University of Saint Mary in Kansas with a Bachelor of Arts in political science and history. The PMAHCC Foundation also awarded 15 scholarships in 2014 valued at $22,000 to students accepted into an accredited post-high school educational institution.

Nest Expressions Opens New Retail Location
On Monday, Oct. 13, Nest Expressions held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the opening of their first retail location. Attendees at the event included Nest Expressions’ staff, members of the Northern Regional Chamber of Commerce, Pine Township staff, and Rep. Turzai’s office. The retail store, which is located at 2000 Village Run Road in the Village at Pine in Wexford, will work in conjunction with Nest Expressions’ shop-at-home service.

NA Students Recognized by the NMSC
The National Merit Scholarship Corporation has recognized North Allegheny students in the 2015 National Merit Scholarship Competition. Semifinalists are Lauren Brendel, Songela Chen, Perry Cheng, John Curcio, Marisa DelSignore, Abhilash Dhanvada, Jacquelyn Du, Sean Geiger, Emily He, Samantha Heller, David Henderson, Jason Hu, Audrey Immonen, Biprateep Kundu, Madeleine Lambert, Jason Lin, Victor Mao, Sarthak Mattagajasingh, Naria Quazi, Benjamin Radock, Rahul, Rao, Michael Tai, Sean Tao, Lena Vodovotz, Jacob Vries, Rohan Yadav, Bernice Yu and Catherine Zhang. Commended status are Zachary Anderson, Kayla Badamo, Gina Bao, James Barry, Rafael Bergerman, Andrew Bjorklund, Sierra Bugni, Fabiana Chamis, William Cheng, Christina Cheung, Curtis Coltharp, Kevin Dougherty, Kendra Downey, Erica Fan, Lionel Gumireddy, Eric Huang, Sashini Kannan, Catherine Liu, Brian Luebbert-Hill, Mary McCoy, Olivia McHugh, Noah Miller, Pranav Murthy, Charles Oestreich, Natalie Osten, Joseph Paski, Charles Ross, Scott Seel, Evan Stewart, Kerry Stith, Joshua Thompson, Robert Upton, Claire Washabaugh, Karley Whelan and Jiwen Wu.

FC Students Inducted into National Art Honor Society
In October, Fox Chapel Area High School students were inducted into the FCAHS Chapter of the National Art Honor Society. They are seniors Maquala Burnheimer, Faith Kim, Acella Lee, Elizabeth Ober, Matthew Silverman and Kaitlyn Wessel; and juniors Kelly Arel, Holden Armor, Elayna Burdelski, Astrid Chupina-Grijalva, Charles Fletcher, Jade Perry, Morgan Perry, Arlene Sisson, Mary Towle, Casandra Wolff and Hannah Yeager. They join students Stephanie Buzzatto, Shani Caplan-Chernoff, Emily Eames, Lily Hartsock, Amberly Morningstar, Jeremy Witchel, Danielle Woo and Madeleine DiMedio.

Strangio Earns Professional Plan Consultant Designation
Vincent T. Strangio, a Senior Assistant Advisor at Legend Financial Advisors, Inc.®, has earned the Professional Plan Consultants designation. A PPC distinguishes those who have made a commitment to education and service excellence in the qualified retirement plan industry.

Deadline to Apply for Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program Extended
The deadline to apply for the state’s 2013 Property Tax/Rent Rebate program is being extended to Dec. 31. Age and income eligibility limits. Applying for the program is free. Property Tax/Rent Rebate claim forms are available at 412-369-2230 or

NexTier Bank and Mars National Bank Donate to SV Foundation
In September, NexTier Bank donated $15,000 and Mars National Bank donated $1,000 to the Seneca Valley Foundation through the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development Education Improvement Tax Credit Program grant. The monies will benefit the women in engineering, honors engineering, personal finance, and accounting classes at Seneca Valley.

NA Seniors Recognized in NHRP
North Allegheny School District seniors Nicholas Lynn and Rafael Bergerman have been recognized in the 2014-2015 National Hispanic Recognition Program. The NHRP honors about 5,000 of the highest-scoring students from the more than 250,000 Hispanic/Latino juniors who take the PSAT/NMSQT each year.