New & Notable, Dec. 2014
Dec 01, 2014 10:35AM ● Published by Vanessa Orr
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Caylee Cavanaugh turned her Sweet 16 birthday into a fundraiser for the kids at Glade Run who she met while lifeguarding at the YMCA. She and her family organized fundraising activities at the American Legion Hall in Zelienople and raised $4,000 for the organization.
Jones Appointed Pennsylvania State Ambassador for NVCN
The National Volunteer Caregiving Network has named Nancy Jones of Marshall Township as its new state ambassador for Pennsylvania. Jones is the program manager of In Service of Seniors at North Hills Community Outreach in Hampton and is manager of the NHCO North Boroughs office in Bellevue.
Codispot Honored in Cameos of Caring Program
Connie Codispot has been given the Cameos of Caring Program Award by Butler Health System. Nominated by her colleagues, Codispot is a registered nurse in the Behavioral Health Department and has been employed at BHS since 1999.
CCAC Students Qualify for Cross-Country Race
Community College of Allegheny County North Campus students Kayla Schwartz and Alex Garbini recently qualified to participate in the NJCAA Division III National Cross Country Championship hosted by Finger Lakes Community College.
Ciao and Haberstock Author Book about Autism
Glade Run Adventures junior volunteers Maria Ciao and Isabella Haberstock earned their Girl Scout Silver Award by creating the My Amazing Graceland book. The book features photos of Glade Run Adventures’ horses and is about autism from the point of view of a therapeutic horse.
Coyne Receives Special Merit Award
Seneca Valley junior Sarah Coyne, and other SV students from Dana Hadley’s field biology class, recently participated in the Fairchild Challenge through Phipps Conservatory. In the first challenge, students gave up technology for 24 hours and wrote a reflective essay on the experience. Coyne’s essay received a Special Merit Award.
Kerr Students Take Battle of the Books
A team of fifth-grade Kerr Elementary School students were named the winners of the 2014 Fox Chapel Area School District Battle of the Books Tournament. The winning team members are Danielle Horne, Ellie Peterson, Sophie Pilarski and Izabella Stern. The annual tournament included fourth- and fifth-grade students from Fairview, Hartwood, Kerr and O’Hara elementary schools in the Fox Chapel Area School District.
NASD Ranked Number Nine
North Allegheny School District was ranked number nine among more than 120,000 school districts evaluated this year in the 2015 Niche K-12 Rankings. The district was also recognized as the number three district in Pennsylvania and the number one district in the Pittsburgh Metropolitan Area. www.k12.niche.com.
Spiker Named First SASD School Resource Officer
Shaler Township Police Officer Frank Spiker is the Shaler Area School District’s first school resource officer. Spiker will be a uniformed police presence in all Shaler Area schools and act as a direct connection between the school district and area police department resources.
UPMC Passavant Named Top Performer
UPMC Passavant was named a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures by The Joint Commission for the second consecutive year. As a top performer, the hospital will be featured in the Joint Commission’s Improving America’s Hospitals annual report, and recognized in the Joint Commission’s Quality Check website.
Free Straw for Outdoor Pets and Feral Cats
Free bags of straw are being offered to anyone who owns or cares for outdoor animals, including feral cats, during Animal Friends’ annual Straw Drop. On a limited basis, straw delivery may be available for those without transportation. Animal Friends, 562 Camp Horne Rd., Pittsburgh. 412-847-7000.
Boyle Receives Professional of the Year Award
The Pittsburgh Planned Giving Council announced that Thomas E. Boyle, Esquire, has been awarded the organization’s 2014 Allied Professional of the Year Award. He is a shareholder at Buchanan Ingersoll and Rooney.
La Roche Named Military Friendly College
According to G.I. Jobs Magazine, La Roche College ranks in the top 15 percent of all military friendly colleges, universities and trade schools nationwide. This marks the sixth consecutive year that the college has received this status.
SV Students in 2014 PMEA Honors Choir
Seneca Valley High School students were chosen through an audition to perform in the Pennsylvania Music Education Association’s District 5 Honors Choir at Westminster College. They are seniors Ashley Berman, Jeremy Irwin, David Osorno, Ellie Lahm, Lauren Ottaviani, Dominic Mastroianni, Ben Jamison and Lance Hahn; juniors Rachel Carmella, Carinne Geil, Christina Dadey and Josh DePasquale; sophomores Ava Minutello, Mike Trauman, Jake Pelloni, Jon Baktay, Paige Hurbanek, Kim McGinnis and Joe Brinker; and freshmen Emma Walsh and Anna Stroupe.
Urban Named Winner in Broadcom Competition
Annika Urban, Dorseyville Middle School eighth grader, has been named a winner in the 2014 Broadcom MASTERS (Math, Applied Science, Technology and Engineering for Rising Stars) National Science Fair STEM competition. She was named a second place STEM Award Winner in the engineering category for her project, and is one of only 30 students from across the nation selected as a finalist to participate in the national competition in Washington, D.C.
Bellevue Dental Associates Welcomes Dunlevy
Dr. Andrew Dunlevy of Pittsburgh joined Dr. William Antonucci at Bellevue Dental Associates in July of this year.
SV Academic Games Earns Awards in Presidents Tournament
The Seneca Valley Academic Games Team recently earned awards during the Presidents Tournament at SV Middle School. Haine Middle School third place team members include Nate Trost, Jacklyn Ko, Claire Reynolds, Matt Murphy and Ananya Rao; the fourth place team includes Sarah McKinley, Jason Hartenstein, Renhan Xu, Kyra Martino and Ryan Jones; the fifth place team includes Evan Prazenica, Jordan Henne, Emma Krebler, Kayla Moon and Maddy Rosenzweig; and the sixth place team includes Sammi Carter, Sebastian Wary, Maddalyn DiMichele, Simren Jayaraman and Roma Kesaran. HMS also had eight national qualifiers. They are Zachary Garcia, Brenna Wrubel, Sebastian Wary, Dilini Ranaweera, Evan Howley, Simren Jayaraman, Arya Nayak and Vibha Hodachalli. Andrew Drozynski, from Evans City Middle School, qualified for nationals. In addition, SV Middle School had five students qualify in the Presidents Tournament. They are Rishin Sharma, Kate Scalan, Connor McDonald, Jacob Geil and Jarrett Johnston. In the junior division, Lucy Geronime qualified for nationals.
FC Students Place in Erie Forensic Tournament
Fox Chapel Area High School students recently participated in the Mercyhurst & McDowell Forensic Tournament, where senior Frank Lou won first place in Student Congress; sophomore Rohan Chalasani won first place in Impromptu Speaking and senior Rama Godse won third place in Original Oratory. Additionally, the FCAHS Forensics and Model UN teams won a team sweepstakes award, taking second place overall in speech events. More than 160 students from 14 schools in western Pennsylvania competed.
SV Receives Grant from the Highmark Foundation
Seneca Valley School District received a $10,000 grant from the Highmark Foundation to provide programming that focuses on the Olweus Bullying in Prevention Program survey for students in third through twelfth grades. www.highmarkfoundation.org.
North Hills Newcomers Raise Funds for Glade Run
North Hills Newcomers and Friends chose Glade Run as the recipient of their fundraising efforts in 2014. The group held a luncheon and live auction in November and raised $10,000 for the organizations. www.northhillsnewcomers.org.
Farmers National Bank Gives to SV Foundation
In October, Farmers National Bank of Emlenton donated $3,500 to the Seneca Valley Foundation through the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development Education Improvement Tax Credit Program grant. The donation will benefit a number of classes at Seneca Valley. www.svsd.net/SVFoundation.