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North Hills Monthly

New & Notable, Feb. 2015

Jan 30, 2015 04:08PM ● By Anna Ricciardi

Panera Bread Opens First Drive-Thru Café in Pittsburgh

Cone Joins BHS Medical Staff
In January, Certified Nurse Midwife Lisa Cone joined Butler Health System’s Women’s Care Associates. The practice, located at 127 Oneida Valley Road, is owned by Dr. Maureen Russelland and Dr. Steven Paterno.

Panera Bread Opens First Drive-Thru Café in Pittsburgh
In January, Panera Bread announced the grand opening of their first drive-thru bakery-café in Pittsburgh, located at 8800 Covenant Road at McCandless Crossing. Panera is donating $1 from every $5 gift card redeemed from opening offers to Charlie Batch’s Best of the Batch Foundation.

CCAC Ice Hockey Team Surpasses $20K Mark for Local Charities
Since 2008, the Community College of Allegheny County North Campus Intercollegiate Ice Hockey Team has raised more than $20,000 in funds and other donations for area charities. In December, the team took on the Pittsburgh Celebrity Hockey Team to raise funds for Operation Troop Appreciation, and raised more than $3,000 for the organization.

Rotary Commits $10,000 to Backpacks for Hunger
Backpacks for Hunger has been designated as the lead beneficiary of the Rotary Club of Fox Chapel Area’s Charity Golf Classic to be held on May 18 and will receive at least $10,000 from the tournament. In December, Rotary Club President George Dull presented a $1,000 check to school counselors Sue Douglas at Kerr Elementary and Janet Fazzini at Hartwood Elementary for the program that provides supplemental food for students when they are not in school.

FCAHS Named GRAMMY® Semifinalist
Fox Chapel Area High School is one of the 120 high schools nationwide that was selected as a GRAMMY® Signature Schools semi- finalist for 2015. Sophomore Emma Paulini, a member of the high school’s women’s choir, spearheaded the grant application process. Finalists will receive a custom award and monetary grant to benefit their music programs.

SA Cheerleaders Win Competitive Spirit Award
The Shaler Area Cheerleaders have been named the WPIAL Division AAA champions in the third annual Pennsylvania State Cheerleading Competitive Spirit Championship, which was held in January. The team also placed first out of 31 teams competing in the medium squad championship.

FCAHS Magazine Wins First Place National Award
Fox Chapel Area High School’s 2013-2014 literary arts magazine, Tapestry, has been named a first place winner in the 2014 American Scholastic Press Association’s Annual Contest/Review for Scholastic Yearbooks, Magazines and Newspapers in the magazine portion of the competition. The magazine was one of only 10 magazines from across the nation to be named among the “Most Outstanding High School Literary-Art Magazines for 2014.”

Brain Balance Opens in Wexford
On February 11, Brain Balance of Wexford will be opening in the Wexford Plaza near Levin Furniture. The Brain Balance program is a comprehensive, revolutionary approach that combines physical and sensory exercises, cognitive skill training and nutritional rebalance to overcome the symptoms of ADHD, learning disabilities, processing disorders, Asperger’s syndrome, and a host of other related childhood learning and developmental issues. Call 724-443-6287 for a free consultation.

Shaler Area Distributes iPads to Middle School Students
Shaler Area School District recently kicked off its One-to-One iPad initiative, handing out close to 700 iPad mini devices to all seventh- and eighth-graders at Shaler Area Middle School. The iPad initiative started in 2012 and will expand to provide iPad mini devices to every seventh- through twelfth-grader by the next school year.

FCA Students Raise more than $41,000 for LLS
Fox Chapel Area School District students held their 25th annual telethon in December and raised more than $41,000 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Western Pennsylvania and West Virginia Chapter for the second year in a row. The telethon is coordinated each year by the high school’s marketing/management and television production students.

Haine Elementary School Receives Ramp Designation
The American School Counselor Association announced that Haine Elementary School has been named a national ASCA Recognized ASCA Model Program (RAMP) for making an exemplary commitment to comprehensive school counseling programs. Since the program’s inception in 2004, only 550 schools have been designated as RAMP.

Shaler Area Students to Perform in PMEA Chorus
Students Paige Milavec, Catie Strout, Tori Lorenz, Jordan Schreiber and Zak Marshall have been chosen to perform in the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association Region Chorus concert in February.

Tollerton and Bench Coca-Cola Scholars Semifinalists
Seneca Valley seniors Bailyn Bench and Rachael Tollerton both have been selected as semifinalists in the Coca-Cola Scholars Program and now have the opportunity to receive a $20,000 scholarship.

Shaler Area Students Create New Challenge
Shaler Area High School students working to create the next Ice Bucket Challenge recently came up with the idea of the ‘Leukemia Wrap Challenge’ in which participants, including Principal Tim Royall, creatively wrap themselves in bathroom tissue and record it as a video to represent kids who are confined in hospital beds while they go through difficult leukemia treatments.

SV Instrumentalists Participate in District 5 Honors Band
The Seneca Valley Instrumental Music Department had 46 students participate in the 2014 District 5 Honors Band festival held in November. Performers included Jason Johnson, Carinne Geil, Ally Tice, Sarah Kochis, Ariella Meltzer, Hanna Behr, Lauren Stanick, Sofia Salgado, Urvi Gupta, Alison Vlasnik, Sammi Logan, Allison Love, Mitch Topf, Dan Singer, Julia Scanlon, Katie Platt, Zach DeDionisio, Austin Landgraf, Becca Danik, Mitch Weaver, Adam Johanknecht, Aaron Wolf, Connor Griffith, Maddy Sinan, Caylnn Rosenbaum, Jared Famiglietti, Dan Popp, Aaron Jackson, Austin Treu, Patrick O’Connor, Alex Miller, Martin Chrzanowski, Nate Fritch, Seb Demetter, Bethany Sager, Katy Kolor, Emily Scanlan, Hayden Goodzinski, Courtney Wahlstrom, Luci Ferraro, Lauren Agnello, Miya Paserba, Zoie Kondos, Kim Fitz, Jordan Bender and Brendan Kennelty.

Schiebel Recognized by St. Vincent College
Saint Joseph High School teacher Wayne Schiebel was recognized as a winner of the 2014 Saint Vincent College Great Teacher Recognition Program Award. He was nominated by 2014 SJHS graduate Mitch Farrell and has been teaching at SJHS for nearly 40 years.

FCAHS Magazine Wins First Place National Award
Fox Chapel Area High School’s 2013-2014 literary arts magazine, Tapestry, has been named a first place winner in the 2014 American Scholastic Press Association’s Annual Contest/Review for Scholastic Yearbooks, Magazines and Newspapers in the magazine portion of the competition. The magazine was one of only 10 magazines from across the nation to be named among the “Most Outstanding High School Literary-Art Magazines for 2014.” Staff members include 2014 graduates Marisa Acevedo, Danielle Burton, Emily Katz, Juliet Millard, Adlai Nelson, Habiba Shalaby, and McKenna Trimble; seniors Emily Fabiszewski, Faith Kim, Jaagrit Randhawa, Sarah Ssemakula, and Rachel Stein; and juniors Maria Burns, Christopher Esch, Emma Lloyd, Stephen Polcyn, Sophie Rodosky, and Bailey Yousem. The students’ advisor is language arts teacher Jessica Green.

Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Receives National Award
Jellystone Park at Kozy Rest in Harrisville has won the Park of the Year award from the National Association of RV parks and Campgrounds for the second time in four years. Denny Quigley and his son, Gary, received the award during a national awards ceremony in Las Vegas.

CCAC Earns Excellent Rating from PennDOT
The Community College of Allegheny County successfully completed the Pennsylvania Safety Inspection Academic Audit in October, earning the rating of ‘excellent.’ The CCAC West Hills Center Automotive facility and program was found ‘more than appropriate’ by The Bureau of Motor Vehicles, Inspections Division, to provide training and certification in automotive safety inspection.

PyroFest 2015 Venue Change to Butler County
In January, Pyrotecnico announced that its fourth annual PyroFest will be held at Cooper’s Lake Campground near Slippery Rock, and will expand to two days, May 22 and 23, 2015.

Clothes Mentor in Wexford Opens
Clothes Mentor in Wexford is a unique, upscale women’s resale store that buys (and soon will sell) brand name and designer women’s clothing, shoes, accessories and handbags. The store is located in Pine Center in Wexford across from the CVS.

FCAHS Students Place in Regional FBLA Competition
Fox Chapel Area High School students recently competed in the Future Business Leaders of America Regional Leadership Conference and qualified for the state competition to be held in April. First place winners were seniors Ryan Breen, Frances Dean, Justin Dembowski, Eliza Horvat, Brad Jamiolkowski, Will Kolbrener, Jack Lundy, Nicole Mauder, Paige Michael, Elianna Paljug, Peter Rozin, Deepika Sarma, Kanika Sarma, Christopher Selwood, Andrew Wissinger, Gordon Wissinger, and Colin Yost, juniors Stephen Polcyn and Anja Schempf; sophomores Rohan Chalasani, Yelim Lee and Jeremy Rodrigues; and freshmen Karissa Becer and Margaret Edgecombe. Second place winners were seniors Annalise Becer, Sam Burke, Gerry Chen, Matthew Cynkar, Tynan Englert, Rama Godse, Christopher Good, Matthew Herrmann, John Kilmer, Stephen Pollock, Zane Rosen and Sarah Schachner; junior Jessica Hertzberg; sophomores Jared Cohen, Megan Eisengart, Alexander Himler, Vincent Lundy, Tanvi Meringenti, Martin Taxay, Taylor Thiele and Nathan Wecht; and freshmen Mia Jamiolkowski, Rohit Nandakumar, and Sai Yarlagadda. Third place winners were seniors Elissa Bergren and Rachel Szabo; juniors Michael Bonavita, Julia Lynch and Edward Wight; sophomores Mikayla D’Cunha and Alexis Hurwitz; and freshmen Andreas Paljug, Jeffrey Savin, Jorgen Wu and Georgina Zimmerman. Fourth place winners were juniors Charles Fletcher, Logan Foster and Jane Millard; sophomores Kevin Kilmer and Benjamin Rosen; and freshmen Benjamin Kronman and Abigail Pogue. Fifth place winners were seniors Anna Huwar and Elizabeth Savin; sophomores Alec Eckman and Kristen Rabbitt; and freshmen Claudia Guerrieri and Jacob Wecht. Sixth place winners were junior David Humphrey; sophomores Sophia Lee and Alan McIvor; and freshmen Afaf Nabeeha and Tanvi Yende.

Keystone Clinical Partners Selected as ACO
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced in December that Keystone Clinical Partners has been selected as one of 89 new Medicare Shared Savings Program Accountable Care Organizations.

FC Students Place at Forensic Tournament
Fox Chapel Area High School senior Frank Lou and sophomore Jeremy Rodrigues both received outstanding performance plaques in Impromptu Speaking and were recognized as being among the top five finishers in their event at the Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic High School Forensic Tournament in December. The team of juniors Priyanka Shah and Daly Trimble won first place in Public Forum Debate and had an undefeated record. Juniors David Humphrey and Julia Lynch won second place. FCAHS students won the second place sweepstakes plaque as a team in the large school category.

Northland Library Raising Funds
Nearly $40,000 was raised during Northland Public Library’s year-end fundraising campaign, and donations continue. Tax-deductible gifts, which will be used to provide programs and services, can still be made at

FCA Students Win Regional 2015 Scholastic Art Awards
The Fox Chapel Area High School Gold Key winners in the Pittsburgh Arts Region of The Scholastic Art Awards of 2015 are seniors Anna Burns, Stephanie Buzzatto, Maura Clark, Yosra Kandil, Faith Kim, Margaret Mertz and Danielle Woo; juniors Griffin Bartley and Madeleine DiMedio; and sophomore Mary Clare O’Connor. Silver Key winners are seniors Stephanie Buzzatto, Shani Caplan-Chernoff, Taylor Edwards, Faith Kim, Brendan Valley and Danielle Woo; juniors Charles Fletcher, Hannah Goodman and Astrid Navas Grijalva; sophomores Hanna Belotti, Emma Cassidy, Moira McCormick, Mary Clare O’Connor and Krista Spuhler; and Dorseyville Middle School seventh-grader Anzu Sekikawa. Honorable Mention winners are seniors Stephanie Buzzatto, Shani Caplan-Chernoff, Taylor Edwards, Emma Gonzales, Faith Kim, Edward Marinzel, Elizabeth Ober, Benjamin Smith and Brendan Valley; juniors Sarah Bernhard, Amy Burke, Zachary Burkhart, Madeleine DiMedio, Rebecca Francis, Kathleen Kiszka, Tyler McDonough, Astrid Navas Grijalva and Sophie Rodosky; sophomores Alysha Dean, Madeleine Doerr, Mary Clare O’Connor and Emily Wymore; and freshman Hannah Morton.

SV Team Wins in Propaganda Tournament
The Seneca Valley Academic Games Team had a winning performance in the Propaganda Tournament in January. First place team members include Beniafer Sepai, Anoop Savio, Parker Louge, Zach Garcia and Renhan Xu. Second place team members include Ananya Rao, Megan Bablak, Dilini Ranaweera, Arya Nayak and Brenna Wrubel. Fifth place team members include Dora White, Nate Trost, Jack Veverka, Jason Hartenstein and Matt Murphy. National qualifiers include Parker Louge, Zach Garcia, Megan Bablak, Anoop Savio, Brenna Wrubel, Dililni Ranaweera, Arya Nayak and Matt Murphy. Evans City Middle School also had four national qualifiers including Derek Wessel, David Choi, Rob Appling and Kaitlyn Moore. SVMS seventh- and eighth-graders who qualified in Propaganda include Tori Beck, Ben Hess, Connor McDonald, Ani Ponugoti, Kate Scanlan, Jonathan Simoes and Brian Vogel. Lucy Geronime also qualified for nationals in the junior division.

English Takes Oath of Office for Second Term
In January, Rep. Hal English (R- Allegheny) was sworn in for a second term representing the residents of the 30th Legislative District. The swearing-in took place in the chamber of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in Harrisburg.

FCAHS Students to Compete at State-Level TSA Conference
A number of Fox Chapel Area High School students recently qualified to compete in the Pennsylvania Technology Student Association State Leadership Conference. First place winners include seniors Zoe Aridor, Gerry Chen, Andrew Coco, Deepika Sarma, Kanika Sarma and Rachel Szabo; juniors Daniel Beluk, Jessica Hertzberg, Joseph Klaas, Joshua Manuel, Stephen Polcyn, Alisa Quemado, Konrad Urban, Elaine Yates and Bailey Yousem; sophomores Austin Fisher, Yelim Lee, Jonathan Monroe, Juliette Naugle and Jeremy Rodrigues; and freshman Sarthak Navjivan. Second places winners include seniors Taylor Edwards, Katherine Johnston and Christopher Ream; juniors Jacob Caruso and Manasa Thada; sophomores Moira McCormick, Tanvi Meringenti, Ayan Sinha and Elizabeth Woodwell; and freshman Afaf Nabeeha. Third place winners include seniors Katherine Johnston and Christopher Ream; juniors Jacob Caruso, Ishan Khatri, Sean Scott and Jacob Smith; sophomores Waleed Tariq and Terrance Whitehead; and freshman Rohit Nandakumar. FCAHS students who also qualified for the state competition are seniors Alison Arnone and Joshua Dorn; sophomores Samantha Cider, Donovan Gorgas and Mackenzie Myers; and freshmen Karissa Bece.