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North Hills Monthly

New & Notable, Mar. 2015

Feb 27, 2015 06:35PM ● By North Hills Monthly magazine

Vincentian Academy Earns Three First-place Finishes at PJAS

St. Joseph Students Win PJAS Awards
The following Saint Joseph High School students received awards at the Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science Region 7 meeting at Duquesne University: First Place (pictured)—Alexandra Loperfito, Caroline Maltese, Isabelle Schroeder and Alexis Shirley. Second Place—Grace Banke, David Herr, Alexandra Jones, George Anne Morris, Calley Neelan, Julianna Nichols, Emily Peratt, Alyssa Snyder, Meredith Willard, Laurel Wolfe and Holly Wolfe.

Feldman Recognized in National Awards Program
North Allegheny High School senior Jamie Feldman has been recognized as a Distinguished Finalist in the 20th Annual Prudential Spirit of Community Awards Program. Feldman raised $25,000 for leukemia and lymphoma research through her project, “Hop for Leukemia,” which she began at her elementary school. Feldman is among only 10 students in Pennsylvania to be recognized in this year’s program.

Vincentian Academy Earns Three First-place Finishes at PJAS
Vincentian Academy students brought home three first-place finishes from the PA Junior Academy of Science regional competition held in February at Duquesne University. First-place winners were Joey Blaszkiewicz, Lindsay Caprio and Thomas Nash. Caprio also won the School of Pharmacy Excellence Award and Nash won the Center for Computational Sciences Award.

Darn Yarn Needles and Thread Celebrates Fifth Anniversary
On March 17, 2015, Darn Yarn Needles and Thread will celebrate five years in business by offering specials, prizes and extras all week as a way to thank its customers. The business is owned by Lisa Krack.

Bleil Accepted into the All-State Jazz Ensemble
Shaler Area High School junior Adam Bleil is one of 16 students from across the state who was accepted into the All-state Jazz Band to perform at the 2015 Pennsylvania Music Educators Association All-State Conference. Bleil, a trumpet player, went through an audition process to be selected and is the only musician in the ensemble from western Pennsylvania.

La Roche College Recognized by Society for HR Management
The Society for Human Resource Management announced that La Roche College’s Master of Science in Human Resources Management program has renewed its alignment with SHRM’s HR Curriculum Guidebook and Templates. There are only 371 programs in the world that have been acknowledged by SHRM as meeting the alignment requirements.

Choice Chiropractic Introduces Drive Beehive
Choice Chiropractic has announced a new initiative—Drive Beehive, a free app designed to help decrease accidents and deaths due to texting or talking on cell phones while driving. People can be sponsored and rewarded when they drive safely; all current Choice Chiropractic clients can sign up to be rewarded for distraction-free driving.

Hoss and Weaver Receive PMEA Scholarships
Seneca Valley seniors Haley Hoss and Mitch Weaver were awarded two scholarships from the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association. PMEA District 5 awards three scholarships each year to high school seniors who are choosing to pursue music education as a college major.

Johnson Named National Merit Scholarship Finalist
Shaler Area High School senior Josiah Johnson has been named one of 15,000 National Merit Scholarship finalists. He is in the top 1 percent of the 1.5 million students entered in the competition.

Appasamy One of 35 Selected for National Computing Award
Fox Chapel Area High School senior Sonia Appasamy has received a 2015 Award for Aspirations in Computing, presented by the National Center for Women & Information Technology. She is one of only two winners from Pennsylvania and one of only 35 winners across the nation.

Treesdale Golf & Country Club Welcomes Executive Chef
Award-winning chef Adam Gooch has been named as the new executive chef at Treesdale Golf & Country Club in Gibsonia, where he will oversee food and beverage operations.

Food Bank, Pirates Charities Team Up for Healthy Recipes
Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank and Pirates Charities have teamed up to focus on nutrition for success by creating a series of recipe cards that will be made available to the public through various Food Bank activities. The recipes were developed by Pirates head clubhouse chef Tony Palatucci, and the cards are sponsored and provided by the Pirates.

SSA Students Win Regional Scholastic Art Awards
Shady Side Academy Senior School students have been recognized by the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers as regional award winners in the art category of the 2015 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. Winners are freshmen Sydney Cleveland and Sasha Arefyev; sophomores Yumeng Du, Kay Hughes, Crosby Deliman, Caldwell Holden and Liza Crisanti; juniors Juliana Sandford, Naomi Shimada and Alisa Pugacheva; and seniors Charlotte Redican and Samantha Smith. The students are taught by Scott Aiken, Cari Batchelar and Tony Goodwin.

Hello Bistro Planned for North Hills
The new Eat’n Park Hospitality Group’s Salad and Burger restaurant concept, Hello Bistro, is planned for McCandless Crossing in Pittsburgh. The company will open its first suburban location in mid-2015.,

Toastmasters Club Assists Youth with Communication Skills
Nine home-schooled students recently took in an eight-week Youth Leadership Program, sponsored by the North Hills Toastmasters Club. The program was coordinated by Toastmasters Melissa Krause, Peter Hendrick and Rick Ley, and Barbara Beideman and Nadine Waters were the home-school coordinators. 412-719-9895

Empty Bowls Anniversary Commemorated with Exclusive Soup
Big Burrito Restaurant chef Bill Fuller has created a special soup to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Empty Bowls fundraiser for the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank and Just Harvest. The recipe will be made available during the event. and

Vincentian Academy Welcomes Fr. Scott Seethaler
Vincentian Academy recently welcomed Father Scott Seethaler as its featured speaker during Catholic School Week 2015. Other activities included students donating children’s books to Vincentian Child Care and the Pittsburgh Literacy Foundation, and reading stories to children.

SVMS Greenhouses Grow with Donation
The Seneca Valley Middle School Science Department recently received an equipment donation worth $1,995 from High Tech Garden Supply, which is owned by Peter Stumm and Eddie Stumm. The department will use this donation for their upper and lower greenhouses.

FC Students Win Regional Scholastic Writing Awards
Fox Chapel Area High School students recently won awards in the 2015 Pittsburgh Regional Scholastic Writing Awards competition. Gold Key winners were junior Julia Lynch and sophomore Suvir Mirchandani; Silver Key winners were seniors Justin Schmithorst and Benjamin Smith; junior Julia Lynch; sophomore Emma Paulini, and freshmen Madeleine Chesek-Welch and Margaret Edgecombe. Honorable mention winners were senior Benjamin Smith; junior Victor Schmithorst; sophomores Rachel Gorby, Tracey Ian and Emma Paulini; and freshmen Alexander Brotsker, Margaret Edgecombe and Jacob Klein.

Shaler Area School District Holds First Read-Cycle EventShaler Area Elementary School students received the opportunity to pick up a book through a new book swap program called Read-Cycle. Students collected more than 1,000 books to trade with other students as part of a service-learning project created by AmeriCorps teachers Danielle Sempler and Lauren Kopczinski. All remaining books were donated to the Shaler North Hills Library or the Millvale Library. 

SV Musicians Selected for SRU Honors Flute Ensemble
Seneca Valley students Jason Johnson, Kristina Johnson, Sam Kochis, Natalie McKinley, Meggie Moore, Marisa Ortiz, Nicole Popp and Megan Sebring were selected in February for Slippery Rock University’s School of Music Honors flute ensemble. They were chosen through an audition process and will spend two days on the SRU campus participating in master classes and playing in ensembles.

Hampton HS Art Students Illustrate Book
Hampton High School juniors Emily Hoover and Nicole Perrone have created illustrations to accompany a book written by high school enrichment facilitator, Scott Stickney. The book is titled Camp Birchbark 1963: The Adirondack Adventures of a Talented Troop of Teens. 412-492-6387

Consiglio Named 2015 Star Wealth Manager
August D. Consiglio, ChFC, has been selected for the seventh consecutive year as a 2015 Star Wealth Manager in the Pittsburgh Area. August, of Wexford, is an independent financial advisor registered with NFP Advisor Services and has been a chartered financial consultant for more than 25 years.

Seneca Valley Receives Educators Award Honorable Mention
Seneca Valley School District received an honorable mention for the Educators Award from Carnegie Science Center. Teachers Kelly Weston, Rebecca Finch, David Lowe, Amy Palaski, Dean Walker and Patti Griest were nominated for the award.

SSA Students Win Regional Scholastic Writing Awards
Six Shady Side Academy students were recognized by the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers as regional award winners in the writing category of the 2015 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards for the Pittsburgh Region. They are junior Abbie Minard, who collected 16 regional awards, including five Gold Keys and a national American Voices Award nomination; sophomore Caldwell Holden who won a Gold Key, and freshman Emily Weiss who won a Gold Key. The other winners were sophomore Tanay Kumta who won two Silver Keys; junior Elena Xiong who won a Silver Key and an honorable mention, and seventh-grader Max Minard, who won two honorable mentions.

FCAHS Students Win at Regional Tech Challenge
A team of Fox Chapel Area High School students won awards at the Southwestern Pennsylvania FIRST Tech Challenge Regional Competition in January. The team placed 13th in the robotics portion of the program and also won the Connect Award. Team members were senior Gerry Chen; juniors Che Esch, Ishan Khatri, Kristopher Penner, Stephen Polcyn, Sreeroopa Som and Konrad Urban; and sophomores Mihir Garimella, Donovan Gorgas and Suvir Mirchandani.

NA Students Advance in National Merit Scholarship Competition
All 28 North Allegheny Senior High School students named National Merit semi-finalists by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation have advanced to the finalist stage. They 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.

Shaler Art Students Create Posters for Library
Shaler Area High School librarians Faith Jack and Kate Wilcox recently partnered with students in Chris Lisowski’s digital art classes to create posters to identify new fiction sections in the library. Artists include Virginia Houck (Fantasy), Tommy Truong (Mystery), Josh Bednar (Suspense), Christian Parsons (Horror), Christopher Belleci (Science Fiction), Adam Hames (Historical Fiction), Christopher Belleci (Adventure), Carly Heller (Sports), Alyson Delandro (Romance), Lisowski and Wilcox (Teen), Lisowski and Wilcox (Fiction), Jeremy Wakely (Classics) and Jimmy Balsimo (Manga).

NA Students Win Honors at Regional Science Competition
North Allegheny School District students took first place awards at the regional competition of the Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science and now have the opportunity to participate in the state competition at Penn State University. First Place winners were seventh-grader Zehra Mehdi; eight-graders Adelle Fernando and TJ Faber; ninth-graders Nikhil Behari, Akshath Jain and Serena Yan; tenth grader Tania Mulherkar; 11th graders Mohit Bhide, Shanelle Fernando, Sophia Lee, Zain Mehdi, Eric Mi, Ashwin Reddy, Ashvath Sekhar, Nila Suresh and Jack You; and twelfth-grader Pranav Murthy. Anuleka Elapavaluru, Abhilash Dhanvada, Thomas Kim, Vibha Reddy and Samidha Sane also claimed five second place awards.

Evans City Students Receive Visit from PA Farm Bureau
The Pennsylvania Friends of Agriculture Foundation recently brought its Mobile Agriculture Education Science Lab to Evans City Elementary School, where they provided students with an interactive learning experience.

SSA Students Participate in Musical Production of Into the Woods
More than 80 Shady Side Academy students participated in the cast, crew and orchestra for its production of Into the Woods. Feature roles included senior Chloe Zack as Little Red Riding Hood; junior Lauren Wholey as the Witch; junior Maxwell DeGregorio as the Baker; junior Riya Gohel as the Baker’s Wife; sophomore Jacob Lokay as Jack; and sophomore Kerry Broker as Cinderella. The production was directed by Dana Hardy-Bingham, and the music director and conductor was Dr. Dan Brill. Junior Phoebe Thompson was assistant director and stage manager; Lisa Ann Goldsmith was choreographer; Leah Klocko was cast designer and Austin Davidheiser was technical director.

McElroy Wins Information Technology Award
Seneca Valley junior Kelsie McElroy was recently awarded with the National Center for Women & Information Technology Award for Aspirations in Computing.

SV Academic Games Team Triumphs in LinguiSHTIK Tournament
The Seneca Valley Academic Games Team performed in the LinguiSHTIK tournament held in January at the Heinz History Center. The Haine Middle School team finished in the top five spots and also had 18 national qualifiers, including five perfect scores. The first place team included Dora White, Matt Murphy, Renhan Xu, Dilini Ranaweera and Brendan Malloy. The second place team included Zach Garcia, Anoop Savio, Arya Nayak, Cameron Ailes and Ryan Jones. The third place team included Jacklyn Ko, Ananya Rao, Emma Krebler, Jason Hartenstein and Zack LaValle. The fourth place team included Brenna Wrubel, Vibha Hodachalli, Claire Reynolds, Sarah McKinley and Lauren Ehret. The fifth place team included Parker Logue, Simren Jayaraman, Nick Folino, Emma Montgomery and Megan Bablak. Perfect scores were earned by Arya Nayak, Ryan Jones, Brendan Malloy, Nick Folino and Beniafer Sepai. Other qualifiers were Zach Garcia, Cameron Ailes, Dora White, Matt Murphy, Renhan Xu, Dilini Ranaweera, Evan Howley, Jacklyn Ko, Ananya Rao, Zack LaValle, Brenna Wrubel, Sarah McKinley and Lauren Ehret. Evans City Middle School student Christian Williams was also a national qualifier. Students who also qualified for nationals include Rachel Covell, Ben Hess, Jarrett Johnston, Reema Kudtarkar, Vinya Ponugoti, Bailey Salameh and Jonathan Simoes.

Shaler Students Receive Visit from Local Musher and Dog Team
Shaler Area sixth-grade students were visited by local musher Daniel Rehak of the North Hills, in February, who introduced the students to his dogs, some of which are Iditarod veterans, and the sled and equipment needed to make the 1,049-mile journey from Anchorage to Nome, Alaska.

Hamilton Wins Car in Kids Campaign Raffle
Team members from Eat’n Park and the Neighborhood Ford Store presented the keys to a 2015 Ford Fusion to Ruth Hamilton in January, as the winner of Eat’n Park’s Caring for Kids Campaign car raffle.

Shaler Area Cheerleaders Named First Runner-Up
The Shaler Area Varsity Competitive Cheerleaders were named first runners-up in the Medium Varsity Division of the PIAA Competitive Spirit state championship in Hershey in January. The squad finished second out of 41 teams.

SV Students Achieve National Scholastic Art Awards
After winning Gold Keys in the 2015 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Competition, seven Seneca Valley students are headed to New York City. Gold Key winners include Hannah Kendrick, Eric Chatterjee, Brendan Kennelty, Rebecca Moser, Katherine Beringer, Callee McCosby and Nicole Walters. Silver Key and Honorable Mention awardees will have their artwork on display at La Roche College. They are Samuel Foss, Brendan Kennelty, Alex Lecce, Callee McCosby, Rebecca Moser, Jesse Trempus, Nicole Berner, Rachel Brunette, Emily Cekella and Rachel Moore. Honorable mentions include Taylor Askey, Keaton Bigler, Ali Campbell, Eric Chaterjee, Samuel Foss, Sara Goncz, Whitney Kaltenbaugh, Callee McCosby, Rebecca Moser, Micah Schirra, Abigail Smith, Briana Thompson, Kalyn Serman, Morgan Culichia and Shannon Uram.

Kahn Joins Cognitive Dynamic Therapy Associates
Licensed Clinical Social Worker Marissa Kahn has joined Cognitive Dynamic Therapy Associates, a multi-specialty psychological group practice with offices in Wexford and Shadyside/Oakland. 412-687-8700 x 102,

FC Students Place at Pine-Richland Forensic Tournament
Fox Chapel Area High School sophomore Jeremy Rodrigues was awarded fifth place and sophomore Ellen Pil was awarded sixth place in Impromptu Speaking at the Pine-Richland High School Forensic Invitational Tournament held in January. Approximately 450 students participated rrom 30 area high schools. 

SV Instrumentalists Participate in PMEA Festivals
Seneca Valley School District instrumentalists recently participated in the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association District Band Festival. Students selected on clarinet were Sarah Kochis, Arielle Meltzer and Hanna Behr; on bass clarinet Mitch Topf; on alto saxophone Julia Scanlan; on tenor saxophone Zach DeDionisio; on baritone saxophone Becca Danik; on trumpet Mitch Weaver and Adam Johanknecht; on French Horn Lauren Agnello; on euphonium Aaron Jackson and Austin Treu; on trombone Seb Demetter and Katy Kolor; and on percussion Brendan Kennelty. Instrumental teachers include Varden Armstrong, Bob Babick, Sam Eisenreich and Sara Snyder.

La Roche College Announces Addition of Div. III Women’s Lacrosse
La Roche College will add NCAA Division III women’s lacrosse, the 13th varsity athletic program offered by the college, during the 2015-16 academic year. The Redhawks will compete within the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference with four other colleges and universities, and there will be a women’s lacrosse championship in 2016.

English Receives Appointments and Award
In the 2015-2016 session, Rep. Hal English (R-Allegheny) will serve on the House Education, Aging and Older Adult Services, Tourism and Recreational Development, and Game and Fisheries committees. English recently received an award citing his perfect attendance in the 2013-14 legislative session.

FC Students Place at Knoch Forensic Tournament
Fox Chapel Area High School sophomore Joshua Cagan won sixth place in Impromptu Speaking and juniors Priyanka Shah and Daly Trimble won tenth place in Public Forum Debate at the Knoch Knights Groundhog Day Joust Forensic Tournament. More than 350 students from 25 schools from throughout western Pennsylvania competed.

Richland Elementary School Named a Top Performing School
Richland Elementary School is being honored as one of the top performing Title 1 schools in Pennsylvania by the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s Division of Federal Programs. In all, 96 Title I schools, out of about 1,800 schools that qualify for federal Title I financial help, were named Distinguished schools in PA.

SV Instrumentalists Selected for PMEA District Jazz Band
Thirty-one Seneca Valley students were selected for the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association District Jazz Band that was held at Slippery Rock University at the end of January. They were alto sax players Dan Singer, Sarah Kochis and Katie Platt; tenor sax players Marina Fec, Nick Hepp and Tommy Zugell; baritone sax player Becca Danik; guitar player Austin Landgraf; trombone players Martin Chrzanowski, Patrick O’Connor, Nate Fritch, Aaron Jackson, Katy Kolor, Seb Demetter, Alex Miller, Nick Garrett and Henry Von Rintelen; trumpet players Connor Griffith, Adam Johanknecht, Mitch Weaver, Dan Popp, Maddy Sinan, Aaron Wolf, Daniel Kushner and Jeremy O’Connor.; piano players Isaac McKinley and Miya Paserba; percussionists Jordan Bender, Colin Scott and Hayden Goodzinski; and bass player Luci Ferraro. Varden Armstrong is the director of both Jazz Ensemble I and Jazz Ensemble II.

FC Students Participate in Regional Science Competition
Several Fox Chapel Area students won awards at the 81st Annual Region 7 Meeting of the Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science. First place winners were seniors Sonia Appasamy, Gerry Chen, Rama Godse and Emma Schwartzman; juniors Stephen Polcyn, Anja Schempf and Manasa Thada; sophomores Darwin Leuba, Tanvi Meringenti and William Schwartzman; freshmen Afaf Nabeeha and Sarthak Navjivan; eighth-graders Arnav Gupta, Theresa Heidenreich, Jayanth Kashyap, Zachary Lakkis, Nicholas Lauer, Ji-Yool Moon, Sanam Parwani, Kathryn Schwartzman and Annika Urban; and seventh-graders Hanna Chen, Rajeev Godse, Christiana Paljug and Ameya Velankar. The first place winners have qualified for the state PJAS Competition in May at Penn State University. Second place winners were senior Frank Lou; sophomores Austin Fisher, Elizabeth Heidenreich, Moira McCormick and Ayan Sinha; freshmen Tao Sheng and Bridget Wang; eighth-graders Sanjana Harish, Shudipto Wahed and Gina Wang; and seventh-graders Serena Fisher, Abdus Sami Mohammed and Kavya Soman. Third place winner was eighth-grader Nishika Mohnot.