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North Hills Monthly

New & Notable, Apr. 2015

Mar 31, 2015 09:56AM ● By Anna Ricciardi

Ryan Andrew Farbacher

Career Training Academy (CTA) Announces Relocation
CTA plans to relocate its current McKnight Road facility to 1014 West Park Drive in West View Shopping Center in April 2015.  The new facility will provide career training in the medical fields to meet an increased demand for healthcare workers in the North Hills area and lend to economic growth and development in the West View community.  CTA will offer the following programs in the West View location: Medical Assistant, Health Insurance Claims Examiner/Medical Biller, Advanced Medical Coder/Biller, Therapeutic Massage Technician, Comprehensive Massage Therapist and Advanced Bodyworker.

Farbacher Receives Eagle Scout Award
Ryan Andrew Farbacher, an eighth-grader at Pine Richland Middle School, has earned the Eagle Scout Award, the Boy Scouts of America’s highest advancement award. He is one of approximately 4 percent of all Boy Scouts who attain the Eagle rank, and is a member of Troop 344, chartered to Salem United Methodist Church. He earned 44 merit badges and raised funds to construct a pavilion at St. Richard’s Church that required more than 700 hours of volunteer labor which he planned and organized.,

Zhang Named Coca-Cola Scholar
North Allegheny high school senior Catherine Zhang has been named a 2015 Coca-Cola Scholar and will receive a $20,000 scholarship to the college or university of her choice and an all-expense-paid trip to Atlanta this month to participate in Scholars Weekend. Only 150 students received this honor.

La Roche College to Offer MS Degree in Information Systems
La Roche College has developed a Master of Science degree in information systems. The new 30-credit program will begin this fall, and offers a broad-based study of information systems and current industry trends.

Flood Receives Outstanding Middle Level Educator Award
Seneca Valley Middle School health teacher Michael Flood was given the Anna Moniot Outstanding Middle Level Educator of the Year Award for the 2014-2015 school year from the Pennsylvania Association for Middle Level Education.

Urban and Mirchandani Named THINK 2015 Finalists
Fox Chapel Area High School junior Konrad Urban and sophomore Suvir Mirchandani were named finalists in the 2015 Technology for Humanity guided by Innovation, Networking, and Knowledge (THINK) Scholars Program. Their project was entitled “Automated Illustration of Text to Improve Semantic Comprehension.” The THINK program had six finalists from high schools across the U.S.

FC Students Win Second Place in Phipps Contest
Fox Chapel Area High School and A.W. Beattie Career Center senior Yesun Kaplan and North Hills High School senior Melody MacFarland won second place in the Phipps Conservatory Fairchild Challenge. Kaplan and MacFarland worked together to research, write and illustrate an original 20-page graphic novel about environmental scientist Rachel Carson.

FCAHS Students Win at PA STEM Competition
A Fox Chapel Area High School student team won second place at the Governor’s Pennsylvania STEM Competition. Team members were senior Gerry Chen, juniors Che Esch, Ishan Khatri and Sreeroopa Som and sophomore Mihir Garimella. The students are instructed by Lisa Giguere and Ken Grimm.

SV Wins Regional STEM Competition
Seneca Valley School District won the regional Governor’s PA STEM Competition held by Riverview Intermediate Unit #6 in conjunction with Midwestern Intermediate Unit #4 and Beaver Valley Intermediate Unit #27. The winning group included Jonathan Dolfi, Cameron Rossi, Justin Stocklas, Lindsey Laurune and Josh Vargo; team advisors were Dean Walker and Joseph Logsdon. Seneca Valley will advance to the statewide finals in May.

Webster Named to Congressional Panel
Marshall W. Webster, MD, a long-time physician leader at UPMC, has been selected to serve on the Commission on Care established by Congress to examine how to best deliver health care to the nation’s veterans. Dr. Webster will be one of only 15 voting members on the panel established by the Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act of 2014.

Shaler Students Earn Awards in Japanese Speech Contest
Shaler Area High School students participated in the 2015 High School Japanese Speech Contest in March at the University of Pittsburgh, and senior Kevin Kachur won the grand prize and first place overall. Senior Luke Pomrenke won second place overall and sophomore Evan Lysko placed second in the intermediate category. Sophomores Jake Matthews and Stephen Borgen tied for third place. 

FC Students Qualify for National FBLA Event
Four students from Fox Chapel were the only students from Pennsylvania to qualify for the 2015 Future Business Leaders of America National Leadership Conference to be held in Chicago, Illinois. They are junior Jacob Kronman, sophomores Sophia Lee and Yelim Lee and freshman Benjamin Kronman. 

CTTC to Receive the Community Champion Award
The Cranberry Township Community Chest has been selected to receive the Community Champion Award from the Pennsylvania Recreation and Park Society. CTCC’s work on behalf of Cranberry’s three public parks, frequently carried out in tandem with local businesses, volunteers and the township government, were central to PRPS’s selection.

AAUW Honors Future Leaders in STEM Fields
Women from Fox Chapel Area High School were honored in March for their accomplishments in the STEM fields by members of the Fox Chapel Area Branch of the American Association of University Women. Honorees included Isabel Acevedo, Annamarie Alfery, Bolanlie Balogan, Elena Berg, Jessica Berg, Desirae Buccigrossi, Dominque Buccigrossi, Alexis Buzzatto, Samantha Cider, Lia Crocker, Alysha Dean, Darrian Difatta, Ellin Fetting, Olivia Gottschalk, Allison Gould, Elaina Graca, Sarah Hamilton, Emily Hartz, Elizabeth Heidenreich, Rebecca Heilmann, Haley Herrmann, Jessica Hertzberg, Megan Hughes, Katherine Kauma, Kathleen Kiska, Nina Khorey, Emily Kiehn, Yelim Lee, Angelin Lucas, Julia Lynch, Jenna McKinley, Tanvi Meringenti, Kaitlyn Michelessi, Olivia Molina, Grace Mueller, Hannah Mueller, Mary Clare O’Connor, Jasmine Pabla, Emma Paulini, Ellen Pil, Bethany Pollack, Amanda Puthenpurayil, Samantha Olbrich, Amelia Porter-Bacon, Alisa Quemado, Kristen Rabbitt, Emma Regan, Emily Robosson, Sophie Rodosky, Rebecca Salamacha, Anja Schempf, Priyanka Shah, Anna Shin, Jesuloluwa Shodipo, Sreeroopa Som, Caroline Smith, Shianne Stephens, Emily Trageser, Daly Trimble, Marjorie Trimble, Bliss Uribe, Madison Wateska, Maya Weis, Megan Wiese, Michele Wolff, Elizabeth Woodwell, Elaine Yates, Hannah Yeager and Shannon Yount.

Lorenz and Milavec Accepted into All-State Chorus Ensemble
Shaler Area High School junior Tori Lorenz and sophomore Paige Milavec were two of 36 vocalists in their voice sections to be chosen to perform at the 2015 Pennsylvania Music Educators Association All-State Conference in Hershey.

Ehling and Prem Named National Geographic State Bee Semifinalists
Marshall Middle School eighth-grader John Ehling and Ingomar Elementary school fifth-grader Owen Prem earned the rank of semifinalists, which made them eligible to compete in the 2015 Pennsylvania National Geographic State Bee in March.

MMS Team Places Among ‘Final 8’
The Marshall Middle School National Academic League team made it to the ‘Final 8’ round of the 2014 Terrel H. Bell National Tournament of Academic Excellence. Team members were Jordana Avigad, Sanjit Beriwal, Jerry Chen, Jiwoo Cheon, Jianfeng Chu, Sean Cullen, Caroline Daggett, Harshal Dahake, Skyler Davidson, Ethan Eichelberger, TJ Faber, Matt Gentile, Natalie Gleeson, Mackenzie Gongaware, Richard Jensen, Lily Kenna, Nick Marcenelle, Jefferson Mei, Melissa Metzger, Caroline Mura, Simone Nabors, Rebekah Rest, Rebecca Shaw, Phoebe Shi and Madeleine Taft. Dan Williams is their coach.

Shaler Area Students Perform in District Concert
Five Shaler Area Elementary School students were chosen to perform in the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association Elementary District 1 Band Fest West at Quaker Valley Middle School in March. They were sixth-grader Adam Braughler, French horn; fifth-grader Madeline Turner, trombone; sixth-grader Emily Moorey, trombone; sixth-grader Erika Waldron, trumpet 1; and fifth-grader Maxwell Scherm, trombone.

NA Teams Advance to National Championships
Two teams of North Allegheny Area School District students have won first place in their respective regional tournaments and have qualified to compete in the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Science Bowl competition. A Marshall Middle School team coached by Dan Williams won first place in the middle school competition and included Jiangfeng Chu, Jerry Chen, Jiwoo Cheon, Roy Sun and Venkata Daita. A North Allegheny Senior High School team coached by Cris Ruffolo won first place in the high school competition and include Songela Chen, Eric Mi, Rahul Rao, Gabe Ren and Sean Tao. Both teams have won an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C. to compete in the finals.

Nandakumar and Makarenko Receive Luminari Awards
Fox Chapel Area School District student Rohit Nandakumar and Mt. Lebanon School District student Vladyslav Makarenko are the winners of Luminari’s fourth annual Luminari Award. The students will receive merit-based scholarships for all-expense-paid admission to Luminari’s I Want to be an Ambassador! camp in June and a $500 educational grant for their schools.

SV Students Place in PJAS Competition
Seneca Valley sophomore Julia Kooser and senior Bailey Hixon both received first place awards at the Region 9 Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science competition recently held at Slippery Rock University. Junior Cassidy Friedrich received second place. Kooser and Hixon will move on to the state PJAS competition held at Penn State University in May.

NA Students Win Awards at DECA State Conference
Forty-three members of NA’s DECA Chapter recently traveled to Hershey, PA, to participate in the 64th Annual State Career Development Conference. James McGaa and Shreyas Vasudevan  won top awards and qualified to compete at the upcoming DECA International Career Development Conference being held in Orlando, Florida this month. Seven students received overall finalist awards and include Teddy Egnaczyk, Martin Lazzaro, Alaina Rodi, Baela Savioz, and the team of Mollie Benvenuto, Carlye Mitnick and Lexi Winkles. Eleven NA students were presented medallions for top scores on their role play performance or written tests and include Anthony DiRienzo, Stephanie Ebbert, Teddy Egnaczyk, Kaitlyn Fukus, Zach Kautzman, Martin Lazzaro, James McGaa, Alaina Rodi, Baela Savioz, Ash Sekhar and Shreyas Vasudevan.

Shaler Area Students Connect through Peer Program
Shaler Area High School and Elementary School students made academic and social connections through a pilot Peer Mentoring program run though the building’s Gifted and Talented Education departments. More the than 50 high school and elementary students read a novel and then met to discuss the book.

FCAHS Students Qualify for National Forensic League Competition
Fox Chapel Area High School students placed in their events at the Pittsburgh Diocesan Qualifying Tournament held in March, which qualifies them for the National Catholic Forensic League Grand National Championship Tournament. They are sophomore Darwin Leuba and freshman Sara Puthenpurayil, who won second place in policy debate; senior Rama Godse, who won third place in original oratory; senior Rishi Mirchandani, who was awarded third place in Lincoln-Douglas Debate; and senior Frank Lou, who won second place in student congress. Additionally, senior Frank Lou and sophomore Ellen Pil placed and were named first alternates to the national tournament.

Evuna Andeme Named Equatorial Guinea’s Ambassador to the US
Miguel Ntutumu Evuna Andeme, a 2003 graduate of La Roche College, has been named Equatorial Guinea’s ambassador to the United States. Andeme presented his credentials in February to President Barack Obama at the White House, marking the formal beginning of his service.

Leung and Stadelman Named PA Teacher of the Year Semifinalists
Shaler Area High School science teacher Jade Leung and math teacher Paul Stadelman have been named 2016 Pennsylvania Teacher of the Year semifinalists. They will compete against other top educators in the state for the honor.

Aquinas Academy Students PJAS Awards
Twenty-five Aquinas Academy eighth-grade students participated at this year’s regional Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science tournament held at Duquesne University. First place winners were Alex Garcia, Anni Truschel, Molly Maglio, Lauren Mroch, Mikey Seel, Coyne McDermott, Louis D’Angelo, Isabella Porta, Katie O’Connell, Elizabeth Blume, John Reed, Ella Stewart and Natalie Zimmerman. Second place winners were Katie Yellin, Brigid Newcamp, Mary Bence, Harry Hardman, Anthony Hite, Jack Kartsonas, Anthony Buck, Justin Panzarella, Clara Osburg, Ella Horner, Natalie Hyrcza and Erin Palmer. First place winners will go on to the state competition at State College in May.

SV Musicians Selected for States
Seneca Valley instrumentalists were selected for the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association All-State Conference in March at the Hershey Convention Center. Included are Ariella Meltzer, Hanna Behr, Sarah Kochis, Mitch Topf, Julia Scanlon, Mitch Weaver, Adam Johanknecht, Aaron Jackson, Seb Demetter and Brendan Kennelty. Instructors include Varden Armstrong, Robert Babick, Samuel Eisenreich and Sara Snyder.

Shaler High School Hosts Culture-Sharing Event
As part of the Kakehashi Project, Shaler Area High School families hosted 24 students from Igusa and Suginamo Soga high schools in Tokyo, Japan. The Japanese students visited the school for the Kakehashi Community Event in the auditorium as part of their 10-day trip to America.

FCAHS Students Place at Ivy League Model UN Conference
Fox Chapel Area High School seniors Frank Lou and Rishi Mirchandani earned an honorable mention and senior Elizabeth Schneider, junior Ishan Khatri and sophomore Mihir Garimella all received verbal commendations at the Ivy League Model United Nations Conference. More than 3,000 students from 125 schools from 14 different countries participated in the conference.

NA Students Excel on National German Exams
North Allegheny High School students medaled in the American Association of Teachers of German National German Exam. Seven students earned gold medals and included Allison Frank, Alexander Giorgetti, Mark Hartigan, Benjamin Radock, Alaina Rodi, Nicholas Swensen and Megan Wadas. Twenty students earned silver medals and included Nathaniel Chen, Nikhil Cherukupalli, Elspeth Cunningham, Robert Grumski, Yara El-Khatib, Gabrielle Herbert, Nur Iren, Morgan Lauer, Erica McNatt, Ascanio Montemaggi, Joshua Morgan, Jack O’Sullivan, Ahna Pearson, Mary Pitz, Ashvath Sekhar, Luke Slotterback, Sawyer Smith, Lucie Waller, Yasmine White and Michael Whitehurst. Bronze medal winners included Brianna Clark, Ning Chen, Abhilash Dhanvada, Amanda Gould, Kathryn Graham, Ashish Kamath, Sarthak Mattagajasingh, Russell Ruffolo and Everett Ziegenfuss.

FCAHS Students Named 2015 National Merit Finalists
Fox Chapel Area High School seniors Greta Altmeyer, Zoe Aridor, Anna Burns, James Docimo, Rama Godse, Frank Lou, Rishi Mirchandani, Elianna Paljug and Samuel Waxman have been designated as National Merit finalists in the 2015 National Merit Scholarship Program.

NA Team Wins Second Place in Ocean Bowl
North Allegheny high school students Sean Geiger, Gunasheil Mandava, Rahul Rao, Russell Ruffolo and Joe Zhao won second place at the regional competition of the National Ocean Sciences Bowl. The team is coached by Cris Ruffolo.

NA Students Excel in the Scholastic Art & Writing Contest
The following North Allegheny middle and high school students have earned the Gold Key award, the highest honor possible in the regional competition of the Scholastic Art & Writing Contest. They are John Curcio, Nathaniel Chen, Kelly Kim, Sam Marzula, Sara Nill, Mia Shikora, Nick Koehler, Alexis Kruth, Bethany Schaelchlin, Anastasia Shabalov, Gabriela Tomayko, Elizabeth Wang, Aleni Antalis, Anthony Antalis, Vanessa Anthony, Anna Baum, Bree Blair, Nicholas Blatt, Melanie Brkovich, Sravanthi Chintakunta, Curtis Coltharp, Alexandra Cummings, Angella DiPasquale, Lauren Doak, Kristin Exley, Caroline Fedor, Adelle Fernando, Naomi Heistand, Ethan Hensel, Caroline Huang, Madelyn Jack, Alexandra Kotrick, Kristen Kovalchik, Leonardo Lupidi, Tess Majewski, Elise Maletta, Julia Maruca, Sydney Mcdonough, Alaina Michaels, MacKenzie Michalojko, Shannon Piranian, Kayla Romanelli, Anushka Shah, Tomer Shamir, Alyssa Snavely, Felicia Sunday, Tabitha White, Bernice Yu and Molly Zunski. Gold Key award and American Visions nominees are Melissa Daltner and Lauren Rogus.