New & Notable, July 2015
Jun 30, 2015 09:45PM
By North Hills Monthly magazine
Young Brothers Tae Kwon Do Donates Nearly $10,000 to HCEF
Grandmaster Young Bo Kong of Young Brothers Tae Kwon-Do pledged to raise $100,000 over a five-year period by donating the proceeds from two tournaments each year to the Homeless Children’s Education Fund. He is on target to meet his goal with a recent donation of $9,700. Young Brothers also donated $11,000 to HCEF in November, and the total amount donated has now reached $65,000. youngbrotherstkd.com, www.homelessfund.org.
STOMP Raises More than $20,000
At the eighth annual STOMP Out Cancer Walk, Evans City Elementary and Middle School students and staff raised more than $20,610. The schools presented a check to the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute in May. STOMP is held in memory of two faculty members, Linda Saulle and Roy Waugaman, who lost their battles with cancer.
NASD Ranked #1 in PA for Best Sports Program
The North Allegheny School District has been named #1 in PA and #4 in the nation among 10,0000 school districts nationwide in the 2015 Niche School Districts with Best Sports Program Rankings.
Leatherow Recipient of Donald E. Farr Award
Seneca Valley senior Teresa Leatherow has been chosen as the recipient of the Pittsburgh World Affairs Council’s Donald E. Farr Award for 2015. The award was presented to her at a Council luncheon at the Duquesne Club in June.
Katie’s Clay Studio Celebrates Third Anniversary
Katie’s Clay Studio recently celebrated its third anniversary by holding a free paint time in June, as well as offering other specials, including wheel throwing and tie-dye.
Pugacheva Wins Awards in Patriotic Art Contest
Shady Side Academy junior Alisa Pugacheva placed first in the state and sixth in the nation in the Young American Creative Patriotic Art Contest that was hosted by the Ladies Auxiliary to the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Pugacheva’s oil-on-canvas painting was entitled Soldier’s Heart.
Fragasso Financial Advisors Acquires The Grandview Group
Fragasso Financial Advisors has acquired The Grandview Group and will serve as its new registered investment advisor. Grandview Group Wealth Advisor Jeannette White will join Fragasso as a vice president and lead the Zelienople office supported by Client Account Specialist Lorraine Domhoff and Financial Advisor Greg Girdis. www.fragassoadvisors.com.
Shaler Area Middle School Wins First In Fairchild Challenge at Phipps
The Shaler Area Middle School team placed first overall and was awarded $1,000 for their school in the middle school category in the yearlong environmental challenge of the Fairchild Challenge at Phipps. The students competed against 46 area schools and a total of 3,700 students. In addition, the students won first place in the final challenge of creating an Environmental Action Plan. In the high school category, Shaler Area High School students also placed first in the final challenge of creating an Environmental Action Plan. The students competed against 64 area schools and placed second overall, winning $500.
St. Joseph HS Students Receive PJAS First Place Awards
Saint Joseph High School students received first place awards at the PA Junior Academy of Science State Competition. They are sophomores Caroline Maltese, Alexis Shirley, Isabelle Schroeder and junior Alexandra Loperfito. Catherine Grecco is their teacher.
Hixon and Kooser Named First Place Winners at PJAS
Seneca Valley senior Bailey Hixon and sophomore Julia Kooser both placed first in the state level Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science Competition at Penn State University in May.
FCAHS and Beattie Students Receive Honors
Fox Chapel Area High School and A.W. Bettie Career Center seniors were recently recognized with special awards at the A.W. Beattie Senior Recognition program. They include Alexis Brewer who was recognized for being president of the Family Career and Community Leaders of America; Caitlin Karpinski who was the winner of the North Suburban Builders’ Association Scholarship; and Jacob Pink who was the winner of the Automotive Youth Educational Systems Award.
Minard Wins State Essay Contest
Shady Side Academy junior Abbie Minard won first place in both the Pittsburgh chapter and the state in the Pennsylvania Society of the Sons of the American Revolution George and Stella Knight Essay Contest. Her essay was entitled The American Revolution: Product of the Enlightenment. She received a $500 prize and her essay will advance to the national contest. www.shadysideacademy.org.
BHS Receives Women’s Choice Award in Emergency and Orthopedic Care
For a second year in a row, Butler Memorial Hospital has been named a recipient of the Women’s Choice Award as America’s Best Hospitals for Emergency Care. The credential places Butler Health System in the top three percent for emergency care, which was achieved by 373 hospitals—less than 10 percent of the 3,800 emergency rooms that report data to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid.
Gledich Recipient of the WBN’s 2015 Woman of the Year Award
Janet Gledich of Shaler Township is the recipient of the Women’s Business Network’s 2015 Woman of the Year Award. Gledich has been a consultant with The Pampered Chef for the last 12 years, and a member of the North Hills Chapter of WBN for six years. She is also a long-standing member of the Daughters of the Nile. www.wbninc.com.
Yeasted Named AAUW Outstanding Woman of 2015
La Roche College Professor Sister Rita Yeasted, SFCC, Ph.D., has been named the Outstanding Woman of 2015 by the North Hills-McKnight branch of the American Association of University Women. Sr. Rita’s 30 years of service includes raising funds for the AAUW Sister Matilda Kelly Incentive Grant.
Elkins Named Dean at SSA Senior School
Shady Side Academy Senior School recently appointed Paul ‘Elk’ Elkins dean of student and residential life, where he will have primary responsibility for the student life curriculum and residential life (boarding) program at the Senior School. www.shadysideacademy.org.
Pugacheva and Kulkarni named to Beckwith Institute Board
Shady Side Academy Senior School junior Alisa Pugacheva and sophomore Chirag Kulkarni have been named student members of the board of the Beckwith Institute. Pugacheva will serve one year on the board and Kukarni will serve a two-year term. Each year, two SSA Senior School students hold seats on the board alongside SSA President Tom Cangiano. www.shadysideacademy.org.
St. Joseph HS Students Win First Place in History Competition
Saint Joseph High School students received first place awards at a recent National History Day in the Pennsylvania state competition. First Place Senior Historical Paper awardee included sophomore Isabelle Schroeder. Second Place Group Website awardees included sophomores Sophia Maltese, Benjamin Staniszewski and Jordan Van Thiel. All four winners advanced to the 2015 National History Day competition. Third Place Group Exhibit awardee included sophomores Elizabeth Celko and Tessa Holka. In the Senior Division 2015, Saint Joseph High School was given the special award of Most Outstanding School.
Swoger Appointed Principal for Marshall Middle School
In May, the North Allegheny School District Board of School Directors voted to approve Daniel Swoger to serve as principal for Marshall Middle School effective July 1, 2015.
Cranberry Rotary Presents Awards
Seneca Valley students, Cranberry Township Rotarians, and several community members were recognized in May at the 2015 George Henderson ‘Service Above Self’ Awards Dinner hosted by the Cranberry Township Noon Rotary Club. Cranberry Township Police Sergeant Bill Ahlgren was named Public Servant of the Year; Owner of Battery Giant and Cranberry Sunrise Rotarian Jim Logan was named Business Leader of the Year; Haine Elementary school counselor Rozann Lamberto was honored as Educator of the Year; Cranberry Township resident and cofounder of Neighbors for Neighbors Amy Roy was honored as Community Servant of the Year; and Seneca Valley senior Patrick O’Shea was named Student of the Year. As 2015 Rotary Scholarship winners, O’Shea was also recognized along with fellow SV seniors Bailyn Bench, Jordan Harris, Rachel Kirsch, Jennifer Lynskey, Tanner Quiggle and Abigail Sledge. Cranberry Rotary President John Marshall, and past president and member Dave Elliott were both named Paul Harris Fellows.
Shaler Area to Expand STEAM Initiatives through Grant
This coming school year, Shaler Area School District will expand its Science Technology Engineering Art and Mathematics (STEAM) initiatives into the primary level with the help of a $20,000 grant awarded through the Allegheny Intermediate Unit’s Center for Creativity, provided by the Chevron Corporation, The Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation, and the Grable Foundation. Assistant to the superintendent Kara Eckert and principal of Reserve Primary School Eloise Groegler applied for the grant.
NA JCL Wins 18th Consecutive State Championship
The North Allegheny Junior Classical League now holds 18 consecutive state championships. The team, comprised of 98 students in grades 8-12, competed at the 64th annual Pennsylvania Junior Classical League State Convention and participated in every aspect of the competition. Also, all three NA Certamen (Quiz Bowl) Teams won first in the state. Team members were Level I: Tess Christensen Sebastian Immonen, Heya Lee and Prasheil Mandava; Level II: Gunasheil Mandava, Remi Akindele, Julia Maruca and Allison Suddaby; and Advanced: Jason Hu, Ashwin Reddy, Zain Mehdi and James McGaa. In addition, sophomore Gunasheil Mandava and junior Reddy both won the Overall Academic Award for earning the most points on academic testing in the state. Reddy also won the Individual Overall Champion Award for accumulating the most total points in the areas of academics, athletics and creative and graphic arts. Sophomore Akindele and Reddy were elected to state level positions on the Pennsylvania Junior Classical League State Board for the 2015-16 school year. Latin teachers Angela Bergen, Beth Block, Robyn Byrnes and Connie Ramsey are sponsors of the NA JCL Team.
Regatta Seeking Donations to Fund the Fun
The community can now participate in a June 15-August 15 Go Fund ME campaign to help support the Regatta at Lake Arthur, which has been, and continues to be, free to attend. The Regatta includes a host of live concerts, day-long instruction through SummersCool, kids’ crafts, fireworks display and more.
Kreider Appointed Principal of NA Senior High School
In May, the North Allegheny School District Board of School Directors voted to approve John Kreider to serve as Principal for NA Senior High School, effective July 1.
DMS Students Inducted into Junior Delta Epsilon PHI
In May, 30 Dorseyville Middle School eighth-graders were inducted into the Pennsylvania Xi Chapter of Junior Delta Epsilon Phi. They are Anna Aupke, Isabella Boleng, Justin Breen, Steven Cano, Victoria Crittenden, Diana Crookston, Rodrigo Esteves, Anna Folkerts, Margaret Fox, Nathaniel Good, Megan Hayes, Regan Hill, Hannah Higgins, Courtney Kennedy, Sarah Khanzada, Michael Kilmer, Trevor Klatt, Alexandra Meinert, Alyssa Melani, Mitchell Miles, Alexander Perez, Sofia Porter Bacon, Maya Rice, Sarena Seeger, Sarah Sinnott, Glenna Van Dyke, Kyle Wagner, Grace Wiegand, Margaret Woodwell and Erasmia Yager.
Attorneys Named to 2015 Super Lawyers List
Four Strassburger, McKenna, Gutnick and Gefsky attorneys have been named to the 2015 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers list. They are David A. Strassburger in the area of general litigation; Joseph R. Lawrence in the areas of real estate: business and business litigation; Reid B. Roberts in the area of family law; and Harry F. Kunselman in the areas of business litigation and general litigation. Three of the firm’s young lawyers were also named to the 2015 Pennsylvania Rising Stars List. They are Matthew S. Marquette in the areas of personal injury-general: plaintiff and business litigation; Erica L. Laughlin in the areas of civil litigation: defense, and business litigation; and Kimberly S. Tague in the areas of real estate: business, business litigation, and business/corporate.
Town of Mars Celebrated Martian New Year
On June 18, the town of Mars kicked off a brand new, three-day event highlighting innovation and exploration in conjunction with the new year on the planet Mars. Mike Harvey of WTAE-TV was the honorary chairman, and NASA participated in a media briefing at the town’s flying saucer sculpture on Pittsburgh Street.
Schall Receives a Gene Kelly Nomination
Saint Joseph High School senior Daniel Schall received a Gene Kelly nomination as a supporting actor for the school’s spring musical, Jesus Christ Superstar!
Children’s Hospital Named a Top 10 Children’s Hospital
U.S. New & World Report has named Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC as one of America’s Best Children’s Hospitals, making this the sixth consecutive year that the hospital has been listed on the honor roll. Children’s Hospital ranked eighth, and also ranked in each of the listing’s 10 pediatrics specialties.
Bike Repair Stations Open in Cranberry Parks
Two self-service bike repair stations are now open for business in Cranberry Township’s Graham Park and North Boundary Park. The stations, which are free, include all the tools and materials needed to perform basic bike repairs and maintenance.
Condor Court Opens at National Aviary
The National Aviary recently opened a new exhibit featuring two pairs of Andean Condors, making it the only accredited zoo in North America to exhibit two pairs of these birds, which it will also manage for breeding. National Aviary Managing Director Cheryl Tracy led the ribbon-cutting ceremony.
Isaacs and Hoffman Win PIAA Gold
The North Allegheny tennis duo of junior Jared Isaacs and freshman Richard Hofmann captured gold in the PIAA Boys’ AAA Doubles Tournament in May, marking the second straight year an NA team captured this crown. Also, Isaacs became the first NA player to win multiple PIAA championships.
Angelo Awarded Scholarship
Saint Joseph High School junior Dominic Angelo has been awarded a scholarship to attend the Eisenman Materials Camp at Materials Park, Ohio this summer. He will be joining a group of 30 high school student delegates.