New & Notable, October 2015
Sep 30, 2015 02:33PM ● Published by North Hills Monthly magazine
Haine Students Attend All-Star Readers Program
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Community College of Allegheny County conducted a coat drive to benefit homeless veterans and first responders in need, dubbed Notes and Coats, in remembrance of those lost on 9/11 and in honor of those who serve. Student Life and Military and Veterans Services offices on the CCAC North, South and Allegheny campuses teamed up to recruit donations, and students and staff at CCAC Boyce Campus collected blankets. The donations went to the Veterans Leadership Program of Western Pennsylvania for distribution.
La Roche College Named Among Nation’s Best
La Roche College has been named a Best Regional College and a Best College for Veterans according to U.S. News & World Report’s 2016 Best Colleges Guidebook. The college ranks 34th on the list of Best Regional Colleges in the North. www.usnews.com/colleges.
Ground Broken for New Cranberry Playground
A new, fully accessible playground in Cranberry Township’s Graham Park will be ready for play by next summer. The playground will be known as the Pirates Charities Out of the Park Playground, in honor of the organization’s donation of $100,000. Other major donors include the Alcoa Foundation ($15,000), Seneca Valley Senior High School students ($20,000) and Fun Fore All owner Chris Camp ($4,900). Replacement of the ball field’s resilient surface constitutes Cranberry Township Community Chest’s 2016 Project of the Year, and CTCC and the Miracle League will hold a variety of fundraising activities to raise the remainder of the project’s $600,000 cost.
Shaler Area Middle School Garden Named Garden of the Month
The Ingomar Garden Club recognized Shaler Area Middle School students and staff by naming the middle school’s garden as September’s Garden of the Month. The garden is developed in coordination with the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy. Under the supervision of now retired middle school science teacher Nancy Kriek and middle school gifted and talented education teacher Darla Gerlach, the flowerbeds were prepared in the spring and summer by seventh- and eighth-grade students.
Haine Students Attend All-Star Readers Program
Haine students in grades K-4 recently attended the Haine Students are All-Star Readers program, a literacy kick-off event held in September. Nine student athletes visited from the senior high school to talk to the students about their reading habits, what challenges they faced with reading and how they overcame them, and how working hard at sports and reading are connected.
Bleil and Lorenz Accepted into NAfME Ensembles
Shaler Area High School seniors Adam Bleil and Tori Lorenz were accepted into the National Association for Music Education All-National Honor Ensembles. Bleil, who plays trumpet, was accepted into the All-National Honor Ensembles Jazz Band, and Lorenz, an alto, was accepted into the All-National Honor Ensembles Mixed Choir. The students will travel to Nashville, TN this month to perform at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel and Conference Center and the Grand Ole Opry House.
Rickabaugh and Sharma Named National Merit Semifinalists
Officials of the National Merit Scholarship Corporation have named Seneca Valley seniors Jacob Rickabaugh and Siona Sharma as semifinalists in the 61st annual National Merit Scholarship Program. Representing less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors, the nationwide pool of semifinalists includes the highest scoring entrants in each state.
La Roche College Freshmen Receive CheM Scholarships
La Roche College welcomed the first group of scholarship recipients to its National Science Foundation CheM Scholar Program. They are Amanda Bodner of Finleyville; Alyssa Chehovits of McMurray; Miranda Lasher of Ford City; Breanna Marvin of Albion; Megan Mason of Conneaut; and Jessica Witzleb of Shaler. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Shaler Area Welcomes Keystone SMILES AmeriCorps Volunteers
AmeriCorps teachers provide students with additional instruction in reading and math in six of Shaler Area School District’s buildings, as well as help students benefit from service-learning projects. This year’s AmeriCorps volunteers are Brittany O’Neil Hankle, Reserve Primary School; Lindsay Bosiljevac, Marzolf Primary School; Elizabeth Dickensheets, Jeffery Primary School; Haley Ross, Burchfield Primary School; Justin Yeckel, Rogers Primary School; and Lauren Kopczynski, Jessica Roos and Andy Lenz at Shaler Area Elementary School.
The Dog Stop Franchise Opens in the North Hills
The Dog Stop has signed its third franchise in Pittsburgh and a new location opened this summer at 155 Lake Drive in Wexford. The Dog Stop-North is owned and operated by Mike and Kathy Oldaker. www.thedogstop.net.
Gentile, Horoho & Avalli, P.C. Opens Butler County Office
Gentile, Horoho & Avalli, P.C., has expanded to Butler County, and has leased space at 20421 Perry Highway in Cranberry Township. This is the first-ever expansion of GHA in its 25-year history.
Western PA National Park Welcomes Fourth Graders
As part of the White House’s new Every Kid in a Park program that began in September, all fourth-graders are invited to visit the five National Park Service sites in western Pennsylvania for free by completing an activity at www.everykidinapark.gov. Students can obtain a free annual entry pass to more than 2,000 federal recreation areas, including national parks, and the program will run through August 31, 2016. Free sites include Fort Necessity National Battlefield, the Johnstown Flood National Memorial, and the Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site. Friendship Hill NHS and the Flight 93 Memorial already do not charge an entrance fee.
Mars Area High School Inducts Members into Sports Hall of Fame
Mars Area High School held its 2015 Sports Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony in September, and inducted alumni Ricky Gable, ‘03 (football); Tom Weinrich, ‘01 (track & field); Susie Giovengo Gurerra, ‘00 (soccer); Jamie Wojdowski, ‘99 (track & field); and the 1976 cross country team that included Leda Best, Germaine Brooks, Rachael Brooks, Carol Cronenberger, Nancy Cronenberger, Chris Lewis and Linda Trump.
Marzolf Primary School Students Met with Mural
Marzolf Primary School students were greeted with a mural, created especially for them, as they walked through the front doors of school this year. School staff conceived of the mural design after school secretary Anita DeStefano found inspiration for the mural’s message on Facebook, and art teacher Therasa Joseph completed the work of art.
La Roche College Named a Best Northeastern College by Princeton Review
La Roche College is one of 225 institutions recommended to college applicants by The Princeton Review’s 2016 list of “Best Northeastern Colleges.” The Review has ranked it as one of the region’s best colleges for students to earn their undergraduate degrees for 10 consecutive years. www.princetonreview.com/bestNEcolleges.
Shaler Area Inducts Athletes into Hall of Fame
Shaler Area School District has inducted the following individuals and team into its 2015 Athletic Hall of Fame: Stu Anglum and Nick Sefscik (basketball); Chelsea Siar (softball); Robert “Bibby” Hammill (football, basketball, track); Edward “Biff” Jones (football, wrestling track); and the 1973-74 wrestling team, WPIAL Individual and Team champions.
Shaler Area Educators Receive Coach Certification
A number of Shaler Area School District educators have been certified as Apple Vanguard coaches. They include Sondra Jodkin, Mike LaGamba, Nicole Cignetti, Chrissy Gurekovich, Jill Millard, Merrit McDaniel, Emily Mohr, Lisa Klugh, JoAnne Townsend, Shannon Howard and Laura Roth.