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North Hills Monthly

New & Notable, April 2016

Mar 31, 2016 10:24AM ● By North Hills Monthly Magazine

Vincentian Academy Students Earn First Places at PJAS Competition

Shaler Area Students Take Top Honors in Japanese Speech Contest
Three Shaler seniors took top honors in the 2016 High School Speech Contest, which required them to speak on a chosen topic and be judged on oral presentations. In the Advanced Plus level, Nick Harn took first place, Zach Hughes received second place and Nick DeBortoli received third place. Harn, who was named the grand prize winner, received an electronic Japanese-English dictionary donated by the Consulate General of Japan in New York.

Glatz Named Volunteer of the Year
North Hills High School senior Sarah Glatz has been named the North Hills High School Volunteer of the Year as part of the 2016 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program. Sponsored by Prudential Financial and the National Association of Secondary School Principals, the awards program recognizes outstanding community service by young Americans. For all four years of high school, Glatz and classmate Margot California spearheaded a Cancer Awareness Week at the school.

NA Seniors Named 2016 Coca-Cola Scholars
The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation has named four seniors at North Allegheny Senior High School to the prestigious class of 2016 Coca-Cola Scholars, awarding them each a $20,000 college scholarship. Grace Jin, Sophia Lee, Ashwin Reddy and Gabe Ren were selected from a national pool of more than 87,000 applicants for their superior leadership and dedication to their community. They are four of 150 high school students selected from across the United States.

Ludwig Named Director of Business Affairs
Sherri L. Ludwig, CPA, has been hired as the new director of business affairs for the Shaler Area School District. She has more than 30 years of experience in corporate and educational finance, and served for the past 15 years in the finance department of North Allegheny School District, most recently as its business manager.

Wind Ensemble Selected for Statewide Honor
North Hills High School’s Wind Ensemble was selected out of hundreds of high school music groups for one of the highest musical honors in Pennsylvania, performing at the 2016 Pennsylvania Music Educators Association (PMEA) Conference in Hershey in March. The ensemble also performed during a convention session, Sousa Marches as Essential Band Repertoire, with John Phillip Sousa scholar Keith Brion.

La Roche College Board of Trustees Elects New Member
Robert Lloyd Robinson of Austin, Texas, recently joined the La Roche College board of trustees. He is the senior director of strategic services for Civitas Learning, where he works with clients to deploy and use data-driven insights to increase student success. He previously worked as solutions director for Blackboard Inc. and as assistant vice provost and director of educational technology at the University of Texas at San Antonio.

Vincentian Academy Students Earn First Places at PJAS Competition
At the PA Junior Academy of Science (PJAS) regional competition, Colleen Ballantyne and Thomas Kim’s first-place finishes qualified them for the state championship to be held in May at Penn State. More than 800 middle and high school students from nearly 80 private and public schools competed this year presenting science projects.

Petrelli and Zaretsky Inducted Into NTHS
Two Fox Chapel Area High School juniors, Amber Petrelli and David Zaretsky, have been selected for induction into the National Technical Honor Society (NTHS). Both attend school at Fox Chapel Area High School and the A.W. Beattie Career Center, where Petrelli is studying emergency response technology and Zaretsky is studying automotive technology. NTHS is a national organization that honors student achievement and leadership, promotes educational excellence, awards scholarships and enhances career opportunities for its membership.

Marisa Ortiz
SV Sophomore Accepts Two-year Study Abroad Scholarship
Marisa Ortiz, a sophomore at Seneca Valley Intermediate School, recently accepted a two-year study abroad scholarship with United World College (UWC). She completed a competitive application process and will go to the Maastricht UWC in the Netherlands. UWC selects high school students from more than 150 countries and teaches the international baccalaureate with a mission to make education a force to unite people, nations, and cultures for a peaceful and sustainable future.

Fox Chapel Students Win in Taiwan International Science Fair
Fox Chapel senior Konrad Urban and junior Suvir Mirchandani won first place in the Computer Science and Information Engineering category at the Taiwan International Science Fair. For their project, the pair developed a software system that converts natural language input into illustrations in order to improve communication with individuals who have language communication disorders.

Paulini wins Emperor Science Award
Fox Chapel Area High School sophomore Helen Paulini has been announced as a winner in the Emperor Science Award program, an initiative designed to encourage high school students to explore careers in science. She will now have the opportunity to work alongside an esteemed scientist on a multi-week cancer research project, and will be doing research this summer at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia alongside a team led by pediatric oncologist and co-head of the Pediatric Cancer Dream Team, John Maris, MD.

St. Ursula JV Basketball Team Named Section Champions
The St. Ursula JV Basketball Team, comprised of fifth- and sixth-grade boys, were named section champs with a 17-1 record. The team includes (front row) Kevin Schillinger, Nick Mote, Sean Dewey, Teagan McTighe, Doug Joseph, Liam Shields and Dave DeLuca; (back row) Coach Tim McTighe, Mike Morgano, Rian Fitzgerald, Erik Schnieder, Adam Larson, Thomas Connell, and Assistant Coach Lisa Wheeler. Karthik Menon is missing from the photo.

NA Juniors Excel in Penn State Essay Contest
Isabelle Ramey, Julia Maruca and Vanessa Anthony, all juniors at North Allegheny Senior High School, have been recognized in the 33rd Annual Pennsylvania State University Essay Contest for High School Writers. The essay written by Ramey earned her first place in this year’s contest and a monetary award of $300. Maruca and Anthony both earned an honorable mention and will receive $50.

Bridge to Hope Wins Award
The Bridge to Hope, a peer support and education group for those affected by a loved one’s addiction, has received the 2016 Benjamin Rush Community Organization Award which recognizes a company, institution, organization or agency that is successfully addressing a community health issue. The award is given annually by the Allegheny County Medical Society and includes a $1,000 prize.

Fox Chapel Area Students Named as 2106 National Merit Finalists
Sixteen Fox Chapel Area High School seniors have been designated as finalists in the 2016 National Merit Scholarship Program conducted by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC). They are Isabel Acevedo, Jessica Berg, Madelyn Coulson, Christopher Esch, Conor Gaffney, David Humphrey, Nicola Lee-Oesterreich, Shaina Munin, Stephen Polcyn, Sophie Rodosky, Anja Schempf, Sreeroopa Som, James Thomson, Daly Trimble, Konrad Urban and Spencer Williams.

CCAC Receives Media Awards
Community College of Allegheny County received two awards from the national Collegiate Advertising Awards in the Business/Community College group: a gold award for the college’s Spring 2016 Enrollment Radio Series and a bronze award for the Spring 2016 Enrollment Television Series. The entries, created by ad agency BD&E and the college’s Public Relations & Marketing Department, were judged on creativity, layout/design, typography, production, quality and overall effectiveness.

Eichelberger Named Semifinalist
Marshall Middle School eighth grader Ethan Eichelberger has made the semifinal round of the 2016 Pennsylvania National Geographic State Bee. The contest will be held on April 1 at the State Museum of Pennsylvania in Harrisburg.

Robert Colville
North Hills Senior Named National Merit Scholarship Finalist
Robert Colville has been named a National Merit Scholarship finalist. Colville, who hopes to pursue a degree in mechanical engineering and design, was chosen for a green design apprenticeship at CMU last year and will be a part of the Allegheny Intermediate Unit apprenticeship program for engineering careers this year.

Vincentian Academy Awarded Grant for Defibrillator
Vincentian Academy is one of only 12 schools in the U.S. that has been awarded a grant for an automated external defibrillator (AED) from the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation. The grant, made possible by the Hillsdale Fund, includes faculty training in CPR and on how to use the AED equipment. Sudden cardiac arrest strikes nearly 360,000 people outside hospitals each year, including 7,000 youth under the age of 18.

Welsh Named 2016 PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovator for PA
North Hills Middle School teacher Joe Welch is one of only 52 educators selected from hundreds of applicants across the U.S. to attend the 2016 PBS LearningMedia Digital Summit and the International Society for Technology in Education Conference in Denver in June. Welch will also receive professional development opportunities to aid him in further developing his digital classroom.

Julia Kooser
Kooser Places First in PJAS Competition
Seneca Valley junior Julia Kooser placed first at the Region 9 Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science (PJAS) competition as a result of her presentation on how to minimize the effects of strenuous, prolonged exercise. She now moves on to the PJAS state competition at Penn State in May.

NA Drum Line Places Second
NA Indoor Drum Line recently participated in the Indianapolis Winter Guard International (WGI) Super Regional competition competing with 14 of the best drum lines from Pennsylvania, Illinois, Indiana, Tennessee, Michigan, and Ontario, Canada. NA placed second during the preliminary round and earned the privilege of performing as one of the top seven scoring lines to advance to the finals round. They had another solid performance during the finals, claiming second place in the competition.