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North Hills Monthly

New & Notable, May 2016

Apr 30, 2016 12:07PM ● By North Hills Monthly magazine

St. Ursula Students Chosen for Honors Band

Girl Scouts Earn Badge with Police Dog Help
Brownie Girl Scout Troop 52679 earned their philanthropist badge, which teaches second- and third-graders how to help people in need, with inspiration from Nolte the Northern Regional police dog who visited the troop last year with Office Dorsch. The troop coordinated the donation of collapsible crates to keep Nolte safe during police and SWAT situations, and collected items for comfort bags for those in need. 

Hamblin Receives Stars & Stripes Award
Elizabeth Hamblin has earned the Stars and Stripes Award, the highest recognition that American Heritage Girls (AHG) offers. Award recipients much have earned a total of 22 merit badges, earned the religious recognition associated with their denomination, held a leadership position in their troop for a minimum of six months, provided leadership to others in a 100+ hour service project, and more.

Shaler Area Students Present at Green Schools Conference
Shaler Area Middle School eighth-graders Elisa Gabriel, Michaela Brining and Mia Fantozzi were selected to present at the 2016 International Green Schools Conference and Expo in March, where they discussed Hydroponics in Your School: Grow Edible, Healthy Crops in Water Indoors. 

Texas Pastor Called to Lead Trinity Lutheran Church 
Rev. Jennifer Fuhr has been named pastor at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Wexford. A native of Nebraska, she received her M.Div in pastoral ministry at Luther Seminary in Minnesota and was most recently the associate pastor of Lord of Life Lutheran Church in The Woodlands, TX. 

McCandless Honored as a 2016 Banner Community
For the fourth year in a row, the Town of McCandless has been named a Banner Community by the Allegheny League of Municipalities (ALOM). The designation acknowledges McCandless’ participation in elected and appointed official training, its efforts to inform and engage residents through frequent and open communication, public and community events, mentoring, and collaboration with other communities.

Kristobak to Serve As Delegate
David Kristobak, a junior at Seneca Valley Senior High School, will serve as a delegate of the Congress of Future Science and Technology Leaders in Lowell, MA, in June. The Congress is an honors-only program for high school students who are passionate about STEM and aspire to be scientists and technologists.

Phipps’ Center Achieves Milestone
One year after Phipps’ Center for Sustainable Landscapes received its Living Building certification, it has become the only building in the world to achieve all four green building standards of excellence. In March 2015, the CSL became the first and only project to attain the world’s four highest sustainable building certifications, achieving the Living Building Challenge certification, LEED® Platinum, Four Stars Sustainable SITES Initiative™ (SITES™) and WELL Building Platinum project (pilot).

Cranberry Twp. Honored for Outstanding Citizen Communication
Cranberry Township received the 25th Annual Outstanding Citizen Communication Award at the PA State Association of Township Supervisors’ 94th Annual Educational Conference for its exceptional efforts to communicate with residents. The township won first place in the categories of Class 1 Newsletters and Social Media and second place in the Other Publications category for its new resident guide.

Seneca Valley Buries Time Capsule for 2065 Class
In celebration of Seneca Valley’s 50th anniversary, building principals and administrators collected items for a time capsule, including newspaper articles, flash drives, yearbooks and an ID badge. The time capsule will be secured in a wall opening in the senior high school marked with a plaque signifying its existence and won’t be opened again until 2065, the district’s 100th anniversary. 

St. Ursula Students Chosen for Honors Band
More than 100 musicians attended the 34th annual Northern Area Diocesan Honors Band concert at Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic High School, including four St. Ursula students. They are Adam Larson, Maya Bianco, Anna Norman and Hannah Valenty. Their teacher is Susan Chambers. 

New Location for Olive Branch
Olive Branch has moved from Salem United Methodist Church to 11160 Perry Hwy, Wexford, where they feature fair trade items, including home and garden décor, women’s accessories, jewelry and unique gifts that support underserved and developing communities. The store also serves as a place to become involved in activities that improve local and global lives., 724-799-8700.

Shady Side Academy Students Win National Awards
Two Shady Side Academy Senior School students have earned national recognition in the 2016 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, the nation’s longest-running and most prestigious recognition program for creative teens in grades 7-12. Senior Abbie Minard (Valencia) earned a gold medal in writing for her critical essay and a silver medal with distinction for her writing portfolio. The silver medal with distinction portfolio award also includes a $1,000 scholarship. Sophomore Sydney Cleveland (Hampton) won a silver medal in art for her photograph entitled Open

Davis Creates Winning Design
Haines Middle School fifth-grader Grace Davis created the winning design for the Superheroes Foundation’s eighth annual 5K Walk/Run that was held at North Park on April 23. Grace’s design was featured on all promotional materials including fliers and T-shirts. The Superheroes Foundation is a nonprofit organization that raises money for abused children.

NHSD Musicians Perform at PMEA All-State Conference
Senior Arran Collins and junior Emily Kaup represented North Hills School District in All-State Band and seniors Stephanie Latona and Brandon Falcona represented the district in All-State Orchestra at the PMEA All-State Conference held in Hershey in March. 

North Hills Named a Best Community for Music Education
North Hills School District has been honored as one of the nation’s Best Communities for Music Education by the NAMM Foundation. One of only nine districts in Allegheny County to be recognized with this honor, the designation is awarded to school districts that demonstrate exceptional efforts toward maintaining music education as part of the schools’ core curriculum.

Robert Scherrer Named Superintendent of NA School District
Dr. Robert Scherrer has been named the superintendent of the North Allegheny School District, having formerly served as acting/substitute superintendent and assistant superintendent of K-12 education. He began his career as a secondary educator teaching entrepreneurship, accounting and computer applications at Baldwin High School in 1996, and later served as assistant principal, principal and co-principal for curriculum and instruction at various schools throughout the region. 

Fox Chapel Students Place in German Day Competition
During Fox Chapel’s German Day competition, junior Emma Paulini won first place and sophomore Helen Paulini won third place in the fictional writing category.  Junior Krista Spuhler won first place in the art category, and sophomore Cassidy Carson Love won first place in the poetry recitation category and third place in the poetry writing category. In the drama category, seniors Patrick Bernhard, Sarah Bernhard, Christina Brown, Daniel Garfinkel, Ruth Kollar, Amelia Porter Bacon and sophomore Cassidy Carson Love won second place. 

Seneca Valley Students Selected for Band Festival 
Twenty-one students were selected to participate in the PMEA District 5 band festival. They are Evan Moeller, Kevin Karatossos, Alaina Kosinski, Drew Vlasnik, Ryan Sims, Sean Scott, Jeremy Love, Audrey Ferraro, Kate Scanlon, Dean Smith, Eden Geis, Hannah Downs, Morgan Sinan, Alyssa Tollerton, Reilly Scherzer, Brian Vogel, Olivia Arohnson, Tiffany Eaton, Hiruni Herat, Rachel Covell and Ben Hess. PMEA District 5 is made up of schools in Beaver, Butler, Lawrence and Mercer counties. 

Fox Chapel Student Selected to Study in Germany
Sophomore Cassidy Carson has been selected to receive a Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange Scholarship that will enable her to spend her junior year studying in Germany.  She will live with a German family and attend a gymnasium (a college prep high school) for 10 months, and will also travel to Berlin where she will address the German Bundestag (the lower house of Parliament). Cassidy is one of only 250 students from the U.S. selected to participate in this program for the 2016-2017 school year.

SV Senior Named Coca-Cola Scholar
Siona Sharma, a senior at Seneca Valley Senior High School, has been recognized as one of the country’s most outstanding high school leaders by the Coca Cola Scholars Foundation and has been awarded a $20,000 college scholarship. As a member of the 28th class of Coca Cola Scholars, Siona has demonstrated superior leadership and dedication to her community and was selected from a pool of over 87,000 initial applicants.

Ambridge Resident Pass Program Renewed at Old Economy Village
Residents of Ambridge Borough can visit Old Economy Village for free with a resident pass. To pick one up, residents who want a pass should visit Old Economy Village, 270 16th Street, Ambridge, and show a valid, current ID, such as a driver’s license or utility bill.

North Hills High School One of the Nation’s Best
North Hills High School has been named one of the best schools in the nation and in Pennsylvania by U.S. News & World Report. The high school was awarded a silver medal in the magazine’s “2016 Best High Schools” rankings where it was listed as No. 47 out of 676 Pennsylvania high schools. Nationwide, the high school was ranked in the top seven percent of approximately 21,000 public schools evaluated in the listing.