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North Hills Monthly

New & Notable, June 2016

May 31, 2016 12:34PM ● By North Hills Monthly magazine

Edward Jones Opens New Office in Sewickley

St. Joseph Faculty Member Receives Golden Apple Award
Sister Mary Catherine Blooming HM, Saint Joseph High School religion faculty member, was presented with a Golden Apple Award by the Diocese of Pittsburgh and the Charitable Family Foundation.  Sr. Mary Catherine is the school's seventh Golden Apple award winner, which is given to outstanding Catholic elementary and high school educators in Diocesan schools.

World Language Department Recognized
The North Hills High School World Language Department was recognized as an exemplary high school foreign language program and honored with a Silver Award by the Pennsylvania State Modern Language Association. The department was selected for the award due to high enrollment and retention rate in world language classes. 

Hosanna Industries Acquires Acreage
Hosanna Industries, a nonprofit founded in Bakerstown 26 years ago, has acquired nine acres in Gibsonia at the former Four Directions site. The organization plans to use this space for workshops, classes and opportunities for spiritual and creative growth.

Cekella Named Finalist in PA Teacher of the Year Competition
The PA Chapter of the National School Teacher of the Year competition named Pine-Richland Middle School teacher Patricia Cekella as one of its 12 finalists for 2017 PA Teacher of the Year. She has been teaching in Pine-Richland for 12 years, and currently teaches geometry and algebra fundamentals. The winner will be announced in December.

North Hills Alum’s Photo on U.S. Postal Stamp
Matt Dieterich, a 2009 North Hills graduate, will have a photograph he took of an aurora over Mount Rainier placed on a U.S. Postal Service Forever stamp. The stamp is one of 16 selected to celebrate the National Park Service‘s 100th anniversary and will be available for purchase on June 2.

Porter Selected for Nordenberg Leadership Scholars Program
North Hills High School senior Danny Porter has been selected for the prestigious Nordenberg Leadership Scholars Program at the University of Pittsburgh. He is one of only 10 students selected for the program from across the state, and will receive a full tuition scholarship estimated at $110,000, as well as three years of paid internships, a study abroad experience and a myriad of networking, career coaching and leadership activities. He plans to major in mechanical engineering and enroll in the Swanson School of Engineering.

Vislosky to Play on Team USA
Nathan Vislosky, a Central Catholic varsity inline and ice hockey player, was recently selected by the United States Olympic Committee to play in the 2016 Inline Hockey World Championships that will be held in Asiago, Italy this June. He will represent the United States on Team USA, Junior Division, competing against teams from 30 countries.  

North Hills Named One of America’s Most Challenging High Schools
North Hills High School is one of only seven schools in Allegheny County and 39 schools in Pennsylvania to be ranked in the Washington Post’s “America’s Most Challenging High Schools” listing. This honor places North Hills among the top nine percent of public and private high schools in the nation.

Animal Friends Receives Make a Difference Day Award
USA Today and Newman’s Own award several $10,000 grants each year to outstanding projects conducted on Make a Difference Day, and this year, Animal Friends was one of the grant recipients. This past Make a Difference Day, the organization hosted on-site activities with Boy Scout Pack 848 led by Education Coordinator Dana Schultz, and Pine-Richland Middle School hosted their annual Paws in the Park fundraising event that raised $2,465 for Animal Friends. Animal Friends’ Therapets volunteers made numerous visits to local hospitals and nursing homes with their therapy dogs, and Eagle Scout candidate Charles Boone delivered more than 600 pounds of pet food and other animal-related items to the shelter that he had collected in a supply drive. 

North Allegheny Medalists 2016 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards
Since 1923, the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards have recognized the vision, ingenuity and talent of the nation’s youth, and provided opportunities for creative teens to be celebrated. This year’s Gold Medal winners were senior Kayla Romanelli (poetry), freshman Thalia Driscoll (drawing), senior Leonardo Lupidi (drawing) and junior Vanessa Anthony (painting). Silver Medal winners were eighth-grader Zehra Mehdi (flash fiction), senior Leonardo Lupidi (digital art), junior Emma Kiley (mixed media) and sophomore Serena Yan (painting).

Infectious Disease Specialist Joins Butler Health System
John Love, MD, Ph.D., has joined Butler Health System’s medical staff. Dr. Love is board-certified in internal medicine and infectious disease, and served as staff physician/instructor at Boston Medical Center and Boston University Medical Center for four years. He is seeing patients at Butler Memorial Hospital as part of its Infectious Disease Group.

Wesolowski Receives 2016 Carnegie Science Award
Saint Joseph High School Materials Science and Physics teacher Robert Wesolowski received a Carnegie Science Award in the High School Educator category for his commitment to interactive, collaborative STEM teaching.

Clear Re-Elected NAPO Pittsburgh President
The Pittsburgh Chapter of the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO) re-elected Dorothy Clear as its chapter president. NAPO Pittsburgh helps consumers find the organizing assistance they need to experience order in their daily lives and offers support to professional organizers and aspiring organizers in the Pittsburgh area through education, resource sharing and networking.

SV Biology Club Takes First and Second in Envirothon Competition
The Seneca Valley Biology Club won first and second place in the Butler County Envirothon Competition that was held in May. The first-place team then attended the state level competition at Susquehanna University, which was held May 24-25. First-place team members included Sydney McGahey, Jonnie Poepoe, Hannah Hale, Mariah Mack and Kathryn Hines. Second-place team members included Audrey Lang, Maya Albanowski, Nora Gavaghan, Hannah McCann and Thalia Muno. The Biology Club prepares students to compete in two environmental team competitions throughout the school year. Topics include identification of animals and plants, aquatic ecology, forestry, soils and land use, current environmental issues and wildlife management. 

Edward Jones Opens New Office in Sewickley
Traci Conlon, a financial advisor with Edward Jones Investments, has opened a new office at 2605 Nicholson Rd, Bldg.1, Ste. 1200, Sewickley. The office will be staffed by Conlon and Branch Office Administrator Shannon Rihn.

Vincentian Academy Hires New Principal
Vincentian Academy has hired Rita Canton as its new principal. Canton previously served as the principal of Sister Thea Bowman Catholic Academy, a parochial school where she was head administrator since 2010. 

Hannagan Named New Poff Elementary Principal
Hampton Township School District has hired Colleen Hannagan as the new principal of Poff Elementary School; she is currently the assistant principal at McKnight Elementary. She will replace Dr. Michael Mooney, who will retire on June 30. 

Heritage Seneca Village on Display at Graham Park
A Native American village tableau will now be a permanent display in Graham Park. The wooden village, carved from pine tree trunks by master chainsaw sculptor, Ken Tynan, represents different aspects of life at an Indian encampment during America’s Colonial era. The display was donated by the Community Chest of Cranberry. 

Seneca Valley’s Sharma National Merit Winner
Seneca Valley senior Siona Sharma has been named a National Merit Scholarship Corporation award winner, and will receive a $2,500 scholarship. She was one of 2,500 Merit Scholar designees who was chosen from a talent pool of more than 15,000 outstanding finalists in the 2016 program. 

Steam Studio Summer Camp
Steam Studio is introducing camps dedicated to science, technology, arts and math. Students ages 6-12 can participate in a variety of programs including Build Your Own Computer, Electric Circuits, Scratch Computer Programming, and Video Creation using Green Screen and Stop Motion Animation. Summer camps start in June at Pine Community Center and in August will move to the new Steam Studio Building at 306 Warrendale Road in Wexford.

Fair Trade Boutique Helping Girls in Haiti
The Olive Branch, a fair trade boutique and outreach center located at 11160 Perry Highway, Wexford, is spearheading a campaign to make 1,000 hygiene kits to be sent to schoolgirls in Haiti. The kits will enable girls to stay in school during their monthly cycle so that they will not fall behind in their studies. Stop in or call the store at 724-799-8700 to learn how to participate.

Student Publication Wins 1st Place National Award
Fox Chapel Area High School's 2015-2016 student news publication Fox Tales Quarterly has been named a first-place winner in the 2016 American Scholastic Press Association's (ASPA) Annual Newspaper Competition. The 2015-2016 senior staff members include seniors Maria Burns, Ishan Khatri, Daly Trimble and Marjorie Trimble; juniors Alex Smolar, Marty Taxay, Bliss Uribe and Micah Ziff, and sophomore Bridget Wang.

Dorseyville Middle School Orchestras Win Awards
The Dorseyville Middle School Sinfonia and Philharmonic orchestras recently won awards at a Music in the Parks Festival. The Sinfonia placed first in their division with a superior rating, and the Philharmonic placed first in their division with a superior rating and won first overall orchestra. The Philharmonic also won the Espres de Corps Award trophy which is presented to students from a school who demonstrate proper social behavior as well as musical behavior/encouragement.

St. Margaret Foundation 5K Run/Walk
More than 400 runners, walkers, strollers, wagons and dogs took part in the St. Margaret Foundation 5K Run/Walk on May 15. Now in its 28th year, the event raised $70,000 to help under-resourced patients who need chemotherapy and other treatments with medication, free health screenings, medical devices and more.

Khorey Scores Highest in Nation on French Exam
Fox Chapel Area High School junior Nina Khorey recently earned the highest score in the nation on the 2016 Le Grand Concours (national French exam). She won the Platinum Award with the top score in the nation in her division (French 5E). Along with the other platinum winners, she will be featured in the American Association of Teachers of French (AATF) fall publication, as well as receive a platinum medal, a plaque, and a Lauréat National certificate.  She is also eligible for the grand-prize drawing of a trip to a language camp in Quebec this summer.

Two Shady Side Academy Seniors Win National Merit Scholarships
Shady Side Academy senior Roy Navid of Fox Chapel was awarded a $2,500 National Merit Scholarship, and plans to attend Trinity College at the University of Cambridge in England next fall. Senior Shaan Fye of Pine was awarded the National Merit Mary E. Beyerle Scholarship, a corporate-sponsored $2,500 award. He plans to attend Duke University next fall.