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North Hills Monthly

New & Notable, September 2016

Aug 31, 2016 10:52AM ● By North Hills Monthly magazine
Scheuneman Named New Director of Athletics
North Hills School District hired Amy Scheuneman as the district’s new director of athletics, where she will be responsible for continuing North Hills’ quality interscholastic athletic programs that support the district’s educational mission. For the past decade she was director of athletics at Bethel Park School District.

Shaler Students Travel to Japan
Shaler Area junior Jacob Aluise and senior Evan Lysko traveled to Japan in August as part of a special exchange program, TOMODACHI Ties Through Taiko. The students left on August 5 for Mihama, Aichi Prefecture, to engage in a cultural exchange and joint taiko Japanese drumming performances with students from Nihon Fukushi Daigaku Fuzoku Koto Gakkou's taiko club, Rakko.
Hampton School District Receives S&P Favorable Rating
Hampton Township School District received a AA- rating from Standard & Poor. Only about 10 percent of school districts in PA receive this impressive rating, which will translate to an estimated per year savings of $93,000 for the district through 2030.

Loafers Bread Company 
Celebrates 20th Anniversary
This October, Loafers Bread Company® will celebrate 20 years in business. The whole wheat mill and bakery is a family owned and operated business with locations in Wexford, Cranberry and Fox Chapel. Month-long celebrations will include rollback pricing, random acts of kindness in the form of free guest checks each day and donations to A Glimmer of Hope Foundation for each purchase of a specially developed celebration loaf of bread.

Students Named Winners in Essay Contest
Two 2016 Fox Chapel Area High School graduates and a Dorseyville Middle School student were recently named winners in the 2016 Founding Freedoms Essay Contest. First place in the twelfth-grade portion of the essay contest went to 2016 graduate Ryan Humbert and second place went to 2016 graduate Conor Gaffney. Second place in the eighth-grade portion of the essay contest went to eighth-grader Jessica Klein. Ryan received a $2,500 cash prize and a trip to Philadelphia, where he was honored as part of a special awards ceremony. Conor won $1,000 and Jessica won $500.

Spear Attends Engineering Program at OSU
Seneca Valley senior Allison Spear attended WE Rise summer camp at Ohio State, which is designed to introduce future female engineers to engineering majors and related career fields. WE Rise sessions were led by Ohio State engineering faculty and graduate students and consisted of an introductory presentation, in-depth discussions of OSU’s undergraduate engineering majors, and a related hands-on activity. Participants also had the opportunity to visit area corporations and businesses to see firsthand the work that engineers do.

Career Training Academy (CTA) 
Expands Dental Program
CTA will begin offering an Expanded Function Dental Assistant (EFDA) certified program in October at its North Hills campus, which will enable graduating students to sit for the state exam. The North Hills campus is located at 1014 West View Park Drive.

Sparq Designs Expands
Sparq Designs, a digital marketing agency in Wexford that offers brand development, web development, social media and search engine optimization services, is expanding their team. The business, which opened in 2013, builds websites and creates online personalities for their clients.

Fox Chapel School District Receives Certification
The Fox Chapel Area School District has been named a Common Sense Digital Citizenship Certified School District for demonstrating its commitment to taking a whole-community approach to preparing students to use the immense power of digital media while limiting the perils that exist in the online realm. This designation means that each individual school in the district has received this special certification.

Lux to Serve as Acting Principal at Hampton Middle School
Marlynn Lux has been appointed to serve as acting principal at Hampton Middle School for the 2016-2017 school year while Dr. Stennett takes a leave of absence for educational opportunities. Lux has been the assistant principal at HMS since 2009.

Weisgerber named La Roche VP for Enrollment Management
La Roche College has appointed James E. (Chip) Weisgerber, Ph.D., as its vice president of enrollment management. Before joining La Roche, Dr. Weisgerber served as vice president/student enrollment services for Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, TN. He has also held a number of senior-level administrative positions at Urbana University in Urbana, OH, including vice president/student and enrollment services and dean of students, among others.

Winck Joins Consolidated Communication
Shonda Winck has been hired as a new account executive at Consolidated Communications, where she will be selling data, Internet, voice cloud services and other network solutions to business customers in the greater Pittsburgh area. She has 15 years of telecommunications experience.

Sixth Ditka’s Location to Open in Wexford
Restaurant Holdings, Inc. owner and operator of Atria’s Restaurant and Tavern, Mike Ditka’s Restaurants and Juniper Grill restaurants in Pittsburgh, Chicago and Phoenix, will open its sixth Ditka’s location this autumn in Wexford. Ditka’s will be located at the site of the current Atria’s Restaurant and Tavern at 12980 Perry Highway, and will hold a grand opening celebration, tentatively planned for November.