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North Hills Monthly

New & Notable, January 2017

Jan 01, 2017 02:27PM ● By North Hills Monthly magazine
Mannarino Wins Statewide Honor
North Hills Superintendent Dr. Patrick Mannarino was recently honored with the PA Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (PASCD) Supervision Award. Dr. Mannarino was selected for the award for his excellence as an administrator, and his support for professional development activities and programs that have positively impacted North Hills and its students.

First Hope Scholarship Awarded
Russell Paras has been awarded the Anchorpoint Counseling Ministries (AMC) Hope Scholarship, which was established this year in celebration of AMC's 50th anniversary. He will receive $1,000 for the 2017-2018 academic year and plans to go to CCAC to become a certified electrician. 

Shaler Students Accepted into PMEA Band
Shaler Area High School students have been accepted into the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association (PMEA) District 1 Band. They include Jacob Matthews, Jon Brockway, Michael Chaney, Maryann Berdik and Cara Roth. The PMEA Festival will be held Feb. 8-10 at Mt. Lebanon High School.

Shaler Backpack Initiative Receives $25,000 Grant
Each year, the Shaler Backpack Initiative sends home more than 10,000 weekend bags of food to students in need. A recent State Farm Neighborhood Assist grant of $25,000 ensures that food will be provided for the upcoming school year, including healthier items that were too expensive on the existing budget. The grant will be presented on Wednesday, Jan. 18, at 7 p.m. at Shaler Middle School.

Fox Chapel Students Place in Forensic Tournament
At the annual M & M Lake Erie Invitational Forensic Tournament, Fox Chapel senior Madeleine Doerr won first place in original oratory, and the team of senior Jonathan Monroe and junior Sara Puthenpurayil won second place in policy debate. Fox Chapel’s debate team took second place in the team sweepstakes and also won second place overall.

La Roche Professor Releases Second Novel
Joshua David Bellin, Ph.D., professor of English at La Roche College, released his second young adult novel, Scavenger of Souls, the sequel to Survival Colony 9. A science-fiction novel set in a future post-apocalyptic Earth, Scavenger of Souls can be purchased through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and local independent booksellers. It is also available as an e-book.

Seneca Valley Foundation Receives Waste Management Grant
The Seneca Valley Foundation recently received a donation of $8,000 from Waste Management through the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development Education Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) Program grant. EITC enables businesses to make donations to organizations they choose from an approved list. The grant will benefit several classes at the high school.

Seneca Valley’s Reading Teams Takes Top Three Spots at Competition
For the first time, Seneca Valley’s 9-12 Reading Competition Teams placed first, second and third at the Butler County Interscholastic Reading Competition held at Seneca Valley Intermediate High School on Nov. 10. The first place team, “Book, Line, and Sinker,” includes Anna Feng, Ryan Lipscomb, Cassie Kirsch, Kara Ristey, Katie Bablak, Savannah Glover, Claire Schawalder and Jake Lippold. 

Marksmanship Team Wins Trophy
The Seneca Valley Raider Battalion Marksmanship Team brought home the Western PA Army JROTC League trophy after placing first at the Western PA Army JROTC League Championship at Valley High School. The team was led by Marksmanship Team Captain Joshua Reeb, who shot a 248 out of 300 and was the top shooter for the competition. Other team members were Andrew Tate (225), Joshua Thompson (227) and Caitlyn Wroblewski (224).

AAUW Welcomes New Members 
The Fox Chapel Area Affiliate of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) welcomed new members Jo McLean, Nancy Snider, Kathleen Wendell, Stephanie Robinson, Rebecca Hebert, Rene Painter Claypool, Kathy Keinholz, Susan Kosy, Alison Schleifer and Nancy Traina. The organization is active in educational efforts for women and girls, especially in the STEM fields.

Conrad Named Executive Director of Breathe Pennsylvania
The Breathe Pennsylvania board of directors has promoted Carla A. Conrad, MS, RRT-NPS, to the position of executive director. Breathe Pennsylvania helps western Pennsylvanians breathe better and live healthier by empowering individuals through awareness, education and direct services.

Lau Named Head of Senior School
Shady Side Academy announced the permanent appointment of Sophie Lau as the head of the Senior School. Lau has been serving as the school’s interim head since July 2016, after having served two years as assistant head and dean of faculty. She succeeds Katharine Vavpetic. Lau is responsible for the educational and extracurricular experiences of approximately 485 students in grades 9-12 and a team of approximately 90 teachers, administrators and support staff. 

Kennedy & Setzenfand to Participate in HOBY Seminar
Courtney Kennedy and Ryan Setzenfand have each received the Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership (HOBY) award and will attend the Pennsylvania HOBY Leadership Seminar at Washington & Jefferson College in June 2017. Along with other outstanding sophomores, they will participate in seminars to help them enhance their critical thinking, leadership and goal-setting skills.

Salvation Army-Butler Corps Receives Donation
Consolidated Communications recently presented a $1,000 donation to the Salvation Army-Butler Corps. Consolidated employees rang the bell on Dec. 2 in support of the Red Kettle campaign and brought in $300, which the company more than tripled to contribute to the organization.

Coscarelli Receives AATF Award
St. Joseph High School Senior Haley Coscarelli has received the 2016 American Association of Teachers of French (AATF) Outstanding Senior in French Award. This award is made annually to a graduating senior who has demonstrated excellence in the study of French as well as an exceptional commitment to the French language and the many cultures that speak it.