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North Hills Monthly

New & Notable, February 2017

Jan 30, 2017 07:46PM ● By North Hills Monthly magazine
Soose Named Shaler Area Distinguished Alumnus
Shaler Area High School has named 1994 graduate Dr. Ryan Soose as a 2016 distinguished alumnus. An otolaryngologist and the director of the UPMC Division of Sleep Surgery in the Department of Otolaryngology, Dr. Soose practices at UPMC Mercy and trains residents, medical students and international visiting scholars as a faculty member of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

Bucciero Wins Car in Community Auto’s Giveaway
Community Auto, a program of North Hills Community Outreach, presented Danielle Bucciero of West View with a 2008 Chevy Impala as the winner of its annual Too Big for the Stocking giveaway.  The countywide program serves low-income working Allegheny County residents who need reliable, affordable cars.

Luminari Launches New Website
The Pittsburgh-based nonprofit Luminari launched a new website to coincide with the opening of 2017 summer camp registration. Luminari was founded to foster activities that broaden minds, inspire innovation and promote community engagement and its summer camps for teens include diplomacy, writing, public speaking and cooking.

Platts Hired as NASD Director of Technology and Innovation
North Allegheny School District has hired Richard Platts to oversee its Information Technology Department as it supports both the administrative and infrastructure needs of the district as well as the teaching and learning environment for students and staff members.

Fox Chapel Telethon Breaks Record
Fox Chapel Area School District’s annual 2016 telethon raised more than $69,500 for Live Like Lou, a nonprofit that helps ALS patients and their families in western Pennsylvania. In the 27 years that the district has been holding telethons, it has raised more than $765,500 which has been given to various local and regional charities. 

Becky Dittman Honored as Fellows Club Person of the Year
For the first time in the organization’s 113-year history, a woman has been named the Fellows Club Person of the Year. Becky Dittman, founder of Zoe’s New Beginnings, was recognized as someone who gives of themselves to benefit others. Zoe’s New Beginnings is a nonprofit dedicated to supporting premature babies and their families.

Middle School Receives Two PPG Grants
The Shaler Area Middle School Science Department recently received two PPG Innovative Classroom Grants totaling $2,000. One of the grants will be used to purchase six dual-range force sensors and the other will purchase lab sets of Happy Atoms modeling kits to provide additional resources in the classroom.

DMS Named State Winner in Samsung® Contest
Dorseyville Middle School has been named the state winner in the 2017 Samsung Solve for Tomorrow contest. The school is one of only 51 state winners from across the nation from thousands of schools. Dorseyville's submission was headed by technology education teacher Joe Eisel, whose entry was chosen for its innovative approach to advancing interest in STEM among students and making an impact in the community. As a state winner, Dorseyville will receive a Samsung camcorder, a Samsung laptop, and a minimum of $25,000 in technology.

Fox Chapel Student Magazine Wins Awards
Fox Chapel Area High School's 2015-2016 literary arts magazine, Tapestry, has received two major awards including a “superior” ranking in the 2016 National Council of Teachers of English Program to Recognize Excellence in Student Literary Magazines. It also won first place in the 2016 American Scholastic Press Association's Annual Contest/Review for Scholastic Yearbooks, Magazines and Newspapers. 

Tull Family Theater Opening
On Friday, Feb. 17, the Tull family Theater will open in Sewickley as a result of the work of the nonprofit Village Theater Company, which was able to implement many partnerships to get it up and running. This included an attractive land deal provided by the Sewickley Borough.

Annual DIVAS Weekend at The Woodlands
On Jan. 27-28, the Woodland’s staff and special guests worked with girls and young women ages 8 to 29 with disabilities or chronic illnesses to promote self-confidence, feelings of self-worth and diversity of beauty. During the sleepover weekend, each participant receives a hair and makeup makeover, the opportunity to craft her own pageant sash, fashion headshots and runway coaching. Unlike a beauty pageant, the program is noncompetitive, focusing on displays of personality, humor and empowerment. Special guest, Miss Wheelchair America 2012, Josie Badger, Ph.D., held a “girl talk” session with program participants on Friday evening, and a runway show, emceed by local author of The Happier Autism Family, Jen Forsyth, took place on Saturday.