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North Hills Monthly

New & Notable, March 2017

Mar 01, 2017 08:28AM ● By North Hills Monthly magazine
Kort Named Practice Director
Genesis Medical Associates’ Korman & Kimmell Family Practice in Ross has named Angela Kort as its practice director. For the past two years, she was the office manager for UPMC’s Internal Medicine Practice in Cranberry. She has also served as president of the nonprofit Helping Hands in Callery for the past 11 years. Kort is currently pursuing a master’s degree in healthcare administration.

CCAC Professor Debuts First Novel
Daniel Lowe, an English professor at Community College of Allegheny County for the past 25 years, has published his first novel, All That’s Left To Tell. The novel is about an American businessman kidnapped in Pakistan who develops a relationship with one of his female captors. The book is available at Barnes & Noble or Amazon.

NH Students Advance to State Science Competition
Maria Arlia, Lauren Rebel, Lyndsey Edmondston and Hannah Sciulli will compete at the state science competition in May at Penn State. Each student designed a unique experiment and was judged on her ability to conduct and convey the results of her experiment using the scientific method. 

Charles Named Finalist for CIO of the Year Award
North Hills School District’s Director of Technology David Charles has been selected as a finalist for the Chief Information Officer of the Year award in the area of education by the Pittsburgh Technology Council. He will be honored at an event on March 22 at the Westin downtown. 

Masterson Receives Consolidated Communications’ Chairman Award
Consolidated Communications employee Buddy Masterson recently received the company’s highest honor, the Chairman Award. The prestigious award is presented to a few select employees who demonstrate extraordinary performance on a project or who continually exceed expectations. Masterson is a sales manager who has been with Consolidated Communications for 14 years. 

Rowdy Rhythm Ensemble Takes Second Place
Peters Township High School’s Rowdy Rhythm choral ensemble won second place in their division at the Midwinter Barbershop Competition in San Antonio, TX. The updated barbershop group includes 65 students doing a ‘choraleography’ performance. Ryan Perrotte is the PTHS choral director and co-owner/president of In Tune With the Arts.

Garimella Named One of Fortune’s 18 Under 18
Fox Chapel High School senior Mihir Garimella was named one of Fortune magazine’s 18 Under 18. He was listed at #4 and was chosen for his creation of the Firefly, a low-cost, intelligent drone that can be used by first responders to explore dangerous environments. The list featured 18 of the best and brightest teenagers from across the nation.

Shaler Area Cheer Squad Wins National and World Titles
The Shaler Area Varsity Competitive Cheerleading Squad won a gold medal in the World School Cheerleading Championships and a silver medal in the National High School Cheerleading Championships, which were held in Orlando this past February.

Fox Chapel Choir to Perform at State Festival
The Fox Chapel Area High School Madrigal Singers have been selected to perform at the 2017 PA Music Educators Association (PMEA) annual conference in April. PMEA selected the group from 140 other performance ensembles. The choir includes 40 tenth-, eleventh- and twelfth-grade students under the direction of Benjamin Murray.

Seneca Valley Foundation Receives EITC Donations
Through the PA Department of Community and Economic Development Education Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) Program, the Seneca Valley Foundation received $17,500 from NexTier Bank and $3,500 from Farmers National Bank. EITC enables eligible businesses to apply credits against their tax liability when they make a contribution to support education in Pennsylvania. Classes that will benefit include Honors Women in Engineering, Honors in Engineering, Honors Engineering Applications, Honors Engineering and Experimentation, and Accounting 1 & 2.

Students Place at Duquesne 
Model UN Conference
Seneca Valley juniors Arushi Subba and Maxwell Moore were recognized as the Outstanding Delegations (1st place) representing the Philippines at the Duquesne Model UN Conference. Fox Chapel seniors Jonathan Monroe and Clare O’Connor were recognized as the Excellent Delegation (2nd place) representing Japan, and Subba took third place as Excellent Overall Delegate for the conference, an award that includes a scholarship to Duquesne University. As a part of the conference, students debate and try to solve global problems from the perspectives of other countries.

Dr. Jeffrey Astbury Named Fellow of the American College of Cardiology
Jeffrey Astbury, MD, has been elected as a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology and will be officially recognized during a convocation ceremony on March 19. Dr. Astbury, the director of cardiovascular anesthesiology at Butler Health System, is one of 15 physicians in the country to be certified four times by the American Board of Echocardiography.  

Vincentian Academy Appoints Canton as Head of School
The Western Province Provincial of the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth have commissioned Rita Canton as principal and head of school at Vincentian Academy. She previously served as principal at Sister Thea Bowman Catholic Academy, enabling the academy to become a model school for the nation.

Saint Joseph Student’s Artwork Awarded First in Phipps Competition
Saint Joseph High School junior Isabel Horgan's watercolor artwork was awarded first place in the Companion Plants Fairchild Challenge project at Phipps Conservatory, and her image will be displayed at Phipps in the spring. Isabel also received three Silver Key awards for her photography at the Scholastic Arts and Writing Pittsburgh region competition.

Mercer Wins Aquinas Academy Geographic Bee
Aquinas Academy of Pittsburgh seventh grade student, Jillian Mercer, won the school-level competition of the National Geographic Bee and a chance at a $50,000 college scholarship. The school-level bee, during which students answer oral questions about geography, was the first round in the annual National Geographic Bee. 

Dorseyville Middle School Students Score High on Math Exam
In the American Mathematics Contest (AMC) 8 exam, eighth-graders Harry Chen and Mark Puthenpurayil placed first and second respectively at Dorseyville Middle School, and scored in the top five percent nationally. The AMC 8 is a 25-question, 40-minute, multiple-choice examination in middle-school mathematics designed to promote the development and enhancement of problem-solving skills.

Cannon Hired as Anchorpoint Director of Community Development
Anchorpoint Counseling Ministry (ACM) announced that Nicole Cannon has joined their team as its new director of community development, bringing  more than 15 years of experience in the field of development to the position. AMC is a faith-based ministry providing counseling, support group therapy, tutoring and parent education to those in need of hope and healing.