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North Hills Monthly

New & Notable, June 2017

Jun 01, 2017 02:28PM ● By North Hills Monthly Magazine
Nagy Recognized for Championing Parkinson’s Awareness
The Parkinson Foundation Western PA (PFWPA) awarded Elayna Nagy, a senior at Seneca Valley, with its Perseverance. Grace. Purpose. award for her commitment to the Parkinson’s community. As her senior school project, she hosted an event to raise funds for PFWPA in honor of her grandmother.

Shaler Area Elementary Receives Two PPG Grants
Shaler Area Elementary students will benefit from two PPG Innovative Classroom grants. The first $1,000 grant will fund three LEGO robotics sets to expand opportunities to explore coding and programming, and the second $1,000 grant will fund a wireless weather station and cameras to monitor the outside environment and a bird observation station. Data collected will be used in holistic science and math units to teach math/population distribution and migration concepts.

Kaup Selected for National Band Ensemble
North Hills High School senior Emily Kaup was chosen for the 2017 National Association for Music Education All-Eastern Band. Emily is a French horn player and is one of only 150 students selected from 13 states.

Krotec Receives Recognition as Air Force Gunner
Shaler graduate Liz Krotec, class of 2011, recently achieved the rank of staff sergeant and received the Air Force Special Operations Air Warfare Center Aerial Gunner of the Year award. She joined the Air Force after graduation and is training to be a flight engineer on a UH-1N helicopter, where she will be responsible for transporting presidential or other distinguished visitors in the District of Columbia.

Bridgewater Wealth Changes Name
Bridgewater Wealth has changed its name to Bridgeview Wealth to better reflect its mission and portfolio of client services that aid families in passing on their vision and values in meaningful ways. The company customizes plans using tools and experiential learning in such areas as communication and relationship enhancement, legacy development, goal discovery and prioritization, asset transfer preparation, and planning and review of legal documents.

Bork recognized as Distinguished Student
Jeffery Primary School third-grader Kiersten Bork was recognized as a distinguished student at the annual Pennsylvania Association of Federal Programs Coordinators (PAFPC) conference. She is one of only three students in the state chosen to speak at the annual conference because of her participation in the Title I program and her demonstration of outstanding academic achievement.

Wilson receives Outstanding Dietetics Educator Award
Miriam Wilson, MS, RD, LDN, has been awarded the 2017 Outstanding Dietetics Educator award by the Nutrition and Dietetic Educators and Preceptors (NDEP) Area Six Regional Practice Group. Wilson, of Zelienople, is an assistant professor and director of Community College of Allegheny County’s (CCAC) dietetic programs.

Brunet Selected for Nordenberg Leadership Scholars Program
North Hills High School senior Ruby Brunet has been selected for the prestigious Nordenberg Leadership Scholars Program at the University of Pittsburgh. She is one of only 10 students selected from across Pennsylvania. She will receive a full tuition scholarship estimated at $110,000, three years of paid internships, a study abroad experience and a myriad of networking, career coaching and leadership activities. Brunet plans to major in political science.

AHN Opens Pediatric Orthopaedic Care Institute
In May, Allegheny Health Network opened the Pediatric Orthopaedic Institute in Wexford, a multidisciplinary program for children, adolescents and teenagers who suffer from orthopaedic and neuromuscular conditions, including those that require same-day care. The institute is located at 12620 Perry Hwy. Call 412-362-8677 for appointments.

New Hire at New Directions Counseling Services 
Dr. Kim Clinebell, who specializes in adult, child and adolescent psychiatry, has joined New Directions Counseling Services in Wexford. The addition to an in-house psychiatrist is expected to cut down on the waiting time for an appointment and improve the quality of care between therapists, clients and doctors.

Snyder Honored as Allegheny County Diversity Award Winner
North Hills High School senior Monica Snyder has been honored as one of the first Allegheny County Human Relations Commission Diversity Award winners. She is one of only eight students in the county selected for the award. The commission seeks to ensure that everyone has the ability to enjoy the full benefits of citizenship and is afforded equal opportunities for employment, housing and use of public accommodation facilities.

Etna Economic Development Corporation Receives Grant
Heinz Endowments has awarded a $25,000 grant to the Etna Economic Development Corporation (EEDC) that will be used to complete a detailed market assessment geared toward framing redevelopment in Etna’s Central Business District. Information gathered during the research phase will be used to define a strategy and action plan for the area’s revitalization.

Marsh Wins for Artwork in National Distracted Driving Contest
William ‘Tim’ Marsh, a senior at Fox Chapel Area High School, was named a national winner in the Create Real Impact Teen Safe Driving Campaign, which challenges students to address the dangers of distracted driving in creative ways that resonate with young drivers. He received a $1,500 educational grant.

Hess to Attend Elite Language Program
Seneca Valley sophomore Ben Hess will attend the National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) summer program run by the U.S. Department of State. This elite program provides high school students, through scholarship, the ability to develop linguistic skills and a relative cultural understanding in an effort to advance an international dialogue in the global economy. Hess will be studying at Northwest University’s School of International Cultural Exchange in Xi’an, China.

SV Band Named Grand Champions
For the third time, the Seneca Valley Marching Band was named the grand champion of the Pegasus Parade, the Kentucky Derby Festival’s oldest inaugural event. The “Roaring” Raider Band first appeared in the parade back in 2007 and again in 2013, earning two championship titles.

Seneca Valley Junior to Dance with Professional Ballet Theater
Seneca Valley (SV) Junior Emily McGoey will be spending her senior year with the professional division of the Texas Ballet Theater. She was invited to participate after auditioning, and will continue her educational studies through the SV Choice Cyber Program. The dance program prepares advanced dancers for a professional ballet career.

Gupta Wins Two Scholarships
Urvi Gupta has won a National Merit $2,500 scholarship, and a $2,500 scholarship from the P.E.O. STAR Scholarship board of trustees. National Merit Scholarship winners are judged to have the strongest combination of accomplishments, skills and potential for success in rigorous college studies.

Fox Chapel Students Win Awards in State Science Competition
Several Fox Chapel Area School District students recently won awards at the 83rd annual state meeting of the Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science (PJAS).  First-place state winners were senior Austin Fisher; junior Albert Liu; sophomores Zachary Lakkis and Ji-Yool Moon; freshmen Hanna Chen, Rajeev Godse, Anzu Sekikawa and Ameya Velankar; eighth-graders Amulya Garimella, Anthony Nguyen and Vinisha Sant; and seventh-graders Mona Gerges and Theodor Urban. Additionally, Liu received a Director's Award and a Perfect Score award. Velankar and Garimella also each received a Perfect Score award.

Saint Joseph High School Students Win Awards at PJAS Competition
Saint Joseph High School students recently participated in the Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science (PJAS) competition at the state level at Penn State University. Winners include Caroline Maltese, who received a Perfect Score award and the Ecology Director’s Award; Spencer Brackett and Ava Swanson who received Perfect Score awards; Sophia Maltese, Julianna Nichols, Josh Maltese and Thomas Preston who received first-place awards; Julia Singleton, Tyler Fontana and Joseph Godinez who received second-place awards, and Skylar Giebel, who received a third-place award.