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North Hills Monthly

New & Notable, July 2017

Jul 01, 2017 10:40PM ● By North Hills Monthly magazine
Zelienople Rotary Awards Scholarships
Six Seneca Valley seniors were awarded scholarships by the Zelienople Rotary Club. They will be honored at the Fourth of July parade and a Rotary event in July. Winners include Kaileen Ryan, Thomas George, Hollen Davinsizer, Chloe Ruffennach, Amber Gorog and Brock Gresock.

Hardman Receives Dual USA Fencing Honors
Harry Hardman, a junior at Aquinas Academy this fall, was named to both the USA Fencing 2016-17 All-Academic First Team and All-American Second Team. The awards ceremony will be held in July in Salt Lake City.

Shrestha Earns AITP Scholarship for Essay
La Roche junior Sani Shrestha received a $1,000 scholarship from the Association of Information Technology Professionals for her essay on ‘big data’ and how it will transform the way people live, work and think. She majors in information technology and minors in management, and recently became an officer in the local AITP chapter.

Lindey Accepted to 2017 Constitutional Academy
Logan Lindey of Saint Joseph High School has received a full scholarship from the Bill of Rights Institute to the 2017 Constitutional Academy. Students from across the country will travel to Washington, DC, to develop their understanding of American politics by discussing critical issues and interacting with scholars, policymakers and thought leaders.

PA Cyber Graduates more than 1,100 Students
PA Cyber Charter School recently held two separate graduation ceremonies in which 272 students received their diplomas at the A.J. Palumbo Center and another 275 received their diplomas at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania. Another 577 students will receive their diplomas by mail. PA Cyber Charter School awarded degrees to students from 61 of the Commonwealth’s 67 counties.

Mycelia Development to Construct Green Building
Renee Suhr, owner of Stray Cat Studio and Mycelia Development, LLC, will be beginning construction on a new green building in the next year or two with the goal of promoting development within the city of Beaver Falls. The new, two-story building along 7th Avenue will house Stray Cat Studio & Artisan Gift Shop, and will have room for other lessees, offices and event space.

Matz National Merit Scholarship Winner
Danielle Matz, a recent graduate of Seneca Valley, has been awarded a National Merit Scholarship to Michigan State University. The scholarship provides between $500 and $2,000 annually for up to four years of undergraduate study.

Memorial Park Church Pastor Named Moderator for EPC
Memorial Park Church’s lead pastor, Rev. Dr. Dean Weaver, recently assumed the additional role of moderator for the Evangelical Presbyterian Church (EPC) at its general assembly in June. The EPC has expanded in the last few years to include more than 600 churches, and Dr. Weaver has had a personal hand in that growth. His platform focuses not only on assisting new churches with the transition to the EPC, but also next-generation leadership.

Eaton Corporation Acknowledged for 20 Years of Support
Verland, an organization that provides residential, program and health support for persons with intellectual and physical disabilities, wishes to thank Eaton Corporation and its employees for its 20-year history of support. Each spring, 50 to 60 Eaton employees visit Verland’s campus to work on projects including painting the inside and outside of 10 homes, constructing railings along sidewalks, and planting hundreds of flowers, shrubs and trees to beautify the campus. Eaton has given monetary gifts as well as grants to improve residents’ quality of life.

Kulkarni Awarded Jefferson Scholarship 
Shady Side Academy graduating senior Chirag Kulkarni was one of only 36 recipients of the Jefferson Scholarship. He will attend the University of Virginia and plans to double major in theoretical mathematics and mechanical engineering. The scholarship pays the full cost of attending UVA for four years and enrichment programs including traveling abroad, career activities, an outdoor challenge program and a leadership speaker series.

Como Graduates Summa Cum Laude 
North Allegheny 2013 graduate Chris Como recently graduated summa cum laude from the University of Michigan with a degree in biomedical engineering. He has been accepted into the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, where he will begin studies in August.

Beyond Spots & Dots Expands to Columbus, OH
Pittsburgh-based advertising agency Beyond Spots & Dots recently opened an office in Columbus, OH, bringing advertising and marketing services and over 10 years of experience to the market. The company offers a unique analytical approach to digital, branding, public relations, advertising and marketing, resulting in proven success for the agency’s clients.

National Aviary Announces African Penguin’s New Name
The National Aviary partnered with Peoples Natural Gas for a celebration of African penguins that took place from April-June with the goal of attracting attention for this critically endangered species. A social media contest focused on the aviary’s conservation efforts invited the public to help name an African penguin, and with 39 percent of the vote, ‘Slippy’ was the winning name. 

Butler County Establishes Neighborhood Drug Watch Website
Butler County has decided to tackle the national drug epidemic head-on by creating a website and Facebook page that provides programs, resources and advice on how to fight drug problems in the community. Visit or for more information.

Fairfield Inn & Suites Pittsburgh North Grand OpeningThe new Fairfield Inn & Suites Pittsburgh North/McCandless opened on May 16, 2017. Centrally located in McCandless Crossing, the hotel hosted a grand opening and ribbon cutting event on June 20th with an additional celebration on June 21st. Both events showcased the Fairfield’s beautifully appointed lobby and flexible workspaces as well as the tranquil outdoor patio, spacious and modern guest rooms and suites, plus the expansive, fully equipped fitness center.
The six floor, 109 room hotel offers free Wi-Fi, 750 sq. ft. fitness center, full service business center, complimentary breakfast and convenient access to a variety of shops, restaurants, grocery store, pharmacy and entertainment venues. The hotel is also located near Passavant Hospital, LaRoche College and Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church. Fairfield Inn & Suites McCandless is just north of the city of Pittsburgh, off of McKnight Road inside the new McCandless Crossing business complex. For more information visit