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North Hills Monthly

New & Notable, February 2018

Jan 31, 2018 02:17PM ● By North Hills Monthly magazine
Seshan Brothers Win FIRST LEGO League
Sanjay and Arvind Seshan won the first place Champion’s Award and first place Robot Performance Award at the Western PA State Championship for FIRST LEGO League. The league is an international robotics competition that includes 30,000 teams for children ages 9-14. Students must build and program an autonomous robot to complete specific tasks, as well as complete a research project and demonstrate teamwork skills.

Fox Chapel Annual Telethon Raises Over $37,000
Fox Chapel Area School District students held their 28th annual telethon on Fri., Dec. 22, and raised more than $37,000. This year's total brings the money raised by Fox Chapel Area students to more than $804,000 over the last 28 years for various local and regional charities.

Spiker Wins President’s Award
Consolidated Communications awarded employee Brad Spiker with the company’s highest honor, the President’s Award, at its annual employee meeting. The prestigious award is presented to a few select employees who demonstrate extraordinary performance on a project or who continually exceed expectations.  Spiker is a network technician and has been with Consolidated for 16 years.

Innerst Recognized by New York Times
Stacy Innerst, an adjunct professor at La Roche College, is the winner of a New York Times’ Best Illustrated Book Award. Presented by the New York Times and New York Public Library, the award recognizes the best in children’s literature and brings great books to young readers. Innerst received the award for his illustrations in Ruth Bader Ginsburg: The Case of R.B.G. vs. Inequality, written by Jonah Winter.

Hampton Watershed Project Receives Grant
Rep. Hal English and Sen. Randy Vulakovich helped Hampton Twp. officials to obtain a $500,000 grant for its future sewage treatment facility upgrades. The grant from the Gaming Economic Development Fund will specifically assist the township with its Glannon Watershed Improvement Project.

CCAC Launches Innovation Lab
CCAC’s Innovation Lab opened in late January and will connect industry representatives with faculty and students in project-based opportunities where they will assist with solution-driven project development. The lab will house high-demand, high-earning programs in order to develop a pipeline of skilled professionals. Subject areas include cybersecurity analysis, data analytics, programming, digital video production, multimedia/social media, marketing, virtual reality and augmented reality.

Ambridge Historic District Awarded Grant
The Rivers of Steel Heritage Corp. of Homestead has awarded a match grant of $8,000 to the Ambridge Historic District Economic Development Corporation. The goal of the grant is to increase awareness of the historic district, to direct traffic from Ohio River Blvd. into the district and to encourage and provide assistance for tourists exploring the area. Plans include applying to have tourist-oriented directional signs installed along Rt. 65, and a Historic District Welcome/Information Center kiosk that will show the size, scope and resources of the historic neighborhood.

Tapestry Wins National Award
Fox Chapel Area High School's 2016-2017 literary arts magazine Tapestry was named a first-place winner in the 2017 American Scholastic Press Association's annual contest/review for scholastic yearbooks, magazines and newspapers.  

Students Encouraged to Apply for Empower2018
Fox Chapel Area School District has partnered with Dale Carnegie & Associates to create a new, innovative leadership program for high school students. Participants will learn how to be assertive, discover the importance of behavior management, use the vocabulary of business, make the connection between emotional maturity and professional behavior, and communicate with confidence and enthusiasm. The program will run from June 18–28 with the option of four additional workshops to earn two college credits. Students from all school districts are invited to apply. Contact Lisa Gibson at 412/967-2479 or for more information.

Fox Chapel Women’s Choir to Perform at Eastern Conference
The Fox Chapel Area High School Vulpes Cantantes Women's Choir has been chosen to perform at the 2018 American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) Eastern Division Conference. The group will perform March 8 at First Presbyterian Church in Pittsburgh in conjunction with the organization's biannual conference. The Vulpes Cantantes, which is one of only three high school choirs chosen to perform from submitted audition recordings, includes 50 female students in 9th through 12th grade. The choir is under the direction of conductor Benjamin Murray.

Farmers National Bank Donates to Seneca Valley Foundation
Farmers National Bank officials donated a $4,000 check to the Seneca Valley Foundation through the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development Education Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) Program grant. EITC is a statewide initiative that enables eligible businesses to apply credits against their tax liability for the tax year in which they make a contribution to support education in Pennsylvania.

FCEA Collects Blankets to Help Less Fortunate
Last month, the Fox Chapel Area Educators Association (FCEA) collected more than 165 new and gently used blankets to be distributed to the homeless in the greater Pittsburgh area. The blankets were given to Nancy and Ralph Heil, who deliver blankets to the homeless every Monday evening. FCEA has made it a priority to help others and educate students about the importance of giving back to the community.