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North Hills Monthly

New & Notable, March 2018

Feb 28, 2018 05:08PM ● By North Hills Monthly magazine
NexTier Bank Makes Donation to SV Foundation
Seneca Valley Foundation received a donation of $22,500 on behalf of NexTier Bank through the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development Education Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) Program grant. The grant will benefit the following classes: Women in Engineering (class for high school girls that focuses on engineering concepts); Honors Engineering (mixed class of high school boys and girls, engineering exploration and robotics technology); and Accounting (college credit accounting classes for high school students grades 10-12).
Ellis School Wins Pittsburgh Regional Future City Competition
The Ellis School beat out teams from 28 other schools to win Carnegie Science Center’s Pittsburgh Regional Future City Competition. The team’s three presenters, Rowan Cain, Moira Connell and Abby Fagersten, won a trip to the 26th annual Future City Finals in Washington, D.C. The team will compete against the winners from 40 other regional competitions. The grand prize for the finals is a trip to U.S. Space Camp in Huntsville, AL, and $7,500 from Bentley Systems, Inc.

Providence Heights Alpha School Connects with Village in West Africa
Second-grade students of Providence Heights Alpha School will become pen pals with children in a new school in the village of Tamssin, Burkina Faso, West Africa. Alpha teachers launched the initiative in their social studies classes, and their students received a visit from Micheline Quedraogo from Tamssin, who delivered photographs and biographies of the children in West Africa. The project will enable the children from both places to learn about a culture and community that is very different from their own.

Horgan Receives Silver Key for Film
Isabel Horgan of Saint Joseph High School has received a Silver Key for her film, Rebirth, from the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards which are presented by the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers. The Alliance identifies students with exceptional artistic and literary talent and presents their work to the world through the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. Through the awards, students receive opportunities for recognition, exhibition, publication and scholarships.

Luciano Wins Student Merit Award
La Roche interior design student Andrea Luciano won the William F. Slattery Merit Award, established by the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID). ASID celebrates college juniors and seniors who are in good academic standing and who have distinguished themselves through passion for leadership and service in ASID student chapters. Luciano is captain of the women’s cross country team at La Roche, as well as club president of the ASID student chapter, an event coordinator for Eco Club and a student representative for the Interior Design advisory board.

Fox Chapel Student Candidates in Presidential Scholars Program
Alyssa DiPaolo and Bridget Wang have been named as candidates to the 2018 United States Presidential Scholars Program. Students are initially selected for the program based on academic achievement and having scored exceptionally well on the SAT or the ACT.  The candidates must then complete an application which includes essays, self-assessments and secondary school reports and transcripts.  Semifinalists will be announced in the spring.

Clearview President and CEO Announces Retirement
Clearview president and CEO Mark Brennan has announced his retirement after 26 years, effective March 19. Clearview has thrived under Brennan’s leadership, and now boasts 100,000 members and assets valued over $1.2 billion. The board of directors has selected Senior Vice President Ron Celaschi as Brennan’s successor.

Rt. 8 Shop 'n Save Raises Funds for Glimmer of Hope
Shop 'n Save owner Mike Mihelic presented a check for $2,199 to Glimmer of Hope, a nonprofit organization dedicated to breast cancer research and prevention efforts. Mihelic organized an in-store campaign and customers and employees contributed; the donation will fund early-detection technology. 

Pittsburgh Bassist Selected for Bluegrass Leadership Program 
Trish Imbrogno, a Pittsburgh-based double bassist, will attend the International Bluegrass Music Association (IMBA) Leadership Bluegrass program in Nashville, TN, in March. The program is the IBMA’s annual, intensive professional development course, and accepts only 25 participants each year, bringing together a group that represents all areas of the bluegrass industry. Imbrogno is a member of Molly Alphabet, The Casual Hobos, Sweaty Already String Band, Grant Street Grifters, Charlie Hustle and The Grifters, and Savage Mountain Stillers. She has also performed and recorded with Chet Vincent, Dan Getkin, Emily Pinkerton and Joe McGuinness. 

Hronec Named Merit Scholarship Finalist
North Hills High School senior Jordyn Hronec has been named a 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program finalist, representing one of the 15,000 students selected for the nationwide honor. At the high school, Hronec is the editor-in-chief of The Arrowhead, the student newspaper, and co-president of the National Honor Society. She is a member of the Photo Club and French Club and is the treasurer of the Japanese Club. She also works at Northland Public Library.

Seneca Valley Staff Named Mini-Grant Winners
The Seneca Valley Foundation and Randy Hart, a Seneca Valley alumnus and retired educator, recently announced that several members of Seneca Valley School District’s elementary and secondary staff have been named mini-grants winners. Grants were awarded based on each applicant’s intent to enrich curriculum and/or provide students with additional learning opportunities through the grant funds. Each project was awarded $500 each. Hart mini-grant elementary winners include  Bria Koch, Rowan Elementary school technology facilitator, Kelly McDonald, Rowan Elementary School CIRC K-4 teacher, and Sandy Thompson, Evans City Elementary fourth grade teacher. Hart mini-grant secondary winners include Steve Wolfe, Seneca Valley Senior High School industrial technology education teacher and Steve Fortunato, Seneca Valley Senior High School industrial technology education teacher. Seneca Valley Foundation mini-grant elementary winners include Anita Hershberger, Rowan Elementary School second grade teacher, Victoria Hinchee, Haine Middle School sixth grade teacher, Natalie Ranalli, Evans City Elementary first grade teacher, Christine Roe, Haine Middle School learning support teacher and Joan Widdowson, Haine Middle School learning support teacher. Seneca Valley Foundation mini-grant elementary winners include Lisa Tyson, Seneca Valley Middle School reading teacher, Bruce Clark, Seneca Valley Senior High School industrial technology education teacher, and Joe Logsdon, Seneca Valley Senior High School industrial technology education teacher.