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North Hills Monthly

New and Notable, April 2018

Apr 01, 2018 09:37AM ● By North Hills Monthly magazine
Igims Named PA Teacher of the Year Semifinalist
Julia Igims of Marzolf Primary School has been named a semifinalist for the 2019 PA Teacher of the Year. She has been an educator in the Shaler Area School District for 20 years and currently teaches in an Intensive Support Classroom, which focuses on students with complex needs. The PA Teacher of the Year program celebrates excellence in teaching and honors individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the young people of Pennsylvania.

Edge Honored for Volunteer Service
Corbin Edge, 13, a student at Seneca Valley Middle School, has been honored for his exemplary volunteer service with a certificate of excellence from the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, and with a President’s Volunteer Service Award for his commitment to raising awareness and funds for the American Diabetes Association. Corbin has raised $17,500 for the organization.

Fun Fore All Donates to Rowen Elementary
Fun Fore All, a locally owned family fun park, recently donated $5,000 to the Seneca Valley Foundation. The contribution will be split, with $2,500 going to the Creativity, Innovation and Research Center (CIRC) at Rowan Elementary School and $2,500 to support five teacher mini-grants.

Choice Chiropractic Relocates and Expands Services
On April 2, Choice Chiropractic will move to McIntyre Square, adjacent to Giant Eagle. The office, which will be renamed Choice Restorative Medicine, will include a holistic medical team, as well as chiropractic services, spinal decompression, weight loss, stem cell, PRP, and trigger point therapy treatment options. Choice will be offering free information sessions at grand opening events through the month of April which are open to the public. For details or to RSVP, call 412-364-9699 or visit

MSA's Donation Funds STEM Initiatives
The Seneca Valley Foundation received a donation of $10,000 on behalf of Mine Safety Appliances (MSA) through the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development Education Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) Program grant. MSA’s EITC contribution will be divided, with $5,000 going to Women in Engineering classes; $3,000 to robotics program (specifically Battlebots) and $2,000 to other STEM initiatives.

Break-A-Thon Raises Funds for Healing Heroes
Armstrong Cable, Family Arts of Gibsonia and Zang Taekwondo collaborated in a fundraiser to benefit Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs, an organization that in partnership with Healing Heroes, trains service dogs for qualified disabled veterans in the community. More than $8,200 was raised during the Break-A-Thon, with top fundraiser Emma Ventresca, a Zang Taekwondo black belt student, raising $1,000. As the top fundraiser she won an iPad, which she donated back to Healing Heroes, despite not having an iPad of her own.

La Roche Launches Fundraising Campaign
The public phase of La Roche College’s multimillion dollar campaign is now underway. Entitled “Many Faces, One Vision: Being the Best for the World” the campaign is a philanthropic effort to raise $12.5 million in support of academics, student activities, athletics, scholarships and student aid. The campaign also will help to fund campus improvements, including a renovation of La Roche’s Palumbo Science Center, which was constructed in 1980. All gifts given or pledged by the end of 2018 will count toward the campaign goal. For more information, contact Michael Andreola at 412-536-1096 or

CCAC Student Newspaper Receives Multiple Awards
Community College of Allegheny County recently earned state awards for excellence in student journalism. The Voice student newspaper of CCAC North Campus and West Hills Center is the recipient of multiple 2018 Student Keystone Press Awards (Division III), including three first-place awards. The newspaper is entirely student led and staffed by student volunteers. It is overseen by an administrative club leader.

SV Student Wins Award for Short Story
Seneca Valley sophomore Claire Williams won first place in the Fairchild Challenge at Phipps Conservatory for her short story about cenotes in the Yucatan Peninsula. Students were challenged to become a nature activist by creating a short story to draw attention to an environmental issue. Williams’ story described the impacts of humans and tourism on these fragile aquatic resources, and was described by the judges as being very relatable and well-written. The Fairchild Challenge offers creative challenges to secondary students to foster interest in the environment, to empower them to engage in civic life, and to become energetic and knowledgeable members of their communities.