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North Hills Monthly

New and Notable, June 2018

May 31, 2018 08:22PM ● By Trina Asterino-Nous
Violinist Kim Wins International and Regional Competitions
Fox Chapel High school sophomore Chaehyun “Cuna” Kim has won several international and regional competitions for her violin playing. She has won the American Protégé International Concerto Competition, Great Composers Competition, 2018 Young Artists Auditions and Pittsburgh Civic Orchestra Young Artists Concerto Competition.

Fox Chapel Named One of Best Communities for Music Education
For the seventh year in a row, Fox Chapel Area School District has been named among the best communities for music education. It is one of only 82 districts in the state and one of 583 in the nation to receive this honor. The districts were selected through a program sponsored by the National Association of Music Merchants, which celebrates school districts for demonstrating outstanding achievement in efforts to provide music access and educations to all students.

Seneca Valley Students Win at English Festival 
Five Seneca Valley gifted students won first place in the Trivia and Talk Show event, and second place in the Insights event at the Western Pennsylvania Council of Teachers of English (WPCTE) English Festival at Duquesne University on May 10. Seventh-grader Allison Alexander, eighth-graders Megan Abel, Veronica Pimenova and Rachel Spear, and ninth-graders Sydney McMurray and Ananya Rao read six books throughout this academic year, created trivia questions from the texts and met monthly to discuss and analyze the books.

Shady Side Academy Theatre Students to Perform in Scotland
Thirteen Shady Side Academy theatre students are preparing to perform at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in Scotland with American Performing Arts International (APAI) in August 2018. This marks the second time that SSA’s theatre program has been invited to participate in this prestigious international festival. In 2016, SSA took 12 students to Scotland to perform at Fringe for the first time, and the academy hopes to make this a regular part of the Senior School drama program.

Fox Chapel Students Named Global Scholars
Three Fox Chapel Area High School seniors have been named PA State Modern Language Association (PSMLA) global scholars. Cassidy Carson-German, Lea Prato-Spanish, and Kacie Zakin-Spanish are 2018 graduates, which requires successful completion of several academic courses, including levels 1-4 of a world language; participation in at least four extracurricular activities including world language clubs; completion of at least 20 hours of community service (global in nature); reading and reviewing books pertaining to world languages, including one in the student's target language; and completion of a culminating project.

Roberts Wins Rotary Scholarship
Shady Side Academy senior Ezekyel Roberts of Monroeville has been awarded a $4,000 Bob Williams Memorial Rotary Scholarship by the Rotary Club of Pittsburgh. Roberts was presented with a scholarship plaque by Rotary Club member and SSA past parent Alvin Filstrup at a Senior School assembly on Monday, May 14.

CCAC North Wins Pi Day Contest
The Community College of Allegheny County’s (CCAC) North Campus chapter of Mu Alpha Theta, the national mathematics honor society for high schools and two-year colleges, has been named the winner of the society’s Pi Day contest. The organization beat out high schools and community colleges from across the nation. Mu Alpha Theta is dedicated to inspiring a keen interest in mathematics, developing strong scholarship in the subject and promoting the enjoyment of mathematics in students.

North Hills HS World Language Department Recognized
The North Hills High School World Language Department has been recognized as an exemplary high school foreign language program and has been honored with a Silver Award for the second time by the Pennsylvania State Modern Language Association. The high school is one of only 29 public and private schools from across the commonwealth to be honored in this way. The award is given in two-year cycles, and the high school has been recognized for six consecutive years.

Ember & Vine Wins Best Dessert, People’s Choice Award
Ember & Vine Woodfire Oven + Social Bar, located in Double Tree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh in Cranberry, recently participated in Dancing with the Pittsburgh Stars, where they won first place for their House Made Peanut Butter Cups and received the People’s Choice Award for Best Dessert. The contest was based on attendee ballots and was broken into three distinct categories: Appetizers, Entrées, and Desserts. Ember & Vine also submitted their Duck Reuben into the Entrée category. The event was hosted by Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic High School.

Beyond Spots & Dots Wins Horizon Interactive Award
Beyond Spots & Dots earned recognition for excellence, creativity and functionality at the 16th Annual Horizon Interactive Media Award Competition. The integrated, full-service advertising agency earned a Best in Category award in the Websites: Advocacy & Nonprofit category for the creation of The agency also earned a silver award in the Websites: Corporate & B2B category for the redesign of

Team Dilly Dilly Wins Bots Competition
A team of Fox Chapel Area High School students recently won first place at the Eighth Annual Combat Bots Competition. Team Dilly Dilly, made up of senior Alexander Vlahos, juniors Ian Chang, Thomas Grandizio and Michael Scanlon, and sophomore Michael Mendelson won the King of the Ring rumble.  

Clearview FCU Donates to JDRF
Clearview Federal Credit Union presented a $9,960 donation to JDRF of Western Pennsylvania, the leading global organization focused on type 1 diabetes (T1D) research, as part of the Points for Pediatrics program with the University of Pittsburgh. Clearview pledged to donate $40 for each three-point basket made by the Pitt men’s basketball team during the 2017-2018 regular season. Clearview President & CEO Ron Celaschi presented a check to Steve Shivak, executive director for JDRF of Western Pennsylvania. Pitt cheerleaders also attended the presentation, along with a JDRF family whose life has been impacted daily by Type 1 diabetes. This is the ninth year that Clearview has sponsored the Points for Pediatrics program with Pitt Athletics. Since 2010, Clearview has donated a total of $44,660 to JDRF of Western PA. 

Klapper Named President of New Wexford Hospital
Dr. Allan Klapper, an obstetrician and gynecologist who currently serves as chair of Allegheny Health Network (AHN) Women’s & Children’s Institute, has been appointed as president of the new 160-bed facility that will be integrated with AHN’s existing Wexford Health + Wellness Pavilion. The facility is scheduled to open in 2021.

AW Beattie Career Center Receives Safe School Grant
AW Beattie Career Center in Allison Park recently received a $19,995 Safe Schools Equipment Grant from the Department of Education to create a physical environment that fosters the safety and well-being of students and staff. The career center plans to use the money to update the security procedure manuals given to teachers and staff, purchase new two-way radios and update door locks.

Alpha School Teachers and Students Recognized for Excellence
Jennifer Brown-Clair, an art teacher and middle school religion teacher at Providence Heights Alpha School, has been awarded the 2017-18 Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching from the Diocese of Pittsburgh. This honor recognizes her 16 years of commitment as a teacher and her repeated efforts to go above and beyond for her students. Linda Cessar, science teacher for grades 5-8, has been awarded the 2018 Teacher's Award by the Society for Analytical Chemists of Pittsburgh. This award recognizes Cessar’s mentoring of grade 7-8 students who entered the Pittsburgh Junior Academy of Science (PJAS) Region 7 competition in chemistry and related fields. Two of those students are special award recipients themselves; Sofia Mancing and Regina Palladino, both in seventh grade, won the SACP PJAS student award as they tied for the highest score in chemistry in grade seven at this year’s regional competitions.