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North Hills Monthly

New & Notable, August 2018

Jul 31, 2018 02:23PM ● By North Hills Monthly magazine
Welch Named PA History Teacher of the Year
North Hills Middle School educator Joe Welch has been selected as the 2018 PA History Teacher of the Year by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History. Welch, a Grade 8 social studies teacher, was chosen by a panel of teachers, administrators and scholars from throughout the state for his achievements in American history education. He will receive a $1,000 cash award, an archive of books and historical resources for the North Hills Middle School library, admittance to a 2019 Gilder Lehrman teacher seminar and recognition at a state ceremony. 

Crouse Run Nature Reserve Reopened
In July, the Pine Creek Land Conservation Trust (PCLCT) reopened the Allison Park walking and birding trail, which had been closed for work on the streambank and trail improvements. The bank reconstruction was funded by a DEP grant for $85,000. Trail improvements, including three bog bridges, block stairs and a new entry, were financed by a grant from the Allegheny County Regional Asset District. For more information, contact

CTCC Announces 2019 Project of the Year
Enhancements to Cranberry’s public library will be the focus of Cranberry Township Community Chest’s 2019 Project of the Year. The enhancements will affect both its traditional operations and expand its arsenal of learning resources, and will include adding a makerspace, and technology upgrades including an RFID system for checkouts and filing. Automatic doors and energy-efficient LED lights will also be included. The project is estimated to cost $750,000.

Clearview FCU Awards 10 Local Students Scholarships
The winners of the 19th Annual Ralph Canterbury Scholarship from Clearview Federal Credit Union include Ryan Ahearn of Pine Richland, Madeline Bailey of Hampton, Tori Brennen of West Allegheny, Piper Kimble of Cornell, Mitchell McGowan of Kiski Area, Aakriti Neopaney of Baldwin, Matthew Spangler of Moon Area, Ashley Tasz of Burgettstown, Christopher Woessner of Bentworth, and Emily Zeanchock of Quaker Valley. Each winner was awarded $1,500.

Seneca Valley Earns Publication Awards
Seneca Valley (SV) recently earned four awards in the National School Public Relations Association’s (NSPRA) 2018 Publications and Digital Media Contest. SV’s Communications Department received an Award of Merit for the district website, an honorable mention for the 2017-18 SV Activities & Information Calendar, Worth a Thousand Words, an honorable mention for SV’s Instagram account and an honorable mention for the holiday video, Happy Thanksgiving from Seneca Valley. NSPRA’s Publications and Digital Media Awards recognize outstanding education publications and marketing/informational materials (print and electronic), video/TV/radio programs, social media and websites.

Entercom Promotes Kauffman and Spacciapolli
Entercom, the #1 creator of live, original, local audio content in the United States, has announced that Stacey Kauffman and Michael Spacciapolli have been tapped as senior vice presidents/market managers for Entercom Sacramento and Entercom Pittsburgh, respectively.

CCAC Becomes Authorized Amazon Web Services Academy College
Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC) announced that the Workforce Development Division has joined the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Academy. As a member institution of the academy, the college has access to an authorized cloud computing curriculum developed and maintained by AWS. Academy certifications recognize individuals with the technical skills and expertise to design, deploy and operate applications on AWS. In fall 2018, CCAC will begin offering cloud computing courses.

Maglio Named to U.S. Lacrosse’s All-Academic Team
Aquinas Academy senior Margaret Maglio was selected as a U.S. Lacrosse 2018 All Academic award winner which recognizes excellence in both lacrosse and academics. Aquinas Academy's 2017-2018 Girls Lacrosse Head Coach Mary (Dippold) Ihrig credits Maglio’s hard work, impeccable stick skills and leadership for her success. 

Grace Joins PGH Joe Real Estate Team
Keller Williams Real Estate recently welcomed Jemily Grace to their team. She will be working as Joe Corsale’s assistant, helping with day-to-day business operations, lead follow-up, prospecting, marketing and more. 

Aquinas Academy Students Win Awards at State Competition
Twelve Aquinas Academy eighth-grade students competed at the state competition of the Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science at Pennsylvania State University in University Park in May. Nathanael Archer, Charles Dingle, Maria Figucia, Elizabeth Hardy and Sabrina Knox earned first-place awards. Nathan Anthony, Steven Giacobbe, John Griffith, Emilia Kartsonas, Anna Keverline, Sejal Sharma and Patrick Veazey received second-place awards. Classmates Rosemary Kenny and Corinne Reed served as technicians for the competition, and were selected for their strong second-place science projects at the PJAS Region 7 competition held at Duquesne University in February.

Babst Calland Grows Emerging Technologies Practice, Adds Three Lateral Attorneys
Babst Calland has added three attorneys to support early-stage businesses and companies with emerging technologies. Justine M. Kasznica joined as a shareholder in the firm’s Mobility, Transport and Safety and Corporate and Commercial groups. She is a technology and commercial transactions attorney who represents technology companies, investor groups, universities and research institutions seeking to commercialize new technologies, as well as innovative products and services. Carl A. Ronald joined as a shareholder in the Corporate and Commercial Group. He represents clients in the prosecution, licensing and enforcement of their patent, copyright and trademark rights. Michael E. Fink joined as an associate in the Corporate and Commercial Group. His practice is focused on technology transactions and licensing with analysis and negotiation of intellectual property.

Distinguished Alumni Nominations Sought
North Hills School District officials will be accepting nominations for the 2019 North Hills Distinguished Alumni Award through Nov. 15. Recipient(s) will be announced in February. To qualify, nominees must be alumni of North Hills High School or the former West View High School who graduated at least 10 years ago. Distinguished Alumni nominations will be evaluated based upon outstanding contributions made in nominees’ chosen profession, record of academic achievement, professional and/or business accomplishments as well as community or civic consciousness. Forms can be found online at or call 412-318-1004.