New & Notable, November 2018
Oct 31, 2018 09:23AM
By North Hills Monthly magazine
Welsh Named National History Teacher of the Year
North Hills Middle School teacher Joe Welch has been selected as the 2018 National History Teacher of the Year by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History. Welch, the youngest winner to date, was presented with the award and a $10,000 prize at a ceremony in October. The History Teacher of the Year Award highlights the crucial importance of history education by honoring exceptional American history teachers from elementary through high school.
Pittsburgh Vegan Scene Featured in VegNews
The Pittsburgh vegan food scene is highlighted in the upcoming holiday issue of the national magazine VegNews. Frequent North Hills Monthly contributor Kathleen Ganster wrote the article that focuses on Pittsburgh vegan food and restaurants including B52, Onion Maiden, Chocolade, Apteka, Tupelo Tea, and Kaya. The piece also features PNC Park–the first MLB Park that featured a vegan night and will be included in the upcoming James Cameron movie Game Changers which follows vegan athletes. The article also includes Duquesne Incline and the Andy Warhol Museum. The holiday issue of VegNews goes on sale November 1. www.vegnews.com
Shaler High School Senior Named Commended Student
Jordan Dourlain was named a Commended Student in the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program. She is an honor student at the high school and is enrolled in five advanced placement courses in her senior year. She is president of the Mu Alpha Theta math honor society, and is a member of the National Honor Society, English Honor Society and Latin Honor Society. She is captain of the Shaler Area girls’ varsity soccer team and participates in the Hotspurs Soccer Club and the U.S. Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program.
InVision Human Services Appoints New CFO
Michael Wassil has been appointed to the position of chief financial officer at InVision Human Services, where he will lead the financial plans and strategies for the organization and its subsidiaries. Wassil has nearly 30 years of experience in finance and most recently served as InVision’s director of finance. Prior to this, he was a consulting partner with a regional CPA firm where he provided advisory services for human service organizations throughout the Commonwealth.
North Hills Seniors Recognized in Merit Scholarship Program
North Hills High School seniors Alyssa Aguglia, Andrew Bensch, Elena McGoey and Donatas Miseikis have been named 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program Commended Students. They are among only 34,000 commended students throughout the nation to be recognized with this academic accolade for their exceptional academic promise. Commended students scored in the top 50,000 scorers of the 1.6 million students who entered the 2019 competition.
Ohio Valley Hospital’s Fall Wine Tasting Scores Record Attendance
Ohio Valley Hospital’s eighth annual “A Toast to the Community” had a record attendance of more than 300 guests. While listening to the smooth jazz sounds of the Teddy Pantelas Trio, guest sampled various Chairman’s Selection® Wines and unique craft beers. Food stations and raffle prizes rounded out the evening. Along with Ohio Valley Hospital, Heritage Valley Health System and Gallagher Home Health Services served as premier sponsors for the event. Proceeds will fund community health initiatives such as the hospital’s annual Diabetes Day, 38th annual 5K, and depression screenings.
Director of International Student Services Releases First Book
Natasha Garrett, Ph.D., director of international student services at La Roche College, released her first book, Motherlands, in August. In this witty and heartfelt look into migration both as a global phenomenon and as a deeply intimate experience, Dr. Garrett shares her collection of personal essays that explore various facets of the modern migration experience. Combining academic and literary sources, as well as personal and professional experiences, she uses transnationalism as a springboard for discussing topics such as home, motherhood, identity, bilingualism, family, education and travel. The book can be purchased through Amazon.
La Roche Introduces New Game Studies Certificate and Minor
La Roche’s new game studies certificate will give students a background and understanding of games, gaming, gamification and the games industry from a variety of perspectives. The certificate is designed for students from any major who want to get involved with the creation and use of games and gamification in a variety of organizations and industries. The game studies minor provides a more in-depth exploration of gamification capabilities for training, business and education, and introduces students to a wide variety of career paths within the field, including writing, producing, managing, promoting and creating new games. These courses are not for those looking to program or design games, but instead for students who want to learn more about how games and e-learning are used within industries for training and education.
Chimento Named Practice Director
David Chimento has been named practice director for the Genesis’ Grob Scheri Woodburn & Griffin family practice offices in Wexford and Ross. He is a FEMA-certified in NIMS and has worked as part of several hospital incident command center teams to support emergency efforts in Central Florida.
Treats for Troops
Highcliff Elementary School’s 600-plus students donated more than 780 pounds of their own Halloween candy this year to Boucek’s Battalion, a local organization that makes care packages for U.S. troops overseas.
Scott Primary Receives Grant
Scott Primary School is a proud recipient of a $1,000 Parents for Healthy Kids grant made possible through Action for Healthy Kids® (AFHK) and funding from ALDI. Scott Primary will use its grant to purchase additional alternative seating options for the new building. The new seating will provide students with flexible seating options to give them the choice to sit, stand or kneel in the most comfortable position for them to learn in any classroom.
Reserve Primary Named Title 1 Distinguished School
Reserve Primary School, in the Shaler Area School District, was named a Title I Distinguished Schools by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, Division of Federal Programs. Reserve Primary received the designation of Reward: High Achievement by placing in the highest 5 percent of Title I schools based on English language arts (ELA) and math PSSA proficiency that met all four Annual Measurable Objectives (AMOs). It also received the Reward: High Progress designation for placing in the highest 5 percent of Title I Schools based on ELA and math Pennsylvania Value-Added Assessment System (PVAAS) growth that met all four AMOs.