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North Hills Monthly

New & Notable, February 2019

Jan 30, 2019 10:54AM ● By North Hills Monthly magazine
Shaler Students Accepted into PMEA Junior High Band
On March 1-2, the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association’s (PMEA) District 1 Junior High Band festival will be held at Carrick High School. The following Shaler students will be participating: ninth-graders Erika Kenst ( clarinet) and Madeline Turner (baritone), and eighth-graders Grace Consentino (clarinet) and Andrew Deal (alto saxophone). 

Student Magazine Wins National Award
Fox Chapel High School’s 2017-2018 literary arts magazine Tapestry was named a first-place winner in the magazine portion of the 2018 American Scholastic Press Association’s Annual Review and Contest Awards for scholastic yearbooks, magazines and other publications. The 2017-2018 student editors were 2018 graduates Karissa Becer, Emelyn Broniek, Sally Dean, Annamaria Fort, Anna Hirsch, Shania Khatri, Philip Kim, Elizabeth Mountz, and Helen Paulini (editor-in-chief); seniors Noah Fritsch, Arnav Gupta, Emma Kazmierczak, Alyssa Melani, Demi Rymer, Chloe Yofan, and Seo Yeon “Christina” Wang; and juniors Claire Cummings and Emma Lusk.

Gujski Wins Statewide Drug-Free Calendar Contest
Allie Gujski, a fifth-grader at Ross Elementary, is one of 13 winners in the statewide Pennsylvania Office of the Attorney General’s Drug-Free Calendar Contest. The winning entries were selected based on artists’ creativity, ability to illustrate and ability to convey a drug-free message. Each winner received a certificate and a $529 contribution to their Pennsylvania 529 College Savings Program.

CCAC Professor Appointed to Editorial Review Board
Dr. Ebony English, professor of Social Work at CCAC Allegheny Campus, has been selected to serve on the editorial review board for the International Journal of Innovative Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, where she will review scholarly manuscripts, including research, instructional and review articles. The journal focuses on improving higher education pedagogy across all content areas, educational institutions and instructional delivery domains. Dr. English is hoping her participation on the board will enable her to help create a similar journal for CCAC.

Moye Named a Winner in Disney Dreamers Academy Contest
Fox Chapel High School sophomore Jacques Moye was selected as a winner in the 2019 Disney Dreamers Academy Essay Contest.  He will receive an all-expense-paid trip to attend the Disney Dreamers Academy with Steve Harvey and ESSENCE® magazine at the Walt Disney World® Resort near Orlando, FL. A total of 100 high school students were selected for the academy, a four-day power-packed event whose purpose is to inspire students, allow them to explore careers alongside working professionals, and learn skills that could give them an edge in the job market.

Seneca Valley Foundation Receives Support from Farmers National Bank
Farmers National Bank donated a $4,000 check to the Seneca Valley Foundation through the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development Education Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) Program. EITC enables eligible businesses to apply credits against their tax liability for the tax year in which they make a contribution to support education in Pennsylvania. The donation will benefit Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) classes at Seneca Valley.

Miller Appointed Building and Grounds Director
Seneca Valley School Board approved the appointment of Randy Miller as the district’s new buildings and grounds director. Superintendent of Schools Dr. Tracy Vitale said that the board welcomes Miller’s experience and expertise from the architectural/construction industry, especially as it embarks on two large building projects in the district.

Pine Richland Welcomes Assistant Principal Salopek
Pine-Richland High School has welcomed Thomas Salopek as assistant principal. In addition to serving more than five years as a social studies teacher, he served as lead teacher, collaborating with administrators and team members to develop the school’s multitier system of supports; served as a representative of the school’s safety team and table-top planning sessions with local law enforcement agencies; and served on the building-level strategic planning committee.

SV Academic Decathlon Team Wins Again
For the third time in a row, the Seneca Valley Academic Decathlon Team placed first in a regional academic decathlon competition. SV seniors who medaled were Katie Bablak, who won an overall gold and medaled in math, art, literature, economics and science; Rishin Sharma, who won in math, art and economics events and won an overall bronze; Katie Parker in the categories of music, literature, economics and science; and Mark Hemmerlin, who won in the economics category. Juniors Nishant Jayachandran won an overall silver and also medaled in math, art, literature and economics; Logan Glatz medaled in art, science and social science and also won an overall bronze; Megan Neely won in the categories of art and literature; and Gabe Sutherland medaled in economics and social science. Nikolaus Schuster, Lee Spark and Will Firman all medaled in social science. Julia Allman won in the category of art. Sophomores Mia Chevallier medaled in music and art, and Abigail Roeckmann won in the events of art and social science. Freshman Kate Lipscomb medaled in music. The next competition will be a regional competition held at Edinboro University on March 15-16.

Recipients Named for Spirit of Saint Joseph Awards
The Spirit of Saint Joseph Awards recognize alumni and friends whose everyday lives exemplify that of Saint Joseph—living the ordinary in extraordinary ways. They quietly bring Saint Joseph High School’s mission of preparing students for college, life and heaven to life through their humble, selfless service and support. Awardees include Rev. Paul G. Henne and John W. Regoli, Jr. ’82, posthumously; Thomas Octave; Jane Thimons ’70; and the Scott Sisters, CSJ (Sr. Eileen ’47, posthumously; Sr. Jeanne ’49 and Sr. Rosaleen ’51).