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North Hills Monthly

New & Notable, March 2019

Feb 28, 2019 05:47PM ● By North Hills Monthly magazine
PRS Welcomes New Clinic Director
Dan Williams, PT is the new clinic director at Physical Rehabilitation Services' Franklin Park location. He is a graduate of Gannon University and SUNY Buffalo. Williams has over 26 years of experience as a physical therapist in outpatient orthopedic physical therapy, with elite sports medicine experience. One of his passions is baseball. As a previous consultant to the Pittsburgh Pirates, he receives an annual invite to spring training and has rehabilitated numerous professional athletes.

NexTier Bank Donates to Seneca Valley Foundation
Through the PA Department of Community and Economic Development Education Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) Program grant, NexTier Bank donated $22,500 to the Seneca Valley Foundation. NexTier President and CEO Clem Rosenberg said that the bank was especially proud to support the Women in Engineering class that provides young women with exposure to engineering concepts and may help encourage them to explore future careers in engineering.

Raider Gear Kiosk Opens at Seneca Valley 
Students are at the heart of the new Seneca Valley Raider Gear kiosk in Seneca Valley High School, which sells SV apparel designed and created by SV graphic arts students. Life Skills students run the kiosk, which helps them to develop and enhance vocational skills as well as improve their social skills through interaction with their peers. Graphic Arts students gain entrepreneurial skills as they learn the key aspects of starting and running a business. All sales revenue will go directly back into the Special Education Department. To learn more, watch

Rihn Wins General Manager of the Year Award
The Greater Pittsburgh Hotel Association (GPHA) has named Lance Rihn of the DoubleTree Hotel Pittsburgh-Cranberry as General Manager of the Year. Three years ago, Prospera Hospitality (the management company for the DoubleTree) hired Rihn, and since then the hotel has ranked in the top 10 for guest satisfaction of DoubleTree Hotels worldwide and is ninth overall of the 375 DoubleTree properties in the U.S. Money raised at the gala celebrating his award will help fund a GPHA scholarship to help students interested in the hotel industry.

Pittsburgh Pirates Visit Children at Passavant Memorial Homes
Several members of the Pittsburgh Pirates recently visited with children at Passavant Memorial Homes and participated in the Painting with a Twist program. Children with intellectual disabilities, autism and behavioral health issues teamed with players J.T. Brubaker, Cole Tucker and Joey Cora and a number of coaches for painting fun.

Sciulli Advances to State Science Competition
North Hills High School sophomore Hannah Sciulli advanced in the Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science (PJAS) competition. Hannah won first place honors at the regional competition at Duquesne University with her zoology experiment on The Effects of UV Light on the Survivorship of Drosophila melanogaster. She will compete at the state competition in May at Pennsylvania State University. Junior Emma Polen won second place honors with her ecology experiment on the Effects of Nanoparticles on Daphnia magna.

A.W. Beattie Students Win World of Wheels competition
A.W. Beattie Career Center students have won the World of Wheels Peddle Car Challenge for the second consecutive year. Beattie is a three-time champion in the competition, having also won in 2015. Twenty students in the school’s Automotive Collision Technology program collaborated on the project and beat out 14 regional schools. The students worked on the peddle car for nearly three weeks and got inventive by turning it into a U.S. Air Force Thunderbird replica.

Shaler Area School District Receives Grant
Shaler Area School District was selected by the Pennsylvania Department of Education to receive a $35,000 PAsmart Targeted K12 Computer Science and STEM Education grant. The grant will be used to train Shaler Area teachers in kindergarten through eighth grade to implement computer science classes and to purchase materials. The grant is part of the state’s PAsmart initiative, which aims to expand access to high-quality computer science and STEM education across the commonwealth.

Maglio Commits to Playing Lacrosse at MIT
Aquinas Academy senior Margaret (Molly) Maglio has committed to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where she will continue her lacrosse career playing for the MIT Engineers. She plans to major in biology. Maglio earned Academic All-American in lacrosse, All WPIAL lacrosse, two time All Section lacrosse, and All Section in field hockey. She qualified for both the True Pennsylvania State Team and True National Team for lacrosse and won the MVP award at the Brine New England Cup Tournament.

Students Place at Duquesne Model UN Conference
Fox Chapel  juniors Boomba Nishikawa, Aaron Santilli and sophomore Jackson Romero won Outstanding Delegation (first place) at the Duquesne Model UN Conference. Jackson was also recognized as the Best Delegate of the Conference, equivalent to a first-place overall award, and won a $3,000 scholarship to attend Duquesne University.  Additionally, the team of senior Tristan McClelland and sophomore Cecilia Rike won an Excellent Delegation award (second place) at the conference.

Rotary Club of Cranberry Elects New Officers
Rotary Club of Cranberry has elected new officers and directors for the 2019-2020 term. President Linda Clautti, Ed.D, President-Elect John Marshall, Vice-President James Sandherr, Secretary Terri Sterzinger, Treasurer Kenneth Sinagra and board members Shavonne Ayers, Mylinda Beatty, Kristy Gales and Jerome Savoroski will be installed at the July meeting. 

Shaler Area Students Selected for PMEA Region 1 Band
Three Shaler Area students were selected to participate in the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association Region 1 Band. Sophomore Zachary Spondike (tenor sax) and juniors Ethan Carter (bass clarinet) and Michael LaBella (bassoon) will play at the PMEA Region I Band Festival at New Castle High School on March 7-9, 2019. This honors band festival is comprised of students from school districts in Mercer, Lawrence, Beaver, Butler, Allegheny, Washington, Westmoreland, Greene and Fayette counties. 

Fox Chapel Students Win Regional Writing Awards
Two Fox Chapel Area High School students recently won awards for their submissions to the Pittsburgh Regional Scholastic Writing Awards 2019 competition. Junior Gwendolyn Davison won a Gold Key and four honorable mentions for her writing. Her Gold Key science fiction/fantasy story has now been sent to New York City for national judging. Additionally, Fox Chapel Area High School senior Margaret Fletcher received two Silver Keys and an honorable mention for her writing.

STEAM Competition Features Student-created Challenges
The daylong Shaler Area STEAM Competition challenges students to complete four on-site team challenges that incorporate multiple aspects of science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM), while working collaboratively to succeed. Each challenge is created by a team of Shaler Area High School students who are involved in the Science Club or Mu Alpha Theta (Math Honor Society) and teachers specializing in each subject area. This year’s competition is sponsored by Chevron and will take place at Shaler Area High School on Friday, March 8, from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
A.W Beattie students to be inducted into honors society
A.W. Beattie Career Center will induct 65 students into the National Technical Honor Society on Wednesday, March 13, beginning at 6 p.m. Thousands of schools and colleges have a chapter of the honor society, which recognizes outstanding student performance and character in career and technical education. A.W. Beattie students must maintain a 3.0 GPA of higher on a 4.0 scale in their home school districts; have at least a 93 percent grade in their CTE program; miss no more than five days of school; have no disciplinary actions and be a member of a service organization or participate in an extracurricular activity. The 65 inductees will join 25 students who have been a member of NTHS for at least one year at the upcoming ceremony.

Fitch Upgrades Butler Health System (PA) Rev Bonds to A+
Fitch Ratings has upgraded the rating on the following bonds issued by the Butler County Hospital Authority on behalf of Butler Health System (BHS) to A+ from A-: $86,450,000 revenue bonds, series 2015A (Butler Health System Project). Fitch has also assigned BHS an Issuer Default Rating (IDR) of A+.