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North Hills Monthly

New & Notable, April 2019

Mar 30, 2019 11:11AM ● By North Hills Monthly magazine
Treu Named Grand Prix Winner
Veridy Treu of Seneca Valley Academy of Choice (SVAOC) Dance won the highest award at the Youth America Grand Prix (YAGP) regional ballet competition at Upper St. Clair High School last month. She was named the YAGP Grand Prix winner of the Senior Division. The award is given to the dancer who best demonstrates excellence in both ballet and contemporary categories.

Fun Fore All Donates Thousands for Teacher Projects
Fun Fore All donated $2,500 to the Seneca Valley Foundation to be used for four mini-grants to benefit students in three teacher classrooms at Seneca Valley Senior High. Mini-grant winners and their projects include Joe Logsdon, senior high school honors engineering experimentation and graphic arts teacher, for robotics equipment;  Rachel McGourty, senior high school family and consumer science teacher for 3D cutters; and Dave Reichard, senior high school mathematics teacher and Academic Decathlon adviser for flashcards and quizzes for the Academic Decathlon Team.

Two Beattie, Hampton Grads Win National Competition
Hanna Gibson and Nathan Tabon competed Jan. 19 in the two-year College Residential Construction Management Competition at the International Builders Show in Las Vegas, where their five-person team from Penn College beat out 14 other schools for a first-place finish. The students were formerly enrolled in A.W. Beattie’s Carpentry/Building Construction programs. Gibson graduated from Hampton in 2017 and Tabon in 2018. Penn College’s team had to recreate an existing home in South Carolina down to every code and specification of a specific township, a task that presented a unique challenge for students who had not had previously designed anything to withstand hurricanes and earthquakes. After working on the project for four months, they presented a complete set of construction drawings, materials list and a construction schedule to a panel of judges.

D'Agostino Places in Brain Bee
Andrew D’Agostino, a senior at Shaler Area High School, recently competed in the Pittsburgh Regional Brain Bee and brought home two trophies. D’Agostino competed in the regional competition at the University of Pittsburgh Center for Neuroscience and won second place in the individual competition and first place in team competition–even though he was a team of one. The Brain Bee is a contest for high school students which tests their knowledge of the brain. The competition includes multiple rounds of questions in the format of a written test, fill-in-the-blank questions, and verbal questions. As the runner-up, D’Agostino will serve as an alternate in the event that the winner cannot attend the National Brain Bee in April.

Eden Christian Academy Prepares for State Mock Trial
Eden Christian Academy students won the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division (PBA/YLD) Mock Trial Competition in February for Region 1 (Allegheny County), advancing the team to the state championship. The students are coached by Aubrey Smith, an associate at Dingess, Foster, Luciana, Davidson and Chleboski LLP (DFL Legal), who competed as a member of the school’s first mock trial team in 2007. The state championship winner will represent Pennsylvania and compete in the national competition in Athens, GA in May.

Stanton Wins First in International Writing Competition
Shaler Area High School senior John Stanton won first place in High School Creative Writing in the 2019 Waldman International Arts and Writing Competition. The competition is open to students in grades 6-12, with parallel competitions being held in the Pittsburgh area and in the Karmiel-Misgav region of Israel. Stanton’s entry, Sumpf Sturm, is a fictional account of a group of people living in the swamps of Poland during World War II and doing whatever they could to thrive and survive and slow the Nazi’s progress. He earned a $500 scholarship for his work.

North Hills Hires McIntyre Elementary Principal and Director of Athletics
North Hills School District has appointed Michelle Spingola as the new principal for McIntyre Elementary, and high school Assistant Principal Patrick Weber as the new director of athletics. They will assume their duties on July 1 at the start of the 2019-20 school year.

La Roche Dancers Awarded Scholarships
Kyra Bracey and Renee Simeone received partial scholarships for intensive study at Martha Graham Dance School in New York City. Bracey, a senior, and Simeone, a freshman, will study at the school from June 24-Aug. 7. Accredited by the National Association of Schools of Dance, the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance is the longest continuously operating school of dance in America.