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North Hills Monthly

New & Notable, May 2019

Apr 30, 2019 11:56AM ● By North Hills Monthly magazine

La Roche College Transitions to University Status

La Roche College is proud to announce that the Pennsylvania Department of Education approved its application to become La Roche University, effective immediately. University status will support a growing student population and new academic programs, and it will help La Roche market its offerings to students unfamiliar with its reputation, both domestically and abroad. Additionally, the creation of the La Roche University Lifelong Learning Center will provide academic enrichment and other experiential learning opportunities that enhance the lives of local residents.

Carter Selected for All-State Band

Shaler Area High School junior Ethan Carter has been recognized by the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association as one of the top instrumentalists in the state by being selected for its All-State Concert Band. He is an accomplished musician on clarinet, oboe, alto saxophone, soprano saxophone, and tenor saxophone. The All-State Concert Band rehearsals and performance took place at the 2019 PMEA All-State and NAfME Eastern Division Conference in Pittsburgh on April 4-7.

Hess Named 2019 Coca-Cola Scholar

Ben Hess, a senior at Seneca Valley Senior High School, has been recognized as one of the country’s most outstanding high school leaders by the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation and has been awarded a $20,000 college scholarship. As a member of the 31st class of Coca-Cola Scholars, Ben not only exemplifies superior leadership, service, and academics but is a change agent, positively affecting others in his community. Ben is one of 150 students selected from 95,715 initial applicants from across the country to receive this scholarship. The 31st class of scholars will collectively be awarded $3.1 million in scholarships.

HEARTH Wins $10,000 in Project Beauty Share®

HEARTH competed for votes against four other charities across the country in Project Beauty Share’s (PBS) national campaign and won. PBS collects cosmetics, personal care and feminine hygiene products, and distributes them via nonprofit agencies across the U.S. to help women and families overcoming abuse, addiction, homelessness and poverty. PBS partners with YouTube beauty influencer @ThaTaylaa (Taylor) to promote their campaign during Taylor’s ‘15 Days of Foundation’ series. Through this collaboration, they were able to partner with eight major beauty brands, all of whom shipped hundreds of products to all the competing organizations. HEARTH was awarded $10,000 to help the families living at their facility.

Phipps’ Project Awarded Platinum Certification

Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens is proud to announce the Center for Sustainable Landscapes (CSL) is the first project in the world to be certified at the platinum level under the Sustainable SITES Initiative (SITES) v2 Rating System. The CSL is one of the greenest projects in the world, developed as an education, research and administrative building which was built over a previously documented brownfield. Dedicated to restoring this site, it has successfully reintroduced 100 native plant species to the surrounding area. The CSL is net-zero energy and net-zero water, generating its own energy through photovoltaic solar panels and a wind turbine, and capturing and treating all water onsite for reuse.

WTW’s Paul Knell Receives ACUI Emeritus Award

WTW Architect’s long-time senior principal Paul Knell has received the ACUI Emeritus Award for 2019. Active in the Association of College Unions International (ACUI) since 1985, Knell has been WTW’s planner/design leader on over 100 student life centers across the U.S. He has received 42 design awards, including 15 Facility Design Awards of Excellence from ACUI for his innovative solutions that have set a new standard for student life facilities. Identified as a national leader in the design of student centers by the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, and the Chronicle of Higher Education, Knell has been a speaker/educator/panel leader at regional and national conferences, and published numerous articles on college union planning and design.

Coleman Places First in Environmental Science Category

Molly Coleman, a junior at Saint Joseph High School, placed first in the Environmental Science category at the 54th annual Pennsylvania Junior Science and Humanities Symposium (PA-JSHS). Molly will receive an all-expense paid trip to the Nationals Competition in Albuquerque, NM. Molly also placed third in overall competition and received a $1,000 scholarship award. PA-JSHS is part of an established national program of the research offices sponsored by the U.S. Army, Navy, and Air Force and administered by the Academy of Applied Science.

Fox Chapel Student Gets Perfect Score on AP Exam

Fox Chapel Area High School junior Rajeev Godse received a perfect score on the Advanced Placement (AP) Statistics Exam. Rajeev took the test in May of 2018 and was one of only two students in the world to receive a perfect score. Globally, a total of 222,501 students took the exam. Advanced Placement Exams are scored on a scale of 1 to 5, where 5 is equivalent to an A in the corresponding college course. Rajeev not only received the top score of 5, but he was one of only two students to earn every point possible on the difficult assessment.

Beyond Spots & Dots Wins Four Awards

Beyond Spots & Dots earned recognition for four separate campaigns from the 34th Annual Education Advertising Awards Competition. The full-service advertising agency received gold, silver and bronze level distinctions for marketing materials that demonstrated exceptional quality, creative artistry and effective messaging. Sponsored by Higher Education Marketing Report, the Annual Education Advertising Awards is a national competition recognizing the best educational marketing and advertising with over 30 award categories. In 2018, over 2,200 entries were received from over 1,000 colleges, universities and secondary schools from across the United States and several foreign countries. 

A.W. Beattie Earns Award at FIRST Robotic Competition

A.W. Beattie beat out 44 other schools to win the FIRST Robotics Industrial Design honor, which is awarded to the team that best designs and builds a robot with elegance, efficiency and practicality. Other factors like reliability, maintainability and the machine’s system functionality are considered by a panel of judges. This is the first time A.W. Beattie has earned the award in 13 years of regional FIRST Robotics’ competitions.

Campagna Earns Certification

David Campagna, PT, DPT, COMT of Physical Rehabilitation Services, has recently earned the distinction of Certification in Orthopedic Manual Therapy (COMT). The certification recognizes Campagna’s level of competency in manual therapy, with emphasis on clinical decision-making, advanced orthopedic clinical practice, accurate techniques of assessment/treatment, and effective treatment, progression and safety for his patients.

Harvin Wins American Visions Award

Storm Harvin, a Seneca Valley Senior, was recently named a national gold medal and a national American Visions award winner in the 2019 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards Competition. Harvin won for her mixed media piece titled American Delicacies: Fast, Cheap and Easy, developed to highlight the oversaturation of fast food culture in America. Works receiving gold medals will be on display at Parsons School of Design at the New School from May 31-June 8.

Bartel Advances to National Speech 

and Debate Competition

North Hills High School senior Nickolas Bartel qualified to compete in the Congressional Debate event at the National Speech and Debate Association Tournament in Dallas, TX, in June. The North Hills Speech and Debate Club was launched in the 2016-17 school year and has seen national qualifiers all three years. The club seeks to develop students’ skills in conducting effective research as they learn to craft logical, fluid and well-constructed arguments; expand their knowledge of topics not commonly discussed in their everyday lives; and encourage critical analysis.

Hampton School District Receives Team Leadership Award

Hampton Township School District recently received the prestigious District Team Leadership Award for 2019. The award is granted each year by the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN), and honors school district leadership teams for their transformative impact on student learning with technology. The award was granted to Hampton for its outstanding leadership team whose use of technology had a transformative effect on the school system.

Seneca Valley JROTC Heads to Nation’s Capital

After advancing through two phases of an online competition, the Seneca Valley High School JROTC Academic Team composed of Caleb Alters, Diego Ambriz-Hernandez, Mareena Price, and Emma Stitzenberg, will compete in person at the championship event in Washington, DC. The 2019 U.S. Army JROTC Academic Bowl Championship will be held on the campus of The Catholic University of America from June 21-25, 2019. Seneca Valley’s Raider Battalion Academic team earned top scores out of the 1,411 Army JROTC teams that competed from around the world. The team is one of only 32 Army JROTC Academic Bowl teams in the nation to advance to the final competition, which includes an all-expense paid trip to the championship event.

Greco Given Teacher Award

St. Joseph High School faculty member Cathy Greco was given the Teacher Award at the 54th Annual Pennsylvania Junior Science and Humanities Symposium (PA-JSHS). This award is provided through the sponsorship of the U.S. Army, Navy and Air Force, and is administered by the National Science Teachers Association. The award is given to a teacher who is an active participant in mentoring and encouraging student participation in STEM research, and is based upon student placement in the regional competition. Greco plans on using her $500 award to aid students' research endeavors.

Grady Awarded LECOM’s Top Merit-based Scholarship

Saint Joseph High School Senior Leah Grady has been accepted to Gannon University’s LECOM (Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine) pre-med program. LECOM receives roughly 16,000 applicants from all over the world, offers about 500 interviews, and admits only 100 young, aspiring doctors annually. Leah was awarded the Founders Scholarship, LECOM’s top merit-based scholarship.