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North Hills Monthly

New & Notable, June 2019

May 31, 2019 01:26PM ● By North Hills Monthly magazine

Kiddie Academy® Opens in North Pittsburgh

Janaki Kunala recently opened the North Pittsburgh Kiddie Academy, located at 111 Josephs Lane. The academy utilizes the Kiddie Academy Life Essentials® curriculum, which promotes each child’s intellectual, social, physical and emotional growth, and programs emphasize continuous, open communication between teachers and parents concerning each child’s development. The facility can serve 175 students ages 6 weeks to 12 years and is bringing 30 new jobs to the area. For enrolling or hiring, call 412-548-3897.

Spear Wins MAA Competition

Freshman Rachel Spear was the first-place winner at Seneca Valley in the Mathematical Association of America’s American Mathematics Competition 10 (MAA AMC). The AMC 10 and 12 are the first in a series of competitions that eventually lead to the International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO). Her high score also qualified her to take the American Invitational Mathematics Examination (AIME), and she will find out if she advances to the IMO once her national exam is scored later this summer. The MAA AMC program leads the nation in strengthening the mathematical capabilities of the next generation of problem-solvers.

Daquelente Joins Meyer, Unkovic & Scott

Meyer, Unkovic & Scott is pleased to welcome Amanda M. Daquelente as an associate in the firm’s Corporate & Business Law, Real Estate & Lending, and Private Clients’ practice groups. Daquelente focuses on a wide range of business and corporate transactions including counseling clients on entity formation and structuring of business transactions, mergers and acquisitions, business succession planning and more. Her work also focuses on all aspects of real estate transactions, including real estate acquisition and disposition, leasing and financing, and the representation of individuals and closely held companies in a broad range of general corporate and real estate-related transactions.

CCAC and Northgate School District Offer College in High School Program

All Northgate students can participate in the College in High School Program (CIHS) which allows them to participate in college-level coursework at CCAC while in high school for free. The program is unique in that Northgate not only expects all students to enroll in CIHS-level courses, but that the district has made some of these courses graduation requirements for students. Through a recent grant awarded to the district, the Grable Foundation has committed to funding the cost of these courses through 2022. This will enable students to have up to 16 college credits fully paid for by the time they graduate from Northgate High School.

Bridges Health Partners and Cigna Announce Collaborative Agreement

Bridges Health Partners LLC, a clinically integrated network, and Cigna have entered into a collaborative accountable care agreement for Cigna commercial customers in western Pennsylvania. The agreement becomes effective July 1, 2019 and will make it easier for Bridges Health Partners LLC doctors to proactively help Cigna customers achieve better health and lower costs.

Genesis Medical Associates Joins Physician Network

Genesis Medical Associates, Inc. (GMA) and The Care Centered Collaborative at the Pennsylvania Medical Society have announced GMA has elected to join the Collaborative’s clinically integrated network as a founding member. The Pennsylvania Clinical Network is a physician-created and physician-governed network for independent physicians in western Pennsylvania and statewide. Clinically integrated, value-based networks provide physician practices the ability to maintain autonomy while effectively participating in patient-centered, value-based care approaches at both the network and practice level. More than 100 physicians are initially participating with the PA Clinical Network.

Heritage Valley Earns Reaccreditation in Vascular Testing

Heritage Valley’s Heart & Vascular Centers in Beaver and Leetsdale have been granted an additional three-year term of accreditation by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC) in Vascular Testing in the areas of extracranial cerebrovascular testing, visceral vascular testing and peripheral arterial testing. This is the Heart & Vascular Center’s fourth time receiving this accreditation and demonstrates the facility’s ongoing commitment to providing quality patient care in vascular testing.  In addition to locations in Beaver and Leetsdale, cardiology and cardiovascular services are offered in Calcutta, Ohio, Ellwood City, Kennedy Township, and at the Beaver and Sewickley hospitals. To make an appointment, call 724-773-4502. For more information, visit

Dorseyville Middle School Orchestras Wins First Place Awards

The Dorseyville Middle School Philharmonic and Sinfonia orchestras recently placed at a Music in the Parks Festival. The Philharmonic placed first in its division with a Superior rating and won first-place overall orchestra. The Sinfonia also placed first in its division with a Superior rating. The orchestras received trophies for their winning performances. 

Singleton Selected as National Presidential Scholar

Saint Joseph Senior Julia Singleton was selected as a National Presidential Scholar and received an all-expense paid trip to Albuquerque to attend the 57th National Junior Science and Humanities Symposium where she presented one of her projects to the attendees. The symposium brings together 230 high school students who qualify by submitting and presenting original scientific research papers in regional symposia held at universities nationwide. Approximately 130 high school teachers, mentors, university faculty, ranking military guests and others attend to encourage the future generation of scientists and engineers and celebrate student achievement in the sciences.

CCAC Student Piemme Receives Transfer Scholarship

Robert Piemme, a student at CCAC Allegheny Campus, is one of 61 recipients of the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship. The highly competitive national scholarship will provide Piemme with up to $40,000 annually for a maximum of three years to complete his bachelor’s degree. He will graduate from CCAC this month with an Associate of Arts in Liberal Arts & Sciences and attend the University of Pittsburgh this fall, where he will pursue a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with a concentration in International Relations.

Shady Side Academy Receives $5.2 Million Gift

Shady Side Academy has received the second-largest gift in its 136-year history, a $5.2 million gift to the financial aid endowment that will ultimately fund seven scholarships for Shady Side students in grades 6-12. The gift was made in honor of late SSA Middle School Headmaster David A. Mancosh Sr. and his wife, Rose Marie, by a group of anonymous donors known as The Family and Friends of David and Rose Marie Mancosh. The donors’ intent is to fully support students for their education at Shady Side from grades 6-12, thereby lessening the financial strain and emotional stress on students and their families. Recipients will be called Mancosh Scholars.

Palladino Winner of Multiple Science Awards 

at PJAS Competition

At the 2019 Pittsburgh Junior Academy Science (PJAS) competition, Gina Palladino, a Providence Heights Alpha student, achieved a perfect score at the regional level. She was also awarded the PJAS Chemistry Award with a $100 prize, the Duquesne University Excellence in Science Award, the CMU Center for Nucleic Acids Science and Technology DNA Zone Award, and the Pittsburgh Section of the American Chemical Society 2019 Award for Excellence in Chemistry. This year in the 2019 Pittsburgh Regional Science and Engineering Fair competitions, Palladino earned sponsor awards from Covestro, Kennametal and Braskem. She was selected as the PJAS Region 7 Award Winner for two years in a row by the Society for Analytical Chemists of Pittsburgh, receiving a certificate and $300.

Louisa Jen Selected as 2019 Ben Carson Scholar

Eighth grade Providence Heights Alpha student Louisa Jen has been selected as a 2019 Carson Scholar.  The $1,000 college scholarship is given to students in grades 4-11 who excel academically and are dedicated to serving their communities. Jen has participated in musical productions at Providence Heights Alpha and spends time outside of school with friends, playing piano and studying ballet. She volunteers her time by helping to teach kindergarten CCD at St. Ferdinand Church.

A.W. Beattie Builds Free Little Library for Elementary School

West View Parent/Teacher Association (PTA) President Krissy Evans and the late Arlene J. Bender approached A.W. Beattie about a year ago with the idea to build a free little library at West View Elementary School. The libraries are designed with the idea that small, front-yard book exchanges will inspire community building among residents. Beattie’s Career Center’s Carpentry and Building Construction instructor John Brown jumped at the opportunity, with North Hills’ Ben Senchak and Deer Lakes’ Vince Donatelli and Christopher Rudy taking the lead. West View’s Free Little Library was dedicated in memory of Arlene J. Bender for her commitment to A.W. Beattie’s students, staff and programs.

Costello Wins Outstanding Instrumental Soloist Award

Dorseyville Middle School seventh grader Mia Costello recently won the Outstanding Instrumental Soloist Award at the Music in the Parks Festival. The award is given to a student who performed an outstanding solo during the competition, and Mia was selected from all the bands and orchestras in attendance. This is the first time that a Dorseyville Middle School student has ever won this prestigious designation. Costello, a violinist, is also the concertmaster for the DMS orchestras. 

Shaler Area to Build Rain Garden with ACCD Grant

Shaler Area High School will soon have a rain garden on its property as the result of a $6,793 grant awarded to Girty’s Run Watershed Association (GRWA) from the Allegheny County Conservation District’s (ACCD) Conservation, Leadership and Innovation Program. Shaler partnered with GRWA to develop a conceptual stormwater management plan for an area of the high school campus surrounding its greenhouse. Under the guidance of GRWA, a high school team of students including Alyssa Juzwick, Jamie Eichmiller, Caitlin Fedorek, Dakota Carr, Olivia Jarzynka, Anna Sheets and Rebecca Schiavone developed a design to incorporate green stormwater infrastructure to reduce the amount of surface runoff. The grant will fund the creation of a rain garden, landscaped with native vegetation, which will divert rainwater from the sewer system to the garden to be absorbed back into the soil.

Seneca Valley Art Department Awarded $10,000

Seneca Valley School District was named a runner-up in the 10th annual Vans Custom Culture competition. Seneca Valley High School art students’ creation of two sculptural shoes earned the school a place as one of the top five schools nationwide, receiving $10,000 for the art department. Student artists include seniors Jennie Stiefel, Sydney Gibson, Skyllar Spears, Emma Choban, Amelia Reese, Jessie Glatz, Alec Mascellino, Lauren Sileo and Storm Harvin; juniors Taylor Godleski, Keely Lisco, Kelsey Gianfrancesco, Kelcie Schwartz and Max Carpenter; and sophomores Beth Rice, Simren Jayaraman, Ashley Matuszak, Kayla Moon and Mackenna Omara. Vans Custom Culture was created to inspire and empower high school students to embrace their creativity through art and design and to bring attention to diminishing arts education budgets.

Dorseyville Middle School Choir Win Awards

The Dorseyville Middle School (DMS) Girls Chamber Chorus and the DMS FoxTones performed independently and together as the DMS Mixed Choir at a Music in the Parks Festival in Maryland.  The Mixed Choir took first place and was rated Excellent, the second highest rating. The DMS Girls Chamber Chorus also placed first, earned the highest rating of Superior, and received the Best Overall Jr. High/Middle School Choir award. The DMS FoxTones earned a first place and a rating of Superior. Middle school and high school students from Maryland, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, and Virginia participated in the festival. The Dorseyville Middle School Girls Chamber Chorus includes 30 girls in sixth through eighth grades; the FoxTones includes 20 boys in grades six through eight; and the Mixed Choir (made up of the Girls Chamber Chorus and the FoxTones) includes 50 boys and girls in grades six through eight. 

Curry Joins Allies as Clinical Director

Allies for Health + Wellbeing is growing, and to handle the expanded services offered by its clinic, the organization has hired Melissa Curry, RN, BSN, CCP, FNP-S, to serve as clinic director. Curry is a chronic conditions certified health coach and has experience with acute care, skilled nursing care management, home health care, nurse management and administrative duties. She received her RN license from Community College of Allegheny County and her Bachelor of Science degree from California University of Pennsylvania. She currently is pursuing a master’s degree at Carlow University to become a family nurse practitioner.

Fairfield Marriott Pittsburgh North/McCandless Crossing Receives Platinum Hotel Award

The Fairfield Marriott Pittsburgh North/McCandless Crossing has been awarded the prestigious Platinum Hotel Award for 2018. This recognition is presented by the Fairfield by Marriot brand and the hotel is honored to be one of only 23 eligible hotels to be recognized out of the 1,000 properties in the Americas. The award is based on the Guest Satisfaction Score which is measured by guests’ willingness to return to the hotel for another stay. The Platinum Hotel Award recognizes the hotels in the top 5 percent of the brand nationwide.