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North Hills Monthly

New & Notable, July 2019

Jun 30, 2019 12:42PM ● By North Hills Monthly magazine
Grimm Awarded Grant
Ken Grimm, a technology education teacher at Fox Chapel High School, has been awarded a $5,000 grant from the Gene Haas Foundation. Most of the grant will be given as a post-secondary scholarship to a student planning a career in the technology arena, such as manufacturing, machining and engineering. The grant will also be used to help fund the Fox Chapel Area High School robotics program.

Physical Rehabilitation Services Donates Equipment
Bill Butch, owner of Physical Rehabilitation Services (PRS), recently donated several pieces of strength-training equipment to the North Hills athletic department, where it will be used to help students build and maintain healthy bodies. PRS also serves as a community resource, offering free periodic workshops, screenings and speaking engagements. Upcoming events can be found at

City Summer Food Program Begins 
The City of Pittsburgh Department of Parks and Recreation’s Summer Food Program began on June 17 and will run until Aug. 23, 2019. The Summer Free Food Program is for anyone under the age of 18 or residents with intellectual disabilities up to age 21. Citiparks’ Summer Food Service program provides healthy and delicious breakfasts, lunches, and/or snacks and operates at approximately 80 city locations throughout the summer, including a mobile food truck. The service is made possible by funding from the US Department of Agriculture through the Pennsylvania Department of Education. The SFSP served approximately 142,000 meals in 2018. For a list of locations, visit

Bona Fide Bellevue Receives Grant
Community Development Corporation (CDC) Bona Fide Bellevue has been awarded a $7,500 Commonwealth of Pennsylvania grant to undertake a comprehensive historic resource inventory of the Borough of Bellevue in Allegheny County, PA. The Keystone Historic Preservation Grant program, administered by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commissions, will match funds provided by Bona Fide Bellevue to provide an overall $15,000 to complete an inventory and survey of all historic buildings and resources located in the one square mile borough that borders the city of Pittsburgh. According to Allegheny County records, 1,200 (or nearly half) of the buildings in the borough are more than 100 years old. The research produced by this project will provide professional data to inform conversations and decisions about community development, historic preservation and borough initiatives.

Seneca Valley Hires Vazquez for Director Positions
Board members approved the appointment of Chelsea Vazquez as Seneca Valley School District’s Director of Advancement/Seneca Valley Foundation’s Director of Development. Vazquez comes to Seneca Valley from the Glade Run Foundation, where she worked for the past two years as coordinator of foundation relations. During her tenure, she was responsible for philanthropic research and solicitation for agency funding, as well as grant writing, fundraising and donor relations.

Aquinas Academy of Pittsburgh Graduate Selected National Merit Finalist
Aquinas Academy of Pittsburgh recent graduate Margaret (Molly) Maglio qualified as a finalist for the National Merit Scholarship Program, which ranks her as one of the top 15,000 finishers of the more than 1.6 million entrants who took the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship qualifying test. Maglio was presented with her finalist certificate from the NMSQT program during Aquinas Academy’s high school award ceremony on May 31. Maglio was also named a U.S. Lacrosse All American, and was lacrosse All-WPIAL, All-Section, and high scorer for WPIAL this season. She will be attending Georgetown University in the fall. Three additional Aquinas Academy of Pittsburgh graduates from the Class of 2019, Grace Fort, Katie O’Connell, and Anni Truschel, were also recognized by the National Merit Scholarship program as Commended Students. 

Shaler Area Wins First in Fairchild Challenge at Phipps
Shaler Area High School students spent the entire 2018-19 school year competing in the Fairchild Challenge at Phipps and received the top award of $1,000. The team placed first overall in the high school category in the year-long environmental competition that consisted of five different challenges. The students competed against 14 area high schools. Senior Taya McCullough received a Special Merit award for her artwork and essay, and junior Bri Girty received an Exhibitor Award for Challenge #1: Shaped by Nature. Alyssa Juzwick, Jennifer Moore, Caitlin Fedorek, Dakota Carr, Olivia Jarzynka, Anna Sheets, and Rebecca Schiavone took on Challenge #2: Environmental Design: Green Stormwater Solutions, creating a design for a green stormwater infrastructure that would reduce the amount of surface runoff. The Challenge #3 team in the category of Invasive Species Infographic placed third for its infographic on the Emerald Ash Borer. The team was made up of Caitlin Fedorek, Dakota Carr, Hannah Coleman, Jamie Eichmiller, and Olivia Jarzynka; Emily Ehrenberger also received a Special Merit Award for her infographic on Japanese Knotweed. A team of eighth- and ninth-graders, including Hannah Coleman, Jamie Eichmiller, Caitlin Fedorek, Olivia Jarzynka, Lauren Caplan, Dakota Carr, Anna Sheets, and Rebecca Schiavone placed first for their Challenge #4: Take Earth to Prom project. The team for Challenge #5 Environmental Action, which included Abby Guiste, Alyssa Juzwick, Anna Sheets, Caitlin Fedorek, Caty Clark, Hannah Coleman, Dakota Carr, Ella Mizera, Emily Kelly, Jamie Eichmiller, Olivia Jarzynka and Rebecca Schiavone, worked with the Borough of Etna, focusing on four areas of its EcoDistrict initiative: mobility, air quality, equity, and food.

Specialized Staffing & Industry Recruiters Acquires Temporaries North/TEC Staffing
With the retirement of Temporaries North/TEC Staffing President Diane Payne, Specialized Staffing, led by CEO Lisa Guard, has acquired the company. This expands its unique, personal and detailed approach to staffing and professional placement further into the Pittsburgh market. Specialized Staffing & Industry Recruiters works with companies in Pennsylvania, Ohio and New York to identify top talent in the fields of administration, accounting, engineering, finance, human resources, marketing, sales, production management and purchasing. The company has been repeatedly recognized as one of the Pittsburgh region’s fastest-growing, privately held companies.

Seneca Valley Salutes Retirees
This year’s retirees from Seneca Valley School District have more than 550 years of service among them. They include Connoquenessing Valley Elementary staff Kelly Benner, Donna Cavanaugh, Carmen Householder, Dr. Anne Koch, and Kathleen Novakovich; Evans City Elementary and Middle School staff Carol Boice, Cheryl Harancher and Mary Paterson; Rowan Elementary staff Lynn Davis, Linda Farrell, and Michelle Follett; Haine Middle School staff Carole O’Rourke, Louise Ewing and Leslie Rymer; Haine Elementary School staff Lynda Smith and Nancy Speicher; Seneca Valley Academy staff Donna Harrison; Ryan Glover Middle School staff Theresa Hetrick, Lynne Ranayhossaini and Cindy Westerman; Seneca Valley Intermediate High School staff  Linda Martin and Joyce Zeits; and Seneca Valley Senior High School staff Kathleen Senn and Ray Shinsky.

Fox Chapel and Beattie Grads Recognized
Several Fox Chapel Area High School 2019 graduates were recognized as part of the A.W. Beattie Career Center Senior Recognition Program. Beattie graduates included Fox Chapel Area High School graduates Logan T. McKaveney (auto collision technology), Alex Daniels and Dylan Edwards (automotive technology), Brian Hardie (network engineering technology), Paige Shurina (cosmetology), Angela Tain (dental careers), Felicity Hoffman and Makayla Kirin (early childhood education), Mason Kauper, Tyler Kelly, Ethan Parker and Emidio Paterra (emergency response technology), Haley Hogan (health & nursing sciences), Dante Difatta, Jacob Dorn, and Evan Nucci (heating, ventilating and air conditioning), and Michael Francioni (veterinary sciences). Several Fox Chapel Area graduates also received special awards. Michael Francioni was given the Outstanding Nontraditional Senior Award. Seniors of the Year awards went to Brian Hardie (computer systems, network engineering & cyber security), and to Haley Hogan who was named the top clinical student. Michael Francioni, Haley Hogan and Tyler Kelly were recognized for being members of the National Technical Honor Society. Paige Shurina was recognized for her third-place win in esthetics at the SkillsUSA District competition, and Jacob Dorn was recognized as a Challenge Program Award Winner for academic improvement. Perfect attendance awards went to Dante Difatta and Jacob Dorn. Haley Hogan was recognized as a home health aide, and Alex Daniels earned PA State Safety Inspection and PA State Emissions certifications. Tyler Kelly earned an Emergency Medical Response Certification, and Haley Hogan was recognized as part of the volunteer initiative program.

Wrestlers Named All-American Scholars
Two Fox Chapel Area High School wrestlers have received the High School Scholar All-American Award. The students are 2019 graduate Avery Bursick and 2018-2019 junior Alexander Wecht. The award is given by the National Wrestling Coaches Association and the United States Marine Corps. The candidates for this award must have at least a 3.5 GPA and be varsity letter winners. Avery and Alex are two of only 15 wrestlers from across the state of Pennsylvania to receive this award, and the only two from western Pennsylvania.