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North Hills Monthly

New & Notable July 2020

Jun 30, 2020 08:57PM ● By North Hills Monthly magazine
Senior at La Roche Awarded Jim Borden Memorial Scholarship
Julia Felton, an English studies professional writing and journalism student at La Roche University, is the recipient of the Jim Borden Memorial Scholarship awarded by the Tribune-Review. Trib Total Media annually selects one western Pennsylvania student who receives up to $30,000 in scholarship funds, a summer internship at Trib Total Media and, upon graduation, an offer for full-time employment. A senior, Felton is editor-in-chief of the La Roche Courier, the student newspaper, and a Providence Institute counselor. She also is president of La Roche’s karate club and a member of Sigma Tau Delta, the National Society of Leadership and Success, and the Honors Institute. A graduate of Canon-McMillan High School, she is the daughter of Sam and Jennifer Felton. 

Cancer Support Offered Virtually
The coronavirus doesn’t stop cancer nor services to cancer survivors; if anything, support is needed now more than ever. The Cancer Caring Center’s Bloomfield headquarters is closed, but they are still offering support to patients and family members via virtual support groups and tele-counseling with Cranberry resident Wendy Myers, MSW, LCSW. For more information, visit, its Facebook page or call 412-622-1212. You can also email Wendy at

NHCO Receives Sweet Treats
The Milk Shake Factory and Edward Marc Chocolatier recently teamed up to provide sweet treats to the volunteers and staff at North Hills Community Outreach as an appreciation for all of their efforts in providing food, necessities, and services to help people in need during COVID-19. The organizations delivered assorted gourmet chocolate boxes and milkshake vouchers for the volunteers and staff to enjoy and plan to team up throughout the year spreading sweetness as part of  their Random Acts of Sweetness Program.

Looking for SummerSing! Participants
If you enjoy singing and want to participate in an informal, fun-filled musical experience, join the Beaver Valley Choral Society’s community outreach program, SummerSing! There is no audition requirement; every voice is welcome. This year’s ninth annual SummerSing! is a three-day event, Monday through Wednesday, July 27-29. A free, hour-long interest session is offered prior to rehearsal on Tuesday, July 28 at 6 p.m. A $50 fee will cover SummerSing!’s music expense and provides exclusive access to a special-interest session on shape-note singing. Registration deadline is July 10. For more information or to register, visit

Seneca Valley Foundation Helps Local Family Affected by COVID-19
The Seneca Valley Foundation (SVF) was recently made aware of a family in need who had been tremendously impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and needed financial assistance with their monthly rent payment. An anonymous donor paid not one, but three months of rent for the family. Through the generosity of many, the foundation has been able to help its most vulnerable families by providing gift cards to restaurants and grocery stores, delivering food and nonperishable items and even supplying desks to students to make their new virtual learning environments more comfortable. A fundraiser to sell handmade face masks, fueled by two parents of the district, was incredibly successful and benefited the district’s cafeteria fund.

La Roche University Receives National Recognition as a College of Distinction
La Roche University was championed as a College of Distinction for the ninth consecutive year. The designation recognizes La Roche for exhibiting excellence in the classroom and for incorporating high-impact practices in every student’s undergraduate education. La Roche also received recognition as a Catholic College of Distinction and a Career Development College of Distinction.

Seneca Valley School Board Recognizes District Retirees at Virtual Reception
The following Seneca Valley retirees were recognized by members of the Seneca Valley school board and administration on May 4. Together, they have more than 265 years of service. From Haine Elementary: Amy Cain, Terri Keller and Leslie Rymer. From Seneca Valley Intermediate High School: Anthony DelPrete, Carol Gallagher, Warren Mitchell, Kathy Williamson and Cheryl Zorich. From Rowan Elementary: Karen Kaiser and Linda Lipscak. From Evans City Elementary/Middle School: Nancy Lees and Cynthia Rape. From Ryan Gloyer Middle School: Debra Mitro, Harrison Moon and Daryl Seitz. From Connoquenessing Valley Elementary, MaryAnn Stewart.

UPMC Children’s Ranks Ninth Best Pediatric Hospital in the U.S.
UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh has been recognized again as one of the top pediatric hospitals in the country, earning the ninth position on the 2020-21 U.S. News & World Report Honor Roll of America’s Best Children’s Hospitals. The hospital is ranked for excellence in all specialty areas and is among the top ten in four specialties: cardiology and heart surgery (No. 2); diabetes and endocrinology (No. 7); gastroenterology and gastroenterology surgery (No. 9); and pulmonology (No. 10). The rankings were introduced in 2007 to help families of children with rare or life-threatening illnesses find the best medical care available.

Fox Chapel Students Place in Virtual National Forensic Tournament
A team of two recent Fox Chapel Area High School 2020 graduates recently placed in a virtual forensic tournament. J. Oliver Choo and Sina Shaikh advanced to the quarterfinal round in Public Forum Debate and finished in the top eight teams at the Beyond Resolved National Classic. Additionally, J. Oliver was ranked 21st for individual speaker awards. Beyond Resolved, a student-led, nonprofit organization committed to ensuring equity in debate, sponsored the national tournament that was held June 10-13.

Sri Palanisamy Joins Pittsburgh Opera’s Board Of Directors
Sri Palanisamy, vice president of enterprise strategy at Highmark Health, has joined the Pittsburgh Opera board. Palanisamy was the cofounder of Rasa Theater with Artistic Director Manu Narayan, which produced works by and for the South Asian diaspora. In his role at Highmark, he leads large, enterprise-wide strategic initiatives and planning. After growing up in Pittsburgh, Palanisamy received his MBA from Georgetown University and his bachelor of science from the University of Michigan.

Seneca Valley Computer Science Students Take First Place
Students in Diane Koegler’s Advanced Placement (AP) Computer Science A class at Seneca Valley took first place in a virtual computer programming competition hosted by Westminster College on May 23. The team, including David Choi, Vincent Horvath, Sam McCune and Drew Vlasnik, completed five out of the six proposed problems. The Westminster HSPC is modeled after the International Collegiate Programming Contest model in which teams of students work to solve a set of programming problems using limited responses from judges to guide them.

Abram’s Nation Hires Winner-Eberhardt as Sales and Marketing Director
Abram’s Nation, a company dedicated to developing products that improve the quality of life for families with special needs, welcomed Rachel Winner-Eberhardt as its new director of sales and marketing. Winner-Eberhardt has more than 20 years of experience leading sales and marketing teams across the advertising and media industry, with a track record of developing creative campaigns and successful marketing strategies. Prior to Abram’s Nation, she served as vice president of sales and marketing at Acrobatique Agency, where she led the Pittsburgh Earth Day sales strategy and development of the successful 50th anniversary event.

Seneca Valley Grads Recognized by NCWIT
Seneca Valley 2020 Graduates Claira Matthews and Madison Geis were recently recognized by the National Center for Women and Information Technology (NCWIT). The women were selected as 2020 National Certificate of Distinction recipients of the NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing. They were recognized for their computing-related aspirations and for their demonstrated, outstanding aptitude and interest in information technology and computing; solid leadership ability; good academic history, and their plans for post-secondary education.

Friends of Flight 93 Speakers Series to be Broadcast Virtually
The Friends of Flight 93 Speaker Series has gone virtual while the Flight 93 National Memorial Visitor Center and Learning Center is closed following CDC guidelines. The series showcases individuals with direct ties to Flight 93 and the response to the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks and shares their personal experiences. In July, Flight 93 family members Ed Root and Emily Schenkel will share stories about their loved one, United Airlines flight attendant Lorraine Bay, and their experiences at Flight 93 National Memorial over the past 19 years during the development and construction of the permanent memorial. Tony James, Federal Aviation Administration air safety investigator and investigator-in-charge who responded to the Flight 93 crash site, will be featured in August. To learn more, visit

La Roche University Announces Virtual Admission Events for Summer 2020
This summer, La Roche University invites prospective students to ongoing virtual admission events. Through Talk with LRU, high school students can Zoom with faculty and staff members to learn more about La Roche’s majors and special programming, including 50+ academic programs, study abroad, student life, residence life, mission and ministry and more. The Summer Nights program provides a virtual campus tour, and admissions counselors discuss the admissions process, financial aid, academic programs, study abroad options and more. View all sessions and register at Transfer students can also learn about what La Roche has to offer during July and August virtual sessions at

Inspired Women and Best of the Batch Foundation Donate More than $10,000 in Food
Partnering with the Best of the Batch Foundation, Inspired Women Paying It Forward has been addressing food insecurity directly by providing nonperishable food items and additional nutritional resources to more than 60 families in the Greater Pittsburgh Area. Boxes are hand-delivered to each home to avoid isolating those who cannot leave their children at home alone or who lack transportation to get into the food lines currently available. More than $10,000 in nonperishables have been donated since April.

Seneca Valley Graduate Named National Merit Scholarship Winner
The National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) recently announced more than 3,300 winners of National Merit Scholarships financed by U.S. colleges and universities, including Seneca Valley’s own Sean Scott. A recent 2020 graduate, Scott has been offered a National Merit Miami University of Ohio Scholarship. Officials of each sponsor college selected their scholarship winners from among the finalists in the 2020 National Merit Scholarship program who plan to attend their institution. These awards provide between $500 and $2,000 annually for up to four years of undergraduate study at the institution financing the scholarship.