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These members of the Seneca Valley High School chorus were named to the honors chorus: Hayley Hoss, Rachel Carmella, Kristin Carmella, Ellie Lahm, Kacey Faix, Lauren Ottaviani, Jamie Walters, Natalie Abbate, Same Tedrow, David Osornok Jeremi Irwin, Alex Traverso, Lance Hahn, Derek Platz, Josh Fried, Alex Giddings, Peter Wentz and Josh Depasquale. And these students were selected to sing as first chair for the honors chorus: Jamie Walters, Derek Plautz, David Osorno, Lance Hahn.

• These members of the North Allegheny forensics team took top honors at the Pennsylvania High School Speech League's District 2 tournament: Ethan DeRubbo and Alex Venezia (duo interpretation); Connor Phillips (extemporaneous speaking); Dom Moore (commentary); Pragna Sutrave (persuasive); Annie Sippel (senate); Jenna Marinstein and Steph Metzger (public forum debate); Morgan Lennon (Lincoln Douglas debate); Massil Adnani and Drew Bjorklund (policy debate).

• Osborne Elementary third-graders Isabella Bock, Lilly Capezzuto, Stella Christensen, Ilijana Hasak, Jhon Freddy Krebs, Owen Petronick and Taylor Retzlaff recently placed first in the Western Pennsylvania Regional Odyssey of the Mind competition. The seven-member team from Quaker Valley will advance to the state finals on April 13. They completed a problem, "Pet Project," which required them to build three vehicles, each of which must use a different method of propulsion. The team's vehicles used concentrated air, spring tension, and a slingshot as its propulsion mechanisms.

• Three Fox Chapel Area High School students recently placed first in their events and qualified to compete in the National Catholic Forensic League Grand National Tournament. Senior Susheel Khetarpal and sophomore Rishi Mirchandani finished first in Student Congress and sophomore Rama Godse earned first place in Declamation. They have qualified to compete against students from across the United States May 24-26 at the National Catholic Forensic League Grand National Tournament in Philadelphia.

• North Allegheny High School juniors Wesley Swanson and Angela Zhang have been recognized in the Pennsylvania State University Program in Writing and Rhetoric's essay contest for high school writers. Wesley's essay, "Trust Me, I'm a Teenager," won first place and Angela was a finalist in the competition for her essay, "Money May Not Equal Happiness, But Love Can Equal Money."

• Forbes Road Career and Technology Center students Jonathan Hladney (automotive technology), Savannah Johnson (child care services) and Tiffany Shook (child care services) have been inducted into the National Technical Honor Society. All are students at Highlands High School.

• Jacob Diller, grade 11, and Melissa Gustafson, grade 10, gifted students at Highlands High School, will be recognized as Carson Scholars for their academic and humanitarian achievements at the Carson Scholars Fund Annual Pittsburgh Awards Banquet in April at Heinz Field.

• Hannah Song, a junior at Fox Chapel Area High School, recently was named the Best Delegate (first place) at the Carnegie Mellon University Model United Nations Conference, which enables students to role play and simulate the countries in the United Nations. As a part of the conferences, students debate and try to solve global problems from the perspectives of other countries.

• A group of Quaker Valley High School seniors were recognized for their artwork by the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, which recently announced the Regional Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. Laura Schumacher was awarded a Gold Key for her portfolio. Ben Bartling, Molly Johnson, Megan Youngblood and Garrett Powell earned Silver Keys; and Colleen Barenick and Mathilda Savocchia received honorable mention. All are enrolled in advanced placement studio art.

• Providence Heights Alpha School eighth-grader Tiffany Shick, 14, of McCandless, has been selected as a 2013 Carson Scholar. She will receive a $1,000 scholarship. She has earned high honors, has been a member of the Alpha School cross-country team, volleyball team and a volunteer with the school Service Club, which serves the infirmed Sisters of Divine Providence. She will attending Vincentian Academy next year.

• Mars Area eighth-grader Claire Staresinic will compete in the Pennsylvania State Geography Bee Friday in Gettysburg. She finished first for the second year in the Geography Bee Mars Area Centennial School.

• Fox Chapel Area High School sophomore Rishi Mirchandani finished first in the Duquesne National Young Artist Competition March 8 in the piano solo division (age 16-18).

• Several Mars Area band members performed March 26 in the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association Junior High District Band Festival at Beaver Area High School:

• Grade 9 - Kylie Concelman (tuba), Emma DeLong (clarinet), Andrew Strutz (percussion).

• Grade 8 - Riley Funk (trumpet), Alex Mansfield (oboe), Katie Olsen (bass clarinet), Claire Staresinic (oboe), Catherine Stegman (tenor saxophone), Sydney Weiland (oboe).

• Grade 7 - Kirstin Bessette (flute), Abby Maynard (clarinet).

• Emma Lizewski , an eighth-grader at Seneca Valley Middle School, received an honorable mention from the Society for Analytical Chemists of Pittsburgh in their annual essay competition for her paper, "The World Exposed through Microscopes." Emma competed with students from 69 counties across Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia.

• A team of Dorseyville Middle School eighth-grade students recently placed third in the Southwestern Pennsylvania Regional Science Bowl Finals: Rohan Chalasani, Mihir Garimella, Suvir Mirchandani, and Varun Parwani.

• Quaker Valley's high school and middle school placed third and fourth, respectively, in the Regional Science Olympiad March 13 at California University of Pennsylvania. Both teams earned the opportunity to compete in the state finals on April 26 at Juniata College.

The high school team is comprised of senior Julian Dech; juniors Axel Gross and Kaylene Kowalski; sophomores Michael Falcone, Addison Gould, Justin Green, Ricky Lagnese, Max Magera, Max Rom, Guillaume Shippee, Andrew Warburton and Caroline Westwood; and freshmen Sabine Gross, Tzarina Shippee, Elizabeth Truchan and Mimi Zipparo.

• Two Quaker Valley High School students recently qualified for the American Invitational Mathematics Examination for their high achievement on the American Mathematics Competition. Senior Julian Dech, who earned the fifth highest score in Pennsylvania, and junior Axel Gross are competing for the opportunity to participate in the USA Mathematics Olympiad.

• Quaker Valley High School seniors Rachael Houser and Rebecca Silverstein and juniors Joseph Daval and Nicholas Medich qualified to participate in the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association All-State Chorus Festival April 17-20, 2013 at the Erie Convention Center.

• Several works by Mars Area students were selected for Midwestern Intermediate Unit IV's Very Special Arts Exhibit, which will be displayed Monday through April 25 in Grove City College's Pew Fine Arts Center:

• Grade 9 - Tommy Zimmerman.

• Grade 8 - Megan Gow, Joshua Martin, Ashley McDade, Abigail Ruediger, Travis Rychorcewicz and Cody Zeidler.

• Grade 7 - Tomas Anderson, Christian Belsito, Alex Colonello, Meghan Griest, Liam Magee, Sydney Miller, Sara Weigle and Austin Zwigart.

• St. Barnabas Health System has honored these employees of the month for March:

• Kathy Belcastro of Ross, a registered nurse at St. Barnabas Nursing Home. She has worked at St. Barnabas since 2000. This is her second employee of the month award.

• Joyce Kirkbride of Gibsonia, secretary to the administrator at St. Barnabas Communities. She has worked at St. Barnabas since 1983. This is her 19th employee of the month award.

• Elaine Kostial of Adams, human resources assistant for St. Barnabas Health System. She has worked at St. Barnabas since 2009. This is her second employee of the month award.

• Katherine Mueller of Oakland in Butler County, a personal care assistant for Valencia Woods at St. Barnabas. She has worked at St. Barnabas since 2006. This is her second employee of the month award.

• Vicki Mueller of Winfield, a licensed practical nurse for The Arbors at St. Barnabas III. She has worked at St. Barnabas since 2010.

• Mary Tvaruzek of Shaler, a home care companion with St. Barnabas Medical Center. She has worked at St. Barnabas since 2012.

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