The Fox Chapel Area High School team of senior Christopher Tran and sophomore Stephen Polcyn recently placed first in Pennsylvania in the Future Business Leaders of America Spring Challenge LifeSmarts event, which consists of tests involving personal finance, consumer rights and responsibilities, health and safety, the environment and technology.
■ North Hills High School junior bass player Eric Meister has been selected to the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association All-State Orchestra.
■ Owen Prem, a fourth-grader at Ingomar Elementary School in McCandless has qualified to compete in the 2014 state level of the National Geographic Bee, an annual geography contest..
■ Mars Area Middle School seventh-grader Claire Valentine was named a grade prize winner in the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board’s 2013-14 Alcohol Awareness Poster Contest. Her poster was selected from more than 1,000 entries.
■ Charles Ross and Emma Barnes, juniors at North Allegheny Intermediate High School in McCandless, have been recognized in the Pennsylvania State University Essay Contest for High School Writers. The essay written by Charles earned him third place and Emma was selected a finalist,
■ Quaker Valley Middle School student Annika Christensen has been named a semifinalist in the Pennsylvania State Geographic Bee. She scored among the top 100 on the qualifying geography exam administered to school-level champs throughout Pennsylvania.
■ Avonworth Middle School eighth-grader Ethan Woodfill has been honored with the President’s Volunteer Service Award. Ethan participated in the Spirit of Community program and is president and founder of the Pittsburgh chapter of the Do-Something Club, a national organization for young people to create social change. He and other classmates collected more than 130 pairs of jeans for the Teens for Jeans campaign, giving jeans to homeless youth.
■ Two Mars Area Middle School students were selected for admission as LEAD Scholars in the LEADership, Education & Development Computer Science Institute at the University of Virginia, June 22-28. Eighth-graders Meghana Jayaraman and Ashley Parham are among 90 students accepted to the summer institute from more than 1,500 applicants.
■ Shady Side Academy seniors Tevin Mickens of Pine and Tarah Wright of Stanton Heights have been selected as winners of National Achievement $2,500 scholarships. They are among 800 outstanding Black American high school seniors who were awarded scholarships through the 2014 National Achievement Scholarship.
■ North Allegheny Middle School students Christopher Lee and Wanlin Li have earned spots on the four-member team that will represent Pennsylvania at the National MATHCOUNTS competition. Christopher, a seventh-grader at Carson Middle School, was the Pennsylvania MATHCOUNTS state champion. Wanlin, an eighth-grader at Ingomar Middle School, finished fourth in the state and had the highest score of any female in the competition in the Sprint and Target Rounds.
■ North Hills High School senior Curtis Sobien and sophomore Luke Melcher teamed up with fellow robotics enthusiasts to win the FIRST Robotics Competition’s Greater Pittsburgh Regional Competition and advance to the FIRST National Championship in St. Louis.
■ Three North Allegheny School District students have received national recognition for their original artwork in the 2013-14 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Program:
Senior Anna Reed had three pieces of work done with acrylic paint, and she won one gold and two silver awards; seventh grader Jake Hervoyavich received a silver medal for a linoleum relief print; and sophomore Leonardo Lupidi won a silver medal for a submission in the colored pencil, conte crayon, graphite, ink pen category.
■ Four Pine-Richland High School students earned a spot in one of the Pennsylvania Music Educator Association’s All-State music ensembles: senior Kelsey Hillock, PMEA All State Vocal Jazz Ensemble; junior Joe Shannon, PMEA All State Orchestra; sophomore Will Newell, PMEA All State Band; sophomore Ross Ivey, PMEA All State Band
■ Mars Area Centennial School sixth-grader Hannah Primm finished second in the junior division of the regional National History Day Contest April 8 at Westminster College. She received the award in the Individual Exhibit Category for her project, “An Era to Recall,” which examines Adolf Hitler’s mission to make Nazi Germany a superior nation prior to and during World War II.
■ Hartwood Elementary School fifth-grader Reem Mansour has been selected as a 2014 Carson Scholar and will receive a $1,000 college scholarship. She was among more than 90 Pittsburgh students who received a medal and a certificate. The school is part of the Fox Chapel Area School District.
■ Leanna M. Longobardi of Cranberry, a senior at Seneca Valley High School, has earned the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest recognition for achievement in Girl Scouting. She serves in a leadership position as Senior Class Senator. Her Gold Award project was a Butterfly Garden at the Shenango Recreation Area in Mercer County.