Central Elementary School fifth grader Anna Karis of Hampton was the winner in the Pittsburgh Pirates Jackie Robinson Art, Essay and Poetry Contest. The Pirates received over 3,200 entries this year from fifth and sixth graders. Anna and her family had free admission to a Pirate game to help celebrate Jackie Robinson Day at PNC Park.
■ These Fox Chapel Area High School students recently earned high marks on the 2014 National Latin Exam: freshman Mihir Garimella won a gold medal and a summa cum laude certificate on the Latin II exam; senior Jackson Brooke won a silver medal and a maxima cum laude certificate on the Latin III-IV Prose exam; silver medals and maxima cum laude certificates were awarded to sophomore Alisa Quemado and freshmen Ariane Akhand and David Han on the Latin II exam; magna cum laude recognition and certificates were earned by freshmen Suvir Mirchandani and Jenna McKinley on the Latin II exam; Latin II Exam cum laude recognition and certificates were awarded to junior Katherine Holland and freshman Anna McDougall.
■ North Hills High School senior Curtis Sobien teamed up with fellow robotics enthusiasts to win the F.I.R.S.T. Robotics Competition’s Greater Pittsburgh Regional Competition and advance to the F.I.R.S.T. National Championship in St. Louis. During the regional competition, Curtis and his teammates topped 45 other teams from Pennsylvania, Indiana, New York, Maryland, Ohio and Ontario, Canada.
■ North Allegheny High School junior Isley Smith finished first in Category G for grades 10-12, the Log House Award for Traditional Verse, in the Ligonier Valley Writers’ 23rd student poetry contest for students in grades 4-12.
■ Mars Area freshman Michael Sutton was first in the senior division of the regional National History Day Contest. Michael, 14, received the award in the Individual Historical Paper Category for his essay, “Do the Rights and Responsibilities of Occupying Armies in the Geneva Convention Prevent War from Working?”
■ Shady Side Academy sophomore Zachary Kosbie of Fox Chapel and Fox Chapel Area High School sophomore Konrad Urban of O’Hara were winners of the National Society of the Colonial Dames of America Essay Contest.
■ The team of Tyler Protivnak, Katelynn Kletzli, Vince Tosto, Amanda Klawinski, and Philip Montalbano, seniors at St. Joseph High School in Harrison, was a $1,000 prize winner in the Association for Iron & Steel Technology national video competition. The students created a three-minute video that branded the steel industry as a potential career.
■ Three Fox Chapel Area High School students recently placed in the 2013-2014 Society for Analytical Chemists of Pittsburgh Essay Contest. Sophomore Konrad Urban finished second and won $300 in the high school category, freshmen Rohan Chalasani won $150 and was second in the middle school category and freshman Suvir Mirchandani won $100 and was third in the middle school portion of the contest.
■ Three Fox Chapel Area High School students recently finished in the top 12 at the Pennsylvania High School Speech League's (PHSSL) State Championship Tournament. Senior Amogha Vijayvargiya and junior Ella Meyler finished in the top 12 in the state in duo interpretation. Junior Frank Lou finished in the top 12 in the state in impromptu speaking. The state tournament was held March 28 and 29, 2014, at Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania.
■ A trio of North Hills High School students topped 15 teams from area high schools to take home top honors in the Duquesne University Academic Challenge. Senior Gabe Stanton and juniors Kelsey Toplak and Andrew Soborowski placed first in the academic competition with each winning a $2,000 scholarship to Duquesne University.
■ Fox Chapel Area High School junior Aaron Bliss and North Hills High School junior Jacob Gettens have been selected to receive Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange scholarships. The students will spend their senior years of high school studying abroad in Germany.
■ The April 2014 issue of Highlights published a drawing by 9-year-old Veronica Pimenova in its “Your Own Pages” section. Veronica is a fourth grader at Rowan Elementary School in the Seneca Valley School District.. She enjoys figure skating, playing the piano, reading, and traveling. Veronica wants to be an Olympic figure skater when she grows up.
■ St. Barnabas Health System has recognized these individuals as recent Employees of the Month: Carol Boyle of Valencia, a personal care attendant at Valencia Woods at St. Barnabas; Christine Castora of Adams, the secretary to the senior vice president; Sharon Greer of Saxonburg, a home care coordinator for St. Barnabas Medical Center; Heather Koelliker of Clinton, a certified nursing assistant for St. Barnabas Nursing Home; Barbara Spithaler of Adams, a reconciliation coordinator in the St. Barnabas Health System Accounting Department; Jeannine Tupper of Middlesex, a housekeeper at The Arbors III at St. Barnabas.