Brownie Troop 58108 from St. Elizabeth School in Pleasant Hills collected more than 150 stuffed animals to donate to Family Hospice and Palliative Care.
The stuffed animals will be given to children who are visiting loved ones at Family Hospice's two inpatient centers and to children who are attending Camp Healing Hearts, Family Hospice's free annual day camp for local kids coping with loss.
Troop 58108, made up of second- and third-graders who live in Baldwin Borough, plans to make the donation of stuffed animals an annual tradition.
Family Hospice is a nonprofit that serves 3,600 patients annually in nine Western Pennsylvania counties.
Bethel Park High School senior Adam Larson, who is the editor-in-chief of Hawk Eye, the Bethel Park High School online student newspaper, has received the Best Feature Writing in Pennsylvania Award from the Pennsylvania School Press Association.
The award is for his story, "From the Desk of Dr. J: Is There a Crackdown on Social Media?"
The article can be read online at: www.bphawkeye.org/?s=is+there+a+crackdown+on+social+media.
John Allemang, an English teacher at Bethel Park High School, is the newspaper's adviser.
This year, 122 Bethel Park High School students competed at the DECA District Conference, with 83 students qualifying to compete at the DECA State Career Development Conference, which will be held in February in Hershey.
At the local competition, 24 students finished in first place.
These seniors won first place in the following categories: seniors Kara Cianca and Brittany Porzio, buying and merchandising team event; Nick DiCenzo and T.J. Gallagher, business law and ethics team; Gary Gerst and Logan Vignovic, financial services team; Ana Kopriva, business services marketing; Sam Polen, restaurant and food service management; Alex Reich, accounting; Erick Stack, automotive marketing; and Amanda Stofesky and junior Tara Nath, sports and entertainment marketing team.
Also winning first place were these juniors: Taylor Evans and Kristina Frangione, travel and tourism team; Maura Ellsworth, principles of marketing; Emily Kukan, hotel and lodging management. These sophomores won first: Emma Bruno and Justin Nath, marketing communications team; Tasha George and Carolyn Vona, hospitality services team; and Sean McClaine, marketing management.
In addition, these freshmen won first place: Tarush Bahl, principles of finance; Caleb Pierson, quick service restaurant management; and Maggie Wolf, logistics.
Qualifying to compete in the DECA Quiz Bowl Competition at States are senior Rachel Kennedy, junior Michaela Yonto, sophomore Madee Stewart and freshman Tyler Smith.
Emily Smoller, diversified occupations teacher at Bethel Park High School, prepared the students for the competition.