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The Beaver County Chamber of Commerce, NOVA Chemicals Inc. and the Beaver Valley Intermediate Unit honored three Freedom Area High School students for designing the chamber's Drug-Free, Alcohol-Free Workforce emblem.

They are Niki Vargo, grade 11, who finished in first place; Hannah Mavrich, grade 11, who was second; and Ryan Kaufman, grade 10, who was third.

Jake Magdich, a West Allegheny High School senior who is studying heating, ventilating and air conditioning at Parkway West Career and Technology Center, received a $500 "tools" scholarship sponsored by Ideal Industries Inc.

He will use the scholarship toward his education at Rosedale Technical Institute.

• Cornell High School instrumental student Lydia Ponticel recently was selected to learn from the experts in a special Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra event. Lydia, who was a junior, and other local high school students rehearsed and performed with their professional counterparts during the 21st annual EQT Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Side-By-Side Concert at Heinz Hall.

• Moon Area High School senior Taylor Scales was runner-up in the fourth annual Teen Safe Driving Competition at the Pittsburgh Technical Institute. She won $500.

The contest was sponsored by the Allegheny County Safe Driving Committee.

• St. Philip Catholic School eighth-graders Julian Bonds and Ana Petrak won scholarship and citizenship awards from the Frank R. Kirk Post 145 of the American Legion in Crafton.

Both also received the Principal's Award for a perfect 4.0 average all four quarters.

Also receiving Principal's Awards were Eric Ashby, Jimmy Hurley, Luke Rattay and Sara Szymanski. Christian Leadership awards were presented to Maggie Leone, Sara Szymanski, Luke Rattay and Harrison Klein.

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