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Five Fox Chapel Area High School students won awards at the Michigan State University Model United Nations Conference in March.

Senior Samuel Bakkila, junior Yong-Gyun Choi, and sophomore Sheri Wang won first place awards. Second-place awards went to junior Samuel Bernstein and sophomore Reid Goldberg.

The conference enables students to role play representing the countries in the United Nations. Students try to solve global problems from the perspectives of other nations. More than 500 students from five states participated.

The Shaler Area Varsity Cheerleaders finished first in their division and second in the Grand Champion Division of 43 teams at the Americheer International Cheerleading Championship held recently in Orlando, Fla.

Brian C. Riley, of Shaler, has received an Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps college scholarship offer to attend a selected college or university. He was chosen based on comprehensive tests, high school scholastic achievement, and extra-curricular activities.

The majority of Air Force ROTC scholarships cover full college/university tuition, provide textbook allowance, and pays most laboratory or incidental fees and include a living allowance. The estimated value of the scholarship depends on the student's choice of school and the type of scholarship offered.

Upon graduation from college and completion of the ROTC program, Cadet Riley will be commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Air Force.

He is the son of Kevin B. and Linda A. Riley and will graduate from Shaler Area High School this spring.

A team of Fox Chapel Area High School seniors recently tied for first place in its division in the 2007 Southwestern Pennsylvania Regional Science Bowl. The team members were Kevin Boyd, Andrew Krieger, Bassem Mikhael (captain), and Juliette Power. The team placed in the top 5 among 36 participating schools.

The bowl, a 10-round tournament, included general science and math questions and included teams from across southwestern Pennsylvania. The tournament was held Feb. 24 at Community College of Allegheny County's South Campus in West Mifflin and was sponsored by the United States Department of Energy/National Energy Technology Laboratory Pittsburgh Division.

Pine-Richland Middle School sixth-grader William Lazar earned second place in the Junior Individual Web site category at the National History Day Competition on March 24 at the Senator John Heinz Pittsburgh Regional History Center in the Strip District.

William's Web site was based on the Battle of Stalingrad.

Seven pupils from St. Athanasius School in West View were selected to participants in this year's Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh North District Honors Band.

In clarinet, Amy Bartolowits was selected as second chair; Abigail Leonard, third chair. They were joined by Samantha Mershon and Emily Opperman.

Nathalie Towchik was chosen for flute, Daniel Roos for trumpet, and Jake Knobeloch as third chair for trombone.

The band consists of the top music students attending Catholic schools in sections of Butler and Allegheny County.

A second concert featuring all of the honors band students from a number of districts in this region is scheduled for Saturday at North Catholic.

St. Athanasius pupils also joined honors band members from St. Ursula in O'Hara and St. Mary in Hampton in performing at opening ceremonies at last year's creche display at U.S. Steel Plaza during Light-Up Night in Pittsburgh.

Forty members of the North Allegheny DECA Chapter traveled to Hershey, Pa., recently, to participate in the 56th annual State Career Development Conferencewith nearly 1,250 students from across the state in marketing-related events.

Among the students who attended, Allison Cohen, a senior, won first place for Hotel & Lodging Management; Cherith Elliott, a senior, won first place in Restaurant & Food Service Management event; Marie Howison, a junior, placed third in the Apparel & Accessories Marketing event; and Victoria Sullivan, a senior, received first place in the Job Interview event.

Several Seneca Valley high school students earned top awards at the March 27 regional history day competition and now advance to the state contest to be held at Penn State this month.

Winners include seniors Todd Michael, Jenna McMullan, Kelsey Prisby, Elaina Sabatine, Whitney Mayer, Zach Piso, Pavel Tarassov, Matt Carroll, Shane Conrad, and Cy Fleming; juniors Lauren Pfennigwerth, Jim Petras, Howie Russell, and Lindsay Codispot; and sophomores Baylee Kushner, Joelle Scarnati, Allison Russell, Alexa Becker, Nicole Kukieza, Caroline Owen, Andy Berkebile, Hannah Pecyna, Alexia Fronzaglio and Caitlin DeLeo.

Seneca Valley seniors Amanda Diana, Megan Sinan, Anne Acton, Krysta Smith, Jennifer Poleti and Josh Rinaman won the first Butler County Reading Competition held March 28 at Seneca Valley.

St. Joseph High School came away from the 68th annual Pittsburgh Regional Science and Engineering Fair with the Senior Division Gold Cup, declared the high school with the most winning entries. The event was held on March 30-31 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh.

For being awarded the Senior Division Gold Cup, the school received a trophy and cash award, given to teacher Cathy Greco.

In the category awards, silver winners received a medal and $150, bronze winners received a medal and $75, and honorable mentions winners were given $25.

In the biology category, senior Karlee Gustafson received a bronze medal and junior Nathan Catalano received an honorable mention. Both are from New Kensington.

Ms. Gustafson also received a Perseverance Award for her participation in the fair for four years and it included an Associate Scientist trophy.

Junior Lauren Brock received an honorable mention in the chemistry category. Ms. Brock lives in New Kensington.

In the physics category, junior Angelica Matta, was given a bronze medal. Junior Matthew Orlowski was awarded a silver medal in the Earth/Space/Environment Category. Both are from New Kensington.

Senior Louis Greco, of New Kensington, also received a Perseverance Award and was named an Associate Scientist.

Six received scholarships and, in some cases, multiple scholarships.

Ms. Matta received the Trustee Science Scholarship, a minimum annual amount of $12,500, from Allegheny College; Advanced Credit Hours Initiative from Duquesne University, and a scholarship from Robert Morris University.

Ms. Brock was awarded a Pre-College Program Scholarship from Carnegie Mellon University, valued at $5,377. This scholarship can be used in the Advanced Placement/Early Action Program to take two regular Carnegie Mellon classes for full credit. In addition, she received the St. Francis University Science Fair Scholarship in the amount of $1,000 per year.

Mr. Orlowski received six scholarships, including Duquesne University, $10,000, renewable annually; Geneva College, $2,000; Robert Morris University Scholarship; St. Vincent College, $2,000 per year; Theil College, $4,000, renewable; and University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg, $2,000 to $5,000 renewable.

Junior Kristen Pelczar, of New Kensington, was awarded the St. Francis University Science Fair Scholarship, $1,000 per year and St. Vincent College Science Fair Scholarship, $2,000 per year.

Five students received one or more sponsor awards. Mr. Orlowski received the Mascaro Construction Co. Award, $50 and a medal; and U.S. Stockholm Junior Water Prize, which means he is eligible to apply to the state competition.

Mr. Brock received the Dental Association of Western Pennsylvania Award, $50 and a medal. In addition, Senior Erin Rapsinski received the Society of Analytical Chemists of Pittsburgh Award, which included $50 and a medal and honors at the society's annual awards dinner. Ms. Rapsinski is from New Kensington.

Sophomore Colleen Fisher, of Cheswick, was awarded the American Society of Civil Engineers Pittsburgh Division Award, $50 and a medal; and freshman Stephanie Shetler, of Sarver in Buffalo Township, received the Pittsburgh Society for Coatings Technology Award, $50 and a medal.Also, sophomore Clare Barkowski, of Natrona Heights in Harrison, was presented the U.S. Army Certificate of Achievement and freshman Richard Vaerewyck, of West Deer, received the Collegiate Award.


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