Mallorey Stack, 17, a senior at Shaler Area High School and from First Tee of Pittsburgh, has been named Outstanding Female Participant of the year and has received a $15,000 scholarship. The award recognizes achievement in the area of academics, community service, chapter involvement and leadership. First Tee is a youth development organization that introduces young people to golf.
She was honored at a national summit held March 1-2 in Nashville, Tenn. Mallorey has been a First Tee participant for seven years.
• Mars Area High School sophomores Angela Botti and Alaina Byers were accepted into the Duquesne University accounting honors institute. They will participate in the program's three two-week modules: enterprise resource planning, fraud and forensics, and financial statement analysis.
• Rishi Mirchandani, a sophomore at Fox Chapel Area High School, recently won the Pittsburgh Concert Society's Young Artist Competition and the Pittsburgh Civic Orchestra's Young Artist Concerto Competition. He will perform his piano solos in a recital March 17 at Carnegie Mellon University's Kresge Theater. He also will perform as a soloist April 6 with the Pittsburgh Civic Orchestra.
• These North Hills School District musicians were chosen to perform at the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association's recent Honors Jazz Festival: seniors Tony Au, saxophone, David Haberman, saxophone, and Cam Huffmyer, bass trombone; sophomores Andrew Nolish, piano, Jon Perez, trombone, Tommy Urich, trombone, and David Vevers, trombone.
• These Fox Chapel Area High School students recently were gold key winners for their entries in the Pittsburgh Arts Region of The Scholastic Art Awards: seniors Jake Bagley, Sarah Bradley, Christin Cook (two gold keys), Jaden Hanley, Matthew Mendelson, Lauren Valley (eight gold keys for her art portfolio), and Casey Viccari; juniors Jorden Alfery, Melissa Cagen (six gold keys), Emma Prescott and Pippin Stanish; and sophomores Shani Caplan-Chernoff and Taylor Edwards.
• North Hills Senior High School and A.W. Beattie Career Center students won top honors in the 2013 SkillsUSA District Competition and advanced to the statewide competition. Senior Bonnie Adamiak, who is enrolled in cosmetology; junior Allison Cross, who is enrolled in the preschool teaching assistant program; and juniors Brittney Gill and Kaitlin Bigley, who are enrolled in advertising design, won first place in the annual competition that showcases the best career and technical students in the nation. Sophomore Tessa Dilts, a cosmetology student, finished second in the model category.
• Sam Scott from Edgeworth Elementary School and Tarun Venkatasamy from Osborne Elementary School, were winners in their respective schools in the 25th annual National Geographic Bee. Both are fifth-graders from the Quaker Valley School District.
• Five first-graders at Holy Sepulcher Catholic School in Middlesex received awards recently as finalists in the Veterans Day poster contest sponsored by the Keystone chapter of the Paralyzed Veterans of America. Brad Mockenhaupt won the poster contest in the grades 1-2 category and received a plaque, a $100 educational gift certificate and a plaque for the school. Other first-grade finalists were Benjamin Johnson, Melanie Kratz, Patrick Miller and Isabela Montes.
• St. Barnabas Health System recently recognized six employees of the month for "their strong work ethic, dedication and commitment to excellence." They are: Jacob Bash of Clinton, a certified nursing assistant for St. Barnabas Nursing Home; Valentin Dabone of McCandless, a personal care attendant for The Arbors III at St. Barnabas; Brian Poth of Rochester, a security guard for St. Barnabas Health System; Jennifer Radke of Oakland in Butler County, a certified nursing assistant for Valencia Woods at St. Barnabas; Renee Vandenburghe of Middlesex, a registered nurse for St. Barnabas Medical Center; Beverly Vivirito of Middlesex, a county store clerk for St. Barnabas Charities.
• The Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants recently awarded 2010 La Roche College graduate George Githiaka a $3,000-level multiyear scholarship. Originally from Kenya, he graduated from La Roche with a bachelor's degree in accounting, finance and management. Currently he is a student at Point Park University and will graduate with a master's in organizational leadership in May and plans to pursue a career in public accounting.
• Mars Area eighth-grader Isabel Wroblewski finished first in the eighth-grade level of The National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution Kushkushkee Trail Chapter's American History Essay Contest on the topic, "Forgotten Patriots Who Supported American Struggle for Independence." She wrote her essay about the Oneida Indians' contributions to the American Revolution.
• Avonworth High School senior Alexa Valenta has received the President's Volunteer Service Award, which recognizes those who have volunteered significant amounts of their time to serve their communities and their country. Alexa participated in the Spirit of Community program this year as a representative of her high school. She is the founder and president of the Avonworth Key Club and has been involved in leading a coat drive, volunteering at two separate Haunted Houses to raise money for the homeless, jumping into the Ohio River (Polar Plunge) to benefit Special Olympics, and donating over 100 bags to Children's Hospital through Caitlyn Smiles.
• Three Fox Chapel Area High School students won awards at the recent West Allegheny Forensic Tournament. Senior Susheel Khetarpal was elected presiding officer (equivalent to first place) in student congress, sophomore Rama Godse was first in oratorical declamation and senior Manu Goyal was third in Lincoln Douglas debate.
• These Mars Area chorus members were selected to perform in the recent Pennsylvania Music Educators Association District 5 Junior High Chorus Festival: freshmen - John Conley, Hannah Fallecker, Lukas Johansson, Ian Steward, Jordann Versaw, Allison Wright; eighth grade - Grace Alexander, Anurathi Bala, Kyle Biggs, Abby Parsons, Maggie Richard, Kevin Ryan, Lauren Titchen.
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