Ten Aquinas Academy eighth-graders won awards at the recent Region 7 Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science competition. Clara Osburg of Tarentum, Michael Henry of Fox Chapel, Chuck Adams of Richland and Nate Lisanti of Sewickley won first-place awards. Sophia Kartsonas of Fox Chapel, Justin Panzarella of Mars, Allie Stewart of Mars, Katianne Cerny of Pine and Robert Phillips of McCandless received second-place awards. John Reed of Mars had a perfect score -- an achievement attained by less than 5 percent of the participants at the competition. Clara Osburg won an award from the Pittsburgh Chapter of the American Chemical Society.
• Eighth-graders at St. Sebastian School in Ross, Alexandria Bosch, Madison Dalton and Ryan Haag, earned Silver Key awards in the short story category in the recent Scholastic Art & Writing Awards competition. Eighth-grader Alexander Riccardi received honorable mention in the short story category and eighth-grader Rhiannon White won honorable mention in the science fiction/fantasy category.
• Several Fox Chapel Area School District students recently won awards in the Pittsburgh Regional Scholastic Writing Awards competition. Gold Key winners were senior Bennett Graves and sophomore Rishi Mirchandani. They will now have their work submitted to the National Scholastic Writing Awards competition in New York. Silver Keys were presented to sophomore Rishi Mirchandani and freshmen Madison McCleese and Sophie Rodosky. An honorable mention was presented to junior Mc Kenna Trimble and Dorseyville Middle School eighth-graders Emma Paulini and Elizabeth Woodwell.
• These students from Central Elementary School in Hampton currently have artwork on display at the Pennsylvania Department of Education building in Harrisburg for the Pennsylvania Art Education Association Youth Art Month Exhibit: Shane Noone, Luke Fiscus, Benjamin Haytock, Tori Fiscus and Vincent Riehl. The exhibit will be on display through April 5 on the first floor of the Department of Education Honors Suite, 333 Market St.
• Several works by Mars Area Elementary School students were selected for The Associated Artists of Butler County's inaugural Butler Elementary School Art Show. Students are third-graders Angelina Bahorich, Samruthi Bala, Evan Bean, Zaccheri Campagna, Nicholas Costa, Leana Cuzzocrea, Samuel Hagen, Addison Keys, John Kiewall, Tucker Kush, Emma Moran, Helayna Pater, Sara Soltis, Joseph Vivirito, Ethan Voelker, Olivia Waldrop and Katherine Wollerton; and second-graders Jaxon Bender, Noah Dupree, Josh Dunham, Lindsey Gourash, Molly Homison, Adriana Najjar, Amber O'Neil, Racheal Ow, Nolan Scott, Mia Shterengarts, Paul Starr and Sydney Terzich. The event will open with an awards ceremony from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday and remain on display until March 29 in the art center in downtown Butler.
• Scarlett Hudson, a fifth-grader at Edgeworth Elementary School and Logan Eger, a fourth-grader from Osborne Elementary School, recently won the Scripps National Spelling Bee championship at their respective schools in the Quaker Valley School District.
• Fox Chapel Area High School and A.W. Beattie Career Center student Katlyn Kinnunen placed second in Pittsburgh Technical Institute's Art and Design Scholarship Competition. She also earned an honorable mention in the multimedia/video category. She won a total of $6,500 in scholarships. Katlyn studies advertising design at A.W. Beattie Career Center.
• Avonworth High School seniors Tara Slenska, Olivia Konopka and George Liang won first, second and third place respectively for District 32 in the American Legion's 78th High School Essay Contest.
• Several Mars Area Centennial School students and members of Girl Scout Troop 20653 received a Prudential Spirit of Community Awards Certificate of Excellence for their performance of the troop's play, "Angelina." Sixth-graders Jenna Halenda, Ella Horner, Samantha Jocuns, Haley Lee, Lauren Lussier, Madelene Lussier, Julie Marra, Jenna Protho and Hannah Riggio offered two performances of the play in May 2012. In lieu of selling tickets, the troop asked that event attendees donate a summer fun item or make a monetary donation to be distributed to children through the district's pupil services office. The donations were used to create 16 summer fun kits with items such as flip-flops, Frisbees, water bottles, sunscreen and sidewalk chalk.
• Hampton High School junior Jessica Mattson has been selected to perform in the National Association for Music Education All-Eastern Honors Orchestra April 4-7 in Hartford, Conn. Jessica will play her violin in the orchestra, which will be composed of 150 high school students from 11 states.
• Ian Cavanaugh, ninth grade, of Sewickley was part of a team of seven Commonwealth Connections Academy students to finish first at the Pennsylvania Real World Design Challenge.
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