North Hills High School sophomore Sydney Wolff will be among the young female artists performing with professional women from Pittsburgh's artistic community performers at 1 p.m. Saturday in the SWAN (Support Women Artists Now) Day Pittsburgh Jr. program at the New Hazlett Theater, 6 Allegheny Square East, Northside.
Sydney, a singer, musician and songwriter, will perform with more than 14 other artists ages 10 and older. She will sing and play original songs on guitar. A singer and songwriter since fifth grade, she has played guitar for three years and is self-taught on piano, organ and ukulele. She has been featured on the Saturday Light Brigade, a weekly radio program for children and adults broadcast from the Children's Museum of Pittsburgh.
• Mars Area senior Chris Blahnik was selected to perform in the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association Regional Chorus Festival today through Saturday at Moon Area High School.
Also selected were Quaker Valley High School students Rachael Houser, Johnathan Roppo, Rachel Silverstein, Rebecca Silverstein, Joseph Daval, KJ Devlin, Katherine Manuel, Nicholas Medich and Hannah Stater. The festival will culminate with a concert at 2:30 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $5.
• Highlands High School students Jonathan Hladney (automotive technology), Savannah Johnson (child care services) and Tiffany Shook (child care services) have been inducted into the National Technical Honor Society at Forbes Road Career and Technology Center.
• Brandon McNeill and Clint McElheny, seniors at Shaler Area High School, have received full scholarships worth more than $116,000 each to Seton Hill University.
Brandon will study in the division of humanities and major in history. Clint will study in the division of social sciences and major in criminal justice. The awards were part of the Seton Scholars Program, which recognizes outstanding academic achievement.
• Quaker Valley High School students seniors Zach Mancuso and Marty Davis who both attend Parkway West Career and Technology Center will compete in the SkillsUSA Pennsylvania Championships in April.
They are among seven students who earned first-place finishes in the regional SkillsUSA Championships. Zach finished first in the masonry division and Marty was first in firefighting.
• These seventh graders from St. Sebastian School in Ross were first-place finishers in the recent Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science regional competition: Nicole Costa, Grace Doerfler, Nicholas Kasper, Kelsey Locante, Vincent Melchiorre, Alexis Moskala, Ayden Owens and Jack Wells. They will compete in the state finals at Penn State University in May.
Second-place awards went to Madison Hamill, Olivia Hite, Christine Koman, Lisa MacQueen, Kaylee Moskala and Alecia Spagnolo.
• These Seneca Valley Middle and Intermediate High school students were chosen for the recent Pennsylvania Music Educator Association District 5 Junior High Chorus Festival: Brianna Hammel, Carinne Geil, Maddie Fry, Mitch Lachat, Josh DePasquale, Kevin Klobchar, Karina Latsko, Hollen Davinsizer, Leah Dietle, Sara Panetta, Kimberly McGinnis, Lucy Geronime, Jacob Pelloni, Braden White and Johnathan Baktay.
• Alexander Park, Sophie Petinaux and Travis Slopek from Seneca Valley High School recently earned Regional Orchestra and Pennsylvania Music Educator Association's Festival honors. Sophie received first chair in the Violin II section, Travis received third chair in the Violin II section, and Alex received sixth chair in the Violin I section.
• Gold Key winners from Pine-Richland High School in the recent Western Pennsylvania Regional Scholastic Art Competition were Ashley Profozich and Kelsey Stark. Silver Key winners were Liz Beatty, Kelsey Stark, Emily Williams.
Honorable Mention winners were Madelyn Barrante, Cameron Foxhall, Paul Notarangelo, Adrienne Remo, Brenna Thorslund.
• These La Roche College students recently were inducted into Sigma Tau Delta, the International English Honor Society: junior Ashley Chiaramonte of Glenshaw; junior Katelynn Gazarik of Sarver; junior Lacey Lau of Brookline; sophomore Matthew Puller of Washington, D.C.; junior Elizabeth Schwartz of Pittsburgh; and junior Grant Wentzel of Pittsburgh.
• Mars Area High School senior Samantha Rumbaugh has been selected by the U.S. World's Federation of Dance Coaches committee as one of the Top 10 dancers to be a member of the "DANCelebrities! -- The Road to Worlds" online web series.
A member of the Pittsburgh Poison Spiders Dance Team, Samantha was selected from more that 1,000 nominees to be a featured dancer in the web series as she works toward the 2013 World Dance Championships April 27-29 at Disney World in Orlando, Fla.
• Farida Abbasova, an exchange student from Azerbaijan who is attending Pine-Richland High School, was chosen to attend the Better Understanding for a Better World Conference April 17-21 in Baltimore. The event is sponsored by the Civilizations Exchange & Cooperation Foundation and is co-sponsored by the Muslim Community Center.
She is one of ASSE International Exchange Students and is a student of the Future Leader Exchange Program, which is sponsored by the U.S. Dept. of State. She has been studying at Pine-Richland since August.
• St. Barnabas Health System has recognized employees of the month for February for their strong work ethic, dedication and commitment to excellence:
• Patricia Baker of Economy, secretary to the assistant vice president of St. Barnabas Health System.
• Donna Clise of Adams, nursing secretary for Valencia Woods at St. Barnabas.
• Sherry Hasking of Richland, nursing secretary for St. Barnabas Nursing Home.
• Rochelle Ridinger of Connoquenessing, a food service assistant for The Arbors at St. Barnabas III.
• Marie Riggs of Butler, housekeeper for St. Barnabas Communities.
• These students from St. Teresa of Avila Catholic School in Ross received first-place awards in the recent Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science regional competition: Maria Arlia, Luke Barrante, Lauren Rebel and Andrew Walker.
Luke received a perfect score award and the Bechtel Physics award. Maria and Andrew received chemistry awards from the Duquesne University department of chemistry and biochemistry.
• Fox Chapel Area High School sophomore Rishi Mirchandani was named the first place winner in the high school category of the recent Society for Analytical Chemists of Pittsburgh High School and Middle School Essay Contest.
Dorseyville Middle School eighth grader Rohan Chalasani finished third in the middle school portion. Rishi won $500 and Rohan won $100.
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