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Fox Chapel Area

Approximately 350 seniors will graduate at 2 p.m. Sunday in Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall, 4141 Fifth Ave., Oakland.

The student speakers at the ceremony will be Joshua Goodman, Scott Sterrett and Henry Tran.


The Hampton Alliance for Educational Excellence awarded four $1,000 All-Around Effort and Excellence scholarships to graduating seniors during the recent high school Academic Awards Night program.

The awardees are Frank Bello, who will study mechanical engineering at Carnegie Mellon University; Brandon Dorenkott who will study finance at the University of Delaware; Anne Bergman, who will study biology at the College of William and Mary; Chelsea Miller, who will study nursing and has been accepted at Franciscan University of Steubenville, West Penn School of Nursing and Gannon University.

This is the second year for the scholarship, which is sponsored by the educational excellence alliance, a nonprofit, volunteer organization established in 1992 for the educational enrichment of Hampton students.


The high school has earned a bronze medal in the US News & World Report Best High Schools Rankings.

Highlands received the honor out of 21,035 public high schools in the nation. The publication used information from The Common Core of Data Department of Education, the College Board, the International Baccalaureate and the state Department of Education to analyze high schools.

• The middle school will host a summer music camp July 8 to 11. Registration is $25. Information:

North Hills

Registration is underway for summer programs through the district's Online Academy, which will offer 34 online courses for students in grades seven to 12 throughout Southwest Pennsylvania.

The academy will offer classes for credit recovery in math, English, science, social studies and health. Credit recovery courses are for students who were not able to achieve a passing grade during the school year.

There also will be full-credit enrichment courses in health, language arts, mathematics, art history, flash animation, strategies for academic success, teen transitions, computer applications, drivers education (theory only) and dual enrollment courses in Russian, Chinese and Japanese that provide college credit that can be transferred to universities.

Tuition for credit recovery courses is $115 for a three-week, half-credit course and $225 for a six-week, one-credit course. Tuition for the nine-week, for-credit courses range from $100 to $339. Dual enrollment language courses are $699.

The courses have been developed by high school teachers from partnering school districts and organizations. The curriculum for each course is aligned to the Pennsylvania Academic Standards, Assessment Anchors and Eligible Content.

Applications are available in high school guidance offices and can be downloaded at

Classes begin July 1. Students must attend one of three orientation meetings from 9 a.m. to noon June 26 at North Hills High School, 53 Rochester Road, Ross, or an online orientation on June 28. Course expectations, syllabus and all textbooks and materials (if needed) will be distributed during orientation. In addition, an introduction to Blackboard, the course management software, will be presented. Information or to register: 412-318-1017 or

Quaker Valley

Senior Burke Moser has received the Graduating Senior Award from the Quaker Valley school board. Burke is a student-athlete who is a member of National Honor Society and is included in the high school's Distinguished Honor Roll.

During his senior year, he served as captain of both the varsity football and basketball teams. In addition, he has served as a mentor for freshmen and as a camp counselor for youth sports.

The award is given annually to a student based on recommendation of the high school principal and faculty.

• These students, representing each of the district's four schools, were honored with the Superintendent's Citizenship Award: Rebecca Graham, Edgeworth Elementary School; Isaac Lang, Osborne Elementary School; Ryan Torbic, middle school; Sarah Francis, high school.

• A team of seven third-graders from Osborne Elementary School recently placed 36th in the Odyssey of the Mind World Finals at Michigan State University.

Team members were Isabella Bock, Lilly Capezzuto, Stella Christensen, Ilijana Hasak, John Freddy Krebs, Owen Petronick and Taylor Retzlaff. This is the youngest Quaker Valley team ever to qualify for OM World Finals.

The students completed the problem titled, "Pet Project," which required members to build three vehicles, each of which must use a different method of propulsion.

Each vehicle must successfully run their course three times, bringing with it a piece of a pet to an assembly area.

Once all nine parts arrive, the pet is assembled, and the completed pet must perform a trick. The Osborne team's vehicles used concentrated air, spring tension and a slingshot as its propulsion mechanisms.

The team placed first in the Western Pennsylvania Regional Odyssey of the Mind competition in March and second in the Pennsylvania Odyssey of the Mind competition in April. More than 825 teams from around the world participated in the Odyssey of the Mind World Finals.

Sewickley Academy

Erica Dhawan, a 2003 graduate, will be keynote speaker for the Class of 2013 commencement ceremony at 2 p.m. Sunday on Wardrop field.

In her address, "Choose Excellence," she is expected to urge graduates to choose excellence, to pick a path and master it and to be the most inspiring version of themselves they can be.

Shady Side Academy

Gov. Tom Corbett will give the graduation address at commencement at 9 a.m. Friday on the Senior School campus. The Class of 2013 includes 117 students.

• The Whole Kids Foundation has awarded a $2,000 grant to the secret garden project at Sewickley Academy.

The funds will support planting two fruit trees, building five more garden beds and buying two rain barrels and gutters to funnel water into the barrels. The money also will support five work benches and/or picnic tables to support the garden's role as an outdoor classroom and community center.

In 2010, Whole Foods created the foundation to improve children's nutrition and wellness and address the childhood obesity epidemic. The foundation has created partnerships with organizations, schools and educators to provide children access to healthier choices.

The foundation support gardens to help children learn about sustainability and conservation, food systems and community awareness.



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