Michael Nemeth, 19, of Robinson, was the top U.S. finisher at the annual U.S. vs. Canada junior race walking competition Aug. 19 on Hanlan's Island in Toronto.
A Central Catholic graduate entering his sophomore year at Wabash College in Indiana, the teen completed the 10-kilometer race in a personal best time of 45 minutes, 17 seconds and finished second overall behind Canadian Ben Thorne. He also represented the U.S. at the World Race Walking Cup in May in Saransk, Russia.
• Carlynton High School freshman Nicole Stengel was recognized recently at a Celebration of Education Dinner by the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry for her 500-word essay, "What My Family Means to Me." She also received a $50 U.S. savings bond.
• Julia Havko, a 2011 Montour High School graduate, has earned the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest recognition for achievement in Girl Scouting, from the Girl Scouts of Western Pennsylvania. The daughter of Jim and Christine Havko, she also served in a leadership position as president for academic games. She is attending Saint Francis University, majoring in chemistry and biology with minors in mathematics and physics. After obtaining her degrees, she plans to become a veterinarian.
Miss Havko was a Girl Scout for more than 13 years and a Girl Scout Ambassador of Troop 50395. Her gold award project was helping Harrison Hills Park educate children about local birds. She researched birds of Western Pennsylvania to discover the habitats where each species might be found, their diets, the number and color of the eggs, average size and weight of the birds, and the lifespan and wingspan of each species.
• Geneva College advancement officer Janet Barlett of McCandless has been recertified as a Certified Fund Raising Executive. She first received certification in 1994 and has recertified every three years. She is among 5,300 professional fundraisers to hold the designation.
• The team of James Latimer, a Sto-Rox High School graduate, and David Ball and Rachel Zolkiewicz, both graduates of Montour High School, placed fourth in the entrepreneurship team competition for the second year in a row in the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference in June in Kansas City, Mo. The Parkway West Career and Technology Center students qualified for the national competition by placing first in their events in April at the statewide competition in Hershey.
• Beaver County Commissioner Joe Spanik has been elected District 2 representative of the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania, a statewide, nonprofit, nonpartisan association representing Pennsylvania's 67 counties. Membership includes county commissioners, county council members, county executives, administrators, chief clerks and solicitors. Founded in 1886, the association is an affiliate of the National Association of Counties.
• These are new members of the Heritage Valley Health System board of directors:
• Joan E. Marshall of Beaver, senior corporate counsel, Customer Channels Group, Fisher Scientific in Robinson. She began her legal career with Meyer, Unkovic & Scott, LLP, in Pittsburgh, where her practice focused on corporate formation, taxation and estate planning.
• Stephanie Perry of Sewickley, president of the Heritage Valley Sewickley medical staff and co-chair of Heritage Valley Medical Group. Dr. Perry joined Internal Medicine Associates in Ambridge in 1997 and is a member of the American College of Physicians.
• Rebecca Pounds of Bethel Park, a 2004 graduate of the University of Maryland Dental School, Baltimore College of Dental Surgery. She purchased Cantor and Masterson Dental Associates in 2006 and changed the practice name to Cantor and Pounds Dental Associates in Pittsburgh.