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• The Allegheny County Medical Society Foundation has presented Daniel H. Brooks, M.D., with its Richard E. Deitrick Humanity in Medicine Award, which honors a physician who has improved the lives of patients "by caring for them with integrity, honesty and respect of their human dignity, and serves as a role model for other physicians."

A graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Dr. Brooks joined Heritage Valley Health System in 2000 as vice president and chief medical officer and later as chief operating officer of Heritage Valley Sewickley. Since 2008, he has served as vice president, Community Health Services.

• Moon Area High School sophomore Elizabeth Michalenko recently placed first for her opinion paper about dirt in a competition for the Fairchild Challenge at Phipps Conservatory.

• Cornell High School student Nathan Lawyer received a Global Travel Scholarship through the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh and was to participate in the South Africa Cultural Diversity, Arts and Community Service program.

• The Penn State Beaver Advisory Board and the Beaver campus student body recently honored faculty and staff members at the annual campus awards dinner.

These were the advisory board awards: Karen Barr of Moon, senior instructor in business, Faculty Excellence In Teaching Award; Nicholas Salpietra of Youngstown, Ohio, lecturer in mathematics, Adjunct Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award; Talha Harcar of Monaca, associate professor of business, Faculty Excellence in Research Award; James Hendrickson of Freedom, instructor in engineering, Faculty Excellence in Service Award; Amy Gartley of Aliquippa, associate director of student affairs, Staff Excellence Award; Jay Means of Beaver Falls, laboratory preparation technician, Staff Service Award.

These were the student awards: Chris Wu of Sewickley, professor of mathematics, Outstanding Academic Advisor Award; Barbara Jean Bertges of Monaca, assistant athletic director, Outstanding Club Advisor Award.

Caleb DeStefano, who was a seventh-grader at Holy Child Catholic School in Bridgeville, received a $1,000 Carson Scholarship Award, which will be invested in a college fund. Caleb was selected by his teachers for his academic excellence and community service. Rachael Sarnowski, a freshman at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart High School in Moon and who attended Holy Child last year, received her second Carson scholarship.

• Crafton Elementary fifth-grader Elana Heffner has set a new school record for Accelerated Reader points in a school year, earning 1,003 points by reading nearly 30 Accelerated Reader books. The Accelerated Reading program is an enrichment activity to the school's reading program. Students select books at grade level or above from a reading list. After finishing the book, they complete a quiz on the computer about the book.



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