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• Three Fox Chapel Area High School students recently qualified to compete in the Catholic Forensic League Grand National Championship.
Senior Katelyn Muenck won second place in oral interpretation of literature, junior Daniel Tracht won second place in student congress, and senior Philip McGrath won third place in student congress at the national qualifying tournament for the Pittsburgh league.
The tournament will be held May 28-30 in Omaha, Neb. This is Katelyn's and Daniel's second trip to the national tournament.
• Four Fox Chapel Area High School students won awards at the Johns Hopkins University Model United Nations Conference. Seniors Guy Aridor and Benjamin Forstate and junior Sumeer Sandhu won third places and sophomore Maxwell Kondziolka won a fourth place.
The conference was this month at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.
• Eight students from Providence Heights Alpha School in McCandless took part in the Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Sciences regional competition Feb. 27-28 at Keystone Oaks High School.
These students earned first-place awards and will advance to state competition in May at Penn State University: Mallory Bookser, Anastasia Catozella, Kaetlyn Conner, Zolten Glasso, Thomas Nash and Connor Riley.
Joey Blaszkiewicz and Joey Ziccarelli earned second-place awards for their projects.
• Four La Roche College students have received Sister Rita Yeasted Scholarship awards of $2,000.
This year's recipients are Angela Wells of Seven Fields, Maggie Kelly of Glenshaw, Carrie Schubert of Baldwin and Devin Patterson of Stoneboro in Mercer County.
Established by La Roche alumna Jill L. Ferguson, the scholarship was created in honor of Dr. Yeasted, chairwoman of the English department at La Roche. Recipients must be returning La Roche students who are communications or English majors with a minimum 3.5 GPA.
• A poem by Tess Weaver, a sixth-grader at Haine Middle School in Seneca Valley district, was selected for inclusion in the Fall 2009 anthology, "A Celebration of Poets" complied by Creative Communications.
Tess' poem, "Planted Life," was selected from thousands of entries and is now in the running to win a top prize worth thousands of dollars.
• Jessica Glas, a Seneca Valley High School senior, earned a first-place finish and a perfect score Feb. 27 in the Regional Pennsylvania Junior Academy Competition.
Jessica also was presented with an award for the most outstanding senior high achool biology project for her study of "The Phytoremediation of the Xenobiotic Acetylsalicylic Acid."
She received $100, and Seneca Valley Senior High School was given a $200 grant for the science department.
• Saint Joseph High School in Natrona Heights in Harrison has brought home the Gold Cup for most winning entries (38 altogether) at the Pittsburgh Regional Science and Engineering Fair recently held at Carnegie Science Center.
The school's team won this award previously in 2007 and 2009. Six students placed in their categories, including three gold, or first place, awards: Ariel Schroeder, Natalie Brock, Mark Ignaczak, Megan Rosenberger, Ashley Matta and Jack Schnur.
Five students earned scholarships: Ariel Schroeder, Ashley Matta, Natalie Brock, Meaghann Bendis and William Staniszewski. Several received sponsor awards as well.
• Rachael Ochsanhirt, a sophomore at Shaler Area High School, won first place in the Behavioral Science Division in the recent Carnegie Science Fair.
Her project, "The Effects of Visual Stimuli and Memory Retention," was chosen from a field of 52 entries and was recognized by the American Statistical Association.
First Published April 8, 2010 5:53 am