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• Eight Fox Chapel Area High School students have been selected to attend the 2008 Pennsylvania Governor's Schools of Excellence.
Sophomore Krishna Hegde was selected to attend the School for the Arts; junior Harrison Goldberg, School for Global Entrepreneurship; junior Arpa Mukherjee, School for Health Care; junior Liann Sun, School for International Studies; juniors Carol Lin, Julia Segal and Shiyu Wang, School for the Sciences; and junior Emily Feenstra, School for Teaching.
The schools are five-week summer residential programs for talented high school students who have demonstrated high interest and ability in a variety of subjects. The programs take place on college campuses and provide hands-on experience for students who work with experts and educators as mentors.
• A North Hills Junior High School pupil was one of 15 selected from 1,004 participants to earn an Affiliate Sponsor Award in the Pennsylvania Regional Science and Engineering Fair held last month.
Seventh-grader Matthew Esch earned the honor from the U.S. Army for his project titled "Axel Energy."
Affiliate sponsor awards are presented because of the science fair's affiliation with the International Science and Engineering Fair. The awards are determined by the specific affiliate sponsor.
This is the first year that North Hills pupils have competed in the Pennsylvania Regional Science and Engineering Fair.
• Sewickley Academy senior Christopher Patton Nickell has been named a Morehead-Cain Scholar. He is the first student from the academy to be named a scholar since the academy became a nominating school in 2006.
Christopher is one of 82 students from the United States and Great Britain to be honored by the Morehead-Cain Foundation.
The Morehead-Cain Scholarship combines a four-year undergraduate merit scholarship to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a four-year summer enrichment program that provides for global travel and experiential learning, engaging with the local and global community.
• Two Hampton High School 11th-graders have been selected to participate in the 2008 Pennsylvania Governor's Schools of Excellence: Alyse Keim in the arts and Wendy Li in science. Across the state, 788 students were chosen for the programs from 3,736 applicants.
• Mars Area High School sophomore Katherine Francois has been selected to receive the 2008 Hugh O'Brien Youth Leadership Award.
The award was established by actor Hugh O'Brien in honor of Nobel Prize winner Dr. Albert Schweitzer.
Katherine will represent Mars Area at the 2008 Hugh O'Brien Youth Leadership Seminar to be held June 12 through 15 at Washington and Jefferson College in Washington, Pa.
• Pine-Richland High School students earned several top awards at the Pennsylvania Future Business Leaders of America Competition last month in Hershey, Pa.
The following students won in these categories: seniors Tyler Grubbs and Nate Blandino, first place in Management Decision Making Team; seniors John DeLacio and Phil Rader and junior Alan Boyd, second place in Entrepreneurship Team; and juniors Cory Lammie, Joe Kwon and Nick Capitano, third place in Management Information Systems Team.
The Management Decision Making Team and the Entrepreneurship Team have qualified to attend the national competition next month in Atlanta.
• Steven Mueller, a student at North Allegheny Intermediate High School, has had an original story titled "Pink" published in the Y-PA Magazine. The magazine is published five times a year by the Pennsylvania Educational Publishing Association.
• Fourteen Seneca Valley students competed at the National Tournament for Academic Games last month in Kissimmee, Fla.
They returned with eight individual and team awards. Adam Byko and Kevin Hinerman earned first-place trophies for the Presidents and Propaganda Games. Matt Graf, Dana Schneider and Chris Wolden earned a third-place trophy in Presidents.
• A team of three North Hills Senior High School students have earned third-place honors in the 29th annual Chemistry Olympics at the University of Pittsburgh. Seniors Andrew Decker, Megan Hebda and Ben Funk competed in category 3, organic chemistry.
More than 30 teams from Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Maryland participated. A dinner was held May 19 at the Pittsburgh Society of Analytical Chemists to honor winners.
• Quaker Valley junior Jessica Johnson won the Best Documentary award from The C.A.U.S.E. Challenge High School Film Festival for her film, "Living on the Riverfront," which provides information about the contamination of Pittsburgh's rivers and simple solutions to reverse negative practices.
Among her prizes, she received two cash awards, including one for her school. She was honored with five other prize winners at a ceremony last month at the Carnegie Science Center.
Her film can be viewed by clicking on the documentary news listing on the Quaker Valley High School Web site: www.qvsd.org/qvsdhighschool/site/default.asp
First Published May 29, 2008 5:33 am