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Lauren Fleishaker, who graduated last week from Baldwin High School, has won a $2,500 scholarship for a presentation about the dangers of underage drinking and driving. Ms. Fleishaker is one of eight winners among 400 entries from Western Pennsylvania in the 2012 Edgar Snyder and Associates' Words to be Heard contest.
Her entry, which consists of a PowerPoint presentation, an essay and brochure, asks high school seniors, "Is a drink worth destroying your dreams?" Ms. Fleishaker plans to attend the University of Pittsburgh in the fall. Edgar Snyder and Associates has held the contest over the past six years.
• Marlana Howard, a second-grader at Dormont Elementary School, recently won second place in the 2012 WQED & PBS KIDS Go! writers contest for her paper titled "Paris." Marlana's paper, which focuses on her career ambition of becoming a world famous fashion designer, was among 1,300 submissions in Pennsylvania and West Virginia.
WQED, in partnership with the Saturday Light Brigade radio network recorded the stories. Marlana's story aired Friday on several stations throughout Pennsylvania and Ohio including locally on WRCT Pittsburgh 88.3 F.M.
Marlana first learned about the contest while watching television. "It sounded fun so I thought I'd try it," she said.
She picked the world's fashion capital, Paris, as the subject.
At a recent dinner celebrating the contest's winner, WQED Pittsburgh presented the 8-year-old with a certificate, a PBS KIDS GO! prize pack and an autographed copy of a book by Michael Scotto.
• Bethel Park High School students won three Awards of Excellence and a Medallion at the DECA International Career Development Conference, held in Salt Lake City, Utah, where they competed against 16,000 students from 50 states and five foreign countries.
Earning Awards of Excellence were senior Thomas Bailey in Marketing Management Services; seniors Dante Rebelo and Ethan Rupprecht in Marketing Communications Team; and freshman Tara Nath in Principles of Hospitality and Tourism.
Awards of Excellence were given to students who placed in the top 20 percent in their event. Approximately 150 students or teams competed at each event.
Thomas Bailey also received a Medallion as one of the top 10 scorers on the Marketing Management Services test, with a score of 93 percent.
First Published June 14, 2012 5:44 am