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Carlynton High School junior Lana Meyer's short story, "Potato Heart!" won the Gold Key Award for the Western Pennsylvania Writing Project in the category of flash fiction. Her short story now advances to the National Scholastic Writing Awards competition in New York. She also was awarded a Silver Key in the category of Short Story for two fictitious tales, "Nero Fiddled" and "The Dukedom."
• Duquesne University assistant professor of pharmacy Autumn Stewart of Moon was honored recently at the 20th annual Teacher of the Year ceremony, hosted by the Duquesne University chapter of Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honor Society. A 2004 graduate of Duquesne's Mylan School of Pharmacy, she is director of clinical pharmacy services at the Catholic Charities Free Health Care Center
• West Allegheny Middle School seventh-grader Maxwell Bruce-Rudge won the recent school spelling bee for the second consecutive year. Sixth-grader Anden Acitelli was the runner up.
Marin Exler, a Carlynton High School eighth-grader, was named a finalist in the 18th annual Shakespeare Monologue and Scene contest involving more than 1,000 students in grades 4-12. Marin's monologue from "As You Like It" was selected as one of 26 finalists.
• Carlynton High School biology teacher William Palonis has received the Apple Award by the Pennsylvania Chapter of the National State Teachers of the Year program. As an educator in science, Mr. Palonis takes his students to environmental centers, marshes and streams and he took the lead in designing and building a nature trail and outdoor learning center on the school's campus.
First Published May 31, 2012 5:48 am