Chloe Ciora

CCA Student Placed in the National Real World Design Challenge

By Paula Green

        Commonwealth Charter Academy (CCA) senior, Chloe Ciora, 18, of Butler County along with her team mates recently competed in the national Real World Design Challenge (RWDC).  The Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) event was held Apr. 22 at the National 4-H Conference Center in Washington, D.C.  The participants were required to solve engineering problems, and Ciora’s team fared well where they came in second place. [Read more…]

Volunteers Making a Difference at The Emmaus Community of Pittsburgh


The Emmaus Community of Pittsburgh (Emmaus), a South Side based non-profit that provides permanent homes and other non-residential supports for individuals with intellectual disabilities, has special group of students volunteers from the North Hills area called “The Friends of Emmaus”.  The group consists of students from Vincentian Academy and North Allegheny Schools.  “The Friends of Emmaus” was found by Thomas Kim of Vincentian Academy and Suhye Park of North Allegheny High School. [Read more…]

Elizabeth Hamblin: Stars & Stripes Award recipient


Elizabeth Hamblin:

Elizabeth Hamblin

Stars & Stripes Award recipient

By: Paula Green

Eighteen year old, Elizabeth Hamblin was bestowed with the Stars & Stripes Award on April 22, in a Court of Honor ceremony.  This honor is the highest recognition offered to girls by the American Heritage Girls (AHG).

Hamblin is a member of AHG Troop PA2551 sponsored by Orchard Hill Church in Wexford.  She is the first girl in her troop, and in the Pittsburgh area to earn this distinguished award.  She also is the 233rd girl nationally to receive this honor.

For her service project, Hamblin decided to lend her assistance to Heritage Presbyterian Church, located in Franklin Park.  She built a storage unit for them, so they could stow away their outreach supplies of logos / recharge decorating and program supplies.

Hamblin was excited to be given this prestigious award. “I feel it is a great honor to receive the Stars and Stripes award.  Since I am the first one in our troop to receive this award, I hope it helps others want to work towards this honor.  I thank God for helping me to be able to work through this process, so that I was able to bless Heritage Presbyterian Church,” Hamblin commented.       Hamlin has served in a leadership role as her troop hostess since last September.  She has earned a total of 22 merit badges and numerous other accolades since she has been a member of AHG Troop PA2551.

She has been homeschooled since preschool, and attends the North Hills Homeschool Enrichment program, where she is currently a senior.

As for her future aspirations, “I am looking to attend Texas Bible Institute for a year, then to Cairn University to study early education with a concentration in special needs,” Hamblin mentioned.

Hamblin is a member of Victory Family Church in Cranberry Township.  She has been involved with mission trips to the Dominican Republic.  She also participates in drama in her homeschool enrichment program and she is active in ice skating in North Park.   She resides in Cranberry Township with her parents Deborah and John Hamblin and her two brothers – Nathan, 22 and Michael, 20.


Student Mover & Shaker of the Month – Mary Osburg

Mary Osberg

By: Paula Green

Aquinas Academy third grader Mary Osburg recently won a national art competition sponsored by T.J. Maxx.  The Save the Children initiative aims to secure early education, [Read more…]

Hampton Senior and Montessori Grad Heads Up Global Montessori Preschool Initiative

Hampton High School Senior; Grant Muir

Hampton High School Senior; Grant Muir

By: Paula Green

Hampton High School senior Grant Muir believes in giving back to his community and is appreciative of his instructional foundation.

By: Paula Green

Hampton High School senior Grant Muir believes in giving back to his community and is appreciative of his instructional foundation.

In 2009, Grant graduated from the Montessori Centre Academy (MCA) in Glenshaw.   The educational support that he received motivated him to help others.  Grant stated, “As I have developed and evolved as a student, I have never lost sight of the contribution Montessori made to my life.” [Read more…]