School Movers & Shakers

John Woffington will be inducted into the North Allegheny Athletic Hall of Fame on Oct. 11.  Woffington was head of the school’s tennis program from 1971-2009.  During that time, he amassed a career record of 611 wins and 131 losses – a winning percentage of 82 percent.  He was inducted into the Western Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame in 2009.

 Pine-Richland High School senior Gretchen Plant was honored with the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest recognition for achievement in Girl Scouting.  Plant serves in a leadership position as a volunteer with HEARTH, and is a member of the Pittsburgh Youth Philharmonic Orchestra.

Jeff Keenan, a North Hills High School social studies teacher, and Tom Baker, a North Hills School District Board of Education member, have been selected along with their spouses, as two of Pittsburgh’s Finest Couples for a Cure by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

A total of 69 North Hills Senior High seniors and recent graduates have been named AP Scholars.

North Hills School District received $2,000 on Aug. 16 from Bottom Dollar Food in honor of their grand opening of the discount grocer’s new location on McKnight Road.

North Hills School District is the first district in the area to create six create-specific academies for their senior high students.

 Over the summer, a few North Hills School District teachers created a social studies textbook for use on tablets and smartphones.  Ross Elementary students will be putting out a school newspaper online.

Three Fox Chapel Area High School students have been selected to serve as youth reporters for the One Young World international youth summit to be held in Pittsburgh Oct. 18-22.  The students are: Prem Rajgopal, Elianna Paljug and Daly Trimble.

 Seventeen Fox Chapel Area High School seniors have been designated as National Merit Semifinalists and nine have been named Commended Students in the 2013 National Merit Scholarships Corporation.

 A total of 96 current Fox Chapel Area High School students and 2012 graduates have been named Advanced Placement (AP) Scholars by the College Board in recognition of their exceptional achievement on the college-level AP examinations taken in May 2012.

 Fox Chapel Area High School sophomore Rishi Mirchandani is having his writing published in a national anthology.  The Global Origins, Evolution, Proliferation, Influence and Future Direction of the Geek Empire will be included in The Best Teen Writing of 2012.

Two Dorseyville Middle School eighth graders, Mihir Garimella and Suvir Mirchandani were selected as Broadcom Masters 2012 Semifinalists.

 Margaret Ruefle has been appointed principal of Providence Heights Alpha School.  The private Catholic school is founded and sponsored by the Sisters of Divine Providence and located on their grounds in Allison Park.

 Shaler Township resident Mariah Mallory was crowned 2012 National American Miss Penna.,  Pre-Teen Cover Girl “Diamond Level” at the state pageant held Aug.10-12 in Harrisburg.  Mallory will go on to compete at the National Pageant which will be held Thanksgiving Week in Anaheim, Calif.

 Vincentian Academy is undergoing some major upgrades with the installation of a new wireless infrastructure throughout the school building.  A new music curriculum has also been implemented to enhance the fines art programs, chorus, orchestra and the spring musical.  For the first time in the school’s history, a football team and fall, cheerleading squad took to the field.

 St. Mary of the Assumption School eighth grader and Hampton resident Christian Fedko, 14, earned a spot on TEAM USA – Capital Region, as part of USA Baseball’s NTIS (National Identification Series) in Cary, N.C.  This invitation only event features the top 89 baseball players in the country, where they compete in a series of games intended for viewing of the top collegiate and MLB scouts.  Christian is the son of John & Tina Fedko of Gibsonia.

 St. Sebastian students Melina and Ayden Owens represented the North Pittsburgh-based NADIA Track Club, as they participated in the USATF National Junior Olympic Championships.  Melina placed 5th in the 200-meter hurdles and 34th overall in the national championship.  Ayden placed 4th in the 80-meter hurdles, 11th in the 400-meter dash, 12th in the 100-meter dash and second overall.

 La Roche College celebrated its 50th anniversary year with the college’s opening assembly on Aug. 21.

 In memory of former Duquesne resident, the late LaMont F. Toliver, Virtuous Academy has established a scholarship in his honor.

 

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