Student of the Month: Connor Gingrich

Connor Gingrich, Chris Hoke, Lexi Napper, and Marty Lazzaro

Connor Gingrich, Chris Hoke, Lexi Napper and Mary Lazzaro

 

Connor Gingrich

By: Paula Green

 

17 year-old, North Allegheny High School senior, Connor Gingrich was instrumental in turning Newman Stadium into a “sea of pink” this past fall.  On Oct. 24, the NA Tigers played their final game of the season against their rival – the North Hills Indians.

Gingrich, along with his fellow key club members and key club sponsors – Mrs. Sharon Volpe and Mrs. Joy Manesiotis held a “Pink Out” where they sold pink t-shirts for classmates to wear during the game.  The student section of the stadium was overflowing with pink attire which was worn in support of Glimmer of Hope, a local organization that raises breast cancer awareness and supports cancer research.

“The motivation to donate to Glimmer of Hope resulted from numerous years my mom spent designing baskets for Glimmer’s founder, Diana Napper.  Additionally, my grandmother is a breast cancer survivor, and my parents, Kurt and Mary attend the annual ‘Bid for Hope” event.  This fundraiser is supported and attended by many members of the Pittsburgh Steelers.  My dad is a sports memorabilia collector, and most of his items have come from this event.  Donating to this foundation felt right because I knew 100% of the donations would be used in 3D tomography research in our area,” Gingrich noted.

“When the “Pink Out” project began last summer, I was working with my best friend Martin Lazzaro and Mrs. Volpe on setting our goals for the event.  Once we priced the t-shirts we decided that they we would try and raise $2,500 for Glimmer of Hope.  As for myself, I set $5,000 as my own personal to reach by Oct. 24.   I was determined to do anything to meet this mark.  Fortunately, we did manage to reach our target and we sold roughly 1,250 t-shirts.

On Oct. 24, we presented former Pittsburgh Steeler, Chris Hoke and Lexi Napper (Diana’s daughter) with a $5,000 check for Glimmer of Hope, on behalf of the NASH Key club and the North Allegheny student section,” Gingrich added.

Gingrich intends to continue supporting others through the North Allegheny Key Club.  He plans to attend college, and has his sights set on Michigan State, Penn State University or the University of Utah.  He would like to pursue a degree in business.

To learn more about Glimmer of Hope, visit http://symbolofthecure.com/.