Carly O’Mara, a second grade student in Jill Schall’s room at Memorial Elementary School, was elected to be Principal for a Day. Carly and her classmates each created five-slide Powerpoint presentations, stating what they would do if they were named Principal for a Day. Some of the suggestions the students put forth were: having milkshake machines in all classrooms; transforming the school’s hallway into a trampoline; allowing students to bring their pets to school on Fridays; and moving recess every day to Kennywood. All of the students in Mrs. Schall’s room gave their presentations in front of their classmates and parents, with the audience voting for who they thought should be Principal. Here, Memorial Principal Eric Chalus congratulates Carly for winning the election. Several Bethel Park High School German students earned Silver and Bronze awards for their performance on the 2013 National German Exams, sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of German. More than half of all Bethel Park German students who took the exams received some form of commendation from the AATG for their performance. The students are taught by Bethel Park High School German teacher Christopher Tobias. Matt Mackowiak, Logan Tuite, Amanda Ruschel and Ryan Dodson earned Silver Awards for their outstanding scores on the Level 4 National German Exam. A team of five Bethel Park High School juniors finished in second place in their division at the Regional Science Bowl Competition, held at the CCAC South Campus on Feb. 23. The students were prepared for this event by Bethel Park High School science teachers Barbara Eisel and Jackie Jeffers. Representing Bethel Park in this competition were Jarrod Cingel (captain), Brandon Hanson, Christian Hokaj, Hayley Lazzari and Logan Tuite. Independence Middle School eighth grader Maria Jay was awarded the President’s Volunteer Service Award from the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards. The awards are given in recognition of students’ commitment to strengthening the nation and making a difference through volunteer service. Maria is active with her church’s youth group, having participated in several mission trips, and working with the younger children in her church. She is also a member of Bring a Smile to the Service, a group of Bethel Park students who meet regularly to write letters and send care packages to United States service men and women who are stationed overseas. For her efforts, Maria received a certificate and a letter of congratulations from President Barack Obama. Seven Bethel Park School District schools received the Keystone Achievement Awards from the Pennsylvania Department of Education in recognition of making Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) on the PSSA Exams for two consecutive years. The awards presented were for the 2010-2011 and 2011-2012 school years. To make AYP in 2011-2012, schools had to have at least 81 percent of its students scoring in the Advanced or Proficient range on the Reading test and 78 percent on the Math test. The awards were presented at the Feb. 26 School Board meeting and were presented by School Board President Donna Cook and Superintendent Nancy Aloi Rose to each school’s principal. Accepting the awards on behalf of their schools were: Dr. Shirley Dickinson, Franklin Elementary School; Eric Chalus, Memorial Elementary School; Dr. Dee Stark, Lincoln Elementary School and Fred Pearson, Washington Elementary School. Back row: David Muench, Independence Middle School; Robert Garvey and Michael Brookie, Neil Armstrong Middle School and Nicole Morris, William Penn Elementary School. This is the seventh consecutive year that Neil Armstrong and Independence Middle Schools received this award and the eighth consecutive year that all Bethel Park elementary schools received this award. At its Feb. 26 regular meeting, the Bethel Park Board of School Directors presented a Service to Education Award to Idessa Hricisak, the District’s recently retired Director of Special Education, to thank her for her 10 years of service to the school district. Mrs. Hricisak joined Bethel Park in 2002 and retired in January 2013. Presenting the award to Mrs. Hricisak is School Board President Donna Cook. Bethel Park High School senior Nate Ashton was named the February Student of the Month by the Rotary Club of Bethel Park at its Feb. 27 meeting. Each month, the Club recognizes an outstanding Bethel Park High School student who has distinguished themselves through commitment to school and/or community service. Nate was honored for his efforts the past two years to coordinate several school and community service projects for the Bethel Park High School Student Government Association. He is also involved with the South Hills Interfaith Ministries Angel Emporium, and this spring he is coordinating the creation of a new vegetable garden for SHIM. Additionally, he is active with his church’s youth group and has participated in several mission trips. Presenting Nate with a certificate of achievement is Bethel Park Rotary Club President Rachel Thieroff. At its Feb. 26 meeting, the Bethel Park Board of School Directors accepted a $2,687 donation from the Bethel Park Soccer Boosters to help defray the cost of installing lights on the new athletic complex at Bethel Park High School. School Board President Donna Cook presented a certificate of appreciation from the Board to Soccer Booster President Mary Gallagher. Seventh grade Latin I students in Irina Aristegui’s room at Independence Middle School recently completed a unit on the history of Roman theater, which culminated in a performance of “The Myth,” an original play that chronicled the battle between the gods and the titans. Characters in the play included Kronos, the titan who rose from the dead to defeat the gods Jupiter, Mercury and Pluto. The script was written by the students, who also created the scenery, costumes and live music that accompanied the show. Pictured are actors Kristian Gardner, Jason Montgomery, Nate Cassano, Dylan Schanck and Korey Patterson.