School News – May 22

Published May 21, 2013 at 8:15 pm (Updated May 21, 2013 at 8:15 pm)

Lakeview graduates

Lakeview Christian Academy, Bridgeville, will hold its 31st commencement at 7 p.m. June 2, with pastors David James and Norman James presenting diplomas. Pastor Dennis Sinclair, Northridge Christian Life Church in Ohio will be the keynote speaker.

Lakeview will honor its volunteers at the 10 a.m. service June 2.

Scholarship winner

Upper St. Clair High School senior Alaina D’Aloiso is the winner of the Upper St. Clair Education Association’s (USCEA) annual scholarship. The $2,000 scholarship is awarded each year by the teachers’ union to a USCHS senior who demonstrates academic excellence and plans to major in education.

“As teaching professionals, our membership is committed not just to educating our students, but also to fostering the development of talented young teachers for the future,” said USCEA President Patrick Manion. “This scholarship is one more way that we can ensure that some of our best and brightest are encouraged to enter the increasingly demanding field of education.”

D’Aloiso has volunteered in the Lifeskills Classroom at USCHS for the last two years and hopes to teach students with special needs. She is a highest honor roll student and a member of National Honor Society. She also won the Trib Total Media Outstanding Young Citizen Award and was recognized for her community service at the Medallion Ball.

Other volunteer and extra-curricular activities include volunteer work at Asbury Heights Retirement Community and the Upper St. Clair Library, and participation in girls’ soccer, Natural Helpers, Athletes Taking Action, the Art Club and Montage.

Alaina is the daughter of Barb and Craig D’Aloiso of Upper St. Clair.

Art contest winner

A Mt. Lebanon student from Thomas Jefferson Middle School earned Western Pennsylvania’s top prize in Pennsylvania American Water’s 11th Annual “Protect Our Watersheds” Art Contest. The company received approximately 525 entries from fourth-, fifth- and sixth-graders across the commonwealth.

Thomas Jefferson Middle School sixth-grader David O’Matz earned first place for Western Pennsylvania for his artwork depicting a deer drinking from a stream, entitled “Reflection.”

In addition, Sophia Piatt, a sixth grade student from Keystone Oaks Middle School in Dormont placed second, and Rene Thiele, a sixth grade student from St. Luke Lutheran School in Butler placed third for Western Pennsylvania. The three students will receive gift cards for their winning entries.

“We are excited that so many students participated and used their creativity to express the need to protect our watersheds,” said Pennsylvania American Water President Kathy L. Pape. “The contest is a fun and meaningful way to help them better understand the importance of environmental stewardship.”

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