School – Aug. 21

Published Aug 21, 2013 at 5:01 am (Updated Aug 16, 2013 at 2:56 pm)

School programs

Domestic Violence Services of Southwestern PA has school programs available for preschool through college students in Washington County.

For more information, call 724-223-5477.

Scholarship recipient

(PIX) Madeline O’Neill, a recent graduate of Canon-McMillan High School, was awarded a $1,000 scholarship from the Canonsburg Business & Professional Women’s Club.

While attending C-M, Madeline was a cheerleader and also volunteered in the guidance office.

She is the daughter of Michael and Janell O’Neill and will be entering Duquesne University in the fall, majoring in pharmacy.

Achievement Academy

Dylan Opferman, a student at Keystone Oaks High School, has been recognized by the United States Achievement Academy as a student of excellence in language arts. The Academy recognizes fewer than 10 percent of all American high school students.

Dylan was nominated for this honor by Ms. Nancy Kraemer, a teacher at the high school, and will appear in the United States Achievement Academy’s Official Yearbook, which is published nationally.

Dylan is the son of Samantha and John Opferman of Pittsburgh. His grandparents are Mary Alice and John Opferman, Barbara Kuzma and Harry and Judy Goolo, all of Pittsburgh.

College Book Award

The following Seton-La Salle High School students were awarded the 2013 Saint Michael’s College Book Award for Academic Achievement with a Social Conscience: Mia Dandrea and Liam McLane, both of Pittsburgh.

The award recognizes students who demonstrate a commitment to leadership in volunteer service and academic achievement. Award recipients, named at schools throughout the country, are high school juniors who are inductees of the National Honor Society or an equivalent school-sponsored honors organization. They must demonstrate a commitment to service activities in high school or community organizations, taking leadership roles in these activities.

Winners were presented the book “First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers” by Loung Ung, a 1993 Saint Michael’s College graduate who has become a widely acclaimed author.

BP gets grant

State Rep. Dan Miller (D-Allegheny) announced that the Bethel Park School District received a Pre-K Counts grant for $176,550.

“Early childhood educational programs are key to ensuring that all of Pennsylvania’s children can make the most of the opportunities presented to them now and in the future, and I’m pleased both Bethel Park and the City of Pittsburgh received these grants,” Miller said. “That being said, I am disappointed that the governor’s budget did not do more to help all of our school districts. One-time grants can be positive, but they do not make up for the education cuts over the last couple of years. The reality is that we need more sustainable education support statewide.”

The Pennsylvania Pre-K Counts program, established by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, makes quality pre-kindergarten opportunities available to children and families across the commonwealth.

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