School News - July 2

Published Jun 27, 2014 at 3:36 pm (Updated Jun 27, 2014 at 3:36 pm)

Summer Visit Days

La Roche College will hold a Summer Visit Day from 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. July 12 and Aug. 8 at the main campus in the North Hills for high school juniors and seniors. Registration will begin at 10 a.m.

Visit to register online. High school groups should arrange visits by contacting the Office of Freshman Admissions at 412-536-1272 or 800-838-4572 at least two to three weeks prior to the event.

Young historians

Two Peters Township students represented the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania at the U.S. competition of National History Day, June 15-19 at the University of Maryland in College Park. Juniors Nick Larimer and Ryan Williams earned this distinction by taking first place at the “National History Day in Pennsylvania” contest held at Millersville University in May. They were among nine Peters Township students who represented Western Pennsylvania at the state contest, an event that drew more than 800 students in grades 6-12.

Nick and Ryan’s Senior Group Documentary entry was entitled RES OMNIUM COMMUNES: When is There Not a Right of Sovereignty? This work traced the situations in which the countries of the world have come together in agreement that no country can claim sovereignty.

Two other projects made the state run-offs, placing them in the top six projects in their category. Eighth-graders Mekhela Santebennur and Shruthi Shivkumar placed fifth in Junior Group Performance with their entry Women’s Rights: Striving to Achieve Equality, and junior Alex Franco placed sixth in Senior Division Individual Performance with his entry American Trusts: The Presidents, The Tycoons and the Muckraker.

All entries adhered to the 2014 theme of “Rights and Responsibilities in History.”

Larimer and Williams will now join over 3,500 students expected to participate in the U.S. competition of National History Day, encompassing all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Guam, American Samoa, China, Korea, South Asia and the Department of Defense Schools worldwide.

Sponsor Josh Elders, an eighth grade teacher at Peters Township Middle School, was named the Patricia M. Behring Teacher of the Year for Pennsylvania in the Junior Division. The award is given for outstanding achievement in education. Elders is now in the running for the Patricia M. Behring National Teacher of the Year to be presented at the National Competition.

Scholarship recipients

Jamie Cavrak, a 2014 graduate of Bethel Park High School, was awarded one of three George Benson Scholarships, given annually by the membership of South Hills Country Club. The Scholarship, valued at $6,000, is paid over four years.

Charles Cadle, a 2014 graduate of Mt. Lebanon High School, was awarded a one-year grant of $1,000.

Cavrak competed on the Bethel Park girl’s golf team for four years, serving as captain for the last two. She is a member of the National Honor Society and graduated with a 4.53 GPA. She will attend Bucknell University in the fall, majoring in engineering.

Cadle earned three varsity letters from the Mt. Lebanon golf team while maintaining a 4.8 GPA. He was also National Honor Society member, and will major in engineering at Penn State University.

The four-year scholarships were presented at a ceremony following the George Benson Classic golf tournament, held on May 30 at the country club. The tournament, now in its fifth year, is the primary source of funding for the awards.

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