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Carson Middle School teacher helps raise $40k for food bank
Dave DeGregorio, a physical education teacher at North Allegheny’s Carson Middle School, recently coordinated a fundraiser that raised nearly $40,000 for the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank.
DeGregorio, who also coaches the North Catholic boys basketball team, said he got involved with the fundraiser — the WPIAL/City Basketball Virtual Food Drive — because families in the area have been struggling during the coronavirus pandemic and are relying on the food bank for help.
DeGregorio bolstered interest in the drive to raise money for the food bank by creating a little friendly competition between local teams and schools in the region to see who could raise the most.
“One of the best things about this is that I think this is something that you’ll see coaches now do every year,” DeGregorio said. “Down the road, maybe we’ll look back and say: ‘Hey, remember the first year we raised only $40,000. Now look at what we’re doing.’”
Block Northway hosting student art exhibit
Art created by students in the North Hills is on display through Feb. 18 at The Block Northway in Ross.
The artwork was made by elementary, middle school and high school students in the Hampton and North Hills school districts and Holy Cross & Blessed Trinity Academy.
The display also features a giant quilt made up of 310 ceramic tiles created by students at Hampton’s Wyland Elementary school.
The pieces also will be featured on The Block Northway’s website throughout the year.
“We hope the students’ art will continue to inspire the community to celebrate the arts and embrace creativity, dreams and passions in their children,” said Frank Licata, president and principal of LRC Realty, which owns and operates the shopping center.
“We really appreciate all the hard work and dedication from contributing artists and their teachers,” he said. “The exhibit is another way we honor and respect the important role the visual arts play in the lives of so many students and is designed to give guests an opportunity to view the talents of local student artists.”
The art is being displayed in the South Corridor, Upper Level between Land’s End and DSW.
North Allegheny kindergarten registration
Kindergarten registration for North Allegheny’s 2021-22 school year is open. Parents can begin the online application process and schedule an appointment. The district will book appointments to meet with parents between March 1 to 8.
Before beginning the registration process, parents should review the district’s interactive kindergarten registration handbook, which outlines the registration process, supporting documents, appointments and other important information.
Links to the application and additional information are available on the district’s website.
Local college student achievements
The following students from the North Hills were recognized for their academic achievement during the fall 2020 semester by being named to the dean’s, president’s or provost’s list at the college or university they attend:
• Bucknell University: Annie Maley and Lauren Partridge, both of Wexford.
• Slippery Rock University: Wexford — Jiley Berger, Michael Bjalobok, Michael Bruzinski, Caitlyn Byerly, Angelo Caggiano, Valen Chrostowski, Zachary Cienek, Elizabeth Gallagher, Victoria Grabosky, Amelia Grech. Erica Haas, Amanda Herr, Belinda Howland, Iryna Khalymon, Benjamin Luiken, Brianne McDonough, Lauren McElree, Hannah Muth, Haylee Nickel, Kevin Parry, Ilaria Perry, Emilie Raymond, Turner Robinson, Victoria Roller, Alina Schlichtkrull and April Swatchick. West View — Rebekah Froehlich and Chase Matvey. Ross — Morgan Hurley and Anna Igims.
• Bob Jones University: Grace Welsh, Wexford.
• Belmont University: Jacob Mellinger, Wexford
• Capital University: Ian Toogood, Wexford.
• Gettysburg College: Kayla Julio, Wexford.
• University of Utah: Scott Johnston, Wexford.
North Hills students headed to district band competition
Seventeen North Hills student musicians have been selected through competitive auditions to perform in the District 1 competition sponsored by the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association.
District 1 is made up of schools in Allegheny, Westmoreland, Washington, Fayette and Greene counties.
Eleven of the 17 students selected placed high enough to advance to the All-State level auditions. They are:
• Sophomores — James Polen, oboe and alto saxophone; Elaine Adamiak, French horn; Tyler Workinger, clarinet; Alexa Poloka, clarinet; and Abriana Bensch, clarinet.
• Juniors — Adam Hershberger, trumpet; Abby Alexander, oboe; Brendan Evans, oboe; Anthony Smith, trombone; Landan Perez, trombone; and Autumn Adamiak, percussion.
The other students going to the competition are: juniors Reagan Ivanusic, flute, and Brenton Perkins, trumpet; as well as seniors Emily Schreffler, flute; Ellie Gurtner, clarinet; and Aaron Kosmach, alto saxophone.
Junior Beth Satariano, soprano, also was selected by competitive audition to participate in PMEA’s District 1 Chorus. She, too, scored high enough to qualify for the All-State auditions.
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