Student news: Dean’s list, science awards, National Technical Honor Society, speech league accolades and more

Fox Chapel Area High School and Dorseyville Middle School students were honored at the Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science (PJAS) 87th Virtual Region 7 Annual Meeting.

The district’s first district winners were Seniors Jackson Romero and Sanjay Seshan; Juniors Zoe Lakkis and Siddharth Yende; Sophomores Lawrence Liu and Arvind Seshan; Freshmen Lakshanya Rajaganapathi and Adhitya Thirumala; and eighth graders Anna Delale-O’Connor, Etash Jhanji, and Rohit Velankar.

The first place winners qualified for the state PJAS competition, which will be held practically in May.

Second place went to junior Janise Kim, sophomore Alina Stiger and eighth grader Alex Kim.

The participating students from several schools in Allegheny and Westmoreland counties spent several months researching their scientific projects. Each of the students had to submit a voice-over PowerPoint presentation for a jury.

Dean’s list honors

Two Lower Valley residents have earned a spot on the list of deans at Lehigh University for the fall semester of 2020.

They are Theodore Faucher and Andrew Fugh. The status is granted to students who achieve a school average of 3.6 or better while completing a minimum of 12 hours of regularly graded courses.

Academic awards for field hockey

Six Shady Side Academy Senior School students were among more than 2,400 high school field hockey players across the country recognized for their academic achievements by moving to Keith Waldman High School – Optimal Performance Associates / National Field Hockey Coaches Association ( NFHCA) were appointed National Academic Cadre.

Seniors Annabel Everett, Annabel Kuhn, and Cealy Fryncko; Juniors Dylan Green, Cecelia Messner and Jamila Snyder were appointed to the squad, with Everett and Green receiving additional recognition as “Scholars of Distinction”.

The Academic Squad program recognizes high school graduates and juniors for their academic performance as measured by their cumulative, unweighted GPA in the first quarter of the 2020-21 school year.

Success of the language tournament

Five Fox Chapel Area High School students were among the best in the Pennsylvania High School Speech League (PHSSL) state championship tournament.

Freshman Isabella White won first place and is state champion in the Lincoln Douglas Debate.

Senior Jackson Romero and Junior Ian Mackey-Piccolo’s team finished in the state’s top four in the policy debate.

Sophomore Silas Owens finished the Extemporaneous Debate in the quarterfinals and placed him in the top eight of the state. In the student convention, Junior Patrick Alexander was a supersession finalist, which means he ended up in the state’s top 12.

Fox Chapel Area High School’s forensic team won second overall in the Small School Division based on the number of submissions from the schools.

Other district students who participated in the state championships and contributed to second place on the team were senior Suparna Agrawal (Impromptu Speaking) and freshmen Lilly Friedman (Informative Speaking) and Seoyoon “Heidi” Lee (Poetry).

The state tournament practically took place on March 13-14 at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania with more than 570 students.

NTHS initiates

Five students from Fox Chapel Area High School and the AW Beattie Career Center will be inducted into the National Technical Honor Society (NTHS) this year.

You are Senior Emma Bernesser (Veterinary Sciences Technology); and juniors Meghan DeLuca (Health and Nursing Sciences), Justin Friday (Health and Nursing Sciences), Amelia Herzer (Health and Nursing Sciences), and Jenna Rubican (Advertising Design). The students are honored in a drive through ceremony and also via a special video from AW Beattie.

Students must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale, have a grade of at least 93% on their professional education programs, and must not miss more than five days of school. Candidates must also have a clear disciplinary record and belong to a service organization or participate in an extracurricular activity. The NTHS awards grants for continuing education and works to improve the number of professionals.

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