Bethel Park School District March 2015 Highlights Please enjoy reading about the outstanding achievements of our students and staff! Bethel Park High School Honors National Merit Students Bethel Park High School held a luncheon to honor its eight National Merit Scholarship Program Students: FINALISTS: • Gabrielle Brookins, Steven Davis and Emily Kukan. These students are now eligible to receive one of 8,000 National Merit Scholarships to be awarded this Spring. COMMENDED STUDENTS: • Joseph Beaver, Aaron Coplan, Alexander Fleming, Jessica George and Giffin Werner. These students were among the top 50,000 scorers on the PSAT in the nation as Juniors. Mock Trial Team Advanced To Quarterfinals In only its second year of existence, the Bethel Park High School Mock Trial Team, qualified for the Allegheny County Mock Trial Playoffs, defeating Sewickley Academy in the First Round and advancing to the Quarterfinals before being eliminated. Members of the team are Natalie Lalama, Emily Augustine, Jack Brownfield, Danika Moody, David Erzen and Elliott Lehmann. 31 DECA Students are Finalists at State Competition; 18 Earn Medallion Awards FINALISTS • Courtney Maslanka, Sammy Schweitzer and Paige Swindell—Second Place/Learn and Earn Event * • Cassie Brown, Abby Hartzell and Kelsey Tischler— First Place/Creative Marketing Project * • Tasha George and Carolyn Vona—First Place/Hospitality Services Team * • Becca Kubiczki—First Place/Hospitality and Tourism Professional Selling * • Natalie Lalama—First Place/Restaurant and Food Service Management * • Sean McClaine—First Place/Marketing Management * • Tara Nath—First Place Hotel and Lodging Management * • Sarah Stephan—First Place/Food Marketing * • Tarush Bahl—Second Place/Personal Financial Literacy * • Emma Bruno and Justin Nath—Second Place/Marketing Communications Team * • Emily Kukan—Second Place/Hotel and Lodging Management * • Brian Malarkey--Second Place/Principles of Hospitality and Tourism * • Corinne Swogger—Second Place/Financial Consulting Event * • Sabrina Tatalias—Second Place/Principles of Finance* • Carolyn Cook, Chandler Dietz and Christian Frazier— Third Place/Buying and Merchandising Operations Research * • Maura Ellsworth—Fourth Place/Quick Serve Restaurant Management * • Jaime Gerst and Megan Tomasetti—Fourth Place/Hospitality and Tourism Operations Research * • Rachel Kimberland and Nick Marsteller—Fourth Place/Public Relations Plan * • Devin Andres—Fourth Place/Job Interview * • Noah Friday—Fifth Place/Professional Selling Event * • Lucian Dean—Fifth Place/Logistics * Students with an * after their event qualified to compete at the DECA International Career Development Conference in April in Orlando, FL. MEDALLION AWARDS Tarush Bahl, Emma Bruno, Justin Nath, Lucian Dean, Maura Ellsworth, Tasha George, Carolyn Vona, Becca Kubiczki, Emily Kukan, Natalie Lalama, Brian Malarkey, Sean McClaine, Tara Nath, Sarah Stephan, Sabrina Tatalias, Miles Turner, Maggie Wolf and Harrison Zelt. Science Bowl Teams Earn Accolades Two Bethel Park High School Teams earned accolades at the 24th Annual Science Bowl. DIVISION CHAMPIONS Sean McClaine Akhil Rajasekar Max Reese Brendan Troesch Trey Williams CIVILITY AWARD for Behaving Professionally and Showing Extreme Sportsmanship Emily Augustine Billy dePoutiloff Rachel Dimmock Zachary Kraska Adam Musciano BPHS Students Excel On National German Exams LEVEL 4 EXAM (out of 133 students) • • • • • • • • Joseph Beaver – Third Place/Gold Award Steven Davis – Third Place/Gold Award Corinne Hebestreit -- Fifth Place/Gold Award Jack Brownfield – Sixth Place/Gold Award Matea Pranjic – Eighth Place/Gold Award Rachel Dodson, Thomas Weber and Joey Wasko – Silver Awards Rebecca Swaney and Grant Wilson – Bronze Awards Grace McCurry, Adelai Flowers, Brendan Kail, Sean Allen, Natalie Lalama, Ashley Slade and Devin Stewart – High Achievement Awards LEVEL 3 EXAM (out of 133 students) • • • Brendan Troesch– Sixth Place/Gold Award Ethan Tabler – Bronze Award Austin Weidner, Jeff Hoffmann, Ryan Pfab, Jen Klara, Danielle Gutherol and Logan Runco – Achievement Awards BPHS Students Bring Home Awards From German Day Competition Bethel Park High School German students competed against students from 12 area schools to earn two First Place, four Second Place and two Third Place Awards at the 2015 Three Rivers German Day Competition at Washington and Jefferson College. FIRST PLACE • • Rachel Dodson – Culture Bowl Joe Wasko – Non-Fiction Writing SECOND PLACE • • • • Corinne Hebestreit -- Culture Bowl Brendan Troesch – Non-Fiction Writing Adelai Flowers – Drawing Julia Angotti – Folkloric Arts and Crafts THIRD PLACE • • Jack Brownfield – Non-Fiction Writing Becca Najdzinski – Poetry Writing BPHS Art Students Win Newspaper Rack Makeover Contest Thirty Bethel Park High School Art Club students gave one of The Almanac’s newspaper racks an “extreme makeover” and won $300 for the Club in this year’s Extreme Rack Makeover Contest. Students from five high schools in The Almanac’s circulation area were given a newspaper rack and asked to spruce it up. The BPHS students worked collaboratively to transform the rack into the Cathedral of Learning with King Kong hanging off the top. If you haven’t seen the rack yet, you can still view it at The Galleria. Emily Augustine Selected For Governor’s School Bethel Park High School junior Emily Augustine was one of 54 Pennsylvania juniors selected to attend the prestigious Pennsylvania Governor’s School for the Sciences, which will be held this summer on the Carnegie Mellon University campus. Emily was selected from a pool of 390 applicants and she will have the opportunity to live on the CMU campus and participate in several hands-on science activities. Jess Cook Honored By Bethel Park Rotary Club BPHS Senior Jess Cook was named the February Student of the Month by the Rotary Club of Bethel Park in recognition of her involvement with student life at Bethel Park High School as Student Government Association President, as well as her work with the Principals Advisory Council for Students, the National Honor Society and the BPHS Softball Team. Jess also volunteers at her church as a CCD teacher and has coordinated several Youth Softball Clinics to encourage young girls to get involved with the sport. Every month the Rotary Club recognizes an outstanding Bethel Park High School student for commitment to school and/or community. Five BPHS Vocalists To Sing In All-State Chorus Five Bethel Park High School musicians were selected to sing in the Pennsylvania Music Educators All-State Chorus Concert, which will be held during the PMEA State Conference in Hershey. • • • • • Joshua Como (Bass 1) Marie Dykstra (Soprano 2) Anna Henkels (Soprano 1) Michael Krut (Bass 2) Joe Serafini (Tenor 1) Two BPHS Musicians Selected For AllState Band Bethel Park High School musicians Chris Bright (Percussion) and Joe Wasko (Tuba) successfully auditioned and were selected to play in the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association’s All-State Band Concert, which will be held during the PMEA State Conference in Hershey. Two BPHS Musicians Selected For Region Orchestra Bethel Park High School musicians Samantha Smith (Violin) and David Uhlmann (Percussion) successfully auditioned and played in the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association’s Region Orchestra Concert, which was held in March. BPHS Drama Club Helps Memorial Students Feed The Need To Read Bethel Park High School Drama Club students created an updated version of their original “Feed the Need to Read” production and brought the 2015 version to Memorial Elementary School to encourage the students to read, as the school’s Accelerated Reader Program kicked off. Some of this year’s characters included Pete the Cat, the Very Hungry Caterpillar, the Moose with a Muffin, Anna and Elsa and some of the Letter People! Winter Sports 2015 WRESTLING • Qualified for the WPIAL Team Playoffs. GIRLS BASKETBALL • Paul Dunn was a Section Champion and finished • WPIAL Semifinalists in Third Place at the State Wrestling • Advanced to the Second Round of the State Championships. He also defeated his opponent Championships from Illinois at the Dapper Dan Wrestling Classic. • Nino Bonaccorsi was a Section Champion and • Section Champions finished in Sixth Place at the State Wrestling BOYS BASKETBALL Championships. • WPIAL Quarterfinalists and qualified for the • Nino Bonaccorsi, Paul Dunn, Jason Montgomery, PIAA State Championship Play-In Game. Jeremy Huwe, Adam Montgomery, Chris Pauley CHEERLEADING and Korey Patterson qualified for the WPIAL • Finished in Third Place at the WPIAL Individual Championships. Cheerleading Championships. SWIMMING AND DIVING • Received the GTM Sportswear PIAA Team • Becca Yonek and Vinny Tavoletti medaled at the Spirit Award at the State Championships. WPIAL Championships in two events each and qualified for States. • Earned one Second Place and two Third Place • Brionna Litwin finished in Seventh Place and awards at the National High School Maria Capozzi finished in Eighth Place at the Cheerleading Championships. WPIAL Diving Championships. RIFLE HOCKEY • Shawn Halligan finished in Fourth Place at • Qualified for the Penguin Cup Playoffs. the WPIAL Championships and Becca Kinzel INDOOR TRACK finished in 16th. Both competed in the State • Lexi Stevenson qualified for the State Indoor Track Championships. Meet for the fourth consecutive year. 73 Students Participate In NAMS Battle Of The Books This year 73 Neil Armstrong Middle School students participated in the Battle of the Books. FIRST PLACE IN THE BATTLE AND COSTUME CONTEST Readers of Oz • Isaac Nirella • Kaitlyn Hughes • Christian Fannie • Paige Plack • Molly O’Toole • Allison Scarlett FIRST PLACE IN THE POSTER CONTEST Nerd Herd • Lily Browning • Amelia Gorman • Aliza Bower • Sadie Fedor • Anna Counihan ‘Entrepreneurship’ Was Theme Of The 2015 Elementary Enrichment Exposition Thirty-seven Bethel Park elementary gifted students participated in the 2015 Elementary Enrichment Exposition at Memorial Elementary School. This year’s theme was “Entrepreneurship,” and the students worked to create a business, put together a display, create business cards and prepare a presentation for the Expo. This year’s Expo included authors, entrepreneurs, architects, explorers, designers, store owners and more! Memorial Students Provide A Tour Of Bethel Park Memorial First and Second Graders in Mrs. Spell’s Room researched a special place in Bethel Park, took photos and created a PowerPoint presentation as part of a “Tour of Bethel Park.” Places highlighted include Pasta Too, Bethel Bakery, the Police Department, the Fire Department, the Library, the Community Center, Simmons Park, Eat ‘n Park and Giant Eagle. Following the presentations, the audience got to enjoy some items from each of the locations. Ron Reyer Named A Finalist For CIO Of The Year Bethel Park Director of Technology Ron Reyer was a Finalist for the Pittsburgh Technology Council’s 2015 Chief Information Officer of the Year Award in the Education Category and was honored at a dinner held at Heinz Field. The Bethel Park School District Where Futures Begin The Mission of the Bethel Park School District is to lead an educational partnership with the community, maintaining an environment that challenges all students to reach their potential as lifelong learners and responsible members of society.
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