Maggie Monahan, Nancy Chen.

JACKSON TWP — A donation from the Cranberry Sunrise Rotary Club helps seniors at Seneca Valley High School dress for success as they present their graduation project, attend commencement ceremonies and even prepare for interviews hiring. The Rotary Cranberry Sunrise Club donated $1,000 for business attire to help seniors who need clothing for upcoming events.

This year, the Seneca Valley Graduation Project partnered with No Cost to Shop, a store on the high school campus accessible to students in grades 7-12 that provides free clothing, shoes, accessories, hygiene products and more to students in need. A tree of angels was created and shared among teachers to help collect donations. Several teachers helped by sponsoring a full outfit (top, bottoms, shoes) and others sponsored single items, but more donations were needed.

Nathalie Green, the Seneca Valley High School English teacher and the graduation project coordinator reached out to Rotary members to see if this initiative would be a community service project that clubs would be interested in. Green has received cash and clothing donations from other Rotary clubs, including the Rotary Club Cranberry Sunrise donation of $1,000. This money was used to purchase the remaining items on the wishlist which consisted of nine complete outfits plus extras such as undershirts, socks and belts.


ADAMS TWP – A team of Mars-area high school students took second place in the finals of the 2021-22 Hometown High-Q Academic Competition.

Seniors Christopher Dvorak and Luc Weiland and junior Cole Winstead faced teams from Upper St. Clair and Homer City. Second year Lauren Karg served as a substitute.

The team’s journey to the final can be viewed on KDKA-TV. The quarter-final round aired on May 21; the semi-finals will air at 11 a.m. on June 11; and the final at 11 a.m. on June 25.

The program, sponsored by Westfield Insurance and KDKA-TV, offers students the opportunity to compete for scholarships and academic recognition by answering questions in various program areas.


Diana Lozinger of Cranberry Township among 20 University of Scranton students inducted into Theta Alpha Kappa, the National Honor Society for Theology and Religious Studies. To be admitted to the honor society, students must have completed 12 credits in theology, have a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or higher in theology courses, and have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher. The University Chapter of the Honor Society was established in 1980.

Lozinger is a sophomore in counseling and social services at Jesuit University.


JACKSON TWP — The Seneca Valley Biology Club won first and second place at the Butler County Envirothon last month.

The first-place team will compete at the state level competition in Mifflinburg on Wednesday. Team members include Natalie Camilli, Zoe Schultz, Katie Kerr, Ash Stewart and rowan jones.

Second place team members include Gretchen Kellar, Victoria Pimenova, Lexi Snyder, Miranda Wiggins and Rylie Butler.

The Envirothon is a natural resources competition that includes topics on wildlife, aquatic ecology, forestry, soil and land use, and current environmental issues. Each team applies what its members have studied in these areas during this outdoor competition. The contest is administered by the Pennsylvania Game Commission, Fish and Boat Commission, Department of Agriculture, and Department of Natural Resources Conservation.


JACKSON TWP — Two Seneca Valley High School juniors received recognition higher than just a good grade for outstanding essays they wrote — they won awards.

Nancy Chen and Maggie Monahan recently received an honorable mention for their contributions to the Society of Analytical Chemists of Pittsburgh (SACP) High School Essay Competition. The students also received a $100 prize.

Each year, the SACP organizes an essay competition that requires students to respond to a scientific prompt dealing with a current event. Schools in the Greater Pittsburgh area (39 counties in Pennsylvania, 10 counties in Ohio, and 25 counties in West Virginia) are allowed to submit a maximum of two student essays to the competition, and 13 prizes ranging from $100 to $500 is awarded.


The winners of the 2022 YWCA Women in History Essay Competition have been announced:


First place: $75 gift card, Ada Lovelace written by Addison EcherButler Catholic School;

Second place: $50 gift card, Dr. Roberta Bondar written by Rebeca SpringirthSlippery Rock Area Middle School;

Third place: $25 gift card, Elizabeth “Lizzy” Velasquez written by Ruby Wissinger, Butler Catholic School

Seventh Grade Honorable Mention (receives certificate): Malala Yousafzai written by Macie McLister, Butler Intermediate High School; Michelle Obama written by Riley Marsico, Holy Sepulcher Catholic School; Katie Ledecky written by elizabeth jefferis, Slippery Rock Area Middle School; Jane Austen written by Brendan EcherButler Catholic School


First place: $75 gift card, Anne Frank written by Liam ThromSlippery Rock Area College

Second place: $50 gift card, Jane Austen written by Giana WarnickButler Middle High School

Second place: $50 gift card, Ida B. Wells written by Bailee Chevalier, Slippery Rock Area High School

Eighth Grade Honorable Mention (receives certificate) Mary, Mother of Jesus written by Daniel Hartle, Holy Sepulcher Catholic School; Daisy Bates written by Trinity Wilson, Butler Intermediate High School; Ruth Bader Ginsburg written by Gracyn Vardy, Butler Catholic School; Sofia Jirau written by Paskin in chiefButler Middle High School

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