December 26, 2012

Students selected for honors program

ADAMS TWP — Two Mars High School students were accepted into the Duquesne University Accounting Honors Institute.

Junior Jodi Schultz and sophomore Tyler Latch will participate in the program’s three two-week modules: Enterprise Resource Planning, Fraud & Forensics, and Financial Statement Analysis. The program is open to all high school students with an interest in business and whom a teacher or counselor nominates.

For more information, contact Diane Iman, business education teacher, at 724-625-1581.

Mars gift drive benefits needy

ADAMS TWP — Mars School District would like to thank those organizations and individuals who donated holiday gifts to benefit district families and students in need.

“The generosity of the Mars community is amazing,” says Anna Saker, director of pupil services, who coordinated the drive along with Cindy Loncaric, secretary. “We are incredibly thankful.”

Donors to the cause included St. Kilian Parish, Girl Scout Trefoil Service Unit 2637, Dutihl United Methodist Church, UPMC Passavant Hospital “The Caring for Kids” Program, Midwestern Intermediate Unit IV and Mars United Presbyterian Church. Mars community members and families also donated items.

For more information, call 724-898-1561.

Geography knowledge tested

ADAMS TWP — Mars students in fifth through eighth grades will participate in the 2013 Geography Bee Final Round Qualifier at 10 a.m. on Jan. 4, at Mars Centennial School gymnasium.

To prepare for the event, all students at Mars Middle School and Mars Centennial School completed a 50-question, written geography exam based on the physical and cultural geography of both the United States and the world during their social studies classes.

The top 50 students who missed no more than eight questions then took a second round exam in December. The 10 students who missed no more than eight questions will advance to the final round on Friday, Jan. 4.

Student finalists are eighth-graders D.J. Bauer, Evan Deddo, Claire Staresinic, Adam Sweet and Abby Neiser; seventh-grader Juliet Thomas; sixth-graders April Bonifate and Sam Wrotny; and fifth-graders Catherine Cable and Blake Duffy.

The winner of the schools’ Geography Bee will complete a written exam that will be mailed to the Pennsylvania State Geography Bee, which will notify the student as to whether he or she has qualified for the state contest on Friday, April 5.

The state winner will then advance to the National Geography Bee competition, to be held on Monday through Wednesday, May 20 to 22. The National Geographic Society sponsors the contest.

For more information, contact Lori Jones, sixth grade teacher, at 724-625-2601 or visit