February 27, 2013

Girl scouts receive Spirit award

ADAMS TWP — Several Mars Centennial School students and members of Girl Scout Troop 20653 received a 2013 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards Certificate of Excellence for their performance of the troop’s play, “Angelina.”

Sixth-graders Jenna Halenda, Ella Horner, Samantha Jocuns, Haley Lee, Lauren Lussier, Madelene Lussier, Julie Marra, Jenna Protho and Hannah Riggio offered two performances of the play in May 2012. The play, written by parent Daniela Marra, discussed what it takes to be a true friend.

In lieu of selling tickets, the troop asked that event attendees donate a summer fun item or make a monetary donation to be distributed to children in need through Mars School District Pupil Services Office. The donations were used to create 16 summer fun kits replete with flip-flops, Frisbees, water bottles, sunscreen, sidewalk chalk and more.

“We were overwhelmed with the amount of community support we received as well as how extraordinarily well these girls performed,” says Karen Lussier, assistant troop leader. “Each one of the girls dedicated themselves to the play and therefore to the cause.”

In addition, the students qualified for the President’s Volunteer Service Award, which recognizes Americans of all ages who have volunteered their time to serve their communities and their country.

For more information, call 724-625-2601 or visit

Centennial School to offer spring party

ADAMS TWP — Mars Centennial School will offer a spring party from 1 to 2 p.m. for fifth graders and from 2 to 3 p.m. for sixth graders on Friday.

For more information, call 724-625-2601.

Food drive to help local food bank

ADAMS TWP — Mars High School student council will hold a “Hunger Games” food drive on Friday through March 27 to benefit The Lighthouse Foundation Food Bank.

As part of the fundraiser, donations of canned goods and other nonperishable items may be placed in one of four boxes located in the high school lobby, each representing a different team in the charitable competition.

Vying for the title are Team Seor (McCarthy) versus Team Gross and Team Hock versus Team Silbaugh. Students are encouraged to support their teams by placing items in their opponent’s donation box.

Donations may be dropped off at the school’s main office, Monday through Friday during school hours. For more information, call 724-625-1581.

School to hold spring open house

ADAMS TWP — Mars Middle School will hold a spring open house from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday.

For more information, call 724-625-3145.

Students compete in chem challenge

ADAMS TWP — Several Mars Middle School students were selected to participate in BASF Corporation’s 2012-13 “You Be the Chemist” Challenge at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Cranberry Township Municipal Center.

Eighth graders D.J. Bauer and Claire Staresinic and seventh graders Daniel Feathers, Ian Goetz and Deepayan Patra will compete against students from Seneca Valley School District. Seventh grader Alec Skomo will serve as an alternate.

The question-and-answer competition engages students in fifth through eighth grades in learning important chemistry concepts, historical discoveries and safety awareness. Top placers may advance to the state “You Be the Chemist” Challenge” to be held April 27 at Penn State University.

The Chemical Education Foundation and BASF sponsor the competition. For more information, contact Amanda Stavish, science teacher, at 724-625-3145.

Eighth graders win DAR essay contest

ADAMS TWP — Mars eighth grader Isabel Wroblewski took first place in the eighth grade level of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) Kushkushkee Trail Chapter’s 2012-13 American History Essay Contest.

This year’s contest asked students to write an essay on the topic, “Forgotten Patriots Who Supported American Struggle for Independence,” focusing on African Americans, Native Americans, Hispanic Americans and others who provided military, patriotic and public service in support of the American Revolution.

Wroblewski, 13, daughter of Eric and Kimberly Wroblewski of Gibsonia, wrote her essay about the Oneida Indians contributions to the American Revolution. Her essay will be forwarded to the Pennsylvania DAR American History chairman to be considered for the state American History Essay Contest.

For more information, contact Greg Wilson, language arts teacher, at 724-625-3145.

Mars resident honored at Pitt

PITTSBURGH — Chris Rumbaugh was honored Feb. 22 for his academic excellence at the University of Pittsburgh’s 37th Annual Honors Convocation hosted by Chancellor Mark Nordenberg.

The honorees received a special tribute and a nonors pin for distinguishing themselves in academics, in service to others and through outstanding leadership during their time at the university.

Rumbaugh is the son of Christopher Sr. and Jennifer Rumbaugh of Mars and is a 2009 graduate of Mars High School.

Rumbaugh is being honored for being on the dean’s list all seven of his completed semesters at the university. He is a member of the Golden Key International Honor Society and Pi Lambda Eta (a Communications Honor Society).

Rumbaugh will graduate from the University of Pittsburgh with a QPA of 3.9 in April.

Student council to sponsor blood drive

ADAMS TWP — Mars High School student council and Central Blood Bank will sponsor a blood drive from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday.

Donors must be at least 16 years old, weigh more than 110 pounds and be in general good health. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 724-625-1581.