March 4, 2013

School raises funds for leukemia fight

ADAMS TWP — Mars Middle School will hold its 19th annual “Pasta for Pennies” fundraiser through Friday to benefit the Western Pennsylvania chapter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

As part of the fundraiser, students will be asked to collect spare change, which will be counted in the students' mathematics classes on Friday. The class that collects the most coins will be treated to a pasta party.

For more information, contact Nikki Hegerich, science teacher and event coordinator, at 724-625-3145.

Students selected for art awards

ADAMS TWP — Several Mars High School students were selected to receive 2013 Pittsburgh Regional Scholastic Art & Writing Awards.

In the Painting category, senior Andrea Dean earned a Gold Key for her acrylic piece, “Cover Girl.” In the Drawing category, sophomore Nicholas Deleone received a Gold Key for his charcoal sketch, “Shoes.”

In the Sculpture category, senior Rachel Rectenwald earned two Gold Keys for her works, “Sheila” and “Martin.” In the Printmaking category, junior Frankie Petrini received an Honorable Mention for his dry point etching, “Invisible Box.”

In the Mixed Media category, Dean earned a Silver Key for her “Create Art” panels; senior Alexa Titchen received a Silver Key for “Hutu and Tutsi.” Honorable mentions were awarded to senior Hayley Esterline for her piece, “Gold and Read;” junior Taylor Zediker for “Seclusion;” and junior Madeleine Salapow for “Curiosity.”

In the Photography category, senior Emily Thomas earned a Gold Key Art Portfolio Award, a first for any Mars High School student. Her portfolio included the photos: “Go,” “Thee Well,” “Morning,” “Him,” “Cold Feet,” “FaceTime,” “Cousin Molly” and “Pelirrojas.”

Sophomore Osyana Roman received a Gold Key for her photo, “Half Full,” and two Silver Keys for her pieces, “Silver Flower” and “Ancient Ruin;” Zediker earned a Gold Key for “Before the Storm;” Salapow collected a Gold Key for “Ireland;” and senior Alessandro Armbrust received an Honorable Mention for “That Railroad.”

The students works were selected from more than 2,100 entries and 952 accepted for the annual exhibit. Each regional winner was recognized at an awards ceremony on Feb. 24 at La Roche College's Kerr Sports & Fitness Center.

All Gold Key winners' works will advance to the 2013 National Scholastic Art & Writing Awards in New York, N.Y. For more information, contact Erin Sloane, art teacher, or visit

District to offer free screenings

ADAMS TWP — Mars School District and Lifesteps will offer free developmental screenings from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday at Mars Primary Center.

Screenings, which are for newborns through children age 5, will include vision, hearing and speech as well as motor and cognitive skills. To schedule an appointment, call (800) 225-2010.

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.