March 11, 2013

Students advance to state competition

ADAMS TWP — Four Mars Middle School students placed in BASF Corporation’s 2012-13 “You Be the Chemist” Challenge on March 2 at Cranberry Township Municipal Building.

Seventh-grader Deepayan Patra, who earned first place; seventh-grader Alec Skomo, second place; eighth-grader D.J. Bauer, third place; and eighth-grader Claire Staresinic, fourth place, will advance to the State “You Be the Chemist” Challenge,” to be held April 27 at Penn State University. Seventh-graders Daniel Feathers and Ian Goetz also placed among the Top 7 students at the local event.

The question-and-answer competition engages students in fifth through eighth grades in learning important chemistry concepts, historical discoveries and safety awareness. The Chemical Education Foundation and BASF sponsor the competition.

For information, contact Amanda Stavish, science teacher, at 724-625-3145.

Haine students sweep competition

CRANBERRY TWP — Haine Middle School students recently swept the regional Academic Games of LinguiSHTIKs, winning first, second, third and fourth places.

This competition, held at the Heinz History Center, centered on language arts, which is one of several academic challenges students tackle in this competitive game. Social studies and mathematics are touched upon in other regional competitions with students aiming to qualify for the National Academic Games Competition which will be held later this spring.

First place winners include Ann Rickabaugh, Sneha Padamati, Jadyn Myers, Francesca Citrone and Angelo Giannotta. Second place team members are Katie Clark, Tori Beck, Madison Hans, Katie Bablak and Colin Uher. Third place winners are Jacob Johnston, Jacob Geil, Matt Lewis, Ben Hess and Rishin Sharma.

Perfect scores went to Brian Vogel, Mark Trotta, Jarrett Johnston, Tori Beck, Madison Hans, Katie Bablak, Colin Uher, Ben Hess, Rishin Sharma, Sneha Padamati, Jadyn Myers, Francesca Citrone, Angelo Giannotta, Emma Choban and Noah Reynolds.

Additional qualifiers include Matt Muir, Jacob Johnston, Jacob Geil, Matt Lewis, Anna Rickabaugh, Savannah Glover and Hannah McGinnis.

Indiana (Pa.) names Provost Scholars

INDIANA — The following students from Butler County have been recognized as Provost Scholars at Indiana (Pa.) University.

To be named a Provost Scholar, students must have earned a minimum of 45 semester hours at IUP with a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or higher.

Provost Scholar recognition is given only once during a student’s time of study at IUP and the honor is announced in the fall semester.

Cranberry Township

• Lindsay M. Boltz, Ashbury Lane, management

• Suzanne E. Craig, Winterbrook Drive, biology

• Anita L. Marchi, Dorsay Valley Drive, sociology.

District to offer parent workshops

ADAMS TWP — Mars School District’s Office of Special & Gifted Education will offer several parent training workshops from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on the following dates:

• Wednesday — “Executive Functioning Skills: Planning, Organizing, Time Management” at Mars Centennial School library

• April 24 — “Self-Advocacy: Your Child’s Own Voice” at Mars Middle School library

For more information, contact Deborah Adams, director of Special & Gifted Education at 724-898-1561.

Bowlers raise $3K for MS Foundation

ADAMS TWP — Mars High School student council raised $1,500 as part of a bowl-a-thon fundraiser on Feb. 18 at Mystic Lanes in Valencia.

Students collected pledges to support Mars resident Dawn Kumlien, who is participating in a leg of the Multiple Sclerosis National Foundation’s “MS Run the U.S.” Relay Across America. Student council will match the amount raised to bring the total to $3,000.

For more information, call 724-625-1581 or visit