March 20, 2013
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Chris Blahnik

Student to perform with regional chorus

ADAMS TWP — Mars senior Chris Blahnik was selected by solo audition to perform in the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association (PMEA) Regional Chorus Festival, to be held Thursday through Saturday at Moon High School.

Blahnik will perform alongside the best high school musicians from more than 50 school districts. Dr. Anthony Leach, Penn State University choral director, will serve as guest conductor.

The event will conclude with a public concert at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Moon High School. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the door.

For more information, contact Marie Andrascik, chorus director, at 724-625-1581 or visit

Mars jump ropers raise $17,000

ADAMS TWP — Mars Elementary School's Mars Stars Jump Rope Team raised $17,000 to benefit the American Heart Association through the school's annual Jump Rope for Heart event, held Feb. 19 to 25.

At each grade level, students in Nina Davidson's fourth grade class brought in the most money with $1,556; Jessica Semler's third grade class, $1,326; and Nicole Kolson's second grade class, $1,032. Top individual fundraisers included fourth-grader Jack Weiss, who collected $1,001; third-grader Ella Seebacher, $625; fourth-grader Aria Ramanathan, $375; second-grader Kaylee Derbish, $355; and second-grader Elsa Scheide, $350.

Mars Centennial School fifth-graders Adrian Zugehar and Emma Maihle, both Mars Stars Jump Rope Team members, also collected $660 and $400, respectively, for the cause. Team members brought in a total of $1,189.

As part of the fundraiser, students in second through fourth grades jumped rope during their physical education classes and were asked to collect pledges to benefit the association. Mars Stars Jump Rope Team has been the top Jump Rope for Heart fundraiser in Butler County for the more than 20 years.

For more information, contact Pam Best, Mars Stars coach and health and physical education teacher, at 724-625-3161.

Interact Club to sponsor book drive

ADAMS TWP — Mars High School Interact Club will sponsor its fourth annual Book Drive through Friday at Mars Elementary School.

The school will be collecting new and used children's books to benefit Western Pennsylvania schools in need. The classroom in each grade level that collects the most books will be treated to a pizza party provided by the Interact Club.

In 2012, the drive amassed more than 13,000 books that were distributed to area HeadStart branches. Donations can be dropped off at the Mars Elementary School during school hours.

For more information, contact Mike DelDuca, Interact Club adviser, at 724-625-1581.

Students perform with district band

ADAMS TWP — Several Mars band members were selected by solo audition to perform in the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association Junior High District Band Festival, to be held Tuesday at Beaver High School.

Ninth-graders Kylie Concelman (tuba), Emma DeLong (clarinet) and Andrew Strutz (percussion) will perform the PMEA Junior High Band. Dr. R. Tad Greig, Westminster College director of bands, will serve as guest conductor.

Eighth-graders Riley Funk (trumpet), Alex Mansfield (oboe), Katie Olsen (bass clarinet); Claire Staresinic (oboe), Catherine Stegman (tenor saxophone) and Sydney Weiland (oboe); and seventh-graders Kirstin Bessette (flute) and Abby Maynard (clarinet) will perform with the PMEA Middle School Band. James Berry, Slippery Rock University assistant professor of music, will serve as guest conductor

The festival will conclude with a public concert at 7:30 p.m. at Beaver High School. Tickets can be purchased at the door.

Mars kindergarten registration set

ADAMS TWP — Mars Primary Center will accept completed kindergarten registration packets for the 2013-14 school year from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Mars School District Administration Office.

The selection of morning or afternoon kindergarten session will be done through a lottery system. Once the maximum class size is reached, the session will be closed and individuals can be placed on a waiting list for their session preference.

Kindergarten is open to children who will be 5 years old on or before Sept. 1. Parents can stop by the school's main office between 8:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, to obtain a registration packet.

For more information, call 724-625-1588.

Money raised to benefit research

ADAMS TWP — Mars Middle School students collected $2,036 as part of the annual “Pasta for Pennies” fundraiser.

The fundraiser, held March 1 to 11, asked students to collect spare change, which was counted in the students’ mathematics classes on March 11. All proceeds benefit the Western Pennsylvania chapter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

Students in Mitzi Knapp’s fourth period mathematics class collected the most money, earning a special lunch catered by a Cranberry Township Italian restaurant. Christine Tumulty’s third period class took second place and will receive a pizza luncheon.

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

2 teachers get national honors

Kiley Kline at the Tender Care Learning Center in Mars and Lisa Bauer of the Butler County Children’s Center in Butler have been selected to receive the 2013 Terri Lynne Lokoff/Children’s TYLENOL National Child Care Teacher Award.

Both will receive an award of $1,000 on April 11 at a special ceremony at Please Touch Museum, Philadelphia.

With their money, Bauer will implement her project, “Science Area Improvement” and Kline will implement her project, “Toddler Room Light Table.”

There are 52 total National Child Care Teacher Award recipients for 2013.

Senior featured in online dance series

ADAMS TWP — Mars senior Samantha Rumbaugh was selected by the United States World’s Federation of Dance Coaches committee as one of the Top 10 dancers to be a member of the “DANCelebrities! — The Road to Worlds” online Web series.

A member of the Pittsburgh Poison Spiders Dance Team, Rumbaugh was selected from more that 1,000 nominees to be a featured dancer in the Web series as she works toward the 2013 World Dance Championships to be held April 27 to 29 at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla. The U.S. All-Star Federation of Cheer & Dance sponsors the annual event.

Rumbaugh will compete as a member of three of five Pittsburgh Poison Hip Hop teams, including the Open Coed, Senior Coed and Senior All-Girl Hip Hop teams, at the world competition. Junior Hannah Marcoux and sophomore Lizzy Finn, Pittsburgh Poison team members, also will compete at the event.

At the Worlds Competition, the dancer with the most “follows” will be crowned the 2013 Celebrity Dancer. To follow or vote for Rumbaugh, visit and click “Sign Up Now!”

For more information, visit