April 22, 2013

Students succeed at science fair

JACKSON TWP — Four Seneca Valley students participated in the Pittsburgh Regional Science and Engineering Fair on April 5at Heinz Field. These students conducted original scientific research and presented it to experts in various STEM disciplines at this rigorous competition.

Juniors Taha Ahmed and Robert Kunkle, as well as sophomores Andrew Lingenfelter and Rachael Tollerton, represented Seneca Valley.

Robert Kunkle took home a sponsor award from Duquesne University, and an honorable mention in his Biology category. Andrew Lingenfelter received two sponsor awards, one from the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, and the other from the National Electrical Contractors Association.

Students initiated into honor society

BATON ROUGE — The following local students recently were initiated into the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi.

• Lara Dorko of Zelienople

• Courtney Quisenberry of Mars

• David Coradi of Cranberry Township.

SV Middle School to host recycling event

JACKSON TWP — Seneca Valley Middle School will host a recycling event from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. April 30 at NexTier Stadium Track on the secondary campus.

During the third week of April, Seneca Valley Middle School adopted an improved recycling initiative. They intend to increase the school's current paper recycling and begin a schoolwide bottle/can recycling collection.

As the grand finale of this project, students and staff will host an after school recycling collection.

Seneca Valley Middle School is sponsoring a Raider Relay event in which eight different school districts will attend. During the event, a group of teachers and students will be present to collect as many bottles and cans as possible to ensure they are recycled rather than just tossed in the trash.

SV engineering team performs well

JACKSON TWP — Sixteen students from Seneca Valley Intermediate High School participated in the “TEAMS” engineering competition this month, earning the highest scores in school history and winning state and national placements in the junior varsity division.

This team-oriented competition requires students to solve 80 complex science and engineering related problems within 90 minutes, as well as corresponding long form questions in a second, 90-minute session. The theme of this year's competition was “Engineering a secure cyber space,” and scores were compared at state and national levels with other competing schools of similar size and enrollment.

Members of the Seneca Valley team, which broke previous school scores in addition to its impressive state and national finish, are Tanner Quiggle, Maresa Vaccarello, Cory Nagel, Nick Francino, Michael Kolor, Mitch Lachat, Shane Hepner and Martin Chrzanowski.

The second intermediate high school team also scored impressively, taking fourth in the state, and 20th in the nation, also in the JV division. Students on this team include Cole Davis, Liz Milton, Kobie Rankin, Jack Connors, Matt Corcoran, Jacob Rickabaugh, Jeff Rodrigues and Isaac Daley.