April 24, 2013

SV dance raises money for VOICe

JACKSON TWP — The Seneca Valley Senior High student council continued its Sadie Hawkins dance tradition for a second year on March 15, where ladies ask the gentleman to accompany them to the dance.

Teachers utilized the opportunity to educate students on domestic violence awareness and empower women with the theme. As such, throughout the month, the senior high school promoted domestic violence awareness through various videos shown on Seneca Valley Television (SVTV). In addition, 100 percent of the dance ticket sales were donated to the Victim Outreach Intervention Center (VOICe), a women's shelter in Butler County, totaling $2,364.

Additionally, members of Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) joined in on the efforts, helping to collect numerous cell phones and cell phone chargers throughout the school, which also were donated to VOICe.

SV students qualify for merit program

JACKSON TWP — Eight Seneca Valley students have been named qualifiers in the 2014 National Merit Scholarship Program.

With a selection index score of 203 or above, these high performers have shown outstanding academic potential. Each of these students is among the 50,000 highest-scoring participants of some 1.5 million program entrants.

The juniors who will receive recognition in the 2014 National Merit Program are:

• Daniel W. Eppler

• Rosanne M. Harrison

• Alexis L. Hester

• Robert P. Kunkel

• Daniella M. Ortiz

• Jeremiah T. Scanlan

• Alexandra N. Steighner

• Alexander T. Taylor

Of the more than 50,000 high scorers nationwide, about 16,000 will be named National Merit Program semifinalists, representing the top scorers in each state, and about 34,000 others will be commended for their performance on the PSAT/NMSQT. Semifinalists and commended students in the 2014 National Merit Program will learn of their standing in September. Semifinalists will be the only students who will have an opportunity to continue in the competition for about 8,300 National Merit Scholarships to be offered in 2014.

2 Seneca Valley teachers honored

JACKSON TWP — Two Seneca Valley student council advisers have been named District 2 Advisers of the Year.

At the March 22 Pennsylvania Association of Student Councils (PASC) Region A Conference, John Motyl, Seneca Valley Middle School adviser, was named District 2 Middle Level Adviser of the Year, and Katherine Halliday, Seneca Valley Senior High School adviser, was named District 2 High School Adviser of the Year.

District 2 is comprised of eight counties: Lawrence, Beaver, Butler, Clarion, Armstrong, Jefferson, Indiana, and Mercer.

Both Seneca Valley advisers were recognized by the Seneca Valley School Board on April 15.

Motyl and Halliday will also be honored at the PASC 2013 State Conference at Boyertown High School in November, and they each will be considered for Pennsylvania Student Council Adviser of the Year for their school level — an award presented at the conference.

SV student named youth delegate

FAIRFAX — Janessa Pretola, a student at Seneca Valley Intermediate High School, has been selected to represent Pennsylvania as a National Youth Delegate to the 2013 Washington Youth Summit on the Environment at George Mason University.

Janessa joins a select group of 250 students from across the country to participate in an intensive weeklong study of leadership in environmental science and conservation. Janessa was chosen based on academic accomplishments and a demonstrated interest and excellence in leadership in the sciences and conservation studies.