June 17, 2013

Foundation will host golf outing

ADAMS TWP — Mars Planet Foundation will hold its inaugural golf outing at 1 p.m. on Aug. 9 at Rittswood Golf Course.

Check-in and lunch begins at 11:30 a.m. with a four-person scramble start at 1 p.m. Refreshments will be provided.

Cost is $50 per golfer or $200 per four-member team.

Registration deadline is July 29. Registration forms are available at

For details, call 860-833-5324 or e-mail

Mars names top graduating seniors

ADAMS TWP — Mars seniors Kevin Giallonardo and Olivia Webb have been named valedictorian and salutatorian of the Class of 2013, respectively.

Giallonardo, 18, son of John and Kim Giallonardo of Mars, will attend the University of Notre Dame, where he plans to major in finance.

At Mars High School, Giallonardo was a member of National Honor Society and Student Council and is a three-year letter winner on the boys varsity baseball team. In the community, he volunteers at Orchard Hill Church in Wexford.

Giallonardo received the 2013 U.S. Marine Corp Scholastic Excellence Award and Rich-Mar Rotary Educational Scholarship. He also achieved a perfect score of 800 on the mathematics section on the SAT exam and was named an AP Scholar for scores on Advanced Placement tests.

Webb, 18, daughter of Geoffrey and Chrissy Webb of Valencia, will attend Grove City College, where she plans to major in biochemistry.

At Mars High School, Webb achieved high honors for three years and was a member of National Honor Society and Bible Club as well as a three-year member of the girls varsity swimming & diving team. She was also named a 2013 National Merit Scholarship Program Commended Student.

In the community, Webb volunteers as a CCD aide at Holy Sepulcher Catholic Parish in Middlesex Township and she is a member of YMCA and Penn Valley swim teams.

She has also served as a volunteer assistant swim coach at Allegheny-Valley YMCA.

For more information on the valedictorian, salutatorian and honors selection process, visit the “Mars High School” page at, and click on the “Class Rank Determination” link under “For Students” or call 724-625-1581.

7th-graders place in poster contest

ADAMS TWP — Two Mars Middle School seventh-graders placed in The Alliance (Against Highly Addictive Drugs) Seventh Grade 2012-2013 Anti-Drug Poster Contest.

Alicia Fenton earned third place for her essay entry and Julia Lehman received an honorable mention for her photo entry in the annual contest. The students were recognized at a special awards luncheon on June 8.

The contest was open to seventh-graders at Alliance-member schools and all entries are judged on creativity, originality, artwork, clarity of the message and whether the message reached its intended audience.

This year’s theme was “KNOW: When to Step In, Where to Step Out, How to Step Up.” Entries could include essays, artwork or poems related to the theme.

Mars Middle School selected six entries to be submitted to The Alliance contest. Entries were created by seventh-graders Alicia, Julia, Jesse Caringola, Bria Cratty, Lindy Lee and Abby Stewart.

For more information, contact Richard Cornell, principal, at 724-625-3145 or visit