Scholar Information: Nationwide Benefit Finalists, HOBY Winners, Future Enterprise Leaders, Music Awards, and Extra

Fox Chapel Area High School Librarian Laura Ward has been selected to serve as a member of the Leadership Institute for School Librarians (LISL) of the Pennsylvania School Librarians Association (PSLA) 2020-2021.

Ward receives guidance on professional development, training, and strategic planning on equity, diversity, and inclusion. The aim is to assist the PSLA in embedding these principles in school libraries across Pennsylvania.

Ward will mentor other school librarians in the state who are attending the PSLA School Librarians Leadership Academy 2021, which will focus on promoting an anti-racist library culture and building diverse library collections.

Ward is one of 39 librarians from across the state to be selected.

FCA students receive writing awards

Six students from the Fox Chapel Area school district were recognized for their contributions to the Pittsburgh Regional Scholastic Writing Awards competition in 2021.

Junior Anna Ferris won a Gold Key for her flash fiction “A Life in Moments”. Your entry was sent to New York City for national evaluation.

The Silver Keys were won by senior Jessica Jing McCann in the poetry category, junior Lance Wilhelm in the journalism category, and Dorseyville Middle School eighth grader Moonyoung Hwang, two Silver Keys for her poetry.

Honorable Mentions went to Margaret Dean senior in the Personal Essay & Memoirs category and Shea Davison to junior in the Flash Fiction category.

There were nearly 500 submissions from students across Allegheny County.

Other Fox Chapel students shine

Several Fox Chapel Area High School students attended the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) 2020 virtual regional leadership conference, and many qualified for the virtual state competition.

The regional first place winners were Seniors Melina Bradley, Erin Doherty, David Kronman and Vivian Shao; Juniors Alexa Berman, Brooke Bowman, Noah Bradley, Russell Fenton, Alicia Gu, Thomas Healy, Alaina Kaslewicz, Sydney Kennedy, Alex Zatman, and Ryan Zatman; and sophomore Donay Allen, Aisling Beresford, Maya Bradley, Paul Kullman, Diya Reddy, and Shawn Rygelski.

The runner-up regional winners were Seniors Sara Friday and Isabella Liberto; Juniors Margo Levenson, Carter Rowe, and Finnbar Ruff; Sophomores Thomas Selwood and Alexandra Solomon; and newbies Isaac Jacobs and Jadyn Smouse. Third place regional winners were Seniors Alex Blaylock, Riley Collins, and Vinisha Sant; Juniors Isabella Geraci, Kaitlyn Legge and Siddharth Yende; Sophomores Christopher Ernharth, Nathania Lingam, Sophie Shao and Jack Wilk; and newbies Troy Susnak and Bridget Yun.

All of these students have qualified to attend the FBLA Virtual State Leadership Conference in March and April 2021.

The following seniors have qualified to attend the State Conference: Katherine Caracciolo, Allison Carey, Rachel Chang, Emily Li, Kaylee Werner, and Zoey Zoschg.

Other state conference winners were Seniors Arda Akinci, Kaya Akinci, Elena Bradley, Nathaniel Lazzara, and Matthew Zytnick; Juniors Carlie Barnett, Louise Coleman, William Cooper, Grace Flanagan, Elia Gillespie, Bridget Kilmer, and Delaney Miller; and newcomers Annalese Bartolacci, Lexi Biernesser, Henry Dreier, Evelyn Healy, William Kratsa, Angela Ngo and Gloria Wen.

Recognition of youth leadership

Seven students from Fox Chapel Area High School were selected for Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership (HOBY) recognition.

Aisling Beresford, Zoe Broyles, Leah Kenyon, Mia Lynch, Lindsay Scheffler, Prajval Sreenivas and Laci Toomey have been selected to attend the HOBY Pennsylvania West Virtual Leadership Seminar June 18-20.

Students will explore and discover their personal leadership strengths and learn how to apply them to serve their community.

Received musical awards

Three seniors from Fox Chapel Area High School have been selected to perform with the National Association for Music Education’s (NAfME) All-Eastern Honors Ensembles in 2021.

Nathaniel Hines was selected for the All-Eastern Honors Mixed Chorus. Jack Penland was selected to play with the All-Eastern Honors Orchestra. Joey Wang was selected for the All-Eastern Honors Symphonic Band.

These students have already been selected to perform with the 2020 all-state ensembles.

A total of 719 students from Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, Maine, Maryland, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Vermont were selected for the NAfME 2021 All-Eastern Honors Ensembles.

National Merit finalists selected

Seven seniors from Fox Chapel Area High School were named National Merit Finalists.

They are Suparna Agrawal, Amulya Garimella, Brendan Gladwin, Ryan Kenyon, Mark Puthenpurayil, Jackson Romero, and Vinisha Sant.

These students were named semi-finalists in September 2020 based on their preliminary PSAT / NMSQT (PSAT / NMSQT) scores and other factors such as SAT scores, a student essay, and a school recommendation.

The finalists represent less than one percent of the country’s high school seniors and are running for approximately 7,500 scholarships valued at more than $ 30 million to be offered in spring 2021.

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