NA Announces Speech & Debate Program Earns National Recognition
Posted by NASD at 10/20/2014
The North Allegheny School District (NASD) proudly announces that the North Allegheny Senior High School (NASH) Speech & Debate Program has earned significant recognition from the National Speech & Debate Association. This October, the NA Speech & Debate Program learned it was named #9 out of more than 3,000 schools nationwide for the 2013-2014 school year.
The National Speech & Debate Association is the honor society for middle and high school speech and debate. Each year they publish a list of ‘Top 100 Schools’ in the nation recognized for their accomplishments in Speech and Debate. Members earn points and degrees through the honor society, based on competitive and service-related activities, ranging from the Degree of Merit with 25 or more points to the Degree of Premier Distinction with 1,500 or more points.
The NASH Speech and Debate chapter achieved 600 or more degrees last year, placing it among the top 0.07% of schools nationwide and earned membership in the Association's prestigious Pinnacle Society. This milestone is remarkable because it demonstrates outstanding commitment to teaching students essential life skills including communication, research, listening, writing, and organization. Mrs. Sharon Volpe is the sponsor of the NASH program.
"These students and coaches have demonstrated outstanding participation and achievement in speech and debate activities," stated Executive Director J. Scott Wunn. "We are pleased to honor them for their hard work and dedication, and wish them continued success in the coming season."
Recipient schools are published in Rostrum, the national magazine of high school speech and debate.
About the National Speech & Debate Association The National Speech & Debate Association is the largest interscholastic speech and debate organization serving middle school, high school, and collegiate students in the United States. The Association provides competitive speech and debate activities, high-quality resources, comprehensive training, scholarship opportunities, and advanced recognition to more than 130,000 students and coaches every year. For nearly 90 years, the National Speech & Debate Association has empowered more than 1.4 million members to become engaged citizens, skilled professionals, and honorable leaders in our society. You can learn more about the National Speech and Debate Association by visiting their website at www.speechanddebate.org or by contacting Shelby Young by email/phone at firstname.lastname@example.org / 920-748-6206.
NA Announces 2014 School Bus Safety Poster Contest Winners
Posted by NASD at 10/9/2014
The North Allegheny School District (NASD) proudly announces that Franklin Elementary student Tarun Kumar won First Place Division I (Grades Kindergarten–2) in PennDOT’s 2014 School Bus Safety Poster Contest. The theme of this year’s contest was “Be Smart – Be Seen, I wait in a safe place!” As part of School Bus Safety Week, proclaimed by Governor Tom Corbett, winners will be recognized at a ceremony held at the Governor’s Residence.
Tarun was entered in the State-level competition after being selected a District Finalist. As a First Place State winner, his entry will now be forwarded to a National competition to be judged next month.
The North Allegheny School District is also proud to announce the names of all First, Second and Third Place winners from each school. They are:
Bradford Woods Elementary School
1st Isabel Curren
2nd Lydia Jones
3rd Tina Wisniewski
1st Rebecca Thompson
2nd Emily Thompson
3rd Reagan Means
Franklin Elementary School
1st Tarun Kumar*
2nd Katherine Hu
3rd Mahitha Bhonagiri
1st Marissa Scheller
2nd Amogh Paruvelli
3rd Lydia Cwalina
Hosack Elementary School
1st Thomas Ceraso
2nd Julia Fuchs
3rd Sam Lopuszynski
1st Guinevieve Beecher
2nd Meredith Blough
3rd Katie Kantz
Ingomar Elementary School
1st Hailey Miller
2nd Ellen Milcoff
3rd Kaitlyn Hetherington
Marshall Elementary School
1st Michael Chalifoux
2nd Keely McMahon Regan
3rd Anoushka Amit
1st Tejal Dahake
2nd Trinity Prusak
3rd Samhita Vasudevan
McKnight Elementary School
1st Courtney Schmidt
2nd Jessie Lee
3rd Abbey Lang
1st Owen Jin*
2nd Yunshu Li
3rd Karis Lu
Peebles Elementary School
1st Ayah Sabil
2nd Lydia Haller
3rd Sierra Wise
1st Anthony Puthenpurackal
2nd Rachael Johns
3rd Jackson Stone
* Tarun Kumar (Division 1) and Owen Jin (Division 2) were selected District Finalists and their posters were entered in the State-Level competition.
The North Allegheny School District (NASD) announces that “Cinderella in New York” by Wade Bradford will be presented at North Allegheny Intermediate High School (NAI) on October 30 and November 1, 2014. (The performance schedule is included below.)
“Cinderella in New York” is set in the middle of the Great Depression giving the familiar story of Cinderella a vibrant twist. Cinderella Fitzgerald once led the perfect life, until her father lost everything when the stock market crashed. Through all of the romantic pitfalls and twists, Cinderella finally learns that rather than depend on magic and fairy godmothers, it’s better to make your own happiness.
Performances are scheduled for:
Wednesday, October 29 at 3:30 p.m. – Special Senior Citizen Performance*
Thursday, October 30 at 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, November 1 at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.
NAI is located at 350 Cumberland Road in McCandless Township. General admission tickets will be sold for $6.00 at the door for each performance. For more information please call 412-369-5530.
* The October 29 Senior Citizen performance is free to NA Gold Card members. For information about the NA Gold Card Program call 412-369-5445.
The North Allegheny School District (NASD) announces that the Board of School Directors will hold a Combined Work Session/Regular Meeting on Wednesday, October 15, 2014, in the Board Room of the Central Administration Offices, 200 Hillvue Lane, McCandless Township, beginning at 7:00 p.m.
The North Allegheny School District (NASD) announces that parents and any interested community members are invited to attend a Coffee meeting being hosted by Dr. Raymond Gualtieri, Superintendent of Schools. The Coffee is being held on Thursday, October 23, 2014 at Hosack Elementary School, located at 9275 Peebles Road, Allison Park, PA 15101, beginning at 9:30 a.m.
The North Allegheny School District (NASD) announces that the annual Homecoming Parade and Game will be held at Newman Stadium on October 10, 2014.
The celebration will begin at 4:00 p.m. as follows:
4:00 – 7:30 p.m. • Enjoy a variety of Food Truck Vendors (sponsored by the NA Marching Band) • Try your hand at Football Toss for chance to win a prize (all proceeds will benefit the North Hills Community Outreach) • Spend a few minutes playing in a Bounce House (all proceeds will benefit the North Hills Community Outreach)
5:45 p.m. • Homecoming Pre-Game Parade will begin. • The parade theme is “The Roaring Twenties” and will feature approximately a dozen floats. • The parade route will be around the North Allegheny Senior High School. • Homecoming Court Candidates and Organization Floats will be announced in the front of the school.
7:30 p.m. • Homecoming Football Game (NA vs. Fox Chapel) will begin. • The full Homecoming Court will be presented at halftime followed by the crowning of this year’s King and Queen.
Members of the Homecoming Court are all seniors and include:
Senior Class: Casey Mrazik, Cole Constantino Junior Class: Shannon Duffy, Yanni Balouris Sophomore Class: Shannon Burnham, Martin Lazzaro Freshman Class: Stephanie Schwer, Paul Blendinger Chorus: Lizzie Pontiere, Bo Lamanna Band: Cassie Majewski, Ryan Muskal Forensics: Catherine Zhang, Jason Hu Student Council: Libby Roach, Garrett O’Toole NHS: Clare Tunney, Kevin Dougherty ROTC: Emily Heins, Kenny Swegman
On Saturday, October 11, there will be two Homecoming Dances. The dance at North Allegheny Senior High School (NASH) for juniors and seniors will be held from 8:00 – 11:00 p.m. The Homecoming King and Queen will be crowned at the NASH dance. A separate dance will be held on Saturday at the North Allegheny Intermediate High School (NAI) for freshmen and sophomores from 7:30 – 10:30 p.m.
The Homecoming events are sponsored, organized and managed by the Student Council at NASH and the Class Council at NAI. The two groups collaborate closely and invest a great deal of time, effort and creativity in this project. Ms. Fran Hawbaker and Mr. Kevin Zebley are the NASH Student Council Advisors. Ms. Rebecca Hulme, Ms. Janet Serdy, Mr. David Hawbaker and Ms. Charity Istone are the NAI Class Council Advisors.