The North Allegheny School District announces that the Annual Senior Citizens’ Prom will be held this year on Friday, May 2, 2014, at the North Allegheny Senior High (NASH), 10375 Perry Highway, Wexford, (McCandless) from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. The prom is hosted as a courtesy of the NA Senior and Junior Classes and offers free admission for all District Senior Citizens and their guests.
All interested senior citizens are invited to attend. For more information or to make reservations, please call 412-369-5445.
The North Allegheny School District (NASD) is proud to announce that 36 members of North Allegheny’s DECA chapter (An Association of Marketing Students) traveled to Hershey, PA to participate in the 63rd Annual State Career Development Conference. At the state conference, nearly 2,000 students competed in a number of different events including Marketing Research, Financial Services, Restaurant & Food Service Marketing, and Sports & Entertainment Marketing.
Six NASD students won top awards and qualified to compete at the upcoming DECA International Career Development Conference being held in Atlanta, Georgia in May where attendance is anticipated to be in excess of 16,000. Emmie Bish, Abbey Kirkendoll and David Bursic placed 1st in Hospitality and Tourism Operations Research Event (the only team out of ALL written events to receive 100% for both their written report and their presentation), Tyler Saundry placed 1st in Sports and Entertainment Marketing. Alexis Provenzano placed 2nd in Principles of Finance and Katie Franc placed 4th in Principles of Hospitality and Tourism.
NA DECA also brought home 8 awards for top scores in test and role play areas of marketing. Students winning medallions for top scores on their test or role play are: Zach Hughs, Tyler Saundry, Jake Neugebauer, Alexis Provenzano, Kelly Tagliaferre and Katie Franc.
DECA is the only Career and Technical student organization operating to attract young people to careers in business and marketing. There are 62 DECA chapters in Pennsylvania, with a total membership greater than three thousand students, alumni, teachers, and business professionals.
NA High School Students Named Academic All-Americans
Posted by NASD at 4/4/2014
The North Allegheny School District (NASD) is proud to announce that 19 senior high school students have been recognized as Academic All-Americans by the National Speech & Debate Association. No other school in the country has as many current students who have achieved this level of excellence with the organization since the recognition began in 2006.
In order to receive this recognition, students had to: • Excel in their events in speech and debate by having a degree of Superior Distinction or higher • Excel in the classroom by earning a 3.7 or higher • Achieve a score of 2000 or higher on the SATs or at least 27 on the ACTs • Have representatives at their school to attest to their character and leadership.
The 19 North Allegheny students recognized as Academic All-Americans are:
Drew Bjorklund Chris Chang
Wesley Swanson Michael Tai
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. Since 1925, the National Speech & Debate Association has provided meaningful recognition and support for high school and middle school students desiring to excel in speech and debate with the goal of transforming the lives of students, to help them become effective communicators, critical thinkers, and ethical members of society. You can learn more about the National Speech & Debate Association on their website at: http://www.speechanddebate.org/aboutus.
NA Students to Participate in Global Passport Project Presentation
Posted by NASD at 4/3/2014
The North Allegheny School District (NASD) is proud to announce that 30 students who attend the NA Intermediate High School have participated in a collaborative, project-based learning program with students from the South Fayette Township School District this year called the Global Passport Project. The Project is a school-to-business partnership program that provides students with real life business and economic challenges and the opportunity to engage with industrial executives to solve problems that have the potential to address existing global concerns.
This is the fourth year that the Global Passport Project has engaged South Fayette High School students in a challenge of this nature. Organizations including All-Clad, UPMC, Siemens, and LANXESS have provided problems for students to research and solve. This is the first year that the Project has expanded its vision to include collaboration with another group of high school students. The North Allegheny Intermediate High School became involved in September 2013. Dr. Lalit Chordia, CEO of Thar Industries in O’Hara Township, brought forward his water desalination technology product for the two teams of students to study.
Students have worked throughout the year to address the topic of Global Clean Water Shortages. Their goal has been to work collaboratively in the development of a business plan for expanding the market for the Thar Industries product in 10 countries around the world where the social, economic and governmental impact would be most beneficial. Students will also present recommendations for the securing for non-profit funding.
The North Allegheny School District (NASD) is proud to announce that three North Allegheny students have received national recognition for their original artwork in the 2013-14 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Program. They were:
Senior Anna Reed had three pieces of work done with Acrylic Paint awarded Medals – one Gold and two Silver. In addition, one of Anna’s Silver Medal winners was further distinguished by winning the American Visions Medal in the national ‘Best of Show’ competition.
Seventh grader Jake Hervoyavich was awarded a Silver Medal for a Linoleum Relief Print.
Sophomore Leonardo Lupidi was awarded a Silver Medal for a submission in the Colored Pencil, Conte Crayon, Graphite, Ink Pen category titled “A Helping Hand.”
Since 1923, the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards have recognized more than 13 million students and made available over $25 million in scholarships. They continue to be the longest-running, most prestigious recognition program for creative teens and the largest source of scholarships for young artists and writers. The nonprofit Alliance for Young Artists & Writers administers the awards each year.
The annual Awards competition begins locally as students in grades 7-12 submit works of art and writing to their local affiliates, which are evaluated by a panel of jurors comprised of artists, authors, educators and other arts professionals. Works are judged on originality, technical skill and the emergence of a personal vision or voice. Those that receive a Gold Key – the highest honor possible in the Regional competitions – have their work submitted for national adjudication. Students were not limited in the number of submissions and/or categories they could enter and may have received multiple awards.
These students join the ranks of some of our country’s most revered artists and writers who have received Scholastic Art & Writing Awards when they were high school, including Robert Redford, Andy Warhol, Truman Capote, John Lithgow, Joyce Carol Oates, John Baldesarri, Philip Pearlstein, Zac Posen, Sylvia Plath, Richard Avedon, Robert Indiana and Abdi Farah (winner of the Bravo reality show Work of Art: The Next Great Artist).
The North Allegheny School District (NASD) is proud to announce that the NAMM Foundation has recognized the NASD with a ‘Best Communities for Music Education’ designation. This is the seventh year in a row that the District has received this recognition. NASD joins 376 districts across the country to receive the prestigious distinction of being included on the 2014 list for exemplifying a community commitment to include music education as part of a quality education for all children.
Hundreds of teachers, school and district administrators, school board members, parents and community leaders, representing communities nationwide, participated in a web-based survey to apply for consideration for this honor. Districts were measured across a variety of criteria, including programmatic development, curricular offerings, budgetary appropriations, and community involvement. Results were measured proportionally, so that communities of different sizes were compared equally.
Participants in the survey answered detailed questions about funding, graduation requirements, music class participation, instruction time, facilities, support for the music program, and other relevant factors in their communities’ music education programs. The responses were verified with district officials, and the sponsoring organizations reviewed the data.
In conducting the annual survey, the NAMM Foundation is joined by advisory organizations in the fields of music and education: Americans for the Arts, League of American Orchestras, The Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation, The Metropolitan Opera Guild, Music for All, Music Teachers National Association, National Guild of Community Schools of the Arts, National PTA, Yamaha Corporation of America, and VH1 Save The Music Foundation.
The NAMM Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to advancing active participation in music-making across the lifespan by supporting scientific research, philanthropic giving and public service programs from the international music products industry. For more information, visit www.nammfoundation.org.
NA Student to Compete in State Level of the National Geographic Bee
Posted by NASD at 3/26/2014
The North Allegheny School District (NASD) is proud to announce that Marshall Middle School eighth grader Will Taft has qualified to compete in the 2014 state level of the National Geographic Bee.
Geographic Bees were held in schools with fourth- through eighth-grade students throughout the state to determine each school’s Geographic Bee winner. School-level winners then took a qualifying test, which was submitted to the National Geographic Society. In each of the 50 states, as well as the District of Columbia, the Department of Defense Dependents Schools, and the U.S. territories, the National Geographic Society invited the students with the top 100 scores to compete at the state level. The 2014 Pennsylvania Geographic Bee will be held in Harrisburg on Friday, April 4 . State winners will be invited to the National Geographic headquarters located in Washington, D.C., in late May to compete in the national finals, where they could win scholarships in the amount of $25,000, $15,000 and $10,000.
Each year thousands of schools in the United States participate in the National Geographic Bee using materials prepared by the National Geographic Society. The contest is designed to encourage teachers to include geography in their classrooms, spark student interest in the subject, and increase public awareness about geography.
NA Students Distinguish Themselves with Outstanding Performance on the National German Exams
Posted by NASD at 3/26/2014
The North Allegheny School District (NASD) proudly announces that 42 North Allegheny high school students medaled in the American Association of Teachers of German (AATG) National German Exam.
There were seventeen students who earned Gold Medals by scoring at the 90th percentile and above. They are: Jessica Brandon, Brittany Burmester, Nathaniel Chen, Brianna Clark, Alexander Giorgetti, Dharani Kotekal, Nicholas Mangieri, Sofie Patzak, Ahna Pearson, Benjamin Radock, Russell Ruffolo, Jillian Schmidt, David Skrovanek, Elizabeth Stahl, Kerry Stith, Megan Wadas and Michael Whitehurst
There were fifteen students who earned Silver Medals by scoring between the 80th and 89th percentiles. They are: Scott Branagan, Gina Caputo, Nikhil Cherukupalli, Abhilash Danvada, Lindsey Davis, Chris Dyga, Paul Gonchar, Robert Grumski, Sarthak Mattagajasingh, Rahul Rao, Peter Savchik, Luke Slotterback, Michael Struk, Hannah Synnott and Nathan Taylor
In addition, ten students: Sonja Altmayer, Allison Dudek, Ashish Kamath, Alexis Kruth, Andrea Kuechler, Andrew Mendes, Alaina Rodi, Elizabeth Scherer, Morgan Schirnhofer and Wendy Weaver were each awarded Bronze Medals for scoring between the 70th and 79th percentiles.
The American Association of Teachers of German, Inc. (AATG) has been sponsoring a National Testing Program for over forty years. The American Association of Teachers of German, founded in 1926, is the only national individual membership organization dedicated to the advancement and improvement of the language, literature, and culture of German-speaking countries. They give an annual achievement test for high school students, in which roughly 25,000 students participate each year. You can learn more about the AATG by visiting their website at http://www.aatg.org/.
NA Middle School Team Advances to National Championships
Posted by NASD at 3/24/2014
The North Allegheny School District (NASD) is proud to announce that a team of students from Marshall Middle School has won First Place in the regional tournament and qualified to compete in the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Science Bowl competition. The team will be flown to Washington, D.C. for an all-expenses-paid trip to compete in the national championships which will begin on April 24.
Mr. Dan William coaches the Marshall Middle School team which is comprised of eighth graders Will Taft, Owen Chase, Joe Shin, Mason Blackburn and sixth grader Jiangfeng Chu.
This highly competitive academic competition features questions that fall into the categories of Math, Earth Science, Physical Science, Life Science and General Science. For this competition, the U.S. is divided into 32 “regions” where preliminary contests are held. Teams first compete to win their brackets and then they compete in the regional tournament finals. Only first place winners qualify for the National Championships.