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  • NASD Receives Rotary 7305 Interact "Club of the Year" Award

    Posted by Brandi Smith on 11/2/2023 12:00:00 PM

    NA Interact Club

    North Allegheny students accepted the Rotary 7305 Interact "Club of the Year" award for the 2022-23 school year! Clubs throughout the area are evaluated on membership, community projects, school projects, international projects, partnership with the Rotary, and participation in Interact 7305 events.  This is the 3rd time NA Interact has won this award in recent history. 

    The club is under the direction of Janellen Lombardi (at NASH) and Carolyn Steele (at NAI).

    The officers for 2022-23 were Sophie Azar, Ava Eichelberger, Angel Qu, and Daniel Hilbert.

    NASD students accepted the award at the October 2023 Interact District Conference.  Accepting the award (pictured above from left to right) was Wynn Musselman, Angel Qu, Risha Solanki, Bianca Lohan, Riya Pasrija, Celia Duforets, and Lauren Hwang.

     

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  • Bus Safety Poster Contest Winners Announced

    Posted by NASD Communications on 10/24/2023 2:00:00 PM

    Bus Safety Poster Contest Winners Announced. NASD Students Recognized by North Allegheny Transportation Department and Health & Safety Committees  

     

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    During the 2023 National School Bus Safety Week (October 16-20), North Allegheny School District recognized winners of a School Bus Safety Poster Contest sponsored by the NASD Transportation Department and Health & Safety Committees. 

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    NASD students were invited to submit a poster in the spring of 2023 using the theme “Safely Rolling to My Destination.” Awards were presented to students across the District by school and grade level. Winners and their families were invited to a lunch at the Baierl Center on Thursday, October 19. The 2023 winners are: 

    *The students’ grade level is from the 2022-2023 school year.

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    All posters collected by NASD representatives were submitted to PennDOT for the National School Bus Safety Week Poster Contest. PennDOT entered the five first-place winning posters from the state competition into the National School Bus Safety Week Poster Contest. Two NASD students were recognized by PennDOT as winners in its contest: 

    • PennDOT Division 1 Winner - Ananyasri Boddupalli, 1st Grade – Franklin Elementary
    • PennDOT Division 2 Winner - Ava Tsao, 3rd Grade – Marshall Elementary School

    Full details for the 2023 program, including rules and poster specifications, can be found on our website at www.northallegheny.org/BusPoster

     

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  • North Allegheny Students Earn PMEA Honors Recognitions 

    Posted by NASD Communications Department on 10/18/2023 2:30:00 PM

    North Allegheny Students Earn PMEA Honors Recognitions 

    Throughout the year, the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association (PMEA) recognizes student musicians through its PMEA festival programs. Student musical groups and individuals audition for PMEA festivals and may be selected for festivals at district, regional, and all-state levels. During auditions this fall for honors festivals, several North Allegheny students received recognition from PMEA and will participate in upcoming festivals. 

     

    NASH Honors Orchestra

    NASH Honors Chamber Orchestra

     

    NASH Honors Chamber Orchestra to Perform at the PMEA All-State Convention

    The North Allegheny Senior High School Honors Chamber Orchestra was accepted to perform at the PMEA All-State Convention on April 17-20, 2024 in Erie. More than 75 groups applied, and a select group of orchestras were selected to perform at this annual conference of music educators from across the Commonwealth. The NASH Honors Chamber Orchestra members are:

    • Ralph Abdel-Massih
    • Kanak Agarwal 
    • Sophia Aggazio
    • Spandana Annavajhula
    • Daniel Balderas
    • Noel Bryan
    • Michael Chalifoux
    • Claire Cho
    • Michelle Choe
    • William Chou
    • Julia Guo
    • Chris Ha
    • Navid Hasan
    • Ashley Jang
    • Sophia Karki
    • Megumi Kawabe
    • Gavin Kondisko
    • Linda Kong
    •  Noah Lee
    • Cate Lenchner
    • Joseph Li
    • Bianca Lohan
    • Sam Lopuszynski
    • Shea Mahon
    • Arya Mehta
    • Evan Obusek
    • Ethan Ou-Yang
    • Isa Peniche
    • Angel Qu
    • Calder Quirke
    • Luke Schott
    • Ayan Sheikh
    • Reilly Spitz
    • Rushil Surti
    • Matthew Tan
    • Sri Thirumala
    • Brandon Wang
    • Jack Wang
    • Benjamin Wu
    • Hannah Yang

     

    PMEA Honors String Orchestra

    Additionally, 17 NASD students were selected to participate in the PMEA Honors String Orchestra, to be held in November at Mt. Lebanon High School. This festival features students from across five counties and entry is based on a competitive audition. The NASD students selected for Honors String Orchestra include: 

    • Owen Chen
    • Karin Hoppo
    • Odin Hsu
    • Natasha Karki
    • Sophia Karki
    • Megumi Kawabe
    • Linda Kong
    • Gabby Lee
    • Ben Ma
    • Dylan Pak
    • Angel Qu
    • Ellie Tang
    • Jack Wang
    • Samuel Xiao
    • Eddie Yang
    • Hannah Yang
    • Leo Yu

     

    NASH HONORS PMEA

    NASH Honors Orchestra and Band PMEA

     

    PMEA Honors Band 

    • Fourteen students successfully auditioned into the PMEA Honors Band, which is the highest number of students selected out of all of Allegheny Fayette, Washington, Westmoreland, and Greene Counties. More than 400 students auditioned for the PMEA Honors Band and 117 were selected for Honors Band. The concert will be held on Sunday, November 19 at 4:00 p.m. at North Hills Middle School Auditorium. NASD students selected include: 

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    • Aditri Chaki- Flute 1 Chair 4 overall
    • Athena Zhang- Flute 1 Chair 5 overall
    • Seoyoung Bang- Clarinet 1 Chair 3 overall
    • Dan Longo- Alto Sax 1 Chair 1 overall
    • Andrew Long- Alto Sax Chair 2 overall
    • Ryan Cordero- Alto Sax Chair 3 overall
    • Evan Greenberg- French Horn 1 Chair 1 overall
    • Adam Briggs- Tuba Chair 1 overall
    • David Willey- Tuba Chair 6 overall

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    NAI Honors Orchestra and Band PMEA

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    • Ian Eom- Clarinet 2 Chair 14 overall
    • Lauren Hwang- Clarinet 2 19 overall
    • Hanyul Oh- Clarinet 3 Chair 25 overall
    • Violet Kucler- Horn 1 Chair 3 overall
    • David Cobbey- Percussion Chair 5 overall

     

    About PMEA

    The Pennsylvania Music Educators Association (PMEA) is a statewide nonprofit organization of over 3,700 members, dedicated to promoting the musical development of all Pennsylvanians. The present membership evolved from a small group of band directors dating from 1933. Today, the organization includes those engaged in music instruction at all levels, from preschool through college and university, as well as those in the music industry, merchandising and publishing. The organization promotes and supports quality music education, learning and performance as well as promoting and supporting music education in schools and communities. PMEA is affiliated with The National Association for Music Education, NAfME. For more information, please visit: https://www.pmea.net/ 

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  • North Allegheny Announces 2023 Homecoming Court

    Posted by NASD Communications Department on 9/22/2023 5:00:00 PM

    2023 Homecoming Court

    Homecoming candidate photos courtesy of the NASH Uproar. 

     

    On Friday, September 29, 2023, North Allegheny School District will celebrate Homecoming with several activities at North Allegheny Senior High School. 

    The evening will begin at 4:45 p.m. with food trucks in the NASH parking lot. At 5:40, the NA Tiger Marching Band will lead floats around the school twice. The theme of this year’s parade is “Through the Decades” as North Allegheny School District celebrates its 75th anniversary.   

    The North Allegheny Tiger Football team will take on the Pine-Richland Rams with kickoff at 7:30 p.m. For more information to purchase tickets for the game, visit https://athletics.northallegheny.org.

    During halftime, the Homecoming Queen and King will be announced. Members of the senior class vying for the titles include: 

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  • North Allegheny School District Announces 2024 National Merit Semifinalists

    Posted by NASD Communications on 9/14/2023 5:00:00 PM

    2024 National Merit semifainlists

    North Allegheny School District is pleased to announce that 16 students have been recognized as Semifinalists in the 2024 National Merit Scholarship Program. 

    Approximately 16,000 students across the country were named Semifinalists and have the opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,140 National Merit Scholarships worth approximately $28 million that will be offered next spring. About 95 percent of the Semifinalists are expected to attain Finalist standing, and about half of the Finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the Merit Scholar  title. To compete for National Merit Scholarships, Semifinalists must advance to the Finalist level of the competition by fulfilling several additional requirements. 

    For more information about the National Merit Scholarship program, visit: www.nationalmerit.org
     
    2024 NASD National Merit Semifinalists

    • Khadijah Bajwa
    • Jeongwoo Cheon
    • Claire Cho
    • Iris Hong
    • Katherine Hu
    • Siya Jain
    • Lohith Katari
    • Noah Lee
    • Jerry Li
    • Andrew Long
    • Helen Mao
    • Angel Qu
    • Guatam Ramkumar
    • Aneri Shethji
    • Tharun Sunthar
    • Collin Wang
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  • Seven NASD 2023 Graduates Earn PA Seal of Biliteracy 

    Posted by NASD Communications on 9/13/2023 6:00:00 PM

    In partnership with the North Allegheny World Languages Department, seven 2023 North Allegheny School District graduates earned the Pennsylvania Seal of Biliteracy. 

    Adopted by Pennsylvania in March of 2022, the Seal of Biliteracy recognizes students who have attained proficiency in English and one or more other world languages by the time they graduate from high school. This special award provides employers and universities with a method of identifying people who are bilingual. 

    NA Seal of Biliteracy

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  • NASD AFJROTC Civil Air Patrol (CAP) Cadet Orientation Flights

    Posted by NASD Communications on 8/31/2023 2:40:00 PM

    AFJROTC  Civil Air Patrol (CAP) Cadet Orientation Flights

     

    Soaring to new heights! Through the NASD AFJROTC partnership with Civil Air Patrol (CAP), our 9th grade students participated in Cadet Orientation Flights at Butler Regional Airport. The program offers four levels of flight training to inspire the next generation of pilots. Participating in the first week's trip were Kylie Beggs, Logan Derzic, David Finney, and Micah Stewart.

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  • Five North Allegheny Students Participate In The Pennsylvania Governor’s School for the Sciences (PGSS)

    Posted by NASD Communications Department on 8/11/2023 9:45:00 AM

    NA PGSS 2023

    Five North Allegheny Students were selected to participate in the Pennsylvania Governor’s School for the Sciences (PGSS), an annual program that fosters scientific thinking, scholarly collaboration, and interpersonal connections in our society while encouraging women and minority students to consider scientific careers. The five students representing NASD is the largest number of applicants from any school District ever represented at PGSS in the same year. 

    The NASD students selected for PGSS included: Dinuk DeAlmeida, Renuk DeAlmeida, Helen Mao, Edward Mei, and Kamya Rajesh. 

    Hundreds of students from across the Commonwealth apply to attend PGSS. Approximately 70 students were selected for the 35-day intensive workshop hosted by Carnegie Mellon University. Students attended classes and worked on a large group project that they had to present to their peers in the final two days.

    As the premier STEM education experience for Pennsylvania’s brightest high school students, the Pennsylvania Governor’s School for the Sciences Program (PGSS Program) provides college-level courses, hands-on laboratory experiments, and original research in a rigorous living-learning environment.

    The NASD students (all rising seniors) and the projects that they completed as part of small groups are as follows:
     
    Helen Mao:
    Journey Through the Star:
    A Minimax Exploration of Chinese Checkers
     
    Kamya Rajesh:
    Connecting the Dots: Using Turn-Based Game Strategy to Solve Dots and Boxes
     
    Edward Mei:
    Paper Soccer: Exploration of Decision Tree Algorithms
     
    Dinuk DeAlmeida:
    DNA Damage & Ultraviolet Radiation: Efficacy of Various SPF Containing Products on Saccharomyces Cerevisiae
     
    Renuk DeAlmeida:
    Investigating the Impacts of Environmental Factors on Neuron Function Using L. terrestris and C. elegans
     
    North Allegheny alumnus Derek Wang (Class of 2014) was one of the guest lecturers for the week. He introduced students to Quantum Computing. Derek earned his BS / MS from Stanford in Materials Science / Engineering. Additionally, he obtained an MS in Theoretical and Computation Chemistry from Oxford University and a Ph.D. in Applied Physics from Harvard.
     
    The students invited NASD teachers Mr. Matthew Davis (AP Chemistry) and Ms. Sharon Volpe (AP Calculus BC and Linear Algebra) to attend the final banquet as guests of PGSS (pictured above). 
     

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  • North Allegheny Recognized as a 2023 Debate School of Excellence, Individual Students Earn School Record-Breaking Honors

    Posted by NASD Communications Department on 7/26/2023 1:40:00 PM

    NA Speech & Debate July 2023

    During the National Speech & Debate Championships in Phoenix, Arizona, North Allegheny was recognized as a 2023 Debate School of Excellence, an award bestowed on the Top 20 Debate schools in the country. North Allegheny was the only Pennsylvania public school district recognized as a Top 20 school in either Debate or Speech.

    Out of 130,000 Speech & Debate students in the country, 6,000 competitors earned spots to compete at the national championships, including 17 North Allegheny students.

    • Individual NASD student achievements included: 
      Satvik Palagani and Srivatsa Bellamkonda, won 6th Place in the nation in Public Forum Debate out of 279 entries from 214 schools in 44 states. Satvik and Sri are the first NA students to place in the Top 6 at the National Championships in 10 years and are the best-performing Public Forum team in NA history.  
    • Kristina Wisniewski placed 17th after 11 rounds of competition and NASH junior Siya Jain placed 34th after 10 rounds of competition in Lincoln Douglas Debate out of 280 entries from 225 schools in 44 states.
    • Shuban Tiwari was recognized as a Top 25 Policy Debate Speaker out of 356 competitors.
    • Daksh Goyal placed 24th in Extemporaneous Debate out of 1,039 entries from 433 schools in 47 states. NASH senior Adi Shankara Mallik placed 60th out of 1,039.  
    • Lamees Subeir advanced to the round of 64 as part of the Pittsburgh Black team in theWorld Schools Debate.
      Rajat Reddy was recognized with a Four-Time Competitor Award, the only NA student to have made the tournament for four consecutive years.
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