Sarah Gilliam and Jim Willison

Sarah Gilliam and Jim Willison

Bethel Park

The Bethel Park Lions Club presented its $5,000 George Meyer Scholarship to recent Bethel Park High School graduate Sarah Gilliam.

Sarah will attend Seton Hill University, where she plans to major in data analytics and business.

In high school, she has been involved in track, the National Honor Society, Science Club and Teen Leadership Corps, and is a Girl Scout Bronze and Silver Award winner. She has worked at Starbucks and Duck Donuts.

Funds for the scholarship are generated by a golf outing coordinated by Lions member Bill Raymer. Jim Willison is the club’s scholarship chairman.

Upper St. Clair

Upper St. Clair’s two middle schools were among four schools recognized with special awards during the Anti-Defamation League’s 2019-20 Spread the Light virtual event on May 28.

The event, which honored 33 school throughout Ohio and western Pennsylvania that earned the No Place for Hate designation – including all six Upper St. Clair schools – was streamed live on Facebook and can be watched on the organization’s YouTube Channel.

“Although each of the 33 schools in our region worked hard to make their schools No Place for Hate, four schools stood apart for their creativity, student leadership and their commitment to equity and challenging bias,” Yelena Boxer, regional board chair of the Anti-Defamation League, said.

Boyce Middle School and Fort Couch Middle School both were presented with Equity Awards.

Each of the schools will receive a set of books specific to their age group, valued at $125, to keep in their libraries. The books capture the beauty of celebrating differences and standing up to bullying and bias.

Fort Couch Middle School, serving students in seventh and eighth grades, was recognized for its “commitment to addressing bias during a crisis through the implementation of the Coronavirus and Scapegoating No Place for Hate activity on the very last day of in-person class to help challenge the anti-Asian bias that has increased across the country.”

Boyce Middle School, fifth and sixth, earned its award for implementing the Butterfly Project No Place for Hate activity that “engaged students in creating a living art memorial dedicated to the 1.5 million children victims of the Holocaust. Their butterfly garden will promote beauty and understanding of difference.”

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