Bethel Park

• Eighteen Bethel Park High School vocalists successfully auditioned and have been selected to perform in the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association’s District Chorus Concert, which will be held on Jan. 17 at South Fayette Township High School.

Representing Bethel Park are seniors Jessica Abraham (Soprano 1), Molly Hoffman (Soprano 1), Ashley Lewis (Alto 1), Ryan Maerkle (Tenor 1), Kelsey Rogers (Soprano 2) and Anthony Will (Tenor 1); juniors Kelsey Aronhalt (Soprano 2), Declan Brusoski (Bass 2), Andrew Fullerton (Bass 1), Kadin Gray (Tenor 2), Bill Kumer (Bass 1), Collin McCormick (Bass 2), Ben Rutherford (Tenor 2), Emily Smith (Soprano 2), Olivia Vituccio (Soprano 1), and sophomores Evan Isenberg (Tenor 2), Anna Rosemeier (Alto 1) and Kessid Wicker (Tenor 1).

The students are taught by Todd Kuczawa, Bethel Park High School choral director.

• Bethel Park High School senior Ian Phelps successfully auditioned and was selected to play the trombone in the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association’s Honors Jazz Band Concert, which will be held Feb. 8 at Pine-Richland High School.

Ian is taught by Bethel Park High School band director Chad Thompson.

• Seven Bethel Park High School musicians successfully auditioned and have been selected to perform in the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association’s District Band Concert, which will be held on Feb. 15 at West Mifflin High School.

Representing Bethel Park are seniors Roma Eisel (bassoon), Jaxson Stewart (clarinet) and Theresa Stolpa (French horn), plus junior Olivia Tabler (clarinet) and sophomores Nick Como (percussion), Becky Mack (oboe) and Ben Tupper (trombone).

The students are taught by Bethel Park High School band director Chad Thompson.

• The Rotary Club of Bethel Park named senior Jessica Abraham its December Student of the Month.

Each month during the school year, the club recognizes a Bethel Park High School student who has demonstrated outstanding service to school and/or community.

Jessica was recognized for her work as the President of the Principals Advisory Council for Students, including her work last school year to coordinate blood drives at the High School. She also volunteers as a youth ballet teacher and with her church.

Upper St. Clair

• Upper St. Clair School District is launching a new extended teacher certification program for non-educators who are interested in serving as substitute teachers.

The program is aimed at those who hold a bachelor’s degree in any subject from an accredited college or university but do not have a Pennsylvania teaching certificate.

According to data from the Pennsylvania Department of Education, the number of teaching certificates issued has declined more than 62% over the past eight years. As a result, there are fewer teacher candidates and, more pronounced, a substitute teacher shortage for many districts across the state.

Those interested in the ETC Program should plan to attend one of two informational meetings, at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 14 in the Upper St. Clair High School LGI room – enter the school through the theater entrance – and 9:30 a.m. Jan. 23 in the district administration building. Each program is anticipated to last an hour.

For more information regarding the ETC Program or substitute teaching in Upper St. Clair School District, contact Judi Stemmler, human resources representative, at jstemmler@uscsd.k12.pa.us or 412-833-1600, extension 2289.

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