• Five Bethel Park High School vocalists were selected as members of the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association’s All-State Chorus, which was scheduled for April prior to its cancellation because of COVID-19 precautions. The PMEA had not taken such an action since World War II.
Chosen to represent Bethel Park were seniors Molly Hoffman (Soprano 1) and Kelsey Rogers (Soprano 2; juniors Kelsey Aronhalt (Soprano 2) and Collin McCormick (Bass 2); and sophomore Kessid Wicker (Tenor 1).
The students are taught by high school choral director Todd Kuczawa.
• A group of Memorial Elementary School students finished first in Division I, third through fifth grades, at the Western Pennsylvania Odyssey of the Mind competition, held March 7 at Keystone Oaks High School. They competed against 11 other teams.
Members of the Memorial team were fourth-graders Michael Blessing, Sam Elsberry, Jackson Hornfeck and Lily Tinney; and third-graders Travis Bushmire and CeCe Roberto.
They were scheduled to compete in the state Odyssey of the Mind competition, which has been postponed because of COVID-19 precautions.
Odyssey of the Mind is an international creative problem-solving program and competition for students in kindergarten through college. It fosters teamwork, divergent thinking, risk-taking and creativity as students work in small teams to solve open-ended problems.
This is the second year for Memorial to field an Odyssey of the Mind team. Last year, the team finished in second place locally and third at the state competition.
• Bethel Park High School German students earned 20 awards on the 2020 National German Exams, sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of German, including three Gold awards, one Silver award, five Bronze awards and 11 achievement awards.
Earning Gold awards on the Level 4 Exam were seniors Jacob Bauer and Brandon Janus, who scored in the 91st percentile nationally and placed seventh among the 146 Western Pennsylvania and West Virginia students who took the test. Senior Lily Wilson also earned a Gold award for placing ninth regionally and scoring in the 90th percentile.
Senior Logan Zivic earned a Silver award on the Level 4 Exam for scoring in the 80th percentile or higher. Bronze awards for scoring in the 70th percentile or higher on the Level 4 Exam were earned by senior Alex Murphy and juniors Johnatan Ivanov and Ben Sommer.
On the Level 3 Exam, Bronze awards were earned by sophomores Robert John and Owen Dale.
Achievement awards were given to 11 students who scored in the 50th percentile or higher nationally, on the Level 4 Exam – senior Gabby Straub and juniors Olivia Tabler, Kerrianne Troesch, Anthony Martinelli and Alex Wiernik – and Level 3: sophomores Nick Como Braden Lloyd, Ella Voskamp, Maxwell James, Shelby Yonish and Zach Bradford.
The students are instructed by high school German teacher Christopher Tobias.
Upper St. Clair
• Three Upper St. Clair High School students placed first in the 23rd annual High School Japanese Speech Contest on March 6 at the University of Pittsburgh.
Earning first place finishes were Alexis Wright, Level 1 – Poster Presentation; Stephanie Lu, Level 2 – Beginner Speech Presentation; and Caroline Knizner, Level 3 – Intermediate Speech Presentation.
Finishing in second place were Roehl Benedicto, Level 1; and Alex Edkins, Level 2. And earning third-place honors were Christian Farmerie, Level 1, and Hunter Bench, Level 3.
More than 100 high school Japanese language learners of all levels from the tri-state area compete in the regional speech and poster competition. Students participate in one of four speech levels according to their level of instruction.
In addition to those who placed, these Upper St. Clair students participated in the Japanese contest: Level 1, Celena Brentzel, Gabrielle Caudill, Robert Jaffee, Miranda Oliver, William Schultz and Colby Stanekentered; and Level 2, Kymahni Vidale.
The competition is hosted by the Japan-America Society of Pennsylvania and the University of Pittsburgh’s Asian Studies Center.