Pine-Richland students excelling in academic, STEM competitions
Monday, April 1, 2019 | 1:30 AM
Pine-Richland students continue to stand out in both area and state academic and STEM competitions.
Tenth grader Shanna Peck, ninth grader Matt Farmar and seventh grader Ryan E. Scott will join teammates from North Allegheny and South Fayette to compete in the FIRST World Championships on April 23-27 in Detroit, Mich. Their BrainSTEAM Robotics FIRST Tech Challenge team placed first at the FIRST Tech Challenge state tournament in Oxford, Pa., on March 2-3.
A team of fifth sixth graders from Eden Hall Upper Elementary also placed third in the STEM Design Competition at Duquesne University on March 6. The competition saw more than 80 teams of fourth, fifth and sixth graders who had to create an environmentally friendly machine that could move three objects at least six inches across a table and had to include a crane that could pick up an object and move it at least six inches before setting it back down. The sixth graders involved were Violet Vigliotti and Elena Morse and the fifth graders included were Zachary Shingledecker, CJ Ray, Alex Kastner, and Martino Jang.
A number of high school students also earned awards at the Technology Student Association Regional Competition and will compete at the state level April 10-11 in Seven Springs. Ninth-graders Jeffrey Ock, Justin Puthenpurayil and Amish Sethi and sophomore Ryan Sarrick made up the video design game team and won first place in their category. They also competed in the webmaster category and took first place in that as well. Seniors Lauren Allen, Brandon Malchano and Jake Swinderman made up the architectural design team and took second place. Sophomores Zeyad Amr and Malaikah Kazi made up the music production team and won third place.
Pine-Richland Middle School students also advanced in the Odyssey of the Mind State Championships on April 6 after placing second at the regional competition on March 2. They are seventh-graders Mia Tucciarone, Ethan Priore, Avyukta Nagrath, Damian Ivanov, Luke Ridgeway and Nicolai Ezolt and Lincoln Center for Performing Arts student Gabi Boudreau. Students from Eden Hall took third place in the regional competition. They are fifth-graders Annabella Orlando, Sophia Priore, Luca Boudreau and Owen Conley and fourth-graders Jack Ball and Noah Ezolt. Students participated through the STEAM Studio in Wexford with the help of coach Sarah Ezolt.
Pine-Richland High School’s Peer2Peer group is looking for nominations for the Jefferson Award, which recognizes a member of the community who has made a difference through an act of kindness, either big or small. Nominations will be accepted through April 30 and winners will be announced at the annual Color Run on May 5. The group is also seeking sponsors for the Color Run.
School district administrators are hosting the fourth Food Service Advisory & Wellness Committee meeting of the school year from 8 to 9 a.m. and again from 6 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 24.