The following school news items are from the 2014-15 year.
Three St. Joseph High School students were honored in March at the 51st Annual Pennsylvania Junior Science and Humanities Symposium at State College. Each participating student prepared a written report or poster presentation describing original research in science, mathematics or engineering.
Alexandra Loperfito, a junior from Vandergrift, received a second-place award in the Medicine, Health and Behavioral Sciences category.
Caroline Maltese, a sophomore from Cheswick, got a second place in the Earth, Science and Sciences category.
Holly Wolfe, a junior from Sarver, received a first place in the Life Sciences category. She received an all-expenses-paid trip to the National Junior Science & Humanities Symposium from April 29-May 2.
• Caroline Lindey, a sophomore from Butler, was chosen to participate in the Constitutional Academy in July in Washington, D.C., and granted a full scholarship.
She is the daughter of LaVerne and Patricia Lindey, and a member of St. Fidelis Parish in Lyndora/Meridian.
Each summer, the Bill of Rights Institute sponsors a Constitutional Academy where 50 students from around the country spend a week in Washington hearing lectures about constitutional principles from renowned scholars, participating in discussions and activities to apply the Constitution to current events, touring the National Mall and other museums, and learning about college and career opportunities.
• St. Joseph High School senior William Aikins was a first-place local-level co-winner and second-place district (county) level winner in February of the Post 92, Veterans of Foreign Wars Voice of Democracy contest.
His audio essay, titled "Why Veterans are Important to our Nation’s History and Future," also received a $400 award at the local level.
William, of Lower Burrell, is the son of Bill and Maria Aikins. He is a member of Mount St. Peter Parish in New Kensington.
Also in February, William received recognition for his entries in the 2015 Pittsburgh Arts Region Scholastic Arts Awards. He won three honorable mentions in the ceramics, sculpture and photography categories.
Of the 1,900 pieces of artwork submitted this year by teens in grades 7-12, more than 900 pieces, including William’s, received awards and were displayed in the Cantellops Gallery and Zappala College Center at La Roche College from Feb. 7-22.
The winners were selected by a panel of judges, including local artists, designers, art educators and art professionals.
His artwork was submitted under the instruction of SJHS art teacher Kathleen Guglielmi.
• The following St. Joseph High students received first-place awards at the Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science state competition:
Caroline Maltese, daughter of Dan and Jennifer Maltese and a member of St. Victor Parish in Bairdford. Alexis Shirley, a sophomore from New Kensington, daughter of Roxanne Cedar and a member of St. Joseph Parish in Natrona.
Isabelle Schroeder, a sophomore from Tarentum, daughter of Edward and Maryellen Schroeder and a member of Mount St. Peter Parish in New Kensington.
Alexandra Loperfito, a junior from Vandergrift, daughter of Larry and Carrie Loperfito and a member of St. Gertrude Parish.
• Dominic Angelo, a St. Joseph High junior from Murrysville and son of David and Michele Angelo, was selected for a scholarship to attend the Eisenman Materials Camp at Materials Park, Ohio, this summer. He was to join a group of 30 high school student delegates who share a similar interest in science and will learn a lot about the world of materials.
• Daniel Schall, a senior from Verona, son of Paul and Patricia Schall and a member of St. Joseph Parish in Verona, received a Gene Kelly nomination for supporting actor for the spring musical "Jesus Christ Superstar."
With an SAT average for the Class of 2015 of 1,923, the graduating class of 24 students at Aquinas Academy received $2.3 million in college scholarship offers. The high school was named a School of Excellence by The Cardinal Newman Society’s Catholic Education Honor Roll.
Achievements by the graduating class of 2014-15 include:
• Six National Merit Commended Scholars: Theresa Boyd, Peter Landau, Michael Lind, Lydia McCullough, John McKeating and Richard Meland.
• One of every three seniors scored a 730 or better in critical reading on the SAT, with 5 perfect scores of 800. One of every five seniors scored a 700 or better in math. One of six seniors scored a 650 or better in writing.
• Seniors volunteered an average of 150 service hours each.
• President’s Education Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement: Anastasia Wilhelm; Outstanding Academic Excellence: Theresa Boyd, Mary Hall, Peter Landau, Michael Lind, Richard Meland, Clare Mortenson, Jacob Scioscia and Jason Stojanovic.
• Pittsburgh Catholic Outstanding Catholic Student: Chris Miller. St. Timothy Award winner: Mike Tappe.
• The following seniors were recognized for their outstanding performance on the National Latin Exam. Poetry III: Silver Maxima Cum Laude — Peter Landau; Magna Cum Laude — Michael Lind.
• Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League Scholar Athlete nominee: Jacob Scioscia.
• Aquinas Academy Outstanding Athlete of the Year Award winner: Mike Tappe.