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March 22, 2017 Cranberry Local News

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From left, Michelle Manukas, Jacob Smith and Zachary Kowalewski will attend the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association (PMEA) Regional Band Festival this week in Sharon. They are members of the Mars High School band.

,b>Seneca senior earns scholarships

JACKSON TWP — Urvi Gupta, a Seneca Valley High School senior, was named the recipient of awards and scholarships from several well-known national organizations.

For demonstrating leadership and dedication to her community, Gupta was named a 2017 Coca-Cola Scholar. Out of nearly 100,000 applicants, only 150 students in the nation earned the designation.

The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation is one of the largest corporate-sponsored, achievement-based scholarship programs of its kind in the United States.

The National Center for Women and Information Technology (NCWIT) chose Gupta as a 2017 Western and Central Pennsylvania and West Virginia Affiliate winner of the NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing. The award recognized her computing-related aspirations, aptitudes and interest in information technology/computing.

Gupta qualified as a 2017 Recognized Carson Scholar for her continued academic and humanitarian achievements. She also was honored as a Carson Scholar during the 2015-16 school year and received a scholarship.

She is the daughter of Rajeev and Minoo Gupta. She aspires to have a career in a science field, particularly in medicine.

Gupta has competed in many STEM-related competitions and is a peer tutor. Her greatest technical accomplishment to date has been her creation of a plant-powered oxygen fuel cell.

Spring parties slated at school

ADAMS TWP — Mars Centennial School will hold its annual spring party from 1 to 2 p.m. Friday for fifth-graders and from 2:10 to 3:10 p.m. Friday for sixth-graders.

Herofest will be held on Saturday

CRANBERRY TWP — The fourth annual Herofest will be held from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Regional Learning Alliance.

The family friendly event recognizes the different ways people can help make the world a better place, from firefighters and military personnel to doctors, educators, athletes, environmentalists, artists and more.

Activities will include a hero party with the Police Pup and Pink Pup, a laser show, art and science experiments, face painting, hair chalk, balloon artists, photo booth and food.

The event is presented by HeartPrints Early Education Center on Cranberry Woods Drive.

Students to perform with regional band

ADAMS TWP — Three members of the Mars High School band were selected by solo audition to perform in the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association (PMEA) Regional Band Festival, to be held March Wednesday to Friday at Sharon Middle/High School in Sharon.

The students are senior Zachary Kowalewski (alto sax); junior Michelle Manukas (flute); and sophomore Jacob Smith (trombone). Dr. Bradley Genevro, University of Texas at El Paso director of bands, will serve as guest conductor.

The event will conclude with a public concert at 7 p.m. Friday at Sharon High School. Tickets may be purchased at the door.

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