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January 23, 2019 Cranberry Living

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The Seneca Valley Academic Decathlon Team placed first in a regional Academic Decathlon Competition.
Sarah Hooper

SV academic team places 1st in region

JACKSON TWP — For the third time in a row, the Seneca Valley Academic Decathlon Team placed first in a regional Academic Decathlon Competition, this one held at Oil City High School on Jan. 12.

SV seniors who medaled were Katie Bablak, who won an overall gold and medaled in math, art, literature, economics and science; Rishin Sharma, who won in the events of math, art, economics and won an overall bronze; Katie Parker, in the categories of music, literature, economics and science; and Mark Hemmerlin, who won in the category of economics.

Juniors Nishant Jayachandran won an overall silver and also medaled in math, art, literature and economics; Logan Glatz medaled in art, science and social science and also won an overall bronze; Megan Neely won in the categories of art and literature; Gabe Sutherland medaled in economics and social science. Nikolaus Schuster, Lee Spark and Will Firman all medaled in social science. Julia Allman won in the category of art.

Sophomores Mia Chevallier medaled in music and art and Abigail Roeckmann won in the events of art and social science.

Freshman Kate Lipscomb medaled in music.

Seneca Valley competed against 14 other schools in seven events: art, music, literature, social science, economics, math and science.

The SV Academic Decathlon Team includes Julia Allman, Katie Parker, Gabe Sutherland, Logan Glatz, Nick Folino, Mark Hemmerlin, Megan Spark, Abigail Roeckmann, Steven Yang, Kate Lipscomb, Ryan Lipscomb, Nishant Jayachandran, Megan Neely, Christina Yang, Jessie Glatz, Katie Bablak, Ashley Conroy and Mia Chevallier, Will Firman and Nik Schuster.

The next competition will be a regional competition held at Edinboro University March 15-16.

Hooper headed to summer session

ADAMS TWP — Mars High School freshman Sarah Hooper was selected to attend the Duke University Summer Session for High School Students.

Sarah, 14, daughter of Patrick and Paula Hooper of Gibsonia, was admitted to the Duke University Accelerated STEM Academy.

To apply for the program, she was required to submit an academic resume, essay, transcript and letters of recommendation; and, she will complete a research project following the summer session.

The program offers an opportunity for high school students to immerse themselves in a college environment, while engaging in rigorous academics. Participants also join in a myriad of extracurricular activities.

For more information, visit

Planet Foundation meeting Tuesday

ADAMS TWP — Mars Planet Foundation board of directors will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22, at Mars School District’s administration office.

Mars Planet Foundation, a nonprofit organization, serves to develop, promote and finance educational programs, activities and projects within Mars School District. As a tax-exempt, charitable organization, the foundation may apply for specific grants and other private and public allocations.

All meetings are open to the public. For more information, visit

Centennial School slates science fair

ADAMS TWP — Registration for Mars Centennial School’s science fair is available online at through Feb. 20.

Mars students in fifth and sixth grades are invited to participate in the fair, to be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 28. The goal of the activity is to stimulate imagination and independent thinking; increase students’ knowledge in a variety of scientific areas; teach the use of the scientific process; train students in organization and major task completion; and provide an opportunity to enjoy science.

Mars Elementary PTO sponsors the event. For details, contact or visit

Sadie Hawkins dance set Feb. 2

ADAMS TWP — Mars High School student council will offer a Sadie Hawkins Dance from 7 to 10 p.m. Feb. 2 at the school.

Individual tickets are $15 per student through Jan. 25; or $20 from Jan. 28, through Feb. 1. Tickets will be sold during all lunch periods.

A minimum of 200 tickets must be sold or the event will be canceled. For details, call 724-625-1581.

Parent, principal meetings scheduled

ADAMS TWP — Mars School District’s secondary schools will offer Parent & Principal Communication Meetings as follows:

- Mars Middle School — 9:15 a.m. Friday

- Mars High School — 9 a.m. Monday

All parents are encouraged to attend. For more information, contact the individual school.

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