Spear wins SV math competition
JACKSON TWP — Seneca Valley High School freshman Rachel Spear was the first-place winner at Seneca Valley in the Mathematical Association of America’s American Mathematics Competition 10.
The AMC 10 and 12 are the first in a series of competitions that eventually lead to the International Mathematical Olympiad. Rachel’s high score also qualified her to take the American Invitational Mathematics Examination. She will find out if she advances to the IMO once her national exam is scored later this summer.
The MAA AMC program leads the nation in strengthening the mathematical capabilities of the next generation of problem solvers.
The competitions prepare students for future careers in STEM fields and nurture positive attitudes toward analytical thinking and mathematics.
Heart Challenge raises nearly $20K
ADAMS TWP — Students at Mars School District’s three elementary schools raised a combined $19,567.50 to benefit the American Heart Association as part of various “Heart Challenge” fundraisers, held Feb. 1 to April 5.
Mars Primary Center (K-1) collected $5,531; Mars Elementary School (2-4), collected $13,015; and Mars Centennial School (5-6), collected $1,021.50.
In addition, during their physical education classes, students at each school participated in heart healthy activities while discussing topics such as healthy eating, proper exercise and the dangers of drugs and alcohol.
Mars students show skills at conference
ADAMS TWP — Two Mars High School students represented Butler County Vocational-Technical School at the 2019 SkillsUSA Pennsylvania State Conference, held April 15-17 in Hershey.
Junior Roshan Nunna (computer networking and security) earned a silver medal in the information technology services contest. Junior Anastasia Starr (graphic design) and her team members earned a bronze medal in the promotional bulletin board category.
The students competed against high school students from career and technical education centers across the state. The SkillsUSA competition reinforces the field-related skills that students are learning in the classroom as well as their leadership prowess.
Board will discuss middle school plans
ADAMS TWP — Mars School Board will hold a board meeting at 9 a.m. Monday in the boardroom at the district’s administration office.
The board will be considering construction bids for the upcoming Mars Middle School renovation project.
The meeting is open to the public.
Stuff the Bus drive benefits Lighthouse
ADAMS TWP — Mars Primary Center collected 7,145 diapers as part of the school’s “Stuff the Bus” Diaper Drive, held April 8-12 to benefit The Lighthouse Foundation food bank in Middlesex Township.
As part of the annual event, the school accepted donations of diapers that were “stuffed” into a school bus provided by A.J. Myers & Sons bus company on April 12. The diapers will be distributed to families in need.
The fundraiser was held in conjunction with the National Week of the Young Child.
Juried art showcase slated Friday
ADAMS TWP — Mars High School will host its annual Coffeehouse Gallery Art Showcase from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday.
The event, a juried art show, will feature artworks such as paintings, ceramics, sculptures and drawings created by students in grades 7-12. Festivities will also include entertainment, refreshments and other activities.
In addition, one student will be selected as the winner of the annual Robinson Purchase Prize, sponsored by Robinson Family Industries. The student’s work will be framed and displayed in the lobby of Mars High School’s auditorium. Admission is free.
Students gear up for robotics contest
JACKSON TWP — Seneca Valley School District hopes to take over by sea, air and land in an upcoming competition.
The Sea, Air and Land Challenge, a regional high school robotics and engineering competition, will take place from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Thursday at Seneca Valley Senior High School.
Students will compete in a robotics and engineering vehicle challenge that will test robotic vehicle capabilities in water, air and land environments.
Sea, Air and Land Challenge is a program sponsored by the Office of Naval Research in which students learn the engineering process through designing a system relevant to the Department of Defense.
The systems are then used to compete in challenges that mimic missions encountered by the military, national security agencies and first responders.