It only took one visit to the National Aviary on the Northside to inspire Washington Elementary student Jack Hartman. "All of the beautiful colors of the birds really spoke to me and inspired me to donate. I thought that if I donated to the Aviary it would be my impact on the world, so I choose to symbolically adopt a Scarlet Macaw and buy a penguin plaque at Penguin Point," said Jack. Starting last October, Jack was on a mission. He made a donation cup for the front desk at Washington School to start the collection. Between the school donations, his birthday and Christmas money, and a final contribution from his grandfather, Jack was able to present a check for $1000 to the Aviary. On his arrival, he was met by Ted Bartlett, Manager of Development, who had a scarlet macaw waiting for him. Jack said, "I was so excited and I got to meet the bird that I symbolically adopted, his name was Red!"

On Tuesday April 25th they unveiled the plaque at Penguin Point with Jack's name and "...the students of Mt. Lebo Washington Elementary." Jack was met at the ceremony by two penguins, Happy and Goldie, who very much appreciated all that Jack had done for their home.

Jack continues to raise money for the Aviary with plans to hold a raffle and a kickball tournament this summer. His goal is to raise another $600 to adopt an African Penguin, with the rest going to the bird rescue program. According to Jack, "That is why and what I did for the Aviary and what I will do in the future." Well done, Jack. A young philanthropist is born.

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Last evening, the high school held their Annual Awards Program for students receiving scholarship and awards. This night honors these outstanding students and the very impressive awards and scholarships they receive ranging from $500 to several thousands of dollars. Thanks to all for their participation, especially those nominating and/or selecting these very deserving award winners.

Special thanks to High School Unit Principal Ms. Natasha Dirda and Dean of Students Ms. Carlie McGinty who served as masters of ceremonies last night and Ms. Diana Becker and Ms.Trish Carlson from the High School Counseling Department for coordinating the entire evening's program. Congratulations to our students!

Here are some photos from the ceremony.

Black Association of the South Hills

DAR Award

Richard Madden Scholarship

Global Studies

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PJAS State Award Winners

Mt Lebanon High School students presented their individual research projects at the 83rd annual State Competition of the Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science held earlier this month at Penn State University. These four students earned this invitation by achieving first place awards at the regional meeting at Duquesne University.

Elizabeth Ly and Rebecca Schwartz earned first place awards at the state competition for their projects titled "Chemical Transformation between PVA and Boric Acid" and "Rates of Chemiluminescent Reactions." Second place awards were received by Sein Lee for "Revolutionizing the American Lawn with Polycultural Methods" and Nikolas Mustian for "Evolutionary Advantages of Lactose Tolerance in E. Coli."

The State Competition of the Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science is held each May at The Pennsylvania State University in University Park. All regional first award winners are eligible to compete at the state level. Approximately 3,000 of the best and brightest science students from Pennsylvania's twelve separate PJAS regions descend upon State College each May to present their research.

Congratulations to our students and their faculty advisors, Kyle Tilger and Josh Bilak, on this outstanding achievement.

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Scott Folmer Award

Senior Matthew Loughran was recently awarded the Scott E. Folmer STEPP Award sponsored by The Allegheny County Local Task Force on the Right to Education. The recipient of this award is a student who through a single act of courage or continued friendship has helped another student who receives special education services be an active an accepted member of the community. Valerie Zipay-Demsky nominated Matthew. Her son Robert Demsky and Matt met while in physical education class together and became friends. Both Matthew and Robert joined Lebo Stars (Best Buddies) and according to Ms. Zipay-Demsky, over the past three years Matt has played an instrumental role in Robert's social life. Matt has been with Robert at all of the school dances, games, events, and has volunteered his study hall to help Robert in speech class. They are true friends.

Pictured from Left to right are: Rebecca Hahn, Co-Chair LTF3, Mrs. Judith Kolko, Sue Means, Allegheny County Counsel Woman, Matt Loughran, Robert Demsky, and Iris Heiser, Co-Chair LTF3.

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Dance Company January 2017

Dance Company Daytimes January 2017

We're All In This Together

"We're all in this together" is the theme of the 2016-17 opening day video for staff.

Happy Holidays 2016

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James Harvey Jim Collins Scholar Athlete Award

High school senior David Harvey was selected to receive one of 20 WPIAL Jim Collins Scholar Athlete Awards. A $1000 scholarship award was given to 10 male and 10 female WPIAL scholar athletes who have demonstrated academic excellence, community service, and outstanding achievement in their athletic pursuits. The award was presented on May 15 at a ceremony that included David's parents as well as Athletic Director John Grogan, High School Principal Brian McFeeley, and Head Football Coach Mike Melnyk. Congratulations to David on this special honor!

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The Mt. Lebanon High School Dance Company Auditions will be held on Monday, June 5th at 4:00 PM in the High School Dance Studio, room D 105. High school students who want to audition must pick up an audition letter and permission form from Mrs. Kapron in the dance studio. Middle school students who are in 8th grade must pick up the audition letter and permission form in the Principal's office at their school. A mandatory audition meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 23rd at 3:30 PM in the High School Dance Studio. If you cannot make the meeting on May 23rd a make-up meeting will be held on Thursday, May 25th. If you plan to audition you must attend one of the after school mandatory meetings. You will learn the audition combination at the mandatory meeting.

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Washington Post List of Most Challenging High Schools

Mt. Lebanon High School is on the Washington Post's list of America's Most Challenging High Schools. Only 31 high schools in Pennsylvania and six schools in Western Pennsylvania are listed. This is the Washington Post's annual rankings of how successfully schools challenge their students. According to the Washington Post, "The methodology used to develop the list ranks schools through an index formula that takes the number of Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate and Advanced International Certificate of Education tests given at a school each year, divided by the number of graduating seniors." Congratulations to our high school students, faculty and administration on this recognition.

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