It is an exciting time in the Penn Hills School District, with our students demonstrating their Penn Hills Pride by receiving a variety of honors in academics, extracurriculars, and athletics.
Senior Micah Silverman has been named a finalist in the National Merit® Scholarship Program by the CollegeBoard. He is 1 of 15,000 finalists who will continue in the competition for some 7,500 Merit® Scholarship awards that will be offered this spring.
Junior Kristina Hilko competed in the For Inspiration & Recognition of Science & Technology (FIRST) Robotics Competition with her robotics team Girls of Steel. This is an all-girls team from different high schools around Pittsburgh based at Carnegie Mellon University. The team won 1st place, and with its Captain Kristina, will advance to the Worlds Competition.
Fourth grader Aiden Quirk and third grader Thomas Quirk competed in the Write the Good Future Creative Writing Contest. This contest goal was to encourage the writing of hopeful futuristic fiction. For their efforts, Aiden received second place and Thomas received first place.
Three of the seven District Odyssey of the Mind teams that competed at the regional tournament will be advancing to the state finals in April. A team from the High School, Middle School, and Elementary School had a first, second, and third place finish in their respective divisions for their projects in the category, “A Stellar Hangout.”
In sports, the Varsity Boys’ Basketball Team brought home a fifth WPIAL Championship, and the first since 2003, when the team defeated Pine-Richland in the WPIAL Class 6A final by a score of 60-56. Senior Davion Stephens was the TribHSSN Player of the Game, with 24 points, 8 rebounds, and 3 blocks.
Junior Kimani Gregory set a new WPIAL record in the boys’ AAA 100 freestyle at the WPIAL Swimming Championships. His time of 44.09 beat a record set last year of 44.17. He took gold by winning the race 0.05 ahead of the defending champion. Kimani also took gold in the boys’ 100-yard butterfly.
Congratulations to these and so many other students who work so hard to be their very best and represent our District with pride. Stay tuned for more to come.