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Avonworth School District's superintendent is the recipient of the Distinguished Educator Award.The University of Pittsburgh's Tri-State Area School Study Council has honored Tom Ralston -- pictured above with middle school students Cooper Groll, Olivia Perry, Natalie Grillo and Jackson Southern -- for leadership contributions to the school district, community, and/or educational research or publications. Ralston will be honored at Tri-State's 69th annual banquet on March 9 at the Edgewood Country Club.

Northgate students, from left, Nate O'Mara, Paul Baldauff, Alec Likens, Hailey McClain and Michael Thomas work on projects that will be displayed at the Arts Odyssey on March 3. The district will present the annual event celebrating the arts at the middle/senior high school from 4:30 to 8 p.m. Middle/high school art instructor Lory Farrow said that all students who participate in any creative arts electives, K-12, are involved. Working with Farrow is elementary art instructor Kelly Sorce.

Avonworth’s and Northgate’s spring musicals were featured last weekend, along with cast members representing nine northern Pittsburgh high schools, all who gathered at Memorial Park Church in Allison Park as a fund-raiser supporting North Hills Community Outreach programs. Each school presented one selection from their school shows.

Introduced by Anders Ove, who performs in Avonworth’s “Beauty and the Beast,” Lucas McDonald sang “If I Can’t Love Her,” and Northgate presented “Everywhere That You Are” from “James and the Giant Peach.”

Five Avonworth High School seniors signed letters of intent to attend colleges and universities, Avonworth High School senior athletes recently accepted offers from area colleges and universities and signed letters of intent. Pictured here from left are Whitney Brown, Addy Helffrich, Emily Paszkiewicz, Nathan Slenska, Elaina Tkaczenko.

Whitney Brown, a six-year volleyball stand-out, will attend Robert Morris University, where she will major in pre-medicine.Whitney is the daughter of Jason Brown and Kim Gourley of Ben Avon Heights,

Northgate's Ray Mangone (No. 24) put the Flames on the board during a difficult section loss to Bishop Canevin last Tuesday.

Photo by Tom Steiner for The Citizen

Northgate's Ray Mangone (No. 24) put the Flames on the board during a difficult section loss to Bishop Canevin last Tuesday.

Photo by Tom Steiner for The Citizen

Avonworth’s library is receiving a donation of books in recognition of the school board members.

In Pennsylvania, January is School Board Recognition Month. At the Jan. 16 meeting , representatives of both the Avonworth elementary and middle school student councils presented specially-selected books for donation to the library in honor of the dedication and hard work the members of the school board contribute to the district.

AVONWORTH’S Darius Simmons hits a shot from the lane early in the second quarter against Carlynton last Friday. The Antelopes went on to defeat the Cougars 50-44 in the section contest. The win was followed by a victory over Freedom on Tuesday.

Avalon's annual Apple Blossom Festival took place last Saturday, attracting many area residents who enjoyed the beautiful weather, shopping among the vendors, the massive basket auction, a car cruise and entertainment.

Avonworth-Northgate track team senior Kenny Baurle finishes first in the 100-yard dash, with a time of 11.2 seconds. The home opener for the track and field team saw victories over Aliquippa and Eden Christian for both the boys' and the girls' teams. Speaking of Baurle's finish, Coach Brian Veshio said, "Kenny's time is better than where he was at this time last year. His 51.0 in the 400 on Tuesday is more impressive, as we worked out hard on Monday and it is still very early in the season."

An enthusiastic group of Cub Scouts finished the work required to earn a badge Wednesday evening by planting a dogwood tree at the Bellevue Dog Woods off-leash dog park in Memorial Park. Scouts who worked to plant the tree include Ian Jackson, Christian Madsen, Bralen Klein, Emmett Watson, Patrick Heflin, Joshua Bandi, Zachary Fleckenstein and Savian Baptiste, pictured above with Pack 257 leader Derek Jackson.

Three young women recently received scholarships from the Avon Club. Winners of the two Avon Club Foundation scholarships in the amount of $1,500 each are Lauren Robinet and Monica Yang. Lauren plans to study marine biology at the University of Alabama, and Monica plans to study pharmacy and/or physical therapy, either at Duquesne University or at the University of Pittsburgh.

Lauren is the daughter of Jane Ellen and Yves Robinet, and Monica is the daughter of Jackie Chun.

In recognition of School Board Appreciation Month, student groups from the Avonworth School District once again purchased books to be donated to the library in honor of the board. Pictured above from left are: front row -- Ryan Ehmann, Peyton Faulkner, Sophie Guest, Mary Gannon; middle row -- Vicki Carlson, Kirstin Thompson, student council advisor Jeff Dzubinski, Kate Monti; back row -- Jeff Carraway, Beau Blauser, David Oberdick, John Brandt, Patrick Stewart.

Photo by Nancy Whyte for The Citizen

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After a nailbiter loss on Nov. 7 -- the only goal being the one scored by Seton-La Salle in overtime -- the Avonworth boys' soccer team nonetheless still had another goal to look forward to. The loss denied them the WPIAL championship title, but there was still state competition, with the first round against Mercyhurt Prep in Erie on Nov. 10. That game unfortunately ended in a 5-0 loss for the Antelopes, but established a new level of competition for the soccer team.

Liv Holloway of Emsworth was one of dozens of children who paraded throughout the North Boroughs last Saturday as communities celebrated Halloween. Liv won the prize for most original and scariest in the 10-12 year olds category of the Emsworth parade.

Avonworth High School celebrated homecoming last Friday at the highly-anticipated Avonworth - North Catholic football game. Members of the 2015 homecoming court are, from left, Natalie Simmons, Alexandra Kirsch, Lauren Robinet, 2015 queen Emma Gustic, 2014 queen Caitlyn Miller, Abigail Oberdick and Brianna Knepper.

Avonworth's Erin Welsh (in white) takes on the Bishop Canevin left back to win a loose ball in front of the Canevin goal in a hard-fought soccer match that saw Avonworth come through the 2-1 winner in overtime play last Monday. With the victory, the team advanced to an 8-4-1 record in Section 3(A) competition.

Northgate High School celebrated homecoming with the crowning of a new queen, Gina Ungarino. Denzie White was the runner up.

Photo by Luke Thor Travis for The Citizen

Nearly 180 dogs of all shapes, sizes and breeds took to Bellevue’s Memorial Park swimming pool Monday evening for the annual Labor Day dog swim party. The event is a fund-raiser benefitting the adjacent Bellevue Dog Woods off-leash dog park,

Emsworth Council has a new member. Pictured here, Mayor Dee Quinn swears in new council member Jolene Bennett. Bennett takes over for former council member Geoff Barnes, who moved out of the borough recently. Bennett was chosen from among two applicants for the seat. The term of office will end in January, when the seat will be filled by the results of the November general election, or a new appointment for a two-year term.

Photo by Nancy Whyte for The Citizen

The rains held off long enough for area residents to join Bellevue at its annual July 4th community picnic. Free food and swimming, along with games and attractions for all ages, were highlights of the event.

Four Bellevue Police officers were honored at the Bellevue Council meeting on Tuesday for their efforts to save two Dollar General employees and apprehend a robber.

Emsworth's Gibson Street Bridge project is nearing completion.

At the June meeting of Emsworth Council, Dan Lenz, chairman of infrastructure projects, said that a guide rail still needs to be erected. If the custom-designed guide rail is not finished, a temporary guide rail will be put up, he said.

After a guide rail is in place, Beech Construction will remove the temporary bridge, including about two feet of abutment on each side, Lenz said.