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South Allegheny board recognizes achievers

| Thursday, March 21, 2013, 12:46 a.m.

Name dropping took place at South Allegheny's school board meeting on Wednesday.

Many of Superintendent Wayne P. Gdovic's honors went to athletes, including two high school swimmers who made the WPIAL championships, even though the school district does not have a pool.

Brendan Finney and Jarod Palmer qualified for the 200-yard medley relay; Brendan also was in 100-yard butterfly and 200-yard individual medley races. They and other swimmers from Serra Catholic High School swam at West Mifflin Area High School.

Wrestling coach Tony DiGiorgio was cited for being chosen Section 3-AA coach of the year. Wrestlers Justo Hernandez, Seth Hitchens, Joe Sorrentino, Lukas Gaydos, Miguel Morales, Mike Whaby and Noah Culp were honored for making the WPIAL Class AA individual tournament.

Girls basketball star Jaylee Patterson was recognized for scoring her 1,000th career point on Jan. 31 against Riverview.

The latest South Allegheny winners in Polar Bear International's competition were honored. Sixth-graders Mariah Andrejchak, Emily Atkins, Hayden Bayura, MacKenzie Duval, Maddie Klein, Kennedy Lawson, Casey McNeilis, Allison Mullin, Kaylie Payne, Hannah Rhodes, Madison Rudnick, Jocilyn Shamber, Madison Steele and Cortney Wojtovich worked with teacher Jenna Whitney.

They brought reusable plastic bottles, their environmental project, for the board.

South Allegheny Steel Center Vo-Tech students Autumn Anderson (cosmetology), Daniel Mawritz (heating, ventilation and air conditioning), Ryan Provins (computer information systems) and Drew Mattie (medium/heavy truck) were cited for their extra effort.

Named students of the month are Sarah Pribanic and Connor Morgan from seventh grade and Lena Lundy and Louie Borrelli from eighth grade.

Gdovic announced approval of 501 (c) 3 nonprofit status for South Allegheny Alumni and Friends Association. He also invited the community on teacher Karen Kadar's behalf to attend the arts festival on May 2 at South Allegheny Elementary School.

Patrick Cloonan is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-664-9161, ext. 1967, or pcloonan@tribweb.com.

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