Excellence in Allegheny
Bittersweet: Antiqua, Quaker Valley High School's literary magazine, received the highest award offered by the National Council of Teachers of English program to recognize excellence in student literary magazines.
Quaker Valley Middle School students who earned perfect scores on the WordMasters Challenge administered in December: sixth-grader Marguerite Courtney; and seventh-graders Annika Christensen and Molly Henschke. Scoring 19 out of 20 were: sixth-grader Lia Warburton; seventh-graders Jake Musial and Franzi Nace; and eighth-graders Emma Szuba, Ryan Torbic and Elizabeth Whalen. Scoring 18 out of 20 were: sixth-graders Nolan Carver, Rosalie Daval, David Lipton, Geoff Magan, Eric Nelson, Gabi Saladino and Kyle Torbic; seventh-graders Maddie Cahall, Devon Jones, Caitlyn McCloskey, Michael Parker and Ryan Weicht; and eighth-graders Beth Fleming and Duff Klaber.
• Butler County Symphony named Duquesne University sophomore Kylee O'Donnell its Young Artist winner. O'Donnell, originally from Valencia, is majoring in flute performance. She will perform Chaminade's “Concertino for Flute and Orchestra” with the orchestra on March 9.
Hampton High School junior Jessica Mattson will play violin in the National Association for Music Education All-Eastern Honors Orchestra in April.