Shady Side student supports women's shelter - FoxChapel

Shady Side student supports women’s shelter

Tuesday, May 19, 2020 | 11:01 PM

Shady Side Academy freshman Smrithi Shyam organized a donation drive to support Bethlehem Haven, a local women’s shelter.

Inspired to help women at the shelter who may be losing their jobs or struggling to pay rent and buy groceries, Shyam worked with a group of six student volunteers from the Pittsburgh area to collect donations and assemble 30 care kits with toiletries, masks, snacks and activities to increase the residents’ morale.

Shyam also applied for a grant through with 100% gift matching.

Her team submitted $1,350 collected through local donations, which was matched, growing the total donation to $2,700.


Dorseyville Middle School administrators are planning to host “Open Tours” for incoming sixth-graders and new students during the second week of August. This event is meant for students and parents to have the chance to become comfortable with the building and new surroundings. Students will be given access to their schedules so that they can walk through each classroom. The event is pending based on CDC guidelines.


Six Fox Chapel Area High School students earned high marks on the 2020 National Latin Exam.

A Summa Cum Laude Gold Medal award was earned by junior Ryan Kenyon.

A Maxima Cum Laude Silver Medal award was earned by freshman Silas Owens. Magna Cum Laude Certificate awards were earned by junior Amulya Garimella and sophomore Aurora Sauereisen. Cum Laude certificates were earned by junior Divine Eyth and freshman Salvatore Smith.

The National Latin Exam is a test given each year to Latin students across the United States and around the world. Depending upon their score, students may earn certificates, medals and can qualify for scholarships.


Fox Chapel Area High School freshman Prajval Sreenivas won second-place in Impromptu Speaking at the virtual freshman-sophomore tournament hosted by Shady Side Academy. The tournament was April 18 with 50 students competing from 12 high schools.


Shady Side Academy sophomore cellist Daniel Lee was selected to the Pennsylvania Music Educators (PMEA) 2020 All-State Orchestra as the No. 1-ranked cellist at the auditions. While the All-State Orchestra Festival has been canceled due to the spread of covid-19, Lee’s achievement makes him eligible to audition for the String Orchestra at the National Association for Musical Education (NafME) All-National Honor Ensembles, scheduled for Nov. 5-8 in Orlando, Fla.

Lee was previously selected as the No. 1 chair cellist for PMEA District 1 Honors String Orchestra Festival in November 2019 and the PMEA District Orchestra in January 2020.

PMEA is a statewide nonprofit organization of more than 5,000 members, dedicated to promoting the musical development of all Pennsylvanians.