Members of avonworth High School’s Honor Society would have preferred wearing the clothing articles they were packing rather than readying them for distribution to Third World countries serviced by the international charity World Vision. But the mountains of shirts proclaiming Pittsburgh as winners of Super Bowl XLV will never be worn by diehard “ if only” fans or become eBay curiosity items.

Isaac Miller, 16, of Ben Avon, recently competed in the annual Shakespeare monologue competition at the O'Reilly Theater in Pittsburgh. Interpreting the character of Mercutio from "Romeo and Juliet," Isaac's three-minute presentation earned him one of 11 finalist positions selected from hundreds of students participating.A sophomore at Lincoln Park Performing Arts Charter School, the competition marks his first efforts with performing Shakespeare.

Members of Avonworth High School's newly formed Key Club, along with several parents and Kiwanis officials, gathered for a dinner celebration marking the official chartering of the club at the school. According to co-sponsor Breanne Maisner, "Key Club is the oldest international service organization in the U.S.

The Gallery on Baum in Oakland will exhibit art selections by Avonworth junior Krystina Thomas, pictured here preparing a canvas for future work, through Feb. 20.

The pen-and-ink drawings display patterns and line work "…inspired by nature," said Krystina, whose interest in art began in elementary school where she recalls starting simply by "doodling." Kristina hopes to make a career of her art talents and plans to attend the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore following graduation.

Fourth and fifth grade students at Avonworth elementary got a broader vision of mathmatics when they heard from dozens of speakers during the Women in Math Conference held last Friday. Organized by teacher Amy Besterman, the program was designed to encourage young girls to do better in math by exposing them to women who use math in their professional careers. The fifth graders pictured above, from Laura Dzadovsky’s classroom, hosted The Citizen publisher Connie Rankin, who explained how much math comes into play in running and publishing a newspaper.

Arthur has been officially adopted as the mascot of the Northgate 9th and 10th grade mock trial team. He may also qualify as an expert witness on the subject of hamming it up for the camera.

Northgate eighth grader Matt Dombrowski, won the National Geographic Geography Bee for the Northgate Middle School, which was held on Jan. 10. Matt will now take a written test, and up to 100 of the top scorers in each state will be eligible to compete in their state bees on April 1. The National Geographic Society will provide an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, DC, for state champions to participate in the national championship rounds on May 24 and 25.

Emsworth’s newest council member is Thomas Madey of Courtney Street, who will serve on the parks copmmittee.

Although the Northgate-Avonworth swim teams dropped a home meet to Seton La Salle last Monday -- bringing the record for the girls' and the boys' teams to 1-1 for the season -- several individual swimmers had first-place finishes recently.

So much about Christmas can be summed up in the face of a child. Pictured above, a toddler enjoys the festivities at Emsworth’s tree lighting and holiday celebration held last Friday.

The Avonworth Brass Ensemble and the folk group from Sacred Heart Church provided music for Emsworth's holiday celebration on Dec. 3.

Emsworth Council president Maria West greeted residents who attended the annual tree lighting and holiday celebration.

Members of the Northgate chorus delivered a program of holiday cheer to New Hope Assisted Living in Avalon on Wednesday afternoon when they sang a program of Christmas carols for dozens of residents who gathered in the social hall. With the season’s first snowfall seen drifting past background windows, the students sang traditional as well as modern selections, passing out lyrics for the audience to join in on several songs. The program was arranged and conducted by Northgate choral director Kelly Winovich.

The duct tape didn't hold long after the crate was removed from beneath principal John Primrose's feet. Some gym mats were laid out just in case, but the detachment was so quick that the principal was able to remain on his feet.

The kindergarten class at Bellevue Elementary School taught by Elizabeth Doerr wished everyone a Happy Thanksgiving as they donned costumes and made headdresses to become a tribe of Native Americans. The students performed a holiday pageant for their parents Tuesday morning, then enjoyed a small Thanksgiving feast of their own.

A SCUBA diver confers with his colleagues on boats in last Saturday's river rescue drill.

The Region 13 Homeland Security water rescue team participated in a drill on the Ohio River in Glenfield last Saturday. Pictured here, divers who are part of the Allegheny County Police bomb squad prepare to search for a “bomb” that went down with one of the “victims” of a “capsized” boat.

NorthWest EMS river rescue team chief Matt McDanel (in the white helmet) heads out onto the river in one of the easily and quickly deployable inflatibles used in water operations.

On-shore personnel can keep in constant radio contact with divers. In this case, the divers in question are from the Allegheny County bomb squad, whose communications lines are incorporated into their safety ropes.

Not even the presence of a scary witch (Bellevue Council member Susan Viscusi) or AGH's Kathi Ferri could distract Arthur from the smell of hotdogs and hamburgers that filled the air at the Fall Festival held in Bayne Park last Saturday. Arthur had a wonderful time, meeting several small dogs (his favorite) and lots of kids who were enjoying the festivities. He would like to thank Bellevue Council member Jim Viscusi and the Bellevue Volunteer Fire Comapny for the excellent grilled treats.

The Northgate Marching Band brass and drum sections move onto the field at Lenzner Stadium before last Friday's "Pink Out" game between Northgate and Avonworth .

Avonworth Head Coach Jason Kekseo paces the sidelines.

Kendra Anick prepares to direct the Northgate Marching Band's halftime performance.

The Northgate Flames coaching staff keeps an eye on the action.