The Clothesline Sale is a cherished tradition at Sewickley Academy that not only serves the school through the significant funds raised but also provides a service to the greater community. However, in order to protect our students, faculty, and staff, as well as our neighbors during the COVID-19 pandemic, we have decided to cancel the 2020 Clothesline Sale. This was a difficult decision, but we believe it was the right one. However, we plan to see you at the Clothesline Sale in 2021 and we need your donations!
Alumna Donates Masks to Sewickley Academy, Other Local Schools and Local Organizations
Elizabeth “Betsy” (Wiegand ’91) Wentz teamed up with Jason Leviere of Santom Upholstery in Ross Township to produce masks for local businesses in an effort to do their part to contribute and help support those who need protective equipment. Betsy, owner of Betsy Wentz Interior Design in Sewickley, purchased the fabric from Thibaut Fabrics and Santom Upholstery provided the labor.
Sewickley Academy Welcomes Over 700 Students to the FIRST LEGO Robotics Championship
By: Erin Whitaker, Middle School Technology Coordinator
Sewickley Academy hosted the Western PA FIRST LEGO League Grand Championship tournament on December 14 and 15.
Over 700 students from around the region formed 70 plus teams that participated in the event. This year’s challenge, City Shaper, focused on community spaces such as buildings, parks, and other public structures.
Students from the Middle School Robopanthers robotics teams competed alongside 50 other teams in their division on the first day of the competition. Students tried to solve a problem related to community spaces as well as design, build, and program a robot using LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 technology to complete missions.
For the Robot Design presentation, students demonstrated how their robot worked with the various attachments they created and showed their programming to the judges. For the Project Presentation, Robopanthers Red presented on the impacts of environmental issues such as air quality, radiation, and decibel levels. Robopathers Black presented on abandoned buildings and how to transform or repurpose these spaces. The FIRST Core Values, which consist of discovery, innovation, impact, inclusion, teamwork, and fun, were evaluated by a teamwork activity followed by questions about how the team worked together throughout the season to complete the challenges.
Both Sewickley Academy teams were able to improve their robot game scores throughout the day and placed 13th and 41st out of 52 teams in the scholastic division. The Grand Championship marked the conclusion of the season and our students look forward to competing again next year.