Above & Beyond

FACING FUTURE Commencement for Mt. Lebanon Class of 2022 is Wednesday, June 1. Congratulations to all the seniors who are following in the footsteps of the Class of 2021 (pictured). Good luck on your journey. Make us proud. /Photo: Harrison Lilley
Carrie Moniot

Carrie Moniot is Mt. Lebanon’s new content creator. She began her career at KQV Radio, then worked at KDKA Radio and TV before moving across town to WPXI-TV, where she worked her way up from news assignment editor to producer, then executive producer.  Later, when Moniot transitioned into higher education, she began teaching at her alma mater, Point Park University, where she received a bachelor’s degree in journalism and communications. She  also served as student media advisor at Robert Morris University.  Moniot recently returned to her KDKA roots as a freelance digital content producer before becoming a freelance senior producer at Sparkt.com and a freelance reporter for Gazette 2.0.

A member of several local journalism organizations, she also sits on the Board of Governors for the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences mid-Atlantic Region.

Moniot is a Beaver County native who currently lives in Robinson Township with her husband.

In her spare time, you can find her rooting on Pittsburgh’s sports teams, especially the Pittsburgh Pirates, and helping to “roadie” her husband Drew’s many musical gigs. Moniot can be reached
at cmoniot@mtlebanon.org.

Stephanie Hacke

Meet Mt. Lebanon’s new assistant public information officer, Stephanie Hacke, who also serves as the magazine’s senior editor. She’s been with the municipality, serving as content creator, since October 2020.

A South Hills native, Hacke graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a double major in journalism and communications. She worked as the South Hills reporter for Trib Total Media for nearly a decade before coming to Mt. Lebanon.

One of her favorite things to do is talk with people and learn their stories. When she’s not working, she can often be found hanging out with her family at one of Lebo’s coffee shops. You can also find her at the mall on the regular.

Hacke lives in Mt. Lebanon with her boyfriend, Tom, and their rescue dog, Mac.

Have an idea for a story or LeboLife blog? She’d love to hear from you at shacke@mtlebanon.org.


MODEL U.N. The Mt. Lebanon High School Model United Nations team claimed the first place Team Award at the Westminster College Model UN Tournament. Additionally, 20 of Mt. Lebanon’s Model UN students claimed first, second or third place in their committee rooms. In all, Mt. Lebanon students won first place in four of five committees and second place in all five committees.

Students with a first-place individual award are Mihail Alexandrov, Anna Mares, Scarlett Prendergast, Amy Tan, Zach Frenie, Zach Phelps, Ava Gamba, Nadia D’Arrigo. Taking second place was Emma Gomez Domingo as well as Gina Malachow, Maddie Bank, Eli Anstandig, Kal Stefanov, Felix Yang and James Brown.

Adam Lumish and George Savarese coached the team.


ATHLETIC DISTINCTION The Mt. Lebanon High School athletic program was selected as a Program of Distinction in the Middle States Association Commissions on Elementary and Secondary Schools’ spring accreditation. In the past, Mt. Lebanon High School’s counseling, visual arts and music programs have received this distinction. This is the athletic program’s first distinction. The only other athletic program to receive this distinction is a school in Valencia, Spain.

The five Middle States Standards for Accreditation are: foundations; governance and organization; student well-being; resources; and teaching and learning.

The accreditation process includes a self-study and a peer review process.


GREAT MUSIC  The Mt. Lebanon School District was once again honored as one of the Best Communities for Music Education by the National Association of Music Merchants NAMM Foundation. This is Mt. Lebanon’s 14th consecutive Best Communities designation, which is given to districts that demonstrate outstanding achievement in efforts to provide music access and education to all students.


BUY LOCAL Mt. Lebanon’s two farmers markets are going strong all through the season. The midweek market, sponsored by the Mt. Lebanon Lions Club, is open from 4 to 7 p.m., in the Mt. Lebanon United Lutheran Church lot, 975 Washington Road. Vendors include Anthos Greek Imports, Baked True North, a gluten-free bakery, Costello Apiaries, Logan Family Farms, Sand Hill Berries and Pies, Scorch Garden tacos and salsa, and many more.

The Uptown Farmers Market is on Washington Road in the central business district from Saturday from 9 to noon. In addition to food, flower and craft vendors, Second Saturdays will feature music, crafts and art. The market has a core group of vendors and a rotating vendor roster to round out the market.


FIRST FRIDAYS Mt. Lebanon’s summer street festival is back on June 3 from 7 to 10 p.m. Stop by Clearview Common to hear live music from blues guitarist Byron Nash. The evening will feature a couple of other fun surprises, so be sure to stop by.

On July 1, First Fridays will feature Wizdom Worldwide reggae band and, on August 5, come listen to Caribbean band Azucar.


SEEKING JUNIOR COMMISSIONERS and board liaisons. Becoming a Mt. Lebanon junior commissioner or a junior member of one of Mt. Lebanon’s boards and authorities is a great way to learn more about how local government operates, and to see whether you might be interested in a career in public service. The Commission is looking for Mt. Lebanon students to serve for the 2022-23 school year. Candidates must be rising juniors or seniors and will serve one semester. They will attend public meetings, report on student initiatives and get a close-up look at local government. Apply by Friday, July 8, at www.mtlebanon.org.


SHARE YOUR GOOD NEWS New job? Promotion? Major award? Tell us, and we’ll tell everyone! Send your good news to mjantz@mtlebanon.org and see it in Above & Beyond.

Charlie Yeuroukis, Mt. Lebanon Class of 2001, in Thailand with a 450-pound tiger in a pretty extreme petting zoo. Charlie currently lives in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Are you a Mt. Lebanon alum who has a snap of yourself doing something fun or visiting somewhere cool? Share it with us! Send it to mjantz@mtlebanon.org, and you could be in the next Mt. Lebanon Magazine.