Above & Beyond

Six Mt. Lebanon High School  students have been named semifinalists in the National Merit Scholarship competition. Semifinalists represent about 1.1 percent of all high school students who enter the annual National Merit Scholarship Competition. From left, front row: Vishnu Venugopal,  Amanda Green and Amy Tan. Back row: Constantin Matros, Chase Dustevich, Hayden Sinar and high school principal Dr. Joel Thompson.

MERIT SCHOLARS At the beginning of each school year, about 1.5 million high school students enter the National Merit Scholarship Competition. The first step is to take either the Preliminary Scholastic Achievement Test or the National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. Approximately 16,000 top scorers are named semifinalists in the competition. In February, about 15,000 semifinalists will be selected as finalists, and of that group, about 7,250 will receive $2,500 scholarships.

Mia McPherson Cedarhurst, is  a 2022 Women in Content Marketing Award winner.

WICMA recognizes the outstanding work of inspiring women, spotlighting specific achievements and ways these marketers have positively impacted others.

“Being named a Women in Content Marketing Award winner is a personal and career dream come true,” said McPherson.

McPherson is a writer and content creator specializing in B2B technology, marketing, and human-interest stories. She is the former content director and editor-in-chief of Oracle media properties, including SmarterCX.com, the Customer Experience Blog, Modern Marketing Blog and Advertising Blog.

A bestselling author of nonfiction and children’s books, McPherson is currently working in her dream roles as stay-at-home parent and freelance writer. She has written and blogged for Mt. Lebanon Magazine.

“I left my full-time job last year to be a stay-at-home parent, and through freelance writing, I can continue my career at a pace that allows me to prioritize parenthood and enjoy every moment of it. As a parent and as a writer, to receive the kind of recognition that says that what I’m doing is making a positive impact means so much,” she added.


TOP RATED SCHOOLS All 10 Mt. Lebanon School District schools have received an A+ rating from Niche.com, a service that rates schools using U.S. Department of Education statistics and student, parent and teacher surveys and reviews. An A+ rating puts all of the district’s schools in the top 2 percent of schools nationwide. Niche has ranked Mt. Lebanon as the third best district in the region, sixth best in Pennsylvania and the 82nd best district in the country. Statewide, Niche has ranked Mt. Lebanon the No. 3 district with the best teachers, the seventh best place to teach and the 26th best district for athletes.