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Local Pittsburgh female athletes celebrated at 18th Annual National Girls and Women in Sports Day

PITTSBURGH (February 11, 2013)… Female athletes from regional high schools and colleges were honored on Friday, February 8, at the 18th Annual National Girls and Women in Sports Day (NGWSD) at Chatham University. Each year, Chatham celebrates the accomplishments of regional female high school and college student athletes who make positive contributions in the classroom, on the playing field, and in the community.

At the event, five high school and collegiate female athletes of distinction received the Patience Blayden Spirit of Sport Award, named in honor of a former Chatham athletic director who dedicated 34 years to achieving greater awareness and recognition of women’s collegiate athletics. Andrew Stockey, WTAE-TV evening news anchor and sports director, served as Master of Ceremonies. Patty Paytas, senior vice president of community and public affairs for the Pittsburgh Pirates as well as the executive director of Pirates Charities, gave the keynote speech, which focused on challenges women face as professionals in the sports industry.

This year’s winners of the Patience Blayden Spirit of Sport Award include Kirsten McMichael, a sophomore at Ringgold High School who runs cross-country and indoor and outdoor track and field, Jordan Busshaus, a junior at Hampton High School who is on the basketball and dance teams; Julie Hartz, a senior swimmer at Penn-Trafford High School (tie); Angela Heintz, a senior at Seton-LaSalle Catholic High School who plays volleyball and basketball (tie); and Rachel Blonski, a senior softball player at Carlow University. All winners are selected by an honorary committee.

Jennifer McMichael, who is the mother of sophomore awardee Kirsten McMichael and is the head coach of cross-country and indoor and outdoor track and field at Ringgold High School, received the Outstanding Coach Award. The award honors a coach who positively affects their school and their athletes’ experiences.

NGWSD began in 1987 in commemoration of Olympic volleyball player Flo Hyman for her athletic achievements and her work to assure equality for women’s sports. Hyman died of Marfan Syndrome in 1986 while competing in a volleyball tournament in Japan. Since that time, NGWSD has evolved into a day to acknowledge the past and recognize current sports achievements, the positive influence of sports participation, and the continuing struggle for equality and access for women in sports.

About Chatham University
Chatham University, founded in 1869, is located in the vibrant Shadyside neighborhood of Pittsburgh, Pa. Preparing students from around the world, Chatham’s enrollment throughout the past decade was the fastest growing in the Pittsburgh region. With enrollment of more than 2,300 students and consisting of an undergraduate women’s college and co-educational graduate and online programs, Chatham has consistently been ranked among the top master’s level institutions in the Northeast by U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review. Offering challenging academics and innovative programming in the fields of sustainability and the environment, health and lab sciences, creative and liberal arts, and business and entrepreneurship, a Chatham education is designed to meet the needs of tomorrow’s economy, today.

For more information, call 412-365-1139 or visit www.chatham.edu.

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Ringgold High School Coach Jennifer McMichael receives the Outstanding Coach Award at Chatham University’s National Girls and Women in Sports Day celebration

PITTSBURGH (February 8, 2013)… Today at Chatham University’s 18th Annual National Girls and Women in Sports Day (NGWSD) celebration, Jennifer McMichael, who is the head coach of cross-country and indoor and outdoor track and field at Ringgold High School, received the Outstanding Coach Award. The award honors a coach who positively affects their school and their athletes’ experiences.

McMichael is a graduate of Ringgold who held a long-standing record that was recently broken by her own daughter, Kirsten McMichael. Kirsten was also honored today at the celebration, winning the Patience Blayden Spirit of Sport Award in the sophomore category. This is the first time a mother-daughter duo has been honored at the event.

Nominated by Ringgold Athletic Director Ronald McMichael, Jennifer McMichael has been coaching at Ringgold for 13 years. She started as the assistant boys/girls distance coach for outdoor track and then went on to found the middle school cross-country program, offering her time as head coach. With the establishment of this feeder program, the high school cross-country team was strengthened.

For years, McMichael worked to implement an indoor track and field team, all the while she volunteered her time taking athletes to indoor meets until she finally succeeded in the program’s implementation four years ago.

After coaching middle school cross-country for three years, she was asked to move up to the varsity level, where she soon became the head cross-country, indoor track, and outdoor track and field coordinator. Now in her second year of being the head coach of these three teams, McMichael has already had three state qualifiers and more than two-dozen school records.

Perhaps one of her greatest attributes as a coach is her ability to recruit student athletes, says Ronald McMichael. Her talent in this area has allowed all three programs to grow tremendously in her short time as the head coach. Each team has grown at least 50 percent – and the indoor track team has grown by more than an impressive 100 percent.

Her key message to her teams is that individual improvement will lead to overall team success. The importance that she places on individual athletes’ personal goals and overall contribution to the team has generated the opportunities for Ringgold student athletes to compete on the college level after high school.

McMichael has one of the highest winning percentages among all Ringgold athletic programs. Ronald McMichael says Jennifer has developed the cross-country and indoor and outdoor track and field programs as model athletic programs for the Ringgold School District.

Also at Chatham University’s National Girls and Women in Sports Day celebration, five high school and collegiate female athletes of distinction received the Patience Blayden Spirit of Sport Award, named in honor of a former Chatham athletic director who dedicated 34 years to achieving greater awareness and recognition of women’s collegiate athletics.

Each year, Chatham gives this award as a celebration of the accomplishments of regional female high school and college student athletes who make positive contributions in the classroom, on the playing field, and in the community.

Andrew Stockey, WTAE-TV evening news anchor and sports director, served as Master of Ceremonies. Patty Paytas, senior vice president of community and public affairs for the Pittsburgh Pirates as well as the executive director of Pirates Charities, gave the keynote speech, which focused on challenges women face as professionals in the sports industry.

Today’s winners of the Patience Blayden Spirit of Sport Award include Kirsten McMichael, a sophomore at Ringgold High School who runs cross-country and indoor and outdoor track and field, Jordan Busshaus, a junior at Hampton High School who is on the basketball and dance teams; Julie Hartz, a senior swimmer at Penn-Trafford High School; Angela Heintz, a senior at Seton-LaSalle Catholic High School who plays volleyball and basketball; and Rachel Blonski, a senior softball player at Carlow University. All winners are selected by an honorary committee.

NGWSD began in 1987 in commemoration of Olympic volleyball player Flo Hyman for her athletic achievements and her work to assure equality for women’s sports. Hyman died of Marfan Syndrome in 1986 while competing in a volleyball tournament in Japan. Since that time, NGWSD has evolved into a day to acknowledge the past and recognize current sports achievements, the positive influence of sports participation, and the continuing struggle for equality and access for women in sports.

About Chatham University
Chatham University, founded in 1869, is located in the vibrant Shadyside neighborhood of Pittsburgh, Pa. Preparing students from around the world, Chatham’s enrollment throughout the past decade was the fastest growing in the Pittsburgh region. With enrollment of more than 2,300 students and consisting of an undergraduate women’s college and co-educational graduate and online programs, Chatham has consistently been ranked among the top master’s level institutions in the Northeast by U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review. Offering challenging academics and innovative programming in the fields of sustainability and the environment, health and lab sciences, creative and liberal arts, and business and entrepreneurship, a Chatham education is designed to meet the needs of tomorrow’s economy, today.

For more information, call 412-365-1139 or visit www.chatham.edu.

 

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Carlow University senior Rachel Blonski receives the Patience Blayden Spirit of Sport Award from Chatham University

PITTSBURGH (February 8, 2013)… Today at Chatham University’s 18th Annual National Girls and Women in Sports Day (NGWSD) celebration, Carlow University senior Rachel Blonski received the Patience Blayden Spirit of Sport Award in the collegiate athlete category.

The Patience Blayden Spirit of Sport Award is named in honor of a former Chatham athletic director who dedicated 34 years to achieving greater awareness and recognition of women’s collegiate athletics. Each year, Chatham gives this award as a celebration of the accomplishments of regional female high school and college student athletes who make positive contributions in the classroom, on the playing field, and in the community.

Andrew Stockey, WTAE-TV evening news anchor and sports director, served as Master of Ceremonies. Patty Paytas, senior vice president of community and public affairs for the Pittsburgh Pirates as well as the executive director of Pirates Charities, gave the keynote speech, which focused on challenges women face as professionals in the sports industry.

Blonski, a 2009 graduate of Ambridge Area High School, is co-captain of Carlow University’s softball team. She was an outfielder on the 2012 softball team that won the American Mideast Conference Championship over local rival Point Park University – finishing the season at 34-12 and then advancing to the United States Collegiate Athletics Conference National Tournament. She started 36 games last year and batted .337 with a .434 slugging percentage.

Nominated by Carlow Athletic Director George Sliman, Blonski is biology major with a concentration in autopsy specialist training and a minor in psychology. She has a 3.63 GPA and is the president of the Student Government Association and Co-Chair of the Student Athlete Association. In these leadership positions, she oversees all of the student organizations’ service projects, arranges fellowship opportunities and leads time-management workshops for student-athletes, and plans various events throughout the year.

Blonski also recruited approximately 150 new voters for the 2012 Presidential Election – an accomplishment for which she recently received the Martin Luther King Jr. Social Justice Award.

She had the honor of being selected as the student representative for the search committee to select Carlow University’s new president.

Blonski also serves as Carlow’s Central Blood Bank Student Blood Drive Coordinator – as such, she plans and oversees two Central Blood Bank blood drives on campus per year. For her efforts, she was one of 14 students from throughout the country to be selected to serve on the Red Cross/National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Collegiate Leadership Council.

Mentoring is also one of her passions. At Carlow, she served as a First Year Mentor, aiding incoming students with their transition to college. She is also involved with Big Brothers, Big Sisters, where she mentored at-risk high school students and helps with fundraising efforts.

Blonski has been honored as a United States Collegiate Athletic Association and National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Scholar Athlete – and was a nominee for the Newman Civic Fellowship Award and for the Celtic award at Carlow University in both the student-athlete and spirit categories.

Today’s other winners of the Patience Blayden Spirit of Sport Award include Kirsten McMichael, a sophomore at Ringgold High School who runs cross-country and indoor and outdoor track and field; Jordan Busshaus, a junior at Hampton High School who is on the basketball and dance teams; Julie Hartz, a senior swimmer at Penn-Trafford High School; and Angela Heintz, a senior at Seton-LaSalle Catholic High School who plays volleyball and basketball; and

Chatham also honored Jennifer McMichael, who coaches cross-country and indoor and outdoor track field at Ringgold High School, with the Outstanding Coach Award. Coach McMichael is the mother of today’s sophomore awardee – making this the first mother-daughter duo to be honored at the annual event. All winners are selected by an honorary committee.

NGWSD began in 1987 in commemoration of Olympic volleyball player Flo Hyman for her athletic achievements and her work to assure equality for women’s sports. Hyman died of Marfan Syndrome in 1986 while competing in a volleyball tournament in Japan. Since that time, NGWSD has evolved into a day to acknowledge the past and recognize current sports achievements, the positive influence of sports participation, and the continuing struggle for equality and access for women in sports.

About Chatham University
Chatham University, founded in 1869, is located in the vibrant Shadyside neighborhood of Pittsburgh, Pa. Preparing students from around the world, Chatham’s enrollment throughout the past decade was the fastest growing in the Pittsburgh region. With enrollment of more than 2,300 students and consisting of an undergraduate women’s college and co-educational graduate and online programs, Chatham has consistently been ranked among the top master’s level institutions in the Northeast by U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review. Offering challenging academics and innovative programming in the fields of sustainability and the environment, health and lab sciences, creative and liberal arts, and business and entrepreneurship, a Chatham education is designed to meet the needs of tomorrow’s economy, today.

For more information, call 412-365-1139 or visit www.chatham.edu.

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Penn-Trafford High School senior Julie Hartz receives the Patience Blayden Spirit of Sport Award from Chatham University

PITTSBURGH (February 8, 2013)… Today at Chatham University’s 18th Annual National Girls and Women in Sports Day (NGWSD) celebration, Penn-Trafford senior Julie Hartz received the Patience Blayden Spirit of Sport Award in the high school senior category.

The Patience Blayden Spirit of Sport Award is named in honor of a former Chatham athletic director who dedicated 34 years to achieving greater awareness and recognition of women’s collegiate athletics. Each year, Chatham gives this award as a celebration of the accomplishments of regional female high school and college student athletes who make positive contributions in the classroom, on the playing field, and in the community.

Andrew Stockey, WTAE-TV evening news anchor and sports director, served as Master of Ceremonies. Patty Paytas, senior vice president of community and public affairs for the Pittsburgh Pirates as well as the executive director of Pirates Charities, gave the keynote speech, which focused on challenges women face as professionals in the sports industry.

Hartz, captain of the Penn-Trafford swim team, maintains a 4.49 GPA and is currently ranked first in her class. Nominated by Athletic Director Kerry Hetrick, Hartz abides by the Water Warrior’s team motto both inside and outside of the swimming pool: “Becoming the best team that we can be, continuously pursuing excellence.”

With a grueling practice schedule, Hartz makes it her mission to keep her teammates going through constant encouragement. She believes hard work matters more than the numbers on the scoreboard.

In the classroom, she has a knack for chemistry and has been chosen to attend the Chemistry Olympics competition at the University of Pittsburgh two consecutive years, and was selected to participate in the Indiana University of Pennsylvania Mathematics competition last year. She is also a member of the National Honor Society and Spanish Club, and was honored with the status of AP Scholar through Advanced Placement testing.

Hartz has served as an altar server and cross bearer for three years at her church, St. Barbara’s, and has helped in the kitchen at Vacation Bible School. She has also volunteered to work at the Penn-Trafford Triathlon for three years, supporting athletes of all ages in her community. And last year, she coached the Special Olympics Allegheny Bulldogs swim team – teaching them how to swim each stroke and how to dive.

Today’s other winners of the Patience Blayden Spirit of Sport Award include Kirsten McMichael, a sophomore at Ringgold High School who runs cross-country and indoor and outdoor track and field; Jordan Busshaus, a junior at Hampton High School who is on the basketball and dance teams; Angela Heintz, a senior at Seton-LaSalle Catholic High School who plays volleyball and basketball; and Rachel Blonski, a senior softball player at Carlow University.

Chatham also honored Jennifer McMichael, who coaches cross-country and indoor and outdoor track field at Ringgold High School, with the Outstanding Coach Award. Coach McMichael is the mother of today’s sophomore awardee – making this the first mother-daughter duo to be honored at the annual event. All winners are selected by an honorary committee.

NGWSD began in 1987 in commemoration of Olympic volleyball player Flo Hyman for her athletic achievements and her work to assure equality for women’s sports. Hyman died of Marfan Syndrome in 1986 while competing in a volleyball tournament in Japan. Since that time, NGWSD has evolved into a day to acknowledge the past and recognize current sports achievements, the positive influence of sports participation, and the continuing struggle for equality and access for women in sports.

About Chatham University
Chatham University, founded in 1869, is located in the vibrant Shadyside neighborhood of Pittsburgh, Pa. Preparing students from around the world, Chatham’s enrollment throughout the past decade was the fastest growing in the Pittsburgh region. With enrollment of more than 2,300 students and consisting of an undergraduate women’s college and co-educational graduate and online programs, Chatham has consistently been ranked among the top master’s level institutions in the Northeast by U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review. Offering challenging academics and innovative programming in the fields of sustainability and the environment, health and lab sciences, creative and liberal arts, and business and entrepreneurship, a Chatham education is designed to meet the needs of tomorrow’s economy, today.

For more information, call 412-365-1139 or visit www.chatham.edu.

 

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Seton-LaSalle Catholic High School senior Angela Heintz receives the Patience Blayden Spirit of Sport Award from Chatham University

PITTSBURGH (February 8, 2013)… Today at Chatham University’s 18th Annual National Girls and Women in Sports Day (NGWSD) celebration, Seton-LaSalle Catholic senior Angela Heintz received the Patience Blayden Spirit of Sport Award in the high school senior category.

The Patience Blayden Spirit of Sport Award is named in honor of a former Chatham athletic director who dedicated 34 years to achieving greater awareness and recognition of women’s collegiate athletics. Each year, Chatham gives this award as a celebration of the accomplishments of regional female high school and college student athletes who make positive contributions in the classroom, on the playing field, and in the community.

Andrew Stockey, WTAE-TV evening news anchor and sports director, served as Master of Ceremonies. Patty Paytas, senior vice president of community and public affairs for the Pittsburgh Pirates as well as the executive director of Pirates Charities, gave the keynote speech, which focused on challenges women face as professionals in the sports industry.

Heintz, a volleyball and basketball player, was nominated by John Ashalou, athletic director and girls’ basketball coach at Seton-LaSalle Catholic, who says she is “an outstanding student athlete who leads by example – giving more than 100 percent in all she does.”

With a 4.61 GPA, Heintz is on the high honor roll. She has been a 4-year-starter on the basketball team, letterman, and captain the past two years – helping to lead her team to two consecutive WPIAL Championships. Last year, the team went undefeated 30-0, winning the State Championship Title. On the volleyball team, she’s been a 4-year-starter, and captain for the past two years – with First Team All-WPIAL and Second Team All-State recognition.

Heintz was recognized by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette as one of the “Fabulous Five” and “Athlete of the Week,”  by the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review for its “Terrific 10” team, and by the South Hills Almanac as MVP for Basketball and the 2012 Female Athlete of the Year.

Her extracurricular activities include the National Honor Society, Students Against Drunk Driving, Spanish Club, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Big Sisters, and Environmental Club. Heintz also serves as a representative for the Student Athlete Leadership Academy.

She also tutors, plays Powder Puff Football, and has been named Student of the Month. She is a 2012 recipient of the Rachel Carson Book Award from Chatham University.

In the community, Heintz volunteers as a student helper for Pioneer School Special Olympics, organized a Halloween party for children of low-income families in Carnegie, and has helped as a student instructor for multiple Youth Sports Camps run at Seton-LaSalle High School.

Today’s other winners of the Patience Blayden Spirit of Sport Award include Kirsten McMichael, a sophomore at Ringgold High School who runs cross-country and indoor and outdoor track and field; Jordan Busshaus, a junior at Hampton High School who is on the basketball and dance teams; Julie Hartz, a senior swimmer at Penn-Trafford High School; and Rachel Blonski, a senior softball player at Carlow University.

Chatham also honored Jennifer McMichael, who coaches cross-country and indoor and outdoor track field at Ringgold High School, with the Outstanding Coach Award. Coach McMichael is the mother of today’s sophomore awardee – making this the first mother-daughter duo to be honored at the annual event. All winners are selected by an honorary committee.

NGWSD began in 1987 in commemoration of Olympic volleyball player Flo Hyman for her athletic achievements and her work to assure equality for women’s sports. Hyman died of Marfan Syndrome in 1986 while competing in a volleyball tournament in Japan. Since that time, NGWSD has evolved into a day to acknowledge the past and recognize current sports achievements, the positive influence of sports participation, and the continuing struggle for equality and access for women in sports.

About Chatham University
Chatham University, founded in 1869, is located in the vibrant Shadyside neighborhood of Pittsburgh, Pa. Preparing students from around the world, Chatham’s enrollment throughout the past decade was the fastest growing in the Pittsburgh region. With enrollment of more than 2,300 students and consisting of an undergraduate women’s college and co-educational graduate and online programs, Chatham has consistently been ranked among the top master’s level institutions in the Northeast by U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review. Offering challenging academics and innovative programming in the fields of sustainability and the environment, health and lab sciences, creative and liberal arts, and business and entrepreneurship, a Chatham education is designed to meet the needs of tomorrow’s economy, today.

For more information, call 412-365-1139 or visit www.chatham.edu.

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Hampton High School junior Jordan Busshaus receives the Patience Blayden Spirit of Sport Award from Chatham University

PITTSBURGH (February 8, 2013)… Today at Chatham University’s 18th Annual National Girls and Women in Sports Day (NGWSD) celebration, Hampton junior Jordan Busshaus received the Patience Blayden Spirit of Sport Award in the high school junior category.

The Patience Blayden Spirit of Sport Award is named in honor of a former Chatham athletic director who dedicated 34 years to achieving greater awareness and recognition of women’s collegiate athletics. Each year, Chatham gives this award as a celebration of the accomplishments of regional female high school and college student athletes who make positive contributions in the classroom, on the playing field, and in the community.

Andrew Stockey, WTAE-TV evening news anchor and sports director, served as Master of Ceremonies. Patty Paytas, senior vice president of community and public affairs for the Pittsburgh Pirates as well as the executive director of Pirates Charities, gave the keynote speech, which focused on challenges women face as professionals in the sports industry.

Busshaus, Chatham’s junior awardee, is on both the basketball and dance teams at Hampton High School and maintains a 4.5 grade point average. Coach Mary Bukovac, who submitted the nomination, says Busshaus makes an impact on the basketball team with her hard work and dedication to the team.

She is a starter on the basketball team and has played the sport for the past six years. She will be a two-year letter winner at the end of this season. Busshaus is also on the high school dance team and has been a competitive dancer for more than eight years – dancing tap, jazz, and ballet, as well as contemporary and hip-hop.

She’s active in student organizations, including the Future Business Leaders of America and Student Council, in addition to serving as a member of the Rotary Interact Club.

Demonstrating a remarkable record of volunteer work, Busshaus has volunteered at HealthSouth Rehabilitation in Harmarville for two years and has volunteered at the Susan B. Komen “Paws for the Cure” fundraiser for cancer research for three years.

Coach Bukovac says Busshaus “is a dedicated and disciplined individual who takes pride in all that she does  — and her success is not surprising – as her level of commitment is outstanding.”

Today’s other winners of the Patience Blayden Spirit of Sport Award include Kirsten McMichael, a sophomore at Ringgold High School who runs cross-country and indoor and outdoor track and field; Julie Hartz, a senior swimmer at Penn-Trafford High School; Angela Heintz, a senior at Seton-LaSalle Catholic High School who plays volleyball and basketball; and Rachel Blonski, a senior softball player at Carlow University.

Chatham also honored Jennifer McMichael, who coaches cross-country and indoor and outdoor track field at Ringgold High School, with the Outstanding Coach Award. Coach McMichael is the mother of today’s sophomore awardee – making this the first mother-daughter duo to be honored at the annual event.

All winners are selected by an honorary committee.

NGWSD began in 1987 in commemoration of Olympic volleyball player Flo Hyman for her athletic achievements and her work to assure equality for women’s sports. Hyman died of Marfan Syndrome in 1986 while competing in a volleyball tournament in Japan. Since that time, NGWSD has evolved into a day to acknowledge the past and recognize current sports achievements, the positive influence of sports participation, and the continuing struggle for equality and access for women in sports.

About Chatham University
Chatham University, founded in 1869, is located in the vibrant Shadyside neighborhood of Pittsburgh, Pa. Preparing students from around the world, Chatham’s enrollment throughout the past decade was the fastest growing in the Pittsburgh region. With enrollment of more than 2,300 students and consisting of an undergraduate women’s college and co-educational graduate and online programs, Chatham has consistently been ranked among the top master’s level institutions in the Northeast by U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review. Offering challenging academics and innovative programming in the fields of sustainability and the environment, health and lab sciences, creative and liberal arts, and business and entrepreneurship, a Chatham education is designed to meet the needs of tomorrow’s economy, today.

For more information, call 412-365-1139 or visit www.chatham.edu.

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Ringgold High School sophomore Kirsten McMichael receives the Patience Blayden Spirit of Sport Award from Chatham University

PITTSBURGH (February 8, 2013)… Today at Chatham University’s 18th Annual National Girls and Women in Sports Day (NGWSD) celebration, Ringgold High School sophomore Kirsten McMichael received the Patience Blayden Spirit of Sport Award in the high school sophomore category.

The Patience Blayden Spirit of Sport Award is named in honor of a former Chatham athletic director who dedicated 34 years to achieving greater awareness and recognition of women’s collegiate athletics. Each year, Chatham gives this award as a celebration of the accomplishments of regional female high school and college student athletes who make positive contributions in the classroom, on the playing field, and in the community.

Andrew Stockey, WTAE-TV evening news anchor and sports director, served as Master of Ceremonies. Patty Paytas, senior vice president of community and public affairs for the Pittsburgh Pirates as well as the executive director of Pirates Charities, gave the keynote speech, which focused on challenges women face as professionals in the sports industry.

McMichael runs cross-country and indoor and outdoor track and field while taking all advanced honors classes and maintaining a 4.0 GPA. Nominated by her father, Ringgold Athletic director Ronald McMichael, she is ranked number one in her class. She also holds many championship titles and devotes much of her free time to the community – serving the Salvation Army. Humane Society, and running a two-week cross-country summer camp for middle school and high school students called “Champions are made when no one is watching.”

McMichael was the first sophomore in Ringgold’s history to make the Academic Team and was voted “most worthy adversary” in Mock Trial. She is also involved with the Science Olympiad and is a member of the National Thespian Society, Envirothon, Math League, and was just voted student of the month for January 2013.

As a freshman, she was nominated by her peers and coaches to be a team captain for all three of her sports – and she has lettered in every sport season. Last year, McMichael was the Washington County Champion, Mingo Classic Champion, a TRI-STATE medalist, a WPIAL medalist, and a Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association – or P.I.A.A. –  State Qualifier in cross-country. In Indoor Track, she qualified for and medaled in the Tri-State Track & Field Coaches Association Championships in the mile and 3-thousand meter runs. And for Outdoor Track, McMichael became the overall champion at many races in the 16-hundred meter and 32-hundred meter runs, including the Big 8 Conference Championships, The Mid Mon Valley Classic, and the Washington County meet, and qualified for the WPIALS.

As a sophomore, she helped lead her team to victory at the Big South Conference Championships and was the Conference Individual Champion. Other recent titles McMichael has earned include Washington County Coaches Champion, WPIAL qualifier, Mingo Classic Medalist, and top 10 medalist at many more invitationals.

This past Cross-Country season, McMichael broke four course records, including a Ringgold record that was set 25 years prior by her mother, Jennifer Lejeune McMichael, who is now the Ringgold cross-country and indoor and outdoor track and field coach. Coach Jennifer McMichael was also honored today with the Outstanding Coach Award – making this the first mother-daughter duo to be honored at Chatham’s annual event.

Today’s other winners of the Patience Blayden Spirit of Sport Award include Jordan Busshaus, a junior at Hampton High School who is on the basketball and dance teams; Julie Hartz, a senior swimmer at Penn-Trafford High School; Angela Heintz, a senior at Seton-LaSalle Catholic High School who plays volleyball and basketball; and Rachel Blonski, a senior softball player at Carlow University. All winners are selected by an honorary committee.

NGWSD began in 1987 in commemoration of Olympic volleyball player Flo Hyman for her athletic achievements and her work to assure equality for women’s sports. Hyman died of Marfan Syndrome in 1986 while competing in a volleyball tournament in Japan. Since that time, NGWSD has evolved into a day to acknowledge the past and recognize current sports achievements, the positive influence of sports participation, and the continuing struggle for equality and access for women in sports.

About Chatham University
Chatham University, founded in 1869, is located in the vibrant Shadyside neighborhood of Pittsburgh, Pa. Preparing students from around the world, Chatham’s enrollment throughout the past decade was the fastest growing in the Pittsburgh region. With enrollment of more than 2,300 students and consisting of an undergraduate women’s college and co-educational graduate and online programs, Chatham has consistently been ranked among the top master’s level institutions in the Northeast by U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review. Offering challenging academics and innovative programming in the fields of sustainability and the environment, health and lab sciences, creative and liberal arts, and business and entrepreneurship, a Chatham education is designed to meet the needs of tomorrow’s economy, today.

For more information, call 412-365-1139 or visit www.chatham.edu.

 

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Chatham University Drama Club to perform benefit production of ‘The Vagina Monologues’ as part of the V-Day Campaign to end violence against women and girls

PITTSBURGH (February 5, 2013) … The Chatham University Drama Club will host its annual benefit production of “The Vagina Monologues” at 7 p.m. on February 15 in Eddy Theater on the Shadyside Campus. The performance will benefit the V-Day Campaign, which is a global activist movement to end violence against women and girls. Across the world, productions of Playwright/Founder Eve Ensler’s award-winning play raise funds and awareness for the V-Day Campaign.

Following the production, Chatham will host a benefit reception at 8:15 p.m. in the Welker Room of James Laughlin Music Hall to raise funds and awareness for the Pittsburgh Action Against Rape (PAAR). The reception will feature chance drawings for items from the local community. Representatives from PAAR will be there to share their story about how they are helping the women of Pittsburgh.

To date, the V-Day movement has raised more than $90 million and educated millions about violence against women and the efforts to end it. The movement has launched the Karama program in the Middle East, reopened shelters, and funded more than 13,000 community-based anti-violence programs and safe houses in Democratic Republic of Congo, Haiti, Kenya, the United States, Egypt, and Iraq. V-Day was named one of Worth magazine’s “100 Best Charities,” in 2001, was one of Marie Claire magazine’s Top Ten Charities in 2006, and was named as one of the top-rated organizations on greatnonprofits.org in 2010.

About Chatham University
Chatham University, founded in 1869, is located in the vibrant Shadyside neighborhood of Pittsburgh, Pa. Preparing students from around the world, Chatham’s enrollment throughout the past decade was the fastest growing in the Pittsburgh region. With enrollment of over 2,300 students and consisting of an undergraduate women’s college and co-educational graduate and online programs, Chatham has consistently been ranked among the top master’s level institutions in the Northeast by U.S. News and World Report and The Princeton Review. Offering challenging academics and innovative programming in the fields of sustainability and the environment, health and lab sciences, creative and liberal arts, and business and entrepreneurship, a Chatham education is designed to meet the needs of tomorrow’s economy, today.

For more information, call 412-365-1139 or visit www.chatham.edu.