The Student Voice of North Allegheny Senior High School

The Uproar

The Student Voice of North Allegheny Senior High School

The Uproar

The Student Voice of North Allegheny Senior High School

The Uproar

Abby Pingpank

Abby Pingpank, News Editor

Abby Pingpank is a senior at North Allegheny.  She plays the violin in the NASH Orchestra, and she also is a part of the Cross Country team. In her free time, you can find her hanging out with her friends, taking long walks with her dog, and practicing her photography skills.

All content by Abby Pingpank
With the best regular season record in NA Girls Lacrosse history, the team hopes to keep its WPIAL title chances alive tonight.

In the Hunt

May 19, 2021

Currently ranking third in the WPIAL section 2-AAA, the Girls' Lacrosse Team is advancing their way through the playoffs. With an overall record of 15-3 and a victory Monday evening over Latrobe, the team...

Even over a year into the COVID-19 pandemic, it is important to remember that all rules and regulations should be strictly followed.

Coronavirus – Letter by Letter

May 12, 2021

By now, many are sick of hearing anything to do with COVID-19 or Coronavirus. However, getting back to life before COVID is not as simple as out of sight out of mind. Now, over a year into the pandemic,...

The Spot Pittsburghs second location in Wexford offers acai bowls, smoothies, and coffee.

A hometown return hits the spot

April 27, 2021

When they graduated from North Allegheny in 1987, Tom O’Day and Greg Rizzer never thought they would own a small business only a couple of miles from where they grew up. However, a little over 30 years...

Touring a college campus is a key when trying to decide what school to go to. However, for the Class of 2021, things are a bit different this year.

A Magical Mystery Tour

April 15, 2021

College—the thought on so many seniors' minds. The years of hard work and preparation are starting to pay off, but now that we have gotten our acceptance letters, it's time to make a decision. However,...

Sophia and Grace Elliott and Julia and JJ Dopkosky are among over twelve pairs of twins in the Class of 21.

The Two of You

March 31, 2021

Imagine having someone by your side since day one. The two of you have a bond closer than most, and many describe it as having a built-in best friend.  You're twins. The rate at which twins are born...

While the United States is one of the most wealthy and educated countries in the world, COVID-19 hit the nation harder than anyone could have expected.

Numb to the Numbers

March 12, 2021

533,436. That is how many people have died, as of 6th period today, from COVID-19. However, that number is not the world death count; it is just how many people have succumbed to the virus in the United...

A surprisingly large number of NASH teachers graduated from NA.

Familiar Faces

February 23, 2021

For most teachers at NASH, their own high school years are a distant memory. However, for a select few, they are reminded of their past every day.  English teacher Mrs. Omasits graduated North Allegheny...

Collin Miller and Miah Viscuso arrange treat bags for residents at Cumberland Crossing nursing home.

A Vocational Valentine’s

February 17, 2021

It never hurts to be kind to others, especially during a health crisis, when giving back to the community is even more meaningful. That is exactly what NASH's Vocational Resource classes did this past...

The Fast Lane

The Fast Lane

February 2, 2021

Racing. Sometimes in life, everything seems to be a race. Whether it is a mental race, or something physically being participated in, there is one goal. To win.  Keeley Misutka is a senior at NASH...

This years spring musical will feature a collection of songs from various shows, performed by small ensembles.


January 12, 2021

From Good News to Titanic, the North Allegheny spring musical is known for its extraordinary performances at both the middle and high school levels. With the production's excellent reputation, audiences...

COVID Vaccine

A Vaccine in Record Time

December 17, 2020

Ever since that dreadful day in March when the pandemic reached the United States, a vaccine has been the collective hope that practically all Americans have clung to. People have wanted a cure that would...

Greys Anatomy is the longest-running American TV medical Drama. Running for about 15 years, and 17 seasons that are still airing today.

A Decade and a Half of Grey’s Anatomy

December 8, 2020

Grey’s Anatomy is one of the most popular and well-liked shows of the 21st century. Whether you watch it or not, you probably know somebody who does.  Many would probably say, on average, a show...

Elizabeth Ann Baker passed away on March 6th, 2020.  Her memorial service remains indefinitely postponed.

Beloved Memories in the Absence of Memorial

November 24, 2020

When I woke up on the morning of Friday, March 6th, 2020, it felt like a normal day. I went to school and was preparing for my musical performance later in the evening. It turned out to be a day that I...

North Allegheny is a well-recognized district that has accumulated many outside opinions.

The View from Outside

November 19, 2020

To us, it may be all we have ever known. But to outsiders, North Allegheny (or "The U of NA," as some have called it) can take on a different meaning.  Mak Kirish, a senior at North Catholic, has noticed...

The Big Ask

The Big Ask

October 26, 2020

The last thing seniors want to do this college application season -- other than miss their deadlines, of course -- is to irritate the very teachers who they hope will write their recommendation letters. ...

To the Polls

October 22, 2020

With what is going on around the world in 2020, it is hard not to have an opinion about a host of political issues. But it's our ability to vote that allows us to express these views in the most productive...

Good Talk: Ms. Tallerico

Good Talk: Ms. Tallerico

October 14, 2020

What inspired you to be an English teacher? My high school English teacher, Dr. Mann. She was hands-down the best teacher I ever had.  She cared so deeply about her students and her classroom was always...

To ease the social isolation of remote learning, many students keep an open door to their bedrooms, and their dogs and cats appear eager to learn alongside them.

A Four-Legged Classmate

October 14, 2020

While we all know that remote learning poses difficulties on the educational side, the social aspects of our lives are also under strain as we continue to attend classes from home. But while we may not...

Field Vision

Field Vision

October 5, 2020

What inspired you to play field hockey? How old were you? I had tried many different sports but never fell in love with one. My neighbor used to play field hockey, and my parents suggested I try it....

Though the Broadway production of Hamilton is suspended for the rest of the year, Disney+ subscribers can now enjoy the next best thing.

A Review of Hamilton on Disney+

September 30, 2020

When people talk about a trending Broadway musical, more often than not, the title Hamilton is heard. But as of July, fans of the musical need not be anywhere near a theater to take in the show.  It's...

Unfortunately, the pandemic that tainted the class of 2020s senior year followed them to college.

An Unfortunate Start

September 24, 2020

The Class of 2020 had it hard.  No Project Water Dodgeball Tournament.  No TigerThon.  No Prom.  And no traditional graduation.  But after they received their diplomas, it appeared that a return to...

Megan Wilson

Megan Wilson

September 23, 2020

It is really difficult to be able to make friends,” said Megan Wilson, a freshman at Waynesburg University. “Everyone is wearing a mask and has to be socially distant. You can’t go into class and...

Jacob Pan

Jacob Pan

September 23, 2020

Jacob Pan is a freshman at Rice University in Houston, Texas. He was excited to start at the school of his dreams. That was until his college experience was turned completely remote for the fall semester....

Rachel Morrell

Rachel Morrell

September 23, 2020

“BYU requires that all students and staff wear masks in all buildings, classrooms, and on campus.” About 1,850 miles from home, Rachel Morrell is a freshman at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah....

Jaime Martinez

Jaime Martinez

September 23, 2020

"Within the first week of college, I noticed the striking differences and similarities with high school," said Jaime Martinez. Martinez is a freshman at John Hopkins University, which has 6,526 undergraduates. ...

Jackson Alexander

Jackson Alexander

September 23, 2020

"Wear a mask at all times unless you are in your dorm or hall," said Jackson Alexander. Alexander is a freshman attending Westminster College, which has about 1100-1200 undergraduate students.  Even...

Dear Seniors... from the Juniors

Dear Seniors… from the Juniors

June 2, 2020

March 13th, 2020, a day many of us will never forget. When the news came on the building PA that school would be canceled for two weeks to slow the spread of the coronavirus, we had no idea what would...

Wacky National Holidays: June

Wacky National Holidays: June

June 1, 2020

June 3rd-- National Running Day  Trapped in your house for too long? Go out and stretch your legs. Go for that long awaited job in your neighborhood or maybe even North Park!   June 4th--...

Remote Updates with Jaime Martinez

Remote Updates with Jaime Martinez

May 13, 2020

The situation we are dealing with these days is like no other. There has never been a time in any of our lives that has made us basically shut down everything that we do and stay home. These times can...

Wacky National Holidays: May

Wacky National Holidays: May

May 4, 2020

  May 2nd -- National Brothers and Sisters Day  The one day of the year that you should get along with your siblings. It is just for one day, so go out and do something fun with them. Or just...

Ashna Patel, Lena Voss, Carsyn Nash, and founder Ana Key gathering ingredients to bake some treats for a good cause.

The Sweet Spot

April 9, 2020

NASH students take pride in the multitude of ways they give back to the community, but one service club, new to the school this year, figured out how to make charity taste good, too. The Baking Club...

Wacky National Holidays: April

Wacky National Holidays: April

April 1, 2020

April 1st --National Walking Day Since we are all stuck in quarantine with nothing to do, we might as well go on a walk. It is a great source of exercise and it gets you out of your house for some fresh...

Flattening the Curve

Flattening the Curve

March 30, 2020

Recently, you may have noticed that everything you have looked forward to, any appointments you had, even your work schedule, has been postponed or outright canceled. What started as a new virus in China...

Wacky National Holidays: March

Wacky National Holidays: March

March 2, 2020

March 1st-- National Peanut Butter Lover’s Day Starting off the month, we have National Peanut Butter Lover's Day. If you especially enjoy peanut butter cookies, candy, or just a plain ol' spoonful,...

A popular app has taken the teenage world by storm, and not in a good way.

There’s No Risk When You’re Nameless

February 26, 2020

A new type of app has taken over Snapchat stories in the last couple of months, and hardly in a positive way. It spent over two weeks on the Apple Top Ten Apps list and nine days in the top spot. Meet...

Good Talk: Dr. Scherrer

Good Talk: Dr. Scherrer

February 11, 2020

What is your favorite thing about being the Superintendent? I love seeing the amazing things the students are doing every day and knowing that we have all these people in the district really supporting...

Wacky National Holidays - February

Wacky National Holidays – February

February 1, 2020

February 1st: National Eat Ice Cream for Breakfast Day - You already eat it for dessert, so why not eat it for breakfast as well? There are so many flavors you can eat and enjoy. Ice cream is one of the...

Titanic Sets Sail

Titanic Sets Sail

January 27, 2020

This year’s high school musical, Titanic, is well underway as the cast and pit have started rehearsals. Both the cast and pit include grades 9-12, each with a group of 70 strong. After last year's Good...

Head Coach Spencer Stefko joined the team in 2015.  The team has been on a roll since.

To the Hoop

January 23, 2020

With a current record of 12-3 in Section 1-6A, the Girls' Basketball Team has earned its share of the spotlight in the NA athletics scene.   The 2015 addition of Head Coach Spencer Stefko has led to...

Screened Out

Screened Out

January 22, 2020

Let's face it. Phones and technology are a part of everyday life. Whether you send a friend a text, watch the news, or waste time on social media, all of this time could potentially add up to hours of...

Wacky National Holidays - January

Wacky National Holidays – January

January 1, 2020

January 4th: National Spaghetti Day   This is the day to gain all the carbs you can, stuff your face with tons and tons of noodle goodness, and drown your spaghetti in a whole bunch of sauce or cheese....

A Hot Cup of Comfort

A Hot Cup of Comfort

December 19, 2019

We are all well acquainted with Starbucks, but the topic of seasonal drinks usually begins and ends with the famous Pumpkin Spice latte. But, of course, there are many more interesting drinks to be savored...

Wacky National Holidays - December

Wacky National Holidays – December

December 3, 2019

Dec 1st: National Christmas Lights Day Get those Christmas lights out from storage today, and decorate everywhere you can to get into the holiday spirit. There are a bunch of different colored lights...

Good Talk: Ms. Uhernik

Good Talk: Ms. Uhernik

November 18, 2019

How long have you been teaching? Has all of your time teaching been at North Allegheny? 13 years.  Yes. What is your favorite thing about teaching chemistry?  The subject matter and my students! When...

Wacky National Holidays - November

Wacky National Holidays – November

November 1, 2019

November 1st: National Cook for Your Pets Day This is the day to cook a meal, not to treat your human friends but rather to treat your pets. Instead of feeding your pet the usual store-bought meal,...

After a record-breaking season last year, the pressure is on for the Cross Country team to win another title.  But for Coach Neff and his runners, its familiar territory.

Ahead of the Pack

October 24, 2019

The Cross-Country Team has been there before -- in fact, many times before.  The WPIAL Cross-Country Championship takes place this afternoon, and as usual the NA side has high expectations. "The fact...

Ashley Solenday meets with her dad, also her first period AP Calculus teacher.

The Parent Trap

October 21, 2019

School entails enough stress as it is, and the last thing students often want is to have their parents get too involved. For some students at NASH, though, that is not an option, as their parents are here...

Wacky National Holidays - October

Wacky National Holidays – October

October 3, 2019

October 1st -- National Homemade Cookie Day This month is starting off with a bang! Who would not want to bake cookies all day! If that sounds like you, October first is the day for you to celebrate....

Up Close: Open House 2019

Up Close: Open House 2019

September 20, 2019

The 7th period lunch is now up to 525 students, by far the busiest lunch period of the three.

Cafeteria Chaos

September 12, 2019

Admit it -- the first thing you thought about when you received your schedule late last summer was whether any of your friends would be in your lunch period. But what you probably didn't expect was getting...

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