In 1999, many Bower Hill members prepared an apartment in Alvern Gardens, Castle Shannon, for the Pranjic family who would be coming to our area from Europe. Several members met Petar, known to us as Pero, Josipa and their two year old daughter, Matea, at the Pittsburgh Airport. Since then various members have kept in touch with them.
Matea is now a senior at Bethel Park High School and is finishing her senior year with a 4.5 GPA. She is a presidential advisor for the Student Government Association, treasurer of the German Club, a squad leader for Bethel Park High School Marching Band’s Bethettes, and chaired homecoming this past year which lead her to be named Student of the Month. She is also a member of the National Honor Society and German National Honor Society. In her spare time, Matea volunteers at a local fish fry and vacation Bible school.
Matea is actively involved with multiple music organizations. She is a member of her school’s Symphonic Band, Top 21 (auditioned choir), and has participated in multiple Pennsylvania Music Educators Association events. This past year Matea was selected to play with the Honors Band, District Band and Region Band.
Matea has been a Junior Tamburitzan since the age of five. She was originally a member of the South Hills Junior Tamburitzans and has spent the last four years with the Junior Tamburitzans of Duquesne. As a native Croatian, Matea has cherished every opportunity Tamburitzans has given her to better educate herself about Eastern European culture.
Upon graduating high school, Matea plans to attend the University of Pittsburgh and is interested in pursuing a career in international relations. She will graduate on
June 6, 2015. You may send congratulations to her at their home, 1307 McCully Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15234.
Kim Frock Weeks
Congratulations to Kim Frock Weeks, a 2015 national recipient of the Jefferson Award for Public Service. Kim grew up in the Bower Hill community and is the daughter of Mary Lou Frock. Now known as the “Nobel Prize for Volunteerism,” this award honors individuals for their achievements and contributions in public and community service. Mary Lou will travel to New York to see Kim receive the regional award. The national award will be give in June in Washington DC. This is a very prestigious and wonderful honor for Kim. She started on this path by being a Deacon here at BHCC while still in high school.
Graduating from Mt Lebanon High School and will be attending Yale University. She plans to major in history while continuing to pursue cello.
Graduating from Chartiers Valley and plans to attend
Penn State University.
Graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a degree in Communication Science and Disorders. He will continue for his master’s degree in Speech Pathology.