Thursday, April 23, 2020 | 7:34 AM
Two North Allegheny seniors — Kendel Barber and Vincent Raitt — each will receive a $1,000 scholarship from the McCandless Democratic Committee.
Because of the mandatory stay-at-home order, this year’s committee of judges had to conduct interviews with candidates using the Zoom app.
In addition to sharing their perspective on their goals and civic engagement, the students also discussed how they are managing isolation from friends, teachers and school during their senior year.
”As seniors around the country grapple with the loss of key milestones such as prom and traditional graduation ceremonies, these scholarships offer some encouragement to the recipients,” said Peggy Malloy Amatangelo, the committee’s chairwoman.
Barber, 17, of Marshall Township, is planning to attend Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service in the fall.
At North Allegheny, she was a member of National Honor Society, DECA and the Key Club; served as co-editor-in-chief of “Uproar,” the high school’s online student newspaper; and has volunteered with Animal Friends and the non-profit organization Olive Branch.
She is the daughter of Mick and Shelly Barber.
Raitt, 18, of McCandless, has been a member of NA’s forensics team for four years and was in the senior high school’s productions of “Murders of 1940” and “Titanic The Musical.”
He also has completed all the requirements for the rank of Eagle Scout.
Raitt is the son of David Raitt and Valerie Tardif.
He plans to study economics and political science but has not yet decided where he will attend college.
The McCandless Democratic Committee has awarded about $20,000 in scholarships and honorariums during the past 15 years to North Allegheny High School seniors who are registered Democrats — or are the child of a Democrat.
Scholarship applicants must have a QPA of 3.0 or higher and volunteer in community and school activities.
They also must submit an essay and undergo an interview with a committee of judges.