May 16

Cranberry Student’s Positive Attitude Nets Him Polamalu Award

Click here to watch the video for the story. By Karen Kane (via “It’s just a flesh wound,” said the bespectacled 12-year-old Brendan Allen of Cranberry — a wry reference to a Monty Python skit in which a dueling fencer refuses to concede defeat despite the loss of a couple of limbs to his [...]

May 08

Announcement: April Student of the Month

I’m very happy to announce 6th grader Brendan Allen of Haine Middle School as my April Student of the Month. Being born with Neurofibromatosis Type I, at just 12 years old Brendan has endured far more than most many times his age, and the poise with which he’s handled his situation is inspiring to say the [...]

Apr 03

Giveaway: April Student of the Month

***UPDATE: Entry form is now closed. Stay tuned for the announcement of a winner in the next week or so. Thanks to everyone who entered! Hey teachers, I’m excited to kick off an opportunity for you to nominate your students for the month of April. You can use the form below to submit an entry for one [...]

Feb 28

Announcement: February Student of the Month

Hey everyone, I’m very pleased to announce the February Student of the Month is 8th grader Cole Kocjancic of Fairview Middle School. A leader among his peers, he played quarterback and was named captain of the team, was elected President of student council, and plays point guard for his basketball team. The core of what [...]

Feb 04

Giveaway: February Student of the Month

***UPDATE: form is now clsoed for submissions. Be looking out later this month for the announcement of this month’s winner.   Hey teachers, Now that students are settled into this semester, I’d like to get my Student of the Month giveaway rolling again. The form below is now open for submissions for the month of [...]

Dec 28

North Hills Senior Honored by Troy & Theodora Polamalu in Nationwide Competition

(via North Hills High School senior Jennifer Wright was chosen as the November Student of the Month from among 300 applications in a nationwide contest conducted by, an arm of the Troy and Theodora Polamalu Foundation run by the Pittsburgh Steelers strong safety and his wife. Jennifer was nominated by North Hills English teacher Mark Franks [...]

Dec 03

Thoughts on coming back from injury, life, and recent events…

Start practicing these five habits now so you can get on the road to optimal performance—and stay there. Sooner or later, we all have to deal with an injury. Whether it’s just an overuse issue, a simple sprain, slip and fall injuries, or something more serious or chronic—dealing with an injury is a mental and physical [...]

Nov 20

Giveaway: November Student of the Month

***Form is now closed for entries. Stay tuned for a winner announcement in the near future. Hey everyone, I’m now taking submissions for Student of the Month nominations for the month of November. If you submitted in previous months but didn’t get chosen, keep submitting! There’s always a chance your student could still be selected. [...]

Nov 15

Survey: Polamalu is most-liked player in NFL

(via TribLive) Troy Polamalu is the NFL’s most popular player, by a hair. The Steelers safety, limited to one full game this season by a calf injury that will keep him out Sunday as well, leads the NFL likeability survey conducted for Forbes Magazine by Nielsen, in collaboration with E-Poll Market Research. Polamalu’s reckless style [...]

Nov 12

October Student of the Month Winner

Hey all, This month I’ve chosen 13-year-old Paige Daly from Hampton Township Middle School as my October student of the month. I was pleased to hear about someone being such a pillar of her community at a young age. From volunteering at a camp serving those dealing with emotional and physical disabilities, to participating in community [...]