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Penguins Award Scholarships to Three City of Pittsburgh High School Graduates

by Staff Writer / Pittsburgh Penguins
The Pittsburgh Penguins have awarded three City of Pittsburgh high school students with higher education scholarships as part of the club’s continuing commitment to community service.  Each scholarship is valued at $1,500.

Recipients of the 2009 Pittsburgh Penguins Continuing Education Scholarships are Nicole Sharkey and Airi Bentley of Creative and Performing Arts (CAPA) High School and Corey Cunningham of Brashear High School.
The Penguins have awarded 55 scholarships to inner-city students since the inception of the program in 1993. 
Sharkey served as president of the National Honor Society and co-chair for CAPA’s chapter of Amnesty International.  She was also a member of the CAPA Model United Nations Team. 
She dedicated herself to community service, volunteering as a teen advisor with the Girls’ Math and Science Partnership (GMSP) which promotes math, science and technology to girls of all ages.  In addition, she volunteered at the Carnegie Science Center.
Sharkey played ice hockey for the Island Storm Women’s Ice Hockey Team and the West Virginia U19 Girls’ Travel Team.  She attends Temple University to prepare for a career in law.
Bentley was a member of the National Art Honor Society at CAPA.  She also participated in the Digital Media Arts Club and worked on the stage crew for school musical productions.   
Active in her community and church, Bentley volunteered with the youth choir ministry and worked on many charitable programs including a sea turtle rescue and cell phone collection for soldiers serving in Iraq. She also spent a year teaching peers and younger generations at the Center for Healthy Hearts and Souls about the harmful effects of tobacco.
She attends Duquesne University where she is preparing for a career in film animation.       
Cunningham was a member of the National Honor Society, Student Council and Senior Steering Committee at Brashear High School. He was also a member of the Physics Club and the Men’s Varsity Volleyball team.
He volunteered at Mercy Hospital each of the past three summers, working in the mail room and with the psychiatry department.  He also participated in charitable projects with Brashear’s National Honor Society including the South Park Haunted House fundraiser.
He attends Westminster College and plans for a career in dentistry.
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