Elite Top 100

Sam Bisno

Pittsburgh Obama (The Barack Obama Academy of International Studies), 12

Lisa Frank
Neal Bisno

Academic Achievement

National Merit Scholarship Semifinalist (awaiting finals results), Semifinalist – 1 Year
Member of National Honor Society, Member – 2 Years
High Honor Roll (4.0 GPA, Expected Valedictorian), Member – 4 Years
Outstanding Proposal, 2018 Conference on National Affairs, Student Ambassador – 1 Year
Earned “A” in 3 College Courses (Pitt, CCAC), Student – 3 Years

Extracurricular Activities

Youth Governor of Pennsylvania, Youth Governor – 1 Year
Obama Academy Eagle Newspaper, Editor-in-Chief – 3 Years
PublicSource News Organization, Fellow – 2 Years
Pittsburgh Public Schools Superintendent’s Student Advisory and Students and Government Councils, Member/Senior Advisor – 2 Years
Obama Academy Varsity Baseball, Player – 4 Years

Community Involvement

Pittsburgh Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, Volunteer – 3 Years
Lindsey Williams for State Senate, Intern – 1 Year
Youth Express Community Radio Station, Contributor – 2 Years
Sequal Consulting Communications Firm, Employee – 1 Year
Brighton Heights Community Baseball, Player – 12 Years


I’ve been accepted to the Princeton University class of 2024 and plan to matriculate. I’m passionate about journalism and have enjoyed editing my school newspaper and authoring pieces for local outlets such as PublicSource and even the Trib, so I may pursue it professionally. I’m interested in urban and labor history; I’ll likely major in history at Princeton. I also plan on staying politically engaged, continuing to work on campaigns and perhaps one day running for local office.