Elite Top 100


2021’s Elite Top 100 Outstanding Young Citizens!


Alston, Jasmine

Oakland Catholic High School, 12

I plan on majoring in biology/ pre-dental on a pre-med track. I will be a first-generation student as I enroll in college to earn my Bachelor of Science degree. I then plan on applying to dental school, aspiring to work in the health field, specifically oral health. I want to volunteer and help people even after I finish my educational goals. I hope to provide free oral and health care services, from networking with colleagues. I would be able to promote change in small, underserved communities.

An, David

Greater Latrobe Senior High School, 12

Currently, I am undecided on where I will attend college. At college, my declared major is in Mathematics and Computer Science. I also plan on staying engaged with the community; to this end, I hope to participate in various student governments. After undergraduate school, I hope to continue into post-graduate work and earn my Masters in a related field while conducting research to help better the lives of others. After graduate school, I want to work in the computer science research field.

Besong, Andrew

Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, 12

I intend to further my education at St. Vincent College or Franciscan University of Steubenville, OH. I intend to major in Theology or Pre-Law.

Bhattarai, Roshna

Baldwin High School, 12

My persual of an English major will connect me with the resources that will advance my passions such as the encouragement of sustainable habits. My fondness for the English subject extends beyond literary texts; over the course of my high school career, I have developed a keen interest in exploring human anatomy and physiology. Through interdisciplinary opportunities, I will pursue my interest in the medical field while simultaneously advancing my abilities to delegate, assess, and interpret.

Bisignani, Lauren

Greater Latrobe Senior High School, 12

I plan to study a pre-medical track at the University of Notre Dame, majoring in Preprofessional Studies and Neuroscience and Behavior. I hope to pursue medical school upon graduating from Notre Dame and eventually become a doctor, possibly working with children.

Bonetti, Lindsay

Baldwin High School, 12

I will be attending the University of Pittsburgh’s Honors College to study history and political science on a pre-law track. I also plan to pursue a minor in German. Having been offered guaranteed admission to Pitt’s law school, my goal is to obtain a Juris Doctor degree and practice law. Outside of the classroom, I would like to join the Pitt News and engage in several political campaigns.

Brewer, Corinn

Greensburg Central Catholic High School, 11
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Volunteering to help the underprivileged has driven my desire to become an architect and design wonderful living spaces for people in need that are both beautiful and affordable through innovative designs and environmentally friendly materials. I plan to compete in Track & Field at the NCAA Division I level, with sights set on the Olympics, while continuing gymnastics training. My commitment to community will grow with positions of leadership in USA Track & Field, YWCA, and youth coaching.

Bucci, Angelina

St. Joseph High School, 12

After high school, I plan on furthering my education with an undergraduate degree on the pre-med track. I am going to major in biochemistry or health sciences, have applied to schools, but am undecided on where I want to attend. After undergraduate, my plan is to attend medical school and work towards becoming a pediatrician. Once I attain my doctorate, I want to travel to places in need of affordable child health care. My ultimate goal is to open a practice of my own for those in need.

Colcombe, Celena

Central Westmoreland Career & Technology Center, 12

Inspired by my grandfather who was a barber, earlier this year, I accomplished a goal I set for myself four years ago. I earned my Cosmetology License while still in high school! Now that I have achieved this educational and career milestone, I have decided to pursue multiple goals simultaneously. I will work at the salon where I am currently employed, obtain additional hairstyling credentials, and attend a local college to attain a degree with the dream of becoming a youth minister.

Cramer, Charles

Kiski Area High School, 12

I plan on going to college for aerospace or aeronautical engineering. Then serving my country as an officer and pilot in the United States Navy.

DeLia, Joshua

Serra Catholic High School, 12

I plan to attend a four-year college, but as of now I have yet to decide on a specific institution or a specific major. However, I am aiming on having a major selected by the end of the first semester of my freshman year, and until then it will be labeled as “Undecided/Exploratory”. Most of the majors I am considering fall under the broad category of humanities.

DiMatteo, Gino

Central Catholic High School, 12

After high school, I plan to pursue a major in biomedical engineering and a minor in bioethics at a four-year university. During this process, I hope to continue nurturing my passion for interdisciplinary study in a way that encourages a type of dialogue between science and philosophy. I aspire to use this background to ultimately become an orthopedic surgeon following medical school.

Duda, Annie

Greater Latrobe Senior High School, 12

After high school, I plan to attend Liscomb University in Nashville, Tennessee, where I will major in commercial music, with a focus on songwriting, and I plan to minor in film. I hope to take full advantage of “the music city’s,” opportunities to perform as much as possible as well as continuing to record my original music for streaming platforms. My hope is to become a professional singer-songwriter and work for record labels as well as other artists.

Elder, Casey

Greater Latrobe Senior High School, 12

My future plans are to attend the University of Pittsburgh or Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University to major in computer science. After college, I hope to either continue my degree or work for a technology company such as Google, Microsoft, NASA, or Apple.

Etling, Aubree

Jeannette Senior High School, 12

I plan to attend Gannon University in the fall to become a physician assistant. I will be a part of their accelerated five year program.

Fedornak, Nathan

Hempfield Area High School, 11

After I leave Highschool I plan to attend college for an undergrad degree, then ideally go to law school. During my undergrad degree, I would like to spend a semester studying abroad.

Flanagan, Audrey

Oakland Catholic High School, 11

I am attending a Weekend Business Consulting Academy conducted by the Academies of Harvard Student Agencies to explore a variety of business majors. I plan on attending a four-year undergraduate college with a major in either business or science. While I am not sure of my exact major yet, I hope to utilize my strengths to positively impact my community and help those in need.

Fowler, Rebekah

Kiski Area High School, 12

I plan to major in Biology and minor in Spanish as I continue my academic and volleyball career at Grove City College. My goal is to be a physician, specializing in Maternal-Fetal Medicine and help women who are at risk of complications during pregnancy. As a bilingual doctor, I want to bridge the communication gap and help patients feel safer, less anxious, and work to advance health equity.

Frank, Michael

Avonworth High School, 12

After graduating high school, I plan on attending a 4-year college to study either Data Science or Computer Information Systems!

Gaines, Justin

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

I have been granted admission to and plan on attending either the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill or the University of Pittsburgh Honors College program. I also plan on majoring in the Pre-Medicine field at either university after hopefully graduating as Valedictorian of my senior high-school class.

Gardner, Ross

Central Catholic High School, 12

I plan on attending the University of Pittsburgh next year as a chemistry major. While there I will participate in Army ROTC and become an army officer when I graduate.

Gedman, Ryan

Serra Catholic High School, 12

I plan to major in chemical engineering with a concentration in sustainability and clean energy. My college plans are undecided thus far.

Gilfillan, Cheyanne

Jeannette Senior High School, 12

My plans are to attend Washington & Jefferson College to study Psychology with a minor in forensics.I hope find a job in a jail or prison to work alongside cops and detectives to help solve cases with use the of psychology, although ultimate goal is to one day work for the FBI to help find murders and solve crimes. I just find to help find justice for those who deserve it whether it is the victim, family of the victim, or the person being charged with the crime.

Hartner, Sarah

Norwin High School, 12

I will be attending Saint Vincent College to pursue a major in Graphic Design. I also plan to pursue minors in Theology and Communications.

Heidenreich, Luke

Montour High School, 12

I plan on attending the University of Pittsburgh Swanson School of Engineering to pursue a degree in either Mechanical or Civil Engineering. One of my goals is to participate in the study abroad program and experience engineering in other countries to further develop my interest in diversity.