Outstanding Young Citizen Awardees


2024 Outstanding Young Citizens

will be announced Thursday, April 25!

Congratulations to our 2024 Outstanding Young Citizens.


Lasek, Sienna

Hampton High School, 11

In high school, I will focus on my studies and volunteering with organizations that involve my passions: art, nature, and helping children. In the near future I want to finish the children’s book I am co-authoring with my dad. In college, I hope to explore my interests in art and science and to contribute to the local community by volunteering. I hope to build a career that incorporates my love for science, art, and helping the community and the world.

Lecker, Riley

Bishop Canevin Catholic High School, 11

I plan to pursue an advanced degree in Physical Therapy / Athletic Training, specializing in treatment of dancers

Lynch, Jemaira

Apollo-Ridge High School, 12

In my future I plan to attend Thiel College for Early Childhood/Special Education, while also obtaining minors in Child Development and Music. After I graduate, I would like to volunteer with the Peace Corp, teaching children in another country for two years, then I would like to get a job as a Preschool Teacher.

Mackie, Noah

Pine-Richland High School, 11

I plan to study Business and play Baseball at a 4 year university.

Maher, Hunter

Upper St. Clair High School, 12

Growing up as a Boy Scout, I developed a deep love for nature, which ignited my passion for Environmental Science. I plan on attending college to major in environmental science and conducting research to protect our planet and promote sustainable practices.

Makoul, Anna

Upper St. Clair High School, 12

As a result of my love for helping others, excitement for learning, and passion for instrumental performance, I plan to attend college with a major in Psychology and a minor in music. I strive to work towards a Ph.D. in psychology, and with this, I hope to help people, specifically children, work through challenges and improve their lives.

Martin, Reilly

First Baptist Christian School, Butler, 12

I would like to become a News Reporter in the future. I am attending Grove City College this fall and majoring in Communications/Broadcast Media. I want to become a reporter because it is a job where I can intimately connect with my community. An aspiration of mine has always been to be a positive influence on those around me. All in all, I would like to be someone that people can rely on to spread positivity and the unconditional love of Jesus Christ.

Maruthu Pandian, Dharini

South Fayette High School, 11

I plan on going to a top college and then a top medical school in order to become a psychiatrist. I plan on majoring in neuroscience and minoring in biology. I will become a psychiatrist in a clinic, then open up my own practice after two years.

Mazon, Nathan

Charleroi Area High School, 12

Attend West Virginia University to major in biology on a pre-med track in hopes of pursuing a career in the medical field.

McCarthy, Veronica

St. Joseph High School, 11

I plan on attending college and then joining the Peace Corps to fulfill my passion for volunteerism.

McCutcheon, Elena

Springdale Junior/Senior High School, 12

My future plans are to attend Pennsylvania State University to major in psychology and minor in neuroscience. I then plan to further my education to get my doctorate in psychology to be able to help others with their mental health, create clinical trials, and discover more about the human mind as a whole.

McGoey, Katharine

North Hills Senior High School, 12

I am going to attend University of North Carolina Wilmington in which I will major in elementary education and minor in history. As a future teacher, I want to make a positive impact on the lives of my students by supporting them and building a genuine love of learning and interest in the unknown that I know will take my students far academically and personally.

Meier, Alexandra

St. Joseph High School, 11

When I attend college in the fall of 2025, I plan to study nonprofit management and physician assistant studies. I have always been passionate about mental health care and hope that there will one day be a world where mental health care is free. In the future, I plan to develop a nonprofit that works to get adequate mental health care to the uninsured and low-income. I am also interested in medicine and plan on becoming a physician assistant.

Mejalli, Anthony

Serra Catholic High School, 12

I haven’t decided where I will be attending college, but I intend to double major in Data Analytics and Exercise Science. I plan on attending a four-year university and participating on the soccer team. I plan to continue volunteering in my community. Eventually, I would like to become involved in youth soccer, volunteering my time coaching and promoting the sport of soccer.

Middlebrook, Knije

St. Joseph High School, 11

I plan on going to college to get my business degree, and eventually start up my own non-profit organization to help improve outcomes for youth in our community.

Mollenauer, Maggie

North Hills Senior High School, 12

I have been fortunate in my life to have had teachers, family, and friends who breathed positive reinforcement into my life. Service to others has been a natural pillar for me as a Girl Scout, a tutor, a coach, and a confidant. My desire to minister to and support others, coupled with my optimism, makes a business degree focusing on human capital management a perfect fit. This degree will fulfill career aspirations and also answer a vocational calling to serve others by recognizing potential.

Moore, Elaina

St. Joseph High School, 11

After high school, I plan to attend college and study pre-medicine majoring in Biology or Biochemistry. Following my undergrad, I plan to attend medical school to become an anesthesiologist. I have known since I was a little girl that I wanted to enter the medical field when I grow up so that I can help those in need. I have multiple family members, including my dad, who have had medical diseases, particularly those in the field of cancer, so I have always held medical studies close to my heart.

Muir, Issabella

Greater Latrobe Senior High School, 11

To attend an art school and major in fine arts, I would love to work as a professional artist and to travel to other countries to learn different art history and styles of art work

Murray, Caelyn

Chartiers Valley High School, 11

I have many plans that I would like to accomplish in the future. The most important one is going to college and getting a degree in civil engineering and construction management. Ever since I was little, engineering has always been something that has been in the back of my mind. I love figuring out how things work and go together, which is why engineering and robotics are so interesting to me. In addition, I work on a variety of different engineering-based projects while at my family farm.

Murray, Shawn

Hempfield Area High School, 12

I have had the pleasure of having some of the best teachers at Hempfield Area School District, and I plan to pursue a degree in teaching History with a minor in Special Education at Slippery Rock University. I have been a leader both in the school, on the field and while mentoring. My dream is to someday return to my Alma Mater and be able to teach and mentor my students. I would also love to coach Lacrosse and help kids achieve their fullest potential.

Musial, William

Quaker Valley High School, 12

After graduation, I plan to pursue a degree in Secondary English Education at a 4 year university. During my time in college, I plan to continue participating in school choirs and musical productions. I also hope to travel and explore, both in and out of the country. In my adult life, I hope to return to my roots and teach in or around the Pittsburgh area in order to reconnect with and give back to the amazing community that surrounded me as I grew up.

Myers, Garrett

Springdale Junior/Senior High School, 11

I plan to attend a 4 year college and pursue a career in the engineering field.

Noonan, Jamie

St. Joseph High School, 12

I will attend Waynesburg University to play Softball and major in Business and Sports Management.

O┬┤Toole, Myle

Plum Senior High School, 11

My steps toward the future, I envision a career dedicated to making an impact in the field of health. I plan on getting a degree in a relevant field such as Medicine, Nursing, or Health Science that will help me with the understanding of anatomy, physiology, pharmacology, and health care systems. I intend to immerse myself into the world of health care by securing employment whether it is at a hospital, clinic, or research facility. My future is not set, but I am hopeful to leave a huge mark.

O’Bryan, William

Canon-McMillan High School, 12

I will major in Finance at a 4-year university.