Outstanding Young Citizen Awardees


2024 Outstanding Young Citizens

will be announced Thursday, April 25!

Congratulations to our 2024 Outstanding Young Citizens.


James Brewer

Greensburg Central Catholic High School, 12

Judy Brewer

Academic Achievement

National Merit Commended Scholar. Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Award for outstanding performance on SAT: score in top 1%. InFirst Bank Academic Excellence Award for #1 Class rank: 4.4 GPA, Scholar – 3 Years
Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science Fair – Duquesne University Award of Excellence; Office of Naval Science Award, State 1st place; Pittsburgh Regional Science & Engineering Fair – Covestro “Excellence in Presentation” Award; Bechtel Marine Propulsion Corporation Sponsor Award, Individual Project Owner – 4 Years
Tri-M Music Honor Society-Cofounder of GCC Chapter, Science National Honor Society-SNHS Lecture Series Speaker – Selected to Present Research on “The Physics Behind Aircraft Flight”, National Honor Society, Spanish National Honor Society, Co-founder, member – 4 Years
Selected to Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth with High Honors and Westinghouse Science Honors Institute; WPIAL James Collins Scholar-Athlete Award; Quality Aviation Instruments Aerospace Externship, Member – 4 Years
Society for Industrial & Applied Mathematics “M3 Challenge”. Developed mathematical model to project the future of the housing and homeless crisis and provide solution. St. Vincent College Pasta Bridge Competition Runner-Up, Member – 1 Year

Extracurricular Activities

Track & Field: All-American Decathlete; Record Holder and Champion: International Youth Track and Field Championship, Pole Vault; New Balance National Qualifier: Pole Vault, 400H, 110H, Javelin. WPIAL Champion and 5-time Pennsylvania State Qualifier 300mHurdles, Pole Vault, 4x400m Relay; 2 x County Overall MVP; U.S. Northeast Regional USATF Junior Olympic Javelin, Decathlon, Pole Vault, 400m Hurdles & 110m Hurdles Champion and National Qualifier; Captain: high school and club teams., Captain – 4 Years
Soccer: Starting Offense and Defense for 2020 WPIAL Champion and PA State Runner-up, 2021 WPIAL Runner-up and State Finalist, and 2022 Undefeated Section Champion Soccer teams. Beadling and Victory Soccer Clubs, Captain – 4 Years
Instrumental and Pep Band, Percussion Leader; Co-Founder GCC Chapter of the Tri-M Music Honor Society, Percussion leader; Co-founder – 4 Years
Wrestling –2021 County Runner-up and WPIAL Quarter-finalist wrestling team; Swimming: 2 x Section Runner-up swim team, Member – 4 Years
Student Council, Math League, Astronomy Club, Science Bowl Champion; Flash PCs Business. Build and sell custom computers – member, Class Representative; Partner – 4 Years

Community Involvement

Volunteer Assistant Coach: St. Sebastian Elementary School Cross Country; Valley Speedsters USATF Track & Field Club; GCC Junior High Soccer Program; GCC Junior High Track and Field meet Volunteer, Assistant Coach – 4 Years
Habitat for Humanity volunteer builder; Renovated homes by installing insulation, windows, and securing wood framing, Volunteer – 3 Years
Campus Ministry: Church Lector, Eucharistic Minister, and Examen: I lead students to examine their life for that day, the good and the bad, determine the things they would like to work on, to reflect on the way they lived that day, and try to improve the way they live the next day. Greensburg Central Catholic, Member – 4 Years
Columbian Squires – International youth service organization; Bag Brigade; Westmoreland County Food Banks, Volunteer: Package donated food for needy students in my hometown, Member – 4 Years
Marion Tutor/Bible Study Volunteer; GCC high school and junior high Science and Math Tutor – Assist elementary, middle, and high school students with homework, Member – 4 Years


I hope to engineer the human genome to decrease gene-mutation diseases and utilize space’s resources to produce another habitat humans can call home, sparking a multiplanetary economy to sustain mankind. I plan to achieve these goals with advanced engineering and computer science degrees at Carnegie Mellon University while competing as a Varsity decathlete. My commitment to community will continue with volunteering in USA Track & Field, Habitat for Humanity, youth coaching and tutoring.