Outstanding Young Citizen Awardees


2024 Outstanding Young Citizens

will be announced Thursday, April 25!

Congratulations to our 2024 Outstanding Young Citizens.


Mikaela Shine

Derry Area Senior High School, 12

Judy Shine

Academic Achievement

Academic Excellence Society (class rank first), Member – 4 Years
Pittsburgh Music Educators Association District and Region Chorus, Member – 2 Years
Letterman’s Club, Member – 2 Years
Science, Math, and Spanish Honor Societies, Member – 2 Years
Saint Vincent College & Latrobe Bulletin: Teen of the Week, Member – 1 Year

Extracurricular Activities

Future Educators Association, President – 1 Year
Chick-fil-A Leadership Academy, Member – 3 Years
Girls Varsity Tennis, Member – 1 Year
Trojan Role Models, Member – 1 Year
Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Member – 1 Year

Community Involvement

Pittsburgh Region International Student Ministries (PRISM), Volunteer at Garage Giveaways, holiday parties, overnight outings; set up, clean up, lead table discussions and games for international students at Open Houses – 4 Years
Kind (Kids In Need at Derry) Closet, Organizing and sorting donations as well as helping people find items during open houses – 3 Years
Tutoring, Teach a Chinese first grade student math and create lesson plans and activities – 1 Year
Teach 6th graders Spanish, Teach 6th graders simple Spanish words or conversation with activities, coloring, and games – 1 Year
Special Needs Awareness, Rehearsed and performed for a special needs event during the summer – 1 Year


In first grade, I was extremely discouraged by my lack of ability in math, but my teacher patiently helped me, believing in me. At home, I would confidently mimic her encouragement as I taught my stuffed animals, unknowingly reinforcing learning. Looking back, my first grade self could not imagine excelling in AP Calculus 11 years later. Thus, as numerous teachers have inspired me, I aspire to become a creative and compassionate elementary teacher who ignites passionate learning in my students.