Outstanding Young Citizen Awardees


2024 Outstanding Young Citizens

will be announced Thursday, April 25!

Congratulations to our 2024 Outstanding Young Citizens.


Kenza Bey

Pittsburgh Obama (The Barack Obama Academy of International Studies), 11

Hanan El Khouaja

Academic Achievement

Bowdoin College Book Award, Recipient – 1 Year
Tulane Book Award, Recipient – 1 Year
University of Rochester Frederick Douglass and Susan B. Anthony Award, Recipient – 1 Year

Extracurricular Activities

Obama Youth and Government, Judicial President – 2 Years
Global Minds Obama, President – 1 Year
The Children of Steel: Obama Chapter, Vice President – 1 Year
Student Council, Member – 3 Years
Debate Team, Captain – 2 Years

Community Involvement

Pittsburgh Promise, Student Ambassador – 1 Year
Monthly Food Pantry, Volunteer – 3 Years
Sunday School, Teaching Assistant – 2 Years
Islamic Center of Pittsburgh, Intern – 3 Years
Muslim Youth Leadership Alliance, Student Leader – 1 Year


In the future, I hope to continue advocating for my community and working towards a better future globally. After graduating high school, I plan on attending a 4-year college or university on a pre-law track, and later attending law school. Although I am not entirely sure on the type of law I would like to practice, I have an interest in immigration, international, and civil law.