Outstanding Young Citizen Awardees


2024 Outstanding Young Citizens

will be announced Thursday, April 25!

Congratulations to our 2024 Outstanding Young Citizens.


Collin Wang

North Allegheny Senior High School, 12

Mei Song

Academic Achievement

DECA International Finalist – top 10/400+ in the STDM event against top competition / 2x PA State Champion, Recipient – 2 Years
National Speech & Debate Association Academic All-American / Harvard National Tournament Double-Octofinalist (Top 32/230 Public Forum teams) / 2x State 4th Place in Extemp Commentary, Recipient – 2 Years
Pittsburgh Data Jam 1st Place – won award for research studying socioeconomic factors’ impact on student standardized test scores & presented to Google’s data science team, Member – 1 Year
Coca-Cola Scholars Semifinalist / National Merit Finalist / AP Scholar with Distinction, Recipient – 1 Year
PMEA District & Honors Orchestra Violinist, Member – 1 Year

Extracurricular Activities

Speech & Debate – communicate important information to 100+ members of our Top 20 ranked team in the nation, instruct students and create curriculum in Extemp Speaking, President, Extemp Speaking Event Leader, Middle School Program Director – 4 Years
DECA – helped raise $10,000 for our state charity, organized district conference for 300 competitors, helped recruit 100+ new members for our chapter, PA State Officer, Chapter VP of Communications, Director of Finance – 3 Years
Varsity Golf – led team to first playoff appearance since 2015, named Team MVP, assisted our coach in practice and during matches, Captain – 4 Years
Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning Club – taught students about AI concepts and hosted guest speakers who are professionals in the field, President – 2 Years
Pittsburgh Forensics Institute – registered 100 students for a city-wide speech and debate summer camp and raised $14,000+ for our school program, Co-Executive Director – 2 Years

Community Involvement

Bank of America Student Leader – interned at the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh to assist with summer camps and administrative work (organization reports, research projects, presentations), Education Intern – 1 Year
New Voters – conduct research projects on youth civic engagement (Lead author of case study on PA HS civic resources, Co-author of paper on youth political polarization, taught part of a research summer camp, etc.), mentored fellows nationwide to run voter registration drives, researched 40+ bills to create a legislation database, registered 300+ peers through school-based voting drives, Research Assistant, Policy Intern, Mentor – 3 Years
The First Tee – taught the basic skills of golf to 100+ kids aged 6-14, Assistant Coach – 3 Years
Allegheny County Student Poll Worker – assisted roughly 1500 voters in casting their ballots and exercising their civic duty, established a Student Poll Worker program at school and recruited 19 volunteers to serve, Volunteer – 2 Years
Panera Bread McCandless – addressed customer needs, prepared sandwiches, soups, and salads, checked correctness of orders, Retail Team Associate – 2 Years


After graduating from North Allegheny, I hope to study public policy and data science in college. These two fields have long interested me: I love trying to find ways to solve social science problems through the use of technology and data. Therefore I want to pursue a career that combines knowledge from both. Ideally, I see myself delving further into policy research in the government or at a nonprofit think tank, aiding in informing policymakers of potential solutions to pressing issues.