Young Achiever: Carly O'Connor
Age : 18
Residence : Shaler
Family : Parents, Maria and Don O'Connor; brothers Sean and Kevin
School : Senior at Shaler Area High School
Activities/interests: Shaler Area marching band, pit orchestra for the Shaler Area High School musical, National Honor Society, Japanese National Honor Society, Future Physicians of America
Noteworthy : Carly took fifth place in the 2012 National Brain Bee in Baltimore this month. The National Brain Bee is a national neuroscience competition for high school students. Forty-four students participated in the competition. She will attend the University of Pittsburgh in fall with plans to study neuroscience and pre-med.
Quote : "To me, the score I received at the National Brain Bee was a sign of verification. I knew I wanted to study neuroscience and I knew I wanted to study medicine, but also it was the accumulation of the hard work of everyone who had helped me."