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2006 East Outstanding Young Citizens

| Sunday, April 16, 2006

This year, parents, teachers, school administrators and friends nominated 140 students representing 20 schools.

Ian Michael Abels

School, grade: Elizabeth-Forward Middle, 8 Age: 13 Parents: Kevin & Nadine Academic achievements: 4.0 GPA, Presidential Award Academic Achievement and Excellence, Outstanding citizen, outstanding student of the month awards. Participant in G.A.T.E. program. School activities: Middle School band, composes, plays music, studying classical guitar. Community contributions: Church volunteer youth services, provides music for church functions. Falling Timber Animal Rescue Shelter volunteer, nursing facility volunteer. 1st degree Black Belt. Goals: "Attend Duquesne University, major in engineering and architecture, minor in music."

Riley Adams

School, grade: Elizabeth-Forward Middle, 8 Age: 13 Parents: Walter and Laura Adams Academic achievements: High honor roll, Leadership Award. School activities: Basketball, softball, sports awards. Presidential Physical Ed. Awards. Community contributions: Softball for Elizabeth Twp., Hapkido for 6 years, earned Black Belt at age 11. Goals: "Go to college and be a doctor or veterinarian."

Danny Altavilla

School, grade: Elizabeth-Forward Middle, 7 Age: 13 Parents: Dan & Colleen Altavilla Academic achievements: 4.0 GPA, Presidential Award Outstanding Academic Excellence, Student of the Month. School activities: Presidential Fitness Award, football quarterback, free safety, kicker & punter. Basketball point guard, Section Champion 2005 season. Community contributions: Baseball for ETAA, 2005 season leader in home runs, MVP awards. Inducted in Youth Baseball Hall of Fame 2003, 2004 Little League World Series PA Champion. Goals: "Play college baseball and major in business."

Phillip Amsler

School, grade: Shady Side Academy, 11 Age: 16 Parents: Robert and Barbara Academic achievements: AP calculus, German 3, National German exam 76th percentile, physics School activities: Wrestling 3 varsity letters, soccer, football varsity letter, track and field. Community contributions: Health-South Harmarville volunteer Sunday nights 3 years, youth soccer referee 5 years. Goals: "College, probably major in architecture or design."

Alyssa Baran

School, grade: Elizabeth-Forward HS, 12 Age: 17 Parents: Phyllis/John Baran Academic achievements: Westinghouse Honors Institute, United Nations Pilgrimage, PA Junior Academy of Science Workshop, 4.4 GPA, Area Health Education Center Academy, Forensic Labs School activities: 4 yrs varsity swimming, Nat'l. Honors Society, marching band, concert band, mock trials, swim club. Community contributions: Learn to Swim Program, library aide, altar server S. Michael's Church, St. Anthony's marching band, tutor for various subjects, PMEA District honors band. Goals: "Accepted into Penn State's Honor Program, major in bioengineering, hope to continue into orthodontics program, become member of Penn State swim team."

Jarred Scott Barnes

School, grade: South Allegheny High School, 9 Age: 15 Parents: Cindy L. and Nicholas I. Sarafis Academic achievements: Gladiator Award Science and Social Studies, American Citizenship Award, high honors all grades, President's Education Award. School activities: Student council, Gate program, baseball, Nat'l. Jr. Honor Society, Port Vue American Legion Award. Community contributions: Troop 54, 57 Patrol Leader, Life Scout, Boys & Girls Club, Street Hockey league, Port Vue Athletic Assoc. umpire/player. Goals: "To receive mechanical engineering degree from Penn State or Purdue."

Corrine Barton

School, grade: Elizabeth-Forward Middle, 12 Age: 17 Parents: Mr. and Mrs. Jan Barton Academic achievements: Member student gov't., member Interact. Vice president sophomore class, vice president junior class, representative for AIU student forum sophomore year. School activities: 3-year member yearbook staff, Editor in chief yearbook senior year, choir, chorus, drama club, prom committee, 4-year varsity cheerleader. Community contributions: 6-year member Elizabeth United Methodist Youth Fellowship, president junior and senior years. Goals: "To obtain degree in elementary education from Penn State University."

Erika Bell

School, grade: Linton Middle School, 7 Age: 13 Parents: Jeff and Laura Bell Academic achievements: High honor roll, Reflection Award (school level), President's Award for Educational Excellence. School activities: Classroom tutor, accelerated math participant, band, safety patrol, library helper. Community contributions: Penn Hills softball, tournament team, all-star team. Trinity Tower Methodist Church Youth Dance Team and Church Youth Council. Goals: "Attend college, study podiatry."

Stephanie Bennaugh

School, grade: Woodland Hills HS, 10 Age: 16 Parents: Richard & Shirley Bennaugh Academic achievements: G.A.T.E. 2002 to present, high honor roll 4 years, participant Presidential debate team, 1 of 2 voices for voiceover of DVD made to promote school. School activities: Student council 4 years, cheerleader 3 years, music 4 years, volleyball, certified peer mediator, Middle States team, class VP grades 8 & 9. Community contributions: Hosanna House summer program volunteer, Covenant Church of Pgh offices/Reconciliation Ministries volunteer, Youth Worship team & leadership team, Pgh Musical Theatre, Goshua Generation/Youth With a Mission. Goals: "College for pharmacy."

Deren Jay Breitinger

School, grade: Elizabeth-Forward Middle, 8 Age: 14 Parents: Duane and Donna Breitinger Academic achievements: Academic Excellence Award, John Hopkins Center for Talented Youth Search, student of the month. School activities: Soccer 2 yrs, basketball 2 yrs, football 1 yr, concert band. Community contributions: Central Highlands United Methodist Youth Group, Association Soccer, Association Baseball. Goals: "Attend college and pursue engineering."

Nick Buban

School, grade: Linton Middle School, 9 Age: 15 Parents: Jerry & Carol Buban Academic achievements: High honor roll all grades, accelerated classes, perfect attendance certificates. School activities: Football and basketball throughout school years, quarterback 9th grade, currently basketball team. Community contributions: Assists in ushering and collection at St. Gerard Majella Church Sunday mornings. Goals: "To graduate as a valedictorian and attend a top rated college."

Jessica Rae Burns

School, grade: Elizabeth-Forward Middle, 8 Age: 14 Parents: John and Colleen Burns Academic achievements: High honor QPA, student of the month, GATE program. School activities: Soccer since age 4, WPIAL grades 7 & 8, track, statistician basketball, first place Cultural Arts winner elementary school, Science Fair winner elementary school. Community contributions: Church Bible School helper for preschool age, club soccer, soccer in-house referee. Goals: "To become a physician."

Courney Cain

School, grade: Steel Valley HS, 12 Age: 18 Parents: Paul & Dianne Cain Academic achievements: Member Nat'l. Honor Society, homeroom rep for student council, yearbook committee, Member Who's Who, taking college classes at CCAC while attending high school. School activities: 4 yrs varsity basketball, 4 yrs softball, 3 yrs volleyball, captain basketball & softball team. ""All Tournament"" award for basketball. Offered to be included in Junior Olympics, participated in Florida Nationals. Community contributions: Environmental Club, 300+ community service hours, Youth Intramural, donate blood, helped seniors at St. Michaels bingo, working with people on West Homestead Centennial, started school store ""SV Sidelines Shoppee"". Goals: "Received academic and athletic scholarships and been accepted at Point Park University, plan to become part of their softball team."

Ashley Cain

School, grade: Elizabeth-Forward HS, 11 Age: 17 Parents: Tom and Kathy Cain Academic achievements: High honor roll, Nat'l. Honor Roll, Who's Who, AP U.S. History. School activities: Interact Club, Student Gov't. Association, varsity golf team, yearbook photography editor. Community contributions: Elementary school tutor twice a week, community service. Goals: "Attend college, major in elementary education and/or special education, possibly play golf."

Ellen Marie Caparosa

School, grade: Woodland Hills HS, 12 Age: 17 Parents: David and Mary Jo Caparosa Academic achievements: Nat'l. Honor Society president, Brown University book award, GATE Program, AIU apprenticeship in musical theater. School activities: School musicals, chamber choir, varsity field hockey, GRAPHITI Literary Magazine staff, senior class corresponding secretary, student council. Community contributions: Jubilee soup kitchen, chamber choir community performances and benefits concerts, Center for Creative Play. Goals: "Plan to attend New York University, Carnegie Mellon University or University of Pittsburgh, major in biology. After college, plan to attend medical school."

Sami Casto

School, grade: Elizabeth-Forward Middle, 7 Age: 13 Parents: Jonette (Mom) and Earl Rothey (Dad) Academic achievements: High honor roll, Leadership Award, student council, award in photography Cultural Arts program. School activities: School cheerleader, Athletic Association cheerleader 6 yrs. 7 yrs. Softball, basketball, captain of EFAA cheerleading midget competition squad. Community contributions: Volunteer as assistant cheerleading coach for EFAA Mighty Mite Cheerleading Squad. Goals: "To go to college to study law or forensic science."

Jocelyn Chan

School, grade: Plum Senior HS, 12 Age: 17 Parents: Lap-Tak and Annie Chan Academic achievements: AP physics, AP chemistry, AP English Lit., AP calculus BC, AP European history, honors French IV, honors orchestra, Who's Who, Nat'l. Honor Roll, honor roll, Scholar Athlete, ranked first in HS class, AP Scholar. School activities: Cross-country, spring track & field, Nat'l. Honor Society treasurer, pit orchestra for school musical, PMEA District 1 orchestra, French Club, powder puff, gifted program, apprenticeships in business & engineering. Community contributions: Provide violin musical accompaniment in church services Sundays, various fundraisers for Make-A-Wish Foundation. Goals: "Attend 4-year university, choice undecided."

Alexis Christofi

School, grade: Elizabeth-Forward Middle, 8 Age: 13 Parents: Cynthia and Petros Christofi Academic achievements: Leadership Award in 2004, student of the month February 2006. School activities: EFMS soccer team 2 yrs., EFMS band 3 yrs., EFMS track team and basketball team. Community contributions: Soccer with EF Soccer Association 6 yrs., Youghiogheny Country Club swim team 4 yrs., participate in Jr. golf and tennis programs. Goals: "To be a psychiatrist, to attend either Duquesne University, Pitt or Princeton."

Stephanie Citriniti

School, grade: Plum Senior HS, 12 Age: 17 Parents: Diane and Dominic Citriniti Academic achievements: AP physics, National Honors Society School activities: Officer Girls Leaders Association, American Field Society, Pittsburgh Club, Cuisine Club, TV Club, SADD Community contributions: Volunteer at GLA visiting seniors homes, private voice lessons, singing as Cantor in church, volunteer at Give Kids the World Village Goals: "To attend Penn State, have career working with people to give back to society by continuing to volunteer and fundraise for good causes."

Theresa Ann Cooper

School, grade: McKeesport Area HS, 11 Age: 17 Parents: Ronald and Julia Cooper Academic achievements: High honor roll, Who's Who, Nat'l. Forensic League forth degree of distinction, PTA Reflections first place winner in photography. School activities: Secretary Caring Team, student council, Peer Awareness Club, SADD, varsity volleyball, Community Reader Day, speech club, children's play, choir. Community contributions: Teen aide at UPMC-McKeesport, St. Lucy's auxiliary to Blind Medallion Ball, Lector and altar server at St. Angela Merici Church, vacation Bible School teacher. Goals: "Summer 2006 will go to Europe with American Council for International Studies ""Paths of Civilization Tour"", attend Penn State majoring in communications/public relations."

Kelley L. Deasy

School, grade: Plum Senior HS, 12 Age: 18 Parents: Dave and Dee Deasy Academic achievements: 4.0 GPA, Nat'l. Honors Society, high honor roll, scholar athlete, U.S. Achievement Academy Nat'l. Awards, Nat'l. Society of High School Scholars. School activities: Student council, peer mediator, school orchestra, captain volleyball team, attended leadership conventions, National Girls and Women in Sports honoree. Community contributions: Girls Leadership Association officer, West Penn Hospital volunteer, freshmen orientation and initiation volunteer, Plum Boro Community softball league, worked booth at Plum Community Festival. Goals: "To attend local university for master's degree in occupational therapy, work in a hospital environment."

Brandon DeCecco

School, grade: South Allegheny High School, 12 Age: 17 Parents: John DeCecco, Theresa DeCecco Academic achievements: President Nat'l. Honor Society, Caring Team, STARS student leadership forum, student council. School activities: Captain football team, 3-year letterman, track & field, two-time Academic Wrestles Award, football team MVP and defensive MVP. Community contributions: Three-time Tribune-Review Outstanding Young Citizen Award. Goals: "Attend Waynesburg College, major in sports management and play football while there."

Jessica Dieterle

School, grade: Steel Valley HS, 12 Age: 18 Parents: Kathy and Chuck Dieterle Academic achievements: Honor roll, high honor roll, highest honors with distinction. School activities: Junior class officer, student council officer, voted by peers one of ten girls on homecoming court. Community contributions: Volunteer cheerleading coach for old elementary school. As volunteer coach, currently the senior with the most community service hours, almost 2,000. Goals: "Go to college to earn major in early childhood education and minor in special education."

Bryan Dietz

School, grade: Central Catholic HS, 12 Age: 18 Parents: Donald and Linda Dietz Academic achievements: Nat'l. Honor Society, P.I.H.L. Academic All Star, honor roll, 4.35 QPA in 4 years at Central Catholic. School activities: Student council president, Spanish Club, yearbook, captain varsity ice hockey, MAP's, Spirit Club, freshmen orientation committee, Student-Athlete Leadership Association. Community contributions: LaSallian Youth, student council distinguished service award, CYO, St. Sebastian's Parish Festival volunteer, Mexico Missionary Project, Eucharistic minister. Goals: "Study air traffic management and aviation business at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Florida. Become air traffic controller, then airport executive and/or politician in Pennsylvania."

Rachel Dilla

School, grade: Penn Hills Senior High, 12 Age: 17 Parents: Arlene DiVella Academic achievements: Honor roll, Nat'l. Honor Society, Lamp of Knowledge School activities: 4-year varsity letter for physical fitness, 6th place female nationally in Marine Physical Fitness, 2nd place female nationally in Marine Physical Fitness. Community contributions: Board member Students Against Destructive Decisions, volunteer at Pittsburgh Zoo, PPG Aquarium, volunteer at Camp Shining Arrow. Goals: "Will be attending Carlow University, double majoring in English and secondary education."

Michael C. Dykes

School, grade: Woodland Hills HS, 11 Age: 16 Parents: Carter & Sharon Dykes Academic achievements: 3.5 GPA, SATs 1060, GATE, Teenagers Against AIDS Program in Coalition with National AIDS/HIV Awareness Day. School activities: Tri-athlete in football, basketball, baseball, letterman for all three, first-team all conference awardee for offensive tackle, progress Elite-30 award for offensive tackle. Community contributions: Gospel chorus, male chorus Mt. Olive Baptist Church, junior usher, assist Braddock Athletic Association pony league as coach for young players, awarded Layman of the Year by church. Goals: "Attend university pursuing career in either physics or business accounting."

Douglas Vincent Edwards, Jr.

School, grade: East Allegheny, 12 Age: 17 Parents: Douglas, Sr., Pamela Academic achievements: Nat'l. Honor Society president, student council treasurer, high honor roll, top 5% of class, Hometown High A Team. School activities: Swim team captain, band, section leader in orchestra, chorus, class cabinet. Community contributions: Eagle Scout, Eagle of the Cross, deanery of Pittsburgh Diocese St. Robert's Youth Group. Goals: "To attend Washing and Jefferson College, major in engineering."

Bradley End

School, grade: Plum Senior HS, 12 Age: 17 Parents: James and Cindy End Academic achievements: 4.47 QPA, top 1% of class, Nat'l. Honors Society inductee, 6-year member Science Olympiad team, 2nd place in State Polymer competition, PA Higher Education Assistance Agency certificate of merit. School activities: Habitat for Humanity, peer tutoring, student gov't., Internet scavenger hunt co-director, attended 'Senior Prom' at Independence Court Nursing Home. Community contributions: Eagle of the Cross, volunteer camp counselor, alter server/Lector at St. Januarius, parish council representative, parish service worker. Goals: "Go to Penn State or Pitt for pre-med, medical school at Pitt, work for UPMC as emergency room physician."

Justin N. Ferguson

School, grade: Penn Hills Senior High, 12 Age: 17 Parents: George & Oradell Ferguson Academic achievements: Nat'l. Honor Society, Who's Who, Nat'l. Achievers Society, University of Pittsburgh Investing Now program, University of Pittsburgh Pre College Career Access program. School activities: Student council, Chess Team and Club, senior internship program L. Robert Kimball & Associates, peer tutor, PTA Scholarship recipient. Community contributions: Negro Education Emergency Drive scholarship recipient, Omega Psi Phi Achievement Award scholarship recipient, Nat'l. Urban League NULITES, American Red Cross volunteer. Goals: "To attend a major university school of architecture."

Dana Gamrat

School, grade: Woodland Hills, 12 Age: 18 Parents: Paul and Patricia Gamrat Academic achievements: Principal's Leadership Scholarship nominee, summer honors program at Clarion University, Nat'l. Honor Society, College in High School with University of Pittsburgh, 3.98 QPA. School activities: George N. Parks Drum Major Academy, Pittsburgh Zoo apprenticeship, Pittsburgh Dance Alloy apprenticeship, WPIAL Rifle Team championships, 4 years perfect attendance. Community contributions: Starpower National Dance competition finalist, Project Bundle Up, teacher's aid in Wilkinsburg's Schools, Race for PACE, volunteer at Magee-Women's Hospital. Goals: "To attend Penn State, major in elementary education."

Natalie Gaudy

School, grade: Elizabeth-Forward HS, 11 Age: 16 Parents: Jeff and Doris Gaudy Academic achievements: High honor roll, academic games. School activities: 3-year varsity swimmer in 100 breaststroke and 200 breaststroke medley relay, 2-year Elizabeth Forward marching band, trumpet, Warrior yearbook staff. Community contributions: Member St. Michael church, Western PA Humane Society volunteer, member Professional Association of Diving Instructors, Advanced Open Water certified scuba diver. Goals: "To attend either University of North Carolina, Wittenberg University, Florida Atlantic University or University of Florida, major in marine science. To specialize in either habitat restoration, aquatic animal health or global climate monitoring."

Joshua Gibbons

School, grade: Elizabeth-Forward Middle, 8 Age: 14 Parents: Sharon and Joseph Gibbons Academic achievements: Team awards for straight A's, 3.8 or higher GPA all through middle school. School activities: Basketball, track, trumpet in band, taking guitar lessons. Community contributions: Church youth group, Boy Scouts, deliver the Daily News, acolyte for church. Goals: "Go to college, get a high paying job so as to help those in need."

Kathryne Globig

School, grade: Plum Senior HS, 12 Age: 18 Parents: Michael and Elaine Globig Academic achievements: High honor roll, 4.0 all four years at Plum High. School activities: VP of Girls' Leadership Association, Students Against Destructive Decisions, varsity swimmer, held school record in 100 fly, Nat'l. Honor Society, member of Law Club, Pittsburgh Club and Cuisine Club. Community contributions: Volunteer at UPMC St. Margaret. Goals: "To attend James Madison University, currently undecided in a major."

Emily Graham

School, grade: Plum Senior HS, 12 Age: 17 Parents: Jeffrey and Barbara Graham Academic achievements: Honor student, Nat'l. Honor Society, nine weeks award winner in multiple classes, host of annual Make-A-Wish Telethon, Who's Who. School activities: Student government rep, student co

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