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Melissa Privette

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Melissa Privette, 17, is a senior at Trinity Christian School. She recently was honored as a Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Iota Phi Foundation Achievement Scholar and received a $2,000 scholarship. She has been recognized as an Outstanding Participant in the 2013 National Achievement Scholarship Program. Melissa has carried a 4.0 GPA through all four years of high school. She is a member of the National and Junior Honor Society. She is a yearly participant of the school Work-A-Thon program and founder and president of the first Spanish club for her school. Melissa is a school newspaper reporter, editor, tutor and a Frank Bolden Urban Journalism Workshop participant. She volunteers weekly at Eastridge Library and is a Isshinryu Karate student. Melissa has a brother, Matthew, 13, and lives with her parents, Ron and Rhonda Privette, in Blackridge.

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Age: 17

Residence: Blackridge

Noteworthy: The Iota Phi Foundation, an arm of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc., honored Melissa as one of five achievement scholars this fall. Each applicant for the scholarship wrote an essay about the value of college education. The $2,000 award will go toward Melissa's college expenses, she said. A senior at Trinity Christian School in Forest Hills, Melissa may attend the University of Pittsburgh, Duquesne University, Robert Morris University or Washington & Jefferson College.

Hobbies: Melissa founded the first Spanish club at her school, is a school-newspaper journalist and volunteers each week at Eastridge library. She has maintained a 4.0 grade-point average throughout high school and is a member of the National and National Junior honor societies.

Quote: “I've always had the goal of becoming a lawyer to help other people through knowledge of the law. That's what really drives me.”

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