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.”