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Young achiever: William "Billy" Aikins

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William Aikins a sophomore at St. Joseph High School, he won first place for the District 27 VFW Voice of Democracy Audio-Essay Scholarship Competition.

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Noteworthy: He won first place for District 27 in the Veterans of Foreign Wars Voice of Democracy Audio-Essay Scholarship Competition. His essay discussed how current events address the necessity and relevance of the U.S. Constitution.

Neighborhood: Lower Burrell

Family: Bill and Maria Aikins and brothers Colin, 13, and Austin, 11

School: Sophomore at St. Joseph High School, Harrison

Activities/interests: Aikins tutors in the school's Latin Club and is a member of its robotics, forensics and mock trial teams. He plays junior varsity soccer and varsity tennis and likes to write short stories and draw in his spare time.

Quote: “The beauty of the Constitution is that it's a document that transcends time. It makes our country great. It protects our freedoms, and we need to understand the document so when those freedoms are threatened, we can fight for them.”

Bill Zlatos is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-320-7828 or bzlatos@tribweb.com.

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