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Young Achiever: Christopher Russo

| Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013, 9:01 p.m.
Russo is a finalist in a statewide speech contest that asked entrants to deliver a 270-word, contemporary version of President Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address.

Age: 17

Family: Parents, Lori and Michael Russo; brother, Michael, 19.

Residence: North Versailles

Noteworthy: Russo, entering his senior year at East Allegheny High School, is one of seven finalists in a statewide speech contest that asked entrants to deliver a 270-word, contemporary version of President Lincoln's Gettysburg Address. The finalists will participate in a live competition in Harrisburg on Sept. 16, with the winner delivering his or her speech at a Nov. 19 ceremony marking the 150th anniversary of Lincoln's famous speech. The winner also will receive a $5,000 cash scholarship and one year of free tuition at a Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education school.

Hobbies/interests: Russo plays bass in East Allegheny's orchestra and enjoys hunting and fishing. He is considering a major in mechanical or civil engineering.

Quote: “I haven't done any public speaking before, so it's a little nerve-wracking. But it's a really big honor and a great opportunity.”

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