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Young Achiever: Yizhou Joe Zhao

| Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013, 1:03 p.m.
Young Achiever Yizhou Joe Zhao, 14, of McCandless Township, who recently finished as a Semi-Finalist in the Wake Forest Early Bird Debate Tournament.

Age: 14

Family: Father, Yutong Zhao, 42; Mother, Jing Zhao, 42; brother Dylan, 8

Residence: McCandless

School: 10th-grader at North Allegheny Intermediate School

Hobbies/interests: Zhao runs 5K races on the North Allegheny cross country team. He is interested in biomedical research.

Noteworthy: Zhao finished as a semifinalist in the Wake Forest Early Bird Debate Tournament with an 8-2 record in the Novice Lincoln Douglas event. More than 1,000 students participated in the tournament, which took place over two weekends in September. His debate coach is Sharon Volpe.

Quote: “It was a great experience overall. Going to a lot of tournaments and competing and just being there is what makes it fun.”

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