Young Achiever: Yizhou Joe Zhao
By Chris Togneri
Published: Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013, 1:03 p.m.
Family: Father, Yutong Zhao, 42; Mother, Jing Zhao, 42; brother Dylan, 8
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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